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Clinton denies sending classified information from private email server

July 27, 2015
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Fox News Fox News    

"Hillary Clinton told reporters Saturday that she never sent or received classified information using her private e-mail server when she served as secretary of state, and that the facts on the issue 'are pretty clear.' The Democratic presidential hopeful spoke briefly about the growing controversy surrounding her use of the server after a Democratic gathering at the Madison County Historical Complex in Iowa. Reporters raised the issue during a news conference that followed the event." (07/26/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nj5xodd  

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Bobby Jindal’s opiate for the masses

July 27, 2015
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The New Republic The New Republic
by Jamil Smith  

"Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, back in late January, hosted a prayer rally on the LSU campus. There was a considerable amount of scrutiny on the event, entitled 'The Response: A Call To Prayer For a Nation In Crisis,' due to the anti-gay, anti-abortion dominion theologians who organized and paid for it. The event’s leaders insisted that it wasn’t about elevating elected officials or candidates. Jindal, in inviting the 49 other governors to the event, bought into the organizers’ 'non-political' framework. In the letter he wrote to every one of them, even those who aren’t Christian: 'There will only be one name lifted up that day: Jesus!' This was false." (07/24/15)

http://tinyurl.com/no3jn5x  

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New rule hurts US economy

July 27, 2015
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USA Today USA Today
by Debbie Hoffman  

"As bankers, financial experts and regulators sifted through the financial rubble in 2009, many came away with the conclusion that banks were under-capitalized, and lacked the equity to back up their assets. Last week, the Federal Reserve approved a rule requiring eight systemically important banks to hold additional capital. Its purpose is to retain financial stability in the United States in the event of a bank failure. But it may not be doing enough to facilitate lending and stimulate economic growth." (07/26/15)

http://tinyurl.com/onugm2c  

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Get ready for the next wave of education “reform”

July 27, 2015
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Jeff Bryant Our Future
by Jeff Bryant  

"Education activists are rejoicing that the latest versions of No Child Left Behind reauthorization coursing through Congress may give struggling schools a way to have more control over their own governance and destiny. NCLB originally mandated such unreal expectations on schools the vast majority of them would be branded 'failed.' New legislation, as currently written, would change that. Prominent education groups representing teachers and administrators like this turn of events and want bills from the House and the Senate to quickly proceed to conference. Should the onerous provisions imposed on schools by NCLB indeed be lifted, lots of struggling schools will breathe easier without the 'failed' brand looming over their buildings." (07/23/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ofvxzub  

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Bringing labor rights back to Bangladesh

July 27, 2015
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The American Prospect The American Prospect
by Robert JS Ross  

"Two years after the April 24, 2013, collapse of the Rana Plaza building, Bangladesh has become a laboratory to test whether pressure from worldwide labor unions and NGOs in support of local unions and labor activists can improve life in the world’s sweatshops. The Rana Plaza disaster capped a series of fires and other fatal collapses in Bangladesh garment factories. Its death toll was at least 1,130. Another 2,500 workers or more were injured, many crippled for life and deeply traumatized. The survivors’ terrible stories include on-site amputations and workers being trapped underground for days. Some can no longer enter tall buildings without uncontrollable trembling and crying. One woman described attempting to go to work on 19 occasions but failing each time to overcome her anxiety. Thousands of livelihoods have been crushed." (07/24/15)

http://tinyurl.com/q7bcqmp  

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Scotland: Second independence referendum “inevitable,” says Salmond

July 27, 2015
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BBC News BBC News [UK state media]    

"A second referendum on Scottish independence is inevitable, according to former first minister Alex Salmond. Speaking on the BBC's Andrew Marr programme, he said the question was over the timing which was 'in the hands of Nicola Sturgeon.' The SNP MP argued there were three things driving the issue forward. He said these were a failure to deliver on the so-called 'vow,' the possible outcome of the EU referendum and 'divergent views' over austerity cuts." (07/26/15)

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-33668002  

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FBI mined secrets from George McGovern’s past

July 27, 2015
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USA Today USA Today    

"On April 16, 1975, two FBI inspectors met with Sen. George McGovern in Washington. A month earlier, McGovern had written a letter to FBI Director Clarence Kelley asking for a copy of any file that the FBI kept on ... McGovern, according to an FBI account of the meeting, was agreeable to a compromise. There was a chance, he told the inspectors, that he might be on the national ticket in the next presidential race in 1976. He ... he wanted to be able to tell any potential running mate if the FBI possessed derogatory information about him. Specifically, he wanted to know if the FBI had information about a child he had fathered as a young man." (07/26/15)

http://tinyurl.com/qbpv3xy  

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Other candidates saying things basically as crazy as Trump

July 26, 2015
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David Sirota In These Times
by David Sirota  

"Since announcing his 2016 White House bid, Donald Trump has been the central focus of the campaign; by one estimate, he has garnered almost 40 percent of all election coverage on the network newscasts. Clearly, The Donald’s attempt to turn 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. into Trump White House has attracted so much attention because the candidate is seen as a Bulworthesque carnival barker who will say anything, no matter how hypocritical, factually unsubstantiated or absurd. Yet for all the hype he’s generated, Trump is not the only presidential hopeful willing to make utterly mind-boggling statements." (07/24/15)

http://tinyurl.com/qjt66cv  

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New car seat reminds you not to leave kid in car

July 26, 2015
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Christian Science Monitor Christian Science Monitor    

"A new car seat with the potential to save lives is now available for purchase. The Evenflo Advanced Embrace with SensorSafe infant car seat, available at Wal-Mart, aims to cut down on the number of deaths resulting from children being left in hot cars. An average of 38 children die from being trapped inside cars every year, according to the nonprofit KidsAndCars.org. Many of these deaths occur when parents forget to drop their child off at daycare before work." (07/26/15)

http://tinyurl.com/o8geb2m  

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Uber wins a battle with New York, now it’s war

July 26, 2015
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Michelle Chen The Nation
by Michelle Chen  

"When New York Mayor Bill De Blasio talked of a Tale of Two Cities on the campaign trail, promising to address an epidemic of social inequality, he probably wasn’t expecting a viral app to drive a multibillion-dollar wedge through Gotham’s fault-lines of race and class. But now De Blasio and city lawmakers have been blindsided by Uber’s corporate surge, forced to stall an attempt to cap the company’s expansion. The City Council has reportedly shelved for at least four months a proposal to limit Uber’s rate of growth (that is, slowing, not stopping, the expansion) for an assessment of its environmental and traffic impacts. Now the smartphone ridesharing app that traditional cabbies deem an 'existential threat' will keep pouring thousands more cars and part-time drivers onto the streets, angling for digital ride-hailers." (07/24/15)

http://tinyurl.com/obwjq5c  

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Greece: Banks reopen, cash limits remain & taxes soar

July 26, 2015
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San Francisco Chronicle San Francisco Chronicle    

"Greek banks reopened Monday for the first time in three weeks, but strict limits on cash withdrawals and higher taxes on everything from coffee to diapers meant the economic outlook for the recession-battered country was far from back to normal. There were hopeful developments: The cash-strapped nation got a short-term loan from European creditors to pay more than 6 billion euros ($6.5 billion) owed to the International Monetary Fund and the European Central Bank. Non-payment of either would have derailed Greece's latest bailout request. But for most Greeks, already buffeted by six years of recession, Monday was all about rising prices as tax hikes demanded by creditors took effect." (07/26/15)

http://tinyurl.com/p5hk27l  

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NASA may use wind-powered robots to explore Jupiter surface

July 26, 2015
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Raw Story Raw Story    

"Engineers at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California are reportedly in the process of developing 'windbots' -- robotic probes that could stay aloft in the clouds of a distant world -- and these probes may eventually be used to explore Jupiter or other gas giants. According to Mashable and Engadget, the project would ideally remain aloft without the need for wings or hot-air balloons, and could be used to study planets where there is no solid surface to support a lander or rover. These theoretical spacecraft could investigate the atmospheres of Jupiter or Saturn while remaining airborne for a considerable amount of time." (07/26/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nj38clb  

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Breaking down the legal issues in Sandra Bland’s arrest

July 24, 2015
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Reuters Reuters
by Helen Coster  

"On July 10 Sandra Bland, a 28-year-old African-American woman, was pulled over by a state trooper in Prairie View, Texas, after allegedly failing to use a turn signal. The confrontation turned violent, and Bland was arrested and charged with assaulting an officer. She died three days later in her jail cell, after hanging herself. On Tuesday authorities in Texas released dashboard camera footage showing the arrest. The video shows how the traffic stop quickly escalated. After pulling Bland over, the state trooper, Brian Encinia, who is white, wrote up a ticket and returned to Bland’s car. He then asked Bland to put out her cigarette." [editor's note: This is a very good overview of your rights when a cop stops you, for ANY reason (hint: he has to begin by telling you why) - SAT] (07/23/15)

http://tinyurl.com/q5rlml7  

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A deficit of debt discussion

July 24, 2015
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USA Today USA Today
by Tom Coburn  

"The 2016 presidential race is beginning in earnest with new candidates entering the crowded field weekly. The Republican Party boasts a host of compelling and well qualified aspirants, many of whom I have known and served with for years. They bring a wealth of experience and policy savvy to a nation sorely in need of a rebound following the many failures of the federal government during the Obama presidency. Yet despite their numbers, none of them is addressing in a meaningful way the greatest threat to our republic: our gigantic and rapidly growing national debt." [editor's note: No sure how they could, considering every one of them wants to start at least one more war, has no interest in ending the domestic ones, won't push to stop crony-corporate welfare, and has no plan to pay for any of it! - SAT] (07/22/15)

http://tinyurl.com/q5edxep  

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Seeking sanctuary sanity in US Senate

July 24, 2015
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Debra J. Saunders Town Hall    

"July 1 was one of those evenings when you feel blessed to be in San Francisco, especially if you are strolling along Pier 14. But every reader knows what happened next: A bullet struck Kathryn Steinle, 32, as she walked arm in arm with her father. Neither knew what had happened; the shot killed a vibrant woman -- for which an immigrant with seven felony convictions and five deportations has been charged." (07/23/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nlxn26m  

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Betrayers of the dream

July 23, 2015
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The American Prospect The American Prospect
by Mark Huelsman  

"On April 26, an institution of higher education that as recently as 2010 employed more than 6,000 faculty members and another 4,000 in support staff announced that it would close its doors. Corinthian Colleges had enrolled more students than the Ohio State University and the University of Texas at Austin combined. For the giant for-profit chain founded just 20 years ago, the fall from grace was aided by lawsuits from several state attorneys general and the federal government, and investigations by the SEC. These found a broad pattern of deception in recruiting students, bogus reporting of job placement data, and a strategy of combining high tuitions and debt levels with a substandard educational product." (07/21/15)

http://prospect.org/article/betrayers-dream  

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Trump at Mexico border: “Hispanics love me”

July 23, 2015
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San Francisco Chronicle San Francisco Chronicle    

"Ever sure of himself, Donald Trump paid a visit to the Mexico border Thursday and predicted Hispanics would love him ('they already do') because as president he'd grab jobs back from overseas and give more opportunity to those who live in the U.S. legally. 'There's great danger with the illegals,' the Republican presidential contender told reporters. But he claimed a 'great relationship' with Hispanics, even as Latino leaders have come at him with blistering criticism for his painting Mexican immigrants as criminals. 'I'll take jobs back from China, I'll take jobs back from Japan,' Trump said. 'The Hispanics are going to get those jobs, and they're going to love Trump.'" (07/23/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ngvvslb  

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“Earth 2.0″ found in NASA Kepler telescope haul

July 23, 2015
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BBC News BBC News [UK state media]    

"A haul of planets from Nasa's Kepler telescope includes a world sharing many characteristics with Earth. Kepler-452b orbits at a very similar distance from its star, though its radius is 60% larger. Mission scientists said they believed it was the most Earth-like planet yet. Such worlds are of interest to astronomers because they might be small and cool enough to host liquid water on their surface -- and might therefore be hospitable to life." (07/23/15)

http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-33641648  

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Iranian dissidents: Why they support the nuclear deal

July 23, 2015
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In These Times In These Times
by Danny Postel  

"The debate on the nuclear deal with Iran has revolved mainly around the geopolitics of the agreement. Is it good for the United States? Does the deal represent a defeat or a victory for the Islamic Republic? Does it make Israel more secure, or less? How will the Saudis respond? Will they pursue a nuclear program of their own? What will Washington do to placate its nervous allies in Riyadh (and other Gulf capitals) and Tel Aviv? What broader implications might the nuclear deal portend for US-Iranian relations, and for the regional politics of the Middle East? These are hugely important questions, to be sure. But what does the nuclear agreement mean for internal Iranian politics?" (07/22/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ozu5ggk  

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House immigration bill derided as knee-jerk reaction to murder

July 23, 2015
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Reuters Reuters    

"The recent killing of a San Francisco woman allegedly at the hands of an immigrant man has reignited Republican calls for tougher enforcement of U.S. immigration laws and led to a bill advocates say is racially targeted. The House will vote Thursday on a bill to restrict certain federal funds from going to cities that do not routinely check immigration status. Republicans say such checks would have prevented the death of Kathryn Steinle, 32, who was shot to death in San Francisco by an undocumented immigrant and convicted felon." [editor's note: Okay, so a racist nutjob who was born here murders 9 people, and a racist local cop abuses a black woman who ends up dead ... but this rather isolated murder is the focus? - SAT] (07/23/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ncxwobr  

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Canada: Anti-terror law may not meet international rights obligations

July 23, 2015
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Fox News Fox News    

"A United Nations human rights body is raising concerns about Canada's new anti-terror legislation, saying it could run afoul of international human rights norms. The Anti-Terrorism Act, passed by parliament in June, makes it easier for intelligence officers, border guards, and law enforcement officials to monitor and arrest potential terror suspects in Canada. The United Nations Human Rights Committee said in a report released Wednesday that it is concerned that that the law grants the government sweeping powers but does not contain enough legal safeguards to protect people's political and civil rights. Critics say the bill will make it easier for security officials to place Canadians under surveillance." (07/23/15)

http://tinyurl.com/oag8tdt  

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New rice could help feed world, fight climate change

July 23, 2015
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Christian Science Monitor Christian Science Monitor    

"Researchers have developed a new strain of rice with the potential to feed a burgeoning global population while reducing the greenhouse-gas emissions rice paddies generate. They have coaxed the rice into growing more and larger grains. At the same time, the genetic change cut methane emissions from paddies growing the rice by more than 90 percent compared with paddies growing unaltered plants. By some estimates, rice farming may be the single largest source of methane emissions humans deliver to the atmosphere, though estimates vary widely." (07/23/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pq3kmlc  

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Meet ALEC’s little brother, ACCE

July 23, 2015
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The Nation The Nation
by Brendan Fischer & Mary Bottari  

"With Congress and the states gridlocked and dominated by special-interest spending, America’s cities have emerged as engines of policy innovation. From efforts to raise the minimum wage and secure paid sick days to bills banning fracking, some of the biggest progressive policy victories in the United States are happening at the local level. So how has the American Legislative Exchange Council, a powerful lobby serving right-wing interests at the state level, responded to this resurgence of local democracy? With a systematic effort to destroy it." (07/23/15)

http://www.thenation.com/article/meet-alecs-little-brother-acce  

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Study: Chemo doesn’t help end-stage cancer patients

July 23, 2015
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USA Today USA Today    

"A new study finds that half of cancer patients received chemotherapy in their final months of life, even though the therapy (which can cause nausea, vomiting and other grueling side effects) had no chance of curing them. Doctors often prescribe chemo to people in the end stages of cancer in the hope that the drugs will shrink patients' tumors and make them feel better, said study co-author Holly Prigerson, co-director of the Center for Research on End-of-Life Care at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York." (07/22/15)

http://tinyurl.com/puxuwqz  

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Scott Walker is trolling us

July 23, 2015
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The Nation The Nation
by Dave Zirin  

"Sports as political money laundering (the process of billionaire owners taking public funds for stadiums and then donating their newfound lucre to the very politicians who facilitated their stadium grab) is nothing new. But it’s difficult to think of an example as brazen, and brazenly hypocritical, as the heist going down in Wisconsin. Governor, presidential candidate and Koch-brothers lickspittle Scott Walker is a man who has staked his reputation on the merciless slashing of public spending, with schools and state worker pensions the normal targets. He takes these actions while bellowing about the near-religious merits of free enterprise and 'small government.' Well, Walker actually does have a cause that he believes deserves hundreds of millions in public spending. Not schools or hospitals, but a new stadium for the Milwaukee Bucks." [editor's note: Just a reminder that crony corporatism also rules with alleged "small-g" GOPers - SAT] (07/22/15)

http://www.thenation.com/article/scott-walker-is-trolling-us  

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