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Ready for a woman, but not Hillary Clinton

April 14, 2015
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Susan J Douglas In These Times
by Susan J Douglas  

"Whether or not the email controversy surrounding Hillary Clinton will matter nine months from now, it threw some of us back to a place we didn’t want to go: wishing someone else might be the one to become the first woman president. Reports surfaced that she had used her personal email account for State Department business, allowing her considerable control over her email records. In a defensive press conference, a somewhat haughty Clinton said the main reason for this practice was 'convenience' and that she and her attorneys would decide which emails to release." [editor's note: Ms. Douglas once again shows why she's not nearly as batshit as many "progressive" pundits - SAT] (04/13/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ld8ja6y  

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Hillary as polarizing as every other major political figure

April 14, 2015
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Paul Waldman The American Prospect
by Paul Waldman  

"I'm guessing that you may have heard that Hillary Clinton announced her candidacy for the White House Sunday in this video. Before that even happened, you may also have heard that lots of people don't like Hillary Clinton. In the coming months, each new poll showing substantial disapproval, dislike, or disquiet with the prospect of a Clinton presidency is going to be greeted with articles analyzing the public's hesitancy about the former secretary of state, complete with quotes from Republicans gleefully arguing that everyone hates her and their candidate will inevitably win the election" (04/13/15)

http://tinyurl.com/odluatf  

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Nigeria: Chibok girls “seen with Boko Haram in Gwoza”

April 14, 2015
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BBC News BBC News [UK state media]    

"More than 50 of the girls abducted by militant Islamists in Nigeria last year were seen alive three weeks ago, a woman has told the BBC. She saw the girls in the north-eastern Gwoza town before the Boko Haram militants were driven out of there by regional forces. Boko Haram sparked global outrage when it seized more than 219 girls from Chibok town a year ago. The US, China and other foreign powers promised to help find the girls. However, the girls have never been traced, and little has been heard of them since they were taken from their boarding school. The whereabouts of the remaining girls is not clear." (04/13/15)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-32292854  

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Questions for Clinton

April 14, 2015
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Our Future
by Digby  

"I wrote a piece for Salon today about, what else, Hillary Clinton. The headline is harsh (I didn’t write it) but I think the piece asks some fair questions. ... She’s going on the trail and we’ll find out where she stands on all those things before too long. It’s going to be a long campaign so there’s plenty of time to figure it all out. I happen to think there’s an opening here for a real paradigm shift beyond the fact of her historic status as a woman running for the highest office in the land. I’m hoping she seizes the opportunity." [editor's note: oppo research, showing the levels of delusion among some "progressives" - SAT] (04/13/15)

http://ourfuture.org/20150413/questions-for-clinton  

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CO: Republicans take aim at state gun laws

April 14, 2015
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Fox News Fox News    

"Republicans have one more shot Monday to change Colorado’s firearm laws, including two bills that would eliminate gun-control measures passed by Democrats in 2013. The GOP-controlled Senate has already passed legislation to repeal a 15-round limit on ammunition magazines. They also passed and new background-check requirements for private gun sales conducted online and in person. Those laws from two years ago infuriated gun rights advocates and led to the recalls of two Democratic state senators, and the resignation of a third who was facing a recall effort." (04/13/15)

http://tinyurl.com/og8ttv5  

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An ancient imam at the center of Iran nuclear deal

April 14, 2015
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Reuters Reuters
by Mohamad Bazzi  

"When Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif announced on April 2 that his country tentatively accepted an agreement limiting Tehran’s nuclear program, he made a point of praising his boss, the supreme leader, for his 'heroic flexibility.' After two years of negotiations with the United States and five world powers (France, Britain, Russia, China and Germany), Zarif could be expected to thank Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who has the final say in all Iranian political and national security matters -- as he emphasized with his comments on Thursday demanding an end to sanctions as soon as Iran signs a final agreement. But Zarif’s reference to 'heroic flexibility' was also a signal to hardliners in Iran that this deal has Khamenei’s support." (04/13/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nr2j2ra  

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MD: Governor, legislature remain in budget standoff

April 14, 2015
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San Francisco Chronicle San Francisco Chronicle    

"Republican Gov. Larry Hogan and Maryland's Democratic-led Legislature were in a standoff over the state's budget on Monday hours before the legislative session was scheduled to end, with most of the contention centered on about $200 million lawmakers want for education, employee pay and health care programs. Hogan told reporters late Monday afternoon that the budget lawmakers were about to approve was 'irresponsible.' As the budget stands now, Hogan said he likely would not spend the roughly $203 million that Democratic lawmakers added to the $40 billion budget plan he sent them." (04/13/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ppw2kfn  

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Rand Paul is GOP’s best hope to beat Hillary

April 14, 2015
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The New Republic The New Republic
by Brian O'Connor  

"Hillary Clinton, to no one's surprise, announced Sunday that she's running for president. Barring catastrophe, she'll become the Democratic nominee next summer. There is no such clarity on the Republican side, with a new candidate official entering the race every week. But this much is clear: If the GOP want to defeat Clinton next fall, they should turn to the only Republican whose buzz rivals hers: Rand Paul. The Republican Party is at a crossroads. Its base, bolstered by big-tent conservatism throughout the 1980s and late 2000s, is aware of its own image problem." [editor's note: Now we are hearing this from "progressive" sources? Even more reason not to support him? - SAT] (04/13/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nhx43yu  

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Study links teen drinking to alcohol in movies

April 14, 2015
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Christian Science Monitor Christian Science Monitor    

"New studies linking the rising prevalence of alcohol in movies to teen drinking are leading to calls for alcohol to become the 'new tobacco.' As part of its settlement with states in 1998, the tobacco industry agreed to stop paying for product placement in films, and images of smoking in films dropped. Now, public health officials and activists are pushing for a similar cutback on alcohol use in films and advertising. A new report from Britain adds to a growing body of evidence that suggests that teens who watch many movies with alcohol scenes begin drinking earlier than their peers, and are also more likely to binge drink. The study, published Monday in the online version of the journal Pediatrics, found that 15-year-olds who had the highest exposure to alcohol use in films were far more likely to have tried alcohol and to binge drink than those with the least exposure." (04/13/15)

http://tinyurl.com/otgfkqc  

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Fed judge criticizes State Department over Blackwater shooting case

April 14, 2015
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Reuters Reuters    

"A federal judge on Tuesday harshly criticized the U.S. State Department over its handling of a 2007 shooting in Baghdad involving Blackwater Worldwide security guards and asked the agency's watchdog to investigate problems that helped delay a related criminal case. The prosecution of the former guards, who were charged with manslaughter in the killing of 14 unarmed civilians, has dragged on for years amid problems with evidence." (04/13/15)

http://tinyurl.com/l5ekjxv  

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Chafee: No one who voted for the Iraq War should be president

April 13, 2015
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John Nichols The Nation
by John Nichols  

"Lincoln Chafee just went there, as only Lincoln Chafee could. The former Republican senator and independent governor of Rhode Island, who is very seriously exploring the prospect of challenging Hillary Clinton for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination, said Iraq should be an issue. Then Chafee got specific. He brought up the votes that he and Clinton cast in 2002, as members of the US Senate, on whether to authorize President Bush and Vice President Cheney to steer the United States toward war with Iraq. Chafee, then sitting as a Republican, voted with Senators Russ Feingold, Paul Wellstone, and twenty others to block the rush to war." [editor's note: Now HE might be worth another look on this - SAT] (04/10/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pje3xxh  

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There’s nothing inevitable about Hillary

April 13, 2015
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The New Republic The New Republic
by Rebecca Traister  

"Today Hillary Clinton is expected to officially announce her candidacy for the presidency of the United States. There is no breaking news here. There has not been a minute of the past eight years when we have not been assured (or threatened) that Hillary Clinton’s candidacy, her presidency even, is an inevitability. So what could possibly go wrong? Everything. Anything. Anything and everything." (04/12/15)

http://tinyurl.com/mqndb2d  

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Hillary Clinton’s challenge

April 13, 2015
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USA Today USA Today
by staff  

"The large number of Republicans who plan to run for president face a daunting problem. They will have to spend huge amounts of time and money just to introduce themselves to voters. In a recent CNN poll, 39% said they had never heard of Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, who's scheduled to announce his candidacy Monday. Even the best-known member of the GOP pack, former Florida governor Jeb Bush, has been out of the public spotlight since he left office eight years ago. On the Democratic side, Hillary Clinton, who announced her bid for the presidency Sunday in a two-minute video posted on her campaign website, faces no such problem." (04/12/15)

http://tinyurl.com/m7j33vp  

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Populist progressives must embrace the education spring

April 13, 2015
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Jeff Bryant Our Future
by Jeff Bryant  

"Is there really 'a populist energy building in America, and beginning to drive the debate in the Democratic Party,' as my colleague Robert Borosage recently wrote? If your inclination is to answer that question, 'Yes,' the evidence you’re most apt to cite is the popularity of Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren and her crusade against Wall Street dominance of public policy. And you’re apt to point to, as Borosage does, activism like the 'Fight for 15' campaign, demanding a $15 an hour minimum wage and union representation in the workplace." (04/09/15)

http://tinyurl.com/lpmgyru  

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Schumer’s Iran gamble threatens Dems’ chances in 2016

April 12, 2015
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The American Prospect The American Prospect
by Ari Rabin-Havt  

"A week and a half ago, Chuck Schumer, currently third in the leadership of the minority party in the U.S. Senate, moved quickly to solidify his position as the next leader of Democrats, securing the support of his caucus. This week he endorsed Republican Senator Bob Corker's bill, which, on paper, gives Congress the right to approve the nuclear agreement hammered out with Iran by the U.S. and its allies (collectively known as the P5+1). In reality, this bill is yet another carefully crafted attempt to thwart a negotiated end to this nuclear standoff." (04/10/15)

http://tinyurl.com/osgd3o2  

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Report: Black families increasingly turning to homeschooling

April 12, 2015
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Raw Story Raw Story    

"Homeschooling, common among white Americans, is showing an increase among African-Americans kids as well. African-Americans now make up about 10% of all homeschooled children in this fastest-growing form of education. However, the reasons for black kids to be homeschooled may not be the same as white kids. [R]esearch shows that black parents homeschool their children due to white racism. This may come as a surprise since, for many, we live in an age of alleged color blindness and post-racialism, characterized by the declining significance of race and racism." (04/09/15)

http://tinyurl.com/qajtsbj  

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Latin America doesn’t trust Obama-Castro handshake … yet

April 12, 2015
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Christian Science Monitor Christian Science Monitor    

"When President Obama reached out to shake the hand Cuban President Raul Castro at the Summit of the Americas in Panama Saturday, he was reaching out to more than one man and one nation. He was reaching out to all Latin America. During the past decade, in particular, Washington has become concerned that it is 'losing Latin America.' This is a dramatic way of saying that American influence in Latin America has appeared to wane. Countries that once did as the United States wished and even directed -- often as a result of American intervention -- are now decidedly prickly." (04/12/15)

http://tinyurl.com/mhg8yew  

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Kenya: Stampede over Nairobi terror scare

April 12, 2015
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BBC News BBC News [UK state media]    

"A student has died and more than 100 were hurt in a stampede which followed the explosion of an electricity transformer at a Kenyan university. Residents of Nairobi university's Kikuyu campus mistook the blast for a terrorist attack and jumped out of hostel windows early on Sunday morning. Tensions are high among students after an Islamist attack on a Kenyan college 10 days ago which left 148 dead. Meanwhile activists criticised Kenya for ordering Somali refugees home." (04/112/15)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-32274174  

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From moral victories to tangible ones

April 12, 2015
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In These Times In These Times
by Rick Perlstein  

"My election day began with a figurative screech. I awoke to hear National Public Radio's Morning Edition describe my preferred candidate as only a 'community organizer.' I soothed myself by dashing off an angry note to NPR's ombudsman. ... Then it was off to a field office far on the city’s Northwest Side, where I joined a not-very-energetic group trudging through the tedious work of calling voters to remind them to come out to the polls. It ain't fun; more wrong numbers (or claims of wrong numbers) than conversations, plenty of hang-ups. And the experience was made even less fun by an unpleasant detail: Lots of the people hanging up were supporters of Mayor Rahm Emanuel." (04/09/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pexc7kx  

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Aetna, Cigna balk as “Angelina effect” spurs genetic cancer testing

April 12, 2015
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Reuters Reuters    

"Medical researchers call it the 'Angelina Effect,' the surge in demand for genetic testing attributable to movie star Angelina Jolie's public crusade for more aggressive detection of hereditary breast and ovarian cancer. But there's a catch: Major insurance companies including Aetna, Anthem and Cigna are declining to pay for the latest generation of tests, known as multi-gene panel tests, Reuters has learned. The insurers say that the tests are unproven and may lead patients to seek out medical care they don't need." (04/012/15)

http://tinyurl.com/lp3y4g8  

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ND: Ban of those who nixed gay rights bill served purpose, says shop

April 12, 2015
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San Francisco Chronicle San Francisco Chronicle    

"A worker-owner of a Fargo coffee shop who instituted a tongue-in-cheek ban on North Dakota lawmakers for opposing an anti-discrimination bill says the response has been '99.9 percent positive' and that he made his point, even if a few people didn't like it. Joe Curry, one of the worker-owners of the Red Raven Espresso Parlor, posted a newspaper page in the shop earlier this month that showed the 55 Republican state House members who rejected a bill that would have prohibited discrimination based on sexual orientation in housing, government, public services and the workplace. It was accompanied by a sign saying the legislators were banned, 'Unless accompanied by a lesbian, gay, bisexual or transsexual, queer, intersex or asexual person.'" (04/12/15)

http://tinyurl.com/m3v9fp5  

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South Africa: Two-year-old disc jockey fascinates fans

April 12, 2015
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Fox News Fox News    

"At first it seems like a fluke: a 2-year-old playing with the knobs and buttons of a sophisticated music system. Yet, the tiny boy is in control of the big beat of the bass-heavy house music. He is South Africa's youngest disc jockey, DJ AJ. At a shopping mall appearance, a crowd gathers around the young boy as he bops his head to the beat, his large headphones slipping off. Adults whip out their cellphones to capture the moment while children just stare. Oratilwe Hlongwane is still learning to put together words but the toddler is already able to select and play music from a laptop and has become a viral phenomenon on South Africa's social media." (04/12/15)

http://tinyurl.com/kfnms7r  

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The word missing from Rand Paul’s announcement speech: Cut

April 10, 2015
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Our Future
by Bill Scher  

"Sen. Rand Paul wants to radically slash the size of our federal government and drastically limit its responsibilities. Oddly for a devout ideologue, he doesn't want to tell you that. When Paul was speaking to the country at large in his presidential campaign announcement address, the word 'cut' was never uttered, let alone 'reduce' or 'shrink.' ... Amidst the usual 'government is the problem, not the solution' rhetoric, he enthusiastically championed increased government spending on 'new highways and bridges' ... Yet, he offered nothing about what government programs or agencies he would eliminate." [editor's note: So even the "progressives" have noticed this; how long before the "Randroids" do? - SAT] (04/09/15)

http://tinyurl.com/kd23z8e  

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The opportunity dodge

April 10, 2015
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The American Prospect The American Prospect
by Lawrence Mishel  

"We think of America as the land of opportunity, but the United States actually has low rates of upward mobility relative to other advanced nations, and there has been no improvement in decades. Creating more opportunity is therefore a worthy goal. However, when the goal of more opportunity is offered instead of addressing income inequality, it’s a dodge and an empty promise—because opportunity does not thrive amid great inequalities. It is important to distinguish between opportunity (or mobility) and income inequality." [editor's note: At last, a "progressive" pundit addressing the real issue here (albeit with the usual skepticism) - SAT] (04/09/15)

https://prospect.org/article/opportunity-dodge  

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UK: Oil discovery near Gatwick airport deemed “significant”

April 10, 2015
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BBC News BBC News [UK state media]    

"There could be up to 100 billion barrels of oil onshore beneath the South of England, says exploration firm UK Oil & Gas Investments (UKOG). Last year, the firm drilled a well at Horse Hill, near Gatwick airport, and analysis of that well suggests the local area could hold 158 million barrels of oil per square mile. But only a fraction of the 100 billion total would be recovered, UKOG admits. The North Sea has produced about 45 billion barrels in 40 years." (04/09/15)

http://www.bbc.com/news/business-32229203  

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