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MSNBC host Rachel Maddow talks about the George W. Bush presidential library. Screenshot via MSNBC.com.
By Arturo GarciaTuesday, July 29, 2014 0:23 EDT   TweetMSNBC host Rachel Maddow said on Monday that House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) took a page from the desperate section of his party’s 2012 playbook by making an accusation that was thoroughly debunked during Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign. “They’re going back to the bad old days of national campaigning against President [Barack] Obama when they were trying to maximize the aggrieved white vote,” she said. “Trying to tap into — or in this cas...
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Russian soldiers parade through Red Square in Moscow, on May 9, 2014 [AFP]
By Agence France-PresseMonday, July 28, 2014 22:34 EDT   TweetWashington (AFP) – The United States has found that Russia violated a 1987 arms control treaty by testing a ground-launched cruise missile, a senior US official said late Monday, calling the matter “very serious.” The finding comes in a 2014 report that concluded Russia was in violation of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, which barred it from possessing, producing or flight-testing such cruise missiles with a range of 500 to...
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Pregnant woman says NYPD choked her [WNBC-TV]
By ReutersMonday, July 28, 2014 22:06 EDT   TweetBy Curtis Skinner NEW YORK (Reuters) – A New York woman who is seven months pregnant complained on Monday that she was put in a chokehold by a New York police officer after barbecuing outside her home, fueling a controversy that has raged in the city following a man’s death linked to the technique. Rosan Miller, 27, told a news conference set up by civil rights advocates that she was in “a lot of pain,” following the incident, which was recorded on c...
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By Arturo GarciaMonday, July 28, 2014 21:52 EDT   TweetYoung Turks host Cenk Uygur blasted former vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin’s announcement of her own television channel on Monday, especially after seeing promotional footage of her in Alaska. “Sounds like the most boring reality show ever combined with the most empty-headed political views you’ve ever seen, disguised as ‘news,’” Uygur said. “Come on, man.” Uygur also credited comedian Lizz Winstead with popularizing the #PalinTVShows ...
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By Agence France-PresseMonday, July 28, 2014 20:39 EDT   TweetGeneva (AFP) – The scaly anteater, which looks like an artichoke with legs and a tail, is being eaten out of existence as its tasty meat is served up at banquets across Asia, conservationists said Tuesday. The mysterious mammal, also known as a pangolin, is the prey of poachers with more than one million believed to have been snatched from the wild in the past decade. “In the 21st century we really should not be eating species to extinct...
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By ReutersMonday, July 28, 2014 20:31 EDT   TweetWASHINGTON (Reuters) – A new Senate proposal to curb the government’s bulk collection of Americans’ telephone records and increase transparency about the program has White House backing and may get more traction with critics who have dismissed other bills as too weak. Democratic U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, will introduce the legislation on Tuesday. Because it does more to clamp down on the data collection e...
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Delta 4 launch [YouTube]
By ReutersMonday, July 28, 2014 20:27 EDT   TweetBy Irene Klotz (Reuters) – An unmanned Delta 4 rocket blasted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on Monday with a pair of U.S. military satellites designed to keep watch on other countries’ spacecraft. The 206-foot (63-meter) tall rocket, built by United Launch Alliance, a partnership of Lockheed Martin and Boeing, lifted off at 7:28 p.m. EDT and blazed through partly cloudy skies as it headed into orbit, a United Launch Alliance li...
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George R.R. Martin at SDCC [Clevver News]
By Arturo GarciaMonday, July 28, 2014 20:13 EDT   TweetGame of Thrones author George R.R. Martin is a fan of the animated comedy South Park, he said this past Friday, but he still denied the show’s version of him. “I’ve been told that my character on South Park is obsessed about weenies,” he told Clevver News in an interview taped during San Diego Comic-Con. “I have to deny this as a scurrilous rumor. I have nothing against weenies. Weenies are fine, but I am not obsessed with weenies. I am definit...
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By ReutersMonday, July 28, 2014 19:14 EDT   TweetBy Marty Graham SAN DIEGO (Reuters) – The San Diego City Council gave formal approval on Monday to an ordinance incrementally raising the minimum wage in California’s second-largest city to $11.50 an hour by January 2017, mostly for workers in the restaurant and retail sectors. The council adopted the Democratic-backed measure on a 6-3 party-line vote – the same majority it would take to override a veto threatened by Republican Mayor Kevin Faulconer....
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'Gold rush days' [Facebook]
By ReutersMonday, July 28, 2014 19:07 EDT   TweetBy Shawn Hubler SACRAMENTO Calif. (Reuters) – California’s drought has claimed yet another historic casualty in this parched capital city — the annual heritage celebration known as Gold Rush Days. Staged for the past 15 years by tourism groups who turn the city’s Old Sacramento district into a dirt-paved scene from the 1850s, the Labor Day weekend tradition was canceled on Monday due to concerns about water use and fire. Steve Hammond, president and ...
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CHP officer caught pummeling woman [KNBC-TV]
By Arturo GarciaMonday, July 28, 2014 18:51 EDT   TweetAttorneys for the 51-year-old woman filmed as she was pummelled by a California Highway Patrol officer earlier this month said in a lawsuit that the officer omitted that detail from his report on the incident, KTLA-TV reported. The suit, filed on behalf of Marlene Pinnock, identifies the officer in the July 1 video as Daniel L. Andrew, and accused him of falsifying his report by saying Pinnock was combative and that she called him the devil. “W...
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Donald Sterling, V. Stiviano
CREDIT: AP Los Angeles Clippers star Chris Paul said last week that if Donald Sterling still owned the team when the season starts in October, he and his fellow players, along with head coach Doc Rivers, would consider a boycott. It appears now that Paul and the rest of his team won’t have to walk out. A California probate judge on Monday ruled that Sterling’s estranged wife, Shelly, had authority to sell the Clippers, all but paving the way for Shelly Sterling to sell the team to former Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer. Shelly Sterling agreed in principle to sell the Clippers to Ballmer weeks after her husband was caught on audio making racist comments about Magic Johnson and other African-Americans. She took the sale to probate court for approval, but Donald Sterling ...
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OKCupid [Facebook]
By ReutersMonday, July 28, 2014 17:35 EDT   TweetBy Sarah McBride SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – OkCupid, a top U.S. matchmaking website, regularly mismatches users to test its technology, the IAC/InterActive Corp service revealed on Monday, weeks after Facebook Inc admitted to misleading users in a psychological study. “When we tell people they are a good match, they act as if they are,” co-founder Christian Rudder wrote in a blog post. “Even when they should be wrong for each other.” Conversely, coupl...
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Coal Rally
CREDIT: AP Photo / J. Scott Applewhite Starting Tuesday, anyone who objects to new proposed federal regulations to cut carbon emissions from power plants can make their complaints public — and opponents of the rules are lining up to take a shot. The rules for existing power plants were unveiled by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) two months ago, building atop previous rules laid down for new power plants, and constitute the centerpiece of the Obama Administration’s efforts to rein in America’s greenhouse gas emissions. On July 29, the agency will open up two-day-long public hearings in Atlanta, Denver, and Washington DC for anyone who has an opinion on the rules to get their thoughts heard, with further hearings in Pittsburgh July 31 and August 1. A number of right-wing gro...
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By Arturo GarciaMonday, July 28, 2014 17:11 EDT   TweetConservative radio host Glenn Beck accused President Barack Obama on Monday of fueling talks of his own impeachment in order to better position himself on, among other things, the country’s immigration issues, Right Wing Watch reported. “Who wants it? The president does,” Beck argued. “Because then he’ll be able to say, ‘I demand justice.’ The birther thing is over, the Black thing is over. So now he needs to be able to call for justice.” Beck...
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Atlantic County Prosecutor James P. McClain
Atlantic County Prosecutor James P. McClain CREDIT: Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Though her attorney has characterized it as “an honest mistake,” a single mother of two is facing at least three years in prison, without parole, for bringing a gun into New Jersey. Shaneen Allen was stopped in Atlantic County, NJ, at 1:07 a.m. on October 1, 2013, for an unsafe lane change, according to charging documents. She informed the cop that she possessed a .380 Bersa Thunder handgun and hollow-point bullets. While she apparently has a valid Pennsylvania Licence to Carry Firearm, New Jersey does not permit transporting these arms and does not have a reciprocity agreement with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. New Jersey’s Graves Act establishes mandatory minimum sentenc...
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Kansas Governor Sam Brownback, as we've explained before, is probably the most overtly extremist governor anywhere. Polls show that Kansas voters are determined to remove him from office and that he's likely to be beaten by a moderate Democrat Paul Davis. Brownback is losing because of his political agenda and because his vision of governance has failed dramatically and, for many in Kansas, catastrophically. But at least no one wants to throw him in prison for corruption-related charges. At least 4 other governor-- 3 Republicans and a Democrat-- are facing the prospect of leaving office not because of their conservative politics but because of their corrupt natures. Conventional wisdom-- and a helluva lot of evidence-- has it that Nathan Deal (R-GA), Chris Christie (R-NJ), Scott Walker (...
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CREDIT: AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite Pennsylvania Rep. Mike Kelly (R) had choice worlds for the Environmental Protection Agency’s new rule on power plant emissions Monday, moving beyond the usual “war on coal” language and likening the proposed regulations to an act of terrorism. Kelly delivered his remarks at an event at the conservative Heritage Foundation, a think tank that opposes the new rule. “You talk about terrorism — you can do it in a lot of different ways,” he said. “But you terrorize the people who supply everything this country needs to be great — and you keep them on the sidelines — my goodness, what have we become?” When asked to clarify what he meant by that, Kelly said he used the word “terrorism” broadly, E�...
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CREDIT: Shutterstock Climate change isn’t always just catastrophic. It can also be a nuisance. A new report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) this week found that nuisance flooding, or minor flooding, has increased on all three U.S. coasts between 300 and 925 percent since the 1960s. The report, Sea Level Rise and Nuisance Flood Frequency Changes around the United States, identified eight of the top ten U.S. cities to experience this increase in flooding, which is due to rising sea levels, as being on the East Coast. Nuisance flooding can cause road closures, overwhelm storm drains, and damage infrastructure. While extreme storms like Hurricane Sandy wreak havoc for days and leave detrimental damage in their wake, nuisance flooding is less headline-in...
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CREDIT: Howard Klaaste/ Shutterstock “We don’t detain pregnant women.” That’s the initial response that the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency told a reporter last year when asked about the number of pregnant detainees in immigration detention centers. But a new investigation by Fusion found that ICE has detained hundreds of pregnant women even after the agency issued a policy change in 2010. At least 559 pregnant women were detained in just six detention facilities — ICE operates about 250 facilities nationwide, so the number of pregnant detainees could be significantly higher. According to Fusion’s review of documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), the “average time spent in detention for the 559 pregnant wo...
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CREDIT: AP/Patrick Semansky The U.S. Senate is expected to make huge strides Tuesday by introducing a new bill that could curtail the National Security Agency’s (NSA’s) ability to collect mass amounts of data. But while the new bill was reached in compromise and promises significant changes in favor of individual privacy, advocates worry it could be stripped down as previous bills were. Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT), who leads the Senate Judiciary Committee, has championed a new version of the USA Freedom Act with several key changes that so far have garnered preliminary support from top privacy advocates and the Obama administration. The House passed its own rendition of the bill in May. But critics of that bill said it was significantly watered down from its original drafts and...
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Rebecca Vallas is the Associate Director of the Poverty to Prosperity Program and Christian E. Weller is a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress. CREDIT: Shutterstock The Social Security Trustees issued their annual report on the status of the Social Security trust funds on Monday. While many focus on the fact that Social Security faces a financial shortfall over the next 75 years, it’s both expected and manageable. Here are four big takeaways from the latest report: 1. Social Security can continue to pay all promised benefits for the next two decades. As was the case in last year’s report, the Trustees continue to estimate that Social Security will be able to pay all scheduled retirement, disability, and survivorship benefits through 2033. Social Security has two trust fund...
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CREDIT: Catholic Church of England and Wales Pope Francis has a habit of saying things that are not necessarily in line with the established teaching of the Catholic Church, but his most recent appeal for peace in the Middle East may put him at odds with a centuries-old Catholic theology concerning the proper use of military force. Speaking during his weekly Angelus address in Saint Peter’s Square on Sunday, the first Argentinean pope marked the 100th anniversary of World War I by breaking from his scripted remarks to make an impassioned plea for peace. “Please stop!” he said, referring to war as his voice cracked with emotion. “I ask you with all my heart, it’s time to stop. Stop, please!” His remarks appeared to be primarily directed at the escalating conflict in Israe...
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Fleeing Ukrainians turn seaside resorts into refuge camps [AFP]
By Agence France-PresseMonday, July 28, 2014 16:13 EDT   TweetSedove (Ukraine) (AFP) – With their sunburnt backs, flip-flops and baseball caps, the families lolling about the Ukrainian resort town of Sjedove on the Azov Sea could be mistaken for holidaymakers. But they are all refugees, fleeing the deadly combat in east Ukraine as the fighting has escalated in recent days and come closer and closer to large cities. The run-down hotels in the town, around 150 kilometres (93 miles) south of Donetsk, ...
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CREDIT: Shutterstock Fifty-four adult and hundreds of young fish have died in California’s Salmon River, due to low water flows and warmer-than-usual temperatures. A population assessment for Chinook salmon and Steelhead in the river found 300 to 600 juvenile fish — mainly Chinook — have died, prompting concerns over further reductions in the species’ populations as California’s drought persists. The fish are dying before they get the chance to spawn, due to drought and decreased snowpack-fueled low water levels. Right now, the river is running at 181 cubic feet per second — far below the average flow of 438 cubic feet per second and close to the record low of 110 cubic feet. “We’re all on alert,” California Department of Fish and Wi...
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By Travis GettysMonday, July 28, 2014 15:39 EDT   TweetA creationist group will ask state officials again for tax incentives to help build their long-planned Noah’s ark theme park in northern Kentucky. Ark Encounter had previously been approved for incentives for the entire $172.5 million project, but it had to withdraw that application due to funding problems. The religious group will ask the state Tuesday for incentives to help build the $72 million first phase of the theme park in Williamstown, ...
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A student receives treatment in the mobile dental group Help A Child Smile at Peek's Chapel Elementary School in Conyers, Ga.
A student receives treatment in the mobile dental group Help A Child Smile at Peek’s Chapel Elementary School in Conyers, Ga. CREDIT: AP Photo/Gene Blythe Americans living in parts of the southern United States — areas often burdened with disproportionate crime, poverty, limited health care, and poor schools — will likely live fewer healthy years post-retirement compared to their counterparts in other regions, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report released last week. CDC researchers analyzed census data between 2007 and 2009, collected death certificates, and conducted telephone surveys during which respondents described their health. The report showed that while Americans on average enjoyed 14 years of good health after retiring, resid...
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By David EdwardsMonday, July 28, 2014 15:26 EDT   TweetVideo has surfaced of a Maryland Republican nominee for Anne Arundel County Council singing “Dixie” as the national anthem at a secession conference in Alabama. Over the weekend, Grove City College psychology professor and blogger Warren Throckmorton uncovered video of Michael Peroutka speaking to the 2012 League of the South national conference in Wallsboro, Alabama. Peroutka generated controversy after winning the GOP nomination because he b...
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By The ConversationMonday, July 28, 2014 15:26 EDT   TweetBy Don Newgreen, Murdoch Childrens Research Institute and Jeffrey Craig, Murdoch Childrens Research Institute Take a look at several domesticated mammal species and you might spot a number of similarities between them, including those cute floppy ears. The famous naturalist and evolutionary theorist Charles Darwin even observed in the first chapter of his On the Origin of Species that: Not a single domestic animal can be named which has not ...
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Mock hangmen's nooses hang during a protest demanding the death penalty for six men accused of rape
Shannon Greenwood is an intern at ThinkProgress. Mock hangmen’s nooses hang during a protest demanding the death penalty for six men accused of rape CREDIT: AP Photo/Altaf Qadri With no one willing to kill its 16 death row inmates, the southern Indian state of Kerala has decided to offer 400 times more money to whoever wants to become the state’s newest executioner. With executions a rarity in India, the low salary and dismal job description kept many from taking up the profession resulting in a nationwide shortage of hangmen. The government in Kerala, currently lacking anyone to fill the position, increased its pay for executioners dramatically hoping to find a sure fix to this problem. Over the weekend, the daily newspaper Mathrubhumi released a report detailing KeralaR...
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