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"Many pet owners apparently complained when dropping the cats off at the shelter that they didn't show up well in pictures, and prospective owners at the shelter requested to meet cats that were any color other than black."by KenAnother fine and alarming Culture Watch catch from Claire Hannum at The Frisky, who previously turned us on to those creepy cat-shaped marshmallows and the possibly creepier still toasters that produce toast-selfies. Now it's an apparent trend in the U.K. concerning what constitutes an adoptable pet.It appears that black cats are increasingly going homeless -- not, as you might imagine, because of their long-bruited role as bringers of bad luck, but because they don't photograph well. That's right, the little darlings are deemed insufficiently photogenic to suit th...
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Border Patrol agents escort a group of undocumented immigrants into custody on May 20, 2013 near the U.S.-Mexico border in Havana, Texas [AFP]
By ReutersThursday, July 31, 2014 20:45 EDT   TweetWASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Senate legislation giving President Barack Obama $2.7 billion to deal with tens of thousands of Central American migrant children amassing at the southwestern U.S. border was blocked on Thursday by Republican opposition. By a vote of 50-44, 10 short of the 60 needed, the bill failed to clear a procedural hurdle. Republicans objected to the cost of the measure and complained that it would not be effective in discouraging ...
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MD GOP candidate Michael Peroutka press conference [youtube]
By Arturo GarciaThursday, July 31, 2014 19:52 EDT   TweetMaryland Republican candidate Michael Peroutka berated Planned Parenthood, the Southern Poverty Law Center, MSNBC host Al Sharpton and other groups while refusing to back down on his association with a neo-Confederate group during a far-ranging public statement on Wednesday, Right Wing Watch reported. “Republican leadership here in Maryland has rightly said that this race card sideshow is a distraction from the real issues,” Peroutka said. “B...
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CIA [AFP]
By ReutersThursday, July 31, 2014 17:58 EDT   TweetBy Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The CIA conceded on Thursday that it had improperly monitored computers used by the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee in an investigation of CIA interrogation tactics and secret prisons for terrorism suspects after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. Central Intelligence Agency spokesman Dean Boyd said in a statement that the agency’s inspector general had determined that “some CIA employees acted in a manner ...
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An Israeli artillery gun fires a 155 mm shell towards targets in the Gaza Strip from their position near Israel's border with the Gaza Strip on July 31, 2014 [AFP]
By Agence France-PresseThursday, July 31, 2014 17:48 EDT   TweetNew Delhi (AFP) – Israel and Hamas have agreed to a 72-hour ceasefire in the Gaza conflict, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said early Friday. Kerry, on a visit to New Delhi, said that the two sides would cease fire at 8 am local time (0500 GMT) and that Israelis and Palestinians would enter talks in Cairo. [Image via Agence France-Presse] ...
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Anna Paquin on 'Larry King Now' [hulu]
By Arturo GarciaThursday, July 31, 2014 17:12 EDT   TweetTrue Blood star Anna Paquin rebuffed talk show host Larry King’s misinformed line of questioning regarding her sexuality in an interview on this week’s episode of Larry King Now. “Are you a non-practicing bisexual?” King asked. “Well, I am married to my husband,” Paquin replied, referring to spouse and co-star Stephen Moyer. “And we are happily, monogamously married.” “But you were bisexual?” King pressed. “Well, I don’t think it’s a past-ten...
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Jacob Wilson Ex-Gay Therapy
CREDIT: Daniel Gonzalez After New Jersey passed its ban on ex-gay therapy for minors last year, two lawsuits were filed challenging the law, one by therapists wishing to continue to practice the harmful treatment and one by a family seeking to continue the treatment for their son. In November, a federal judge ruled against the therapists, and on Thursday, the same judge dismissed the family’s challenge, again upholding the ban. The ruling somewhat comes out of the blue. The case had been stayed back in March while the U.S. Supreme Court considered whether to take up an appeal in a similar case in California. Last month, the Supreme Court announced it would not be hearing the case, allowing the Ninth Circuit’s ruling upholding California’s similar ban on ex-gay therapy to...
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This week, EMILY's List dropped a last minute $17,441 into an independent expenditure for the extremely conservative candidate they're supporting in Honolulu, Donna Mercado Kim. Many elderly ladies who remember when EMILY's List was founded by Ellen Malcolm 30 years ago don't realize EMILY's List has swung from being a basically progressive organization to being one of the most conservative and untrustworthy elements in the Democratic coalition. "We don't care about anything except electing pro-choice women to office," they use as their excuse for backing absolutely horrible conservatives most of the time-- even when their conservative candidate, like Kim, isn't even really pro-Choice. It's identity politics at its ugliest. EMILY's List is backing Kim because Kim is a woman. Other candidat...
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House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH)
House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) CREDIT: AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite Hours before Congress broke for the August recess, House Republicans claimed that the President could use executive action to fix the border situation with unaccompanied children fleeing violence in the Central American countries of Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala. In a press statement released Thursday, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and other House Republican leaders indicated that President Obama could address the crisis “without the need for congressional action,” a statement tinged with some irony given that just the day before, House Republicans had slammed the President with a lawsuit claiming executive overreach. “This situation shows the intense concern within our conference – and amo...
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CREDIT: AP Photo – Ted S. Warren Microsoft must hand over emails stored in its data center in Dublin, Ireland in accordance with a U.S. federal warrant, a judge ruled Thursday. The ruling, handed down by New York federal district court judge Loretta Preska, determined the government could seize emails regardless of where they are physically stored as long as the company is based in the United States. Thursday’s decision follows a months-long battle that started after a New York judge issued Microsoft a search warrant in December to submit copies of emails stored on its Dublin, Ireland servers. Microsoft contested the warrant with the support of other tech industry giants, arguing that search warrants for physical evidence could only be used within the United States borders. ...
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By David EdwardsThursday, July 31, 2014 16:07 EDT   TweetProtesters on Thursday hope to show customers at the Beverly Hills Hotel that they are supporting the establishment’s homophobic owner by broadcasting video of a person being stoned to death in front of the building. In recent months, Sultan of Brunei Hassanal Bolkiah — whose Dorchester Collection owns the Beverly Hills Hotel — has put in place a plan to fully enact Sharia law in his country, which includes harsh penalties like executions by ...
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Putin and Lukashenko attend a flower laying ceremony in Minsk on the anniversary of Minsk's liberation from Nazi troops during WWII.
Will Freeman is an intern with Think Progress. Putin and Lukashenko attend a flower laying ceremony in Minsk on the anniversary of Minsk’s liberation from Nazi troops during WWII. CREDIT: AP Images Alexander Lukashenko, the authoritarian president of Belarus often referred to as Europe’s last dictator, announced Wednesday that he would host upcoming peace talks between Russia and Ukraine after being chosen by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). While picking Belarus makes diplomatic sense, as the nation is both a close ally of Moscow and sympathetic to Kiev, pro-democracy activists living under harsh repression are concerned the move grants Lukashenko more legitimacy. Like Ukraine, Belarus is a country torn between factions that want closer ties w...
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Heavy rain clouds slowly roll over the Organ Mountains on Monday, Dec. 10, 2007. Organ Mountains Desert Peaks is the newest national monument created by the Obama administration.
Heavy rain clouds slowly roll over the Organ Mountains on Monday, Dec. 10, 2007. Organ Mountains Desert Peaks is the newest national monument created by the Obama administration. CREDIT: AP Photo/Las Cruces Sun-News, Shari Viapando The House decided not to vote on its controversial border bill due to lack of support Thursday, a move that means that the public lands along the border are, at least for now, safe from the interference the bill would have allowed. House Republican leaders, however, said on Thursday evening that they would try again to vote Friday. The bill would have given Customs and Border Protection the authority to build roads, barriers, and surveillance equipment in national parks within 100 miles of the U.S. border with Mexico. Importantly, it contained a passage prohibi...
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House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) during a press conference on Capitol Hill on March 26, 2014 [AFP]
By ReutersThursday, July 31, 2014 15:31 EDT   TweetWASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. House Republican leaders on Thursday canceled a vote on a $659 million border security funding bill amid divisions within the party and lack of support from Democrats. The decision throws into disarray congressional efforts to deal with a crisis over tens of thousands of Central American migrant children crossing the U.S.-Mexican border. “There are numerous steps the president can and should be taking right now, without ...
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By ReutersThursday, July 31, 2014 15:30 EDT   TweetNEW YORK (Reuters) – A former New York City police officer cleared of charges of raping a drunken fashion executive in her Manhattan apartment but jailed for misconduct over the incident is suing his accuser and the city for $175 million, his attorney said on Thursday. The case against Kenneth Moreno, who was acquitted by a jury in 2011 of assaulting the 29-year-old woman while on duty, drew national headlines as a symbol of police misbehavior. Dur...
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Cynthia Coffman (R)
Colorado Attorney General Nominee Cynthia Coffman (R) CREDIT: Cytnhia Coffman for Attorney General Facebook page The campaign for the usually little-noticed position of Colorado Attorney General has been jolted with a stunning influx of outside money — a total one candidate says is more than quadruple the largest amount ever spent by a candidate for the position. The Republican Attorneys General Association (RAGA) has reportedly reserved a historic $2.6 million television ad buy in support of Colorado Republican attorney general nominee Cynthia Coffman. The group has received significant funding from the fossil fuel industry — and dark money groups backed by petrochemical billionaires Charles and David Koch. Probably not coincidentally, Coffman is a staunch supporter of the o...
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California state Sen. Leland Yee (D) [Facebook]
By ReutersThursday, July 31, 2014 15:29 EDT   TweetBy Jennifer Chaussee SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – California State Senator Leland Yee pleaded not guilty to racketeering charges on Thursday after federal investigators expanded existing conspiracy charges against the Democratic lawmaker last week. Yee, who made the plea during a brief court appearance in U.S. District Court in San Francisco, was indicted earlier this year over allegations of corruption and taking part in a gun trafficking scheme. Fe...
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Tucker Carlson
By David EdwardsThursday, July 31, 2014 14:58 EDT   TweetFox News host Tucker Carlson has converted to secularism — at least, when it comes to denying help to refugee children who are fleeing violence in Central America. During a Thursday discussion on the Fox News show Out Numbered, Carlson asserted that President Barack Obama and Democratic lawmakers were “just affirmatively for illegal immigration” because they wanted to deal with the children as refugees instead of deporting them as quickly as ...
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Thomas Massie 9.11
By Travis GettysThursday, July 31, 2014 14:48 EDT   TweetA Republican lawmaker renewed his call for the release of 28 redacted pages from the investigative report into the 9/11 terrorist attacks — which a left-wing fringe group claims implicates the British monarchy. Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) appeared Wednesday on the Glenn Beck Program to discuss the excerpt, which he and two other current lawmakers and one former lawmaker were permitted to read earlier this year. The Tea Party-backed freshman law...
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HOLD FOR STORY BY ROXANA HEGEMAN
CREDIT: AP/ Orlin Wagner An acid spill on Monday in rural Kingfisher County northwest of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma could turn out to be the largest spill “in relation to fracking materials” in the state according to an Oklahoma Corporation Commission spokesman. Spokesman Matt Skinner said 480 barrels of fracking-related hydrochloric (HCL) acid, nearly enough to fill an Olympic-sized swimming pool, emptied out of a tank where it was stored. Acid is used in the fracking process to both clean wells and stimulate the flow of oil and gas. The cause of the spill, which occurred in an alfalfa field, is under investigation. Skinner told ThinkProgress this is the largest frack-related spill he is aware of in the state’s history. He was unable to comment on the cause of the spill ...
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Pro-Russian militants block the road behind Dutch and Australian forensic teams on their way to the crash site of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 (AFP)
By Agence France-PresseThursday, July 31, 2014 14:09 EDT   TweetAn international probe into the downing of flight MH17 in eastern Ukraine inched forward on Thursday as experts risked attack to reach the site for the first time in nearly a week after Kiev announced a halt to its military offensive. A small team of Dutch and Australian experts accompanied by international monitors accessed the vast site of the doomed Malaysia Airlines jet after days of fierce fighting between government forces and re...
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Sen. John McCain (R-AZ)
Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) CREDIT: AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite Two weeks after pro-Russia separatists apparently shot down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 as it flew over Ukraine, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) is calling on FIFA to move the 2018 World Cup out of Russia as a way to exert leverage on Vladimir Putin. McCain told the ESPN/ABC podcast “Capital Games” Wednesday that the U.S. should not act unilaterally but that there should be calls to move the tournament to a less controversial country. “It absolutely should be reconsidered, but I would hasten to add that a unilateral decision by the United States would not bode well,” McCain said. “I’d like to see the United States and others — say, the British perhaps and other countries — raise the issue in ordinary meetings, periodic meeti...
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Speaker of the House John Boehner listens to questions during a news conference (AFP)
By ReutersThursday, July 31, 2014 14:04 EDT   TweetBy Mark Felsenthal WASHINGTON (Reuters) – House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner said on Thursday that any unilateral steps by President Barack Obama on immigration would make matters worse and add to a “legacy of lawlessness.” “No more unilateral action by the president,” Boehner said at a news conference. “If the president takes these actions, he’ll be sealing the deal on his legacy of lawlessness,” he said. “He’ll be violating the solemn ...
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By ReutersThursday, July 31, 2014 14:02 EDT   TweetBy Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO (Reuters) – A man upset about a job demotion gravely wounded the chief executive of his company in a downtown Chicago office building and then fatally shot himself, police said on Thursday. The 54-year-old executive was taken to the hospital with gunshot wounds to his stomach and head. The dead gunman was 59 years old. Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said he could not confirm the name of the company but the Chicago S...
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By TBoggThursday, July 31, 2014 13:50 EDT   TweetNormally you have to turn to Fox News if you want your daily dose of outrage delivered hot and fresh to your door with a side-order of egregious bias. Nothing quite sells a story like watching a credulous Fox mouth-hole reciting a list of talking points like it was The Road Not Taken. But this summer’s blockbuster, Gaza!: Shit Blowing Up Everywhere, has convinced all the other media outlets that “the water is fine, everyone into the propaganda pool!”...
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By Katie HalperThursday, July 31, 2014 13:46 EDT   TweetChris Gunness, a spokesman for United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) and former BBC reporter, was finishing up a TV interview on Al Jazeera Arabic when he broke into tears over the state of affairs in Gaza. Right before crying, he says, ”The rights of Palestinians – even their children – are wholesale denied. And it’s appalling” and then, to sign off, says, “My pleasure.” As he breaks down a colleague comforts Gunness and the camera p...
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At the first-ever White House Summit on Working Families in June, President Obama took the podium to raucous applause, which only got louder during his speech. “Many women can’t even get a paid day off to give birth,” he declared. “That’s a pretty low bar. That we should be able to take care of.” The crowd went wild, but he wasn’t done. “Child care…costs thousands of dollars a year,” he pointed out. “There are other countries that know how to do childcare well. This isn’t rocket science.” Cheers went up from the advocates, researchers, labor groups, and plenty of working mothers in the room. After describing our lack of paid family leave and universal child care policies, he said, “They shouldn’t be bonuses. They should be part of our bottom line as a society.” The applause in the room re...
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By ReutersThursday, July 31, 2014 13:44 EDT   TweetWASHINGTON (Reuters) – The CIA said on Thursday its director had apologized to leaders of the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee for monitoring computers that committee investigators were using as they looked into the CIA’s use of interrogation and secret prisons. In a statement, Central Intelligence Agency spokesman Dean Boyd said the agency’s inspector general had determined that “some CIA employees acted in a manner inconsistent” with an underst...
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A woman looks at the Obamacare HealthCare insurance exchange Internet site (AFP)
By ReutersThursday, July 31, 2014 13:43 EDT   TweetBy David Morgan WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. consumers who purchase private health coverage through the federal Obamacare website HealthCare.gov are likely to find only modestly higher premiums but may still have technical problems signing up, a top health official said on Thursday. “It won’t be perfect,” Andrew Slavitt, a newly appointed principal deputy administrator at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), told lawmakers at hearin...
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Meriam Yahia Ibrahim Ishag sits in her cell at a women's prison in Omdurman (AFP)
By ReutersThursday, July 31, 2014 13:42 EDT   Tweet(Reuters) – A Sudanese woman who was sentenced to death for converting from Islam to Christianity, then detained after her conviction was quashed, was due to return to the United States on Thursday, according to a family member. Mariam Yahya Ibrahim was scheduled to arrive in Manchester, New Hampshire, on Thursday evening, her brother-in-law Gabriel Wani said in a phone interview. Since leaving Sudan after her sentence and detention triggered inter...
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Ben Stein is such a douchebag. He has a mental disease and definitely has a defect.

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