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There is exactly zero chance the Democrats will take back the House in November. And there is not a single serious, non-senile person who will tell you that there is a chance. A few days ago we looked at some of the underlying reasons here, in an open letter to Nancy Pelosi: extraordinarily bad leadership. The situation in the Senate is not as hopeless, although the leadership at the DSCC this year is not what it was when Patty Murray ran the show in 2012 and swept the field. This cycle an abysmally weak and clueless chairman, Michael Bennet, is beyond worthless and takes orders from Guy Cecil, whose only concern is positioning himself for a top position in the Hillary For President campaign. Cecil, who wanted defeated Blue Dog chairwoman Setphanie Herseth Sandlin to run for the open South...
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San Diego Comic-Con [Flickr Creative Commons] https://www.flickr.com/photos/24905220@N00/3743438073
By Arturo GarciaTuesday, July 29, 2014 22:26 EDT   TweetMembers of the cosplay community from this past weekend’s San Diego Comic-Con scrambled to try to help authorities on Tuesday after reports that a teenage girl was assaulted during the convention. San Diego Harbor Police confirmed to The Raw Story via email that a 29-year-old man was arrested early Sunday morning in connection with the attack. The unidentified suspect was charged with sexual contact with a minor and contributing to the delinqu...
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Staff of the Christian charity Samaritan's Purse put on protective gear at a hospital in the Liberian capital Monrovia, July 24, 2014 [AFP]
By Agence France-PresseTuesday, July 29, 2014 21:09 EDT   TweetMonrovia (AFP) – Pan-African airline ASKY suspended all flights to and from the capitals of Liberia and Sierra Leone over the worsening Ebola health crisis, as the Liberian football association said it halted all activities in the country. The LFA decided “to cease operations of football activities considering that football matches are contact sports and Ebola is spread through body contacts with an infected person”, LFA chief Musa Bili...
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By Arturo GarciaTuesday, July 29, 2014 21:02 EDT   TweetA 34-year-old former Michigan Christian radio host pleaded guilty on Tuesday of sexually assaulting a 12-year-old boy and storing images of the attack on his computer, WOOD-TV reported. John Balyo faces between 15 and 50 years in prison when he is sentenced in November on charges of sexual exploitation of a child and possession of child pornography. He also faces additional charges from prosecutors in nearby Calhoun County for first-degree cri...
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by KenHere in New York State there has been a rolling uproar since January, when the NYS Education Department began replacing the age-old General Educational Development (GED) test with what DNAinfo New York's Amy Zimmer describes as "a more rigorous test that's pegged to the new federal Common Core standards." The 7.5-hour Test Assessing Secondary Completion, known as the TASC, covers far more challenging topics than the GED, requiring students to know everything from Newton's second law of motion to the reasons particular amendments were added to the Constitution.On the writing section, students now have to read nonfiction articles and compare and contrast them — much more difficult than the old open-ended GED prompts, which asked students questions like what they would do with $1 millio...
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By Arturo GarciaTuesday, July 29, 2014 18:51 EDT   TweetRecords released by the Iowa Department of Criminal Investigation (DCI) show sheriff’s officials hitting a 39-year-old man with Tasers at least 15 times before he died during a domestic violence incident last year, the Des Moines Register reported. Officials released the footage of Michael Zubrod’s death as part of a settlement with the Register. Worth County sheriff’s deputies were responding to calls saying Zubrod had attacked his girlfriend...
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By ReutersTuesday, July 29, 2014 17:13 EDT   TweetBy Art Hughes ST. PAUL Minn. (Reuters) – Former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura was awarded more than $1.8 million in damages on Tuesday after a federal jury found he had been defamed in a book by an ex-Navy SEAL who claimed the two were in a bar fight. In an 8-2 decision, the jury awarded Ventura $1.35 million for unjust enrichment and $500,000 for defamation over the book, written by Chris Kyle, a former Navy SEAL who was killed in 2013 at a Texa...
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I've never missed an election in my life-- even while living in difficult to vote places like the mountains of Afghanistan-- and I've never voted for a Republican, although before I was old enough to vote, I was a volunteer for John Lindsay, a liberal Republican-- they had them back then-- running against the conservative machine hack Abe Beame. Lindsay responded to the GOP's inexorable drift rightward by switching to the Democratic Party while he was mayor. That said, it has gotten harder and harder for me to vote for Democrats in recent years. The further Democratic candidates drift from progressive values and principles, the more I find myself voting for judges and assemblymen and leaving out congressmen (Blue Dog Adam Schiff), senators (Dianne Feinstein) governors (Gray Davis) and pres...
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FL woman accused of child neglect for letting son walk alone to the park [WPTV-TV]
By Arturo GarciaTuesday, July 29, 2014 16:51 EDT   TweetPolice in Port St. Lucie, Florida arrested a local woman and charged her with child neglect for allowing her 7-year-old son to walk to a park on his own, WPTV-TV reported on Monday. “My own bondsman said my parents would have been in jail every day,” Nicole Gainey was quoted as saying, adding that she paid a bond of nearly $4,000 before being released from jail. Gainey’s arrest this past Saturday afternoon was allegedly precipitated by an enc...
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McDonald's Hamburglar character steals imaginary food from other characters. The company steals real wages from its workers.
McDonald’s Hamburglar character steals imaginary food from other characters. The company steals real wages from its workers. CREDIT: Flickr user sortofbreakit In a ruling that raises the stakes for numerous fast food worker efforts, the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) top lawyer said on Tuesday that McDonald’s Corp. is responsible for the actions of the owner-operator franchisees who run the vast majority of its stores. The arrangements McDonald’s makes with its franchisees have long been understood to insulate the corporation from worker lawsuits. Because the buck stopped with individual owner-managers rather than with at the company’s Illinois headquarters, worker lawsuits and unionization efforts were limited in scope and unable to seek remedies fr...
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Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) rips into Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK) for blocking a resolution that would have acknowledged the reality of climate change.
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) rips into Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK) for blocking a resolution that would have acknowledged the reality of climate change. CREDIT: CSPAN Here at ClimateProgress, we spend a lot of time debunking politicians who deny climate change based on scientifically murky grounds. On Thursday, it looked as though we’d have to do it again, after Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK) blocked a Senate resolution that would have simply stated that climate change is real. Inhofe said he objected to the resolution because the earth had experienced “no warming for the last 15 years;” and because 9,000 scientists had signed a petition expressing doubt that greenhouse gases cause global warming. Fortunately, however, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) did the debunking for us, just s...
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CREDIT: AP Former First Lady and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton joined the chorus of political leaders speaking out against the name of Washington’s professional football team Tuesday, calling the team’s continued use of its “Redskins” moniker “insensitive” during an interview with Fusion TV’s Jorge Ramos. “I think it’s insensitive,” Clinton said in the interview that will air Tuesday night. “And I think that there’s no reason for it to continue as the name of a team in our nation’s capital. I would love to see the owners think hard about what they could substitute.” “I haven’t though a lot about that,” Clinton said when Ramos asked if she had any suggestions for a new name. Clinton, who is considering a run for preside...
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CREDIT: shutterstock Since its founding by an Illinois Congressman in 1856, General Mills has been part of America’s diet — a diet that is now being impacted by climate change. On Monday, the behemoth company, which is home to dozens of household brands, including Cheerios, Betty Crocker, and Pillsbury, avowed newfound concern for climate change as part of a bigger movement by major corporations concerned with both profits and practices tied-up in greenhouse gas emissions. The announcement by General Mills comes two months after Oxfam launched a report calling out big food companies for their significant greenhouse gas emissions, and specifically noting General Mills as a “clear laggard.” In a complete reversal, this week Oxfam praised General Mills for its “...
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CREDIT: Atlanta Journal-Constitution More than 30 mothers challenged societal norms last weekend at an Oklahoma park when they synchronically pulled out one of their breasts and publicly fed their infants for one minute. The event counted among several gatherings taking place around the world as a part of “The Big Latch On,” an annual effort to promote public breastfeeding. The Big Latch On launched in 2005 in New Zealand in observance of World Breastfeeding Week, which falls on the first week of August. It has since grown in worldwide popularity, reaching the United States in 2011 when members of La Leche League of U.S. helped organize mass latch ons in several American cities and towns. “Get with it. Let’s realize that this is going to be normal,” Carrie Fulgencio, head organizer of ...
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CREDIT: Esther Y. Lee/ ThinkProgress “I think the chance of them showing up to a hearing is zero,” Sen. Lindsay Graham said earlier this month during a Senate Appropriations Committee hearing. Graham is one of several members of Congress who don’t believe that migrant children — 90,000 of whom are expected to be apprehended at the southern border this fiscal year — will show up to their court hearings after they are released to guardians living in the United States. But if new data culled from an eight-year period is any indication, their claims are unfounded. That’s because an analysis of 101,850 court proceedings between 2005 through June 2014 found that a vast majority of children, especially those with legal representation, show up to their hearings...
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Republican shock jock Rush Limbaugh covers his face as an ex-Marine calls him a
By David EdwardsTuesday, July 29, 2014 15:25 EDT   TweetRadio host Rush Limbaugh defended the National Football League’s light punishment of Ravens running back Ray Rice, suggesting that knocking his then-girlfriend unconscious could not have been that bad if she later agreed to marry him. The NFL came under fire recently after Rice was given a two-game suspension for assaulting his girlfriend in Atlantic City in February, and then dragging her unconscious body out of an elevator. Meanwhile, the l...
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Cliven Bundy press conference 042414 [NBC News]
By Travis GettysTuesday, July 29, 2014 15:08 EDT   TweetTwo SWAT officers were reassigned after they made social media posts fantasizing about killing Cliven Bundy supporters during a standoff earlier this year at his Nevada ranch. Officer Russell Laws logged onto Facebook shortly after the April 12 standoff ended between federal and local authorities and armed protesters, reported the Las Vegas Review-Journal. The newspaper reported that the 41-year-old Laws commented on a news photo posted by a B...
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Pictured here: terrible people, according to Turkey's deputy prime minister
Shannon Greenwood is an intern at ThinkProgress. Pictured here: terrible people, according to Turkey’s deputy prime minister CREDIT: Shutterstock.com Take note, women: if you chuckled in public at this headline, you are apparently bringing about the collapse of civilization. This according to Bülent Arınç, the deputy prime minister of Turkey, who indicated as much in a speech on Monday that has been widely criticized as both sexist and ridiculous. During a speech on Monday, Arınç said that, among other activities, women should not laugh in public if they are to adhere to proper social mores. The speech was given on Eid al-Fitr, the official end to the month-long Islamic celebration of Ramadan. In his speech, Arınç outlined his ideas of morality saying: Chastity is so important. It...
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CREDIT: AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File On Tuesday, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals struck down a law that would have closed down Mississippi’s only abortion clinic, invalidating a 2012 measure requiring abortion doctors to obtain admitting privileges at local hospitals. The state’s only two abortion providers fly in from out of state to serve patients and were repeatedly denied partnerships with local hospitals. The three-judge panel ruled that since the U.S. Supreme Court established a constitutional right to abortion, “Mississippi may not shift its obligation for established constitutional rights of its citizens to another state,” the Associated Press reports. “Pre-viability, a woman has the constitutional right to end her pregnancy by abortion. H.B. 1...
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Smoke and fire from the explosion of an Israeli strike rise over Gaza City
Smoke and fire from the explosion of an Israeli strike rise over Gaza City CREDIT: AP Photo/Hatem Moussa On Tuesday afternoon in the Gaza Strip, another ceasefire was proposed to end the fighting between Israel and Hamas. This time, the call for the firing to halt came from a member of the Palestinian Authority, claiming to speak for Hamas as well. Within half an hour, however, the hopes for a deal quickly vanished as Hamas denied that they had signed onto such an agreement. Such is the way of ceasefires during this latest round of war in the Gaza Strip. Only rarely have all three main parties to the conflict — Israel, Hamas, and the Palestinian Liberation Organization — agreed to halt the fighting simultaneously, though each of them has proposed their own version of a cease...
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Washington residents protest a proposed coal export terminal in 2013.
Even as giant U.S. coal companies bemoan the Obama Administration’s plan to reduce carbon pollution from coal-fired power plants, a federal agency’s long history of protecting industry interests could hand coal companies a victory and threaten an otherwise impressive climate record. The coal industry has loudly and publicly decried the administration’s Clean Power Plan, saying it would “place the U.S. economy at serious risk,” while quietly working to convince the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management to sell off billions of tons of coal owned by the American public at below-market rates. If the coal industry succeeds, and if the Obama administration doesn’t step in to curtail major new coal lease sales proposed by the BLM in a region of Wyoming an...
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Milky Way in the clear night sky (AFP)
By Agence France-PresseTuesday, July 29, 2014 14:07 EDT   TweetA billion-dollar telescope designed to provide the most detailed map yet of the Milky Way is ready to start work after teething problems, the European Space Agency (ESA) said on Tuesday. “Following extensive in-orbit commissioning and several unexpected challenges… Gaia is now ready to begin its science mission,” the agency said. Launched on December 19, the 740-million-euro ($990-million) device is the most advanced space telescope eve...
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Mars rover Opportunity via Wikipedia Commons
By Agence France-PresseTuesday, July 29, 2014 13:51 EDT   TweetThe US space agency’s Opportunity rover has now clocked more miles on Mars than any man-made vehicle to reach another celestial body, NASA said. Since arriving on the Red Planet in 2004, the solar-powered robot has journeyed across 25 miles (40 kilometers) of Martian terrain. That surpasses the previous record, held by the Soviet Union’s Lunokhod 2 rover, which landed on the Moon in 1973. “Opportunity has driven farther than any other w...
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People come out from their houses after shelling in Donetsk (AFP)
By Agence France-PresseTuesday, July 29, 2014 13:50 EDT   TweetAfter months of hesitation, the EU finally agreed Tuesday to impose economic sanctions against Russia, hoping to make it change course in Ukraine as fighting intensified around cities held by pro-Moscow rebels. The new measures impose restrictions on the finance, defence and energy sectors so as to increase the cost to Russia of its continued intervention in Ukraine. Notably, Russian state-owned banks will find access to European financ...
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The world's largest solar-powered boat, MS Turanor PlanetSolar (AFP)
By Agence France-PresseTuesday, July 29, 2014 13:48 EDT   TweetThe world’s largest solar boat, the catamaran PlanetSolar, will embark on a Greek mission to find one of the oldest sites inhabited by man in Europe, an organiser said Monday. Starting on August 11, a team of Swiss and Greek scientists will seek a “prehistoric countryside” in the southeastern Peloponnese peninsula, University of Geneva researcher Julien Beck told AFP. The month-long mission, jointly organised with the Swiss school of ar...
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George Zimmerman mugshot via Seminole County Sheriff’s Office
By Tom BoggioniTuesday, July 29, 2014 13:46 EDT   TweetGeorge Zimmerman, the former neighborhood watch volunteer acquitted in the shooting death of teenager Trayvon Martin, told police he was working night security at a Florida gun dealer after being discovered sitting in his truck outside the store after midnight Sunday evening. According to the Daytona Beach News-Journal, Zimmerman was questioned in front of Pompano Pat’s, a retailer specializing in guns, ammunition, and motorcycles located in De...
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Share Tweet New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (AP Photo/Mike Groll) Election seasons are supposed to provide an opportunity for sitting officials to explain their records, and for challengers to question them. And when a top official is facing intense scrutiny based on recent revelations—as New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is in the aftermath of reports regarding his administration’s handling of a corruption inquiry—the need for election season accountability is that much greater. So it only makes sense that Cuomo should debate his Democratic primary challenger, Fordham University Law School professor Zephyr Teachout. Cuomo took a hard hit when The New York Ti...
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By ReutersTuesday, July 29, 2014 13:34 EDT   Tweet(Reuters) – An Alabama woman whose former boyfriend doused her in gasoline and set her on fire died early on Tuesday after two days in the hospital, authorities said. Deborah Diane Prater, 49, had recently ended her three-year relationship with Michael Kennedy, 48, when police say he came to her house in a Birmingham suburb early on Sunday and argued with her before setting her ablaze. “It’s a totally senseless and violent loss of life,” said Sergea...
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Border patrol agencts via AFP
By ReutersTuesday, July 29, 2014 13:32 EDT   TweetBy David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) – Lawyers for the mother of a Mexican teenager fatally shot by U.S. border police filed a U.S. federal civil rights lawsuit on Tuesday, calling the killing “brazen and lawless” and the latest example of agents using excessive force. The lawsuit says unnamed U.S. Border Patrol agents violated the constitutional rights of Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez, who was 16 years old when he died in the cross-border shooting fr...
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John Boehner 052214 [Fusion]
By ReutersTuesday, July 29, 2014 13:30 EDT   TweetBy Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republicans have no plans to begin impeachment proceedings against President Barack Obama, House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner declared on Tuesday, putting the blame on Democrats for stirring up pre-midterm election tensions in Washington. Boehner is, however, hoping this week to pass Republican legislation that would authorize a lawsuit, claiming Obama overstepped his powers in ordering unilateral c...
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Ben Stein is such a douchebag. He has a mental disease and definitely has a defect.

Well said. I couldn't have said it better myself. Keep the faith!

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