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Red to Blue looks like such a stinker for Steve Israel this cycle that he's started slipping in candidates in blue districts so his batting average won't look as atrocious on the morning of November 5th as anyone looking at his inept recruiting will surmise. A good red-to-blue program would have strong, progressive candidates running against Republicans in blue-leaning districts. Instead, Israel's personal agenda had him out-right protecting Republicans in many of these districts. These are all districts Democrats should be able to win but that Israel has screwed up-- as he chases impossible districts with revolting Blue Dogs and New Dems in deep red territory. • NY-02- Peter King (R+1)• MI-06- Fred Upton (R+1)• WA-08- Dave Reichert (R+1)• FL-13- Dave Jolly (R+1)• FL-27- Ileana Ros-Lehtin...
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Cillizza, Hillary Clinton
In the past two months, Washington Post political reporter Chris Cillizza has used his platform at The Fix to obsess over the question of whether Hillary Clinton has sufficiently explained her family's wealth, dismissing Clinton's comments on income inequality while offering conflicting advice on how she should answer the question in a way that satisfies Chris Cillizza and The Washington Post.   Cillizza's latest post came in response to an interview Hillary Clinton gave to Fusion TV host Jorge Ramos that aired July 29. "Hillary Clinton still hasn't found a good answer to questions about her wealth," according to the July 29 headline over at The Fix. After crediting GOP opposition research firm American Rising with focusing his attention on Clinton's wealth, Cillizza concluded: "Until she ...
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Rev Jody Hice via Facebook
By Travis GettysWednesday, July 30, 2014 11:51 EDT   TweetA Georgia Republican candidate for Congress warned of disastrous consequences if atheists were elected as lawmakers. Jody Hice, who has suggested that Muslims aren’t protected by the First Amendment and that Americans have a Second Amendment right to own bazookas, made the comments on atheist lawmakers during a 2003 interview with the Trinity Broadcasting Network. “Are we going to be a nation that is led by people who acknowledge God? Who ac...
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Right-wing media reacted to an ad depicting gun-based domestic violence with the dangerous claim that keeping guns in the home would prevent such attacks. In fact, the presence of a firearm in a home where domestic abuse occurs increases the risk a woman will be murdered. In an ad released on July 29, gun violence prevention group Everytown for Gun Safety depicted the harrowing scene of a domestic abuser breaking into his estranged partner's home and shooting her with a gun. The ad was released to bring attention to a July 30 Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the relationship between guns and domestic violence. The Senate is currently considering legislation that would prohibit the purchase of firearms by individuals convicted of stalking and expand the definition of intimate partner v...
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By Scott KaufmanWednesday, July 30, 2014 11:32 EDT   TweetPolice in Detroit are saying that an 8-year-old boy who was shot to death while sleeping may have been the unintended victim of domestic violence, WWJ reports. At approximately 1:15 a.m. on Wednesday, an unidentified person walked up to the townhouse in which Jakari Pearson was sleeping and began shooting. At least three shots were fired through the boy’s bedroom wall and window. The bullets traveled into the upstairs bedroom where Pearson w...
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Hitting on what has become one of the Beltway media's favorite narratives of 2014, the Washington Post's Chris Cillizza this week bemoaned the fact that increased polarization within the electorate, fueled by spiraling partisanship, means "we are increasingly moving toward two entirely separate Americas, a liberal one and a conservative one." According to the writer, we're two separate, stubborn nations unwilling to communicate or compromise.   This type of analysis has been repeated often in recent weeks, in part because of an influential Pew Research study that fueled a larger media discussion about polarization. But this focus on polarization misses the larger point and lets the GOP off the hook. Especially when you look at the polling on crucial issues facing the nation; issues Preside...
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Alexander Gonzalez Garcia pleaded guilty to sex abuse of a minor
By David EdwardsWednesday, July 30, 2014 11:22 EDT   TweetAn Idaho church deacon who blamed Satan after he molested a 12-year-old girl in a storage closet has been sentenced to 20 years in prison, but could spend less than a year behind bars. Alexander Gonzalez Garcia, 57, was arrested last December on charges of lewd conduct with a minor. According to authorities, the girl said that Garcia had touched her inappropriately while they were in a storage closet at Nampa Seventh-Day Adventist Church, w...
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'Serious Man In A Suit Holding A Rifle Isolated On A White' [Shutterstock]
By Travis GettysWednesday, July 30, 2014 10:50 EDT   TweetA lobbyist for the National Rifle Association compared a Washington state campaign to require criminal background checks for gun show sales to Nazi Germany. Brian Judy, the NRA’s chief state lobbyist, launched a personal attack last week on Seattle businessman Nick Hanauer, whose family has pledged $500,000 to campaign to close the gun show loophole. “He has put half-a-million dollars toward this policy, the same policy that led his family g...
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By ReutersWednesday, July 30, 2014 10:47 EDT   TweetBy Barbara Liston ORLANDO Fla. (Reuters) – A Florida family scavenging for sunken treasure on a shipwreck has found the missing piece of a 300-year-old gold filigree necklace sacred to Spanish priests, officials said on Tuesday. Eric Schmitt, a professional salvager, was scavenging with his parents when he found the crumpled, square-shaped ornament on a leisure trip to hunt for artifacts in the wreckage of a convoy of 11 ships that sank in 1715 du...
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By ReutersWednesday, July 30, 2014 10:44 EDT   TweetBy Letitia Stein TAMPA Fla. (Reuters) – As the leading Democratic candidate for Florida governor, Charlie Crist would be expected to draw overwhelming support from the state’s more than 1.6 million registered black voters. But rallying them is proving a challenge for the 58-year-old former Republican, who is facing a tight race against incumbent Governor Rick Scott and needs a heavy turnout by minority and liberal voters to deliver a major politic...
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Rupert Murdoch
Just as News Corp. Chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch was attempting to put scandal behind him and acquire a major media corporation, two more of his former editors were charged with phone hacking while working at his now-shuttered tabloid News of the World. According to Reuters, former deputy editor Neil Wallis and former features editor Jules Stenson have been charged with "conspiracy to intercept voicemails on mobile phones of well-known figures or people close to them." The tabloid's widespread hacking of the voicemails and phones of crime victims, celebrities, politicians, and British royalty in order to find fodder for stories became major international news after it was reported that News of the World had accessed the voicemail of Milly Dowler, a murdered teenager. Murdoch was forced t...
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South Carolina State Sen. Mike Fair (R)
South Carolina State Sen. Mike Fair (R) CREDIT: WBTW Channel 13 A South Carolina joint education panel unanimously recommened a new teaching standard to will force biology teachers to encourage students to consider whether the facts really support evolution. The proposal now goes onto the full state Education Oversight Committee and the full state Board of Education next month. South Carolina’s current standards require that students “demonstrate an understanding of biological evolution and the diversity of life,” including exemplifying “scientific evidence in the fields of anatomy, embryology, biochemistry, and paleontology that underlies the theory of biological evolution” and summarizing “ways that scientists use data from a variety of sources to inv...
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A sprinkler system sprays water onto a parked car along the curb in Glendale, Calif., Wednesday, July 9, 2014.
A sprinkler system sprays water onto a parked car along the curb in Glendale, Calif., Wednesday, July 9, 2014. CREDIT: AP Photo/Matt Hamilton When water becomes a precious commodity in California, things get ugly. Californians are taking to social media to call out neighbors and businesses that are wasting water amid the state’s extreme drought. As ABC News reports, disgruntled Californians are snapping photos of the offending lawns, sidewalks, golf courses and baseball fields and uploading them to social media accounts, using the hashtag #DroughtShaming. Spotted in Northeast LA…and this has been on for over 35minutes. #droughtshaming #cadrought pic.twitter.com/HqwunHFL0O — Turf Terminators (@TurfTerminators) July 29, 2014 TID offices of all places were watering the side...
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By Scott KaufmanWednesday, July 30, 2014 9:59 EDT   TweetA bipartisan congressional resolution that would honor Pope Francis before his potential appearance in Philadelphia next year may not be acted upon because of Republican worries that the pontiff is perceived as being “too liberal,” The Hill reports. House Resolution 440 aims to “congratulate Pope Francis on his election and recognize his inspirational statements and actions,” but according to one Republican backer of the legislation, the reso...
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By Amanda MarcotteWednesday, July 30, 2014 9:56 EDT   TweetI think Bob Beckel is supposed to be the “liberal” on The Five on Fox News, though their idea of “liberal” on that channel seems to be “someone who thinks perhaps, in some cases, bosses shouldn’t be allowed to hold your children hostage in order to compel you to work late without pay”. Not that it matters much one way or another, but just a little context for this moment that Media Matters captured: They’re talking about a recent episode o...
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Fox News host Bob Beckel
By David EdwardsWednesday, July 30, 2014 9:54 EDT   TweetEven the hosts of Fox News were shocked and embarrassed on Tuesday after co-host Bob Beckel labeled a reality TV star a “slut” because she had not agreed to marry a man after having sex with him. On Tuesday’s episode of The Five, host Andrea Tantaros noted that Bachelorette star Andi Dorfman had slept with one of the men on the show, but had later agreed to marry another contestant. “She’s a slut!” Beckel exclaimed to moans from the four oth...
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Steve King impeachment
CREDIT: Screenshot Since Sarah Palin called for impeaching President Obama earlier this month, most Republican lawmakers have distanced themselves from her comments and blamed Democrats for seizing on the issue to grow their campaign coffers. But on Wednesday morning, during an appearance on CNN’s New Day, Rep. Steve King (R-IA) seemed to endorse charging the president with “high crimes and misdemeanors.” Though he initially said he “is not pushing impeachment,” when pressed by host Chris Cuomo, King admitted that “if the president continues to violate the constitution” by expanding immigration relief, he would support the process. Watch it: During an appearance on Breitbart News Saturday, King was slightly more direct, claiming that Obama R...
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The National Rifle Association has once again drawn condemnation from a Jewish group after one of its lobbyists invoked the Holocaust to attack a Washington state ballot initiative to expand background checks on gun sales. Despite regular denunciations from Jewish groups for misappropriating the history of Holocaust, the NRA routinely uses this type of rhetoric to demonize its opponents and gun legislation it dislikes. According to a report in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, recently released audio captured NRA lobbyist Brian Judy attacking Seattle businessman Nick Hanauer's support of Initiative 594 -- which would expand background checks in Washington -- because of Hanauer's Jewish background. Calling Hanauer "stupid," Judy argued that "he's put half-a-million dollars toward this policy,...
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David Mitchell noose
By Travis GettysWednesday, July 30, 2014 9:30 EDT   TweetA Georgia man claims he was handed a makeshift noose by a UPS driver making a delivery at his workplace. David Mitchell, who is black, said the driver acted strangely when they first encountered one another about a month ago in a loading dock area. “He refused to give me the package to deliver, and I said, ‘I work here,’” Mitchell told WSB-TV. The tension escalated over the past several weeks until the driver, who is white, tied a noose using...
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Seattle, Washington.
Seattle, Washington. CREDIT: Shutterstock Washington State is poised to join California and several Canadian provinces in a carbon trading system, according to a Monday memoranda from the governor’s office. The Western Climate Initiative (WCI) is an agreement between California, British Columbia, Ontario, Quebec and Manitoba to develop and implement coordinated systems to cut their collective greenhouse gas emissions. California already has its cap-and-trade plan, for instance, and British Columbia has sported a carbon tax since 2008. Washington had been poised to also join the WCI, but the midterm elections 2010 upended much of the political momentum. Now Governor Jay Inslee’s (D) memoranda to Washington’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) indicates the state is ...
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Jeff Bezos might find it hard to read a book from *any* subscription service when he holds his Kindles in the air like that.
Jeff Bezos might find it hard to read a book from *any* subscription service when he holds his Kindles in the air like that. CREDIT: AP Photo/Reed Saxon Kindle Unlimited is Amazon’s entry into the ebook subscription service marketplace. For $9.99 a month, you get access to 600,000 books. Sounds like a lot– and it is! Kind of. Kindle Unlimited doesn’t have deals with any of the “big five” publishers: Hachette Book Group, HarperCollins, Macmillan, Simon and Schuster, and Penguin Random House. (They used to be the Big Six, until Penguin and Random House merged last year. Unfortunately, they missed a golden opportunity to name this new publisher Random House of Penguins.) For authors, another downside: self-published authors can only participate in the program if...
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By Scott KaufmanWednesday, July 30, 2014 9:12 EDT   TweetIn Russell Brand’s latest episode of The Trews, the British comedian attacks Sean Hannity for his hypocrisy when it comes to the subject of Israel. Brand begins, however, on a lighter note, playing a clip from Hannity’s show and saying that the Fox News and syndicated radio host “looks like the Ken Doll from the Toy Story 3 film.” Moreover, “he has his name on a police badge in the corner of the screen, screaming ‘HANNITY!’” He then continued...
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If you're from Connecticut, you probably remember Bill Curry as a leader of the liberal wing of the Democratic Party and a two-time nominee for governor. Most Americans who know who he is, though, know him for his role as a domestic policy advisor to Bill Clinton. I know the Clintons are very touchy about their sometimes tattered brand and I suspect Bill Curry won't be invited to the Medici Palace when Hillary takes over the world. A look at the piece he wrote Sunday for Salon-- My party has lost its soul: Bill Clinton, Barack Obama, and the victory of Wall Street Democrats, makes you wonder if Curry will even be able to force himself to vote for her. When you say "Wall Street Democrats" you could be talking about Chuck Schumer or Joe Crowley or Steve Israel or Jim Himes but mostly you're ...
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Protesters at a rally against Detroit's water shutoffs
Protesters at a rally against Detroit’s water shutoffs CREDIT: Bryce Covert/ThinkProgress On Tuesday, control of Detroit’s municipal water department was handed back to the city’s mayor, Mike Duggan, from the emergency manager handling the city’s bankruptcy. The move is likely to bring some relief for the thousands of struggling residents who have been going without water. In March, the water department had announced it would start shutting of service to 1,500 to 3,000 customers every week who were 60 days behind on their bills or more. That month 500 people’s accounts were shut off, and another 3,000 in April, 4,500 in May, and 7,200 in June lost service. Activists had appealed to the United Nations High Commission for Human Rights asking for intervention o...
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Boulder County Clerk Hillary Hall
Boulder County Clerk Hillary Hall CREDIT: AP Photo/Brennan Linsley Numerous Colorado courts have ruled that Boulder County Clerk Hillary Hall could continue issuing same-sex marriage licenses, but the Colorado Supreme Court brought an end to her actions on Tuesday. For the past month, Hall has issued a total of 202 licenses to same-sex couples. Though state and federal courts have overturned Colorado’s ban on same-sex marriage, those decisions have been stayed, keeping the ban in place for now. Hall argued that the 10th Circuit’s decision overturning Utah’s ban justified her recognizing same-sex couples. Responding to the decision, Hall said, “I am disappointed by the Colorado Supreme Court’s stay, but I will comply with the order. Given the avalanche of recent cas...
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A boy looks through a hole on the wall made after an Israel strike at the Abu Hussein U.N. school in the Jebaliya refugee camp in Gaza
A boy looks through a hole on the wall made after an Israel strike at the Abu Hussein U.N. school in the Jebaliya refugee camp in Gaza CREDIT: AP Photo/Hatem Moussa For the second time in as many weeks, a United Nations-run school in the Gaza Strip was hit with with artillery fire, with reports that as many 90 Palestinians were wounded in the attack that killed an estimated 19 people. The shelling that struck in Jabaliya landed around 5 a.m. early Wednesday morning, reportedly falling in rapid succession. Around 3,300 Palestinians had been using the United Nations Relief Works Agency (UNRWA) school for shelter from the Israeli campaign to root out Hamas and other militant groups in the strip when the explosions began. “One hit the street in front of the entrance, according to severa...
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Sharita Gruberg is a Policy Analyst for the LGBT Immigration Project at the Center for American Progress. CREDIT: Sharita Gruberg ARTESIA, NM — On the morning of July 22, a plane of Guatemalan migrants was en route to deport its passengers back to their home country, when Guatemalan consulate officials intervened. These officials concluded that a third of the women and children on the plane exhibited fear of return, and could not be deported without having their asylum claims assessed. While the rest were flown back to Guatemala, these women and children were spared — just barely — and returned to an Artesia, New Mexico detention facility for migrant families. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement representatives shared this story with attorneys and immigration ad...
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Sean Murphy accused of rape
By David EdwardsWednesday, July 30, 2014 8:48 EDT   TweetA Boston man was accused of raping a 17-year-old girl he met at a Keith Urban concert over the weekend. Country music singer Keith Urban’s Boston concert made news earlier this week after at least 46 fans were treated for alcohol-related illnesses, and 50 people were taken in to custody by police. But on Monday, authorities disclosed that the booze-soaked fun turned violent in at least one case. According to The Sun Chronicle, Mansfield poli...
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By ReutersWednesday, July 30, 2014 8:33 EDT   TweetWASHINGTON D.C. (Reuters) – Home genetics startup 23andMe has secured a $1.4 million two-year grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to build survey tools and expand its gene database. With these funds from NIH, an agency of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, the company intends to use its stores of genetic data for various research projects. External researchers will be able to access information on thousands of...
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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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