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Yesterday's NY Post found some nicely dressed young people who don't get drunk or get arrested for violent crimes and who knew how to use iPhones and dubbed them the next generation of Republicans, "throwbacks-- spurning drugs, crime and disorder, being sexually responsible and making sound choices about education. They might be the least disaffected, least rebellious kids since the Kennedy years. And that might have surprising political implications down the road." [Obviously The Post is clueless-- and this is the real future of the Republican Party-- but let's play along for a minute.] Absolutely... if Republicans just stop being the party of bigotry and hatred-- and kids never figure this economic stuff out-- they will have a chance to win the votes of these kids. Can they become pundit...
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Ted Cruz speaks to ABC News
By Eric W. DolanTuesday, July 22, 2014 16:07 EDT   TweetSenator Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Tuesday attacked the HBO vampire series True Blood — calling it “misogynist and profanity-ridden” — after the show featured him on Sunday’s episode. “Of all the places I never thought to be mentioned, HBO’s True Blood vampire show would have to be near the top of the list. Sunday night, they aired a misogynist and profanity-ridden episode where Texas Republicans are murdered attending a ‘Ted Cruz fundraiser,’” he wro...
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Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) and the man he appointed to manage Detroit's financial emergency, Kevyn Orr
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) and the man he appointed to manage Detroit’s financial emergency, Kevyn Orr CREDIT: AP Detroit’s bankruptcy plan won broad approval from workers and retirees on Monday as city workers opted to support a deal that includes pension cuts rather than risk far steeper cuts to their retirement income that could follow if the city’s proposal were derailed. Among those who participated in the vote, more than four out of five active and retired police and firefighters and nearly three-quarters of other city employees voted “yes.” With turnout of nearly 50 percent among the 32,000 workers and retirees, those vote margins lend populist legitimacy to a plan that is vehemently opposed by a handful of investors and financial firms that stand t...
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A man walks on July 17, 2014 through the wreckage of a Malaysian airliner carrying 298 people from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur after it crashed near the town of Shaktarsk, in east Ukraine [AFP]
By Agence France-PresseTuesday, July 22, 2014 14:56 EDT   TweetUS intelligence officials were expected to present data Tuesday backing up the theory that pro-Russian rebels were responsible for the downing of flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine. The Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 was blown out of the sky Thursday by what is believed to have been a surface-to-air missile, killing all 298 passengers and crew on board. “There has been a lot of evidence that’s already been presented that paints a pretty com...
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A wounded boy receives treatment at al-Shifa hospital, in Gaza City (AFP)
By Agence France-PresseTuesday, July 22, 2014 14:54 EDT   TweetThe Palestinian envoy to the United Nations held up photographs of slain children and read out the names of the dead on Tuesday as he pleaded for action from the Security Council. “On behalf of the Palestinian people, we ask: What is the international community doing to stop this bloodletting, to stop Israel’s atrocities?” Riyad Mansour said at a debate on the Gaza crisis. Wearing a black ribbon, he held up photographs of families overc...
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A Chinese cadet adjusts dancing humanoid robots at the Armoured Forces Engineering Academy in Beijing (AFP)
By Agence France-PresseTuesday, July 22, 2014 14:54 EDT   TweetTo the sound of Shakira’s Waka Waka (This Time for Africa) robots demonstrated their dance steps, screaming recruits drilled with bayonets and tanks rolled as China’s military offered a rare moment of openness Tuesday. The exposition, held at the Armoured Forces Engineering Academy in Beijing, was touted by senior People’s Liberation Army (PLA) officials as an opportunity to burnish civilian-military and international ties ahead of Army...
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Dr. “Chaps” Gordon Klingenschmitt
By David EdwardsTuesday, July 22, 2014 14:45 EDT   TweetA Christian talk show host argued this week that transgender people should not be allowed to use public restrooms because he said that the Bible barred anyone who had a sex change operation from entering a church. On the Monday edition of his Pray In Jesus Name Internet broadcast, disgraced former Navy chaplain Dr. “Chaps” Gordon Klingenschmitt expressed outrage that a transgender woman had sued Hobby Lobby after she had not been allowed to u...
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British Prime Minister David Cameron mets campaigners and activists at the 'Girl Summit 2014' (AFP)
By Agence France-PresseTuesday, July 22, 2014 14:35 EDT   TweetBritish Prime Minister David Cameron called on Tuesday for a worldwide ban on female genital mutilation and child marriage as he launched the first UN-backed “Girl Summit” on issues that affect millions around the globe. Cameron announced that parents in Britain would face prosecution for failing to prevent their daughters from being subjected to FGM, while setting out steps to tackle both practices in developing nations. “Our aim is to...
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A specialist works at the Barclays post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (AFP)
By Agence France-PresseTuesday, July 22, 2014 14:33 EDT   TweetTwo of Europe’s largest banks, Barclays and Deutsche Bank, have sold complex financial products that allowed hedge funds to avoid US taxes, a Senate report said Tuesday. The scheme has cost the federal government billions of dollars in tax revenues, according to the report by the Senate permanent subcommittee on investigations of the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. The committee said an investigation revealed ho...
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Vladimir Putin
Will Freeman is an intern with Think Progress. CREDIT: AP Images Russia just passed a new law promising increased penalties, including heavy fines or up to four years in prison, for making public calls for separatism — the ultimate irony for a country that is actively fueling a separatist movement just over the border in Ukraine. Over the years, President Vladimir Putin has made it his trademark in speeches and even New York Times op-eds to call out the U.S. on flouting the principles of international law when they don’t align with national interests. Just a brief glance at the history of U.S. foreign policy in Latin America, or more recently the invasion of Iraq on false pretenses of having weapons of mass destruction, make his biting allegations of hypocrisy hard to ignor...
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Matthew Durham
By Travis GettysTuesday, July 22, 2014 14:24 EDT   TweetA 19-year-old Oklahoma man accused of sexually abusing children while volunteering in Kenya is blaming his actions on “pseudo-tribal psychological voodoo.” Matthew Durham was charged Friday in federal court with four counts of traveling to engage in illicit sexual conduct, reported The Oklahoman. The Edmond man was accused of sexually abusing up to 10 children of both sexes, between the ages of 4 and 9 years old, while volunteering this spring...
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By TBoggTuesday, July 22, 2014 14:20 EDT   TweetJust like every county fair hangs their hat on a theme, (Farming! It’s Farmtastic!) every summer finds the cable media latching onto an apparent trend which they proceed to hump mercilessly  until Labor Day comes along and then everybody goes back to school and starts watching regular TV again because re-run season is over. We all remember the Summer of ’05, when CNN obsessively covered the disappearance of Natalee Holloway with 24/7 wall-to-wall cove...
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President Barack Obama speaks about Syria outside the White House (AFP)
By ReutersTuesday, July 22, 2014 14:04 EDT   TweetBy David Morgan and Aruna Viswanatha WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Two federal judicial panels on Tuesday delivered conflicting rulings on how the government subsidizes premiums through President Barack Obama’s healthcare law, creating more uncertainty over signature legislation that has been dogged by challenges from Republicans and other conservatives. The rulings, handed down by appeals court judges in the District of Columbia and Virginia, could lead t...
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The Google logo is seen at company headquarters in Mountain View, California [AFP]
By ReutersTuesday, July 22, 2014 13:58 EDT   TweetBy Jonathan Stempel (Reuters) – A federal judge rejected Google Inc’s bid to dismiss a privacy lawsuit claiming it commingled user data across different products and disclosed that data to advertisers without permission. Saying his decision was a close call, U.S. District Judge Paul Grewal in San Jose, California, ruled on Monday night that Google must face breach of contract and fraud claims by users of Android-powered devices who had downloaded at...
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Raymond Frolander
By ReutersTuesday, July 22, 2014 13:54 EDT   Tweet(Reuters) – A Florida father who severely beat an 18-year-old man he said he caught sexually assaulting his son posted the child’s photo on a fundraising website to solicit donations for the boy’s recovery, police said on Tuesday. The father originally asked for $1 million on gofundme.com, then reduced his request to $100,000 before the page was taken down and a link to it on his Facebook page was removed by Monday night, the Daytona Beach News-Jour...
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CREDIT: SHUTTERSTOCK A poll of 20 countries and over 16,000 people has found that the United States leads the world when it comes to climate denial. That result is based on two questions asked by the British survey company Ipsos Mori in its first ever Global Trends Survey. The poll, conducted between September and October last year, analyzed views from around the world on a variety of issues, including science and technology, privacy, the environment, health, and government. The poll found that 52 percent of Americans agreed with the statement “The climate change we are currently seeing is a natural phenomenon that happens from time to time.” India was tied with the U.S. in this belief, and China came in a close second, with 51 percent of respondents agreeing. In contrast, o...
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Mark Kelly Coffee County via screencap
By David FergusonTuesday, July 22, 2014 13:37 EDT   TweetA Tennessee Republican county commissioner is reportedly waging a misinformation campaign against his Muslim-American Democratic challenger. The Tullahoma News reported Monday that Coffee County Commission candidate Zak Mohyuddin accused his rival — incumbent Commissioner Mark Kelly — of spreading “vile, offensive” falsehoods about him based on his Islamic faith. In a fund-raising letter dated July 16, Kelly wrote to voters, “My opponent has ...
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Rick Perry speaks to ABC News
By David EdwardsTuesday, July 22, 2014 13:27 EDT   TweetTexas Gov. Rick Perry (R) announced this week that he would send 1,000 troops to the Mexico border to help with the refugee crisis, but sheriffs in border counties are already dismissing the plan as a “political” stunt. At a press conference on Monday, Perry said that he was activating 1,000 National Guard troops because he would “not stand idly by while our citizens are under assault and little children from Central America are detained in sq...
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Barack Obama, Kathleen Sebelius, Sylvia Mathews Burwell, Joe Biden
CREDIT: AP A little after 10am Tuesday morning, two Republican judges on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ordered much of the Affordable Care Act defunded. Just two hours later, another federal appeals court, the Fourth Circuit, issued a unanimous opinion upholding the same subsidies that were struck down in the DC Circuit’s order. As we explained this morning, both cases hinge upon a glorified typo in the Affordable Care Act. Obamacare gives states the option to run a health insurance exchange selling coverage to their residents, or they may elect to have the federal government run this exchange. If read in isolation, one line of the Affordable Care Act suggests that only “an Exchange established by the State” can offer subsidies to hel...
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CREDIT: AP Photo Italian regulators have slapped Google with stricter regulations that should change how the company stores and collects user data, a move that closes out a year-long European investigation into Google’s privacy practices, Reuters reported. The new regulations mean Google will need consent before tracking people’s data and using it for advertising. Google must also delete users’ data every two months. The Internet giant has until September to submit a plan detailing how it will comply with the new rules within the next 18 months. If it fails to meet the new standards, the company could face fines upwards of $1.35 million (1 million euros) if it doesn’t make the changes. The regulation change, announced Monday, came after Google changed its privacy ...
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It's another vile lesser of two evils election in Georgia today. Neither Jack Kingston nor David Perdue is fit for any public office, let alone for the U.S. Senate. But, then again, neither was Saxby Chambliss, the imbecile who's resigning the seat. The Republican primary itself was May 20 and the top 5 candidates didn't generate much enthusiasm: • David Perdue- 185,466 (30.64%)• Jack Kingston- 156,157 (25.8%)• Karen Handel- 132,944 (21.96%)• Phil Gingrey- 60,735 (10.03%)• Paul Broun- 58,297 (9.63%) Perdue, who was endorsed by his cousin, Sonny, the ex-Governor, by professional Republican clown Herman Cain and by a shady super PAC (Citizens for a Working America, which has spent over $1.5 million attacking Kingston), won with the weakest showing of any first place finisher in a senate pri...
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CREDIT: AP Photo/Charles Dharapak On Tuesday, two conservative judges essentially decided to defund Obamacare, ruling that the 36 states with federally-run insurance marketplaces can’t extend tax credits to help their residents purchase health care because of a technicality in the way the law is worded. Although it’s not the final word on the matter, the Halbig v. Burwell decision does represent a setback to the health reform law. Now, the case will likely head to the full U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, and could eventually make its way up to the Supreme Court. There are several reasons to be optimistic that Halbig won’t actually survive, particularly because Democrats have a 7-4 majority on the DC Circuit. But it’s important to remembe...
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Kellie Kockensparger
By Travis GettysTuesday, July 22, 2014 12:58 EDT   TweetOhio won’t investigate all of the charter schools operated in the state by a company accused of hiring unqualified teachers, cheating on standardized tests, and allowing boys to grope female classmates. The Ohio Department of Education will limit its investigation of Horizon Science Academies to the Dayton area, where the alleged wrongdoing was reported. The state Board of Education declined to open investigations into all 17 Horizon schools i...
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Sheik Mohammed bin Hamad al-Thani, chairman of Qatar 2022 bid committee, listens during a press conference with FIFA President Sepp Blatter in 2013.
Shannon Greenwood is an intern at ThinkProgress. Sheik Mohammed bin Hamad al-Thani, chairman of Qatar 2022 bid committee, listens during a press conference with FIFA President Sepp Blatter in 2013. CREDIT: AP Images Following international scrutiny of what is predicted to be the deadliest sporting event in history, Qatar announced on Sunday it would improve conditions for its surplus of migrant workers building the $200 billion stadiums and other infrastructure projects necessary to host the 2022 World Cup. In March, the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) predicted that as many as 4,000 migrant workers, many of whom are indentured under the country’s kafala system, would die prepping the small Persian Gulf country for the World Cup. In the midst of heavy criticism, th...
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By ReutersTuesday, July 22, 2014 12:29 EDT   TweetBy David Jones NEWARK N.J. (Reuters) – Federal investigators found police repeatedly violated civil rights in New Jersey’s largest city, Newark, and recommended an independent monitor to oversee changes, the U.S. Justice Department announced on Tuesday. The city has agreed to accept the findings of the DOJ probe, which has been under way since 2011 and suggested ways to stop the “pattern and practice of unconstitutional policing by the Newark Police...
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File photo of a Delta Airlines passenger plane at Los Angeles International Airports in Los Angeles, California, in 2007. (AFP)
By ReutersTuesday, July 22, 2014 12:24 EDT   Tweet(Reuters) – U.S. air carriers Delta Air Lines and US Airways, a unit of American Airlines Group, on Tuesday said they have halted flights to Israel to ensure passenger safety. Delta said in a statement that it has suspended operations “until further notice” to and from Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv and its hub at New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport. The Atlanta-based carrier said it was doing so in coordination with the Federal Aviatio...
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By ReutersTuesday, July 22, 2014 12:23 EDT   TweetBy Kevin Drawbaugh WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Immediate government action is needed to plug a loophole that allows U.S. corporations to avoid federal taxes by shifting their tax domiciles overseas through deals known as inversions, the head of the U.S. Senate Finance Committee said on Tuesday. Nine inversion deals have been agreed to this year by companies ranging from banana distributor Chiquita Brands International Inc to drugmaker AbbVie Inc and more...
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Al-Jazeera employees work at the pan-Arab television channel's bureau in Cairo on January 30 (AFP)
By Ian Black, The GuardianTuesday, July 22, 2014 12:20 EDT   TweetIsrael’s army has denied targeting the Gaza offices of al-Jazeera TV after the network’s correspondents reported that the building had come under fire on Tuesday. Staff in Gaza said their 11th floor bureau was hit by two Israeli bullets as a crew was preparing to broadcast live from the balcony. “Two very precise shots were fired straight into our building,” said Stefanie Dekker. “We are high up in the building so we had a very stron...
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Palestinians try to salvage what they can of their belongings from the rubble of a house destroyed by an overnight Israeli airstrike in Gaza City (AFP)
By Agence France-PresseTuesday, July 22, 2014 12:13 EDT   TweetIsrael will not halt its fire in Gaza until it finishes an operation aimed at destroying tunnels used by militants for cross-border attacks, a senior minister said on Tuesday. As world efforts to broker a ceasefire in war-torn Gaza gathered speed, Israeli Justice Minister Tzipi Livni also ruled out any acceptance of the “unacceptable” demands laid out by Hamas as a condition for halting its fire. She said the question of an immediate ce...
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Bar-Ilan University professor Dr. Mordechai Kedar (YouTube)
By David EdwardsTuesday, July 22, 2014 12:05 EDT   TweetA professor and researcher for a right-wing Israeli think tank suggested in an interview earlier this month that raping Arab women was the only way to deter suicide bombers. After Palestinians allegedly abducted and killed three Israeli teens in late June, Bar-Ilan University professor Dr. Mordechai Kedar spoke with a Hebrew-language radio show about what could be done to stop Hamas. “You have to understand the culture in which we live,” Ked...
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