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by KenIn case you've missed the announcement, made at the end of the "Talk of the Town" section of the July 28 issue and featured prominently all week on newyorker.com, The New Yorker has implemented some major decisions about online availability of its content. And the big news -- for nonsubscribers, at least -- is that for the summer, at least, everything is going to be made available free to one and all. When we started newyorker.com, we, like everyone else, faced the dilemma of what to post online. Give it all away or hold things back? That was the question. Our approach was . . . both. We posted some pieces from the print magazine but held most of them back; our subscribers could, with a little effort, unlock those blue padlocks and read it all.It’s fair to say that this split-the-dif...
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By David FergusonFriday, July 25, 2014 21:45 EDT   TweetFreshman Rep. Curt Clawson (R) was probably just trying to be nice on Friday when he welcomed two guests to a hearing of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. Foreign Policy magazine reported that Clawson smiled warmly as he greeted Nisha Biswal and Arun Kumar and expressed his sincere love for their country. Trouble is, both Biswal and Kumar are U.S. citizens and senior employees at the State Department and had been introduced as such right ...
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You have to be realistic with your selfie-toast expectations. As the selfie-toaster company notes: "We are good but remember fine detail is darn near impossible to achieve with heat and toast." Which could be why so few of the great masters have worked in this little-tapped medium.by KenIs it toast, or is it art?One way to tell is that if it's just toast, then all it costs is $75 for your personally selfie-customized toaster plus your bread cost. If it's art, then the limit is what you can extract from the right sucker.Actually, looking at the picture above, I'm not sure it even is toast. While I don't like my toast all that dark, this is, you know, kind of untoasted, isn't it?Rest assured that this isn't one of those stories where some dizzy dame finds the living image of the Virgin Mary ...
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CREDIT: AP During a congressional hearing Thursday, Foreign Policy reports, a member of Congress mistakeningly assumed that two senior U.S. government officials were actually representing India. The Congressman, Rep. Curt Clawson, told the officials “I love your country” and offered to do “anything… to make the relationship with India better.” The officials, Nisha Biswal and Arun Kumar, are both U.S. citizens who work for the Obama administration. Here’s the super awkward exchange: Clawson, a Republican from Florida, is not well known, having just been sworn in as a member of Congress on June 25. (He replaced Trey Redel who was busted for cocaine possession.) Clawson had no political or government experience. He ran primarily on his 11-year tenure as...
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By David FergusonFriday, July 25, 2014 20:25 EDT   TweetFlorida state Senator Alan Hays (R) announced Friday that he is working on a bill to make it mandatory that all public school students in the state be shown Dinesh D’Souza’s latest anti-Obama film, America: Imagine a World Without Her. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Hays will introduce the bill in November, requiring all 1,700 Florida middle and high schools to hold viewings of the film Salon.com called “laughable” and “humiliating propa...
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By Pro PublicaFriday, July 25, 2014 20:15 EDT   Tweet Pro Publica ProPublica is an independent, non-profit newsroom that produces investigative journalism in the public interest. Our work focuses exclusively on truly important stories, stories with “moral force.” We do this by producing journalism that shines a light on explo...
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Black hole at the heart of the active galaxy NGC 3783 (AFP)
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By ReutersFriday, July 25, 2014 19:03 EDT   TweetCAIRO, July 25 (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Friday that there were still disagreements on the terminology for a Gaza truce and called for a seven-day humanitarian ceasefire for the Muslim Eid al-Fitr holiday next week. “We are working toward a brief seven days of peace. Seven days of a humanitarian ceasefire in honor of Eid in order to be able to bring people together to try to work to create a more durable, sustainable ceas...
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CREDIT: Shutterstock/Katherine Welles A second Florida judge has ruled that the state’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional and unenforceable. It is the second such ruling in the state in as many weeks. Like last week’s ruling, the decision has been stayed pending appeal, so same-sex couples cannot yet begin marrying in Florida. Miami-Dade Circuit Court Judge Sarah Zabel opened her decision with an excerpt from Loving v. Virginia, the Supreme Court decision that overturned all bans on interracial marriage. Referring to passages like, “The Fourteenth Amendment requires that the freedom of choice to marry not be restricted by invidious… discriminations,” she noted that the language “applies equally” to the case at hand. She suggested it was...
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By David FergusonFriday, July 25, 2014 18:12 EDT   TweetIn a Wednesday appearance on the Christian radio show Faith and Liberty, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) said that LGBT people are attempting to make it legal to rape children in the U.S. and impose their agenda of “deviancy” on the whole population. According to Right Wing Watch, Bachmann said that the “gay community” is taking steps to “abolish age of consent laws, which means we will do away with statutory rape laws so that adults will be able...
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Will the real Ron Johnson please stand up, please stand up When the worst of the Republican crackpot extremists in the Senate tried to filibuster John Walsh's Bring Jobs Home Act (S.2569) even Ted Cruz looked at them like they were crazy. The bill "amends the Internal Revenue Code to: (1) grant business taxpayers a tax credit for up to 20% of insourcing expenses incurred for eliminating a business located outside the United States and relocating it within the United States, and (2) deny a tax deduction for outsourcing expenses incurred in relocating a U.S. business outside the United States. Requires an increase in the taxpayer's employment of full-time employees in the United States in order to claim the tax credit for insourcing expenses." In other words this bill-- which was cosponsored...
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By David FergusonFriday, July 25, 2014 16:57 EDT   TweetA 44-year-old man in China’s Zhejiang province checked into Yongkang hospital with stomach pains and blood in his urine only to find out that he is intersex and had begun to menstruate. According to Yahoo! Taiwan, the man, named Chen, found out after a CAT scan that he has a complete set of female reproductive organs. Genetic tests revealed that he also had XX sex chromosomes rather than XY, meaning that he is genetically female. The Internati...
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Republican Alex Mooney, left, and Democrat Nick Casey. CREDIT: AP Photos There are two major-party candidates in the running for West Virginia’s 2nd Congressional District seat in the U.S. House, and both of them think the issue of climate change is best left for other countries to deal with, according to multiple news reports from a candidate forum Thursday. At the forum, both Democrat Nick Casey and Republican Alex Mooney would not say whether they accept that humans are contributing to global warming. But either way, both candidates also said that it wasn’t for them to decide. “It’s not our problem,” Casey reportedly said, adding that it was an international issue. “These other people think we’ve got a global problem, let’s see them step...
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By Agence France-PresseFriday, July 25, 2014 15:55 EDT   TweetBack in 2012, the Sun erupted with a powerful solar storm that just missed the Earth but was big enough to “knock modern civilization back to the 18th century,” NASA said. The extreme space weather that tore through Earth’s orbit on July 23, 2012, was the most powerful in 150 years, according to a statement posted on the US space agency website Wednesday. However, few Earthlings had any idea what was going on. “If the eruption had occurr...
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Shannon Greenwood is an intern at ThinkProgress. CREDIT: Screenshot: America, The Movie Trailer Conservative filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza may be getting an influx of new viewers of his documentary film ‘America’ after a Republican state senator from Florida said he plans on introducing a bill to make the movie mandatory in public schools. Republican Alan Hays, inspired after seeing the movie in theaters, said he now plans on introducing a one-page bill in November which would require all 1,700 Florida high schools and middle schools to show the movie to their students, unless their parents choose to opt them out. The documentary film is a conservative-spin on American history focusing on elevating the “essential goodness of America” while discrediting criticis...
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CREDIT: Shutterstock The White House announced today that federal agencies have cut their greenhouse gas emissions 17 percent since 2008 — roughly equivalent to permanently taking 1.8 million cars off the road. The occasion for the announcement was the annual release of agency scorecards, documenting their progress in cutting GHG emissions, improving energy efficiency, and reducing pollution and waste. This is the fourth year the agencies have released the scorecards. The process was kicked off in 2009 when President Obama issued Executive Order 13514, which laid out the goals for the agencies as well as the process by which they should plan, measure, and document their progress. The current 2020 goal as laid down by the White House is for the entire government to reduce collective ...
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By Agence France-PresseFriday, July 25, 2014 15:24 EDT   TweetRussia on Friday called the latest US accusations of Moscow’s involvement in the Ukrainian conflict a baseless “smear campaign” and said Washington bears responsibility for the bloodshed. “Due to the smear campaign against us that the US Administration has begun… we reject the unfounded public insinuations that US deputy State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf is spreading on a daily basis,” a statement by the Russian foreign ministry sa...
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By ReutersFriday, July 25, 2014 15:20 EDT   TweetBy Kevin Murphy (Reuters) – A foster parent for a 10-month-old Kansas girl who died after being left in a car in sweltering heat for more than two hours has been arrested on suspicion of aggravated child endangerment, police said on Friday. The man had picked up the child at day care and returned to his Wichita, Kansas home at about 4 p.m. on Thursday with the infant and a five-year-old foster child. The man and the older child went into the home wit...
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Part of a group of 16 Guatemalan children caught in Mexico while trying to migrate illegally into the United States (AFP)
By Agence France-PresseFriday, July 25, 2014 15:17 EDT   TweetMarco saw his hopes and dreams crumble before his eyes, barely scraping a living in his western Guatemalan town as it fell victim to drugs and gangs. That’s when the 15-year-old joined the thousands of minors making the treacherous journey from impoverished Central America to the United States in search of a better life. In Sahila, he could only earn a few quetzals by cutting grass, but his mother lives in the United States, and so he se...
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Smoke billows from an area near Tripoli's international airport as fighting between rival factions (AFP)
By Agence France-PresseFriday, July 25, 2014 15:16 EDT   TweetThe Libyan government warned on Friday of the possibility of a break-up of the country if clashes between rival militias for control of Tripoli airport went on. Calling for an end to 13 days of conflict around the airport, the interim government warned of “the collapse of the country” and “the destruction which could result from … endless war”. The warning came as fresh clashes broke out between rival Libyan militias battling for control...
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By Agence France-PresseFriday, July 25, 2014 15:12 EDT   TweetWikipedia has blocked editing rights from some computers at the US House of Representatives in response to “disruptive” revisions of the online encyclopedia. A 10-day ban imposed Thursday blocked any editing from an IP address at the US Capitol, which is shared among a number of computers. “You have been blocked from editing for a period of 10 days for persistent disruptive editing,” a Wikipedia posting said. The move came after unusual ...
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By Tom BoggioniFriday, July 25, 2014 15:12 EDT   TweetOn her weekly Eagle Forum broadcast, longtime conservative gadfly Phyllis Schlafly warned Republicans to not believe the hype that “gay marriage is the wave of the future,” adding that the GOP should be looking for candidates who will “not be swept along in the gay tide.” In a recording, captured by Right Wing Watch, Schlafly comes out against the prevailing wisdom that gay marriage is inevitable at the same time that polls show support at an al...
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Former Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin has a must read piece in the Washington Post, “How ignoring climate change could sink the U.S. economy.” The centrist economic panjandrum main point: The notion that tackling climate change will harm the economy is the exact opposite of the truth. In this regard he makes a similar point to one Climate Progress made last week — one that Sen. Robert F. Kennedy made so powerfully on the presidential campaign trail nearly half a century ago (see below) — the GDP is a deeply flawed measure of the economy’s health. Rubin is a member of the bipartisan committee that oversaw the recent analysis, “Original linkOriginal author: Joe Romm
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By Scott KaufmanFriday, July 25, 2014 15:02 EDT   TweetThe Birmingham News reported that a judge has delayed the sentencing of a former teacher who pleaded guilty to having sex with a 14-year-old student after learning that the woman had professed her innocence on Facebook. Circuit Judge John B. Bush said that he learned that either Jennifer McNeill, or someone with access to her Facebook account, posted that she “would like to thank the people who have supported me. IF I were guilty and IF there w...
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Call now! CREDIT: Screenshot from 1-800-Adopt-A-Dude Melissa Hunter is an LA-based comedian who noticed a little something about boys. Namely, how they seemed to stay… boys. Bros living with a dozen roommates. Guys eating Pop-Tarts for dinner. Dudes never buying toilet paper. Even when, perhaps, they should be men. Because they are 33 years old. Hypothetically speaking. Channeling her frustration into hilarity, Hunter, along with writer-actress Megan Rosati, wrote and filmed “1-800-Adopt-A-Dude,” which asks us, “Will you be an angel for a fully grown, yet utterly helpless man?” If you think Hunter looks familiar, you may know her as the funny girl behind Adult Wednesday Addams. (She says she’s shooting the second season of AWA this weekend. Video re...
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By Katie HalperFriday, July 25, 2014 14:58 EDT   TweetThe Israeli-Palestinian conflict, which continues to rage and kill and divide and destabalize the world, is tragic and overwhelming. Luckily, we are here to help. Katie Halper (hey it’s me, writing this post) and Heather Gold bring you the weekly show Morning Jew, in which we look at the headlines and  ask the question that all Jews ask themselves but rarely ask out loud, let alone on video: “Is the news good for the Jews?” We are committed to f...
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A Palestinian relative carries the body of 6-month-old Noha Mosleh, who was killed in an Israeli strike in the yard of the United Nations school in Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip, Friday, July 25, 2014.
A Palestinian relative carries the body of 6-month-old Noha Mosleh, who was killed in an Israeli strike in the yard of the United Nations school in Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip, Friday, July 25, 2014. CREDIT: (AP Photo/Yasser Qudih) The World Health Organization (WHO) is proposing the opening of a “humanitarian corridor” in Gaza that would allow aid workers to evacuate wounded civilians and supply life-saving medicine. The proposal comes more than two weeks into a conflict between Israel and Hamas, a Palestinian political group, that has killed more than 800 Palestinians and 35 Israelis and prompted calls from U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and a host of world leaders for a cease fire. “People are dying at an alarming rate, being injured at a very alarming rate,̶...
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By Amanda MarcotteFriday, July 25, 2014 14:52 EDT   TweetYou only get medical care if you stand very still and never do anything beyond the bare minimum to survive, said no doctor ever. This is hardly a new thought, but fuck it, it’s Friday and for some reason people are harassing me again on Twitter for wanting to be childless, so I’m in a “I don’t fucking care if you like it” mood. Kaili at Wonkette has drawn my attention to the fact that Lena Dunham opened up a Twitter “dialogue” about why women...
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Children of immigrant parents sing the “Happy Birthday” song to Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) in front of a Capitol Hill office building. CREDIT: ThinkProgress/ Esther Y. Lee The House approved a measure Friday that would gut a tax credit intended to help poor working families. The bill would require applicants for the Child Tax Credit (CTC) to provide a Social Security number to receive the refundable portion of the tax credit, a stipulation that not many current immigrant beneficiaries have. As it stands, taxpaying beneficiaries can use Individual Tax Identification Numbers (ITIN) to claim the refundable portion. The House bill passed with a vote of 237-173, largely along party lines. Congress approved the CTC in 1998 to lift low-income families out of poverty, but if the b...
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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!

O’Reilly is just one of the talking heads guarding the inhabitants of Bullsh*t Mountain from rejoini...