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By Arturo GarciaFriday, August 1, 2014 7:58 EDT   TweetAs Congress hurried to pass legislation before taking its summer recess, Daily Show host Jon Stewart reassured them that the American people wouldn’t think any less of them for failing — because it’s likely that they couldn’t do so. “When you guys suck, it is not failure,” he said. “It is just you living up to our extremely low expectations. Congress is the Sharknado 2 of government. Of course it sucked. It was supposed to suck.” But instead o...
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By Scott KaufmanFriday, August 1, 2014 7:55 EDT   TweetOn last night’s episode of The Colbert Report, Stephen Colbert discussed Obama’s new thinking on monetary policy. “Under Obama’s leadership,” he began by asking, “are you as rich as you’d like to be? Because I know I could imagine me having more money. Now, just listen to the latest monetary policy the president is getting from his so-called economic advisors.” Colbert then played a clip of Obama recounting how a young girl wrote to ask why th...
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By ReutersFriday, August 1, 2014 7:41 EDT   TweetBy Jonathan Allen NEW YORK (Reuters) – New York’s Metropolitan Opera agreed to extend negotiations with its labor unions for 72 hours, preventing a threatened lockout at the nation’s largest performing arts organization, the Met said late on Thursday. The Met Opera also said it had reached new contract agreements with three of the 15 involved labor unions. The three unions, whose contracts were to expire at midnight Friday, represent building enginee...
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Wisconsin girls accused of trying to stab friend to death [WTMJ-TV]
By ReutersFriday, August 1, 2014 7:33 EDT   TweetMILWAUKEE (Reuters) – Two doctors are expected to testify on Friday on the competency of one of two Wisconsin girls accused of luring their friend into the woods and repeatedly stabbing her to please Slenderman, a fictional Internet character. Morgan Geyser and Anissa Weier, both 12, have been charged as adults with first-degree attempted homicide. They are accused of stabbing their classmate 19 times in late May in Waukesha, a western suburb of Milw...
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President Obama attends celebration of Special Olympics
By ReutersFriday, August 1, 2014 7:26 EDT   TweetBy Annika McGinnis WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Katy Perry, Jason Derulo and Stevie Wonder were all there – but the only guest who got to give President Barack Obama a hug during his speech was restaurant owner Tim Harris. Harris has Down syndrome, but he owns his own restaurant and is a Special Olympics star in year-round sports. And the focus was more on the star athletes than on the pop stars at a White House event on Thursday to commemorate the anniver...
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Central American immigrants get on the so-called La Bestia (The Beast) cargo train, in an attempt to reach the Mexico-US border (AFP)
By ReutersFriday, August 1, 2014 7:20 EDT   TweetBy Mica Rosenberg NEW YORK (Reuters) – For a handful of U.S. companies that have exclusive or longstanding contracts with federal agencies dealing with illegal immigrants, the recent wave of children crossing the southern border with Mexico is a business opportunity. Private prison companies Geo Group and competitor Corrections Corporation of America, for example, stand to gain if Congress approves any emergency funding for family detention facilitie...
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By ReutersFriday, August 1, 2014 7:14 EDT   Tweet(Reuters) – Congressman Eric Cantor said he will resign his seat effective Aug. 18, months earlier than expected following a shock primary election defeat, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported on Friday. Cantor, who on Thursday stepped down from his leadership position in the Republican-controlled House of Representatives, said he had asked Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe to call a special election to coincide with November’s general election, the ...
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By ReutersFriday, August 1, 2014 7:09 EDT   Tweet(Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court has been asked to review a case about whether the federal government can subsidize health insurance for millions of Americans, a party involved in the lawsuit said on Thursday. The petition requests the U.S. high court decide the issue after two lower U.S. court rulings created uncertainties last week regarding the legitimacy of subsidies for individuals enrolled on federally run exchanges under the Affordable Care ...
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KKK on immigrants - 'leave the corpses laying on the border' [al jazeera america]
By Arturo GarciaThursday, July 31, 2014 23:57 EDT   TweetA self-described “Imperial Wizard” for a Ku Klux Klan organization openly defended his group’s call to deal with the thousands of young Central American immigrants coming to the U.S. through a “shoot to kill” policy, Al Jazeera America reported. “To me, they’re breaking the law when they come here,” a hooded man identifying himself as Robert Jones said. “If we can’t turn them back, I think if we pop a couple of them off and leave the corpses ...
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By ReutersThursday, July 31, 2014 22:26 EDT   TweetBy David Lawder WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate late on Thursday overwhelmingly gave final congressional approval to a $16.3 billion plan to ease long healthcare delays at the scandal-plagued Veterans Affairs Department, adding the bulk of the cost to the federal deficit. The 91-3 vote sends the measure to President Barack Obama to be signed into law just before Congress starts a five-week summer recess. The plan, which contains $10 billion ...
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SDCC cosplayer [KGTV-TV]
By Arturo GarciaThursday, July 31, 2014 21:38 EDT   TweetSan Diego Harbor Police said in a statement on Thursday that the injuries suffered by a 17-year-old girl during San Diego Comic-Con this past weekend were a result of a fall. “Her injuries, and physical evidence at the scene, were consistent with a fall from the distance of approximately six feet,” the statement read. A spokesperson later told The Raw Story that there was a structure near the pool at the Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina, wh...
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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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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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Ben Stein is such a douchebag. He has a mental disease and definitely has a defect.

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