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"I am proud to support Stanley Chang for Congress. Stanley knows what needs to be done to fix Wall Street and protect the rights of consumers. He has declared his support for the Better Off Budget, which would create 8.8 million jobs by 2017 and reduce our deficit by $4 trillion over the next ten years. Stanley is a champion for civil rights for all and will work toward a more secure and peaceful world. The Progressive Caucus and its members will work hard to support Stanley to see that he joins us in the 114th Congress."- Keith Ellison, co-chair, Congressional Progressive Caucus "Stanley Chang is the clear choice to represent Hawaii’s first district in Congress. His Agenda for Change calls for universal early childhood education, which has been a key focus of my work as a member of the Co...
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An armed pro-Russian separatist blocks the way to the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, near the village of Grabove (AFP)
By Agence France-PresseFriday, July 25, 2014 10:44 EDT   TweetCNN said Thursday a Ukrainian journalist working for the US news channel had been abducted this week by pro-Russian separatists, and appealed for his release. On its website, CNN said journalist Anton Skiba was taken on Tuesday by armed men from the self-declared Donetsk People’s Republic. Skiba had been working as a freelancer with a CNN crew covering the crisis in Ukraine. CNN said it did not report the abduction at the time while maki...
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A midwife hands out condoms and gives sexual information to students at a university in Santiago, on April 11, 2012 [AFP]
By Agence France-PresseFriday, July 25, 2014 10:42 EDT   TweetThe UN Human Rights Committee asked Chile Thursday to make exceptions to its ban on abortion in cases of rape, incest and the health of the mother. Chile is one of the few countries in the world that prohibits abortions for any reason. Legislation that would create exceptions has been blocked in the Chilean parliament. In a periodic report on Chile, the committee said it “should establish exceptions to the general prohibition of abortion...
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A member of the Australian Ukrainian community raises a placard witha picture of Russian President Vladimir Putin (AFP)
By Agence France-PresseFriday, July 25, 2014 10:40 EDT   TweetRussian President Vladimir Putin’s military intervention in Ukraine is fanning nationalist sentiments that could spread across the region with dangerous, unpredictable consequences, the US military’s top officer said. General Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Putin was pursuing an “aggressive” agenda that flouts sovereignty and seeks to address alleged grievances harbored by Moscow since the demise of the...
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Iranian police officers stand guard in Tehran (AFP)
By Agence France-PresseFriday, July 25, 2014 10:38 EDT   TweetTehran’s chief justice Gholamhossein Esmaili on Friday confirmed the arrest of Washington Post correspondent Jason Rezaian and his wife, also a journalist, the official IRNA news agency reported. “We are now in the investigation phase. I think we will be able to provide more information after technical investigation and questioning,” Esmaili said, without saying why the couple had been arrested. The Washington Post said on Thursday Rezai...
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Undated file photo from the Arizona Department of Corrections shows death row inmate Joseph Wood (AFP)
By Agence France-PresseFriday, July 25, 2014 10:31 EDT   TweetThe US Supreme Court is under increasing pressure to consider halting death sentences by lethal injection after a convicted Arizona killer took two hours to die. Opponents and supporters of capital punishment alike say they believe the highest US court will agree to consider the issue. Double murderer Joseph Wood gasped and snorted as he lay on a gurney for 117 minutes after officials from the US state of Arizona injected him with a rela...
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Palestinian flags during a demonstration in Paris to denounce Israel's military campaign in Gaza (AFP)
By Agence France-PresseFriday, July 25, 2014 10:29 EDT   Tweet French police have banned a protest against Israel’s Gaza offensive that was due to take place in Paris on Saturday, following several similar rallies that turned violent. The ban, announced by police on Friday, comes in the wake of clashes earlier this month at pro-Palestinian demonstrations in which some protesters shouted anti-Semitic slogans and fought with police. Two of the rallies had been banned but went ahead anyway. Following ...
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By Scott KaufmanFriday, July 25, 2014 10:19 EDT   TweetThe Oregon bakery that rose to national prominence when it refused to bake cakes for same-sex couples is now producing cakes for a prominent ex-gay ministry, the Advocate reported today. Sweet Cakes by Melissa closed its doors in September of 2013, but continues to exist as an online delivery business. One of its current clients is the ex-gay ministry known as The Restored Hope Network, whose purpose is “restoring hope to those broken by sexual...
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By Tom BoggioniFriday, July 25, 2014 10:14 EDT   TweetIn the wake of the botched execution of Joseph Wood in Arizona, the chief judge of the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said that states executing prisoners should stop trying to mask the “brutality” of killing prisoners with a chemical cocktail and should return to more “foolproof” methods like the firing squad. In an interview reported by the SF Gate, Judge Alex Kozinski  said protracted lethal injections “undermines the idea that this is a...
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By ReutersFriday, July 25, 2014 10:04 EDT   TweetBy Ros Krasny WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Overall U.S. food inflation will remain near the historic norm in 2014, even as prices for meat and seafood are pushed higher by disease and widespread drought, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Friday. USDA said wholesale pork prices will jump by 10 percent to 11 percent in 2014, hurt by declining supplies after a virus has killed millions of piglets in the past year. Wholesale beef prices, meanwhile, ar...
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By Travis GettysFriday, July 25, 2014 9:15 EDT   TweetA Michigan mayor compared atheists to Nazis and the Ku Klux Klan to defend his decision to exclude secular groups from setting up a “reason station” alongside a “prayer station” on public property, reported the Detroit Free Press. The American Civil Liberties Union and two secular groups have sued the city of Warren and Mayor Jim Fouts on behalf of an atheist resident who asked to set up the booth in a City Hall atrium. Fouts has allowed a local...
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By Scott KaufmanFriday, July 25, 2014 9:12 EDT   TweetThe Hartford Courant reported that a Republican consultant was fired Thursday after she complained on Facebook about the “white privilege” of her employer’s opponent. Regina V. Ross Roundtree had been in the employ of Penny Bacchiochi, a Republican candidate for the Connecticut lieutenant governor, until she wrote on Facebook that the “white privilege” demonstrated by Bacchiochi’s Republican opponent in the primary, Heather Bond Somers, turned ...
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John Birch Society stalwart and former drug addict Paul Broun has widely been considered Congress' most extreme Member. He ran in the May Georgia Republican primary for the open U.S. Senate nomination and lost miserably, failing to even crack 10%. But in his own north central Georgia district, GA-10-- stretching from just east of Atlanta to just west of August and from Athens in the north and Milledgeville in the south-- he's pretty popular. The Democrats didn't bother running anyone against him in 2012. The district has a PVI of R+14 and Obama only managed 36%. When Broun last faced a Democrat, Russell Edwards, in 2010, he beat him 137,262 (67%) to 66,574 (33%)-- despite the fact that Edwards beat Broun in the district's biggest county, Clarke, 63-37%. Broun won every other county. His en...
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CREDIT: AP Photo/Mike Groll United Nations officials are urging several countries with particularly harsh abortion bans to increase legalization of the medical procedure, pointing out their current laws could be in breach of international human rights treaties. In its periodic reviews of member countries’ policies to ensure they’re compliant with the Geneva Conventions, the UN Human Rights Committee is recommending that Ireland and Chile update their abortion laws to ensure access for more women. Those two countries have some of the most restrictive abortion policies in the world; Chile imposes a total ban on the procedure, while Ireland has a nearly total ban with an extremely narrow exception. The UN’s report on Ireland recommends that the country’s law should b...
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Boulder County Clerk Hillary Hall congratulating Jennifer Knight and Felice Cohen on their marriage.
Boulder County Clerk Hillary Hall congratulating Jennifer Knight and Felice Cohen on their marriage. CREDIT: AP Photo/Brennan Linsley Saturday will mark a full month since Boulder County Clerk Hillary Hall began issuing marriage licenses to Colorado same-sex couples, and nothing seems to be stopping her from continuing to do so, despite Attorney General John Suthers’ (R) best attempts. On Thursday, the Colorado Court of Appeals dealt Suthers another defeat, refusing to order Hall to stop issuing licenses. This follows two different lower court rulings allowing her to continue marrying couples, so long as she informs them that their marriages may be deemed invalid if challenges to Colorado’s ban ultimately fail to overturn it. Suthers’ other strategy to block Hall has als...
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CREDIT: AP Photo/Keith Srakocic In June, American Apparel ousted CEO Dov Charney over “an ongoing investigation into alleged misconduct” after repeated sexual harassment and sexual assault allegations against him. As part of a shake-up of its board in the wake of that decision, the company announced on Friday it had added its first female board member. Colleen Brown, a media executive who is currently managing director of Newport Board Group, will join the board along with three other new directors. All directors but the two co-chairmen from the previous board have resigned. The change up is part of an agreement with a hedge fund that has injected the company with emergency funds and loans. The fund has the right to name one more board member. As Bloomberg News reported, addin...
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The planet Mars via AFP
By ReutersFriday, July 25, 2014 8:34 EDT   TweetBy Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL Fla (Reuters) – For the past four months, a team of researchers have been living in a mockup Mars habitat on a Hawaiian volcano practicing isolated living on the Red Planet. For the most part, expedition leader Casey Stedman and his five crewmates have stayed inside their 1,000-square foot (93-square meter) solar-powered dome, venturing out only for simulated spacewalks and doing so only when fully attired in mock spacesu...
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Sen John Walsh via Facebook
By ReutersFriday, July 25, 2014 8:31 EDT   TweetBy Laura Zuckerman (Reuters) – The U.S. Army War College has opened an inquiry into accusations that Senator John Walsh, a Montana Democrat now facing a tough election challenge, plagiarized parts of a research paper tied to a master’s degree he earned from the school. The college’s announcement on Thursday that it had launched an investigation came a day after the New York Times reported Walsh may have lifted at least a quarter of his master’s thesis...
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A technician of the French National Seism Survey Institute (RENASS) presents a graph of an earthquake (AFP)
By ReutersFriday, July 25, 2014 8:30 EDT   TweetBy Steve Quinn JUNEAU Alaska (Reuters) – An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.9 struck on the coast of Alaska early on Friday, shaking people awake in the state capital city of Juneau but causing little, if any, damage, officials said. “We don’t think there is any damage, though it was felt in Juneau,” said Jessica Turner, a geophysicist at the National Earthquake Information Center, which is part of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). Local police also...
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By Scott KaufmanFriday, July 25, 2014 8:05 EDT   TweetOn last night’s episode of The Colbert Report, Stephen Colbert mocked conservative outrage over the depiction of Republicans on the HBO vampire show True Blood. “It makes me so sad to give a wag of my finger to True Blood,” Colbert began, “for making my blood truly boil with last week’s episode in which the vampires snuck into a benefit for Ted Cruz in a transparent Hollywood attack on Republicans.” He then showed a clip from the show, in which ...
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By Tom BoggioniFriday, July 25, 2014 8:02 EDT   TweetA Florida man is facing the possibility of prison time for phoning in a phony report of an imminent murder in an attempt to get out of a speeding ticket. West Melbourne police arrested Julius Lupowitz, who now faces up to five years in prison in addition to a $209 speeding fine, reports FOX19. According to police, Lupowitz made the fake emergency call while West Melbourne police officer Ted Salem had his back turned as he was writing up a speedin...
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Marwa Abdelghani
By Travis GettysFriday, July 25, 2014 7:40 EDT   TweetPolice are seeking a man who ripped a hijab from an Iraqi immigrant’s head and then choked her earlier this month in California, reported the Los Angeles Times. The man ran up behind the woman as she loaded groceries into her car July 2 in the parking lot of a Long Beach shopping center, police said, and ripped off the headscarf worn by Muslim women to conceal their hair and neck. Police said the man cursed at the woman as he forcefully twisted ...
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Adorable five year old African American Girl drinking from water (Shutterstock.com)
By ReutersFriday, July 25, 2014 6:52 EDT   TweetWidespread water shutoffs in Detroit have led to the creation of a website that allows donors to anonymously pay the overdue bills of residents in the bankrupt city, a site organizer said on Thursday. Recent efforts by the cash-strapped municipal water authority to collect tens of millions of dollars in overdue bills has attracted international attention and critics say the disconnections are inhumane and unfair to the poor. The donor site, DetroitWat...
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A boy on the Mexican side of the US-Mexico border fence peers into Arizona on April 1, 2014 in Nogales [AFP]
By ReutersFriday, July 25, 2014 6:48 EDT   TweetWhite House officials expressed growing alarm on Thursday that Congress may not soon approve President Barack Obama’s emergency request for $3.7 billion to tackle the child migration crisis on the southern border of the United States. The stalemate over the request comes as Obama prepares on Friday to host the presidents of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, the countries that have been the source of much of the migrant surge that has strained borde...
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By ReutersFriday, July 25, 2014 6:44 EDT   TweetThe president of the Navajo Nation condemned the beating deaths of two Native American homeless men in New Mexico as a hate crime, and called on Thursday for a federal investigation into slayings that police have blamed on three teenagers. Prosecutors have charged three Hispanic teens, ages 15, 16 and 18, with murder in the fatal beatings of the homeless men on July 18 in Albuquerque in violence so brutal it left the men’s bodies badly disfigured. The...
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President Barack Obama speaks at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, on June 10, 2014 in Washington [AFP]
By ReutersFriday, July 25, 2014 6:39 EDT   TweetU.S. President Barack Obama on Thursday hammered U.S. companies that avoid federal taxes by shifting their tax domiciles overseas in deals known as “inversions” and called on Congress to pass a bill to curb the practice. During remarks to a rowdy crowd at the Los Angeles Technical College, Obama promoted what he called “economic patriotism” and made clear he believed the companies that were engaging in such practices were not being patriotic. The pres...
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Climate researchers said the planet could warm by more than 3.5 degrees Celsius (6.3 degrees Fahrenheit), boosting the risk of drought, flood and rising seas. (AFP Photo/Justin Tallis)
By ReutersFriday, July 25, 2014 6:36 EDT   TweetUnderground stores of water in the southwestern United States have receded dramatically amid ongoing drought that has parched states from Oklahoma to the Pacific Coast and is costing California billions in lost crops and jobs, a new study shows. The study released Thursday by the University of California, Irvine, shows that groundwater in the Colorado River basin has dropped by 40 million acre-feet over the past five years, the equivalent of two of th...
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Plastic figurines of same-sex couples are displayed at the gay marriage fair in Paris on April 27, 2013. (AFP)
By ReutersFriday, July 25, 2014 6:31 EDT   TweetA Colorado appeals court on Thursday denied a motion by the state’s top lawyer seeking to block a county clerk from issuing same-sex marriage licenses until the long-running legal battle is resolved by higher courts. In its ruling, the Colorado Court of Appeals said Attorney General John Suthers had not “established the factors required” for it to reverse a lower court’s decision allowing a county clerk to issue licenses to gay couples. The decision b...
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I was in New York Tuesday and could concentrate on the votes that were going down in the House and I'm afraid people may have missed a vote on Eric Swalwell's H.R. 1022, the Securing Energy Critical Elements and American Jobs Act. The Boehner/McCarthy/Ryan clique that's still fighting to control the House Republican Caucus, felt it had the votes to suspend the rules and pass the bill with a 2/3 majority and no amendments. They should have asked their own chief vote-counter, Republican Whip Steve Scalise, the Louisiana extremist, who was opposed to it. Although every Democrat but right-wing nut Nick Rahall voted yes and the Boehner/McCarthy clique delivered 78 Establishment Republicans, the healthy majority wasn't quote healthy enough. With 29 Members absent or not voting, 260-143 does not ...
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By Steven Morris, The GuardianFriday, July 25, 2014 0:20 EDT   TweetThe discovery of the fossilised remains of a creature that looks a little like a giant beak-less chicken has led scientists to a striking hypothesis: at one time all dinosaurs had feathers. Researchers were aware that early flesh-eating dinosaurs had feathers, but the finding of the metre-long herbivore on a Siberian river bank has led experts to conclude that all dinosaurs from the Triassic period – more than 200m years ago – were...
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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...