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Jon Stewart 121213
By Arturo GarciaWednesday, July 23, 2014 0:32 EDT   TweetDaily Show host Jon Stewart challenged Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) to a “wrong-off” on Tuesday following McCain’s dismissive remarks about the comedian during an interview with Fox News. “You come on the program loaded down with your ‘Jon Stewart was absolutely wrong’ file,” Stewart said. “And I’ll see if I can perhaps dig up one or two things you’ve been mistaken about.” Stewart’s dare came about in response to an interview this past Sunday betw...
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Jorge Ramos 072214 [Fusion]
By Arturo GarciaTuesday, July 22, 2014 22:31 EDT   TweetFusion anchor Jorge Ramos once again called for the U.S. to reform its immigration law while advocating that the country take in the thousands of young people making their way into the country from Central America in a commentary released by his network on Tuesday. “Here we are, with thousands and thousands of Central American children arriving alone,” Ramos said. “What do we do? First, we treat children like children, as if they were our own....
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By Arturo GarciaTuesday, July 22, 2014 21:23 EDT   TweetA Border Patrol agent allegedly held a member of an Iowa Boy Scout troop at gunpoint while another threatened another boy with arrest and a 10-year prison term for taking a picture of him, KCCI-TV reported. The incident reportedly took place while members of Mid-Iowa Boy Scout Troop 111 and volunteers traveling with them were attempting to drive through the border between Canada into Alaska. Troop leader Jim Fox told KCCI that the group was de...
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REUTERS DO NOT REUSE
By ReutersTuesday, July 22, 2014 20:13 EDT   TweetBy David Lawder WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama’s nominee to fix the Department of Veterans Affairs pledged on Tuesday to bring corporate-style discipline and accountability to the troubled agency plagued by healthcare delays and accusations of mismanagement and fraud. Bob McDonald, the former chief executive officer of Procter & Gamble Co, the world’s largest manufacturer of household products, told the Senate Veterans Affa...
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Jar Jar Binks [Wikipedia Commons]
By Arturo GarciaTuesday, July 22, 2014 19:52 EDT   TweetCongress’ approval ratings are low enough that they trail even the least popular character in the Star Wars franchise, the Huffington Post reported. A survey by online pollster Nate Silver’s site FiveThirtyEight.com determined that Jar Jar Binks, who appeared in Episode I: The Phantom Menace, was disliked by 37 percent of respondent, compared to 29 percent who said they had a “favorable” view of the character, resulting in a net rating of -8. ...
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Paul LePage speaks to WMTW
By ReutersTuesday, July 22, 2014 18:43 EDT   TweetBOSTON (Reuters) – Maine Governor Paul LePage blasted the White House on Tuesday for placing in his state eight children who tried to cross the border illegally. The administration of U.S. President Barack Obama has been struggling to find shelter for the wave of unaccompanied child immigrants from Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras that have been arriving at the Mexican border, which is expected to reach 90,000 people by September. “It is wrong fo...
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Chrysler [AFP]
By Agence France-PresseTuesday, July 22, 2014 18:36 EDT   TweetWashington (AFP) – Chrysler on Tuesday said it would recall up to 792,300 sport utility vehicles to fix an ignition-switch problem, the same part involved in the massive General Motors recall. The automaker, a subsidiary of Italy-based Fiat Chrysler, said it was issuing the recall “out of an abundance of caution.” Chrysler took the move because ignition keys can be moved unintentionally from the “on” position, causing engine stall, redu...
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Militia groups on the rise (YouTube)
By Arturo GarciaTuesday, July 22, 2014 18:18 EDT   TweetJim Gilchrist, one of the founders of the Minutemen Project militia group announced plans to recruit at least 3,500 “non-member volunteers” to take part in a May 1, 2015 anti-immigration effort along the U.S.-Mexico border, the Southern Poverty Legal Center (SPLC) reported. Gilchrist said on the group’s website that “Operation Normandy,” as he called it, needed that many volunteers to successfully cover the “porous areas” between San Diego, Ca...
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A man lights a marijuana joint during a demonstration demanding a new law on cannabis in Montevideo, on May 8, 2013. (AFP)
By ReutersTuesday, July 22, 2014 17:34 EDT   TweetBy Sharon Bernstein (Reuters) – An initiative seeking to legalize, tax and regulate recreational marijuana in Oregon has qualified for the November ballot, the state said on its website on Tuesday. Only two U.S. states, Washington and Colorado, currently allow recreational marijuana, which remains illegal under federal law. Oregon’s proposal will come before voters just two years after they rejected a similar measure. “This is a moment we’ve been wa...
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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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The 604-foot-long Hong Kong oil tanker
The 604-foot-long Hong Kong oil tanker “Torm Aalborg” is guided by the tugboat “Andrew McAllister” at right, through the gap under the Casco Bay Bridge, Monday, Sept. 22, 2008, in South Portland, Maine. The port will continue to be used to ship oil to Canada; Monday’s vote blocks the possible reversal of the pipeline’s flow. CREDIT: AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty On Monday evening, the city council in South Portland, Maine made a small change to a commercial zoning law that had much larger international repercussions for the fossil fuel industry and the climate. The council stopped another “Plan B” to the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline by voting 6-1 to pass an ordinance that bans the bulk loading of crude oil onto ships from the town’s wat...
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FL Gov. Rick Scott (R) on CNN 121912
By Arturo GarciaTuesday, July 22, 2014 17:17 EDT   TweetMembers of several civil rights groups held a last-minute demonstration against Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) outside the $10,000-a-plate fundraiser that was mocked by comedian John Oliver earlier this week, New Times Broward Palm Beach reported. Scott’s appearance at the Boca Raton home of GEO Group CEO George Zoley was reportedly protested met by members of Florida For All, immigration rights group Dreamers Moms and the Dream Defenders. “I th...
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temperature anomalies
Chart of global temperature since 1950 showing the phase of the El Niño-La Niña cycle. Via NASA. A new study finds that when climate models factor in the temporary warming and cooling impact of El Niño and La Niña, they accurately predict recent global warming. And that is consistent with recent studies that led one climatologist to say, “Global temperatures look set to rise rapidly.” GLOBAL WARMING CONTINUES TO ACCELERATE A study last year found that global warming has accelerated in the past 15 years, especially in the ocean. As scientists had predicted, 90 percent of that warming ended up in the oceans. And we reported that Greenland’s ice melt increased five-fold since the mid-1990s. Another study that month found “sea level rising 60% faster than projected....
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norway memorial
Tuesday is the third anniversary of the day Anders Breivik ignited a car bomb in downtown Oslo, then slaughtered 69 people, many of them children, at a summer camp on the island of Utøya. To commemorate the 2011 attacks in Norway, the country is building what basically everyone agrees is an incredibly moving tribute memorial on Utøya, designed by Swedish artist Jonas Dahlberg. It won’t be so much ‘built’ as removed: a piece of earth literally cut away to signify the absence that those deaths impressed on the country: CREDIT: Jonas Dahlberg As Dahlberg recounted in his project description of his visit to the site, “Although we stood directly on the very place where many people had lost their lives, nature had already begun to obscure all traces…. With more time and with the upcomi...
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Newark Police
CREDIT: AP Photo/Mel Evans Police had no apparent constitutional basis for at least three-quarters of pedestrian stops in Newark, New Jersey, a three-year U.S. Department of Justice review concluded this week. That finding was just the top line of a report that also found gross racial disparities in those stops, a pattern of excessive force, retaliation against suspects, and officer theft from suspects during stops. “Our investigation uncovered troubling patterns in stops, arrests and use of force by the police in Newark,” said U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. The findings come almost a year after a New York federal judge found that city engaged in unconstitutional racial profiling in its stops and frisks. Under the Fourth Amendment, officers are permitted to stop individuals if ...
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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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Kindergarten classroom
CREDIT: AP A recent study may have confirmed what public health and education advocates have long tried to argue: a positive and supportive school environment improves the health of children from low socioeconomic backgrounds, ultimately increasing their academic performance. That’s because when students from impoverished neighborhoods attend high-performing schools, they participate in risky behaviors less often than their counterparts enrolled in low-performing schools, according to a study conducted by University of California, Los Angeles researchers. “Our study looks at how high performing schools affect the behaviors of adolescents,” Dr. Mitchell Wong, the lead author of the study, said in an interview with ThinkProgress. “Other studies have compared adults...
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European Union flag.
Shannon Greenwood is an intern at ThinkProgress. European Union flag. CREDIT: AP Images An Advocate General of the European Court of Justice on Thursday issued an opinion stating people have the right to define their own sexual orientation during asylum claims, potentially ending some member-state’s long-term practice of forcing lesbian, gay and bisexual asylum seekers to prove their sexuality. The opinion came in response to the Netherlands’ decision to deny three gay men asylum for an array of perplexing reasons including not providing a “film depicting himself performing sexual acts with another male” to a “lack of knowledge of homosexual rights organisations in the Netherlands” to an apparent vague reaction to “the realisation of his own sex...
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CREDIT: flickr/ Ville-Matti Kaartinen A new analysis from the government of Denmark found that wind power is by far the cheapest new form of electricity in the country. New onshore wind plants coming online in 2016 will provide energy for about half the price of coal and natural gas plants, according to the Danish Energy Agency (DEA), and will cost around five cents per kilowatt hour. “Wind power today is cheaper than other forms of energy, not least because of a big commitment and professionalism in the field,” said Rasmus Peterson, Danish energy minister. “This is true both for researchers, companies and politicians. We need a long-term and stable energy policy to ensure that renewable energy, both today and in the future is the obvious choice.” The DEA analysis...
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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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