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Milky Way in the clear night sky (AFP)
By Agence France-PresseTuesday, July 29, 2014 14:07 EDT   TweetA billion-dollar telescope designed to provide the most detailed map yet of the Milky Way is ready to start work after teething problems, the European Space Agency (ESA) said on Tuesday. “Following extensive in-orbit commissioning and several unexpected challenges… Gaia is now ready to begin its science mission,” the agency said. Launched on December 19, the 740-million-euro ($990-million) device is the most advanced space telescope eve...
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Mars rover Opportunity via Wikipedia Commons
By Agence France-PresseTuesday, July 29, 2014 13:51 EDT   TweetThe US space agency’s Opportunity rover has now clocked more miles on Mars than any man-made vehicle to reach another celestial body, NASA said. Since arriving on the Red Planet in 2004, the solar-powered robot has journeyed across 25 miles (40 kilometers) of Martian terrain. That surpasses the previous record, held by the Soviet Union’s Lunokhod 2 rover, which landed on the Moon in 1973. “Opportunity has driven farther than any other w...
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People come out from their houses after shelling in Donetsk (AFP)
By Agence France-PresseTuesday, July 29, 2014 13:50 EDT   TweetAfter months of hesitation, the EU finally agreed Tuesday to impose economic sanctions against Russia, hoping to make it change course in Ukraine as fighting intensified around cities held by pro-Moscow rebels. The new measures impose restrictions on the finance, defence and energy sectors so as to increase the cost to Russia of its continued intervention in Ukraine. Notably, Russian state-owned banks will find access to European financ...
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The world's largest solar-powered boat, MS Turanor PlanetSolar (AFP)
By Agence France-PresseTuesday, July 29, 2014 13:48 EDT   TweetThe world’s largest solar boat, the catamaran PlanetSolar, will embark on a Greek mission to find one of the oldest sites inhabited by man in Europe, an organiser said Monday. Starting on August 11, a team of Swiss and Greek scientists will seek a “prehistoric countryside” in the southeastern Peloponnese peninsula, University of Geneva researcher Julien Beck told AFP. The month-long mission, jointly organised with the Swiss school of ar...
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George Zimmerman mugshot via Seminole County Sheriff’s Office
By Tom BoggioniTuesday, July 29, 2014 13:46 EDT   TweetGeorge Zimmerman, the former neighborhood watch volunteer acquitted in the shooting death of teenager Trayvon Martin, told police he was working night security at a Florida gun dealer after being discovered sitting in his truck outside the store after midnight Sunday evening. According to the Daytona Beach News-Journal, Zimmerman was questioned in front of Pompano Pat’s, a retailer specializing in guns, ammunition, and motorcycles located in De...
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Share Tweet New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (AP Photo/Mike Groll) Election seasons are supposed to provide an opportunity for sitting officials to explain their records, and for challengers to question them. And when a top official is facing intense scrutiny based on recent revelations—as New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is in the aftermath of reports regarding his administration’s handling of a corruption inquiry—the need for election season accountability is that much greater. So it only makes sense that Cuomo should debate his Democratic primary challenger, Fordham University Law School professor Zephyr Teachout. Cuomo took a hard hit when The New York Ti...
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By ReutersTuesday, July 29, 2014 13:34 EDT   Tweet(Reuters) – An Alabama woman whose former boyfriend doused her in gasoline and set her on fire died early on Tuesday after two days in the hospital, authorities said. Deborah Diane Prater, 49, had recently ended her three-year relationship with Michael Kennedy, 48, when police say he came to her house in a Birmingham suburb early on Sunday and argued with her before setting her ablaze. “It’s a totally senseless and violent loss of life,” said Sergea...
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Border patrol agencts via AFP
By ReutersTuesday, July 29, 2014 13:32 EDT   TweetBy David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) – Lawyers for the mother of a Mexican teenager fatally shot by U.S. border police filed a U.S. federal civil rights lawsuit on Tuesday, calling the killing “brazen and lawless” and the latest example of agents using excessive force. The lawsuit says unnamed U.S. Border Patrol agents violated the constitutional rights of Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez, who was 16 years old when he died in the cross-border shooting fr...
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John Boehner 052214 [Fusion]
By ReutersTuesday, July 29, 2014 13:30 EDT   TweetBy Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republicans have no plans to begin impeachment proceedings against President Barack Obama, House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner declared on Tuesday, putting the blame on Democrats for stirring up pre-midterm election tensions in Washington. Boehner is, however, hoping this week to pass Republican legislation that would authorize a lawsuit, claiming Obama overstepped his powers in ordering unilateral c...
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Chihuahua named Guero dies after traffic stop in Houston (KTRK)
By David EdwardsTuesday, July 29, 2014 13:15 EDT   TweetThe mayor of Houston has apologized to a family whose nearly blind dog was killed in traffic after a police officer forced them to leave it on the side of the road. Josie Garcia told KTRK that the family pet Chihuahua, named Guero, was along for the trip when her husband gave a friend a ride on July 13. The men were stopped by a Houston police officer for failing to use a turn signal, and a search of the vehicle turned up prescription medicat...
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Does Paul Ryan Really Want To Help Working Families And The Unemployed? > Paul Ryan's voting record in Congress-- going back to 1999 when he was a 20-something with the consciousness, though not the wisdom, of an angry 80 year old-- shows pretty conclusively he has never cared a whit about working class families. He has consistently voted against unemployment insurance for the men and women tossed out of work when conservative economic agendas have passed and wrecked the economy. So has he changed his mind? I wouldn't bet on it. Last week most Republicans and a gaggle of slimy New Dems and Blue Dogs from the Republican wing of the Democratic Party voted for a tax bill that values the children of wealthy parents far more than the value of middle...
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Emissions from E.On's coal-fired power plant at Scholven in Gelsenkirchen, western Germany. (AFP)
By Travis GettysTuesday, July 29, 2014 12:44 EDT   TweetState officials urged Alabama residents to pray for divine intervention to block proposed environmental regulations for coal-fired plants, saying such policies violate God’s laws. The commissioner-elect of the state’s Public Service Commission said coal was created in Alabama by God, so federal regulations limiting its use were an insult to God, reported Alabama.com. “Who has the right to take what God’s given a state?” said Chip Beeker, who o...
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By Tom BoggioniTuesday, July 29, 2014 12:18 EDT   TweetA New Mexico man, currently on probation for smuggling cocaine, is headed back to federal prison after he stabbed his girlfriend’s puppy, intending to serve the dog to her grandchildren for dinner. Salvador Martinez, 46, faces charges of extreme animal cruelty and child abuse after he killed Onyx, a nine-month-old chi-weenie ( chihuahua/dachshund mix), by stabbing the puppy in the heart with a screwdriver, reports KRQE. According to his girlfri...
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Stone Age
Current U.S. ‘stone-belt’ or high-risk kidney stone area in yellow. Computer model predicts expansion of stone-belt over time in orange (2050) and in red (2095). Currently, 41% of the population is within a high-risk zone. Computer model predicts 56% of the population will be in a high-risk zone by 2050 and 70% by 2095. Via PNAS 2008. Global warming likely increases the risk of kidney stones. I recently was diagnosed with stones. Coincidence? Probably! The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia reported this month on a major study, “Climate Change May Bring More Kidney Stones.” The news release noted, “a research team found a link between hot days and kidney stones in 60,000 patients in several U.S. cities with varying climates.” The study, published in the journal of...
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Border Patrol officers guard the US Border Patrol facility in Murrieta (AFP)
By ReutersTuesday, July 29, 2014 12:00 EDT   TweetBy Doina Chiacu and Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Border security will probably suffer if Congress fails to act on President Barack Obama’s request for extra money to cope with the explosion of child migrants into the U.S. Southwest, lawmakers and congressional aides warned on Tuesday. Those concerns came as Republicans in the House of Representatives considered a severely scaled-back version of the $3.7 billion in emergency funding Obama has...
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Louie Gohmert speaks to WND
By David EdwardsTuesday, July 29, 2014 11:57 EDT   TweetTexas Congressman Louie Gohmert (R-TX) suggested on Tuesday that the president of the United States was “extremely prejudiced” because he was deporting Mexicans, while allowing child refugees who were fleeing violence in Central America to stay. In an interview with Newsmax TV host J.D. Hayworth, Gohmert said that President Barack Obama’s plan to allow Honduran children a way into the U.S. without having to make the dangerous journey through ...
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US President Barack Obama smiles at the White House in Washington, DC, on March 18, 2013. (AFP)
By ReutersTuesday, July 29, 2014 11:54 EDT   TweetBy Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. appeals court on Tuesday dismissed a long-shot challenge to the Obamacare health law brought by an Iowa artist. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit rejected claims made by Matt Sissel, who was backed by the Pacific Legal Foundation, a conservative legal group. Sissel claimed, among other things, that the 2010 law violated a provision of the U.S. Constitution that says any re...
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CREDIT: Shutterstock The National Basketball Players’ Association on Monday elected a new executive director who will lead the union in what may be the most contentious negotiations on the horizon for any major sports league. Michele Roberts, a DC-based lawyer, is also the first ever woman elected to head up a major sports union in North America. “It shows how open-minded our players are,” Chris Paul, Clippers point guard and NBPA president, told CBS. “With any of the candidates, it wasn’t about race or gender. It was about who was going to be the best person in that position.” While Roberts was Paul’s top choice for the position, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo, others involved in the process were unhappy with her lack of a background i...
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CREDIT: Shutterstock The more they drill, the more they spill. And the part about telling residents about it, not so much. A Denver Post analysis of Colorado oil and gas spills so far in 2014 reveals that they are happening twice a day “and usually without anyone telling residents.” That rate, 467 spills for the first 7 months of this year, suggests that the state will surpass last year’s record of 575, the paper reported, due to a surge in oil and gas development and more stringent reporting rules. The state oil and gas commission said that tougher enforcement is also a factor. Colorado now has about 52,000 active oil and gas wells, with much of the recent growth occurring along the populous Front Range north and northeast of Denver. The rapid pace of drilling and its proximity to many c...
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Guns on display at the NRA's annual convention.
Will Freeman is an intern with Think Progress. Guns on display at the NRA’s annual convention. CREDIT: AP Images NRA spokesperson Brian Judy took the stage at a pro-gun rally in Silverdale, Washington last Wednesday to drum up opposition to Initiative 594, a bill that is on the ballot for November and would require everyone who buys a gun in the state to pass a background check. His speech quickly devolved into making comparisons between background checks and Nazi Germany before he bitterly ridiculed Jews who support gun safety measures. Judy launched into his anti-Semitic tirade by focusing his rage on Nick Hanauer, a billionaire Seattle entrepreneur whose family pledged a half-million dollars in support of I-594. Hanauer also published an op-ed in this month’s issue of Po...
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Joni Ernst (R)
Iowa Senate nominee Joni Ernst (R) CREDIT: AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall Iowa Senate nominee Rep. Bruce Braley (D) released a new campaign ad on Tuesday highlighting his Republican opponent’s opposition to increasing the minimum wage. To defend itself, state Senator Joni Ernst’s (R) campaign claimed Iowans are best off with their state’s paltry $7.25-an-hour minimum. The Braley ad features part of a June Iowa Public Radio interview in which Ernst was asked if she — like 65 percent of her fellow Iowans — supported an increase in the minimum wage. Ernst responded in the negative, explaining, “I do not support a federal minimum wage. Every state has a different economy, different cost of living. I don’t believe that’s the role of the federal government.̶...
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By Travis GettysTuesday, July 29, 2014 11:38 EDT   TweetA Walmart employee asked a North Carolina woman breastfeeding her newborn in a store bathroom to move into a toilet stall. A representative from the retailer confirmed the employee made the demand, telling WBTW-TV the request was illegal and also violated company policy. Kelly Messing said she was feeding her 2-week-old baby with a cover-up when the employee came into the bathroom and asked her to move to a more private location, saying she wa...
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Richard Dawkins
By Amanda MarcotteTuesday, July 29, 2014 11:36 EDT   Tweet‘Splaining. Richard Dawkins got some accolades from the atheist-bloggers-who-don’t-hate-women circles for issuing a joint statement with Ophelia Benson denouncing harassment and abuse in the atheist movement. Disagreement is inevitable, but bullying and harassment are not. If we want secularism and atheism to gain respect, we have to be able to disagree with each other without trying to destroy each other. In other words we have to be able t...
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Everytown ad
CREDIT: Screenshot A man with a piercing stare peers through the blinds and knocks. The woman inside calls 911, voice quivering. “It’s my ex, trying to break in.” The police proceed to ask her questions, slowly. And in the meantime, the man has kicked in the door, grabbed the woman’s child, and pointed a gun at her head. “Stop gun violence against women,” reads the message at the end of a 30-second TV spot. The grisly ad was produced by the newly formed gun violence group Everytown for Gun Safety, and the it will run in three states where Republican senators are vulnerable to pressure from their constituents on gun safety reform. Watch it: Arizona’s Sen. Jeff Flake (R) — once a popular senator viewed as a rising star — saw his poll ...
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REUTERS DO NOT REUSE
By ReutersTuesday, July 29, 2014 11:07 EDT   TweetNEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. consumer confidence jumped in July to a monthly high not seen since October 2007, according to a private sector report released on Tuesday. The Conference Board, an industry group, said its index of consumer attitudes rose to 90.9 from a upwardly revised 86.4 the month before. Economists had expected a reading of 85.3, according to a Reuters poll. June was originally reported as 85.2. The expectations index rose to 92.7 fro...
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News Corp's Executive Chairman Rupert Murdoch (AFP)
By Alexandra Topping, The GuardianTuesday, July 29, 2014 10:48 EDT   TweetThe Sun is facing a barrage of criticism after featuring a half-naked four-year-old boy with a “mark of the devil” on his chest on its front page. The tabloid’s “exclusive” story featured unpixellated images of the child and his mother. The paper was accused of starting a witch-hunt and endangering the child after publishing the story with the headline: “BOY, 4, HAS MARK OF DEVIL.” The child’s mother is quoted saying: “Just l...
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Fifty Shades of Grey trailer (Screenshot)
By Ben Child, The GuardianTuesday, July 29, 2014 10:44 EDT   TweetThe trailer for Fifty Shades of Grey has become the most viewed of 2014 after less than one week of release, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Citing figures from tech firm Zefr, the industry bible says the promo for Sam Taylor-Johnson’s film has picked up a staggering 36.4m views on YouTube since hitting the web on 24 July. The figure means the movie beats rivals such as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, which notched up 31m views at...
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Share Tweet People associated with the Occupy Wall Street movement met on the steps of the Minnesota capitol building to protest the influence of corporate money in politics. March 13, 2012 (Fibonacci Blue/CC 2.0)  Editor’s Note: Each week we cross-post an excerpt from Katrina vanden Heuvel’s column at the WashingtonPost.com. Read the full text of Katrina’s column here. When it comes to moments in history, 1973 was not exactly a banner year for the Republican Party. The Senate Watergate Committee began its televised hearings in May. Spiro Agnew resigned in October. And President Nixon used a pre-Thanksgiving news conference at Disney World to unconvincing...
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Youth Pastor Brian Keith Smith accused of sexual assault
By David EdwardsTuesday, July 29, 2014 10:32 EDT   TweetA 33-year-old youth pastor in Pennsylvania has been arrested after he was accused of raping a 15-year-old girl at his church. Court documents filed by Rostraver Police accused Journey By Grace Church’s Brian Keith Smith of felony indecent assault of a minor younger than 16, felony possession of child pornography and several other misdemeanors, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The criminal complaint stated that the Smith recruited the...
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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!

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