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Katrina vanden Heuvel
RSS Feed Politics, current affairs and riffs and reflections on the news. Original linkOriginal author: Nation in the News
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Share Tweet Congressman Paul Ryan. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) Paul Ryan’s fellow Republicans are quick to dismiss Elizabeth Warren as too radical, too progressive, too populist. But Ryan is trying—a bit clumsily, but trying all the same—to borrow a page from the Massachusetts senator as he seeks to remake himself in anticipation of a potential 2016 run for the Republican presidential nomination. He’s talking about poverty, about inequality, about shifting the focus away from meeting the demands of corporations and toward meeting the needs of Americans. Mitt Romney’s running mate is abandoning Romneyism for populism—or what former Secretary of Labor Robert ...
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Like Rick Perry, Gavin Newsom is certain new glasses make him look seriousGavin Newsom presents well. When he still thought he was running for governor, he called a meeting of L.A. political bloggers in some sleek West Hollywood hotel and did a free-flowing Q and A. He was as sleek as the hotel and everyone swooned. Except me. Having recently exited the corporate world, Newsom's glitz and studied expertise in everything didn't impress me. Good hair, yes... but I could sense that guy at the head of the table was a quintessential Republican no matter what party label he worse and no matter San Francisco gay couples he had married. Jon Ward wasn't at that meeting, but he's got Newsom's number as well-- and he shared it this week at HuffPo-- The Right's Strange New Hero: Gavin Newsom. After he...
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By Amanda MarcotteThursday, July 24, 2014 12:16 EDT   TweetAnother brave American, who is totally brave because guns make you big and brave and manly through osmosis, has taken another life: Greer said that he was tackled and thrown to the ground but managed to get his .22-caliber revolver and confronted them as they ransacked a safe containing cash. Seeing the gun, the couple ran out of the house and started down an alley. “The lady, she couldn’t run as fast as the man, so I shot her in the back t...
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By Travis GettysThursday, July 24, 2014 11:57 EDT   TweetA Republican congressional candidate responded to a mass shooting by suggesting that Americans had a constitutional right to own as powerful weaponry as they can afford. “It is my belief that any, any, any, any weapon that our government and law enforcement possesses ought to be allowed for individuals to possess in this country,” said Jody Hice, a religious right activist, talk radio host, and Georgia congressional candidate. The only restri...
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Chad Pickering charged with attempted first-degree murder
By David EdwardsThursday, July 24, 2014 11:52 EDT   TweetA Minnesota man who admitted shooting a 17-year-old girl multiple times because she asked him to stop trespassing on his riding lawnmower has been charged with attempted first-degree murder. According to a criminal complaint obtained by The Associated Press, 40-year-old Chad Pickering shot the 17-year-old girl in the chest, right thigh and left ankle while she was standing on the deck of her Bemidji home on Monday night. “The victim herself...
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Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk addresses the Parliament in Kiev (AFP)
By Agence France-PresseThursday, July 24, 2014 11:36 EDT   TweetUkraine’s Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk on Thursday resigned in protest at the disbanding of the ruling parliamentary coalition. “I announce my resignation in connection with the dissolution of the parliamentary coalition and the blocking of government initiatives,” a furious Yatsenyuk told parliament after several parties withdrew from the majority European Choice coalition in anticipation of early parliamentary polls. ...
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IBM CEO Virginia Rometty -- one of few women chief executives in tech -- gives a keynote address at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain.
IBM CEO Virginia Rometty — one of few women chief executives in tech — gives a keynote address at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. CREDIT: IBM Lyndsay Kirkham was just trying to have lunch with her son and his father on Monday when she overheard a group of IBM executives at the next table say, “We’re not hiring any young women because they just get pregnant again and again.” Shocked and appalled, she started live-tweeting the encounter. First picked up by The Daily Dot, Kirkham’s story has since ballooned into a bigger conversation about the tech world’s gender and racial inclusion problem. Kirkham told ThinkProgress that, based on the conversation, she believed the executives had the assumption that men aren’t good parents or that ...
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Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad (R).
Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad (R). CREDIT: AP Photo / Mark Humphrey Iowa recently missed out on a $1 million federal grant to beef up its use of solar power — and State Sen. Jack Hatch, the Democratic gubernatorial candidate for governor, took Gov. Terry Branstad (R) to task over the loss on Monday. The Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) announced back in November that its energy office had acquired the three-year grant, which was designed and provided by the U.S. Department of Energy. The purpose was to speed up solar installations across the state by updating the rules regarding permitting, inspections, and connections to the grid. A press release at the time quoted Branstad as saying that “Iowa should be at the front of the pack” in solar energy. But after months o...
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Iraqi displaced women get water at a temporary camp (AFP)
By Agence France-PresseThursday, July 24, 2014 10:53 EDT   TweetJihadists in Iraq have ordered that all women between the ages of 11 and 46 must undergo female genital mutilation, which could affect up to four million women and girls in the war-ravaged country, a UN official said Thursday. The UN’s second most senior official in Iraq, Jacqueline Badcock, said, “It is a fatwa (or religious edict) from ISIS, we learnt about it this morning. We have no precise numbers.” The Islamic State, formerly kno...
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A trail of blood is seen in the courtyard of a UN School in the northern Beit Hanun district of the Gaza Strip (AFP)
By Agence France-PresseThursday, July 24, 2014 10:48 EDT   TweetAt least nine people were killed, including a baby, when an Israeli shell slammed into a UN-run school in the northern Gaza Strip on Thursday, an AFP correspondent said. Emergency services spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra put the toll as high as 15 dead and dozens injured, with more bodies and wounded expected to arrive at nearby hospitals. It was the latest in a number of Israeli strikes on schools and hospitals in the embattled Palestinian ...
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Pope Francis blessing Sudanese Christian Meriam Yahia Ibrahim Ishag and her daughter (AFP)
By Agence France-PresseThursday, July 24, 2014 10:46 EDT   TweetA Sudanese Christian woman whose death sentence for renouncing Islam sparked a global outcry that eventually led to an acquittal, met Pope Francis on Thursday after arriving in Italy en route to the United States. Meriam Yahia Ibrahim Ishag and her family were received by the Argentine pontiff at his home for a 30-minute meeting in which he thanked her for her “courageous testament of faith” and her “tenacity”, the Vatican said in a st...
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The Tricastin nuclear power plant site is pictured on November 25, 2011 in Pierrelatte, southern France
By ReutersThursday, July 24, 2014 10:44 EDT   Tweet(Reuters) – Southern Co, one of the biggest U.S. power companies, said it hopes to announce plans by the end of the year to build more nuclear reactors, a spokesman said late Wednesday. That makes Southern the first company to pursue new reactors since the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced plans earlier this year to reduce carbon emissions from existing power plants to 30 percent below 2005 levels by 2030. Nuclear reactors produce almo...
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Joseph Carl
By Travis GettysThursday, July 24, 2014 10:28 EDT   TweetA Florida man was arrested on drunken driving and other charges after he was run over by his own pickup Tuesday during a road rage incident. Police said Joseph Carl, of Gainesville, apparently became enraged after he crashed into the rear end of another vehicle stopped at a traffic light during a downpour. The 48-year-old Carl jumped out of his truck and began banging on the other driver’s window and yelling at the woman inside, reported The ...
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Australia last week became "the world's first developed nation to repeal carbon laws that put a price on greenhouse-gas emissions." The country's carbon tax, which has been a passionate political topic there for more almost a decade, was finally instituted in 2012. But after a new conservative prime minister, Tony Abbott, was elected in September 2013, the carbon tax was aggressively targeted and then successfully repealed by Australia's Senate on July 17.  The retreat represents a win for climate deniers in Australia who dismiss the looming dangers of climate change and the science behind it. (It's "absolute crap," claimed Abbott, echoing Tea Party-type rhetoric in the United States.) It's a win for energy and mining interests who claimed the Australian tax was too burdensome The retreat ...
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Somerset Mayor Eddie Girdler (WDRB)
By David EdwardsThursday, July 24, 2014 10:21 EDT   TweetBusinesses in a small Kentucky town are crying “socialism” after the mayor got tired of constant price gouging and opened a city-owned gas station. According to The Associated Press, the Somerset Fuel Center was a hit with consumers when it opened on Saturday. It served 75 customers in the first three hours, and has been averaging about 300 fill-ups per day ever since. Mayor Eddie Girdler said that residents of Somerset, which is a tourist d...
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CREDIT: AP Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Sidney Rice has retired from the NFL after seven seasons, reportedly because of concerns about concussions and the long-term effects they could have. Rice missed half of the 2013 season, when the Seahawks won the Super Bowl, due to a knee injury, and he has suffered other injuries throughout his career. Sources told both USA Today and Fox Sports that concussions drove Rice’s decision to retire. Rice missed a large part of the 2011 season after suffering multiple concussions, and he reportedly suffered a concussion in the game where he injured his knee in 2013. Though he did not mention concussions, Rice did say that he wants “to be able to function and do things later down the road.” “I was just thinking about things I’ve been t...
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Children's clothing set aside for young immigrants. Donations come a range of sources, especially faith groups.
McALLEN, TX — It was only 2:30 in the afternoon, but they were already running low on children’s shoes. “We’re out of certain kid’s sizes,” a worried-looking volunteer said as she pointed toward the back of the large, merchandise-filled room. Between her finger and the shoe rack stood several colorful mountains of neatly-arranged t-shirts, pants, and shorts, each marked with helpful signs that read “Boys 8-9” or “Girls 10-14.” This humid warehouse in the border town of McAllen, Texas isn’t an off-brand children’s clothing outlet or a trendy thrift store. It’s a church, specifically a parish hall usually reserved for small congregational events. And the shoes weren’t meant for frugal shoppers, but for the scarred, aching feet of the exhausted immigrant parents and children sitting quietly n...
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Wisconsin state Rep. Bill Kramer (R) [Facebook]
By Tom BoggioniThursday, July 24, 2014 10:11 EDT   TweetA Wisconsin state legislator is under fire after a review of campaign finance reports showed donor funds going to pay for an attorney representing him in a felony sexual assault case, reports WKOW. State Rep. Bill Kramer (R-Waukesha) is currently facing two criminal counts for allegedly sexually assaulting a Senate aide three years ago following a Republican get-together. Kramer is accused of forcibly kissing the woman while groping her breast...
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Robert Durst
By Travis GettysThursday, July 24, 2014 9:34 EDT   TweetA wealthy New York City real estate heir turned himself in after police said he relieved himself on some candy at a checkout counter at a Texas pharmacy. Robert Durst, who was previously acquitted of murder in the 2001 death of a Galveston man, was charged with criminal mischief after CVS employees in Rice Village said he exposed himself Sunday afternoon and then urinated on the candy. “He did not seem to be agitated or arguing with anyone,” s...
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Fox News host Brian Kilmeade
By David EdwardsThursday, July 24, 2014 9:12 EDT   TweetFox News host Brian Kilmeade this week compared to Michael Sam, the first openly-gay NFL player, to Michael Vick after he was convicted of dogfighting. On the Wednesday edition of Fox & Friends, Kilmeade pointed out that former coach Tony Dungy had recently come under fire for saying that he would not have drafted Sam because he would have been a distraction. “Sure, is the distraction bigger than what will occur on field?” co-host Elisab...
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By ReutersThursday, July 24, 2014 9:05 EDT   TweetBy David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) – Lawyers for a convicted double-murderer whose lethal injection in Arizona dragged on for two hours, while witnesses watched him gasping for breath and attorneys scrambled to halt the process, have called for an outside review of the “horrifically botched execution.” The ordeal in putting Joseph Wood to death on Wednesday at a prison facility southeast of Phoenix marked the third instance this year of a lethal in...
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By ReutersThursday, July 24, 2014 8:59 EDT   Tweet(Reuters) – Shares of Facebook Inc were set to open at a record high on Thursday after a surge in mobile advertising revenue helped the world’s No. 1 social network trounce analysts’ expectations for quarterly profit and revenue. The company’s shares were set to open around 9 percent higher after touching $78.13 in premarket trading. Up to Wednesday’s close, Facebook’s stock had more than quadrupled since touching a low of $17.55 in September 2012. ...
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Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (AFP)
By Agence France-PresseThursday, July 24, 2014 8:58 EDT   TweetIran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei urged Palestinians Wednesday to keep fighting Israel and to extend a conflict that has killed nearly 700 Gazans to the occupied West Bank. “The only way to deal with this savage regime is to continue resistance and armed struggle and extend it to the West Bank,” the official IRNA news agency quoted Khamenei as saying. Iran, which does not recognise Israel, is a supporter of the Palestinian Is...
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An image taken from an AFPTV video shows one of the two black boxes recovered from the crash site of the MH17 jet (AFP)
By Agence France-PresseThursday, July 24, 2014 8:56 EDT   TweetBritish investigators have started examining the second black box from Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 which was shot down over Ukraine, the transport ministry said Thursday. The Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) in Farnborough, southwest of London, is looking at the flight data recorder, which records information from instruments on the plane. On Wednesday AAIB experts downloaded “valid data” from the first black box, the cockpit...
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Boeing employees prepare to install an engine cowling on a Boeing 777 passenger plane. [AFP]
By Agence France-PresseThursday, July 24, 2014 8:54 EDT   TweetBoeing has struck a deal with Iran Air to provide plane parts, the first time the US firm will be doing business with Iran since the US embargo of 1979. According to a regulatory filing published Wednesday, Boeing will supply goods and services “related to the safety of flight” to Iran Air, the country’s flag carrier. The filing says that the agreement, reached in the second quarter, includes the provision of airplane parts, manuals, na...
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Chief of the Islamist Hamas movement Khaled Meshaal (AFP)
By Agence France-PresseThursday, July 24, 2014 8:51 EDT   Tweet Hamas Wednesday rejected a ceasefire to end 16 days of deadly fighting with Israel unless the blockade on the Gaza Strip is lifted, its chief Khaled Meshaal said in Doha. “We reject today… and will reject in the future” a ceasefire before negotiations on Hamas’s demands, which include lifting years of blockade against the Palestinian enclave, Meshaal told reporters. Lifting the eight-year blockade is a main demand of Hamas which also w...
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Senator Marco Rubio speaks during a discussion (AFP)
By Agence France-PresseThursday, July 24, 2014 8:49 EDT   TweetUS Republican lawmakers called for greater say in any deal reached between the West and Iran over the Islamic republic’s controversial nuclear program. With negotiations to end Iran’s years-long nuclear standoff with the United States and other Western powers recently extended for an additional four months, until November, five senators introduced legislation that would compel President Barack Obama to bring any final deal before Congre...
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A woman stands in the American Airlines US Airways Terminal at JFK Airport (AFP)
By Agence France-PresseThursday, July 24, 2014 8:46 EDT   TweetThe US national aviation authority lifted a ban on American flights to Israel, but warned of a “very fluid situation” amid intense fighting in the Gaza Strip. After a rocket fired by Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip struck a house just north of Israel’s main airport in Tel Aviv, the Federal Administration Agency imposed the ban on Tuesday and then renewed it midday Wednesday. European allies replicated the move. “The FAA has lifted its...
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Indian Navy aircraft carrier INS Viraat (AFP)
By Agence France-PresseThursday, July 24, 2014 8:44 EDT   TweetThe United States, India and Japan are set to kick off week-long war games in the Pacific, beefing up naval ties as they warily eye an increasingly assertive China and its military buildup. Warships from the three countries are to begin the joint exercises on Friday, after an official opening ceremony at the Sasebo Naval Base in southern Japan on Thursday. Known as the Malabar Exercise, the annual event usually involves India and the US...
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Ben Stein is such a douchebag. He has a mental disease and definitely has a defect.

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