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Donald Sterling, V. Stiviano
CREDIT: AP Los Angeles Clippers star Chris Paul said last week that if Donald Sterling still owned the team when the season starts in October, he and his fellow players, along with head coach Doc Rivers, would consider a boycott. It appears now that Paul and the rest of his team won’t have to walk out. A California probate judge on Monday ruled that Sterling’s estranged wife, Shelly, had authority to sell the Clippers, all but paving the way for Shelly Sterling to sell the team to former Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer. Shelly Sterling agreed in principle to sell the Clippers to Ballmer weeks after her husband was caught on audio making racist comments about Magic Johnson and other African-Americans. She took the sale to probate court for approval, but Donald Sterling ...
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Coal Rally
CREDIT: AP Photo / J. Scott Applewhite Starting Tuesday, anyone who objects to new proposed federal regulations to cut carbon emissions from power plants can make their complaints public — and opponents of the rules are lining up to take a shot. The rules for existing power plants were unveiled by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) two months ago, building atop previous rules laid down for new power plants, and constitute the centerpiece of the Obama Administration’s efforts to rein in America’s greenhouse gas emissions. On July 29, the agency will open up two-day-long public hearings in Atlanta, Denver, and Washington DC for anyone who has an opinion on the rules to get their thoughts heard, with further hearings in Pittsburgh July 31 and August 1. A number of right-wing gro...
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Atlantic County Prosecutor James P. McClain
Atlantic County Prosecutor James P. McClain CREDIT: Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Though her attorney has characterized it as “an honest mistake,” a single mother of two is facing at least three years in prison, without parole, for bringing a gun into New Jersey. Shaneen Allen was stopped in Atlantic County, NJ, at 1:07 a.m. on October 1, 2013, for an unsafe lane change, according to charging documents. She informed the cop that she possessed a .380 Bersa Thunder handgun and hollow-point bullets. While she apparently has a valid Pennsylvania Licence to Carry Firearm, New Jersey does not permit transporting these arms and does not have a reciprocity agreement with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. New Jersey’s Graves Act establishes mandatory minimum sentenc...
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Kansas Governor Sam Brownback, as we've explained before, is probably the most overtly extremist governor anywhere. Polls show that Kansas voters are determined to remove him from office and that he's likely to be beaten by a moderate Democrat Paul Davis. Brownback is losing because of his political agenda and because his vision of governance has failed dramatically and, for many in Kansas, catastrophically. But at least no one wants to throw him in prison for corruption-related charges. At least 4 other governor-- 3 Republicans and a Democrat-- are facing the prospect of leaving office not because of their conservative politics but because of their corrupt natures. Conventional wisdom-- and a helluva lot of evidence-- has it that Nathan Deal (R-GA), Chris Christie (R-NJ), Scott Walker (...
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CREDIT: AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite Pennsylvania Rep. Mike Kelly (R) had choice worlds for the Environmental Protection Agency’s new rule on power plant emissions Monday, moving beyond the usual “war on coal” language and likening the proposed regulations to an act of terrorism. Kelly delivered his remarks at an event at the conservative Heritage Foundation, a think tank that opposes the new rule. “You talk about terrorism — you can do it in a lot of different ways,” he said. “But you terrorize the people who supply everything this country needs to be great — and you keep them on the sidelines — my goodness, what have we become?” When asked to clarify what he meant by that, Kelly said he used the word “terrorism” broadly, E�...
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CREDIT: Shutterstock Climate change isn’t always just catastrophic. It can also be a nuisance. A new report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) this week found that nuisance flooding, or minor flooding, has increased on all three U.S. coasts between 300 and 925 percent since the 1960s. The report, Sea Level Rise and Nuisance Flood Frequency Changes around the United States, identified eight of the top ten U.S. cities to experience this increase in flooding, which is due to rising sea levels, as being on the East Coast. Nuisance flooding can cause road closures, overwhelm storm drains, and damage infrastructure. While extreme storms like Hurricane Sandy wreak havoc for days and leave detrimental damage in their wake, nuisance flooding is less headline-in...
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CREDIT: Howard Klaaste/ Shutterstock “We don’t detain pregnant women.” That’s the initial response that the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency told a reporter last year when asked about the number of pregnant detainees in immigration detention centers. But a new investigation by Fusion found that ICE has detained hundreds of pregnant women even after the agency issued a policy change in 2010. At least 559 pregnant women were detained in just six detention facilities — ICE operates about 250 facilities nationwide, so the number of pregnant detainees could be significantly higher. According to Fusion’s review of documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), the “average time spent in detention for the 559 pregnant wo...
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CREDIT: AP/Patrick Semansky The U.S. Senate is expected to make huge strides Tuesday by introducing a new bill that could curtail the National Security Agency’s (NSA’s) ability to collect mass amounts of data. But while the new bill was reached in compromise and promises significant changes in favor of individual privacy, advocates worry it could be stripped down as previous bills were. Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT), who leads the Senate Judiciary Committee, has championed a new version of the USA Freedom Act with several key changes that so far have garnered preliminary support from top privacy advocates and the Obama administration. The House passed its own rendition of the bill in May. But critics of that bill said it was significantly watered down from its original drafts and...
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Rebecca Vallas is the Associate Director of the Poverty to Prosperity Program and Christian E. Weller is a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress. CREDIT: Shutterstock The Social Security Trustees issued their annual report on the status of the Social Security trust funds on Monday. While many focus on the fact that Social Security faces a financial shortfall over the next 75 years, it’s both expected and manageable. Here are four big takeaways from the latest report: 1. Social Security can continue to pay all promised benefits for the next two decades. As was the case in last year’s report, the Trustees continue to estimate that Social Security will be able to pay all scheduled retirement, disability, and survivorship benefits through 2033. Social Security has two trust fund...
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Pope Francis
CREDIT: Catholic Church of England and Wales Pope Francis has a habit of saying things that are not necessarily in line with the established teaching of the Catholic Church, but his most recent appeal for peace in the Middle East may put him at odds with a centuries-old Catholic theology concerning the proper use of military force. Speaking during his weekly Angelus address in Saint Peter’s Square on Sunday, the first Argentinean pope marked the 100th anniversary of World War I by breaking from his scripted remarks to make an impassioned plea for peace. “Please stop!” he said, referring to war as his voice cracked with emotion. “I ask you with all my heart, it’s time to stop. Stop, please!” His remarks appeared to be primarily directed at the escalating conflict in Israe...
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Fleeing Ukrainians turn seaside resorts into refuge camps [AFP]
By Agence France-PresseMonday, July 28, 2014 16:13 EDT   TweetSedove (Ukraine) (AFP) – With their sunburnt backs, flip-flops and baseball caps, the families lolling about the Ukrainian resort town of Sjedove on the Azov Sea could be mistaken for holidaymakers. But they are all refugees, fleeing the deadly combat in east Ukraine as the fighting has escalated in recent days and come closer and closer to large cities. The run-down hotels in the town, around 150 kilometres (93 miles) south of Donetsk, ...
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CREDIT: Shutterstock Fifty-four adult and hundreds of young fish have died in California’s Salmon River, due to low water flows and warmer-than-usual temperatures. A population assessment for Chinook salmon and Steelhead in the river found 300 to 600 juvenile fish — mainly Chinook — have died, prompting concerns over further reductions in the species’ populations as California’s drought persists. The fish are dying before they get the chance to spawn, due to drought and decreased snowpack-fueled low water levels. Right now, the river is running at 181 cubic feet per second — far below the average flow of 438 cubic feet per second and close to the record low of 110 cubic feet. “We’re all on alert,” California Department of Fish and Wi...
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By Travis GettysMonday, July 28, 2014 15:39 EDT   TweetA creationist group will ask state officials again for tax incentives to help build their long-planned Noah’s ark theme park in northern Kentucky. Ark Encounter had previously been approved for incentives for the entire $172.5 million project, but it had to withdraw that application due to funding problems. The religious group will ask the state Tuesday for incentives to help build the $72 million first phase of the theme park in Williamstown, ...
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A student receives treatment in the mobile dental group Help A Child Smile at Peek's Chapel Elementary School in Conyers, Ga.
A student receives treatment in the mobile dental group Help A Child Smile at Peek’s Chapel Elementary School in Conyers, Ga. CREDIT: AP Photo/Gene Blythe Americans living in parts of the southern United States — areas often burdened with disproportionate crime, poverty, limited health care, and poor schools — will likely live fewer healthy years post-retirement compared to their counterparts in other regions, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report released last week. CDC researchers analyzed census data between 2007 and 2009, collected death certificates, and conducted telephone surveys during which respondents described their health. The report showed that while Americans on average enjoyed 14 years of good health after retiring, resid...
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Michael Peroutka (Vimeo)
By David EdwardsMonday, July 28, 2014 15:26 EDT   TweetVideo has surfaced of a Maryland Republican nominee for Anne Arundel County Council singing “Dixie” as the national anthem at a secession conference in Alabama. Over the weekend, Grove City College psychology professor and blogger Warren Throckmorton uncovered video of Michael Peroutka speaking to the 2012 League of the South national conference in Wallsboro, Alabama. Peroutka generated controversy after winning the GOP nomination because he b...
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By The ConversationMonday, July 28, 2014 15:26 EDT   TweetBy Don Newgreen, Murdoch Childrens Research Institute and Jeffrey Craig, Murdoch Childrens Research Institute Take a look at several domesticated mammal species and you might spot a number of similarities between them, including those cute floppy ears. The famous naturalist and evolutionary theorist Charles Darwin even observed in the first chapter of his On the Origin of Species that: Not a single domestic animal can be named which has not ...
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Mock hangmen's nooses hang during a protest demanding the death penalty for six men accused of rape
Shannon Greenwood is an intern at ThinkProgress. Mock hangmen’s nooses hang during a protest demanding the death penalty for six men accused of rape CREDIT: AP Photo/Altaf Qadri With no one willing to kill its 16 death row inmates, the southern Indian state of Kerala has decided to offer 400 times more money to whoever wants to become the state’s newest executioner. With executions a rarity in India, the low salary and dismal job description kept many from taking up the profession resulting in a nationwide shortage of hangmen. The government in Kerala, currently lacking anyone to fill the position, increased its pay for executioners dramatically hoping to find a sure fix to this problem. Over the weekend, the daily newspaper Mathrubhumi released a report detailing KeralaR...
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Members of Russian punk group Pussy Riot (AFP)
By Alec Luhn, The GuardianMonday, July 28, 2014 15:19 EDT   TweetTwo members of the feminist group Pussy Riot are suing the Russian government in the European court of human rights (ECHR) over their imprisonment for a 2012 “punk prayer” protest at a Moscow cathedral. Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, who were given an amnesty in December after serving 21 months in prison and pre-trial confinement, are demanding €120,000 (£71,000) each in compensation, plus €10,000 in court fees. They argu...
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Antonin Scalia speaks to Fox News
By Travis GettysMonday, July 28, 2014 14:57 EDT   TweetAnother court has used U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s words against him to rule in favor of same-sex marriage. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit ruled 2-1 on Monday that the Constitution guarantees the right to marry regardless of sexual orientation. “We recognize that same-sex marriage makes some people deeply uncomfortable,” wrote Circuit Judge Henry F. Floyd. “However, inertia and apprehension are not legitimate base...
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Brown University students line up for graduation with red tape on their caps to symbolize Title IX
Brown University students line up for graduation with red tape on their caps to symbolize Title IX CREDIT: Storify via Daphne Xu Colleges across the country continue to come under fire for mishandling cases of sexual violence on campus. Practically every week, new information comes to light about yet another school that failed to adequately protect its students. Despite the increased national attention to the issue, universities continue to avoid punishing rapists and pursue campus reforms that seem like little more than PR spin. Is there any way to actually get college administrators to start doing the right thing? Two activists have come up with a simple policy solution to do just that. Alexandra Brodsky and Dana Bolger — the founders and current co-directors of Know Your IX, a s...
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A wounded Palestinian child is wheeled into Gaza City's al-Shifa hospital after an explosion killed at eight children (AFP)
By Agence France-PresseMonday, July 28, 2014 14:50 EDT   TweetExchanges of fire killed eight Palestinian children in a Gaza refugee camp and four people in Israel on Monday, shattering hopes for an end to three weeks of devastating violence. The missile that slammed into a public playground in the seafront Shati UN refugee camp also killed at least two other people and wounded another 46, many of them also children, the emergency services said. Soon after, a security source said five Gaza militants...
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By ReutersMonday, July 28, 2014 14:48 EDT   TweetNEW YORK (Reuters) – Two U.S. Marshals and a New York City police officer were shot and wounded on Monday while trying to arrest a suspect in the city’s Greenwich Village neighborhood, the police said. The suspect was shot and killed, and the wounded law enforcement agents were hospitalized, New York Police Department Commissioner William Bratton said at a news conference. There was no immediate information on what the suspect was being sought for or...
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An ALEC protester in Cincinnati in 2011.
After maintaining a low profile for decades, the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) received widespread exposure in recent years for backing Florida’s controversial Stand Your Ground law, a substantial part of the national discussion following the shooting of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman. ALEC eventually distanced itself from the gun lobby’s position after the backlash following Martin’s death, but not before the significant public relations blow led to the departure of many donors. With that high-profile case mostly subsided, ALEC can now return its attention to the low-profile war it’s waging for several years to keep renewable energy from gaining territory and promoting fossil fuel production across the country. ALEC can now return its attention to the low-pr...
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By ReutersMonday, July 28, 2014 14:43 EDT   TweetWASHINGTON (Reuters) – Leaders of the Veterans Affairs committees in Congress on Monday said they had agreed on legislation providing about $17 billion in funding to ease long waiting times for VA medical centers. Senator Bernie Sanders, an independent, and Representative Jeff Miller, a Republican, announced the deal at a news conference after negotiating during the weekend to resolve differences in bills they proposed last week. The VA has been rock...
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REUTERS DO NOT REUSE
By ReutersMonday, July 28, 2014 14:41 EDT   TweetBy Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) – A cross-shaped steel beam pulled from the rubble of the collapsed World Trade Center in New York days after the September 11, 2001, attacks can be displayed in the national memorial museum at the site, a U.S. appeals court ruled on Monday. An atheist group in 2011 sued the museum and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey seeking to block the display as unconstitutional, arguing that the cross was a religious ...
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By ReutersMonday, July 28, 2014 14:38 EDT   TweetBy Todd Melby and Art Hughes ST PAUL Minn. (Reuters) – A U.S. judge on Monday asked a jury to try one more time in a defamation case brought by former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura when the panel said it could not reach a verdict after about five days of deliberations. Ventura is suing the estate of former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle for an undisclosed amount of money, saying the former pro-wrestler turned politician’s reputation was left in shambles by ...
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By Climate CentralMonday, July 28, 2014 14:08 EDT   TweetOriginally published at Climate Central The transportation sector is a major contributor to climate-changing carbon dioxide emissions, and, worldwide, it’s also one of the most vulnerable sectors to the effects of climate change, according to a new report. In other words, climate change could mean “sun kinks” could warp train tracks in the heat, airplanes will be more expensive to fly, highway surfaces could soften in heat waves, roadways and...
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Share Tweet Public sector workers rallying in solidarity with Wisconsin workers outside Los Angeles City Hall (AP Photo/Jason Redmond) For years, the American labor movement has been on the defensive as it has become harder and harder for workers to join or maintain a union. But some House Democrats are planning a dramatic counter-offensive: a bill that would make union organizing a civil right. Representatives Keith Ellison and John Lewis plan to introduce a bill Wednesday that would make labor organizing a basic freedom no different than freedom from racial discrimination. That sounds like a nice talking point—but this isn’t just another messaging bill....
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By Scott KaufmanMonday, July 28, 2014 14:05 EDT   TweetTwo New York City infants were diagnosed with herpes after undergoing a traditional Orthodox Jewish circumcision, NBC4 reports. According to the Health Department, both babies developed lesions on their genitals shortly after having the metzitzah b’peh, a practice in which the mohel — a person trained to perform the “covenant of circumcision” — uses a direct oral suction technique to swab blood from the infant’s penis, was performed on them. Mo...
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By Tom BoggioniMonday, July 28, 2014 14:02 EDT   TweetA noted supporter of former Massachusetts senator Scott Brown, currently running for the U.S. Senate GOP nomination in New Hampshire, responded to an email solicitation he received from a Democratic fundraiser, calling  the entire New Hampshire all-female leadership, including Brown’s opponent,  “fascist c*nts.” What followed was worse. According to Buzzfeed, Charles C. Benzing, who had been cited as supporter of Brown in a July 9 press release ...
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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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