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If you read DWT much, you know how much we distrust identity politics around here. Voting for someone because they are the same religion or ethnicity of gender, etc seems kind of primitive and politically immature. I always thought it should be about character and policy. I was very happy last week when People for the American Way endorsed Stanley Chang for the Honolulu-based congressional seat that Hanabusa gave up and I had been very happy a couple months before that to see the Congressional Progressive Caucus endorse him. Stanley is, hands down, the most progressive of the 7 Democratic candidates in the race. Stanley is a Chinese-American. I don't recall anyone being of Chinese ancestry on the PFAW Board and I'm willing to bet that he wasn't endorsed by the CPC because of his ethnicity ...
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Sarah Palin speaks to NRA convention
By Tom BoggioniWednesday, July 23, 2014 15:07 EDT   TweetAlthough not mentioned by name on a recent episode of HBO‘s True Blood, which featured two lead characters attending a GOP fundraiser for Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, media personality Sarah Palin inserted herself into the discussion by criticizing the show for being part of the “real war on women.” In the episode, characters Eric Northman and Pam De Beaufort dress up to attend the  Cruz fundraiser in Dallas at the George W. Bush Library.  Admiring h...
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By ReutersWednesday, July 23, 2014 14:37 EDT   TweetWASHINGTON (Reuters) – Bob McDonald, President Barack Obama’s choice to run the Veterans Affairs Department, looked set for an easy Senate confirmation after the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee unanimously approved his nomination on Wednesday. McDonald, the former chief executive of consumer products giant Procter & Gamble Co, pledged to senators on Tuesday to bring corporate-style discipline, accountability and efficiency to the troubled ag...
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New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) gives the State of the State address on Jan. 8, 2014 in Albany, New York [AFP]
By ReutersWednesday, July 23, 2014 14:36 EDT   TweetNEW YORK (Reuters) – New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office meddled with a commission he created to root out corruption in state politics, pushing back whenever it focused on groups tied to Cuomo, the New York Times reported on Wednesday. The commission that Cuomo established in July 2013 to investigate violations of campaign finance laws and other matters was hobbled almost from the start by demands from the governor’s office, despite a public p...
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By ReutersWednesday, July 23, 2014 13:35 EDT   TweetBy Jonathan Kaminsky NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) – A group of charter schools, teachers and parents filed suit on Tuesday against Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, asserting that he overstepped his authority and has sown chaos by moving last month to ditch the Common Core education standards for teaching English and math which he helped usher in four years ago. Jindal’s move, which came amid a backlash against the multistate standards aimed at boosting c...
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A Ukrainian SU-25 fighter jet takes part in military exercises near Mykolayiv (AFP)
By Agence France-PresseWednesday, July 23, 2014 13:34 EDT   TweetTwo Ukrainian fighter jets shot down Wednesday in the rebel-held area where Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crashed were hit by missiles fired from Russian soil, Ukraine’s military said. “According to preliminary information, the rockets were launched from Russian territory,” Kiev’s National Security and Defence Council said in a statement. The planes came down close to the village of Dmytrivka, some 45 kilometres (25 miles) south-east ...
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A traveller stands in front of a departure time flight board displaying various cancellations at Ben Gurion International airport (AFP)
By Agence France-PresseWednesday, July 23, 2014 13:33 EDT   TweetThe US Federal Aviation Administration on Wednesday renewed its ban on American flights to Tel Aviv for another 24 hours, citing the “potentially hazardous situation” in Israel and Gaza. It first imposed the ban on Tuesday, then renewed it at 1615 GMT with a Notice to Airmen, or NOTAM, that it said would be updated “within 24 hours.” In a press statement, the FAA added that it is “working closely” with the Israeli government “to revie...
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Toronto Mayor Rob Ford is surrounded by the media as he leaves his office at Toronto City Hall on Nov. 15, 2013 [AFP]
By Agence France-PresseWednesday, July 23, 2014 13:31 EDT   TweetToronto’s crack-smoking Mayor Rob Ford is in a dead heat with two other contenders in the Canadian city’s upcoming municipal election, according to a new poll released Wednesday. The latest survey of voters’s intentions by Forum Poll showed Ford has held onto his core support of 27 percent, despite revelations that he smoked crack while in office, and a two-month break from campaigning to enter rehab. Former Conservative leader of Ont...
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By Travis GettysWednesday, July 23, 2014 13:25 EDT   TweetA federal judge has ordered a New Jersey “sovereign citizen” to stand trial on a variety of criminal charges – regardless of whether he is, as he claims to be, the Crown Prince Emperor El Bey Bigbay Bagby. William McRae, of Ewing, asked a federal court to remove him from the criminal case filed in Bucks County, where he has been charged with using fake diplomatic tags, drunken driving, driving without a license, and failure to pay child supp...
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Russian President Vladimir Putin via AFP
By The ConversationWednesday, July 23, 2014 13:16 EDT   TweetBy Richard Connolly, University of Birmingham The downing of flight MH17 has caused attention to shift once again to the prospect of even harsher penalties being imposed upon Russia by Western countries. Up to this point, sanctions have been limited to individuals within or close to Russia’s ruling elite, as well as a few associated companies. While these sanctions may weaken support within Russia’s elite for the current course of foreign...
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William Gheen via Facebook
By Tom BoggioniWednesday, July 23, 2014 13:02 EDT   TweetAppearing on Tea Party News Network broadcast earlier this month, the head of the Americans for Legal Immigration PAC asserted that undocumented immigrants are more dangerous than “anything that Al Qaeda could blow up, short of a nuclear detonation,” according to Right Wing Watch. William Gheen, who recently urged followers to mail used underwear to undocumented immigrants, President Barack Obama, and House Speaker John Boehner, told host Lar...
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Yesterday I linked to a post at Salon by Tim Donovan, to help get a clearer picture of the next generation of Republicans, Clueless rich kids on the rise: How millennial aristocrats will destroy our future. And he quickly skips over the obvious Ivanka Trumps and Paris Hiltons, gets into some serious economic theory and winds up at electoral politics of the rich and clueless-- and they're certainly not all Republicans either... or at least many are from the Republican wing of the Democratic Party: "a fresh new wave of (many wealthy) millennial Congressional candidates. Enthusiastic and idealistic, these young Americans paradoxically promote a style of bland, Washington Consensus politics, what Pennsylvania House candidate (and proud millennial) Nick Troiano has billed 'radical centrism.' As...
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CREDIT: AP Michael Sam, the St. Louis Rams defensive end who is trying to become the first openly gay player in NFL history, was back in the news this week thanks to nothing of his own doing. Instead, Sam was garnering headlines because of the comments of former NFL coach-turned-NBC Sports analyst Tony Dungy, who said in a recent interview that he wouldn’t have drafted Sam because he would create distractions in the locker room. “I wouldn’t have taken him,” Dungy told the Tampa Tribune. “Not because I don’t believe Michael Sam should have a chance to play, but I wouldn’t want to deal with all of it. It’s not going to be totally smooth . . . things will happen.’’ After a day of backlash, Dungy tried to clarify those comments, saying that he believes the NFL is a place where spo...
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Ted Nugent yells at CBS News
By David EdwardsWednesday, July 23, 2014 12:49 EDT   TweetConservative rocker Ted Nugent on Tuesday responded to the news that an Idaho Native American tribe had canceled one of his upcoming concerts by lashing out at the “unclean vermin” who made it happen. “The Motor City Madman” had been schedule to perform for Couer D’Alene Casino in Worley, Idaho on Aug. 4 until the Southern Poverty Law Center caught tribal officials by asking for a comment on Monday. Later that day, the performance had been ...
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A Syrian doctor treats a wounded man across the border in Lebanon.
Will Freeman is an intern with Think Progress. A Syrian doctor treats a wounded man across the border in Lebanon. CREDIT: AP Images Chilling new findings released Wednesday reveal that May was the deadliest month yet for medical workers attempting to help the sick and wounded in Syria’s ongoing civil war. Along with revelations that Syria just experienced some of the bloodiest days of its conflict to date, with over 700 dead in just 48 hours, news that doctors are increasingly being targeted goes to show that the war tearing Syria apart is leaving no one unscathed. The nonprofit human rights organization Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) said that 30 health professionals were killed in May: the highest toll in any month yet in a war that has frequently seen doctors become the vi...
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CREDIT: Hice for Congress Facebook page Republicans in Georgia’s 10th Congressional District voted in Tuesday’s runoff election to nominate Baptist pastor and right-wing radio show host Jody B. Hice. While it will be difficult for run to the right of the seat’s outgoing occupant, Rep. Paul Broun (R), a review of Hice’s record and position suggest he may be uniquely positioned to do so. Broun, who has spoken out about the dangers of science and boasted of being “the first Member of Congress to call” President Obama “a socialist who embraces Marxist-Leninist policies like government control of health care and redistribution of wealth,” is generally considered one of the most conservative members of Congress. But Hice’s stated anti-women,...
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CREDIT: Shutterstock Women and people of color in executive positions who push to make more diverse hires and promotions get penalized on their performance reviews, according to a new study from researchers at the University of Colorado. White men, on the other hand, get rewarded for valuing diversity. The researchers looked at 362 executives, from CEO to director, and found that those who were ranked in the top 15 percent on a scale measuring their dedication to diversity got an average performance rating of 3.76. But those ratings improved the less women and people of color were seen to be promoting more nonwhite, female hires. A woman with an average dedication to diversity got a performance rating of 3.98, but a woman in the bottom 15 percent got a rating of 4.15, which represents a 1...
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Crime scene (AFP)
By ReutersWednesday, July 23, 2014 12:10 EDT   TweetBy Carey Gillam (Reuters) – A man accused of kidnapping a 5-year-old Kansas girl, who was found dead after a police chase, was charged on Wednesday with first-degree felony murder in the child’s death, authorities said. Marcus McGowan, 30, also was charged with two counts of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer in the incident Friday that killed 5-year-old Cadence Harris of Leavenworth, Kansas, according to Leavenworth County Attorney T...
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Oil contamination via AFP
By ReutersWednesday, July 23, 2014 12:09 EDT   TweetWASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Department of Transportation on Wednesday proposed an overhaul of safety standards for transporting crude oil and ethanol by rail, after a number of explosive accidents over the past year. The draft rules, which are subject to a 60-day public comment period, propose new tank-car braking systems, train-speed restrictions, more testing for volatile gases and liquids, and a two-year phase out of older tank cars that of...
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NRA commentator Billy Johnson
By David EdwardsWednesday, July 23, 2014 12:08 EDT   TweetNRA commentator Billy Johnson this week proposed that children be forced to learn shooting skills in order to graduate as part of a plan to enact “gun-required zones” in the United States, and use taxpayer money to subsidize firearm purchases. In a video title “Everyone Gets A Gun” that was released on Monday, Johnson complains that U.S. gun policy was focused on limiting access to firearms. “As a country we have an education policy. Imagin...
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In this May 10, 2012 file photo, Dr. Lisa Sterman holds up a Truvada pill
In this May 10, 2012 file photo, Dr. Lisa Sterman holds up a Truvada pill CREDIT: AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File Giving gay men a daily pill to prevent HIV transmission doesn’t lead them to take fewer safety precautions when they engage in sexual activity, according to the results from a large new study published in the Lancet. Those findings should help ease the concerns of some critics of the pill, known as Truvada, which is emerging as a new tactic in the global fight against AIDS epidemic. The public health community is increasingly optimistic about Truvada’s potential to prevent future HIV infections; both U.S. health officials and the World Health Organization have officially endorsed the daily use of the pill for people at the greatest risk of contracting the virus. However, ...
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Wind turbines stand  behind houses of the village of Feldheim near Berlin, Germany.
Wind turbines stand behind houses of the village of Feldheim near Berlin, Germany. CREDIT: AP Photo/Michael Sohn The European Union has introduced an energy savings goal of 30 percent by 2030, a goal that goes beyond the EU’s current energy efficiency target of 25 percent by 2030. Now, EU member countries will decide whether or not the goal will be implemented at a country-wide or EU-wide level. The EU’s new proposed goal of 30 percent energy efficiency by 2030 builds on the union’s current goal of 20 percent by 2020, a goal the EU says can be reached as long as all member countries fully implement agreed-upon climate legislation. A higher goal by 2030 will save EU consumers money and help wean member countries off fossil fuels, the Commission said in a release. For every 1...
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Mark Giannini
By Travis GettysWednesday, July 23, 2014 11:46 EDT   TweetA Memphis, Tennessee, businessman is accused of drugging and brutally raping a woman who was seeking a job cleaning his mansion. The woman said a friend put her in contact last month with Mark Giannini, who showed up unannounced at her workplace June 19 in what she believed to be a red Lamborghini and offered her extra work cleaning his home. She said Giannini, who owns the PackRat storage company and was described to her as a “millionaire,”...
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Brandon Bell, a cast member in
Brandon Bell, a cast member in “Dear White People,” at a screening at the Los Angeles Film Festival. CREDIT: Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP THIS JUST IN: “Dear white people: the minimum requirement of black friends needed to not seem racist has just been raised to two. Sorry, but your weed man, Tyrone, does not count.” For the uninitiated, Dear White People is the debut film of writer-director Justin Simien. What started as a concept trailer inspired by Simien’s time at Chapman University led to a Twitter account, @DearWhitePeople and ultimately a full-length feature. The movie takes place at a fictional Ivy League school, Winchester University, where a militant biracial film student hosts a radio show, “Dear White People,” that sounds like a kind of...
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Many schools, like Neshaminy High in Pennsylvania, still use the
Many schools, like Neshaminy High in Pennsylvania, still use the “Redskins” nickname. CREDIT: AP Dahkota Franklin Kicking Bear Brown can’t remember a time when he didn’t look forward to high school football games. But every year, there is one game on the annual Argonaut High School football schedule that Brown doesn’t enjoy. “For as long as I can remember, I’ve always gone to my high school football games, and once I got into high school, it made it that much more fun being on the field,” Brown said Tuesday. “But there has always been one game I dreaded going to. One of our school’s biggest rivals is the Calaveras Redskins. Calaveras has always had an obscene amount of school pride, but little do they know how damaging their rou...
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Neil deGrasse Tyson [Facebook]
By Tom BoggioniWednesday, July 23, 2014 11:12 EDT   TweetIn an exclusive interview with Salon, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson talked about his role as a scientist, how the media presents scientific breakthroughs, and about how climate change will have to get worse before citizens force their elected representatives to do anything about it. Tyson explained that he doesn’t see himself as an advocate, but as an educator whose job it is to present “emergent scientific consensus,” in the hope that t...
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Fox News' morning program questioned a Texas official about providing emergency services to undocumented migrants, asking whether 911 calls from immigrants must be answered "even though for the most part, when you get there, you realize they're not even American citizens." On July 23, Fox & Friends centered a discussion on how undocumented immigrants in Brooks County, Texas are "bombarding" the police department with 911 calls. Host Brian Kilmeade set up an interview with the Texas county's chief deputy by claiming that "illegal immigrants are learning the hard way there's a deadly cost to crossing the border." Kilmeade suggested Brooks County emergency response services might be strained because, "not only are they understaffed and lacking resources, now they've got to deal with illeg...
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Crude oil train
Crude oil train CREDIT: AP Photo Bloomberg reports the Obama Administration will propose new rules for transporting crude oil by rail Wednesday, aimed at reducing speeds and requiring sturdier tanker cars. The rules are a reaction to a spate of derailments and explosions that have plagued the rail transportation of crude oil in North America recently, as the drilling and tracking boom has driven the amount of crude oil hauled by train to new heights. While the specifics remain unknown, two unnamed sources told Bloomberg that the rules will include slower speed limits for trains to reduce accidents, and thicker hulls for the tanker cars to provide more protection should a derailment occur. They also said the new rules would apply to the rail shipment of ethanol biofuel. Members of the indu...
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Louie Gohmert speaks to Fox Business
By Eric W. DolanWednesday, July 23, 2014 10:55 EDT   TweetJust one day after international watchdogs said Iran was complying with demands to scale back its nuclear program, Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) called for the country to be bombed because of the conflict in Gaza. “Mr. Speaker, in Israel right now, there is a battle for peace,” he said Tuesday on the House floor. “They are being embattled by a group who teach their children, in the educational materials we help pay for, to hate Jews, to hate Isr...
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National Review Online editor-at-large Kathryn Jean Lopez praised an organization that practices discredited "ex-gay" therapy techniques, urging gay men and lesbians to choose the path of "conversion and renewal." In a July 22 review for NRO, Lopez lauded Desire of the Everlasting Hills, a documentary about three Roman Catholics who left gay relationships to pursue lives of celibacy. As Lopez noted, the documentary was a project of Courage, a Catholic organization that aims to help people with "homosexual desires" to lead "chaste lives." Hailing the documentary as a potential "game changer," Lopez wrote that Desire of the Everlasting Hills could help viewers "make sense" of our "fallen world" and point audiences in the direction of "alternative conve...
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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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