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By ReutersMonday, June 9, 2014 15:01 EDT   TweetBOSTON (Reuters) – New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation presidential nominating primary has long drawn activists from around New England who travel into the state to support their favored candidates in rallies and door-to-door visits to voters. But one Massachusetts man went a step further, traveling to the state to cast a vote in the primaries that set U.S. President Barack Obama on course for the White House. The man, Lorin Schneider, pleaded guilty ...
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Congressman Jeff Miller, R-Fla., listens to testimony at U.S. House committee on Veteran's Affairs, July 13, 2010
Congressman Jeff Miller, R-Fla., listens to testimony at U.S. House committee on Veteran’s Affairs, July 13, 2010 CREDIT: AP Photo/Tom Gannam A Republican lawmaker from Florida dipped his feet deeper into climate denial on Monday, saying it is “foolish” to believe humans can cause global warming, and justifying his logic with a strange comparison to dinosaur extinction. MSNBC host Richard Lui asked Rep. Jeff Miller (R-FL) if he was concerned about the fact that voters tend to believe scientists on the issue of climate change. Miller replied by saying scientists were not in agreement, and that the climate has been naturally changing for millions of years. Lui pressed: Lui: Does this concern you though, when you look at 2014 and 2016? Miller: I’m concerned with the t...
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By ReutersMonday, June 9, 2014 14:58 EDT   TweetBOSTON (Reuters) – Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin on Monday signed a law that will raise the state’s minimum wage to $10.50 an hour by 2018, higher than any other U.S. state The move to raise the entry-level salary from $8.73 comes in a year when Democrats, including Shumlin, have sought to make worker pay an election issue. U.S. President Barack Obama pushed Congress to raise the federal minimum wages to $10.10 per hour from its current $7.25 but fai...
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CREDIT: Shutterstock The benefits human civilization enjoys from the world’s natural ecosystems — grasslands, marshes, coral reefs, forests, and the like — amounts to something in the vicinity of $142.7 trillion a year. That’s over eight times the value of the entire U.S. economy ($16.2 trillion a year), and almost twice the value of the world economy ($71.8 trillion a year). According to a report in the New York Times last week, which flagged a new study that tries to put a dollar value on these “ecosystem services,” those benefits run the gamut from food production to protection from storm surges, water purification, preventing soil erosion, and carbon dioxide sequestration. Human civilization’s entire ability to function rests on the ability of...
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Barely noticed by the American media, Egypt has gone from autocracy, to democracy, to a regurgitated form of military rule.—By Dilip Hiro | Mon Jun. 9, 2014 2:25 PM EDTSupporters of Egypt's ousted President Mohammed Morsi wave national flags in 2013. Amr Nabil/APThis story first appeared on the TomDispatch website. Since September 11, 2001, Washington's policies in the Middle East have proven a grim imperial comedy of errors and increasingly a spectacle of how a superpower is sidelined. In this drama, barely noticed by the American media, Uncle Sam's keystone ally in the Arab world, Egypt, like Saudi Arabia, has largely turned its back on the Obama administration. As with so many of America's former client states across the aptly named "arc of instability," Egypt has undergone a tumultuou...
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Wilton Manors Commissioner Ted Galatis
By David EdwardsMonday, June 9, 2014 14:16 EDT   TweetA Florida city commissioner apologized over the weekend for shouting the n-word at a woman in a grocery store parking lot, but said that he did it because he felt threatened by passengers in her car. In a police report obtained by WTVJ, a woman asserted that Wilton Manors Commissioner Ted Galatis “began calling her and her passengers ’N*ggers’” in a Publix parking lot on Sunday. The driver told police that Galatis should not be allowed to “get ...
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A cemetery on the shoreline of Majuro Atoll in the Marshall Islands (AFP)
By Agence France-PresseMonday, June 9, 2014 14:15 EDT   TweetThe skeletal remains of what are believed to be Japanese soldiers have been exposed on a remote Pacific island where rising sea levels have eroded the seashore, Japanese and local officials said Monday. The bodies of around 20 men have emerged from the earth at a small coastal cemetery because of the action of the ocean on the Marshall Islands, a place scientists have long warned is vulnerable to rising sea levels caused by climate change...
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CREDIT: Shutterstock In 1981, Norma Uy was deemed eligible for an immigration visa by way of her sister, a U.S. Citizen. At the time, her two-year-old daughter also applied for a visa through a provision of U.S. immigration law that allows the children of visa applicants to also be considered. The petition was approved the very same day it was filed. But it wasn’t until 21 years later that Norma’s name got to the top of the visa waiting list and she was granted legal permanent residence. By that point, her daughter Ruth was 23 years old, and wasn’t permitted to immigrate with her mother, under an agency interpretation of federal law that deemed Ruth no longer a “child.” Norma was forced to choose between leaving her daughter behind and attempting to bring her...
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By Eric W. DolanMonday, June 9, 2014 14:04 EDT   TweetAuthorities hold a news conference on a couple who gunned down two police officers and a woman Sunday in Las Vegas. Watch video, courtesy of NBC News, below. Eric W. Dolan ...
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CREDIT: EIA Paul Krugman has another column in the New York Times explaining that slashing carbon pollution has a small economic impact while “the consequences will be terrible if we don’t take quick action.” For those raising concerns about the impact on coal miners, he offered this chart in his blog of total mining jobs from Historical Statistics of the United States (HSUS) and the FRED database: As he explains, “strip mines and machinery in general have allowed us to produce more coal with very few miners”: The real war on coal, or at least on coal workers, took place a generation ago, waged not by liberal environmentalists but by the coal industry itself. And coal workers lost. Strangely, we never hear about Reagan’s war on coal (as I’ve said). Or George...
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Rep. Jeff Miller speaks to MSNBC
By David EdwardsMonday, June 9, 2014 13:28 EDT   TweetRep. Jeff Miller (R-FL) on Monday cited the extinction of the dinosaurs as proof that man-made global warming was a hoax. During an interview on MSNBC, host Richard Lui asked Miller if the Republican Party was going to lose votes because of people like Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), who recently insisted that scientists were wrong about human activity causing climate change. Miller argued that polls showing that Americans agreed with scientists over...
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By Tom BoggioniMonday, June 9, 2014 13:24 EDT   TweetSeveral staffers at a New Jersey community college recently filed complaints with the school’s administrators after they were subjected to excerpts from The Vagina Monologues at a mandatory end-of-the-year assembly. According to Inside Higher Ed, officials at Mercer County Community College, received seven complaints from faculty and staff who were present at the event. As part of the year end celebration, the school lauded a successful productio...
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Conservative columnist and pundit George Will
Conservative columnist and pundit George Will CREDIT: AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite In a new syndicated op-ed published in the Washington Post and the New York Post, columnist George Will argues that more college rape victims are now coming forward because victimhood has become “a coveted status that confers privileges.” According to Will, the campus sexual assault crisis is overblown, based on misleading statistics about the drunken hookups of “especially privileged young adults.” He’s particularly concerned that the federal government’s recent attention to the issue will put more young men at risk of being charged with rape. “Education Department lawyers disregard pesky arithmetic and elementary due process,” Will writes. “Threatenin...
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A cypress tree waits to take root in new land created by Mississippi River Diversion in West Bay near Venice, La., in 2011.
A cypress tree waits to take root in new land created by Mississippi River Diversion in West Bay near Venice, La., in 2011. CREDIT: AP/Sean Gardner Three former Louisiana governors, State Attorney General Buddy Caldwell, more than 100 legal experts, and a number of environmental groups and state politicians urged Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal not to sign a bill that would kill a New Orleans area flood authority’s lawsuit against 97 oil and gas companies. On Friday, Gov. Jindall signed that bill. Don Briggs, president of the Louisiana Oil and Gas Association, called the signing “a huge victory for the oil and gas industry.” Not only were there significant concerns over the companies’ responsibility for paying for years of damaging dredging and destruction of hundreds of t...
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Jerad and Amanda Miller's Facebook and YouTube likes included the NRA, Rand Paul, FreedomWorks, and other right-wing champions—and videos justifying the killing of police officers.—By David Corn, Dana Liebelson, and Asawin Suebsaeng | Mon Jun. 9, 2014 1:01 PM EDTThe suspects in Sunday's shooting spree in Las Vegas that claimed the lives of two police officers and a shopper were a young married couple who espoused extreme pro-gun and anti-government views on their Facebook pages and who had spent time at the ranch of Cliven Bundy, whose standoff with the federal government made him a cause celebre in the so-called "patriot" movement. The suspects, who killed themselves at the scene of their shooting rampage, have been identified as Jerad and Amanda Miller. In a chilling Facebook message p...
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By Scott KaufmanMonday, June 9, 2014 12:18 EDT   TweetPolice in Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana have arrested three people suspected of enslaving and torturing a transgender woman. The victim, whose name is being withheld, was discovered after she approached Assistant Robeline Police Chief Shelby Borders at a gas station. She claimed she had been shackled to a 35-foot-long chain in a storage unit behind a mobile home, and that she had been beaten and urinated upon. “It was a shock to start with,” ...
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An Egyptian protester holds a placard with a slogan 'The uprising of women in the Arab world' (AFP)
By Agence France-PresseMonday, June 9, 2014 12:16 EDT   TweetEgyptian police have arrested seven men accused of sexually assaulting women at celebrations marking President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s inauguration, officials said Monday, as a graphic video of one such attack triggered outrage. The footage shows a crowd of men surrounding the young woman, who was stripped of her clothes and badly bruised, as police escorted her to an ambulance following Sunday’s attack at Cairo’s iconic Tahrir Square. Sha...
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CREDIT: Moms Clean Air Force/Flickr There are days in the summer when pollution levels are so high that Wendy Bredhold’s two-year-old daughter can’t play outside. That’s not surprising, given that Bredhold’s town of in Evansville, Indiana sits within 62 miles of 17 coal-fired power plants. The town’s proximity to the power plants doesn’t impact life on a day-to-day basis, Bredhold said, but when the weather gets warm, high air particulate levels mean that children, the elderly and people with respiratory problems are encouraged to stay indoors. When that happens, the daycare where Bredhold’s daughter goes during the day keeps all of the children inside. “In the summertime, when we have both particulate and ozone episodes, you really do fee...
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Men exchange wedding rings on September 18, 2012 in Paris. (AFP)
By ReutersMonday, June 9, 2014 12:12 EDT   TweetBy Brendan O’Brien MILWAUKEE (Reuters) – Officials in Wisconsin’s two largest counties on Monday reported brisk traffic from same-sex couples seeking marriage licenses after a federal judge’s ruling last week that the state’s ban on gay nuptials was unconstitutional. The steady stream of couples seeking licenses in Milwaukee County and Dane County, which includes the state capital Madison, continued as the state attorney general awaited rulings from t...
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By ReutersMonday, June 9, 2014 12:10 EDT   TweetNEW YORK (Reuters) – The world’s oldest man has died in New York at age 111, according to the senior citizen residence where he lived. Alexander Imich, who was born in Poland in 1903 and survived a Soviet Gulag labor camp, died on Sunday, said Marcy Levitt, executive director of Esplanade Manhattan. Imich emigrated to the United States in the 1950s and was a scholar of the occult. He edited an anthology called “Incredible Tales of the Paranormal” in 1...
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Sen. Mary L. Landrieu, D-La. speaks during a press conference on Capitol Hill as Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal looks on Wednesday, June 18, 2008.
Sen. Mary L. Landrieu, D-La. speaks during a press conference on Capitol Hill as Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal looks on Wednesday, June 18, 2008. CREDIT: AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) is scheduled to hold an event at her state’s biggest coal-fired power plant on Monday, in a move designed to highlight her opposition to the Environmental Protection Agency’s new proposed limits on carbon pollution from coal plants. Problem is, the coal plant she’s highlighting — the Big Cajun 2 power plant in New Roads, La. — is one of the nation’s dirtiest, most known for being the subject a high-profile U.S. Department of Justice lawsuit over its toxic emissions. What’s more, the CEO of the company that owns the plant recently said he believes ...
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By David EdwardsMonday, June 9, 2014 11:52 EDT   TweetGov. Nikki Haley (R) has called on one South Carolina town to end an event for black bikers, but has not opposed a similar so-called “Harley Davidson” biker week that is predominantly white. During the days of segregation, the town of Atlantic Beach began the Myrtle Beach-area Bikefest, which was one of the few events that allowed African-Americans to congregate. Even today, Atlantic Beach bills itself as “the only Black owned beach in the nati...
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CBS Sunday Morning provided a cautionary example for what media outlets should avoid when covering transgender issues, providing an anti-LGBT hate group leader with a history of misleading news outlets a forum to attack transgender accommodations during an otherwise commendable segment highlighting the lived experiences of transgender children. During the June 9 edition of CBS Sunday Morning, correspondent Rita Braver interviewed transgender youth, family members, and a medical doctor who treats trans children for a segment titled "Born this way: Stories of transgender children." That framing - and Braver's willingness to let transgender children speak for themselves - offered a refreshing contrast to media coverage that all too often excludes transgender voices from discussions of transge...
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Benjamin Unger and Chaim Levin, two of the plaintiffs against JONAH.
Benjamin Unger and Chaim Levin, two of the plaintiffs against JONAH. CREDIT: Southern Poverty Law Center A preliminary ruling in a New Jersey court suggests that an organization that provides supposed ex-gay therapy may have to pay out damages to clients who were harmed by the conversion therapy. The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) brought the suit a year and a half ago, accusing Jews Offering New Alternatives for Healing (JONAH) of consumer fraud for providing ex-gay therapy. Plaintiffs outlined humiliating and degrading experiences from their treatment, including having to strip nude in front of their therapist and re-enact past trauma. Their suit demands compensation for the failed treatment, as well as for the therapy they later sought to correct the damage incurred by JONAH. JONAH...
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CREDIT: Shutterstock When companies make paid paternity leave available to new fathers, they take it, according to findings of a new survey from the Boston College Center for Work & Family. “The percentage of fathers who took a particular amount of leave relatively closely mirrored the amount of paid leave available to them,” Professor Brad Harrington said on a call with reporters. About half of new fathers who were given one week took a week, the vast majority with two weeks of paternity leave took two weeks, most who got four weeks took that amount of time, and the same held true for six weeks. “This data strongly supports the idea that fathers will take advantage of the policies made available to them,” the report notes. CREDIT: Boston College Center for Work ...
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By ReutersMonday, June 9, 2014 11:40 EDT   TweetBy Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear a series of appeals filed mainly by R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co seeking to overturn Florida court rulings worth more than $70 million in favor of customers who sued over injuries associated with smoking. By turning away the cases, the high court left intact the rulings against R.J. Reynolds, part of Reynolds American Inc, and one against Lorillard Inc. The individ...
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By ReutersMonday, June 9, 2014 11:39 EDT   TweetBy Letitia Stein (Reuters) – Florida children whose parents came to the United States illegally can qualify for in-state college tuition rates under a bill that Governor Rick Scott signed into law on Monday. The new law applies to undocumented students who attended a Florida school for at least three years. Earlier efforts to extend in-state tuition rates to undocumented students at public colleges and universities had failed with opposition from lead...
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By The ConversationMonday, June 9, 2014 11:35 EDT   TweetBy David Waltham, Royal Holloway Enrico Fermi, when asked about intelligent life on other planets, famously replied, “Where are they?” Any civilisation advanced enough to undertake interstellar travel would, he argued, in a brief period of cosmic time, populate its entire galaxy. Yet, we haven’t made any contact with such life. This has become the famous “Fermi Paradox”. Various explanations for why we don’t see aliens have been proposed – pe...
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Jerad and Amanda Miller
By Travis GettysMonday, June 9, 2014 11:32 EDT   TweetA man who gunned down two police officers and a woman Sunday in Las Vegas left behind social media postings that show his concerns over Benghazi, chemtrails, gun control laws, and the government’s treatment of rancher Cliven Bundy. Neighbors identified Jerad and Amanda Miller as the suspects who shot the officers execution-style as they ate lunch at a pizza restaurant, and then shot a woman outside a Walmart in the same plaza. The couple’s apart...
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George Will speaks to Fox News
By Tom BoggioniMonday, June 9, 2014 11:12 EDT   TweetIn a column published in both the Washington Post and New York Post, Fox News contributor George Will dismissed claims of college sexual assault –using ‘scare quotes’ around the term– while stating students see victimhood as a “coveted status.” Writing that college administrators are being “educated by Washington,” Will writes, “they are learning that when they say campus victimizations are ubiquitous” they are promoting the idea that victimhood...
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Ben Stein is such a douchebag. He has a mental disease and definitely has a defect.

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