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GOP Leader Questions Candidate About Hate Group That Advocates Death Squads -
GOP Leader Questions Candidate About Hate Group That Advocates Death Squads
The head of Maryland's Republican Party, Joe Cluster, has called local candidate Michael Peroutka to the woodshed for a "clarification" about his involvement with a high-­profile, white nationalist hate group. At least that's what Cluster thinks the subject of their July 25 meeting will be. But wait until he reads this. On July 8, as The Huffington Post reported, Peroutka wrote a letter to Michael Hill, president of the League of the South, asking the neo­-Confederate hate group to help his campaign. Peroutka wanted to thank the League, which advocates for secession and theocratic government by and for white people, for its friendship, work, and hospitality. Peroutka had just won the GOP's nomination for Anne Arundel County Council, as well as a seat on the Republican Central Committee there, and it made perfect sense that he would reach out to the no doubt many members of the organization on which he once served on the Board of Directors for their support. 'Guerilla War' and...
Taiwan Plane Crash: Investigators Examine Black Boxes, Wreckage -
Taiwan Plane Crash: Investigators Examine Black Boxes, Wreckage
XIXI, Taiwan (AP) — Investigators on Friday were examining wreckage and flight data recorders for clues into a plane crash on a Taiwanese island that killed 48 people. Stormy weather and low visibility are thought to have been factors in Wednesday's crash of the twin propeller ATR-72 operated by TransAsia Airways. The investigation is expected to focus on a four-minute gap between the pilot's request for a second approach and the plane's crashing into village homes at 7:10 p.m., during which visibility dropped by half. Local media reported Friday that the plane's cockpit voice recorder and flight data recorder had been sent to the main island of Taiwan for analysis. One of the devices was damaged in the crash and ensuing fire, and it wasn't immediately clear when results of the investigation would be made public. Dozens of investigators searched for other clues at the crash site on the island of Penghu in the Taiwan Strait west of the capital Taipei. They took photos and measurements...
Sex Geckos Circle The Earth In Out-Of-Control Russian Satellite -
Sex Geckos Circle The Earth In Out-Of-Control Russian Satellite
Next time you look up at the sky and spot a passing satellite, consider this: It just might be an out-of-control Russian spacecraft loaded with sexually-active geckos. The lusty lizards are among the 22 experiments, including fruit flies and mushrooms, sent into space aboard the Foton-M4 satellite on July 18. On Thursday, Russia's mission control said the craft will not respond to its commands. That means the geckos -- and everything else aboard the craft -- could be doomed. In the meantime, the space agency says it's able to receive data from the satellite, and so far the four females and one male have been busy with their "work." "The equipment which is working in automatic mode, and in particular the experiment with the geckos is working according to the program," Oleg Voloshin, a spokesman of Russia's Institute of Medico-Biological Problems, told Scientists have even been able to watch videos of the geckos doing it lizard-style in space, according to Al Jazeera. However,...
Maura Healey Returns to Talk Massachusetts Attorney General Primary Race and LGBT Issues (AUDIO) -
Maura Healey Returns to Talk Massachusetts Attorney General Primary Race and LGBT Issues (AUDIO)
This week I revisited Maura Healey, who's running for the office of attorney general in Massachusetts and was recently endorsed by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation's largest LGBT civil rights organization. Healey, who is openly gay, is currently leading the Democratic primary polls by a narrow margin. For the last seven years she served as Assistant Attorney General under Attorney General Martha Coakley, achieving historic victories protecting consumers and homeowners and championing LGBT equality. As chief of the attorney general's civil rights division, Healey led and argued the first successful challenge to the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). I talked with Healey about her historic campaign; the U.S. Supreme Court's recent Hobby Lobby ruling supporting religious exemptions for corporations, which may affect the current version of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA); and her spin on LGBT issues. When asked about her personal commitment to LGBT civil rights, she...
Iraq: Rise of the Gangster State -- Why We Need a Better, Bolder Response to ISIS -
Iraq: Rise of the Gangster State -- Why We Need a Better, Bolder Response to ISIS
Iraq's a mess. President Obama has sent 300 elite troops back to Iraq, dispatched John Kerry to patch up splits in the shaky coalition supporting Iraq's government, and beefed up intelligence monitoring of ISIS, the Sunni insurgent organization building an "Islamic caliphate" in Iraq and Syria. Obama's ruled out putting U.S. forces back on the ground elsewhere, as well as drone and air strikes. Meanwhile, ISIS continues to grow, taking the entire Iraq-Syria border, making a brief incursion into Jordan, and selling oil from captured fields to Syria for a steady source of revenue. ISIS already possesses territory as large as the state of Jordan, including most of northwest Iraq and adjoining areas of Syria. It claims universal authority over all Muslims. It is subjecting the people to authoritarian interpretations of Islam, demanding that they turn over all cigarettes and un-Islamic books and that the women veil even their faces -- policies that most Muslims say strips a believer of...
Libya: The Muslim Brotherhood's Last Stand? -
Libya: The Muslim Brotherhood's Last Stand?
(Source: Facebook) Libya is a failing state. The central government has no control of even the capital Tripoli, which is now controlled by competing militias. The General National Congress of Libya (GNC), due to hand over power on Aug. 4 to a newly elected parliament, has long been controlled by the militias. In the past three years, the GNC has failed to move the country forward due to political bickering and the stalemate between Islamist and civic blocs. The GNC bears huge responsibility for spending over $120 billion over the past three years with nothing to show, and for the violent anarchy that is now the dominant reality in Libya. Various "political" factions used their power to block the nation-building process, diverting funds to finance their militias instead of working together and enacting reforms to create a modern, Islamic, democratic and decentralized Libya. The Libyan monarchic constitution of 1951 may be best suited for this suffering nation. The militias refused to...
State of the World's Wars -
State of the World's Wars
Through the haze of horror and grief at war scenes around the world, systematic data collection can provide a needed big-picture perspective. The world's experts on war data, in Uppsala, Sweden, recently released the updated dataset on armed conflicts through 2013. The bad news is that 2013 continued a trend in the wrong direction (so far clearly continuing into 2014), with war increasing in the world. The measure of total "battle-related deaths" refers to military and civilian deaths caused by violence during war fighting, which is only a fraction of total war-related deaths, but more reliable than other measures for tracking trends. The world total battle deaths dropped dramatically from the Cold War era, with around 200,000 annually, to the low point of under 12,000 in 2005 (and typically for years in that period, around 20,000). Since then it has trended up, reaching more than 45,000 last year. How much more, we don't know, because the data collectors could not come up with a...
The Peace Process Is Dying at the Hands of Israel With Help from Hamas -
The Peace Process Is Dying at the Hands of Israel With Help from Hamas
Beyond a ceasefire in Gaza and any associated interim agreement no matter who might broker it, the two-state solution, which is backed by international consensus, is dying because of an Israeli decision with help from Hamas. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made public and explicit this week, and for the first time, the Israeli positions that reject the two-state solution, that is, the establishment of the state of Palestine alongside the state of Israel. Hamas has always been deceptive and has always avoided making an unequivocal commitment to the two-state solution, and was keen to engage in one-upmanship against the Palestinian Authority headed by Mahmoud Abbas, which dedicated itself to achieving the two-state solution. The United States has made the two-state solution the cornerstone of its policy and diplomacy, not just under President Obama, but also with the successive administrations before him. In effect, the UN Security Council that expressly called for the...
West Bank Rises, Tens Of Thousands Join Largest March Since Last Intifada -
West Bank Rises, Tens Of Thousands Join Largest March Since Last Intifada
Amid the ongoing Israeli assault on Gaza, the West Bank has risen. Tens of thousands of Palestinians marched with President Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah movement from the West Bank city of Ramallah toward Jerusalem to protest Israel's war on Hamas in Gaza, which has claimed the lives of nearly 800 Palestinians, many of them civilians. The protest appears to be the largest mass demonstration since the 1980s. The uprising promises to be different from previous intifadas, partly because it comes in the wake of the Arab Spring, Occupy Wall Street and other mass protest movements around the globe. But the way in which the world engages with protest has also evolved, due to the advent of Twitter and cell phone video, which can focus attention on raw conflict in a way that bypasses the mainstream media. Today's march is being live tweeted at the hashtag #48kMarch. Reuters reported that protests also broke out in Jerusalem itself, near the old walled city and outside the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Power of the...
Marco Rubio: End Relief For Dreamers -
Marco Rubio: End Relief For Dreamers
WASHINGTON -- Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) on Thursday called on the Obama administration to "wind down" a policy that has helped more than 550,000 undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children, an action that would restart deportations of young people who have lived here for years. Rubio's demand came in a statement outlining suggestions for addressing the crisis of more than 57,000 unaccompanied minors who have crossed the U.S. border illegally since October. New immigrants aren't eligible for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, the Obama administration policy that allows young undocumented immigrants, often called Dreamers, who entered the country as children before June 15, 2007, to apply for temporary authorization to stay and work legally. But Rubio and other Republicans have blamed the policy in part for the current border crisis, and argued it must be disbanded. "Because the recent wave from Central America spiked after DACA was announced, it is in our...
What Not to Say to a Zionist -
What Not to Say to a Zionist
I intended to travel to Israel this coming week with my family and many congregants. It was a much-anticipated and planned-for trip, over a year in the making. However, as Operation Protective Edge unfolded, trip participants slowly began to cancel. No judgment -- everyone brings to something like this their own life experiences, understandings and comfort zone. One by one they dropped out, and eventually it was down to me, one friend, my two older children, my mother, my stepfather, my sister, her boyfriend, their children, and a few cousins. That was fine. We are all seasoned Zionists and were going no matter what. I think I speak for us all when I say that over these past few weeks, particularly over these past few days, we've been bombarded with messages like: "Don't go." "How can you go?" "Why would you go?" "That's no way to spend a vacation." "How dare you go and risk your life and the lives of your children?" (That one was verbatim. I kid you not.) And on and on it went....
Keeping It Cool in the Diaspora -
Keeping It Cool in the Diaspora
"There really isn't anything we can do," my friend whispered to me on the phone, feeling helpless and scared. We'd just been informed that a close mutual friend of ours had been deployed to the Gaza border, in preparation for what has now become part of Israel's ongoing ground incursion in the Hamas-held territory. The thought of potentially losing a friend to the conflict at once entered my mind. My heart raced, and I sat down in a sweat of confusion. At that moment I realized that the realities in the Middle East had hit home in a profound and sickening way. The recent conflagration in Gaza is deeply personal for many Israelis and Palestinians. Israelis watch as their family members and loved ones -- many of whom only recently graduated from high school -- are deployed to the front lines to battle a terrorist army committed to the destruction of their homeland. Meanwhile, many Palestinians look on as their loved ones in Gaza remain entrapped by the conflict, sometimes brought...
How VA Reform Fell Apart In Less Than 4 Days -
How VA Reform Fell Apart In Less Than 4 Days
WASHINGTON -- Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), during an interview Wednesday night, criticized President Barack Obama for naiveté in congressional relations. The White House, the senator told Larry King, routinely underestimates Republican opposition, often spinning its wheels in a fruitless effort to craft a legislative compromise. On Thursday, Sanders told reporters he may have been similarly victimized by that opposition. Sanders, chairman of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, announced that after weeks of trying, negotiations between him and House Veterans Affairs Committee Chair Jeff Miller (R-Fla.) over legislation to reform the Department of Veterans Affairs had ground to a halt. The disagreement wasn’t only substantive -- though major details still needed to be hammered out. Rather, Sanders accused his Republican counterparts of not being honest brokers. He chastised them for valuing political theater over actual negotiation, and insisted they were demanding votes only on...
California's Death-Penalty Regime Ruled Unconstitutional: It Should Have Been Buried More Than 50 Years Ago -
California's Death-Penalty Regime Ruled Unconstitutional: It Should Have Been Buried More Than 50 Years Ago
On July 16, 2014, U.S. District Judge Cormac J. Carney invalidated California's death penalty. After reviewing voluminous evidence he held that: Inordinate and unpredictable delay has resulted in a death penalty system in which very few of the hundreds of individuals sentenced to death have been, or even will be, executed by the State. It has resulted in a system in which arbitrary factors, rather than legitimate ones like the nature of the crime or the date of the death sentence, determine whether an individual will actually be executed. And it has resulted in a system that serves no penological purpose. Such a system is unconstitutional. (Jones v. Chappell, -- F. Supp. 3d --, ___ [CD. Cal. No. CV 09-02158-CJC, July 16, 2014]) Jones has been on death row for more than 19 years. If the Jones decision holds up, it will be the beginning of the end of the death penalty in many other U.S. states in addition to California. Judge Cormac has started a process that should have been started by...
In Syria, the People's Demands Are Still Key -
In Syria, the People's Demands Are Still Key
In 2011, protesters across the Arab world took to the streets with the slogan "The People Demand the Fall of the Regime." At the time, it seemed as if people power was going to define not just the Middle East, but politics across the world. Time magazine even decided to honor "The Protester" as person of the year. But events and the news cycle move quickly. Now, with extremists allying with tribal leaders to take over swathes of Iraq, and Russia and Iran helping keep Bashar al Assad in power in Syria, it is difficult to imagine we ever thought ordinary people had the power to change anything. It is difficult now to recall just how hollow Ghaddafi and other Arab leaders sounded in 2011 when they claimed the uprisings against them were organized by al Qaeda. At the time, it was clear al Qaeda's ideology was not what brought millions onto the streets. The people of the Arab world were demanding freedom and protesting against decades of brutality and corruption. Al Qaeda's rants about...
Mitch McConnell Urges Myanmar To Reform Constitution -
Mitch McConnell Urges Myanmar To Reform Constitution
WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Mitch McConnell issued a strong call Thursday for Myanmar to amend its constitution to allow opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi to run for president and for the military to submit to civilian rule. The Senate's Republican leader has for years been the most influential voice in Congress on policy toward the country also known as Burma. A longtime critic of the former ruling junta, he's become supportive of the nation's shift from military rule since 2011. But in a speech to the Senate, McConnell, R-Ky., said that reforms in the Southeast Asian nation appear to have stalled, leaving Myanmar's commitment to democracy open to question. He said failure to amend a constitutional provision that prohibits those such as Suu Kyi with immediate family members who are foreign nationals would "cast a pall" over the legitimacy of national elections in late 2015 in the eyes of the international community and members of the Senate. Suu Kyi's late husband was British, as are her...
Poll Finds Sam Brownback Trailing His Democratic Challenger -
Poll Finds Sam Brownback Trailing His Democratic Challenger
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback (R) is still trailing Democratic rival Paul Davis, a poll released Thursday finds. A KSN News poll found Davis, a member of the state's House of Representatives, leading Brownback 48 to 40 percent, slightly up from a survey conducted by the NBC affiliate last month. KSN cited Davis' growing support among Republicans -- 29 percent said they plan to vote for the state representative versus 24 percent in the June poll -- as one reason for his gain. Davis also has strong support from women: 51 percent of female respondents said they'd vote for the Democrat, versus 36 percent who would support Brownback. Earlier this month, Davis picked up the endorsement of Republicans for Kansas values, a group of 104 current and former Republican officeholders. “This election should not be about electing a Republican or a Democrat as Governor. It must be about electing a moderate, commonsense Kansan as governor,” former state Senate President Dick Bond said of the endorsement....
More Than Half Of The People Executed In The U.S. Have A Severe Mental Illness: Study -
More Than Half Of The People Executed In The U.S. Have A Severe Mental Illness: Study
A majority of the 100 executed inmates examined in a new study by three legal researchers had “a severe mental illness such as schizophrenia, post-traumatic stress disorder or psychosis.” Yet, because of an oddity in the Supreme Court’s death penalty cases, it is typically constitutional under existing precedents to execute people with these illnesses.
White House Balances Conflicting Demands On Border Crisis -
White House Balances Conflicting Demands On Border Crisis
WASHINGTON -- The White House is attempting to walk a fine line on how to change a 2008 anti-trafficking law that has become a flashpoint as Congress considers how to address the ongoing border crisis. The law requires unaccompanied minors from countries other than Canada and Mexico to go through a hearing process to determine if they are eligible to remain in the U.S. through asylum or other relief. But the 57,000 unaccompanied minors who have illegally crossed the U.S.-Mexico border since October have overwhelmed the system, making the 2008 law seem unsustainable to many. Republicans say the 2008 law must be changed as a condition of approving any funding for the crisis. Most Democrats say it should be left as is. The White House is staking out its place in the middle. Although Republicans have skewered the administration for requesting changes and then backing away from them, White House officials are continuing to state their desire to amend the 2008 law so the Department of...
Cost Of Wildfires Burns Through Budgets, Pushing Feds To Find Other Funds -
Cost Of Wildfires Burns Through Budgets, Pushing Feds To Find Other Funds
WASHINGTON -- As a massive wildfire burned in Washington state this week and the threat of more fires looms over the West, there has been increasing pressure to fix the way the country pays to fight fires. Fire season in the West has expanded from five months to seven months since the 1970s and fires are burning twice as many acres, the head of the U.S. Forest Service testified last year. The problem is only projected to get worse as the climate continues to change. Scientists say that higher temperatures are increasing drought conditions, which are in turn causing more frequent and intense wildfires. The Union of Concerned Scientists released a new report this week looking at how climate change and development patterns contribute to the increasing cost of wildfires. The environmental group found that the price tag for fighting fires has quadrupled since 1985, reaching $1.7 billion for the federal government last year. In recent years, the cost of fighting fires has exceeded the...
Fifty Shades Of Grey Adorable Animals: The Version You Aren't Embarrassed To Read In Public -
Fifty Shades Of Grey Adorable Animals: The Version You Aren't Embarrassed To Read In  Public
Christian Grey -- eh, yeah he's easy on the eyes. But we're in such a deep, all-consuming love affair with our charming furry companions below that we hardly noticed that the "Fifty Shades of Grey" trailer dropped Thursday. We give you our true obsession -- Fifty Shades Of Grey adorable animals. 1) 2) 3) 4) 5) 6) 7) 8) 9) 10) 11) 12) 13) 14) 15) 16) 17) 18) 19) 20) 21) 22) 23) 24) 25) 26) 27) 28) 29) 30) 31) 32) 33) 34) 35) 36) 37) 38) 39) 40) 41) 42) 43) 44) 45) 46) 47) 48) 49) 50) Like Us On Facebook Follow Us On Twitter
The Koch Brothers' Agenda and the Real War at Home -
Two of the richest men in the entire world are plotting to dominate our elections this fall, from congressional races to school board seats. Their scheming to shove America further to the far right should be a serious wake-up call for anyone who cares about our nation's soul. As Charles and David Koch promised their billionaire buddies, they've assessed how the quarter billion dollars they helped raise and spread across the country failed spectacularly in the 2012 elections. And, they've made adjustments to their battle plans to win more this time. Their groups make appeals to "restore the American dream," but when you peek beneath the patriotic rhetoric what you see is a growing army of operatives preaching against Social Security, guaranteed pensions, and universal public education. These core policies are viewed as socialist or collectivist evils to be privatized. Charles even calls his critics "collectivists." Look closely and you'll see that the "American dream" their political...
Answers From Red States for Our Broken Criminal Justice System -
Answers From Red States for Our Broken Criminal Justice System
Left, right or center, few dispute that our criminal justice system is broken. But two new and thrilling victories this month are giving real hope to activists who want more effective and humane crimes policies. In a largely "red" state," Missouri, Governor Jay Nixon signed the popular and thoroughly bi-partisan "Ban the Ban" bill into law. The act, supported by Metropolitan Congregations United and MORE2, will end the food stamps ban for those jailed on drug convictions faced. During the floor vote a visibly moved state legislator said that thanks to personal visits by faith-based leaders and formerly incarcerated people, she now understood why food stamps are so important to those who are trying to stay sober. And in an even more "red" state, officials in Fulton County Georgia voted to "Ban the Box," the infamous question on employment applications "Have you ever been convicted..." This move will dramatically help once incarcerated people to get jobs. Faith-based ABLE, and 9 to 5's...
Iranians' Consumption of Western Media, and the Government's Concessions -
Iranians' Consumption of Western Media, and the Government's Concessions
Despite the Iranian government's strict ban on the consumption of Western music, film, television and culture, the Iranian public's thirst for such forms of art and entertainment is unrelenting, and sometimes, the government gives in. Since the first days after the Islamic Republic of Iran was formed, with Shia leaders replacing the former Iranian monarchy as the country's new leadership, everything "Western" was denounced. Besides its claimed religious mandate to condemn Western culture, the regime sought to rid itself of what it perceived to be a "soft war" of propaganda being waged on its rule. Those early days stood in stark contrast to the Iran that existed not more than a few months, or even a few weeks, before the Islamists reign. A people well into the disco era, mini-skirt wearing women with Farrah Fawcett inspired locks and shaggy haired bell bottom wearing men with Farrah Fawcett crushes, were suddenly thrust into a world that banned everything from Michael Jackson records...
British Man Builds Gigantic Farting Butt, Lets 'Er Rip At France -
British Man Builds Gigantic Farting Butt, Lets 'Er Rip At France
Who cut the fromage? Colin Furze, a British plumber and prank aficionado, headed down to a cliff in Dover, England, on Thursday to see if he could produce a machine-made fart loud enough to be heard in France, which sits on the other side of the 21-mile-wide Straight of Dover. "So the grand plan is to become noisy neighbors but on an international scale," Furze wrote on his website, ahead of Thursday's demonstration. The deafening, fart-like noise was produced using a valveless pulsejet engine that creates a fiery tail when ignited. The best part of it all? Furze's machine was rigged to fit inside a giant buttocks. France we are ready to go at 6pm — colin furze (@colin_furze) July 24, 2014 Furze said on his site that he hoped to startle unsuspecting Frenchmen relaxing on the beach across the strait. Though it's unconfirmed if denizens of France's northern country heard Furze's flatulence, the crowd seemed to have felt the good vibrations. Just witnessed...
Our World: The War Widows of Afghanistan -
Our World: The War Widows of Afghanistan
Foreign troops are leaving Afghanistan, marking an official end to 13 years of conflict, in which 13,000 Afghan soldiers have lost their lives. For a new BBC documentary, Our World: The War Widows of Afghanistan, Afghan journalist Zarghuna Kargar has been on the trail of the hidden victims of the war: the Afghan women whose husbands were killed in the fight against the Taliban. ***** On a quiet side street in Balkh province, in Northern Afghanistan, Marzia is hand-weaving a carpet. It's painstaking, monotonous work. She learned to weave when she was seven years old. She is now 26, and regularly spends up to ten hours a day sitting by her loom. "I'm tired of weaving," she says, without looking up from her work. "Before my marriage I wove, after my marriage I wove -- now I want to go outside and get a proper job." But Marzia's chances of finding work are slim. She is just one of Afghanistan's estimated two million war widows, and, as such is subject to rumours and gossip. She says:...
Disability and Discrimination in Custody Battles -
Disability and Discrimination in Custody Battles
Imagine you are a parent who has overcome a disability. The disability could be physical that confines you to a wheelchair; or a psychiatric disability that requires you to take medication. You are living a perfectly normal life with your disability, so much so that your disability isn't really a disability in your mind - it is just part of living. You have learned to overcome what some other people who had a similar diagnosis have not yet learned to overcome. The disability has proved that you have the ability to live a normal life. But then imagine that you are now going through a divorce, you have children and you need to go to court to fight for custody of your children. Imagine that the judge takes one look at you or your file and sees that you have bipolar disorder like actress Catherine Zeta-Jones or former US Rep. Patrick J. Kennedy has, or you have Guillain-Barre syndrome, as President Roosevelt had. Imagine that based on that diagnosis, a judge decides that you are unfit for...
Back in May, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) published the results of a comprehensive global study of anti-Semitism. They polled 53,100 people from countries spanning the globe asking whether they endorse 11 common stereotypes about Jews. According to their findings, 26 percent of respondents endorsed six or more items, reaching the ADL's criteria for being considered anti-Semitic. Based on these findings, the ADL (rather liberally) estimated that there are 1.09 billion anti-Semitic adults worldwide. While many viewed the results as sobering, my initial reaction was more optimistic. After all, 74 percent of participants did not cross the threshold to be considered anti-Semites. Using the same calculus as the ADL, that scales up to roughly 3.07 billion adults. Not too shabby. In the history of the world, there has never been any other time with so much Semite-tolerance. I say this with confidence as the human population only hit 3 billion people (in total) in the early 1960s, and...
Illinois GOP Gubernatorial Candidate Used Doctored News Headlines In TV Ad -
Illinois GOP Gubernatorial Candidate Used Doctored News Headlines In TV Ad
Bruce Rauner (R), an Illinois businessman and gubernatorial candidate, is being called out for running a television ad with some altered news headlines about incumbent Gov. Pat Quinn (D), according to the Chicago Tribune. In the ad, called "Headlines," the Rauner campaign shortened and even changed headlines that it attributed to various news organizations. One headline originally read "Quinn, Rauner spar on education in 1st 2014 event," and was altered in Rauner's ad to read “Quinn education cuts lead to teacher layoffs and larger class sizes.” Another headline said "Quinn doubles down on tax hike gamble" and was used in Rauner's ad with the word "gamble" dropped. The Chicago Tribune says three other headlines were altered in the ad as well. Quinn said on Thursday that the ad, which first appeared the day before, highlights what he views as Rauner's "pattern of dishonesty." Rauner spokesman Mike Schrimpf said in an email to The Associated Press that "the TV ad does not say everything...
'Green News Report' - July 24, 2014 -
The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Breaking: Sudden storm ravages campground in VA; New rules for explosive oil trains; Big win in small Maine town over Big (tar sands) Oil; Sunday news shows discover global warming exists; PLUS: We're No.1! America and Rush Limbaugh lead the global warming denial ... All that and more in today's Green News Report! Listen online here, or Download MP3 (6 mins)... Link: Embed: Got comments, tips, love letters, hate mail? Drop us a line at or right here at the comments link below. All GNRs are always archived at IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): Attack of the Chicago climate change maggots; Solar car sets new land speed record; Republicans always listen to the Pentagon -- except on climate change; Self-cooling solar cells generate more output; Oil industry damaged PA water sources 200+ times; Amid CA drought, Nestle guzzles private water; Forest managers...
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