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Moderate Senate Democrats Plot Ways To Make Their Chamber Function Better - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014...
Moderate Senate Democrats Plot Ways To Make Their Chamber Function Better
WASHINGTON -- Two moderate senators have been in talks for several months with a handful of Republicans on ways to improve the functioning of the Senate, according to several sources familiar with the talks. The informal discussions don't rise to the level of what's often referred to as a "gang" in the Senate, but rather have been in an exploratory phase. Along with Sen. Angus King, an independent who caucuses with the Democrats, the talks have been led by Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, a Democrat from the red state of North Dakota. The group is separate from the "common sense caucus," which was started after the government shutdown last year. That caucus has included, at various junctures, Democratic Sens. Joe Manchin (W.Va.) and Mark Pryor (Ark.), who will be out of office this January given his landslide loss on Tuesday, with Republican Sens. Susan Collins (Maine), Lamar Alexander (Tenn.) and Johnny Isakson (Ga.). Whether conservative Democrats can find a way forward within the Senate may...
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A Look Back On Women's Political Leadership After An Election Of Female 'Firsts' - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014...
Tuesday's midterm elections resulted in multiple wins for female candidates -- there are now 100 women in Congress for the first time ever -- and a new documentary is highlighting the leaps and bounds women have made in politics over the years. Grace Lee, the director of "Makers: Women in Politics," discussed women's involvement in political leadership since the 1920s with HuffPost Live's Marc Lamont Hill. "Even in the '50s ... the most efficient way for a woman to get into Congress was to follow in the steps of her dead husband's," Lee said. The director also praised the "really inspiring" new generation of women getting into politics. Among them are some of the women who secured big wins in Tuesday's midterms, including Gina Raimondo, the first female governor of Rhode Island, Shelley Moore Capito, West Virginia's first female senator; and Massachusetts winner Maura Healey, the first openly gay attorney general in the country's history. The "Makers" series has also profiled powerful...
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Broken Windows, Broken Trust - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/lana-j-...
Broken Windows, Broken Trust
Twenty years after his son was fatally shot by a police officer, Nicholas Heyward Sr stares out the kitchen window of his Brooklyn apartment, one hand distractedly placed on a stack of newspaper clippings related to the death of then-13-year-old Nicholas N. Heyward Jr, an honors student who loved to play basketball. In a New York Times article dated September 29, 1994, days after the shooting, is a black and white photograph of Nicholas Jr's toy gun that Officer Brian George claimed he mistook for a real firearm. "Why didn't [the New York Times] put it in color so the public could see that what my son was carrying didn't look anything like a real weapon?" Nicholas Sr points out. When [Nicholas Jr] was killed, the media blamed the toy gun for his death, not the officer." A Daily News article from the same month features a picture of the cop who shot Nicholas Jr, accompanied by the headline: "Distraught Officer's Tearful Dad: He Won't Be A Cop Again." But Officer George was only...
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Sankara Ghost Hangs Over Burkina Faso Turmoil - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kevin-a...
Sankara Ghost Hangs Over Burkina Faso Turmoil
Only seven world leaders held office longer than Burkina Faso's president Blaise Compaoré before his ouster late last week, following chaotic protests in the capital city of Ouagadougou, when protesters set the parliament on fire before the Burkinabé military, in the person of Isaac Zida, asserted control of the country. For the entirety of Compaoré's 27-year rule in the Sahelian country, the specter of his predecessor, Thomas Sankara, hung over his reign -- the equatorial Banquo to Compaoré's Macbeth. Now, with an uncertain future, Sankara's ghost looms even stronger for a country that could face years of coups and countercoups. Sankara took power, like every single one of his predecessors, in a coup. He did so, in 1983, with Compaoré's help, and with the charisma of a post-independence African 'Che' Guevara, promising to bring an honest and socialist government to his country, which he renamed 'Burkina Faso,' or 'the land of the honest people,' instead of the more colonial Upper...
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Former North Carolina Mayor Patrick Cannon Gets House Arrest For Voting - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014...
Former North Carolina Mayor Patrick Cannon Gets House Arrest For Voting
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A federal judge has ordered the former mayor of North Carolina's largest city under house arrest until he begins serving time for taking bribes because the ex-politician cast an illegal ballot in Tuesday's election. Under North Carolina law, a convicted felon loses the right to vote. At a bond revocation hearing Thursday, Patrick Cannon told a judge that he didn't realize that. Still, U.S. District court Judge Frank Whitney ordered him to home detention until the former mayor reports to federal prison on Nov. 18 for a nearly four-year sentence. Cannon will have to wear an electronic monitoring device. As part of his annual election routine, Cannon said he and his wife went together to a nearby school on Oct. 30 and voted. Federal probation officers this week were alerted of Cannon's illegal vote. "The light simply didn't go off on that day. This was something that I did without thinking," Cannon said, adding that he was "embarrassed" and wanted to apologize for...
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Amazon's Latest Effort To Get You Shopping Is This Speaker - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014...
Amazon's Latest Effort To Get You Shopping Is This Speaker
Amazon wants to make it as easy as possible for you to buy every single thing it sells, from diapers to groceries to streaming movies. The company's latest effort to get you shopping comes in the form of a voice-controlled wireless speaker, called Echo, that's always listening for you to utter the phrase "Alexa." When you do, the speaker perks up and awaits for your question or command. The company quietly announced Echo on Thursday. Echo costs $199, but it's $99 for members of Amazon Prime, the company's free-shipping loyalty program. But it's not even for sale yet -- you have to request an invitation. Kinley Pearsall, an Amazon spokesperson, wrote in an email that the company will start sending invitations and shipping the speaker "in the coming weeks." Think of Echo, which connects to your wireless network at home, as similar to personal assistants like Google Now and Siri. In the promotional video, Amazon shows Echo responding to questions -- from multiple members of the family --...
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The Climate Post: Climate Change Risks, Impacts Focus of Reports - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/tim-pro...
The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released its Fifth Assessment Synthesis Report warning that greenhouse gas levels are at the highest they have been in 800,000 years. "We have little time before the window of opportunity to stay within the 2C of warming closes," said IPCC chairman Rajendra Pachauri. "To keep a good chance of staying below the 2C, and at manageable costs, our emissions should drop by 40 to 70 percent globally between 2010 and 2050, and falling to zero or below by 2100." To have a 66 percent chance of limiting total average warming to the U.N.-set threshold of less than 2 degrees Celsius relative to preindustrial levels, the world's population can emit no more than one trillion tons of carbon dioxide. But we've already emitted more than half that much. The report includes conclusions of three previous IPCC reports on the science, impacts of climate change and on ways to address it. One key finding: It's "extremely likely" that humans...
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Producing a Gay Web Series: Dos and Don'ts - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/leon-ac...
Producing a Gay Web Series: Dos and Don'ts
I used to say, "Every actor should produce his own Web series." I don't say that anymore, as it now seems almost every actor in Los Angeles is! But if you're an actor or writer with a gay story, the Web is the best place to tell it. There's no censorship, other than YouTube's general rules against nudity. No network will tell you to water the characters down or make it more palatable for straight audiences. When I created Old Dogs & New Tricks three years ago, I'd never produced a Web show before. I had no idea what to expect. Despite a very steep learning curve, it's been the most rewarding creative experience I have had. It's completely changed my life and given me a "profile" in this town that I never had before. It is exhausting but so worth it. In my three years of writing/acting/producing/show-running ODNT, I feel as though I've earned a master's degree in show business. You will never work so hard, but you will never learn as much. You'll also have newfound respect for writers,...
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The Perils of Conflating ISIS and Al Qaeda - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/samuel-...
The Perils of Conflating ISIS and Al Qaeda
Since the inception of ISIS's campaign of terror in Syria and Iraq, many Western policymakers have assumed that ISIS employs similar strategies to and harbors ambitions akin to those of al-Qaeda. Barack Obama recently declared that al-Qaeda and ISIS are "one and the same," a statement that hearkened back to the erroneous linkage promoted by the Bush administration between Saddam Hussein and the 9/11 attacks. The tendency of the Obama administration to conflate the threats posed by ISIS and al-Qaeda is further evidenced by his claim that anti-al-Qaeda operations in Yemen and Somalia provide a model for the US to follow in its efforts to defeat ISIS. Obama's Yemen and Somalia parallel immediately drew the ire of Republicans and US foreign policy critics alike because of the continued prevalence of Islamic extremism and woefully inadequate political institutions in both countries. Yet many of these critics still subscribe to the prevailing opinion that the anti-ISIS campaign is just the...
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Unleashing the Democratic Tsunami in 2016 - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mike-lu...
Since I have been involved in politics as a full-time job, there have been five times where I had a really bad election night, where the Republicans kicked our ass and won most of the important races: 1980, 1994, 2004, 2010, and of course this year. Every single time was awful. Every single time the country suffered a great deal as a result. But every single time, Democrats came storming back the very next election and had a great year. It's not too surprising, really: Republicans are an arrogant bunch with really bad and unpopular policy ideas that don't work out well when they are enacted. And of course, we know that the voting pool in a presidential year tends to look more like the actual population of the country -- younger, more people of color, more unmarried voters -- and that is a very good thing for Democrats. So while I take absolutely nothing for granted, and know that we will have to work our collective Democratic asses off, I go into 2016 with some confidence. The key,...
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9 Stats That Will Make You Want To Hug A Republican (Or Maybe A Democrat) - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014...
9 Stats That Will Make You Want To Hug A Republican (Or Maybe A Democrat)
Tuesday's midterm elections handed Republicans full control of Congress, which will soon include an increasing number of extremely conservative (and liberal) members, a trend that reflects the nation as a whole. Studies have shown that the moderate middle is shrinking as more of the citizenry really leans further right or left into the political playing field. Lately there's been a lot of talk about "a divided America," but it's all been a few decades in the making. One particularly ambitious Harvard undergraduate was even able to illustrate the Senate's growing polarization from 1989 to 2013. And now, the people the Senate represents are split on pretty much everything (including how split we are) -- except the National Park Service. Because parks are awesome and everyone knows it. As for why we're so divided, we really can't say with certainty. But we can tell you what it's doing to us -- aside from, like, all the Congress stuff. Polarization in American politics is bleeding over...
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Will the Rauner-Madigan-Cullerton Era Bring Divisive Government to Illinois? - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/matthew...
Will the Rauner-Madigan-Cullerton Era Bring Divisive Government to Illinois?
When Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner is sworn in in January, state government will have two-party power sharing -- a Republican governor and Democratic legislature -- for the first time in 12 years. Rauner said that Illinoisans voted for this divide Nov. 4 -- but did we really? Reboot Illinois' Madeleine Doubek examines the difference between divided and divisive: Divided government. That's what voters wanted, Illinois Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner told us in his victory speech. We'll get it and then some in Illinois and we have it now nationally with President Obama in the White House and Republicans running everything soon in Congress. Here in Illinois it will be back to the old days of a Republican governor and Democrat-dominated Legislature like we had for so many years with former governors Jim Thompson, Jim Edgar and George Ryan at the helm and Madigan and, often, various Democrats running the Illinois Senate. Except this time, the preceding months before the vote for divided government...
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For a few days last week Gaza Strip turned into a large prison. Ever since October 24, the Rafah crossing point has been closed by the Egyptians following the huge attack on the army in north Sinai. Israel has also closed all its crossings with Gaza on November 2, allegedly following the launch from Gaza on that same day of a single rocket that landed in a deserted area. The Israelis reopened their crossing points Tuesday, but Rafah continues to be closed. Egypt, which was stunned by a horrific series of attacks that caused the death of over 30 soldiers, has been searching for answers, and the army argues that the problem lies in Gaza. Not only has the Rafah crossing been totally and completely closed since then, but Egyptian engineers have also been busy destroying houses on the Egyptian side of Rafah in order to create a 500-metre buffer zone that they hope will forever end the problem of the tunnels to Gaza. The closures come at a time the reconstruction process is moving at a very...
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Guggenheim Protesters Somehow Snuck A 40-Foot Banner Into The Legendary Museum - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014...
Guggenheim Protesters Somehow Snuck A 40-Foot Banner Into The Legendary Museum
The Guggenheim's Abu Dhabi museum isn't going up without a fight. On Tuesday evening, members of the protest group Gulf Ultra Luxury Faction (G.U.L.F.) unfurled their latest denouncement of labor conditions on Saadiyat Island, the ritzy enclave where the Frank Gehry-designed branch is slated to rise. This time, the protest mechanism was a 40-foot banner that was reportedly snuck in via a baby stroller. Reading "Stop Labor Abuse" and "Countdown to Guggenheim Abu Dhabi," it hung briefly down the museum's famed conical core before two male guards tore it away. For months, G.U.L.F. members have pulled off "a series of unsanctioned displays," as The New York Times puts it, inside the museum. Amidst inundating the museum with leaflets and sneaking in provocative paintings, the group has managed to meet with museum representatives, including Guggenheim director Richard Armstrong, to discuss their concerns. "We've heard nothing since," one activist, NYU professor Andrew Ross, told The Times...
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These Vintage Images Show Just How Much Department Stores Have Changed - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014...
These Vintage Images Show Just How Much Department Stores Have Changed
One of the fondest memories from my childhood was going to the Wanamaker's store in Philadelphia for lunch with my grandmother. We'd go right around every holiday to find me a frilly holiday dress, then visit the store's tea room for a light snack. When I tell this story to others, it's as if I told them that my grandmother and I regularly traveled to the moon. Their brains cannot compute that a department store would have anything but a sad food counter (anyone ever been to a Target?). And frilly holiday dresses? Who am I, Shirley Temple? A view of the famous organ at the former Wanamaker's department store in Philadelphia. It's now a Macy's. To say that department stores have changed since my ladies luncheon days is an understatement. First of all, Wanamaker's is long gone, along with other regional stores that gave character to other cities. Second, shopping habits have shifted. Specialty chain stores and, of course, the Internet have transformed the way we shop. We don't go to a...
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Americans Twice As Likely To Express Religion In Person Than Online: Report - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014...
Americans Twice As Likely To Express Religion In Person Than Online: Report
Americans use social media and the Internet for nearly everything, including their faith, and a newly released Pew Research Center report reveals just how many are sharing their religious beliefs online. According to Pew's report, conducted May 30 to June 30 of this year, and 20 percent of U.S. adults reported sharing their religious faith on social networking websites or apps (such as Facebook and Twitter) in the past week. Twice as many respondents said they shared their faith in a real-life setting -- suggesting an inclination many still feel to express faith one-on-one versus over the web. Greg Smith, the Associate Director of Research on the study, told HuffPost by email that the researchers did not define in the survey what "sharing" could entail, but said be believed it would be interpreted broadly, beyond evangelizing or proselytizing. "It could include a wide range of interactions, such as offering a prayer or blessing, quoting from scripture or describing a religious...
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China Can and Must Close its Gender Gap - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/tian-we...
China Can and Must Close its Gender Gap
My grandmother was 100 years old when she passed away two years ago and, given the ups and downs of Chinese history, one doesn't need a great deal of imagination to realize she must have gone through a lot in her lifetime. She originally lived a simple life in a small village in Manchuria, in the far northeast of the country. Typically for her generation, her feet were bound and, although she kept a drawn record of her life, she was illiterate and couldn't read or write a word. Yet despite this, she had a vision for her two daughters -- one of whom was my mother -- to go to university. Although our lives are very different, my grandmother was and remains my role model, and I carry in me a quote from her, as true for my generation as it was for hers: "As women, we depend on ourselves." This wasn't something she picked up from a book. She got it from her own experience and through witnessing the lives of the generation of women before hers. That inner strength and strong will from her...
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Move Over World Bank: Bilateral Institutions Lead Investment Beyond the Grid - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/justin-...
Co-authored with Vrinda Manglik, Sierra Club Associate Campaign Representative, International Clean Energy Access Photo courtesy of GSMA While investments are continuing to flow into beyond the grid clean energy markets, most public institutions are missing in action. The Sierra Club and Oil Change International recently released an assessment of multilateral development banks' (MDBs) investment beyond the grid, and the findings aren't good. MDBs -- including the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, and African Development Bank -- haven't been ponying up as much financing as they should for the sector. Instead, their investment is heavily skewed toward grid extension and polluting power plants. That's a big problem because the slow process of extending the grid will leave many people without power for years or even decades to come. As disappointing as lack of beyond the grid support from MDBs is, a different set of public actors are stepping up in their absence: bilateral institutions....
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Fossil Fuel Companies Must Evolve or Perish - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/skoll-f...
Fossil Fuel Companies Must Evolve or Perish
By Mindy Lubber, president, Ceres We talk a lot in this country about what it takes to enact change -- from politics to finance and education systems. Time and again, we've seen that regular people have the power to drive reform, and that there is strength in numbers. By this measure, we already have the power to tackle climate change -- which is the biggest social, environmental and economic issue facing us today. In September 400,000 people marched in New York and around the world, calling for climate action. Their demands were echoed by major corporations and by global investors alike as they called on governments to reach an ambitious climate deal, including meaningful carbon pricing. So what's standing in our way? It's quite obvious: the fossil fuel industry. It is the last remaining holdout as the world continues on its inevitable transition to low-carbon. Fossil fuel companies -- much like your stubborn, elderly relative that refuses to change his eating habits despite the...
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Al Roker Is Trying To Break A Guinness World Record - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014...
Al Roker Is Trying To Break A Guinness World Record
Al Roker is going to attempt to break a Guinness World Record. No, not for longest beard or most bunny hops in 30 seconds. The "Today" show weatherman will try to break the record for longest uninterrupted live weather report broadcast. The current record stands at 24 hours. Roker wants to do it for 34 hours. Yes, 34 hours of non-stop, continuous weather reporting right in the comfort of Studio 1A. "Rokerthon," as NBC News is calling it, will begin Wednesday, Nov. 12, at 10:00 p.m. ET, and end Friday, Nov. 14, at 8:00 a.m. ET. We're taking bets now. Will he do it?
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Save, Scale, Secure: Why Small Businesses Should Take to the Cloud - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/daniel-...
Save, Scale, Secure: Why Small Businesses Should Take to the Cloud
The internet has changed all aspects of our lives. From how we bank, get around, or communicate with friends, or even -- as I hear -- date. From a business perspective, however, it has radically altered the ways in which businesses communicate with consumers. But did you know it has also changed the very ways in which business owners run businesses? There're a slew of applications -- both mobile and on desktops -- which can be used to simplify task, account, and HR management, which often prove to be time-consuming. The facts are simple. In the dark old days before the internet came along, like buying a CD, you had to buy software (usually with a license), install it, and then only run it on your computer. Once you had your software, it pretty much was yours to use as you saw fit, but more importantly, manage. Under the cloud model, however, business software is run online by a third-party provider, and you access it through your internet browser. With the cloud, there's never a need...
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WhatsApp Now Tells You When Someone Has Read Your Message - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014...
WhatsApp Now Tells You When Someone Has Read Your Message
Just a month after Facebook officially acquired WhatsApp, the messaging app is adding one of Facebook Messenger's most annoying features: read receipts. WhatsApp, which boasts over 600 million monthly active users, has been slowly rolling out the system overseas during the last few months. But it's now finally caught the wider attention of the media and people who use the app, after the company updated its FAQ page to explain the new feature. Previously, messages in WhatsApp had a single check next to them when they were sent from a person's phone, and a double check when they successfully arrived at a recipient's phone. This didn’t mean, however, that the recipient had actually read the message -- something WhatsApp even clarified on its official Twitter back in 2012. But now, those double checks will turn blue once the message has been opened. Some WhatsApp users started seeing this feature as early as September, and German news site Deutsche Welle reported on the update in June....
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Professional Golfer Patrick Reed Drops Anti-Gay Slur At Tournament In China - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014...
Professional Golfer Patrick Reed Drops Anti-Gay Slur At Tournament In China
Professional golfer Patrick Reed will reportedly be fined after he was overheard shouting an anti-gay epithet in the wake of missing a putt during a tournament in China. The 24-year-old, who starred for America during its recent Ryder Cup defeat to Europe, could be heard at Shanghai's WGC-HSBC Champions tournament exclaiming, “Nice f***ing three-putt, you f***in’ faggot,” on tape, CNN reported. Watch video of Reed's foul-mouthed remark in the below clip, courtesy of Towleroad: Representatives for the PGA Tour released a statement to Golf News Net and other publications, noting that "the use of obscene language on the golf course" is strictly prohibited and that officials will "deal with this matter internally in accordance with its regulations.” According to various reports, Reed will be given a fine. Meanwhile, the player took to Twitter to apologize for his words. I'm sorry for using offensive language today in China. My passion to play well got the best of me and my word choice was...
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The 'Human' Quality We Share With Baboons - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014...
The 'Human' Quality We Share With Baboons
As humankind has evolved, we've built cities and computers, probed into the far reaches of our galaxy and beyond, cured diseases, and developed thousands of different languages and dialects with which to communicate with each other. These momentous achievements were made possible by the human capacity for "cumulative culture" -- the ability to build up knowledge over generations. As Sir Isaac Newton described his own formulation of the laws of motion and universal gravitation, "If I have seen further, it is by standing upon the shoulders of giants." There has been some debate over whether or not this ability is uniquely human. But a new study from the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) and the University of Edinburgh has found that baboons share some capacity to build up, transmit and make use of small changes in their collective culture over the course of generations. The researchers studied groups of baboons living at the CNRS Primatology Center in Rousset,...
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Robert O'Neill, Ex-Navy SEAL, Reveals He's The One Who Shot Osama Bin Laden - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014...
Robert O'Neill, Ex-Navy SEAL, Reveals He's The One Who Shot Osama Bin Laden
Robert O'Neill, a 38-year-old ex-Navy SEAL, revealed he's the one who shot Osama bin Laden in a 2011 raid, the Washington Post reported Thursday. O'Neill was scheduled to reveal himself in a two-part documentary by Fox News this month. O'Neill told the Washington Post he decided to reveal his identity sooner after it was disclosed on a website ran by former Navy SEALs. The Washington Post reports further on O'Neill's reasons for revealing his role in the raid: O’Neill said he confirmed his decision to go public after a private encounter with relatives of victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, attack on New York’s World Trade Center. During an emotional meeting with victims’ family members before the recent opening of the National September 11 Memorial Museum, the former SEAL decided spontaneously to talk about how bin Laden met his end. “The families told me it helped bring them some closure,” said O’Neill, whose identity as the shooter was independently corroborated for The Post by two SEAL...
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Can't Focus? Your Office Paint Color Might Be To Blame - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014...
Can't Focus? Your Office Paint Color Might Be To Blame
It's 3 p.m. Though you've had plenty of coffee, your energy is on a decidedly downward trend. You try to struggle on the task at hand, but there's something that's just keeping you from concentrating. The answer might be right in front of you -- literally. That is, if that wall is the wrong paint color. When it comes to workplace environments, bold might not be better. "Colors that are very saturated and not very bright -- like emerald green and sapphire blue -- generally promote an energy level that puts people into overdrive if they're trying to do thoughtful work alone or to collaborate with others. They just can't concentrate well," says Sally Augustin, PhD, an environmental psychologist and principal at Design With Science, via email. Augustin also cited a study by Andrew Elliot, a psychology professor at the University of Rochester, which found that exposure to the color red lead to distraction, worry and a reduced ability to focus on mental tasks. Red might be your favorite...
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For-Profit Colleges Sue Obama Administration Over New Regulations - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014...
For-Profit Colleges Sue Obama Administration Over New Regulations
WASHINGTON (AP) — The for-profit college sector filed a lawsuit Thursday that seeks to halt new regulations of its industry. The lawsuit is in response to a rule the Obama administration announced last week that requires career training programs to show their graduates make enough money to pay back their loans. Programs that don't pass its new "gainful employment" standard risk losing the ability to receive federal student aid. The administration estimated that about 1,400 programs serving 840,000 students won't pass. "This regulation, and the impact it will have on student access and opportunity, is so unacceptable and in violation of federal law that we were left with no choice but to file suit," said Steve Gunderson, president of the Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities. Gunderson's association filed the lawsuit against Education Secretary Arne Duncan. It says the new rule is "unlawful, arbitrary, and irrational" and will needlessly harm millions of students who...
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The Rise of Online News Has Not Been the Death of Quality Reporting - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/peggy-d...
The Rise of Online News Has Not Been the Death of Quality Reporting
I love reading the newspaper. By which I mean the black-and-white, often-messy, use-two-hands, used-to-be-a-tree paper item that is delivered to front doors in increasingly few numbers. The paper paper. Indeed, I am one of those people Marshall McLuhan, who coined the phrase "the medium is the message," was talking about when he said, "People don't read newspapers. They slip into them like a warm bath." I have long luxuriated in the ritual of spending Sunday morning with the newspaper spread out in front of me, long before it was actually considered a luxury. Nearly a decade ago, I began to mourn what was predicted then (and still) as the impending death of the newspaper. In the years since, this has proven to be sort of true. We've seen newspapers decline, then resurge, then decline once more. Wealthy men got into the business of saving newspapers -- Jeff Bezos at the Washington Post, John Henry at the Boston Globe, Warren Buffett in small towns across the U.S. -- in what many took...
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Ex-SEAL Reveals Himself As Bin Laden Shooter - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014...
Ex-SEAL Reveals Himself As Bin Laden Shooter
The Navy SEAL who fired the shot that killed Osama bin Laden is a highly decorated veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan who agonized for months over whether to publicly reveal his role in one of the most storied commando operations in U.S. history.
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You Can Eat Reese's Peanut Butter Cups In The Form Of A Spread. Out Of A Jar. - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014...
You Can Eat Reese's Peanut Butter Cups In The Form Of A Spread. Out Of A Jar.
It's over. The days of Nutella nation are destined to dwindle and dim, as Reese's in spreadable form is now available for mass consumption. Hershey's announced the launch of Reese's Spreads on Nov. 5. It's only a matter of time before jars of Nutella get pushed toward the back of grocery shelves and begin collecting dust. The exquisite aroma of Reese's Peanut Butter Cups fills the nostrils with just a gentle twist of the jar's orange cap. The taste is profoundly identical to that of a Reese's cup, and the spread's slightly grainy texture is spot on. We've always been told there's no wrong way to eat a Reese's, and this product is no exception. Peanut butter and chocolate are a match made in heaven -- a power couple -- and this spread takes the guess work out of getting the pair together. No longer will one have to dirty a pristine jar of peanut butter with a Nutella-slathered knife to taste both flavors simultaneously. Were you listening? Reese's. In a jar. The 13 oz. jar retails for...
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