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No Support For Transgender High School Students In Minnesota Governor's Race -
No Support For Transgender High School Students In Minnesota Governor's Race
WASHINGTON -- Minnesota's gubernatorial candidates are not fans of allowing transgender high school students participate in sports based on their gender identity, a policy currently being considered by the state's high school league. During a Wednesday night debate, the moderator raised the issue, posing what he said was "by far" the most emailed question from Minnesota voters. Each candidate deferred to the Minnesota State High School League to make the decision, though they made clear they didn't like the sound of the policy. Some used harsher words than others. "I will tell you, as a dad of two teenaged boys, I don't think it makes a lot of sense to have boys and girls in the same locker room," said Jeff Johnson, the Republican candidate. "It's a very complicated issue," said Gov. Mark Dayton (D), the incumbent. "Giving transgender students the choice of which team they want to play on is, I think, problematic." "I would also put it in the hands of the Minnesota State High School...
When 4 Women Explain Politics To 1 Man, Good Things Are Bound To Happen -
When 4 Women Explain Politics To 1 Man, Good Things Are Bound To Happen
In some matter of time -- maybe soon, maybe not -- America will be led by women. It's not just because they make up more than half of the population, or because their numbers in Congress keep growing, or because Hillary Clinton is the most likely next president, or because men have basically f---ed up the country and people are getting tired of it. Those all matter. So too does the fact that topics once categorized and set aside as "women's issues" have become prominent tenets of our national debates, from contraception and education, to equal pay laws and domestic violence. And so, with the era of women leadership on the horizon, the team at Drinking & Talking figured the time was ripe for preparation (okay, just Sam thought this). We convened a panel of experts: Laura Bassett, political reporter at The Huffington Post; Jennifer Bendery, a HuffPost White House and congressional reporter; Ilyse Hogue, president of NARAL Pro Choice America; and Shaunna Thomas, co-founder and...
American ISIS Hostage's Mother Asks To Speak With Militant Leader -
American ISIS Hostage's Mother Asks To Speak With Militant Leader
The mother of an American aid worker held hostage and threatened with beheading by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has posted a message on Twitter asking to speak with the leader of the militant group holding her son. A Letter from Abdul-Rahman Kassig's Mother to IS Caliph Al Baghdadi — Paula Kassig (@PaulaKassig) October 8, 2014 On a recently-created Twitter account, Paula Kassig wrote to Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi, the leader of ISIS, "I am trying to get in touch with the Islamic State about my son's fate," and asked, "How can we reach you?" New York Times foreign correspondent Rukmini Callimachi, who claims to be in touch with an intermediary family to the Kassig's, confirmed the authenticity of the account and the statement. Kassig was taken captive by ISIS on Oct. 1, 2013 in Syria while providing aid for refugees from the country's civil war. The 26-year-old from Indiana was a former Army Ranger, deployed briefly to Iraq in 2007. Kassig changed his...
Climate Change Gets Real -
Climate Change Gets Real
Among the world's many pressing issues, climate change is perhaps the greatest threat to long-term peace and prosperity. And yet even as the storm gathers, Congress dithers, mulls, debates, and fails to act. Though the message of danger is gaining momentum and rings loudly, the record of action is muted. It is not because people are unaware of the problem. This September 400,000 people gathered in New York and marched through the streets, demanding action. The UN General Assembly pulled world leaders and global icons together for one of the most high profile climate summits in history. And this week, in my own community of South Florida, local officials, business leaders, scientists and educators came together under the leadership of a local group, Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact, to continue discussions and implementation of a regional plan of action. In the United States alone, we have seen a 5 percent increase in greenhouse gas emissions since 1990. We have seen...
Mary Landrieu Shakes Up Campaign Staff In Final Weeks Of Tight Election -
Mary Landrieu Shakes Up Campaign Staff In Final Weeks Of Tight Election
Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) is bringing in a new campaign manager as she heads into the final stretch of a tight campaign crucial to determining which party controls the Senate in November, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reported on Thursday. Adam Sullivan, her campaign manager, will be replaced by Ryan Berni, a former top aide to Landrieu’s brother, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu (D). Sullivan will stay on as a campaign aide. Sen. Landrieu’s former chief of staff, Norma Jane Sabistion, also will join the campaign as a senior adviser. Two other staffers from Landrieu's Senate office are taking leaves of absence to join the campaign. Landrieu aides told the Times-Picayune that the senator wanted to bring in staff that she was comfortable and familiar with. Last month, Landrieu apologized after it was revealed that she used taxpayer money to fund campaign flights. She agreed to refund the federal government for the costs of the flights. A Louisiana judge threw out a lawsuit earlier...
'This Is Your Country,' My #MayDayin30 Video -
'This Is Your Country,' My #MayDayin30 Video
I believe that we can use the modern tools available to spread awareness and empower citizens, and that our collective stories can affect revolutionary reform. It is why I am committed to storytelling as a medium for activism, with citizen journalism today serving as oversight. I am excited to participate in MayDay PAC's new video competition, #MayDayin30, where anyone can submit an ad either about money in politics or for specific candidates MayDay PAC is backing. Winners are selected by votes from peers and finalists selected by a panel that includes Lawrence Lessig, Marianne Williamson, and Shepard Fairey. I encourage you to submit! I decided to take a satirical approach to a classic PSA -- the vintage "This is your brain on drugs" commercial, which probably did more to sell bacon than deter drug use. Check it out and please vote for it, and then share it with anyone you know who decides to shrug at corruption. We have the power; we just have to take it. John Wellington Ennis's new...
Pennsylvania Gubernatorial Candidates Spar Over 'Porngate' Scandal -
Pennsylvania Gubernatorial Candidates Spar Over 'Porngate' Scandal
WASHINGTON -- The growing Pennsylvania scandal dubbed "porngate" made a cameo in Wednesday night's first debate between Gov. Tom Corbett (R) and his Democratic challenger, businessman Tom Wolf. State Attorney General Kathleen Kane released another round of emails on Friday containing sexually explicit Power Point presentations, raunchy videos and derogatory remarks based on gender and sexual orientation. The emails were privately passed around by prosecutors and executives from 2008 to 2012. Corbett was attorney general for some of that time. The governor condemned the affair on Wednesday and maintained his ignorance of the matter. "This is totally unacceptable behavior," he said. "I don’t condone the behavior, and was not made aware of the behavior. Had I made aware of the behavior, I would have stopped it right then." Corbett added: "We're still waiting on the attorney general to forward information on all the people who were involved. Because I think all the people need to be...
The Voices of Inclusion and Peace: Missing From the Conversation? -
The Voices of Inclusion and Peace: Missing From the Conversation?
The 20th century was the century of overwhelming force. Two World Wars were won and lost on the basis of who had the first machine guns, who had the biggest and strongest tanks, planes, and finally, who was the first to build an atomic bomb. Our invention of new ways to level massive force at our fellow man culminated in the absurd Cold War, with two super powers pointing 45,000 nuclear weapons at each other -- each capable of wiping out the human race, and the planet we have been lucky to have as our home, once and for all. Perhaps our definition of victory needed a little rethinking. We missed some important signals in the last quarter of the century. The Vietnam war was a war fought not on battlefields, not troops against troops to take beaches or bridges, but in villages -- villages filled with women and children. When a teenage girl may be carrying a homemade bomb in her basket, what is your strategy? Level the entire village? Its massive arsenals of sophisticated weaponry...
'Ebola Dog' Excalibur Euthanized Against Owners' Wishes -
'Ebola Dog' Excalibur Euthanized Against Owners' Wishes
Monkeys, bats and a menagerie of animals can spread Ebola. Now there's worry that dogs — or one dog in particular — might spread it, too. Officials in Madrid got a court order to euthanize the pet of a Spanish nursing assistant who has the deadly virus. The mixed-breed dog named Excalibur was killed on Wednesday. No case of Ebola spreading to people from dogs has ever been documented, but "clearly we want to look at all possibilities," said Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Questions and answers about the situation: Q: Can dogs get Ebola? A: At least one major study suggests they can, without showing symptoms. Researchers tested dogs during the 2001-02 Ebola outbreak in Gabon after seeing some of them eating infected dead animals. Of the 337 dogs from various towns and villages, 9 to 25 percent showed antibodies to Ebola, a sign they were infected or exposed to the virus. Q: What's the risk to people? A: No one really knows. Lab...
Embattled Sen. Pat Roberts Has A Good Polling Day -
Embattled Sen. Pat Roberts Has A Good Polling Day
After weeks of polling showing independent Greg Orman leading the Kansas race for U.S. Senate, two surveys released Wednesday show better news for embattled Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kansas). A CNN/ORC poll has the race effectively tied, with Roberts taking 49 percent, to Orman's 48 percent. A Fox News poll finds Roberts ahead, 44 percent to 39 percent. Fox's previous poll in the race, conducted in September before Democrat Chad Taylor's name was ordered removed from the ballot, had Orman leading Roberts by 6 points. The earlier poll asked voters to choose between Orman and Roberts, while the more recent survey also included libertarian Randall Batson and an "other" option, making comparisons somewhat tricky. Democratic support for Orman dropped 10 points in the latest Fox poll, with 12 percent saying they'd support libertarian Randall Batson or another candidate. Independents' support of Orman dropped 23 points, while their support for Roberts rose 12 points, with 9 percent preferring a...
Jerry Brown Can't Be Bothered To Spend Money On His Own Campaign -
Jerry Brown Can't Be Bothered To Spend Money On His Own Campaign
With a 20-point lead over his GOP challenger and $23 million burning a hole in his pocket, California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) is funding and appearing in two ads promoting ballot issues without even mentioning his own re-election -- a move his strategists say may be a first. Brown's two 30-second spots advocating for the passage of Proposition 1 to secure a $7.5 billion water bond, and Proposition 2 to stabilize the rainy day budget, began airing Wednesday. “Prop 1 saves water to protect us during times of drought, and Prop 2 saves money in good times to protect schools and public safety when times are bad,” Brown says in one of the ads, not addressing his run against Republican Neel Kashkari, a former U.S. Treasury Department official who finished second, after Brown, in the state's open primary in June. Dan Newman, a strategist and spokesman for Brown’s campaign, touted the governor's advocacy as a first-time move. “It’s unprecedented, that someone running for re-election is dedicating...
This Illustration Of Ebola Coverage Shows How Problematic Media Reports Can Be -
This Illustration Of Ebola Coverage Shows How Problematic Media Reports Can Be
The first Ebola patient to be diagnosed in the U.S. died Wednesday. Three days earlier, government health officials in Sierra Leone reported 121 Ebola deaths in a single day. But Western media made little mention of the latter. A new illustration from frequent Vanity Fair contributor André Carrilho puts that into perspective. (Story continues below) Until American doctors treating patients with Ebola in West Africa were diagnosed with the disease, the current Ebola outbreak has been largely faceless, mainly about statistics and if and when the virus would spread to American soil. Carrilho told The Huffington Post he created the illustration to show how the media "seems to treat epidemics differently, depending on where they occur, and to whom." "I think unfortunately, in the Western media, there are first-world diseases and third-world diseases, and the attention devoted to the latter depends on the threat they pose to us, not on a universal measure of human suffering," he said. "A...
Sarah Silverman Sends A Powerful Message About The Wage Gap -
Sarah Silverman Sends A Powerful Message About The Wage Gap
Sarah Silverman wants everyone to know the wage gap is not OK, and she's not afraid to get all Sarah Silverman to do it. Teaming up with the National Women's Law Center, a nonprofit fighting for equal pay through advocacy and legislature, to kick off its new campaign, The Equal Payback Project, Silverman takes some decidedly NSFW measures to make sure she earns as much money as her male counterparts. However, the statistics behind the sketch aren't so funny. Because the average woman only makes 78 cents to the man's dollar, in one year, a woman will lose $10,874 to the wage gap. Multiply that by a 40-year career, and one woman will lose $435,049 to the wage gap. Further, with nearly 69 million women in the workplace, the female workforce will lose nearly $30 trillion to the wage gap. And women of color experience an even greater wage gap: In 2013, African-American women working full time, year-round were paid only 64 cents to the white man's dollar, the NWLC notes. Hispanic women,...
Cruelty is Cruelty, Any Way You Slice It -
Cruelty is Cruelty, Any Way You Slice It
While generally not considered newsworthy, chickens have recently been in the spotlight. First, chickens made the news around the world as orthodox Jewish communities practiced the ritual of Kapparot -- a Yom Kippur tradition of swinging a live chicken over "the sinner's" head and then slaughtering it. Chicken brutality in Fresno, California also made headlines, when close to 1,000 chickens were bludgeoned to death by four teenagers who broke into a farm. "What a bad week to be a chicken," you might have thought. Friends, it is always a bad week to be a chicken. It is human nature to reel against heinous and purposeful cruelty. For instance, the story of a Brooklyn man who kicked a cat while being filmed recently went viral, as did the infamous Michael Vick dog fighting scandal. We Americans have little tolerance for deliberate cruelty, so the media attention received by the bludgeoned chickens is not surprising. But the elephant in the room in this story is this: our eating habits...
Why Is the Computer Science Education Act Now the Most Broadly Co-Sponsored Education Bill in the House? -
Why Is the Computer Science Education Act Now the Most Broadly Co-Sponsored Education Bill in the House?
Underpinning what is now known as the Third Industrial Revolution, computers and information technology have influenced the the direction of our nation and redefined social norms and youths' aspirations. Towards the beginning of this transformation, users of information and communications technology (ICT) were self-instructed, frequently tinkering around in their spare time. What previously had been thought of a vocational subject or hobby, decades later, would represent the foundation of commerce, communications and development. With every revolution, new disciplines of study are begotten. Classical literature, languages, mathematics and sciences have been augmented by modern interpretations; in the 19th and 20th century, for example, the study of political economy developed into the formal subject of economics, emerging from the first two Industrial Revolutions. Studies of time and motion, operational efficiencies and new fields of engineering emerged creating a new lexicon for...
How Cities Can Help Fight Climate Change -
How Cities Can Help Fight Climate Change
The new proposals to combat climate change announced today by President Obama will leverage innovative climate strategies which are already at work and which have been proven effective. If successful, these proposals will help deliver powerful nature-based climate solutions from cities to rural communities. One of the most widely appreciated ways to slow climate change is by replanting native forests to absorb carbon dioxide that would otherwise contribute to global warming. U.S. forests capture and store about 13 percent of the nation's carbon emissions each year, so increasing the amount of land covered by trees can make a real dent in atmospheric carbon. To capture this potential, the President's proposals will support initiatives such as the replanting of forests along the lower Mississippi River, replacing trees cut over the past century. As part of this broad effort, The Trust for Public Land has committed to replanting another 3,750 acres, which will naturally capture 1.2...
If You've Bought A Red Bull In The Last Decade, You're Due $10 -
If You've Bought A Red Bull In The Last Decade, You're Due $10
This may come as a shock to you, but the slogan "Red Bull Gives You Wings" is a big, fat lie. Red Bull will not make you sprout feathered appendages, turn you into Usain Bolt or grant you the mental prowess of Stephen Hawking. Shhh, shhh, we know this is hard to hear. But we're going to get through it together. The energy drink company recently agreed to pay consumers more than $13 million to settle a proposed U.S. class-action suit accusing the beverage maker of false advertising. Pending final court approval of the settlement, anyone who purchased at least one can of Red Bull between Jan. 1, 2002, and Oct. 3, 2014, is eligible to receive either $10 cash or $15 worth of Red Bull products. No proof of purchase is required. Back in 2013, Red Bull drinker Benjamin Careathers filed a claim with the U.S. District Court of the Southern District of New York, alleging that the company had misrepresented the energy drink's abilities to boost performance and reaction speed, according to...
Mind-Melting Footage Of Turkey Puts All Other Vacation Videos To Shame -
Mind-Melting Footage Of Turkey Puts All Other Vacation Videos To Shame
If only our friends' vacation videos were this fascinating. Italian filmmaker Leonardo Dalessandri produced this whirlwind of a video, using footage he compiled during a recent 20-day, 2,100-mile journey throughout Turkey. "I've crossed Cappadocia, Pamukkale, Ephesus, Istanbul, Konya; and tasted baklava, kunefe, doner, the turkish tea; and got the chance to meet the soul of Turkey, its people.. and got their smiles and their hospitality," Dalessandri writes in the Vimeo description. "This is Turkey lived by me from north to south, and I hope you enjoy it." Hungry for more? Here's Dalessandri's profile of Morocco. H/T PetaPixel
Right Now, N.Y.C. Has Record Numbers Of Homeless People In Shelters.. And Billionaires -
Right Now, N.Y.C. Has Record Numbers Of Homeless People In Shelters.. And Billionaires
Income inequality is in full swing around the Big Apple. The number of homeless people living in shelters broke a record this week, according to WNYC, with over 56,000 individuals in need of stable housing. While tens of thousands of New Yorkers are simply trying to survive, however, the news source noted that a record number of billionaires are living in the city that never sleeps: According to the Wealth-X and UBS Billionaire Census 2014 released last month, New York City is home to 103 billionaires -- more than any other city in the world. "What a shameful record, that we have a record number of homeless people living in shelters today -- of all times in the city's history -- when there is so much wealth, so much prosperity, when neighborhood after neighborhood is gentrifying," Brian Lehrer, host of "The Brian Lehrer Show," said on WNYC. The widening gap between rich and poor is a growing problem in the U.S. As NPR reported last week, income has fallen flat between 1975 and today...
The ECB Needs a Plan B for Its Monetary Policy -
The ECB Needs a Plan B for Its Monetary Policy
With the introduction of a negative interest rate on excess bank deposits, it has become clear that the ECB is running out of options. The institution's most important financial political tool - the interest channel - has failed in its objective to encourage lending for investment to curb deflation. When a hike in interest rates by the ECB aims to put the brakes on a boom and indirectly dampen rising inflation, the interest channel works fairly efficiently. If, however, during an economic downturn, the ECB tries to encourage investments and growth by lowering interest rates, this is significantly less effective. In a tough recession a monetary policy based on interest channels is barely workable because investments, even with low interest on credits, are not economically viable if the additionally produced goods and services cannot be sold. Without demand there are no sales revenues and thus no profits with which to pay back credit. Even the ex-Chief Economist of the ECB, Jürgen Stark...
HUFFPOST HILL - But Can Ebola Lead? -
Martin O’Malley thinks WiFi is a human right, just like extra rounds of Candy Crush, static-free laundry and Starbucks baristas who spell your name right on coffee cups. The Obama administration announced new airport screening measures, meaning all Ebola-stricken passengers will board in Zone 4. And the deficit shrank, begging the question, why isn’t Obama doing more about ISIS? This is HUFFPOST HILL for Wednesday, October 8th, 2014: OBAMA'S 'YEAR OF ACTION' NOT MUCH OF ONE - It can join the Recovery Summer in the forgotten promises support group. Politico: "President Barack Obama vowed to make 2014 the “Year of Action,” but the reality is that the action is often limited and the full impact won’t be felt for years — if at all. A POLITICO analysis of the more than 60 executive actions announced since January found that not even the president’s vaunted 'pen and phone' can deliver quick or sweeping results. Many of the major initiatives launched as part of the policy and messaging...
The 'Bent Twig' of Arabia: A Note on the Origins of Jihadism -
The 'Bent Twig' of Arabia: A Note on the Origins of Jihadism
The Champs Elysées might be an odd place to consider the rapid metastasis of jihad, but on a recent visit viewing the grandeur of the Arc de Triomphe at one end and the Place de la Concorde visible down the bustling boulevard did bring to mind an abiding lesson. The French, at the height of their power, lorded over much of Europe not only militarily but socially, the "social" in this sense being the very definition of what society's relationships should ideally be -- relations to art and culture, to each other, to conquest and imperialism, to the colonized people's aspirations. The stereotype today of French attitudes of superiority stem from this, mainly Cartesian to Napoleonic era, and Paris is its stone-and-gilt manifestation. What do Descartes and Bonaparte and social arrogance have to do with ISIL or al Qaeda or Wahabbism? Apart from Napoleon's occupation of Egypt, a signal event in the Arab narrative of Western intervention, the lesson springs not from the Middle East but from...
Rick Scott Failed To Disclose More Than $340 Million In Assets, Lawsuit Claims -
Rick Scott Failed To Disclose More Than $340 Million In Assets, Lawsuit Claims
When you're the wealthiest governor in Florida's history, it may be hard to remember just how much cash you have. Gov. Rick Scott (R) may have failed to disclose at least $340 million in personal assets, according to a new lawsuit filed by George Sheldon, the Democratic candidate for Florida attorney general. On his 2014 tax returns, Scott declared his net worth to be around $133 million, but Sheldon says the embattled governor hid hundreds of millions more in “a complex web of investment vehicles which appears to include at least six trusts, numerous partnerships, investment funds and accounts.” Filing suit against Scott, Sheldon is seeking a judge's order to require the governor to "immediately and accurately disclose all assets he owns or controls." But Scott hiding a vast amount of his assets is only part of the problem, the Democratic candidate claims. The GOP governor introduced a state law in 2013 that allowed elected officials to keep their assets in blind trusts -- accounts...
It's Getting Harder To Sort Out How Greg Orman Will Sort Himself -
It's Getting Harder To Sort Out How Greg Orman Will Sort Himself
Now with the resolution of some thorny legal matters concerning whether or not Kansas Democrats were technically allowed to unilaterally withdraw from the state's U.S. Senate race, businessman and self-styled independent candidate Greg Orman could eventually emerge as the favorite in the race against incumbent Sen. Pat Roberts (R). With that come questions. Will he be a Republican or a Democrat? A spoiler or a savior? And is his whole game founded on insincere schtick, or does he have some sort of a plan? Orman is essentially running as an anthropomorphic conundrum that has decided to subordinate himself to the fickle finger of Fate. A cursory glance at the "issues" page of his website reveals that he supports women's reproductive rights, that he would have been a reliable "yes" vote for the Manchin-Toomey bill on gun background checks, and that he supports a constitutional amendment to roll back the damages done by Citizens United. At the same time, his stance on corporate tax reform...
Senate Shaping Up 50-50
When the new Senate convenes next year, the most influential person on Capitol Hill could be Greg Orman, the independent candidate for senator from Kansas, who I predict today will be elected in November. This is the second major Senate call I have made this year. The first, several weeks ago, is that Sen. Kay Hagan (D-N.C.) will be reelected. The Orman advantage is based on two factors, one statewide and one national. The statewide factor that gives Orman the edge is the major backlash against rightist Republican overreach from Kansas voters. The national factor is that Orman embodies independence from a political system so repellent to Americans that unfavorable numbers for Congress continue to rise above 80 percent, according to polling summaries from Real Clear Politics. There are so many razor-thin Senate races that confident predictions of which party holds Senate control are, to paraphrase a line from Jack Nicholson in "Chinatown," wind from a duck's derriere. My best estimate...
ETSU Student Government Votes Against Funding 'Sex Week' Fearing Conservative Backlash -
ETSU Student Government Votes Against Funding 'Sex Week' Fearing Conservative Backlash
The student government at East Tennessee State University voted Tuesday against providing funding for a student group that wanted to organize a "Sex Week" event on campus, with student leaders going so far as to call the proposed events "dangerous" because of potential backlash from conservative lawmakers. With 23 students in favor and one opposing, the ETSU student government overwhelmingly voted against providing the nearly $10,000 in student fee funding requested by the Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance, a pro-abortion rights student group, to cover costs for a Sex Week on campus in February. Student senators told The Huffington Post that they were worried the sex education events for adult students would prove too risqué. "When they started organizing this at ETSU, we were very concerned about it," Brandon Johnson, a junior and student senator at the university, said. "We are all for sexual education -- we made a very proud stance on that, everyone should be informed about it....
This war is killing us. I'm in a state of constant agitation. I can't sleep; I stare at my kids as if they're someone else's. I envy my American friends' bubble of daily life. "How are you feeling about Israel?" How do I explain that I seem to have lost my identity as an individual, that I have become a cog in the wheel of Israeli collective consciousness? (I was born in the U.S., but spent most of my school years, army service, and early adulthood in Israel, raised by Israeli parents.) The Arab-Israeli conflict has been there my whole life, but this latest war has been more destabilizing than any other, disrupting any effort to manufacture the illusion of individuality, the illusion that we are not only subjects of history and nationhood. Iron Dome None of us can speak about the ways we each fall apart every day watching the news. How do you face being accountable for the death of children? In my family we talk about the Iron Dome. Mom: Orna, so good to hear from you (she too sounds...
Paul Krugman: Obama's Record On Fighting Inequality Is Better Than You Think -
Paul Krugman: Obama's Record On Fighting Inequality Is Better Than You Think
Banks may still be too big to fail, wages are still flat, and the income gap is still widening, but economist Paul Krugman nevertheless calls President Barack Obama's handling of the economy and Wall Street "successful." In a nearly 4,400-word essay published in Rolling Stone, the Nobel laureate wrote that, when hindsight sharpens focus, the 44th president will be remembered for wrangling the big banks and reining in income inequality. “I don’t care about the fact that Obama hasn’t lived up to the golden dreams of 2008, and I care even less about his approval rating,” Krugman wrote. “I do care that he has, when all is said and done, achieved a lot.” Here are Krugman's key points: 1. Obamacare has already helped “tens of millions of Americans.” With more than 8 million people enrolled in health-care plans through Obamacare's insurance exchanges, the law is “looking like a major policy success story,” Krugman wrote. “This big improvement in American society is almost surely here to...
20 Million Americans Could Qualify to Waive the ACA Tax Penalty. Are you Exempt? -
20 Million Americans Could Qualify to Waive the ACA Tax Penalty. Are you Exempt?
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is a top buzzword in today's news, but does it really affect you? The law is designed to make sure everyone purchased minimum essential health insurance by March 31, 2014 and imposes a tax penalty for those who were required to purchase health insurance, but did not. If you already have health insurance through an employer, Medicare, Medicaid, or your parents then you probably already met the requirement to have minimum essential health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. Come tax time, most Americans will have to answer a simple yes or no question on their tax return to prove they have health coverage. In some cases, taxpayers may be exempt from purchasing health insurance and a tax penalty. Exemptions from the Affordable Care Act So did you know that an estimated 20 million Americans might qualify to waive the tax penalty when they file their 2014 taxes? Yes, and in fact, there are about 30 reasons you may be exempt from the penalty for not having...
Gay Marriage Licenses Allowed In Kansas County -
Gay Marriage Licenses Allowed In Kansas County
OLATHE, Kan. (AP) — A judge in northeast Kansas has ordered a county to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples following actions earlier this week by the U.S. Supreme Court. Johnson County Chief District Judge Kevin Moriarty issued the order Wednesday. He says it was meant to avoid confusion about the legal climate surrounding gay marriages. The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear appeals from five states seeking to preserve their bans on gay marriage. One of them was Utah, which is in the same federal appeals court circuit as Kansas. The Kansas Constitution has banned gay marriage since 2005.
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