Obama’s political legacy fading fast
Nov19

Obama’s political legacy fading fast

WASHINGTON — The Obama legacy wasn’t supposed to unfold this way. Barack Obama was changing the political map, pushing the Democratic Party into the South and the Mountain West. He was building a new social network that would endure long after an Obama presidency. And he was building a new Democratic coalition for a new age,… Obama’s political legacy fading...

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World reacts to terrorist synagogue slayings in Israel
Nov19

World reacts to terrorist synagogue slayings in Israel

NEW YORK (Press Release) –The American Jewish Committee praised world leaders who have spoken out against Tuesday’s deadly Palestinian terror attack on a Jerusalem synagogue during morning prayers. Four worshipers were killed and at least six others wounded by the two terrorists who struck with guns, axes and knives. “Jerusalem is on edge, thanks to Palestinian incitement from the top of the Palestinian Authority, as well as its unity...

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Tel Aviv Diary: Barbaric Attack in Jerusalem (Guest Voice)
Nov18

Tel Aviv Diary: Barbaric Attack in Jerusalem (Guest Voice)

It seems it has finally happened. The thing we all feared. We appear to have entered into a religious war; a religious war that looks like it was inspired by the brutality of ISIS. This morning, a little before 7:00 AM, two terrorists entered the Kehillat B’nei Torah Synagogue in the religious neighborhood of Har...

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Obama is staying in the driver’s seat
Nov17

Obama is staying in the driver’s seat

Obama is staying in the driver’s seat by Citizen Siegel After soundly defeating Democrats in the recent election, the GOP wants to claim a policy mandate. The problem is that Republicans don’t have many meaningful policy ideas. Sure, there are the perennial favorites of abortion restrictions and tax cuts for the wealthy. Beyond that, what does today’s Republican Party stand for? Answer: Not Obama. Not Obama’s Obamacare. Not...

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ISIS’s spread (Guest Voice)
Nov17

ISIS’s spread (Guest Voice)

The chickens are really coming home to roost. Saudi Arabia, the world’s biggest sponsor of Sunniled militancy and terror groups across the region, will have to fortify itself against the threat of attacks by the brutal Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). In a recently released speech by the ISIS leader, Abu Bakr alBaghdadi has… See great cartoons by all the top political cartoonists at http://cagle.com. To license this...

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The Power Of Emotion: How Feeling Disgust Spurs Your Worst Behavior
Nov16

The Power Of Emotion: How Feeling Disgust Spurs Your Worst Behavior

A new study from Rice University in Houston finds disgust can rule our bad decision-making. “As an emotion, disgust is designed as a protection,” said Vikas Mittal, the J. Hugh Liedtke professor of marketing at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, in a press release. “When people feel disgusted, they tend to remove themselves from...

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ISIS beheads  US aid worker Kassig
Nov16

ISIS beheads US aid worker Kassig

The Islamic State group on Sunday released a video claiming the beheading of US aid worker Peter Kassig in a warning to Washington as it prepares to send more troops to Iraq. The same video showed the gruesome simultaneous beheadings of at least 18 men described as Syrian military personnel, the latest in a series of… graphic via...

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ISIS commanders reign with brutal violence, extortion and hypocrisy: former bodyguard
Nov16

ISIS commanders reign with brutal violence, extortion and hypocrisy: former bodyguard

GAZIANTEP, Turkey – Saddam Jamal held the mother and father at gunpoint and forced them to watch as his jihadist comrade murdered their children, one by one. The ISIS commander felt no remorse for killing this Syrian family, his bodyguard said, nor did he believe he was fulfilling a God-given creed: for him being a...

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Taking Heart after the 2014 Elections (Guest Voice)
Nov16

Taking Heart after the 2014 Elections (Guest Voice)

Taking Heart after the 2014 Elections by Craig Barnes November 12, 2014 When we set the date for this talk we knew that we would be searching for wisdom shortly after the elections. We also foresaw that we would probably be dealing with significant losses for progressives. Since November 4th, probably everyone in this room has been mulling the likely consequences, from the probable ratification of the Trans Pacific Partnership...

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Guns on the Ballot: Voters 1, NRA 0
Nov15

Guns on the Ballot: Voters 1, NRA 0

Guns on the Ballot: Voters 1, NRA 0 By Dick Polman Every once in a while something good happens, something that restores one’s faith in humanity. So put your hands together for the voters of Washington state. In the midst of the Republican midterm tsunami, 59 percent of them made history. They said “yes” to a state ballot measure that requires background checks for virtually all gun buyers. In other words, a lopsided...

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Obama to act on immigration, won’t wait for new GOP Senate
Nov15

Obama to act on immigration, won’t wait for new GOP Senate

WASHINGTON — Rancor over immigration escalated Friday after President Barack Obama, speaking halfway around the world, promised to go through with a controversial executive order that would shield as many as 5 million undocumented immigrants from deportation and to act before a new Republican Senate can take over. Obama repeated that he would issue an executive… See great cartoons by all the top political cartoonists at...

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‘Bill Cosby raped me,’ artist writes in Washington Post editorial wondering why it took people so long to take her seriously
Nov14

‘Bill Cosby raped me,’ artist writes in Washington Post editorial wondering why it took people so long to take her seriously

Ed. note: Graphic details follow in the story below. Abstract artist Barbara Bowman attacked Bill Cosby in a Washington Post column Thursday that renewed her claims that the comedian raped her. In the piece, published online under the headline “Bill Cosby raped me. Why did it take 30 years for people to believe my story?”...

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Dumb and Dumber Weak (sic): Jim Carrey’s rocky road from Scarborough to Hollywood – ‘He was born to do it’
Nov13

Dumb and Dumber Weak (sic): Jim Carrey’s rocky road from Scarborough to Hollywood – ‘He was born to do it’

At about the time Jim Carrey was making his first appearance at the Toronto comedy club Yuk Yuks, he was 16 years old, a Grade 9 dropout and had spent the previous eight months living in a tent with two siblings in Charles Daley Park in Lincoln, Ont. It was 1978, and the family’s fortunes...

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Chinese Pollution Data Censored During Climate Change Summit
Nov12

Chinese Pollution Data Censored During Climate Change Summit

As China and the U.S. agree a landmark deal on global carbon emissions, it has emerged that Chinese authorities have ordered air pollution monitoring websites and apps to remove American data on emissions. The agreement struck by Barack Obama and his counterpart Xi Jingping in Beijing sees China, the world’s biggest emitter of CO2, agreeing...

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BREAKING: We have landed on a Comet
Nov12

BREAKING: We have landed on a Comet

We have landed on a Comet! by Slamfu Another major milestone in the advancement and exploration of space has happened today. On Nov 25th 2014 the human racesuccessfully “softlanded” on a comet. I am a huge fan of space exploration and consit not only the obvious next stage of human endeavor but also absolutely within our reach if we choose to run with it. Comets in particular have the potential for being useful as sources...

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Major announcement: US, China announce groundbreaking pact to reduce greenhouse gas emissions
Nov12

Major announcement: US, China announce groundbreaking pact to reduce greenhouse gas emissions

BEIJING — Creating an opening for a larger international agreement, China and the United States on Wednesday announced new targets for greenhouse gas emissions that are intended to help curb global climate change. As part of the arrangement, announced by the White House, the United States would cut net greenhouse gas emissions 26 to 28 percent… Photo via...

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Prez is NOT mopey! You got that?
Nov11

Prez is NOT mopey! You got that?

“It doesn’t make me mopey. It energizes me, because it means that this democracy’s working.” — President Barack Obama, commenting after the Democrats got their butts kicked at the polls on Nov. 4. ——— Dear White House staff members, Some of you have privately expressed concerns about my mood in the wake of the midterm elections.… See great cartoons by all the top political cartoonists at http://cagle.com. To...

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When the Herd is Wrong
Nov11

When the Herd is Wrong

When the Herd is Wrong By Jason Stanford So, that was fun. One minute we’re promised a half dozen toss up races to determine control of the United States Senate, and the next Democrats are ducking under their desks as Massachusetts and Maryland elected Republican governors. Let the “Very Important Pundits” take turns on cable news assigning blame for the losses. I’m more interested in why the polls didn’t...

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On Immigration, Nobody Is Winning
Nov11

On Immigration, Nobody Is Winning

In early October, with his popularity sagging and his party looking at potentially staggering midterm losses, President Barack Obama appeared at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute’s annual gala in Washington, D.C. His goal that night was twofold. First, he wanted to send a message through the 2,000 or so well-heeled advocates in the room that...

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More ingredients, new look for Pizza Hut
Nov10

More ingredients, new look for Pizza Hut

You’ve heard of craft beer. Now comes craft pizza from Pizza Hut. The chain says it is rolling out the biggest change the pizza category has ever seen, with an expanded menu and opportunities for customers to come up with their own creations. Pizza Hut, which is owned by Louisville, Ky.-based Yum Brands Inc. and...

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