In Kansas, it’s Sen. Pat Roberts’ race to lose and he might
Oct28

In Kansas, it’s Sen. Pat Roberts’ race to lose and he might

TOPEKA, Kan. — For more than three decades, Pat Roberts had an easy time winning elections to Congress from Kansas, always winning in landslides. Now the Republican senator is in very real danger of losing and he may have only himself to blame. First, after years avoiding potentially damaging fights within the Kansas GOP, he...

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Who’s the least worst for governor? (Guest Voice)
Oct28

Who’s the least worst for governor? (Guest Voice)

Rick Scott. Charlie Crist. Nineteen million souls in the state of Florida, and this is the best we can do? You could toss a mullet net over any park bench between Key West and Pensacola and drag in two people who’d be more inspiring. Watching Scott’s cringe-worthy performance in the TV debates made it all the… Carl Hiaasen: Who’s the least worst for...

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ISIS death threats and child beheadings force ‘Vicar of Baghdad’ forced to flee Iraq
Oct27

ISIS death threats and child beheadings force ‘Vicar of Baghdad’ forced to flee Iraq

The “Vicar of Baghdad” has quit Iraq after death threats and the beheading of children attached to his church by Islamic terrorists. Canon Andrew White, vicar of Baghdad’s St. Georges, Iraq’s only Anglican church, said the only answer to the terrorism and killing by the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) was American “boots...

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Liberal or Conservative? How Your Brain Reacts to Disgusting Images Reveals Your Political Affiliation
Oct27

Liberal or Conservative? How Your Brain Reacts to Disgusting Images Reveals Your Political Affiliation

Conservatives and liberals really are wired differently. Scientists can accurately predict whether a subject is left-wing tree-hugger or a right-wing gun-toter based on how their brains respond to certain images, a new study in Current Biology has found. P. Read Montague, a scientist at Virginia Tech, said his experiment was inspired by data that shows...

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Don’t Let Them Silence You: Vote, Dammit. (Guest Voice)
Oct27

Don’t Let Them Silence You: Vote, Dammit. (Guest Voice)

Don’t Let Them Silence You: Vote, Dammit. by Bill Moyers and Michael Winship Our country’s oldest and longest struggle has been to enlarge democracy by making it possible for more and more people to be treated equally at the polls. The right to participate in choosing our representatives – to vote — is the very right that inflamed the American colonies and marched us toward revolution and independence. So it’s unbelievable and frankly...

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Humoring the headlines (Guest Voice)
Oct26

Humoring the headlines (Guest Voice)

Humoring the headlines By Laurie Baron SAN DIEGO? As the world spins out of control, these new reality shows are being readied for broadcast. * Survivor: Three contestants will be parachuted into areas ISIS occupies. One will be wearing a cross and an American flag lapel pin; the second will be wearing a Jewish star and an Israeli lapel pin; and, the third will be dressed in a Peshmerga uniform. The contestant who can evade being...

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Washington State Teen Shooter’s Family Living In ‘Nightmare’
Oct26

Washington State Teen Shooter’s Family Living In ‘Nightmare’

(Reuters) – Relatives of a Washington state teen accused of a high school shooting rampage said on Saturday that they were living in a “nightmare” and struggling to understand why the boy targeted his two cousins and several friends before killing himself. One girl was killed and four other freshman students were severely wounded in...

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The Politics of Efficiency
Oct25

The Politics of Efficiency

The Politics of Efficacy by Slamfu There seem to be a lot of names out there for everyone’s political position. Democrat, Republican, liberal, conservative, libertarian and oh so many more. It would seem these days that most people lump me into the Liberal category, some even name me a Democrat. It’s true that I have views that tend to line up with those groups more often than not, and maybe that’s all it takes. But when people go out...

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Washington high school shooter was seen as a rising star among tribal members
Oct25

Washington high school shooter was seen as a rising star among tribal members

MARYSVILLE, Wash.—Three months before Friday’s shooting, Jaylen Fryberg celebrated his birthday by posing with a hunting rifle that he called “the best present ever.” He posted an online message that said “i just love my parents!!!” An adored child from a prominent Tulalip Tribes family, Fryberg loved life with his girlfriend, classmates, teammates and hobbies. A… Shooter was seen as a rising star among...

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Too soon to know if Republicans will take control of the Senate
Oct24

Too soon to know if Republicans will take control of the Senate

by John Zogby The pundits seem to be on board with the prediction that the Republicans will take control of the Senate this election. GOP candidates hold commanding leads in two states where the incumbent U.S. Senator is a Democrat (Montana and West Virginia). Up until last week South Dakota made it three on that list,… graphic via...

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Police: 2 dead, 4 wounded in high school shooting north of Seattle
Oct24

Police: 2 dead, 4 wounded in high school shooting north of Seattle

SEATTLE — Two students are dead after one of them opened fire Friday morning in the Marysville-Pilchuck High School cafeteria before turning the gun on himself, according to law enforcement sources. Police said four other people were wounded in the 10:45 a.m. shooting. Austin Joyner, a student at the school, said on Twitter that he...

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Canada PM Vows Crackdown After Capital Shocked by Fatal Attacks
Oct23

Canada PM Vows Crackdown After Capital Shocked by Fatal Attacks

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper vowed to redouble the country’s fight against “terrorist organizations” abroad after a reported convert to Islam rampaged through parliament, shocking the usually tranquil capital city. Shortly after a gunman shot dead a soldier at the National War Memorial in central Ottawa on Wednesday morning, a man armed with a shotgun...

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Extremist-Inspired Attack Raises Canada’s Terror Threat Level
Oct22

Extremist-Inspired Attack Raises Canada’s Terror Threat Level

Canada raised its terrorist attack threat level from “low” to “medium” on Tuesday. The change came a day after a Quebec man, who had previously attempted to leave Canada for Turkey, carried out a fatal hit-and-run attack on two Canadian military men. Suspect Martin Couture-Rouleau was one of 90 Canadians being monitored by the Royal...

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Why are Americans So Czar-Struck? (Guest Voice)
Oct22

Why are Americans So Czar-Struck? (Guest Voice)

Why are Americans So Czar-Struck? By Dick Polman Let’s take a break from our Ebola freakout and debate something a bit more benign – like word usage. For instance, why do we keep using czar? Last Friday, seemingly within seconds of Ron Klain’s ascent to the new post of Ebola response coordinator, the press headlines were dubbing him the “Ebola Czar.” Which I suppose was to be expected, given the fact...

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Former Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee dies
Oct21

Former Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee dies

WASHINGTON – Ben Bradlee, the hard-charging editor who guided The Washington Post through its Pulitzer Prize-winning coverage of the Watergate scandal and invigorated its newsroom for more than two decades, died Tuesday. He was 93. Mr. Bradlee died at his home of natural causes, the Post reported. As managing editor first and later as executive editor,… Former Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee...

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Fun With Electoral College Math
Oct21

Fun With Electoral College Math

Fun with Electoral College Math by Fig So I think the Electoral College is a bad system for a number of reasons, but I want to focus on one major reason in this article. For starters, it really seems to give the wrong impression about how divided this nation is, and how Presidents score a “mandate” because of electoral college numbers that look like a landslide when the popular vote is anything but, essentially it can totally...

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As Boardwalk Empire comes to an end, it still hasn’t figured out its main character
Oct20

As Boardwalk Empire comes to an end, it still hasn’t figured out its main character

They decapitated Deadwood and they’ve foreshortened Boardwalk Empire. HBO seems to have it in for ambitious drama series with recent historical settings. The death of Deadwood was a cultural crime. That new look at the old West had a rhythm and flavour all its own; it belonged in the same bracket of achievement as The...

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After U.S. airdrop, Turkey agrees to let Iraqi Kurds cross to fight at Kobani
Oct20

After U.S. airdrop, Turkey agrees to let Iraqi Kurds cross to fight at Kobani

ISTANBUL — In a dramatic policy shift, Turkey agreed Monday to allow fighters from Iraq’s Kurdish autonomous region to cross its territory to help save the Syrian Kurdish enclave of Kobani from Islamist radicals, the Turkish foreign minister said. “We are helping peshmerga forces to cross into Kobani,” Mevlut Cavusoglu told reporters in Ankara. He spoke… graphic via...

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Catholic Church Won’t Be More Welcoming To Gays
Oct19

Catholic Church Won’t Be More Welcoming To Gays

Roman Catholic bishops abandoned their planned welcome of homosexuals into the church Saturday, expressing disagreement at the close of a two-week meeting Pope Francis, 77, called to establish a better approach to ministering to church members, the Associated Press reported. The bishops were unable to agree on an effective way to signify acceptance of gays by… Catholic Church Won’t Be More Welcoming To...

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Will Palestinians join ISIS caliphate?
Oct19

Will Palestinians join ISIS caliphate?

Will Palestinians join ISIS caliphate? By Lloyd Levy EILAT, Israel –While soaking up the sun in Eilat ( 100F. this week), my body was idle but my mind was still ticking over. I had a Damascene revelation, on this ancient road from Cairo to Damascus. The symbolism of Eilat’s location occurred to me. It is at the head of a small bay, with four countries bordering each other along a stretch of coast probably no more than ten miles long....

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