Death Toll Nears 3,900 in Nepal Earthquake
Apr27

Death Toll Nears 3,900 in Nepal Earthquake

Death Toll Nears 3,900 The death toll from the magnitude-7.8 earthquake that ravaged Nepal on Saturday has risen to nearly 3,900 people, CNN reported Monday morning. The number is expected to rise throughout the day as rescuers reach more remote villages where the extent of the destruction is unknown. Meanwhile, a magnitude-5.1 earthquake was reported Monday morning on the...

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Is democracy unraveling?
Apr27

Is democracy unraveling?

WASHINGTON — The world’s democracies, perhaps especially our own, face a peculiar set of contradictions that are undermining faith in public endeavor and unraveling old loyalties. There is a decline of trust in traditional political parties but also a rise in partisanship. A broad desire for governments to reduce the levels of economic insecurity and expand opportunity is constrained by a loss of confidence in the capacity...

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George W. Bush Trashes President Obama on ISIS and Iran
Apr27

George W. Bush Trashes President Obama on ISIS and Iran

Oh, the irony.  Former president George W. Bush trashed President Obama on Iran and ISIS during a meeting with the Republican Jewish Coalition on Saturday. He opined that Obama had America in retreat mode on the world stage and that he was too soft on Iran and ISIS. Um, remember “Mission Accomplished?” More from Bloomberg: According to the attendee’s transcription, Bush noted that Iran has a new president, Hassan...

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More than 2,200 Dead in Nepal Earthquake: Massive Aftershock Rocks Nepal
Apr26

More than 2,200 Dead in Nepal Earthquake: Massive Aftershock Rocks Nepal

Massive Aftershock Rocks Nepal As rescue efforts continued more than a day after a massive 7.8-magnitude earthquake hit Nepal, the death toll crossed 2,200 and was expected to rise, according to reports. Meanwhile, another aftershock hit the region Sunday afternoon, triggering panic in the devastated region, and fresh avalanches on Mount Everest. Sunday afternoon’s 6.7-magnitude aftershock — the most...

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Sweet Cakes Fined $135K for Refusing to Bake Lesbian Couple’s Wedding Cake
Apr26

Sweet Cakes Fined $135K for Refusing to Bake Lesbian Couple’s Wedding Cake

An Oregon judge ruled that a lesbian couple turned away by baker who refused to make their wedding cake on religious grounds, should receive $135,000 for their emotional suffering, the Oregonian reports. The administrative law judge Alan McCullough for the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries said Rachel Bowman-Cryer and her wife, Laurel Bowman-Cryer, should collect $75,000 and $60,000 respectively from the owners of Sweet Cakes by...

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Huckbee Claims Gay Marriage Leads To “Criminalization Of Christianity”
Apr25

Huckbee Claims Gay Marriage Leads To “Criminalization Of Christianity”

Mike Huckabee is calling legalization of same-sex marriage a move towards the “criminalization of Christianity.” “I think it’s fair to say that Christian convictions are under attack as never before,” Huckabee said Thursday, according to audio of the call obtained by Right Wing Watch, a project of the progressive advocacy group People for the American Way. “Not just in our lifetime, but ever before in the history of this great...

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Bruce Jenner to ABC News: “I’m a Woman”
Apr25

Bruce Jenner to ABC News: “I’m a Woman”

It’s one for the book: and a history making interview that’ll be played for many years to come: in an exclusive interview with ABC’s Diane Sawyer on ABC’s “20/20,” legendary athlete Bruce Jenner announced: “I am a woman.” Bruce Jenner was once hailed as the greatest athlete in the world and later became a reality television star with one of the world’s most famous families. Now, the...

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The Age of Adaline (Movie Review)
Apr24

The Age of Adaline (Movie Review)

3.5/5 Adaline Bowman, played by the gorgeous and talented Blake Lively, seems to be the Platonically ideal woman — intelligent, boundlessly versed, and possessed a kind of Golden Age joie de vivre that gleams through even the most anodized of self-imposed defenses. Her face, let alone the rest of her body, appears to have never been so much as stalked by the specter of senescence. One afternoon, the library at which she works invites...

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Citizen-Journalist Fined for Telling the Truth
Apr24

Citizen-Journalist Fined for Telling the Truth

Vera Scroggins of Susquehanna County, Pa., was found to be in contempt of court, Thursday, and fined $1,000. Her offense? She tells the truth. Truth is something that apparently has bypassed the court of Judge Kenneth W. Seamans, who retired at the end of 2014, but came out of retirement to handle this case. The case began in October 2013. Scroggins, a retired real estate agent and nurse’s aide, was in Common Pleas Court to explain...

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Questions On Clinton Foundation Contributions And Speaking Fees May Bring About Further Fall In Polls
Apr24

Questions On Clinton Foundation Contributions And Speaking Fees May Bring About Further Fall In Polls

Recent coverage of the Clinton scandals will hopefully put an end to the conservative myth of a liberal media which will lie and twist the news to promote Democratic candidates at the expense of Republicans. Much of the “liberal” media is demonstrating that they are just as likely to cover evidence of unethical behavior among political leaders regardless of party. The New York Times looked at how Cash Flowed to Clinton...

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Book Review: ‘The Sympathizer’ By Viet Thanh Nguyen
Apr24

Book Review: ‘The Sympathizer’ By Viet Thanh Nguyen

The analogy is imperfect, but will suffice: The Sympathizer, the remarkable debut novel by Viet Thanh Nguyen, is a terrific bookend to Fire In the Lake, the Frances FitzGerald classic. While one book is fiction and the other nonfiction, both tell the story of the Vietnam War, its aftermath and legacy from a Vietnamese point of view. And both, in their genre different but similarly powerful ways, are reminders to believers of the...

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Strikes against morality
Apr24

Strikes against morality

WASHINGTON — Drone strikes, by their nature, are bound to kill innocent civilians. It is all too easy to ignore this ugly fact — and the dubious morality of the whole enterprise — until the unfortunate victims happen to be Westerners. Only then does “collateral damage” become big news and an occasion for public sorrow. President Obama acknowledged Thursday that a January strike in Pakistan against a...

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Democrats should like their odds of retaking the Senate
Apr23

Democrats should like their odds of retaking the Senate

Democrats should like their odds of retaking the Senate by Richard Barry Doug Sosnik at Politico seems to be saying three related but distinct things in an article about who will hold a majority in the U.S. Senate after the 2016 election. The first is that whichever party wins the presidency is likely to take the Senate; the second is that since the odds seem to favour Hillary Clinton winning it all, the Democrats will likely regain...

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Obama Takes Responsibility for Mission That Killed Hostages, American in al-Qaeda
Apr23

Obama Takes Responsibility for Mission That Killed Hostages, American in al-Qaeda

The White House said Thursday two hostages held by Al-Qaeda were killed during a January counterterrorism operation in the border region of Afghanistan and Pakistan. The hostages were Warren Weinstein, an American who had been held since 2011, and Giovanni Lo Porto, an Italian who had been held since 2012. Both were killed during an...

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The Gingrich-Adams lesson
Apr23

The Gingrich-Adams lesson

WASHINGTON — Let us now praise Newt Gingrich. Yes, Newt Gingrich. There he was, the scourge of Big Government, on the op-ed page of The New York Times Wednesday calling for a doubling of the National Institutes of Health budget. “It’s irresponsible and shortsighted, not prudent, to let financing for basic research dwindle,” he wrote, noting that government investments in preventing and curing disease could save...

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Talking Three Stooges and more: An interview with the creator of Columbia Shorts Department website
Apr23

Talking Three Stooges and more: An interview with the creator of Columbia Shorts Department website

Talking Three Stooges and more: An interview with the creator of Columbia Shorts Department website by Doug Gibson When it comes to history on the 25 or so years that the Columbia comedy shorts were a staple in movie theaters, there was the book, “The Columbia Comedy Shorts,” by Ted Okuda and Ed Watz, that has been like a bible for us genre fans. However, one individual has taken it a step further into the digital age....

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Burwell V. King Consequences
Apr23

Burwell V. King Consequences

Josh Marshall weighs potential political consequences of the Burwell V. King Supreme Court ruling on Talking Points Memo. There are many Democrats who believe that, in political terms, the joke will be on Republicans if the Supreme Court adopts the preposterous claim of the plaintiffs who say that Obamacare subsidies in states without state exchanges violate the law. This is because millions of middle- and lower middle-class people...

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Selfies with Killed Animals Show the Real Animal
Apr22

Selfies with Killed Animals Show the Real Animal

Welcome to a new chapter in our history, when we must now ask, “What is going on with these people who seem to get such a thrill out of posting selfies of themselves grinning alongside animals they have killed?” Just in the last week, two utterly sickening examples have exposed how humans can be the most rationally inhumane species of all. The first got widespread attention due to an angry and dismayed Tweet from comedian...

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8.3 Quake, Tsunami Possible in Southern California
Apr22

8.3 Quake, Tsunami Possible in Southern California

8.3 Quake, Tsunami Possible in Southern California by Miriam Rafferty SAN DIEGO, Ca (SDONA) –Scientists studying the Ventura fault north of Los Angeles have concluded the fault line is more dangerous than previously thought. Now, seismologists have concluded the Ventura fault could produce a quake measuring 8.0 on the Richter scale – along with a tsuami capable of inundating coastal areas of Southern California, affecting...

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Rabbis and Pope Together Confront Dark Era in History
Apr22

Rabbis and Pope Together Confront Dark Era in History

Perhaps for the first time in centuries, Christians are on the run. Ethnic and religious groups face persecution to various degrees at all times, but the Christian experience in the Arab Middle East has been especially stark. With the fall of Saddam Hussein and further amplification of extremist Islam, Christians have run across the region...

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