US could send advisers into combat against Islamic State: Dempsey
Sep16

US could send advisers into combat against Islamic State: Dempsey

The US military’s top officer on Tuesday raised the possibility that American troops serving as advisers to Iraqi forces could eventually be sent on combat missions against Islamic State extremists. “To be clear, if we reach the point where I believe our advisers should accompany Iraqi troops on attacks against specific ISIL (IS group) targets,...

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Realism About ISIS
Sep16

Realism About ISIS

Kevin Drum suggests that poll data may show surprising realism among respondents about the threat posed by ISIS on Mother Jones. Hawkish Republicans have been running around for the past month insisting that ISIS terrorists are a direct threat to the United States, and therefore we have to fight them in Iraq so they don’t come over here and start killing helpless women and small children en masse.   But apparently hardly...

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Heavily-backed Koch candidate is losing more and more
Sep16

Heavily-backed Koch candidate is losing more and more

Heavily-backed Koch candidate is losing more and more: We’re talking about Sam Brownback, Kansas governor who appears to be losing to his Democratic challenger, Paul Davis. Conservative dominance in a state long known for moderation (and, before that, populism, socialism and violent abolitionism) has in many ways been the work of Davis’ opponent. Brownback, the son of eastern Kansas pig farmers, got his start in politics as...

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Kent State scolds Urban Outfitters’ red-splattered sweatshirt
Sep16

Kent State scolds Urban Outfitters’ red-splattered sweatshirt

Kent State University and many on the Internet criticized Urban Outfitters Inc. on Monday for selling a sweatshirt with its college logo and what appears to be splattered blood, saying it evoked memories of the 1970 shooting where four students died. “This item is beyond poor taste and trivializes a loss of life that still hurts… Kent State scolds Urban Outfitters’ red-splattered...

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Clinton’s bubble separates her from voters
Sep15

Clinton’s bubble separates her from voters

INDIANOLA, Iowa — Hillary Clinton is trapped in a bubble. She’s been guarded by the Secret Service since 1993. She hasn’t driven a car since 1996. When she shakes hands with voters — as she did Sunday in Iowa — she’s often separated from them by metal barriers. In some ways, Clinton is a prisoner...

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Can Congress be responsible?
Sep15

Can Congress be responsible?

WASHINGTON — There was a moment in the last quarter-century when the Congress of the United States made the nation proud. It did so across all its usual lines of division: Republican and Democratic, conservative and liberal, hawk and dove. In early January 1991, the Senate and the House staged searching and often eloquent debates over the first President Bush’s decision to wage a war to end Saddam Hussein’s...

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Germany Bans Islamic State After Hundreds Of Residents Enlist
Sep15

Germany Bans Islamic State After Hundreds Of Residents Enlist

Germany on Friday banned the extremist militant group Islamic State, formerly known as ISIS, as the country faces the challenge of stopping hundreds of Germans from joining the group. The move is just one step away from declaring the group a terrorist organization. The ban will come into effect from 10:00 a.m. GMT (6:00 am...

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Net Neutrality comments due Monday {!important}
Sep14

Net Neutrality comments due Monday {!important}

You may have noticed a spinning-wheel-of-death atop your browser last week while visiting Etsy, Kickstarter, Netflix, Reddit, Tumbler or any number of sites around the Internet. The web site owners were raising awareness of something known as network neutrality (which should really be called network discrimination). Comments on an FCC proposal to regulate how website and email traffic moves around the Internet within the United States...

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Cameron: ‘The Murder Of David Haines Is An Act Of Pure Evil’
Sep14

Cameron: ‘The Murder Of David Haines Is An Act Of Pure Evil’

U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron condemned Saturday the apparent beheading of British aid worker David Haines by the Islamic State, formerly known as ISIS. The militant group released a video it claimed showed the execution of the 44-year-old father of two. “The murder of David Haines is an act of pure evil. My heart goes...

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Islamic State video purports to show killing of British aid worker David Haines
Sep13

Islamic State video purports to show killing of British aid worker David Haines

BEIRUT – Video has been posted online purporting to show the beheading by the Islamic State group of British aid worker David Haines, who went missing in Syria last year. The video emerged hours after the family of Haines issued a public plea on Saturday urging his captors to contact them. Islamic State militants have beheaded… Islamic State video purports to show killing of British aid worker David...

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This Week In Pantsuit Politics: Ireland’s Mary Robinson Has World’s Most Impressive Resume
Sep13

This Week In Pantsuit Politics: Ireland’s Mary Robinson Has World’s Most Impressive Resume

One need only look at the Oval Office to see that when it comes to politics, we’ve got a bit of a gender discrepancy. In this weekly roundup, Ravishly.com focuses on powerful political women in the news who are helping to break the proverbial glass ceiling of policy-making around the world. Politicos, move aside. We bring you . . . politicas. For more on female politicians to watch, click here. Mary Robinson Ready to feel like a...

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Clueless Pundits Cluck About Domestic Violence
Sep13

Clueless Pundits Cluck About Domestic Violence

Clueless Pundits Cluck About Domestic Violence By Dick Polman If there’s any institution arguably more noxious than the National Football League, it has to be Fox News. Where else can you see clueless blowhards laugh it up about wife-beating? In case you’ve been living under a rock, that’s the video – released Monday by TMZ – where entitled pigskin jock Ray Rice cold-cocks his lady and drags her limp body...

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The ISIL Debate:  There Are Virtually No Winners
Sep12

The ISIL Debate: There Are Virtually No Winners

The ongoing national debate on what to do, or not to do, about the ISIL threat — or whether it is even a threat — is probably the most intense and divergent debate since the one we had about the Iraq War and its legacy. There are those who do not believe ISIL poses a threat at all to Americans or America — and/or “is not our problem” — and, therefore, we should do nothing. There are those who agree with the...

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Obama’s Coalition Of the Unwilling To Actually Do Anything
Sep12

Obama’s Coalition Of the Unwilling To Actually Do Anything

The more I think about President’s Obama speech last night the more upset I become.  Secretary of State John Kerry was in Saudi Arabia today and the most they offered was moral support.  The same applies to Germany and Great Britain and the attitude of Turkey is especially disturbing.  The reality is the United States is probably less threatened  than any of the the countries in the Middle East and Europe.   They continue to...

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ISIS and the Nazis
Sep12

ISIS and the Nazis

Whither the Islamic State? That’s a real double-edged question: where is the group otherwise known as ISIS headed, and can the United States and other civilized nations make it shrivel up and die? The group is and has taken off like a bat out of hell, gobbling up territory and becoming a virtual murder machine. President Barack Obama’s speech on his plan to try to eliminate the ISIS threat could not have come soon enough...

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What justice? US attorneys go after conservative author
Sep12

What justice? US attorneys go after conservative author

Federal prosecutors are seeking a 10- to 16-month prison sentence for conservative author and filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza, who has pled guilty to violating campaign finance law. D’Souza, 53, admitted in May to illegally reimbursing two “straw donors” who donated $10,000 each to the unsuccessful 2012 U.S. Senate campaign in New York of Wendy Long, a Republican he had known since attending Dartmouth College in the...

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The new politics of foreign policy
Sep11

The new politics of foreign policy

The new politics of foreign policy (Changes throughout to reflect President Obama’s speech on the Islamic State) By E.J. DIONNE JR. WASHINGTON — Over the last decade, Americans’ views on foreign policy have swung sharply from support for intervention to a profound mistrust of any military engagement overseas. Over the same period, political debates on foreign affairs have been bitter and polarized, defined by the...

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13 Years On, Our Choice Is Between America and Fear
Sep11

13 Years On, Our Choice Is Between America and Fear

The politics of our nation since 9/11 have been the politics of fear. Because of fear that one of us is a terrorist, we’ve allowed our intelligence services to listen into our private conversations; because of fear of terrorists from abroad, we have killed innocent people in foreign nations (supposedly to protect ourselves here); because of fear that our planes will get blown up, we let government agents put their hands on our...

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A Nation Addicted To War & Other Big Takeaways From Obama’s ISIS Address
Sep11

A Nation Addicted To War & Other Big Takeaways From Obama’s ISIS Address

President Obama has been fairly sparing in his prerogative of pre-empting prime-time television to address the nation over the last five and a half years, but last night’s address was a doozy. Here are the big takeaways: (1.) Hard to believe, but Barack Obama may be best remembered not as the president who rescued the economy and then provided millions of Americans access to decent health care, but as starting a war against the...

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9-11 Elegy
Sep11

9-11 Elegy

Just this: may all souls be comforted in ways that matter to each soul. May the days be eased by beauty and remembering better times. May the Autumn light be beautiful to look at. May we be sad with those who are sad. May we be glad with those who find a bit of gladness. May we not relive, but remember the goodness of the good souls. And especially may we be healed by invisible hands and by visible hearts more and more as time goes...

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