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The Koch Brothers Want To Creep You Out 25.7.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON -- A conservative advocacy group terrified young children and millennials on the National Mall with a hospital of horrors and knife-throwers Wednesday evening, an effort to scare them away from Obamacare. Under a tent in the sweltering heat, the event featured games, junk food, a haunted hospital and a playlist that blared slightly dated songs such as Ke$ha's "Die Young." The catch was that all of the games were intentionally rigged against young people -- a metaphor for how Obamacare, some say, will disproportionately push costs onto younger generations. The carnival was organized by Generation Opportunity, an advocacy organization that targets young conservatives and libertarians and is funded by the Koch brothers. According to spokeswoman Corie Stephens, the group has made health care a signature issue; last fall, it launched a campaign to persuade young people to opt out of health care, sending ambassadors to tailgating parties on college campuses. There they set up beer pong tables and ...
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White House Website Includes Unique Non-Cookie Tracker, Conflicts With Privacy Policy 24.7.2014 Commondreams.org Views
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Deep in the Tell-Tale Heart of the Texas GOP 24.7.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Imagine the official presentation of a worldview concocted by conspiracy theorists and an assortment of cranks and grumpy people. Conjure a document written by scribes possessed of poison pens soaked in the inkpots of Ayn Rand and the Brothers Grimm, caught in the grip of a dark dystopian fantasy of dragons and specters, in which everyone's wrong but thee and me and we're not sure of thee. No, this is not some "Game of Thrones" spinoff. Ladies and gentlemen, we give you the official 2014 platform of the Republican Party of Texas, 40 pages of unrestrained, right-wing bluster against you name it -- women, minorities, immigrants, Muslims, gays, Obamacare, the Internal Revenue Service, red light cameras, the EPA, the World Bank, vaccinations -- well, you get the picture. In the spirit of the Alamo, this is a work straight out of the 19th century with no option for surrender. Pick a page, any page, and you'll find yourself pitched through the rabbit hole into an alternate reality. Homosexuality? "... Chosen ...
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Deep in the Tell-Tale Heart of the Texas GOP 23.7.2014 Truthout - All Articles
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Latest Obamacare Legal Knot Won't Be Easy To Untangle 23.7.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
By David Ingram NEW YORK, July 22 (Reuters) - U.S. judges have their work cut out for them untangling a legal knot created on Tuesday when two federal appeals courts released conflicting rulings hours apart going to the heart of the role the federal government will play in Obamacare. The latest conservative challenge to President Barack Obama's healthcare overhaul will not necessarily land in the U.S. Supreme Court, although it could end up there as soon as this year if the two lower courts go on disagreeing. At stake is how millions of Americans pay for private health insurance, or if they can afford it at all. The 2010 Affordable Care Act authorized tax credits to subsidize private health insurance. Seeking to upend the law as it was going into effect, businesses and individuals filed lawsuits asking that the subsidies be declared unlawful except in states that established their own online insurance marketplaces. Analysts estimate that as many as five million people could be affected if ...
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White House To Tweak Birth Control Coverage Rule For Nonprofits 23.7.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration is developing a new accommodation for religious nonprofit organizations that want to opt out of covering contraception in their health plans without having to fill out a form, according to a brief the Department of Justice filed on Tuesday in the U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals. The move follows the Supreme Court's recent decision granting a temporary injunction to Wheaton College, an evangelical Protestant school in Illinois that is suing the administration over the contraception coverage rule. The Affordable Care Act requires all for-profit employers to cover contraception in their health plans at no cost to their employees, but contains a special accommodation for religiously affiliated nonprofits, such as schools and hospitals. In order to opt out of paying for birth control, Wheaton College has to fill out a form claiming a religious exemption and directing a third-party insurer to pay for and administer the contraception coverage. But Wheaton claims that ...
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This Pit Bull Carried Her Injured Chihuahua 'Soul Mate' To Safety, Now They Need A Loving Home 22.7.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
About a week ago, Joanie the pit bull was discovered carrying an injured little friend -- Chachi the Chihuahua -- inside her mouth, around a Savannah, Georgia, neighborhood. Animal control officers found Joanie putting Chachi down from time to time, to lick the Chihuahua's badly infected eye. Chachi "appreciated the attention," according the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department's Facebook post on the pair. "It's not every day we get to see such devotion between two special dogs like this," Animal Control Officer Christina Sutherin is quoted as saying. "They are both such sweet animals. But the relationship they share just sets them apart." Shelter veterinarians had to remove Chachi's bum eye, and so Joanie has been living separately from her companion while he convalesces -- though Sutherin tells HuffPost that the two still "get together-time daily." "Staff is amazed at the dedication and love these two have for one another," says Sutherin. Post by Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police ...
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Federals Appeals Court Delivers Serious Setback To Obama Health Care Law 22.7.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court has delivered a serious setback to President Barack Obama's health care law, potentially derailing subsidies for many low- and middle-income people who have bought policies. If upheld, the decision could mean premium increases for more than half of the 8 million Americans who purchased taxpayer-subsidized insurance under the law. It affects consumers who purchased their coverage through the federal insurance marketplace — or exchange— that serves 36 states. A three-judge panel in Washington ruled 2-1 that the law, as written, only allows insurance subsidies in states that have set up their own exchanges. That invalidated an Internal Revenue Service regulation that allowed subsidies in all 50 states. "We reach this conclusion, frankly, with reluctance," Judge Thomas Griffith said Tuesday. "At least until states that wish to can set up exchanges, our ruling will likely have significant consequences both for the millions of individuals receiving tax credits through ...
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HUFFPOLLSTER: Americans' Negative Opinions Of Russia Worsened Dramatically This Year 22.7.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Negative views of Russia are on the rise among Americans. A new poll finds polarized views of Hillary Clinton's tenure as Secretary of State. And Americans have some fascinating ideas on how to fix Congress. This is HuffPollster for Monday, July 21, 2014. AMERICA'S VIEWS OF RUSSIA FELL SIGNIFICANTLY IN 2014 - Paul Steinhauser: "Most Americans say Russia is directly or indirectly responsible for the downing of a Malaysia Airlines jetliner over eastern Ukraine, and unfavorable opinions of Russia have surged, according to a new national poll. A CNN/ORC International survey conducted Friday through Sunday also indicates that nearly nine in 10 say that Moscow and pro-Russian rebels that control the area where Flight 17 crashed last week will try to cover something up in any international investigation. But only one in 10 say the United States should take military action if there is clear evidence that Russia is responsible for the shooting down of the plane, which killed all 298 passengers and crew….According ...
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New Mexico Prisoner Faces 90 Days In Solitary Over Facebook Page 16.7.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
A New Mexico prisoner is looking at 90 days in solitary confinement for a Facebook page -- but civil liberties groups are stepping in to oppose what they call an "extraordinarily disproportionate" punishment. Eric Aldaz is serving a sentence at the Northeast New Mexico Detention Facility for offenses including aggravated assault on a peace officer, fleeing the police and possessing a firearm. Recently, however, a Facebook page dedicated to him aroused the disgust of a mother who said he killed her son in a separate incident when he was a juvenile. A New Mexico Corrections Department rule prohibits "third parties" -- in this case, it appears, Aldaz's family -- from providing indirect Internet access to inmates. Prison disciplinary proceedings began on March 11. According to disciplinary records released to the Electronic Frontier Foundation, an online-rights group, Aldaz was then recorded asking a relative in a phone call "to post a new picture of him or an old picture of him and to put on there about ...
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HUFFPOLLSTER: On Impeachment And Cupcakes 15.7.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Gallup finds changing partisan views of the Supreme Court but an unchanged overall rating. About two-third of Republicans say they want to impeach President Obama. And nearly as many in the GOP say they won't pay more than 2 dollars for a cupcake. This is HuffPollster for Monday, July 14, 2014. AMERICANS STILL SPLIT ON SUPREME COURT - Rebecca Rifkin: "Americans remain divided in their assessments of the U.S. Supreme Court, with 47% approving of the job it is doing, and 46% disapproving. These ratings are consistent with approval last September, when 46% approved and 45% disapproved, and rank among the lowest approval ratings for the court in Gallup's 14-year trend….Republican approval of the Supreme Court is up 21 percentage points since last September, from 30% in 2013 to 51%. Independents' approval shows little change, going from 47% to 46%. Support among Democrats, on the other hand, is down. In September, Democrats were the most approving group, at 58%, while in the current survey their approval is ...
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Two-Thirds Of Republicans Think Impeaching Obama Would Be Jusitified 14.7.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Sarah Palin raised eyebrows last week when she called on Congress to impeach President Barack Obama , but a new HuffPost/YouGov poll shows that the former Alaska governor is not alone. A third of Americans, and two-thirds of Republicans, think Obama should be impeached. Among all Americans, those saying Congress would not be justified in beginning impeachment proceedings against Obama outnumber those who think it would be justified, 44 percent to 35 percent, while 21 percent said they weren't sure. The question drew a huge partisan divide. Sixty-eight percent of Republicans said beginning the impeachment process would be justified, while only 8 percent of Democrats said the same. Independents were divided, 37 percent to 37 percent, while 26 percent said they weren't sure. Impeachment was described in the poll as "the first step in the constitutional process for removing a president from office, in which possible crimes are investigated and charges are made." A HuffPost/YouGov poll experiment conducted ...
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First Spectacular Supermoon Of 2014 Will Peak This Saturday 12.7.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Not one, and not two, but we've got a summer full of three "supermoons" ahead of us -- and the first one is set to peak this Saturday at 7:25 a.m. EDT. These supermoons -- July 12, Aug. 10 and Sept. 9 -- will appear even bigger and brighter than the average full moon. What makes these moons so spectacular? A supermoon, also known as a "perigee moon," occurs when a moon turns full around the same time it reaches "perigee," the closest point to Earth along its elliptical orbit. While this may sound like a rare event, Geoff Chester of the U.S. Naval Observatory told NASA Science News that it’s actually relatively common. Just check out the video above. “Generally speaking, full moons occur near perigee every 13 months and 18 days, so it’s not all that unusual,” he said. “In fact, just last year there were three perigee Moons in a row, but only one was widely reported.” On Saturday, the moon will be 222,611 miles away from Earth -- that's 30,000 miles closer than at its farthest distance in 2014. The moon ...
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Hill Staffers Are Anonymously Editing Wikipedia Pages On The Horse Head Mask, 'Step Up 3D' 11.7.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON -- A new Twitter account is keeping track of all the Capitol Hill staffers -- or members -- who are anonymously making changes to Wikipedia pages. Whether it's a change to the page on a congressman or that of a new movie, the @congressedits bot is letting people know of the edits. Since the account started on July 8, there have been anonymous edits from the Hill to the Wikipedia pages of the horse head mask , Rep. Robert Hurt (R-Va.) and even the movie " Step Up 3D ." Someone also changed the page of Heritage Foundation Senior Fellow Brian Darling , noting that the conservative scholar was involved in breeding rare long-haired cats in his younger years. But ultimately, the project isn't about poking fun at some of these sillier edits, according to its founder, Ed Summers, who has been an active member of the Wikipedia community for years. In a post explaining the new Twitter account, he explained that he was inspired by a similar account that monitors the British parliament. The @congressedits ...
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This Duck Of Justice Is The Coolest Duck Of Justice 9.7.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Police here believe they have quacked the code for finding followers on social media. The 80-officer Bangor Police Department, which serves a city of about 33,000, has attracted more than 20,000 likes on its Facebook page after humorous pictures of a stuffed duck were added. The duck, dubbed "Duck of Justice" or "DOJ," appears in pictures of police cars, department members and K-9 cops, often accompanied with some pithy text about law enforcement. "I happen to believe that police officers are a pretty humorous bunch," said the man behind the duck, Sgt. Tim Cotton, a 17-year veteran Bangor officer with a fondness for the humor of George Carlin and Jim Gaffigan. "I want to read something that at least has some humorous undertones — I wouldn't connect to a page that I didn't want to read." Bangor is just one of many police departments nationwide discovering that using comedy on social media can help them interact with the public. One department, in 10,000-resident Brimfield Township, ...
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Not Many People Got Past Page 26 Of Piketty's Book 7.7.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
No one is actually reading the "most important book of the twenty-first century." Thomas Piketty's "Capital in the Twenty-First Century," a 700-page economic tome on the dangers of rising income inequality, is the summer's most unread book, according to a totally non-scientific analysis conducted by a mathematics professor and published by the Wall Street Journal. Professor Jordan Ellenberg looked at the five most popular book passages in a number of current best-sellers, according to data from Amazon Kindle readers. He determined the average page number readers highlighted and divided that by the total number of pages in the book. A high number, according to Ellenberg, means that readers are reading until the end. Donna Tartt's Pulitzer Prize-winning blockbuster, The Goldfinch, for example, earned a score of 98.5 percent on the index. Piketty's book scored a dismal 2.4 percent. The latest of the five most popular highlights in Piketty's book is located on page 26, according to the Ellenberg. When ...
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Senate Democrats Attempt To Steer Attention Away From Obamacare 6.7.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan has her Republican opponent right where she wants him geographically — and, therefore, politically. Thom Tillis is stuck at the state capitol trying to resolve a budget quarrel as speaker of the North Carolina House. It's a spot that helps Hagan emphasize Tillis' role leading a Republican-controlled state government that Democrats contend has gone overboard with conservative zeal by restricting access to abortion and the voting booth while cutting corporate taxes and slashing spending on schools. If Tillis is worried by Hagan's portrayal, he doesn't show it. Drinking coffee this past week from a hand-grenade-shaped mug in his no-frills legislative office, he's got his own message in his campaign to take Hagan's Senate seat. "Obamacare," he said, "continues to be a big problem." Similar themes are playing out in other crucial Senate races, as voters have four months to decide which party will control the chamber in the final two years of Barack ...
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Want a walkable community? Start with the main drag 2.7.2014 High Country News Most Recent
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This Puppy Was Rescued From A Dog Meat Festival -- But Found The Best New Home 2.7.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Just a few weeks ago, Scout the fluffy pup was saved from being killed and eaten when he was bought from a vendor at an annual dog meat festival held in the Chinese city of Yulin. He spent last weekend at a Humane Society gala in Washington, D.C., accompanying his new mom, Leslie Barcus, who sits on the board of the animal welfare group. At the time, he hadn't even yet been named, but his job was abundantly clear. “I would really like to make sure he’s an ambassador to the community,” Barcus told the website Animal Issues Reporter . “We could use his help for educational purposes about the plight of street dogs and of dogs used as food -- for human consumption -- across Asia and other parts of the world.” Here's what the South China Morning Post says about the part of the world Scout comes from : Traditionally, people in Yulin celebrate the summer solstice by eating dog meat and lychees washed down by strong liquor. Each June in recent years, more than 10,000 dogs were slaughtered for the festival as ...
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Another one bites the dust: The Russell Page Garden at the Frick to be "monetized." 30.6.2014 TreeHugger
Gardens are more than just real estate with plants. They can be works of art worthy of protection and preservation.
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