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Nine Historical Polling Results That Might Surprise You 17.4.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
As a snapshot of public attitudes at a particular moment in time, polls can bring history to life - and sometimes shake current perceptions of what people believed in the past. From the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research archive, results from the early days of public opinion research that may surprise you: Draft Rosie the Riveter - then fire her In March, 1944, Gallup asked a war-weary country whether they preferred the army to "draft 300,000 single women aged 21-35 for the WACs for non-fighting jobs" or "the same number of married men with families for the same work." Americans overwhelming said they would rather draft single women (76%) than fathers (16%). Women were employed in ever-more important roles in both non-combat military jobs and wartime industry, so the idea of women filling these positions was not new or shocking. Men, moreover, were still seen as the primary family breadwinners and heads of household and therefore essential at home. The centrality of men's earnings was clear when ...
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Leaders Push Medicare Bill Toward Final Congressional Approval 15.4.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON (AP) — Legislation permanently overhauling how Medicare pays physicians won approval Tuesday from an atypically united Congress as lawmakers banded together to erase an irritant that has dogged them for years. Adding urgency to legislators' work, the measure headed off a 21 percent cut in doctors' Medicare fees that would have hit home Wednesday, when the government planned to begin processing physicians' claims reflecting that reduction. The bill also provides billions of extra dollars for health care programs for children and low-income families, including additional money for community health centers. Working into the evening, the Senate approved the measure 92-8 less than three weeks after the House passed it by a lopsided 392-37. With Republicans controlling the Senate since January, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has been eager to demonstrate his party's ability to conduct Congress' business efficiently. Conservatives were unhappy that two-thirds of the bill's $214 billion, ...
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Good Riddance To One Of Congress' Dumbest Rituals: The 'Doc Fix' 15.4.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON -- It’s been called “ dumb ,” “ bad policy ” and “ common-sense-defying ." And that’s by the people in charge of it. It’s also called the “doc fix,” and it’s finally letting out its death rattle. At long last, Congress on Tuesday killed off a policy with no defenders that has served as an excuse for crisis-motivated legislating for years. Over the past decade and change, the term “doc fix” became shorthand for a nearly annual process by which Congress, facing a big, unintended cut to how much Medicare pays physicians, would scramble to find some way to stop it, as doctors issued loud, mostly empty threats to stop treating Medicare patients. This happened 17 times between 2003 and 2014. Seventeen times. Rather than actually addressing the policy requiring these cuts and coming up with a new way to pay doctors that actually worked as intended, Congress continually dug itself into a deeper hole, making a permanent doc fix costlier. It’s like putting off repairing that leaky faucet in the bathroom ...
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Hillary Clinton's 404 Error Page Is Perfection 13.4.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
If the idea of a punning president makes you uncomfortable, then we've got some bad news for you. Hillary Clinton stands a pretty good chance of becoming president, and her new website shows she's not afraid to bring the puns. Check out the site's 404 page , which appears when you try to navigate to a page that doesn't exist: If that doesn't quack you up, we don't know what will. Sorry. Maybe Clinton, who formally announced her candidacy on Sunday, could give the White House's lame old 404 page a makeover if she's ...
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Uninsured Rate Gets Lower And Lower, Thanks To Obamacare 13.4.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON-- The Affordable Care Act was designed to slash the percentage of Americans who lack health insurance, and it's working. The uninsured rate fell to 11.9 percent during the first quarter of this year, 1 percentage point below the rate at the close of 2014, according to the findings of a Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index poll published Monday . The decline coincides with the start of benefits for new Obamacare enrollees at the beginning of 2015. The latest uninsured figure from the Gallup survey is the lowest since the polling firm began tracking the number in 2008, and contributes to a remarkable decline of 5.2 percentage points in the share of people without health coverage since the end of 2013, just before the first wave of Obamacare health insurance enrollees joined the ranks of the insured. African-Americans, Hispanics and people with low incomes saw the greatest gains in insurance coverage , Gallup found. Some of the increase in the proportion of Americans with health coverage likely is ...
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What is the source of mysterious methane emissions at Four Corners? 8.4.2015 Environmental News Network
A team of scientific investigators is now in the Four Corners region of the U.S. Southwest, aiming to uncover reasons for a mysterious methane hotspot detected from space by a European satellite. The joint project is working to solve the mystery from the air, on the ground, and with mobile laboratories. “If we can verify the methane emissions found by the satellite, and identify the various sources, then decision makers will have critical information for any actions they are considering,” says Gabrielle Pétron, a scientist from the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder, working in NOAA’s Earth System Research Laboratory (ESRL) and one of the mission’s investigators. Part of President Obama’s recent Climate Action Plan calls for reductions in U.S. methane emissions. NOAA is the National Oceanic and Atmospheric ...
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HUFFPOLLSTER: Can Rand Paul Win The GOP Nomination? 8.4.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Pollsters consider the prospects for Rand Paul's candidacy. A plurality of Americans say current drug sentencing laws are too harsh. And Americans are more independent than ever, but not really. This is HuffPollster for Wednesday, April 8, 2015. RAND PAUL ENTERS RACE WITH HIGH FAMILIARITY AND FAVORABILITY - Andrew Dugan: "As U.S. Sen. Rand Paul officially began his quest for the Republican presidential nomination Tuesday, nearly seven in 10 Republicans (68%) are familiar with the freshman senator from Kentucky. Paul also enjoys a positive image within the party: A majority of Republicans have a favorable opinion of Paul (51%) while 17% view him unfavorably, for a net favorable score of +34...[I]f some of Paul's signature political views stand in contrast to prevailing Republican ideology, it is not evident in his familiarity rating and net favorable score. Among four current and potential GOP candidates Gallup measured, only Jeb Bush, a politician whose candidacy in many ways symbolizes the very ...
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Rand Paul's Campaign Website Misspelled 'Education' 7.4.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Sen. Rand Paul's (R-Ky.) newly launched presidential campaign website, RandPaul.com , featured an unfortunate typo on its "education" issue page. The spelling was corrected quickly Tuesday afternoon, as Paul was delivering his official presidential campaign announcement in Louisville, Kentucky. "I believe that education is the great equalizer, but too often our one-size-fits-all system leaves most kids behind. The Federal Government should not dictate what happens in our local classrooms. I believe we must abolish Common Core and give control back to the states, localities and parents," Paul says on the issue page. In a video on the page, Paul, a small-government advocate, adds that he also wants to abolish the Department of Education . -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a ...
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After East Village Fire, Internet Helps Single Mom Of 3 Who Lost Everything 3.4.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Strangers near and far are helping one New York City mom find stable housing for her family in the wake of devastation. Although Diane McLean's family survived a fire that leveled three buildings in Manhattan's East Village neighborhood last week, her home of 36 years was destroyed. McLean -- a single mother of three -- " lost everything " but her loved ones. " We’ll never go back to our home ," McLean, a psychiatrist who helps underprivileged children at a South Bronx hospital, told Yahoo. She noted she and her three children "walked out of our apartment building that morning, headed to school and to work with our backpacks, and that’s all that we have left." Fortunately, the Internet has come to their rescue. A GoFundMe page created the day after the fire has garnered more than $86,000 as of Thursday afternoon for McLean to help rebuild her life and find affordable housing for her family. As she noted on the page, McLean hadn't purchased rental insurance because she'd been focused on providing for her ...
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Public Funds, Private Education: What the Polls Say 1.4.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Government aid to private schools, vouchers, private educational contractors -- the lines between public and private in the world of education are ever-shifting. Policies that push these boundaries are often challenged in both the legal system and the court of public opinion. A look back at how Americans have seen the relationship between the public schools and private education, from the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research archives: Federal dollars, private schools The earliest questions on the use of public funding for private education asked if federal education aid should be extended to private and parochial schools. In 1938, a Gallup poll found 55% of the country thought federal aid should be given only to public schools, while 36% thought it should also go to parochial schools such as Catholic, Lutheran and Quaker. By the sixties, the country was more evenly split. A 1962 Gallup poll found 43% of the country believed that federal aid to schools should go only to public schools, while 49% ...
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France: Hatred a la Mode 29.3.2015 Truthout - All Articles
Éric Zemmour's Le Suicide français was the second-best-selling book in France last year, and the most argued over. In the book, Zemmour adopts a prosecutorial tone, and one thing becomes very clear the deeper one gets into his book: He does not give a damn about his Muslim fellow citizens. He has contempt for them - and wants his readers to share his view. (Image: French and European Publications Inc.)Le Suicide français By Éric Zemmour, Paris: Albin Michel, 534 pages, 23 euros (paper)   1. For three days the sirens never stopped in Paris. They began on the morning of Jan. 7 right after two French Muslim terrorists infiltrated the offices of Charlie Hebdo in the Marais and killed 12 people. A police dragnet spread out as the killers veered through the city before they escaped in the direction of Rennes. The next morning a young policewoman was shot dead on a street near a Jewish school just outside the freeway ringing the city and again the police spread out. On Jan. 9 television stations reported that ...
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Idaho Rep. Paul Shepherd's Campaign Site Becomes Resource Page For LGBT Youth 26.3.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Idaho Rep. Paul Shepherd (R-Riggins) got a big surprise this week when a college student reportedly purchased his former website and turned it into a resource page for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth. Shepherd's former site, paulshepherdusa.com , is now emblazoned with a portrait of the congressman set against a rainbow flag. The site was subsequently posted to Reddit with a call for suggestions. "His staff forgot to renew the domain this week, so we've done that for him and due to his recent attempts to discriminate against the LGBT community we're countering it with this site," the new owner, identified by Vice as Dylan Hailey , a 21-year-old college junior, writes on the site. "Yes, we do need to take a stand, against bigots who discriminate against people they disagree with or don't like, just like what Paul Shepherd is doing to the LGBT community." Shepherd has backed a non-binding resolution urging Congress to impeach federal judges who violate the Constitution, and has argued ...
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The Lawsuit That Could Take Down Obamacare Has A Paper-Trail Problem 25.3.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON -- Walking down the steps outside the Supreme Court earlier this month, following a two-hour oral argument over President Barack Obama's health care law, Kathleen Sebelius, the former secretary of health and human services, projected an aura of confidence. As someone critically involved in putting together the Affordable Care Act, she had more insight than most into the debate at hand: whether subsidies authorized under the bill to help purchase insurance were meant to be universal. In that day's argument, the plaintiffs had insisted they were not -- and not just under the letter of the law, but by design. According to the plaintiffs' reasoning, the administration wanted states to establish their own exchanges, so it dangled a major financial incentive in front of them to do so. This, Sebelius said in so many words, was nonsense. "I met up with governors starting on day one and we talked about it," she told a quickly gathering press corps. "I don’t think there ever was a hint that if governors ...
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HUFFPOLLSTER: Americans Grow More Positive About The Environment 25.3.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
With the greater focus on climate change, Americans have grown more positive about the overall quality of the environment and less concerned about threats like air and water pollution. Another theory emerges for Israel's polling miss. And polls in the 2014 midterms were about as accurate as usual. This is HuffPollster for Wednesday, March 25, 2015. AMERICANS GAIN MORE POSITIVE VIEW OF THE ENVIRONMENT Rebecca Riffkin: "Half of Americans rate the overall quality of the environment as 'excellent' or 'good,' the most positive views of the environment since Gallup began asking this question in 2001. The uptick in positive evaluations of the environment is offset by a decline in those rating the environment as 'only fair.' Forty percent of Americans rate the environment as only fair, down from 44% in 2014 and the lowest percentage found since 2001. At the same time, the 9% rating the quality of the environment as 'poor' is similar to what Gallup has found over the past six years. Americans' ratings of the ...
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Airports in the rural West are getting squeezed 24.3.2015 Writers on the Range
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Number Of Uninsured Fell By More Than 11 Million Since Passage Of Obamacare, CDC Reports 24.3.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of uninsured U.S. residents fell by more than 11 million since President Barack Obama signed the health care overhaul five years ago, according to a pair of reports Tuesday from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Although that still would leave about 37 million people uninsured, it's the lowest level measured in more than 15 years. The most dramatic change took place in comparing 2013 with the first nine months of 2014. As the health care law's major coverage expansion was taking effect, the number of uninsured people fell by 7.6 million over that time. That's "much bigger than can possibly be explained by the economy," said Larry Levitt of the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation. "The vast majority has to be due to the Affordable Care Act." Monday was the law's fifth anniversary, and supporters and detractors again clashed over its impact. Obama says the law in many ways is "working even better than anticipated." House Speaker John Boehner says it ...
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Obama To Young Scientists: 'Keep Asking Why' 24.3.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
A new spinal implant, an automated page turner and a more efficient way to make energy from algae. Those are among the projects that young scientists shared with President Barack Obama at the White House Science Fair on Monday. "I want to thank you for inspiring me," Obama said in remarks at the science fair. "Keep exploring. Keep dreaming. Keep asking why. Don’t settle for what you already know. Never stop believing in the power of your ideas, your imagination, your hard work to change the world. " The president gave special notice to a group of 6-year-old Girl Scouts from Tulsa, Oklahoma, the youngest scientists of the day, who built a page-turning device out of Legos to help individuals who are paralyzed or have arthritis. He said the "Supergirls" stressed to him that the device is just a prototype. About 20 young scientists were honored on Monday, including Sophia Sánchez-Maes of Las Cruces, New Mexico, a high school senior who has studied algae as a potential fuel source, and Harry Paul of Port ...
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Lying to Children About the California Missions and the Indians 23.3.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
  By Deborah A. Miranda All my life, I have heard only one story about California Indians: godless, dirty, stupid, primitive, ugly, passive, drunken, immoral, lazy, weak-willed people who might make good workers if properly trained and motivated. What kind of story is that to grow up with? The story of the missionization of California. In 1769, after missionizing much of Mexico, the Spaniards began to move up the west coast of North America in order to establish claims to rich resources and before other European nations could get a foothold. Together, the Franciscan priests and Spanish soldiers "built" a series of 21 missions along what is now coastal California. (California's Indigenous peoples, numbering more than 1 million at the time, did most of the actual labor.) These missions, some rehabilitated from melting adobe, others in near-original state, are now one of the state's biggest tourist attractions; in the little town of Carmel, Mission San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo is the biggest attraction. ...
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A Look At The 10 U.S. Metro Areas With The Highest LGBT Populations 21.3.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
The West Coast has a significantly higher number of cities with burgeoning lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) populations, a new Gallup Poll has revealed . The San Francisco metro area came in on top of the new survey, with 6.2 percent of its population identifying as LGBT, followed by Portland, Oregon and Austin, Texas at 5.4 and 5.3 percent, respectively. Also making an appearance in the top 10 are Seattle (4.8 percent) and Los Angeles (4.6 percent). Collectively, the list includes metro areas from every region of the U.S. with the exception of the Midwest. Also noticeably absent from the list was New York, although 4 percent of its population does identify as LGBT. As Time pointed out, the Gallup analysis is based on a survey of 374,325 adults , and was conducted between June 2012 and December 2014. Read more about the Gallup poll here , or check out the top 10 cities with the highest LGBT populations in the slideshow ...
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Saskatchewan budget: Will oil and potash put province back in black? 20.3.2015 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
The Saskatchewan Party government pulled out all the stops this week to report an ostensibly  balanced budget , quite possibly the last one before next spring's provincial election. Revenue assumptions The drop in oil prices is a huge fiscal blow to Saskatchewan, and one of the ways the government projects continued balanced budgets is by assuming a rebound in oil prices. Perhaps more significantly, it assumes no corresponding rebound in the Canada-U.S. exchange rate this coming fiscal ...
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