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A Taxonomy of Landscape 18.8.2014 Current Issue
Interstate and backroad photography with a Barry Lopez essay.
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HUFPOLLSTER: Introducing Pollster's New Homepage 14.8.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Pollster has a new home page. The Fox News poll finds support for the air strikes in Iraq. And we have a handy way to summarize the latest "SHOCK POLL" from the Drudge Report. This is HuffPollster for Wednesday, August 13, 2014. HUFFPOLLSTER'S NEW DASHBOARD AND HOME PAGE IS LIVE - The site formerly known as Pollster.com joined the Huffington Post a little over four years ago. Over the years, we have upgraded much of what we do, including the statistical models and interactive graphics that render the charts. Today, we've launched a new easier-to-search dashboard and home page for our charts and all things Pollster . It puts the charts front and center, with a search box that lets you find any of the 1,128 poll charts our historical archive, plus buttons that let you browse through categories including the 2014 races for Senate and governor. The new page also includes a listing of HuffPost Pollster's stories, and the listing of the most recent polls entered into our database (linked to source documents ...
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It's Kitten Season, And These 127 Totally Cool Cats Need Homes 13.8.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
The 2,845 cats that have wound up at the Austin Animal Center in Texas since May 1 are incredibly lucky. "We have either found fosters, rescue groups or adopted out all of these cats and kittens," AAC representative Kasey Spain says. But summer isn't usually so good for homeless cats. Sure, " kitten season ," the months in late spring through early fall when cats are giving birth, sounds adorable -- like, really, really adorable -- but it means shelters and rescue groups are flooded with felines. And a lot of them won't make it out alive. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals estimates that 41 percent of cats that enter the shelter system are euthanized . To try to bring that number down, cat adoption specials are being offered all across the country. For example, the Washington Humane Society, in the nation's capital, has lowered feline adoption fees to $5 for Saturday , and PAWS Chicago -- Chi-town's largest no-kill shelter -- is running a summer-long kitten challenge to get ...
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Student Loan and Mortgage Loan Debt: A Public Health Crisis? 12.8.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Recent research about student loans and mortgages raises the question of whether having too much debt can make you sick. A recent Gallup survey of more than 11,000 college graduates finds that graduates with a substantial amount (i.e., more than $50,000) of student loan debt are worse off emotionally and physically than other college graduates. These survey results are particularly troubling because the results suggest that it is the debt itself - not the burden of repaying the debt - that seems to make people sick. The Gallup survey sample included people who graduated from college over a 25-year period. The results indicate that even graduates who had long ago repaid their debts have lingering negative health effects from those debts. Good Debt, Bad Debt, Ugly Debt Of course, not all consumer debt is bad. Because of the potential for high future rewards, student loans - like mortgages - typically are viewed as "good" debts because they help the borrower obtain valuable assets. College graduates ...
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Judge Rules Ten Commandments Monument Must Go 9.8.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
BLOOMFIELD, N.M. (AP) — A federal judge on Thursday ruled that a New Mexico city must remove a monument inscribed with the Ten Commandments from the lawn in front of Bloomfield City Hall. Senior U.S. District Judge James A. Parker said in his ruling in a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union that the monument amounts to government speech and has the "principal effect of endorsing religion." Because of the context and history surrounding the granite monument, Parker said Bloomfield clearly violated the First Amendment's Establishment Clause. He gave a Sept. 10 deadline for its removal. The suit was filed in 2012 on behalf of two Bloomfield residents who practice the Wiccan religion. Peter Simonson, ACLU of New Mexico executive director, called the decision a victory for protection against government-supported religion. "We firmly support the right of individuals, religious groups, and community associations to publicly display religious monuments, but the government should not be in the ...
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This Veteran Has Returned More Than 100 Lost Or Stolen Purple Heart Medals To Families 9.8.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
DENVER (AP) — His labor of love began with an effort to find the owner of a Purple Heart that was given to him as a gift. Since then, Zachariah Fike (FYKE), a captain in the Vermont National Guard, has returned more than 100 Purple Heart medals, sometimes lost, sometimes stolen, to relatives of the original recipients. Most of those recipients were awarded the medal after being killed in combat. "It's my mission. It's my ministry if you will," Fike said this week at a Denver national convention of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, an organization of veterans wounded in combat. "I can't keep up." Fike, who created Purple Hearts Reunited in 2012, has accumulated another 300 Purple Heart medals to deliver to families. The service members' medals and other property often are lost in estate sales, found in basements and attics, or sometimes in pawn shops, antique stores or thrift stores if they are stolen. The medals keep coming at a rate of three to five per week. Fike, 33, of Georgia, Vermont, is a ...
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Supermoon On August 10 Will Be Biggest Of 2014 8.8.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Head over to the U.S. Naval Observatory's website to check local times for the supermoon in your area . How spectacular will this supermoon be? In comparison to other full moons, supermoons can be up to 14 percent closer and 30 percent brighter, according to NASA. In addition, the August 2014 supermoon will become full during the same hour that the moon comes closest to the Earth (lunar perigee), meaning it will outshine other full moons that have fallen on the same day as the lunar perigee. Send us your supermoon photos this weekend! You can tweet your photos with hashtag #HuffPostSupermoon. Or, you can submit them directly to our "Supermoon 2014" slideshow, which will be featured in our supermoon live blog on the evening of Sunday, Aug. 10. We'll be collecting user photos from all over, and yours may be featured! The August supermoon may also pair nicely with the Perseid meteor shower , which should be visible this weekend when Earth passes through the debris zone left by Comet Swift–Tuttle . The ...
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Renowned Jazz Musician Plans Album In Honor Of Daughter Killed At Sandy Hook 8.8.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — After his 6-year-old daughter was killed in the Newtown school shooting, Jimmy Greene found a homemade book on her desk titled "Ana's flower book for Dad." The booked was filled with page after page of beautifully drawn flowers in different colors and shapes. "It's a brutal reminder of what I lost," Greene said. "There's very few people I think in life who love you unconditionally. She was one of them. We lost her." While the world knows how Ana Grace Marquez-Greene died, Greene wants the public to know how his daughter lived. Greene, an internationally renowned jazz saxophonist, composer and bandleader, is preparing an album called "Beautiful Life," inspired by and dedicated to his daughter, which he hopes to release before the end of the year. He likely will play a few songs from it on Sunday at the Litchfield Jazz Festival in Goshen. "She had qualities in her that were very well beyond her years," Greene said. "She would sort of sense when somebody needed a word of ...
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The Blacklist Pages 7.8.2014 Truthout - All Articles
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The Blacklist Pages 7.8.2014 Truthout.com
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In States Where It's Wanted, Obamacare Is Working Well 5.8.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Obamacare is already making a big difference in the states that actually embraced it. States that expanded Medicaid and created their own health insurance exchanges, or worked closely with the federal government to cover more people, have shown the largest drops in their uninsured rates this year, according to a new poll released by Gallup and Healthways on Tuesday. Leading the pack was Arkansas, where the uninsured rate has fallen by 10.1 percentage points so far this year, and Kentucky, where it has fallen 8.5 percentage points. Multiple surveys and studies conducted since the first Affordable Care Act sign-up period officially ended on March 31 suggest President Barack Obama's signature health care reform law is succeeding in one of its chief aims: extending coverage to Americans who lacked health insurance. The Gallup poll underscores the crucial role played by states, which varied in their approach to Obamacare from fully cooperating with its implementation to actively obstructing it . States have ...
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Towering Cobra Rock Formation, Prized By Climbers, Topples In Southern Utah 5.8.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A towering red sandstone formation prized by rock climbers has fallen in southern Utah. It was known as The Cobra, carved by wind and rain into a snaking ascent with a flat top. Officials don't know when the rock fell on public lands near Moab, Bureau of Land Management spokeswoman Megan Crandall said. "It's sad and it's unfortunate," she said, recounting that officials have kept in mind that "those same forces that made it eventually would contribute to its demise," she told the Associated Press. They believe the structure tumbled in a series of storms last week. No one reported seeing the collapse and no injuries were reported. The formation was open to climbers and hikers until it broke from its narrow base. One of many nearby hoodoos, or sandstone pillars, it was considered safe and not in immediate danger of toppling. "It wasn't like it was teetering or tottering or anything like that," Crandall said. Moab-based climber Lisa Hathaway has scaled the formation several times, she ...
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Congress Could Easily Fix A Huge Obamacare Problem. It Won't 5.8.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON -- A handful of simple words in a piece of legislation could prevent more than 4 million people losing their health insurance, but Congress isn't going to write them. At issue are several lawsuits against Obamacare moving through the legal system that may go all the way to the Supreme Court . Among other things, the suits contend the precise phrasing of the Affordable Care Act means that low- and moderate-income health insurance consumers in most states can't receive subsidies to make coverage more affordable . Lawmakers could end that threat any time by changing the law's wording to make it clear subsidies are available nationwide. But in today's take-no-prisoners Congress, Republicans won't let it happen and Democrats won't even try. "The political point has been very clearly made by Democrats: Let's fix it," said Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.), who was chairman of the the House Energy and Commerce Committee, one of five panels that wrote the law in 2009 and 2010, and is now its ranking ...
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Barney Frank 'Appalled' By Obama Administration: 'They Just Lied To People' 2.8.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama made a major political mistake by lying about the details of his health care plan, according to former House Financial Services Committee Chairman Barney Frank (D-Mass.). "The rollout was so bad, and I was appalled -- I don't understand how the president could have sat there and not been checking on that on a weekly basis," Frank told HuffPost during a July interview. "But frankly, he should never have said as much as he did, that if you like your current health care plan, you can keep it. That wasn't true. And you shouldn't lie to people. And they just lied to people." Obama has taken significant flak in conservative circles for claiming that his health care overhaul would allow all existing health care plans to continue, when, in fact, new consumer protection standards would require some people to sign up for more comprehensive insurance. The law provides government subsidies to help people of modest means pay for the more robust plans. Frank is a strong supporter ...
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Justice Department Seeks Appeal In Case That Struck Down Crucial Part Of Obamacare 1.8.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department asked a full federal appeals court Friday to take up a case that has endangered subsidies helping millions of low- and middle-income people to afford their health care premiums under Obamacare. Last week, a divided three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit said financial aid can be provided only in states that have set up their own insurance markets, or exchanges. Two judges nominated by Republican presidents formed the majority over a dissent from a Democratic appointee. In an appeals court filing Friday, the Justice Department said that if last week's ruling is ultimately sustained, the decision will impose a severe hardship on millions of people who are receiving tax credits through federally facilitated exchanges. The Justice Department said the disruption threatened by the panel majority's "erroneous interpretation" presents a question of exceptional importance warranting consideration by the full court. A majority ...
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Obamacare Subsidy Case Could Be Reviewed By Supreme Court 1.8.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
July 31 (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court has been asked to review a case about whether the federal government can subsidize health insurance for millions of Americans, a party involved in the lawsuit said on Thursday. The petition requests the U.S. high court decide the issue after two lower U.S. court rulings created uncertainties last week regarding the legitimacy of subsidies for individuals enrolled on federally run exchanges under the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare. The Competitive Enterprise Institute, which is coordinating and funding the cases, filed the petition, according to the not-for-profit's website. (http://bit.ly/1tA8r5x) The twin appeals court rulings, handed down by three-judge panels in Washington, D.C., and Richmond, Virginia, fell in line with partisan disagreements over healthcare reform. Two judges appointed by Republican presidents decided against the administration in the District of Columbia and three judges appointed by Democrats ruled in favor in ...
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Appeals Court Rejects Tax Challenge To Obamacare 30.7.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON (AP) — In the latest effort to sidetrack Obamacare, a federal appeals court on Tuesday rejected a challenge by a conservative group that said Congress imposed new taxes unconstitutionally when it created the Affordable Care Act. The Pacific Legal Foundation and a small-business owner, Matt Sissel, argued that the Affordable Care Act is a bill for raising revenue and that it violated the Origination Clause of the Constitution because it began in the Senate, not the House. The Constitution requires that legislation to raise revenue must start in the House. In a 3-0 ruling, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit says that rather than being a revenue-raising device, it is beyond dispute that the paramount aim of Obamacare is to increase the number of Americans covered by health insurance and decrease the cost of health care. "The Supreme Court has held from the early days of this nation that revenue bills are those that levy taxes in the strict sense of the word, and are ...
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House Democrats Blast Anti-Obamacare Tactics: 'Don't We Have Anything Better To Do?' 29.7.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
A trio of Democratic congressmen blasted their Republican colleagues on Monday for reviving attacks against the Affordable Care Act. The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health held a hearing on "Protecting Americans From Illegal Bailouts and Plan Cancellations Under the President's Health Care Law." Committee members Frank Pallone (D-N.J.), Gene Green (D-Texas) and Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) gave little credence to that title, railing against the GOP lawmakers' intentions from the get-go. "Today's hearing is nothing more than another episode in a series of Republican attacks on the Affordable Care Act, and this time it's even harder to take seriously," Pallone said. Health Subcommittee Chairman Joe Pitts (R-Texas) saw the matter otherwise, panning the White House for ignoring "the harsh realities of this law." Pallone hit back, arguing that such attacks are election-driven and that GOP has presented no true health care alternative. Among the GOP-driven suggestions is a bill introduced by Rep. Bill ...
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U.S. Releases Satellite Images To Back Up Claims Russia Fired Rockets Into Ukraine 28.7.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
DEB RIECHMANN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Stepping up pressure on Moscow, the U.S. on Sunday released satellite images it says show that rockets have been fired from Russia into neighboring eastern Ukraine and that heavy artillery for separatists has crossed the border. The images, which came from the U.S. Director of National Intelligence and could not be independently verified by The Associated Press, show blast marks where rockets were launched and craters where they landed. Officials said the images show heavy weapons fired between July 21 and July 26 — after the July 17 downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. The four-page memo is part of the Obama administration's push to hold Russia accountable for its activities in neighboring Ukraine, and the release could help to persuade the United States' European allies to apply harsher sanctions on Russia. The timing of the memo also could be aimed at dissuading Russia from further military posturing. The Pentagon said just days ago that the ...
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HUFFPOLLSTER: Americans Are Pessimistic About Peace In The Middle East 26.7.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
American's views of the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict are about the same as they were during a previous conflict 12 years ago. A majority of Americans say no to impeachment, no matter how hard pollsters ask. And once upon a time, Gallup's live interviewers tracked the hairstyles of their respondents. This is HuffPollster for Friday, July 25, 2014. AMERICA'S OPINIONS ON MIDDLE EAST IN LINE WITH PAST RESPONSES - Jeffrey M. Jones - "Americans are divided in their views of whether Israel's actions against the Palestinian group Hamas is 'mostly justified' or 'mostly unjustified,' but they widely view Hamas' actions as mostly unjustified. Those results are similar to what Gallup measured 12 years ago during another period of heightened Israeli-Palestinian violence, and they are consistent with Americans' generally more positive views of the Israelis than of the Palestinians….Americans are generally pessimistic about the Israelis and Palestinians being able to settle their differences and live in peace, ...
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