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As US Occupation Drags on, Afghanistan Suffering at Record High 10.12.2014 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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Here Are The Most Horrific Details From The Senate Torture Report 10.12.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
On Tuesday, the Senate Intelligence Committee released its long-awaited torture report , revealing horrific details about the CIA's post-9/11 detention and interrogation program. Many of the details in the report are sickening and graphic. They are perhaps made only more disturbing by the overarching conclusion that the torture and "enhanced interrogation" employed by the CIA failed to produce the types of significant intelligence that had been used to defend the program in the past. You can go here to read the Senate report in its entirety , including an initial summary and hundreds of pages of declassified documents. Below is a compilation of some of the most horrific details from it. Detainees were subjected to "rectal feeding," a process by which food is pumped into the anus... [Page 115] ... even when there was no medical need demonstrated for it. [Page 82] Detainees were told they would never leave these "black sites" and that their families would be sexually assaulted or murdered. [Page 4 of ...
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Senate CIA Torture Report Details 'Ruthless' Brutality of Bush Era 9.12.2014 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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Almost 100 School Shootings Have Occurred Since Newtown While Congress Has Done Nothing 9.12.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON -- Nearly 100 school shootings have occurred in the two years since the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School, according to a report released on Tuesday. The report, sponsored by anti-gun violence groups Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, counted at least 95 school shootings in 33 states since Dec. 14, 2012, when a gunman killed 20 children and six educators in Newtown, Connecticut. According to the data, previewed by The Huffington Post, each week averages about one school shooting. The results show that despite the outcry that followed the Sandy Hook shootings, the threat of gun violence in schools is very much alive, with 45 deaths and 78 non-fatal gunshot injuries resulting from shootings since the massacre. The report found that at least one person died in 32 percent of the incidents, and that 73 percent of the time the assailant or assailants intentionally injured or killed someone with a gun. The report counted incidents as a school shooting if ...
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Berkeley Protesters Block Highway, Stop Train In California 9.12.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Hundreds of people marched through Berkeley for a third night a row, blocking a major highway and stopping a train as activists in this ultra-liberal bastion protest grand jury decisions not to indict white police officers in the deaths of two unarmed black men. Protesters blocked traffic on both sides of Interstate 80 in Berkeley, while another group stood on and sat on train tracks, forcing an Amtrak train to stop Monday night. A large group of people began peacefully marching earlier Monday through downtown Berkeley. The first stop for demonstrators shouting, "Who do you protect? Peaceful protest" was the Berkeley Police Department. A line of officers in riot gear blocked them from getting close to the building. The group then headed to a Bay Area Rapid Transit train station and sat outside, prompting authorities to briefly shut down the station. But as the night went on, the protesters divided into smaller groups that disrupted traffic and train passengers. The California ...
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Required Reading: Prequels to the Torture Report 9.12.2014 Commondreams.org Views
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch Shuts Off Comment Function After Ferguson Sparks 'Vile And Racist' Remarks 8.12.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch is turning off all comments on its opinion editorials, columns and letters, the editorial board announced Monday. The paper offered a succinct explaination : "Why? Ferguson." The Post-Dispatch said that for the next two months readers will not be able to comment on any opinion page pieces, calling it "an experiment in elevating the conversation." The decision to cut commenting is a result of high levels of "vile and racist comments" as well as "shouting and personal attacks" in the height of the Ferguson protests over the killing of Michael Brown. The Huffington Post has reached out to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and will update this post if and when it responds. The comments have not all been negative and racist, the editorial board said: We intend to use our opinion pages to help the St. Louis region have a meaningful discussion about race. So we are going to turn off the comments in the editorial section for a while, and see what we learn from it. (Comment will continue on ...
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Obamacare Impacts Primary Care Doctor Shortage 8.12.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
MIAMI (AP) — When Olivia Papa signed up for a new health plan last year, her insurance company assigned her to a primary care doctor. The relatively healthy 61-year-old didn't try to see the doctor until last month, when she and her husband both needed authorization to see separate specialists. She called the doctor's office several times without luck. "They told me that they were not on the plan, they were never on the plan and they'd been trying to get their name off the plan all year," said Papa, who recently bought a plan from a different insurance company. It was no better with the next doctor she was assigned. The Naples, Florida, resident said she left a message to make an appointment, "and they never called back." The Papas were among the 6.7 million people who gained insurance through the Affordable Care Act last year, flooding a primary care system that is struggling to keep up with demand. A survey this year by The Physicians Foundation found that 81 percent of doctors describe themselves as ...
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Eric Garner Protests On West Coast Turn Unruly 8.12.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — A second night of protest against police killings in Missouri and New York turned violent again in Berkeley as some demonstrators threw rocks and bottles at officers, assaulted each other and shut down a freeway, police said. Sunday's protest began peacefully on the University of California, Berkeley campus. But as protesters marched through downtown Berkeley toward the neighboring city of Oakland, the unrest resumed as someone smashed the window of a Radio Shack. When a protester tried to stop the growing vandalism, he was hit with a hammer, Officer Jennifer Coats said. Some of the protesters made their way to a freeway in Oakland and blocked traffic. The California Highway Patrol said some tried to light a patrol vehicle on fire and threw rocks and bottles. Police also said explosives were thrown at officers, but there was no information immediately available on how potent they were. Highway patrol officers responded with tear gas. The highway patrol said it was making arrests ...
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NY Daily News Makes Huge Statement With Front Page On Eric Garner Decision 4.12.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
The cover echoes some of the last words of Garner, who cried out "I can't breathe" several times before collapsing on July 17. A medical examiner later said the death was the result of the chokehold, a move banned by the NYPD, and ruled it a homicide . Already, the cover is the topic of conversation on social media. Some days you think print is over. This is not one of them. RT @KimBhasin : The @NYDailyNews front page for tomorrow: pic.twitter.com/8Fe4zm0yFU — Nicky Woolf (@NickyWoolf) December 4, 2014 Powerful front page. #EricGarner RT @justinjm1 : "WE CAN'T BREATHE" - Daily News tomorrow via @harrysiegel pic.twitter.com/vEBuXBrB9Z — Yann Schreiber (@YannSchreiber) December 4, 2014 Inside the paper is an editorial that says the grand jury's decision "has the earmarks of a gross miscarriage of justice." " The ruling is painfully far harder to understand than the Missouri grand jury’s decision not to indict for the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson ," the editorial states, pointing to the widely ...
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HUFFPOLLSTER: Louisiana Runoff Polling Looks 'Ugly' For Landrieu 3.12.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Polling and early voting patterns are bleak for Mary Landrieu in Louisiana. Gallup finds a post election bump in Republican party identification. And a new 2008 2016 poll finds Mitt Romney leading the GOP field. This is HuffPollster for Wednesday, December 3, 2014. EARLY RUNOFF TURNOUT IN LOUISIANA FAVORS CASSIDY - Scott Bland: "Louisiana's Senate runoff is Saturday, but voters have already been casting ballots, and the early returns look ugly for Mary Landrieu. Early-voting rates are down across the board, in almost every demographic group and almost every parish, compared with the early-voting period before the November all-party primary. But that decline has been most acute among groups the Democrat incumbent needs if she is to pull off a victory against challenger Bill Cassidy. With Landrieu's Senate career on the line, women, registered Democrats, and especially African-Americans were more likely than others to drop out of the runoff's early electorate, according to voting statistics released by the ...
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Newtown Teachers To Meet With Union Leaders 2.12.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) -- Teachers and other school employees in Newtown are meeting with local and national union leaders to discuss issues stemming from the 2012 shooting massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School. American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten is meeting privately with educators on Tuesday. Weingarten and local union leaders are expected to discuss their impressions of the progress Newtown teachers are making in their recovery and other issues including access to mental health services, gun safety and school security. At a school board meeting Tuesday evening, Weingarten is presenting a collage as a tribute to the six educators slain in the massacre. Gunman Adam Lanza killed his mother on Dec. 14, 2012, and drove to the Sandy Hook school where he killed 20 children and the educators before committing suicide. The Newtown school district has received more than $6 million in grants from the federal Department of Education for counseling and other services for parents, students ...
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These Countries All Have Religious Symbols On Their Flags. Can You Guess Which Is Which? 2.12.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Sixty-four, or one-third, of the world's countries have religious symbols on their national flags, according to a recent article by Pew Research. Pew analyzed data from ConstituteProject.org, the CIA World Factbook and country-specific government websites to identify the countries around the world that display religious imagery on their national flags. Of these countries, 31 have Christian imagery, 21 have Islamic symbols, three have Hindu/Buddhist symbols, two have specific Buddhist imagery, one has Jewish imagery and six display symbolism from other traditions. Commenters on the article raised two primary concerns: Where is Vatican City and what do Austria's horizontal stripes have to do with religion? In response to the former, author Angelina Theodorou noted that the countries included in her analysis were based on those in Pew's Religious Restrictions report , which did not include the Vatican. Regarding Austria's seemingly secular flag, Pew Communications Director Katherine Ritchey directed ...
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Gallup Poll Shows How Much Latinos Loved Obama's Immigration Announcement 2.12.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
President Barack Obama’s approval rating among Hispanics shot up 10 points to 68 percent after he announced his administration would offer deportation relief to an estimated 4.4 million undocumented immigrants, according to a weekly Gallup poll . Obama’s surge in popularity among Hispanics follows a nearly two-year long decline from a peak of 74 percent in early 2013, according to Gallup. His approval rating among Latinos has hovered in the fifties since May of this year, dropping to a low point of 44 percent in the first week of September. The Gallup poll, released Monday, covers the week of Nov. 24 to Nov. 30. Obama announced the changes to deportation policy in a televised speech on Nov. 20. The figure puts Latino support for Obama some 25 points higher than the national average of 43 percent, and even farther above non-Hispanic whites, only 31 percent of whom currently approve of the president’s performance. The results shouldn’t surprise anyone familiar with the Latino electorate’s views on ...
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What Drives the Global Warming Debate? 1.12.2014 Environmental News Network
Scientists have presented the most comprehensive evidence to date that climate extremes such as droughts and record temperatures are failing to change people’s minds about global warming. Instead, political orientation is the most influential factor in shaping perceptions about climate change, both in the short-term and long-term, said Sandra Marquart-Pyatt, a Michigan State University sociologist and lead investigator on the study.
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New Mexico utility endangering public health with coal mine deal 27.11.2014 TreeHugger
"Why on earth would they buy a coal mine that would lock its ratepayers and the surrounding community into decades of coal pollution?"
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Ferguson Unrest Takes Over Newspaper Front Pages Across The Country 25.11.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
The violence that erupted in Ferguson following the announcement that a grand jury would not indict police officer Darren Wilson for the shooting death of Michael Brown has taken over front pages of newspapers across the country this morning. The St. Louis Post Dispatch went through several editions as the story evolved during the night. Here's their first edition: Tomorrow's front page, first edition. #Ferguson pic.twitter.com/ufLNXuUH9o Hours later, the front page had been updated: Front page of the third edition for Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014. pic.twitter.com/cxbr4NHXcI Here's a look at how the unrest in Ferguson was featured on front pages around the nation, starting with the Kansas City Star: "No Indictment." The @KCStar front page coverage of #Ferguson . pic.twitter.com/8RCrBIjW4H — Charles Gooch (@drgooch41) November 25, 2014 USA Today: — Devon Haskins (@devonhaskins) November 25, 2014 Tampa Bay Times: — Tampa Bay Times (@TB_Times) November 25, 2014 Chicago Sun-Times — Brandon Wall (@Walldo) November ...
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Fox News Has An Uber Obsession With Jonathan Gruber 22.11.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Many in the political world recently distanced themselves from former Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber after videos of him calling the American people "stupid" surfaced this month. But he has found one friend -- Fox News. And they can’t stop talking about him. According to PunditFact , Fox News has mentioned Gruber’s name more than 779 times since Nov. 10. Other networks have sparingly mentioned Gruber, with MSNBC referring to him 79 times and CNN just 27 times. Seven videos have been unearthed of Gruber mocking the "stupidity" of voters and claiming the Obama administration misled people about certain parts of the Affordable Care Act . On Nov. 11, Gruber went on MSNBC saying he "basically spoke inappropriately." Since the videos were discovered, Fox News has been completely obsessed with Gruber-gate. Watch all their obsessiveness above, and read more about the Gruber controversy here ...
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The ACA-Gruber Connection Explained 21.11.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
The following post first appeared on FactCheck.org . President Obama and Rep. Nancy Pelosi downplayed the contribution of MIT economist Jonathan Gruber to the Affordable Care Act, after controversial comments by Gruber came to light, while Republicans exaggerated his role. We find both sides are stretching the facts. Pelosi, in a blog post, said the White House “sometimes consulted” with Gruber, who “testified at one Senate hearing.” He actually testified at three. Obama called him “some adviser who never worked on our staff.” Sure, he wasn’t on the White House staff, but he was a paid consultant on health care, earning hundreds of thousands of dollars over the course of a year. Meanwhile, conservatives, including Rep. Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, have overstated Gruber’s role, claiming he was “the architect” of the law. Those who worked closely on the law say he ran economic models to determine the outcome of certain proposals. Gruber’s ‘Stupidity’ Comment Earlier this month, video began circulating ...
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OUT 100: Zachary Quinto, Ellen Page, 'Looking' Honored At New York Fete 21.11.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
The stars of Out Magazine's annual OUT 100 list braved New York's unseasonably frigid temperatures for a festive, end-of-year celebration amidst community allies and friends. Among those spotted at the party, which was held at Stage 48 in Manhattan, were Zachary Quinto, Samira Wiley, Jason Collins, Perez Hilton and Neon Trees frontman Tyler Glenn. Hosting the event was "Orange is the New Black" star Lea Delaria, while Mary Lambert and downtown cabaret darling Bridget Everett were among the spirit performers to take to the stage during the evening. Unable to attend the party were the stars of HBO's "Looking," who nonetheless addressed their fans and admirers in a pre-taped video. Each year, Out magazine chooses 100 of the most compelling lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in the world to create its Out 100 list. Honorees are chosen from all walks of life and include celebrities, writers, politicians, activists, sports figures and artists, among others. Check out the full list out OUT 100 ...
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