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PETA Euthanized A Lot Of Animals At Its Shelter In 2014, And No-Kill Advocates Are Not Happy About It 5.2.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals killed most of the animals at its Norfolk, Virginia, shelter in 2014, according to preliminary figures filed with the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services . The group euthanized 2,454 of its 3,369 cats and dogs, the vast majority of which were "owner surrenders," meaning that they'd been relinquished to the group voluntarily. These figures aren't shocking to PETA's long-time critics -- who have for years pointed out the discrepancy between how this prominent animal rights group is perceived, and what they actually do -- but they are leading to a renewed call from no-kill advocates to put the shelter out of business. Here's how long-time PETA critic Nathan Winograd, a well-known shelter reform advocate, recently put it on his Facebook page : How much money did PETA take in last year from unsuspecting donors who helped pay for this mass carnage? $51,933,001 : $50,449,023 in contributions, $627,336 in merchandise sales, and $856,642 in interest ...
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Claims Against Saudis Cast New Light On Secret Pages Of 9/11 Report - NYTimes.com 5.2.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON — A still-classified section of the investigation by congressional intelligence committees into the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks has taken on an almost mythic quality over the past 13 years — 28 pages that examine crucial support given the hijackers and that by all accounts implicate prominent Saudis in financing terrorism.

Now new claims by Zacarias Moussaoui, a convicted former member of Al Qaeda, that he had high-level contact with officials of the Saudi Arabian government in the prelude to Sept. 11 have brought renewed attention to the inquiry’s withheld findings, which lawmakers and relatives of those killed in the attacks have tried unsuccessfully to declassify.
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Older Students Are Less Likely To Think They'll Get A Good Job 3.2.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Older students are less confident than younger students that they will land a good job upon graduating, says a Gallup poll released Tuesday. The Gallup findings, which are based on Web interviews with more than 800,000 middle and high school students during October 2014, show that between fifth grade and senior year, students become progressively less likely to report that they feel optimistic about their future job prospects. This trend is especially pronounced among female students. Gallup found that in fifth grade, 70 percent of girls and 67 percent of boys are confident they'll find a good job once they graduate. Among high school seniors, though, only 46 percent of girls say they think they will find a good job, compared to 50 percent of boys, as shown below: The Gallup brief does not explain what might account for the lower levels of optimism among older kids. However, according to the brief, previous research from the organization shows that less than 10 percent of middle and high school students ...
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HUFFPOLLSTER: Vaccination Opinions Vary By Age 3.2.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Polls find greater skepticism of mandatory vaccines among younger Americans. Clinton and Bush are running even in Florida. And Gallup is doing more online research, but the Gallup Daily will remain a telephone poll. This HuffPollster for Tuesday, February 3, 2015. MILLENNIALS LESS SUPPORTIVE OF MANDATORY VACCINATION - Monica Anderson: "A Pew Research Center report released last week shows that a majority of Americans say children should be required to get vaccinated. Further analysis of the survey data reveals significant age differences in views about vaccines. In 2009, by contrast, opinions about vaccines were roughly the same across age groups. Also, some modest partisan divisions have emerged since 2009, when Pew Research last polled on the issue. Overall, 68% of U.S. adults say childhood vaccinations should be required, while 30% say parents should be able to decide. Among all age groups, young adults are more likely to say vaccinating children should be a parental choice. Some 41% of 18- to ...
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White House Says Obama Would Veto House Bill To Repeal Obamacare 3.2.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com

WASHINGTON, Feb 2 (Reuters) - The White House issued a veto
threat on Monday for a bill from the Republican-controlled U.S.
House of Representatives bill that would repeal President Barack
Obama's signature healthcare legislation, the Affordable Care
Act, known as Obamacare.

(Reporting by Roberta Rampton; Editing by Eric Walsh)
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The Latest: Rio Grande water 2.2.2015 Current Issue
A shortfall in water deliveries may lead to more fighting.
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Queer McGill defends safe space after online backlash 29.1.2015 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us

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5 Things You Didn't Know About The New England Patriots 28.1.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Having been around since 1960, the Patriots are among the oldest teams in the NFL. In that half century, Pat Patriot and the team have certainly created many memorable moments, but there are a few little known stories worth noting. Although you may have already known that the Patriots are going to win their fourth Super Bowl this Sunday, here are a few bits of trivia you've yet to learn: 1. The team was shortly called the Bay State Patriots. This had to change because of the unintended abbreviation, BS Patriots. The Boston Patriots were the eighth team added to the AFL, keeping the original name until 1971. But owner Billy Sullivan became upset that Boston wasn't allowing him to build a stadium in the downtown area, so he snubbed the city and moved to Foxboro. With the location change came a name change and the Patriots adopted the "Bay State Patriots" moniker. This didn't go over well. An AP story from 1971 entitled "Bay State or Boston? Even Patriots Unsure" explains: The club's board of directors ...
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More States Lean Toward Medicaid Expansion 28.1.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
This piece comes to us courtesy of Stateline. Stateline is a nonpartisan, nonprofit news service of the Pew Charitable Trusts that provides daily reporting and analysis on trends in state policy. The federal government yesterday approved Indiana’s plan to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, increasing the number of expansion states to 28, plus the District of Columbia. With enrollment starting Feb. 1, Indiana’s plan could add an estimated 350,000 low-income adults to the nearly 5 million expected to enroll in the 27 states that expanded Medicaid last year.  In accepting Indiana’s plan, the Obama administration demonstrated its determination to increase the number of expansion states, even if it means waiving traditional Medicaid rules. For example, under Indiana’s plan, people with incomes above the federal poverty level ($11,670 for an individual) must contribute to a health savings account or be locked out of coverage for six months.   The penalty for not paying into a health savings ...
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Newspaper Front Pages Totally Freak Out Over Winter Storm Juno 27.1.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
While we were all freaking out about the coming of a potentially historic blizzard , so were newspaper front ...
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HUFFPOLLSTER: Gallup's Obama Approval Rating Hits 50 Percent 27.1.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Obama approval hits a milestone on Gallup's daily tracking. Open-ended questions show two very different nomination contests brewing. And the nation is bitterly divided by those who think the Patriots cheated and those who don't care. This is HuffPollster for Tuesday, January 27, 2015. GALLUP: OBAMA APPROVAL HITS 50 PERCENT - Frank Newport: "Less than a week after President Barack Obama delivered his State of the Union address to Congress, his job approval rating reached 50% in Gallup Daily tracking conducted Friday through Sunday. This is the first time the president's rating has returned to that level in Gallup's ongoing three-day rolling averages since June 2013....His approval recovered slightly to 42% by the time of the Nov. 4 midterm elections. Following the elections -- after announcing executive actions on immigration and benefiting from an improving economy and falling gas prices -- his approval rating has gradually improved, averaging 44% in December and 46% thus far in January. Even if Obama's ...
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Best Snow Day Reads: 19 Page-Turners To Enjoy While Snowed In 27.1.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Snowstorms unquestionably create a massive hassle for many -- the entire region grinding to a halt can have real ramifications, especially if your boss won't let you stay home from work despite the slippery roads. If you're lucky enough to be snowed in with nowhere urgent to go, however, it can be a pleasant reminder of that most coveted event in a young student's life: a snow day.

It may be tempting to binge on Netflix during such a couch-bound time, but the impending blizzard threatening the Northeast could be the perfect time to download a couple buzzed-about ebooks, or break into your to-be-read pile from recent library or bookstore trips. Here are 19 books that pair perfectly with thick socks, warm blankets, a steaming mug of cocoa, and the vision of snowflakes drifting down outside the window.

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Meatless Monday: Tales From the (Vegetarian Flavor) Bible 26.1.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Food luminaries Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg wrote the book on flavor. Twice. First with "The Flavor Bible" in 2008 and now with "The Vegetarian Flavor Bible," born out the award-winning duo's decision to go meatless. Page and her husband live in a foodie world where omnivores rule, and have been since their first book, "Becoming a Chef" came out to great acclaim 20 years ago. But in 2009, "It hit me," says Page. "My father had passed away, Andrew had lost both his parents -- all to cancer. We could no longer ignores the headlines we'd been reading." Originally from the midwest, Page "grew up thinking a meal wasn't a meal unless there was meat in it." Dornenburg's first job? McDonald's. Here they are, six years on, celebrating Veganuary . Dornenburg's professional kitchen talents go far beyond the golden arches, which made the meatless transition easier. So did realizing they could still eat at their favorite restaurants. "We love Ethiopian food, so instead of the lamb stews, we get the vegan stews ...
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Henry The Dog Was Allegedly Left For 7 Days In A Cage With A Broken Back. Here's His Second Chance. 25.1.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
It's hard to think of this little terrier as lucky, until you know how things might have turned out for him. Henry was rescued out of a Jacksonville, Texas, animal shelter, where he'd been taken in as a stray. Animal control brought the dog to the designated location after he was hit by a truck. Cindy Nash, founder of Nicholas Pet Haven , came for him on a Thursday in mid-January after seeing his photo on the department's Facebook page. Convinced the pup belonged to someone, Nash figured she'd get Henry groomed then go on the hunt for his owner. She knew his legs were hurt, but she didn't know the extent of his injuries. Veterinarian Dr. Gary Spence later confirmed the dog's back was broken. He gave Henry pain medication and steroids, then sent him to Texas A&M for surgery and further treatment, which, fortunately, seems to be working. He told KLTV it was "obvious no care was given to" Henry at the shelter. The pup was allegedly left for a week in a urine- and feces-filled cage with an untreated broken ...
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Inside the US Torture Chambers: Prisoner's Guantanamo Diary Details 12 Years of Abuse, Terror 23.1.2015 Truthout - All Articles
After a seven-year legal battle, the diary of a prisoner held at Guantánamo Bay has just been published and has become a surprise best-seller. Mohamedou Ould Slahi’s diary details his experience with rendition, torture and being imprisoned without charge. Slahi has been held at the prison for more than 12 years. He was ordered released in 2010 but is still being held. "The cell — better, the box — was cooled down so that I was shaking most of the time," he writes. "I was forbidden from seeing the light of the day. Every once in a while they gave me a rec time in the night to keep me from seeing or interacting with any detainees. I was living literally in terror. I don’t remember having slept one night quietly; for the next 70 days to come I wouldn’t know the sweetness of sleeping. Interrogation for 24 hours, three and sometimes four shifts a day. I rarely got a day off." We air a clip of a Guardian video about Slahi’s case, which features actors Colin Firth and Dominic West reading from his diary. We ...
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Phyllis Bennis: As Obama Hails "Turning Page" on Wars, US Drone Strikes Continue Across Globe 22.1.2015 Truthout - All Articles
On the foreign policy front, President Obama used his State of the Union to defend his decision to begin normalizing relations with Cuba, to pledge again to close Guantánamo and to call for authorization to expand war against the Islamic State. He mentioned the words "drones" and "torture" once each. We get reaction from Phyllis Bennis, fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies. TRANSCRIPT: JUAN GONZÁLEZ: We turn now to look at President Obama’s State of the Union. PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: Mr. Vice President, members of Congress, my fellow Americans, we are 15 years into this new century, 15 years that dawned with terror touching our shores, that unfolded with a new generation fighting two long and costly wars, that saw a vicious recession spread across our nation and the world. It has been, and still is, a hard time for many. But tonight we turn the page. ... America, for all that we have endured, for all the grit and hard work required to come back, for all the tasks that lie ahead, know this: The ...
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The Sun executives aren't just sexist pieces of sh*t, they're also deceitful, manipulative teenagers 22.1.2015 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us

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Phyllis Bennis: As Obama Hails "Turning Page" on Wars, U.S. Drone Strikes Continue Across Globe 21.1.2015 Democracy Now!
On the foreign policy front, President Obama used his State of the Union to defend his decision to begin normalizing relations with Cuba, to pledge again to close Guantánamo and to call for authorization to expand war against the Islamic State. He mentioned the words "drones" and "torture" once each. We get reaction from Phyllis Bennis, fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies.
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After 44 years, The Sun drops Page Three 21.1.2015 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Congratulations are in order for our U.K. sisters! The BBC reports that "Friday's edition of The Sun was the last that would carry images of topless women." The No More Page Three campaign, founded by writer and actor Lucy Anne Holmes, has been going strong since 2012, lobbying the current editor of The Sun, David Dinsmore to remove the completely outdated, embarrassing, sexist, and unnecessary "Page Three," which featured photos of topless models. The change.org petition garnered over 217,000 signatures. It reads, ...
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High, Wide Sand Dunes Worked During Hurricane Sandy, Report Finds 21.1.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
SEASIDE PARK, N.J. (AP) — A study by a leading coastal science center lends new support to New Jersey's efforts to build protective sand dunes along its 127-mile coast. The Coastal Research Center at the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey studied the state's beaches just before and after Superstorm Sandy in October 2012. It found beaches with higher, wider dunes protected better against the storm than beaches without them. The center publicized those findings shortly after Sandy. But a new scholarly paper in the academic journal "Shore & Beach" appears this month as several Jersey shore towns fight the state's efforts to build dunes. The results of the research "clearly showed the benefits of beach-dune systems as shore protection features in reducing storm damages to adjacent oceanfront communities," said Daniel Barone, the center's research director. "Communities that suffered the greatest damages to structures and infrastructure were those where dunes were nonexistent or where elevations of the ...
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