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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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Ruth Bader Ginsburg Writes Scathing 19-Page Dissent In Birth Control Case 30.6.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
The Supreme Court delivered a blow to universal birth control coverage on Monday, ruling that closely-held corporations can refuse to cover contraception in their health plans for religious reasons. But Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg sharply disagreed with the five conservatives on the court, delivering a scathing, 19-page dissent and defense of mandatory contraception coverage. "In a decision of startling breadth, the Court holds that commercial enterprises, including corporations, along with partnerships and sole proprietorships, can opt out of any law (saving only tax laws) they judge incompatible with their sincerely held religious beliefs," Ginsburg wrote. A sharply divided Court ruled in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores and Conestoga Wood Specialties v. Burwell that the provision in the Affordable Care Act that requires for-profit companies to cover contraception in their health plans imposes a substantial burden on their ability to exercise religious freedom. The Greens, a Christian family that owns ...
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The Culture of Environmentalism and Sustainability 30.6.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
People like to breathe. Rich people, poor people, Tea Party Republicans, progressive Democrats, old people, young people, Americans, people from other countries--all are united in the biological necessities of being human. Water, food and air are all better when they are not filled with toxic substances. The political support for environmental protection is derived from this fundamental fact, along with the equally-fundamental awareness that all of these resources are at risk on a crowded and increasingly interconnected planet. In a piece analyzing Gallup's most recent polling on America's attitudes toward the environment, I observed that: Those under 30 favor environmental protection over economic growth by 60% to 30%. In contrast, those over 65 years old favor economic growth over environmental protection by 50% to 39%. Since there is no evidence that someone ages out of environmentalism, it is likely that environmentalism will become a stronger force in American politics in the next several ...
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These 12 Midwestern Spots Are Actually Awesome In Summer 30.6.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
The Midwest may not have the Atlantic or the Pacific or the Gulf of Mexico, but that doesn't mean it lacks awesome summer destinations. From lakefront retreats to charming small towns, these 12 spots are perfect for a summer escape. 1. Charlevoix, Michigan A picturesque harbor, beaches and its family-friendly atmosphere make " Charlevoix the Beautiful " the perfect little summer town. Charlevoix is triple awesome because it boasts three lakefronts -- Lake Michigan, Lake Charlevoix and Round Lake. Nearby Petoskey is an equally charming spot known for its art scene. 2. Saugatuck, Michigan Located on the "Art Coast of Michigan," Saugatuck offers lakefront beaches and tons of culture. Visit one of the town's many art galleries , take a class at the Saugatuck Center for the Arts, or get jazzy at a music festival. 3. Mackinac Island, Michigan Mackinac Island is a nostalgic, idyllic escape. The island is car-free -- visitors ride bicycles or take horse-drawn carriage rides -- and offers plenty of activity , ...
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Supreme Court Poised To Rule On Obamacare Birth Control Mandate 28.6.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is poised to deliver its verdict in a case that weighs the religious rights of employers and the right of women to the birth control of their choice. The court meets for a final time Monday to release decisions in its two remaining cases before the justices take off for the summer. The cases involve birth control coverage under President Barack Obama's health law and fees paid to labor unions representing government employees by workers who object to being affiliated with a union. Two years after Chief Justice John Roberts cast the pivotal vote that saved the health care law in the midst of Obama's campaign for re-election, the justices are considering a sliver of the law. Employers must cover contraception for women at no extra charge among a range of preventive benefits in employee health plans. Dozens of companies, including the Oklahoma City-based arts and crafts chain Hobby Lobby, claim religious objections to covering some or all contraceptives. The methods and ...
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HUFFPOLLSTER: Obama's Approval Rating Takes A Dip 28.6.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Polls from six different pollsters confirm that President Obama's job approval rating dropped slightly in late June. Economic pessimism among groups in the Democratic coalition may pose a greater challenge to Democratic candidates than the enthusiasm gap. And Rob Ford's numbers are higher than....the approval rating of the U.S. Congress. This is HuffPollster for Friday, June 27, 2014. OBAMA APPROVAL DROPS - Earlier this week, Gallup reported that the weekly average of President Obama’s approval rating had dipped to 41 percent after months of stability in the mid-40s. Other national polls released over the past two weeks show a similar, consistent trend, with Obama's disapproval rising by between 1.4 and 3 points in surveys by six separate polls. All, except for Rasmussen, now put his approval below 43 percent. Gallup's Jeffrey M. Jones sees an explanation in the timing: "The long stretch of stability from mid-March to early June occurred during a period that was hardly uneventful for the president, ...
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A 700,000-gallon replica of the Sea of Cortez in the Arizona desert 25.6.2014 High Country News Most Recent
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100 Children Died In Unintentional Shootings In Year After Newtown 25.6.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON -- At least 100 children were unintentionally killed by gunfire in the year following the mass shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, a new study from a leading gun control group shows. The study, released Wednesday by Everytown for Gun Safety, is the latest sobering examination of the effects -- intended or otherwise -- that guns have in communities where children reside. "It is preventable," said John Feinblatt, the group's president. "Too often we just say it is an accident or inevitable. But what this data shows is it's preventable." The report, titled, “Innocents Lost: A Year of Unintentional Child Gun Deaths,” is a detailed examination of the frequency, causes and victims of accidental shootings of children. Everytown said 73 percent of the deaths it counted involved a shooter who was a minor, which it defined as age 14 or younger. In 57 percent of cases, the victim was shot by someone else. In 35 percent of cases, the victim accidentally shot himself or herself. The ...
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Gallup: The Lowest-Rated Living President Or Ex-President Is Barack Obama 24.6.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
A Gallup poll published on June 20th shows that the only living current or former occupant of the White House who has a negative rating from the U.S. public is its current occupant, President Obama, with 52% unfavorable, 47% favorable. All others of them are favorably rated. The least favorably rated of those (the one closest to Obama in unfavorability) is George W. Bush, with 53% favorable, 44% unfavorable. His having invaded Iraq for non-existent WMD, and produced the 2008 crash, have apparently been forgiven, which is remarkable and which is due to his having increased his favorability rating from only 32% at the crash in 2008. Next-least favorably rated is Jimmy Carter, with 52% favorable, 32% unfavorable, and a remarkably high 16% "No opinion" or undecided. He has now become a rather popular former President. Next-least favorably rated, and virtually tied at the very top as being one of the two top-rated recent Presidents, is G.H.W. Bush, with 63% favorable, 31% unfavorable. That compares with Bill ...
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Harry Reid Should Call Kevin McCarthy's Bluff: A Vote for a Vote 23.6.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Newly-minted House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) blamed Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) for the gridlock in Congress. Phantasmagorical as such a claim might be, in view of the Republican government shutdown and Republican Senate filibusters, Democrats' knee-jerk response is to argue the point. They shouldn't. It is much more effective for action -- in this case, inaction -- to make the point for them. Instead of arguing the point, Harry Reid should offer McCarthy a deal. Here it is: the Senate will bring up for a vote, without amendment, a House-passed bill of McCarthy's choosing in exchange for the House doing the same for a Senate-passed bill of Reid's choosing. There is no requirement that the bill pass in the other chamber, just that the other chamber votes on it. Simple. Fair. Straightforward. To make it work, Reid and McCarthy should hand each other a sealed envelope with one bill each week already passed by their respective chambers that they want voted upon by the other ...
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How to Destroy Oligopoly 21.6.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
More and more studies are showing that the wealthy and corporations exert disproportionate influence over the U.S. political system. This viewpoint has been well documented by scholars  Larry Bartels ,  Martin Gilens  and  Kay Lehman Schlozman among others . Recently,  Benjamin Page and Gilens  disturbed many Americans with their finding that "average citizens' preferences have little or no independent impact on policy." Their data suggest that the wealthy have 15 times the influence of the middle class. As remarkable as this conclusion is, many of the reporters discussing the study failed to read it carefully and missed other important findings. For example, Page and Gilens found that the preferences of elites actually correlate fairly well to the preferences of the average citizen (with a coefficient of 0.78, with 1.flodd0 indicating exact alignment and -1.0 reflecting inverse correlation), whereas business groups have preferences that are far more divergent (-0.10). Public interest groups, such as ...
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2 More States May Give Abused Pit Bulls A Fighting Chance 21.6.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Biscuits and belly rubs for two state legislatures! Michigan and Delaware are both considering bills that would give abused pit bulls a fighting chance. A similar bill in Delaware is further along. SB 245 passed the Senate on June 19 . Delaware law currently (and rather chillingly) mandates that seized animals be "disposed of in a humane manner." But under the new bill, dogs pulled from fighting operations would first be evaluated, then, if appropriate, placed for adoption. "Michigan SB 990 and Delaware SB 245 are extremely important bills that give victims of cruelty a chance of a loving home," Ledy VanKavage, senior legislative attorney for Best Friends Animal Society, told HuffPost. "Since the [Michael] Vick dogs we've learned that every dog should be be evaluated as an individual and deserves a fighting chance to be loved." Indeed, previous to the 51 pit bulls seized from Vick's infamous Bad Newz Kennels in 2007 , animals pulled from fighting were routinely euthanized. As the New York Times reported ...
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Utah's majestic landscapes threatened by dirty fuels industry 20.6.2014 TreeHugger
Moab, Utah, is known for its amazing recreation opportunities. Unfortunately it's now becoming known for oil, gas, and coal as well.
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Confidence In Congress Drops To New Low 19.6.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Public faith in Congress has fallen lower than that of any institution in at least 41 years, according to Gallup poll released Thursday. Just 7 percent of adults now have "a great deal" or "quite a lot" of confidence in Congress. The majority of the poll respondents expressed pessimistic views about Congress. Half said they have "very little" confidence in the institution, and another 7 percent volunteered that they have no confidence in Congress at all. According to Gallup, this is the lowest rating any major American institution, including television and internet news, big business and organized labor, has received in any of its polls dating back to 1973. This also marks the first time Gallup has ever measured confidence in the single digits for one of those institutions. Other branches of government fared somewhat better in the most recent survey. Overall, 30 percent of adults said they have "a great deal" or "quite a lot of confidence" in the U.S. Supreme Court, and 29 percent expressed similar views ...
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Kittens! So Many Foster Kittens! 18.6.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Not that long ago, Julie Dorshkind had but one cat, whose name is Butterscotch. But now? "My 600 square foot apartment is full of cats!" she says. Dorshkind is a former political pollster who lives in Washington, D.C., and became inspired to take home five kittens and their mother at the end of May after spending an afternoon volunteering with a group that trains service dogs. "I can't have a dog in my apartment, so I decided to foster kittens instead. It's a great way to spend time with cute animals without the long term commitment," she says. "However, it is a lot of work!" There is the matter of cleaning up all the poop, for example, which somehow ends up in "all sorts of weird places like the bathroom sink -- that was the mama cat on her first day -- in their food dish, gross, and in the kitchen," says Dorshkind. The kittens also eat a lot more than she was expecting. More, even, than she continues to expect, so "I keep going to the pet store, buying what I think will be enough, and then having to ...
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Some Of The Country's Dirtiest Power Plants Could Be Exempt From Obama's Clean Power Plan 18.6.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
This story originally appeared on Climate Central. The proposed Clean Power Plan , which aims to slash carbon emissions from existing electric power plants burning fossil fuel, may allow some of the most polluting coal-fired power plants in the country to continue operating without having to slash their emissions. The Navajo Power Plant near Page, Ariz. All of those plants are on Indian reservations in New Mexico, Arizona and Utah , and their CO2 emisions are excluded from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's calculations of the carbon emissions rate cut goal for the state in which each of those plants exists. By 2030, the U.S. would see carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants using fossil fuels fall by 30 percent below 2005 levels if the Clean Power Plan, announced on June 2, is finalized in 2015. Each state has a different goal to meet based on a variety of factors, including how much renewable energy is produced there and the energy efficiency programs each state has implemented. But ...
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HUFFPOLLSTER: Clinton Outpolls Obama On Key Issues 17.6.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Gallup finds the electoral environment for members of Congress at or near all time lows. Americans think Hillary Clinton would do a better job on most issues than Barack Obama. And most people are already bored by 2016. This is HuffPollster for Monday, June 16, 2014. CLINTON OUTRANKS OBAMA ON THE ISSUES - CNN: "If Hillary Clinton is elected president in 2016, most Americans say they think she will do a good job handling crucial domestic and international issues, according to a new national poll. And the CNN/ORC International survey released Monday also indicates that the former secretary of state scores much higher than President Barack Obama on every issue tested. 'That's helpful to her chances of actually getting elected if it holds up through 2016,' says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. 'It suggests that the President's low marks on most issues might not drag Clinton down if she runs for the White House again….In fact, a majority think Clinton would do a good job on all nine issues tested in the ...
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