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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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This Dog Is Deaf And Tilts. She'll Make A Great Pet, And So Will Her 51 Special Needs Friends 16.6.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Una the dog was probably born deaf. The tilt in her walk is newer, likely from being hit in the head. Despite the congenital problems and the ones that were inflicted upon her, this young pit -- who was given up by her owners to a high-kill shelter -- is a sweet, loving dog, who is going to make a fabulous pet once someone looks past her challenges. Each of these 52 animals has something that's making it a little harder for them to find a family: Coda the schnauzer barks when she's left alone; Chim the kitten has a neurological disorder that makes him a little wobbly (he wears an adorable cap to protect that delicate noggin). Photo credit: Karen Bean Bring them home, and some of these guys will need you to monitor a tricky medical condition; others will need you to communicate using sign language. Every single one will repay that extra effort, and then some. "Our goal is to educate our community on the joys and blessings special needs animals can bring to our lives," says Erika Proctor, founder of the ...
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Iranian Journalist Masih Alinejad's Photo Without Veil Triggers Huge Reaction 15.6.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
* Site for unveiled Iranians gets half million followers * State TV says reporter a drug-addled deviant * Pressure on president to reform social restrictions By Robin Pomeroy LONDON, June 15 (Reuters) - When Masih Alinejad posted a picture of herself online jumping in the air in a sunny, tree-lined London street, the journalist hoped to cheer up readers weary of her stories of grim human rights cases in her native Iran. She did not expect what followed: a Facebook phenomenon that gained half a million followers in a month and scathing, personal criticism by Iranian state television, accusing her of drug addiction, perversion and insanity. Inspired by Alinejad's photo, taken in a public place with her hair showing without the Islamic veil that is obligatory in Iran, thousands of women inside Iran uploaded their own self-portraits to a page she hastily set up and called: "My Stealthy Freedom". (https://www.facebook.com/StealthyFreedom) "To me, it was like a virtual demonstration on my Facebook ...
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Newspaper's Iraq Front Page Takes A Big Shot At George W. Bush 13.6.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
As the debate heats up over the unfolding crisis in Iraq, one German newspaper took a decidedly pointed approach to things in its Friday front page.

Die Tageszeitung ran the famous "Mission Accomplished" picture of George W. Bush, but replaced Bush with Shaker Wahib, head of ISIS, the militant group currently running roughshod through Iraq. The message: this is what Bush wrought.

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(h/t Charles Lister)
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These Nashville Families Have One Thing In Common: They Really Love Their Pit Bulls 12.6.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Jana Mandes is aware that there are some negative stereotypes out there about pit bulls and the people who love them. "But this is really a puzzle to me," she says. "We have learned we cannot judge a person by the way they look, or condemn someone based on the actions of another from the same ethnic background. This pigeonholing doesn’t work for family pets either." Mandes is founder of Nashville Pittie , a pit bull advocacy group in Music City. In addition to finding these doggies good homes, she's set out to make others see pit bulls as the amazing family dogs they are, "with loyalty as dependable as the sunrise." Some of them also like to play the piano. This is Roscoe, who belongs to Nashville performer Christy Eidson. Roscoe's other interests include canoeing and being petted. Photo credit: Amiee Stubbs One way of spreading that message is through a book called " Impression-A-Bull ," which shares the stories of local folks -- lawyers, doctors, scientists, entrepreneurs, entertainers, a member of the ...
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When Will These Heartbreaking Gun Violence Front Pages Stop Having To Be Printed? 11.6.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
The New York Daily News issued a call for gun control on its front page once again on Wednesday. It is the latest in the newspaper's series of front pages demanding stricter gun regulations. Wednesday's front page comes after yet another school shooting on Tuesday. A teenage gunman opened fire at an Oregon high school , killing one student and injuring a teacher before killing himself. The Daily News responded with this on Wednesday (via Newseum): Since the Newtown school shooting, the newspaper has made its views on gun control very clear. One of its front pages campaigning on the issue, for example, showed Capitol Hill drenched in blood, and the newspaper also launched a petition to ban assault weapons in ...
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Vegas Cop Killers Awash in Anti-Government, Rightwing Conspiracy 9.6.2014 CommonDreams.org Headlines
Jerad Miller and Amanda Miller shot and killed two Metro Police officers at a pizza restaurant in Las Vegas and killed another person at a nearby Wal-Mart on Sunday, June 8, 2014.Update (3:11 PM EST): Law enforcement release names cop ...
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Booms have a lasting impact on towns' architectural fabric 9.6.2014 From the Blogs
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Gallup: U.S. Standard Of Living Soars, While The Economy Plunges 9.6.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
On 6 June 2014, Gallup headlined "In U.S., Standard of Living Index Climbs to Six-Year High," and on 14 January 2014, Gallup headlined "Americans' Satisfaction With Economy Sours Most Since 2001." The June 6th poll showed that Americans' economic expectations for themselves were rosier than ever since Gallup started polling on this in January 2008; the bottom in these expectations occurred November 2008 when the Bush economy tanked and Obama was elected; and the rise since then has been virtually continuous. The January 14th poll showed an all-time low, since Gallup first polled on this question in 2001, of Americans' satisfaction with the U.S. economy. Only 28% were satisfied in January 2014, versus 68% who had been satisfied during 10-14 January 2001, at the very end of Bill Clinton's Presidency, just before George W. Bush's. What sense can be made of these two findings together? The higher people's future expectations are, the lower those same people's satisfaction with the present is, and ...
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28 Percent Of Americans Believe The Bible Is The Literal Word Of God 5.6.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Many debates within Christian theology revolve around the the origins of the Bible , who wrote it, the nature of its authority, and its relationship to the Divine. According to a Gallup poll conducted in May , a solid twenty-eight percent of Americans believe that the Bible is the literal word of God and should be interpreted accordingly. That's a 3% decrease since 2007, when about 1/3 of the United States answered that they believed the Bible was the actual word of God. However, in the late 1970s, 38% to 40% of Americans told Gallup that they believed in the Bible as God's word. Today, 47% of Americans consider the Bible to be "the inspired word of God- but not everything in it should be taken literally." According to Gallup, the aggregate figure means that in America "a combined 75% believe the Bible is in some way connected to God." 21% of Americans consider the Bible to be "an ancient book of fables, legends, history, and moral precepts recorded by man." That percentage has only been so high once in ...
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