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Black People Are More Than Twice As Likely As White People To Struggle To Afford Food 6.11.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Think we're living in a "post-racial society"? Think again. A recent Gallup poll found that black people are more than twice as likely as white people to have trouble putting food on the family table. Gallup surveyed a random sample of 148,854 adults age 18 or older and asked if at any time in the last year they did not have enough money to afford food. On the whole, 17.2 percent of Americans reported difficulty paying for food, which is down from a peak a 18.9 percent in 2013. The percentage of black people who can't afford food was a lot higher. Twenty-nine percent of black people surveyed by Gallup said they had trouble affording food, more than twice as much as the percentage of white people (13.3 percent). Hispanic people were right behind blacks at 25 percent. The survey is just the latest indicator of the huge racial economic divide that persists in the U.S. As Gallup points out, the median household income among black people ($34,598) is far less than that of white people ($58,270). And when it ...
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When the Wall Came Tumbling Down: The American Public and Berlin 6.11.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
When the Berlin Wall fell 25 years ago this week, America rejoiced in what was widely seen as a new opportunity for peace in the world. But in the early years post-World War II, when the partitioning of Germany stood at the center of tensions between the Russians and the Western Allies, the public saw the future of Berlin lying dark under the threat of war. How the American people viewed the division and reunification of Berlin, from the Roper Center for Public Opinion Archives: The beginnings: The Berlin Airlift After the Second World War, Germany was split into four sectors under control of U.S., U.K., French and Russian authorities. Berlin, located in the Soviet Occupation zone, was also divided, requiring people and supplies to cross the Russian-controlled area to enter the western parts of the city. In the spring of 1948, Russian leaders announced that all cargo going in or out of West Berlin by rail or truck would be inspected. Allied forces began relying solely upon air transport for goods, but ...
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About 100 Dogs Rescued From Alleged Puppy Mill Will Soon 'Know What Compassion Is' 6.11.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
The dogs were found covered in layers of filth and matted hair, and underneath that, you could feel their ribcages. That's how Scotlund Haisley, president of nonprofit Animal Rescue Corps , described the condition of about 100 dogs rescued from a dog breeder in Humboldt, Tennessee, on Wednesday. He said the conditions were typical of a so-called "puppy mill." " You could feel the ammonia burning across your face ," Gibson County Sheriff Paul Thomas, whose office worked with ARC on the rescue, told a local ABC affiliate. "The feces, the urine, it's horrible." One of the dogs rescued in Wednesday's raid. Photo credit: Amiee Stubbs for Animal Rescue Corps The raid, called "Operation Home for the Holidays," began after Animal Rescue Corps received a tip and sent an undercover investigator, posing as a potential buyer, to collect evidence. That evidence was brought to the sheriff's office, which executed a search warrant, leading to Wednesday's raid. “ These dogs have been suffering from various untreated ...
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John Boehner, Mitch McConnell Pledge Renewed Commitment To Obamacare Repeal 6.11.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON -- House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) wrote in a Wall Street Journal op-ed Wednesday that a focus of the new Republican Congress would be repealing the Affordable Care Act. In the op-ed published online in the Journal on Wednesday evening, the Republican leaders wrote that repealing President Barack Obama’s signature health care law would be part of a GOP focus on jobs and the economy. “Among other things, that means a renewed effort to debate and vote on the many bills that passed the Republican-led House in recent years with bipartisan support, but were never even brought to a vote by the Democratic Senate majority,” Boehner and McConnell wrote. "It also means renewing our commitment to repeal ObamaCare, which is hurting the job market along with Americans’ health care.” The Republican-led House has voted dozens of times to repeal Obamacare, but the Democratic-led Senate ignored the measures. That may change in the next Congress as a result ...
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The Technical Way to Lose the Senate 6.11.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
The Democrats lost the senate in history's most expensive midterm cycle . So why did so many races go Right? I think it comes down to one thing: Democratic nominees forgot about the power of the internet and tried fighting Republicans in a conventional war of television ads, mailers and rallies. Did no one tell the Left that Republicans own the more traditional weapons of political races? Are the lessons of Dean's presidential run of 2004 and the more successful Obama wins of 2008 and 2012 already forgotten? All of the campaigns that could have won have the telltale signs of a social media strategy gone wrong where candidates used polished, on-script, newsfeed-like use of Twitter and Facebook in lieu of authentic, engaging, off-script content that builds community, passion and votes. Some candidates committed electoral suicide by demanding visitors to their website to provide personal information before they could gain access. The loss of the senate is a warning to all those liberals looking to jump into ...
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New York Post Front Page Shows A Naked Obama, 'Stripped' Of Control 5.11.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Republicans have taken control of the Senate, and the New York Post couldn't wait to get this front page out first thing Wednesday morning:

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via Newseum
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How Obamacare Could Save Alison Lundergan Grimes 4.11.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON -- Most polls show Alison Lundergan Grimes trailing Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in Kentucky's closely watched Senate race. But a secret weapon for Grimes may be something she struggled to embrace for most of her campaign: Obamacare. More than 413,000 people in Kentucky have obtained health insurance thanks to Kynect, the state's adaptation of the Affordable Care Act. About 330,000 residents received insurance under the law's Medicaid expansion, while more than 82,000 have purchased insurance through Kynect's insurance exchange. For a lightly populated state like Kentucky, those are numbers with the potential to alter election results on Tuesday. McConnell defeated Democrat Bruce Lunsford in 2008 by 106,811 votes -- 953,816 to 847,005 according to the Kentucky Board of Elections . Nobody knows how many of the 413,000 Obamacare beneficiaries in Kentucky voted in 2008, or how many will vote on Tuesday. But given McConnell's persistent attacks on Obamacare -- he continues to say he ...
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Arizona School Board Votes To Get Rid Of Textbook Pages That Discuss Abortion 1.11.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
An Arizona school district is making sure that students are not educated about abortion in biology class. This week, Gilbert Public Schools’ governing board voted to remove pages from an honors biology textbook because the pages talk about mifepristone , a pill that can induce an abortion, reports local outlet 12 News. Members of the board contended that the pages violate a state statute, which prevents school districts from providing instruction that "that does not give preference, encouragement and support to childbirth and adoption as preferred options to elective abortion," says the outlet. The specific section in question is titled “ Contraception can prevent unwanted pregnancy .” It says that “complete abstinence (avoiding intercourse) is the only totally effective method of birth control, but other methods are effective to varying degrees.” The passage, from the seventh edition of Campbell Biology: Concepts and Connections, goes on to describe the morning-after pill and mifepristone. The issue was ...
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Sandra Fluke's Election Bid Opposed By One Big-Spending Businessman 30.10.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON -- Bill Bloomfield, the Republican-turned-independent real estate titan, nearly toppled Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) in 2012 after putting more than $7 million of his own money behind his bid. Neither man is on the ballot this year, but that hasn't stopped Bloomfield from pouring another fortune into an electoral race -- this one for the California state Senate. He has already spent $1.3 million in independent expenditures to boost the candidacy of Ben Allen, a Santa Monica-Malibu school board member and former corporate lawyer with Bryan Cave, who is running in the 26th Senate District against lawyer and activist Sandra Fluke . Bloomfield's spending, most of which has come in the last month, is only slightly less than the $1.8 million raised for each candidate's campaign. As the most populous and wealthiest state in the union, California is no stranger to big money spending in elections. In 2010, former Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman put nearly $100 million of her own money in a failed bid ...
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Why It Matters That PetSmart Discriminates Against Pit Bulls 29.10.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
One of Michael Vick's former dogs died this week. Hector the pit bull was two when he was rescued out of the NFL player's Bad Newz Kennels. He then got to live with a wonderful family -- Clara and Roo Yori -- who did all they could to give this dog the great life he so deserved , after his hellish beginning. Hector even got to work for a while as a therapy dog , while also galavanting around the country with his human parents, proving over and over again that even pit bulls who have suffered through the worst abuse can thrive, and live safely, in loving homes. I recently asked Roo what were the best parts of having Hector in his life. He said it was a very long list. One thing he noted was that Hector was the ultimate adventure buddy. Another, he said, was "knowing that by letting Hector have the chance to be himself, we helped inspire change for other dogs to get their chance as well." Hector and Roo Yori, off on an adventure. One place where pit bulls are not getting their chance is at ...
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These Sweet, Soggy Puppies Are Shaking It For A Very Important Reason 28.10.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Wet puppies photographed mid-jiggle! What could be better? How about that Oregon-based photographer Carli Davidson's new book, Shake Puppies , also has a great message about adopting homeless pets. The book includes information about puppy care, training and development, so perhaps more dogs will get to stick around with their families past that impossibly cute, incredibly challenging stage, and well into adulthood. "Most dogs end up in a rescue when they are about a year old, and so much of the reason is a lack of understanding. I want to use this platform to combat that," Davidson said in a news release. Davidson, who previously photographed wiggling, waterlogged adult dogs for her book, Shake , said she faced a number of challenges while working on the new project. For one, the hundred-odd young'uns she was shooting were not always in control of their bladders in the studio. In addition, Davidson had to be sure her models were ethically sourced. "I worked with rescue shelters and pet owners as much as ...
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USA Today's Susan Page Says Obama Administration Most 'Dangerous' To Press In U.S. History 28.10.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Yet another journalist has come out against the seemingly unprecedented secrecy of the Obama administration. USA Today Washington Bureau Chief Susan Page said at a White House Correspondents’ Association (WHCA) event on Saturday that the current administration is more threatening to press freedom than "any administration in American history." Page said she was "really worried" about what could happen if the White House continues to prevent reporters from doing their job of telling the news and telling the truth. “This administration has been more restrictive and more challenging to the press, more dangerous to the press, really, than any administration in American history,” Page said. “I think access to the White House has just gotten worse and worse.” In January, former New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson called the Obama administration "the most secretive White House" she has ever encountered as a journalist. Associated Press Washington chief of bureau Sally Buzbee also chimed in on White ...
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Move Over Tinder; New Pet Adoption App Wants To Hook You Up With Your Pawmate 28.10.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
A new Tinder-like app lets you filter out the dogs -- not that you'd want to. The free pet adoption iPhone app has been released by AllPaws, a website designed to make pet adoption more like online dating . The AllPaws app features more than 200,000 listings of adoptable animals -- dogs, cats, horses, sheep, birds, pigs and reptiles, among them -- which you can sort in various ways including by breed, energy level, size, coat length and special needs. This handsome guy is Zo. He's available for adoption through the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria, Virginia , and is one of more than 120,000 dogs on AllPaws. You can also filter by which pets are closest to you geographically, which have been "favorited" the most, and which are the most shared. (Yes, even pet adoption favors the beautiful and the popular.) AllPaws founder Darrell Lerner, who created online dating sites and apps for humans before he began working in the animal rescue world -- "Tinder before Tinder," is how he put it -- says his entire ...
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Why Turning Out the Vote Makes a Huge Difference in Four Charts 28.10.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Despite the best efforts of Lil' Jon, the most recent Gallup poll suggests that turnout in the upcoming midterm election will be one of the lowest in the last five cycles. If trends hold up, it will also be heavily biased in favor of the rich (see chart). This turnout gap will have important effects on elections and policy. For decades, the conventional wisdom in political science was that the voting electorate was a "carbon copy" of the non-voting electorate, leading two political scientists to argue that, "outcomes would not change if everyone voted." Although the thesis was tenable in the 1980s and even 1990s, wide chasms have opened up on class lines, and therefore voting lines as well. As Larry Bartels recently noted, "No other rich country even came close to matching [the U.S.] level of class polarization in budget-cutting preferences." In a recent study with Bartels and Jason Seawright, Benjamin Page finds that the wealthiest one percent are more conservative than the population as a whole. Within ...
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Natalie Tennant vs. Shelley Moore-Capito Nonpartisan Candidate Guide For West Virginia Senate Race 2014 28.10.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Are you looking for a nonpartisan voter guide to the Natalie Tennant vs. Shelley Moore-Capito Senate race? One that will give you an unbiased, no-spin comparison of candidate positions on key issues? That's what our Campus Election Engagement Project guide will give you! We are a national nonpartisan initiative working with college and university administrators, faculty, and student leaders to increase student participation in America's elections. For the 2014 elections we have created and distributed voter guides to campuses in more than 20 states so they can provide their communities with accurate information for informed voting. Because these guides have been so well received and are useful for all voting citizens who want to be better informed, we are also posting them here. We developed our guides by analyzing information from trusted resources such as www.votesmart.org , www.ontheissues.org , www.ballotpedia.com , www.politifact.com , www.factcheck.org , www.vote411.org and from candidate ...
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Pit Bull Abandoned After Fire Has No Hard Feelings For Humans, Just Wants A Forever Home 28.10.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
If you have a pulse, you're going to have a hard time resisting the charms of Popeye the pit bull , who was abandoned by his family after a house fire. Most of the homeless dogs saved by Los Angeles-based animal rescue Hope For Paws have to be carefully cajoled into approaching the organization's rescue team. But not Popeye. The pretty pup trotted right up to founder Eldad Hagar , his tail wagging with excitement. According to an Oct. 26 video Hope For Paws posted about Popeye's rescue, the organization received a call about the handsome dog after his family left him behind when a fire forced them to move to a new home. Hagar came to his rescue, and after some much-needed petting and a quick game of tug of war, Popeye was ready to leave and begin his search for a new forever home. Popeye is up for adoption through It's The Pits , a San Diego rescue group specializing in finding new families for so-called "bully breeds," a name given to a number of dog breeds (including pit bulls) that are often ...
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This Pit Bull With A Cleft Palate Proved Doctors Wrong And Is Now Living The Good Life 25.10.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Three veterinarians advised that Ruby the pit bull be put down. The pup was born in December with a cleft lip and palate, meaning that those parts of her body didn't get fully developed in the womb . The lip is mostly a cosmetic issue, but the palate made it impossible for the pup to nurse. At just 5 days old, she was already severely malnourished. A dog breeder surrendered the pup to the Utah Animal Advocacy Foundation in Salt Lake City. "I have to admit that she looked pretty bad," Jennifer Clayton, director of the foundation, told The Huffington Post. Clayton's own vet gave Ruby only a slightly better prognosis than the three who'd recommended euthanasia. The doctor, however, warned the effort and expense required to make things work would be great. "But she said she'd help me try to save her if that's what I wanted to do," Clayton says. "As I sat there trying to make that terrible decision, Ruby started to suck on my finger and I knew that she wasn't ready to give up." Ruby's a few weeks old here. It ...
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We Borrowed a Shelter Dog to Go Hiking. You Can -- And Totally Should -- Too 25.10.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
This is Marla. She's up for adoption through the Fairfax County Animal Shelter. Marla -- who is about 2 1/2 years-old, and was found as a stray around a month ago -- was already suited up in a bandana and leash both reading "adopt me" when we got to the shelter, since part of the point of these outings is to introduce adoptable dogs to potential new owners. Other benefits: Doggie time for people who love pets but can't have one of their own, while the dogs get some much-needed exercise and socialization and love. "The strength of the program is it's manageable for people with overscheduled, busy lives," said Kristen Auerbach, the Fairfax shelter's spokesperson. "Most people don't have weeks or months of time to dedicate to shelter pets, but most do have the hour or two it takes to give a shelter dog a much-needed break!" Folks at the shelter had all kinds of good suggestions for where we might go -- for hikes and for leisure -- and soon were off driving to the nearby Manassas Battlefield . Marla spent ...
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These GOP Gubernatorial Candidates Aren't On The Same Page With The Minimum Wage 24.10.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Do Republicans support raising the minimum wage?

It's a yes or-no question. But when asked that question during 2014 debates, these GOP gubernatorial candidates' answers didn't always line up.

Watch the video above.
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Proposed Law Would Make All Housing Pet-Friendly In One California City 23.10.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Call it Barkeley, California. Berkeley City Councilman Jesse Arreguin has proposed that the city prohibit landlords from not allowing pets in rental units. “Landlords (currently) have the right to say you cannot have a pet," Arreguin said, according to the Daily Californian . "That shouldn’t automatically be a barrier.” The law would apply to cats, small dogs and other apartment-sized pets, like hamsters and snakes. Landlords wouldn't be able to prohibit these animals so long as they can be "reasonably accommodated." The tenant would be responsible for any property damage. Arreguin said in a memo to the city's mayor and city council that his proposal stems partly from confusion over the classification of pets vs. animals that are kept for therapeutic reasons. He also noted the potential for tenants to claim their pets to be "emotional support animals" in order to bypass landlord restrictions on pets. The councilman's spokesperson told Time.com that other considerations include reducing pet euthanasia ...
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