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Headlines for July 14, 2014 14.7.2014 Democracy Now!
U.N.: 80% of Gaza Casualties are Civilian; Thousands Displaced, Israeli Leaflets to Gazans: "Any Moving Body Will Be Struck", Bombings of Gaza Civilian Targets Include Center for Disabled, U.N. Rights Chief: Israeli Bombings of Gaza Likely Violate International Law, Hundreds of Rockets Fired on Israel from Gaza; Israeli Teen Critically Wounded, U.N. Security Council Calls for Gaza Ceasefire, Worldwide Protests Oppose Israeli Attack on Gaza, Iraqi Lawmakers Delay Unity Talks; Violence Kills Dozens, Report: Pentagon Doubts Viability of U.S. "Advisory" Mission in Iraq, U.S. Brokers Deal to Audit Disputed Afghan Presidential Vote, Kerry Meets Iranian FM in Nuclear Talks, GOP Lawmakers Seek Reduction of Border Funding Request; Deportations to Begin This Week, Detroit Retirees, Public Workers Vote on Pension Cuts, World Council of Churches Divests from Fossil Fuels, Guantánamo Prisoners Seek Same Religious Protection as Hobby Lobby, Berghdal Returning to Active Duty at Texas Base, Legendary Jazz Musician, ...
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Jeff Flake's Son Linked To Horrifying Dog Deaths: Report 23.6.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
The son of Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) is involved in the deaths of more than a dozen dogs , Fox 10 News reported Sunday night. Seventeen dogs being held at Green Acre boarding house in Maricopa County, Arizona, were revealed to be dead Saturday morning while under the care of the senator’s son Austin Flake and his wife, sources told the station. The couple had been tasked with managing the facility while the owners were out of town. “I learned of this tragic accident yesterday,” Jeff Flake said in a statement. “I can't imagine the devastating loss these families are experiencing. My heart goes out to the owners who lost their beloved pets." The owners allegedly told law enforcement that the facility’s power shut down sometime between Thursday night and Friday morning, according to Fox 10. The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office found evidence suggesting that one of the dogs chewed through a wire powering the air-conditioning in the pets’ living quarters. Owners of the deceased dogs told Fox 10 they were not ...
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Back to Baghdad! 23.6.2014 Commondreams.org Views
Eric Margolis

NEW YORK – One would think the neoconservatives who engineered the Iraq War – the worst disaster for the United States since Vietnam – would never emerge from hiding.

Not so. With dazzling chutzpah, former Vice President Dick Cheney, the real power in the Bush administration, just claimed President Barack Obama was responsible for the growing mess in Iraq.

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Back to Baghdad! 23.6.2014 Commondreams.org Views
Eric Margolis

NEW YORK – One would think the neoconservatives who engineered the Iraq War – the worst disaster for the United States since Vietnam – would never emerge from hiding.

Not so. With dazzling chutzpah, former Vice President Dick Cheney, the real power in the Bush administration, just claimed President Barack Obama was responsible for the growing mess in Iraq.

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Who Won Iraq? 19.6.2014 Commondreams.org Views
Tom Engelhardt

(Credit: U.S. Army/cc/flickr)As Iraq was unraveling last week and the possible outlines of the first jihadist state in modern history were coming into view, I remembered this nugget from the summer of 2002.  At the time, journalist Ron Suskind had a meeting with “a senior advisor” to President George W.

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Who Won Iraq? 19.6.2014 Commondreams.org Views
Tom Engelhardt

(Credit: U.S. Army/cc/flickr)As Iraq was unraveling last week and the possible outlines of the first jihadist state in modern history were coming into view, I remembered this nugget from the summer of 2002.  At the time, journalist Ron Suskind had a meeting with “a senior advisor” to President George W.

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America Will Fail on Climate Change 6.6.2014 Commondreams.org Views
Ezra Klein

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I touched on this in my conversation with Ta-Nehisi Coates, but I'm a climate pessimist. I don't believe the United States — or the world — will do nearly enough, nearly fast enough, to hold the rise in temperatures to safe levels. I think we're fucked. Or, at the least, I think our grandchildren are fucked.

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Peddling Palin's Snake Oil: More Duplicity and Deception from the Last Frontier 2.6.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
In the arc of Sarah Palin's meteoric rise to fame following her acceptance speech at the 2008 Republican National Convention and her equally meteoric crash a short time later during her infamous interviews with Katie Couric and Charles Gibson -- a crash that has repeated itself over and over again in the six long years since -- there's been a troubling and ultimately duplicitous narrative sprung up by some commentators out of Alaska, where Palin was briefly a popular governor, and it goes something like this: that Sarah Palin was a beloved figure and a committed political crusader before her Cinderella appearance on the national stage, plucked out of obscurity, such as it was, by John McCain's bumbling and beleaguered presidential campaign. It's a fanciful fairytale. Alaskans are a bit like a dysfunctional family: it's fine for them to call Aunt Sally a so-and-so or Uncle Johnny a this-and-that, but when Outsiders -- and that's what they call the rest of us in the Lower 48, Outsiders -- do the same, ...
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Ted Cruz's Message For The GOP's 'Greybeards': Don't Discount The Government Shutdown 1.6.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) has a message for the Republican Party's "greybeards" -- don't discount the impact of last year's government shutdown. Speaking at the 2014 Republican Leadership Conference on Saturday, Cruz insisted that October 2013's antics are helping the party in its midterm election fights. "They’re reaping the fruits of the battle, which is perfectly fine," Cruz said, according to the Washington Post. "But we need to take a moment to acknowledge the lesson of the battle.” Back in December 2013, Cruz was unapologetic about his role in the 16-day standoff , vowing that he did not make any mistakes. Cruz was credited by several House Republicans as the lead force behind the party's efforts. "[He played] an excellent role," said Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) at the time. "I think what he's done is strengthened our hand. He's made the case that we need to act and act decisively, and so I think we have a lot to credit him for." At the conclusion of the shutdown, polls showed Americans were mad ...
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John Boehner: 'I'm Not Qualified To Debate The Science Over Climate Change' 29.5.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration is preparing to roll out new regulations on greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants on Monday, and the rules are already drawing criticism from congressional Republicans. Of course, many of the rules' opponents are not even convinced that the issue the rules seek to address -- namely, climate change -- is even a problem at all. The Republican-led House Science Committee is holding a hearing on Thursday morning questioning the most recent scientific reports on climate change. A reporter asked House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) at Thursday morning's Republican leadership press conference if, given his stated concerns about EPA regulations, "Are there steps you would support to take action against climate change, and do you think that's a problem?" Boehner's response didn't exactly answer the question. "Well, listen. I'm not qualified to debate the science over climate change. But I am astute enough to understand that every proposal that has come out of ...
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Sarah Palin Calls Obama 'Lazy' Over Approach To Veterans Affairs Scandal 22.5.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) railed against President Barack Obama on Wednesday, accusing him of mishandling the scandal currently plaguing the Department of Veterans Affairs. The inspector general is investigating reports of misconduct at 26 VA facilities nationwide, including the Phoenix facility where 40 veterans allegedly died waiting for care while records were manipulated to hide excessive wait times. Fox News' Sean Hannity asked Palin why she believed Obama chose not to go after VA Secretary Eric Shinseki. “When you hold someone accountable, it takes an energy and resource. And Barack Obama is lazy,” Palin said. “In fact, he warned us that he was lazy and he attributed that to having been brought up in Hawaii. His words, not mine.” Palin was probably referring to a 2011 conversation between Barbara Walters and Obama, in which the president admitted he may have picked up his "laziness" from growing up in Hawaii. In the Fox News appearance, Palin added that the problem "starts at the top," ...
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Sarah Palin: 'Hillary's Brain Is Off-Limits' But My Personal History Wasn't 20.5.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Sarah Palin mocked Democrats and the "lame-stream media" on Monday for declaring questions about Hillary Clinton's health off-limits , but reporting on rumors about Palin's relationship with her son, who has Down syndrome, during the 2008 presidential campaign. The former Alaska governor and Republican vice presidential nominee also shared links on her Facebook page as evidence of "mean-spirited salaciousness" published by the media. Hey! Hillary’s brain is off-limits! Leave her health records alone! Democrats are right -- scouring records of a female candidate is just politics of personal destruction, and for the media to engage in it would be unfair, unethical, and absolutely UNPRECEDENTED. You can’t probe a woman like that because, well, it’s a war on women! Bunch of sexist, big meanies engaging in something heretofore unheard of, for shame. America, you deserve fair and consistent coverage of relevant issues before deciding a Presidential/Vice Presidential ticket, so have faith the agenda-less media ...
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John McCain Would 'Probably Change The Name' Of Washington's Football Team 2.5.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said he would "probably change the name" of Washington, D.C.'s professional football team. During a Friday appearance on the "Dan Patrick Show," McCain said the feelings of Native Americans should be considered. "If they think it's that offensive and terrible, I would certainly -- probably -- I'm not the owner and he has the rights of an owner. But frankly I would probably change the name," McCain said, according to CBS Sports . "Myself I'm not offended. You're not offended. But there are Native Americans who are." McCain said he would sit down with Native American leaders if he were Dan Snyder, the owner of Washington's football team. "I'd call the Native American leaders together and I'd sit down with them and say ‘What is it you want?'" McCain said. "If I were him I'd have a dialogue." Though he has acknowledged the name is offensive, McCain has previously said he'd hesitate to tell Snyder to change the name. "Redskins, to many Native Americans, which matters more than John ...
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'Drill, Baby, Drill' Has Failed -- And Now We Can Do Something About It 2.5.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
In the next few weeks, Congress will decide the country's Fiscal Year 2015 funding priorities. A lot is riding on whether we fund necessary environmental, clean energy and reclamation programs or leave them to wither. I'm hoping we do the right thing. It's important to know the context. Americans paid an average of $3.57 for a gallon of gasoline last year. Compare that to the $2.40 per gallon average in 2009. The Republican "more drilling brings the price down" argument clearly isn't working. It is, however, making oil companies a hefty profit at our taxpayer-subsidized expense. We need a better national strategy. This year President Obama requested about $6.9 billion for clean energy technology programs at the Department of Energy, the Department of Interior and the Environmental Protection Agency. Many parts of his proposal are smart investments in our environmental future. Unfortunately, the administration wants to accelerate the already rapidly expanding exploitation of domestic oil and gas fields. ...
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Democratic Congressman Wants Federal Investigation Into ALEC-Backed Laws 16.4.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON -- The ranking member of the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation wants the Department of Interior's inspector general to determine whether laws pushed by conservative groups are undermining the agency's work. Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.) sent a letter to DOI acting Inspector General Mary Kendall Wednesday asking about this issue in the wake of a standoff in Nevada between militiamen and officials from the DOI's Bureau of Land Management. Rancher Cliven Bundy has refused for years to pay grazing fees for his use of federal lands, saying he does not recognize federal authority over public lands in the state. The issue came to a head last week when BLM officials seized hundreds of Bundy's cattle, and armed right-wing and anti-government groups flocked to the area for a showdown. Authorities then abandoned the cattle seizure , citing "serious concern about the safety of employees and members of the public." Grijalva asked Kendall to look at what role ...
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Mike Rogers Endorses Lawmaker Known For Government Shutdowns To Succeed Him 8.4.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Before announcing last month he would retire from the House of Representatives to launch a national radio show , Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) became a popular figure on talk shows as a national security hawk. On Monday, the soon-to-be broadcaster gave his blessing to another Michigan Republican named Mike who gearing up for a run at Rogers' 8th district seat: former state Senate Majority leader Mike Bishop. “Mike Bishop is the right conservative for the 8th District,” Rogers said, according to a press release. “Bishop will stand up to liberal policies of the Obama administration, just like he stood up and fought for us against the liberal policies of the Granholm administration.” Bishop has been blamed by many for a part in helping cause Michigan's brief government shutdowns in 2007 and 2009 under former governor Jennifer Granholm (D). After term limits forced him to leave the state Senate, Bishop, who is currently chief legal officer for International Bancard Corp. and an adjunct professor at the Thomas ...
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Mississippi Governor Signs Anti-Gay Bill 4.4.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant signed a bill Thursday that supporters say will assure unfettered practice of religion without government interference but that opponents worry could lead to state-sanctioned discrimination against gays and lesbians. The bill, called the Mississippi Religious Freedom Restoration Act, will become law July 1. It also will add "In God We Trust" to the state seal. An early version of the bill, considered weeks ago, was similar to one Arizona's Republican governor, Jan Brewer, vetoed after business groups said it could hurt that state's economy. Supporters say the final Mississippi bill bears little resemblance to the failed Arizona measure. Outside the state Capitol on Thursday, more than 75 gay-rights supporters protested against the bill. Jeff White of Waveland, a founder of the Mississippi Gulf Coast Lesbian and Gay Community Center, said as someone who is gay and Jewish, he worries such a new law could make him more vulnerable to unfair treatment. "It's ...
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Sarah Palin Campaigns For Republican Hopeful In Georgia's Senate Race 4.4.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
UNION CITY, Ga. (AP) — The hotly contested Senate race in Georgia was all about the political power of women Thursday, with Sarah Palin defending GOP hopeful Karen Handel against dismissive remarks by a male rival and Handel arguing that she'd nullify any Republican war-on-women talk by Democrats in the high-stakes November election. "I would really love to see (Democratic hopeful) Michelle Nunn drop the 'war on women' on me," Handel said to big applause at a luncheon with Palin for a county Republican women's group. Handel gained notoriety as the former Susan G. Komen for the Cure executive at the center of a public outcry over the breast cancer charity's decision, later reversed, to cut off funding for Planned Parenthood. But Nunn, the likely Democratic nominee, has so far steered clear of the theme that proved effective for Democrats in 2012. In her first ad, released Thursday, Nunn instead appealed to Georgia's independent voters by touting her leadership in the nonprofit Points of Light Foundation ...
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Sarah Palin: Paul Ryan's Budget Is 'The Definition Of Insanity' 2.4.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Former GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin hammered Paul Ryan’s (R-Wis.) newest budget proposal in a Facebook post Tuesday, mocking the House Budget Committee Chairman’s proposal as a "joke." “The latest Ryan (R, Wisconsin) Budget is not an April Fool’s joke," she wrote. "But it really IS a joke because it is STILL not seeing the problem." Ryan's proposal, unveiled Tuesday, would slash $5.1 trillion in federal spending over the next decade through steep cuts to numerous social programs, including food stamps, Medicaid and pensions for federal workers. Palin, however, characterized Ryan’s Republican budget plan as a weak attempt to address wasteful government spending. “[I]nstead of speculating years out that some future Congress and White House may possibly, hopefully, eh-who-knows, take responsibility for today’s budgetary selfishness and shortsightedness to do so. THIS is the definition of insanity,” Palin wrote. "As my Dad would say after these April Fool’s announcements, 'This would kill a ...
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Rep. Dave Camp Gave This 'Congress' Thing His Best Shot, But He's Done 1.4.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Is there even much of a point to being a member of Congress anymore, if you're nominally committed to public service? Probably not, and now Rep. Dave Camp (R-Mich.) has decided to consciously uncouple himself from his 23-year career in the House of Representatives. According to reports broken nearly simultaneously by The Washington Post and Politico , Camp has elected to not seek reelection in 2014, becoming the fourth high-profile Michigan lawmaker (along with Reps. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) and John Dingell (D-Mich.) as well as Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.)) to opt-out of continuing their careers in Washington. The Post reports that "Camp’s retirement was expected by many inside the Capitol" -- expectations that became salient Monday morning after Politico noted that Camp had not yet filed for reelection . Camp, the chair of the House Ways And Means Committee, was not eligible to return to that post in the next Congress, owing to House Republican Caucus term limits for committee chairs. As Politico now reports ...
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