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A Poetic Exploration Of The Hunting Tradition In America's North 21.11.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Photographer Clare Benson comes from a long line of hunters. Growing up in northern Michigan, she remembers her father, now 82 years old, winning archery championships and reminiscing about his time as a hunting guide in the Alaskan wilderness. For her, the tradition of hunting -- and the rugged northern landscape that serves as its backdrop -- represents themes of memory and mortality, ones she's managed to weave in and out of her work for some time. Her series "The Shepard's Daughter" addresses her connection to hunting most directly. The images show Benson, her sister and her father trekking through snow-covered scenes, respectfully carrying the spoils of hunting trips past. She pointedly juxtaposes portraits of her family members lounging in contemplation with photographs of the animals they hunt, skin, cook and eat. Set in a vast world unfamiliar to most urban dwellers, Benson paints a picture of a hunting tradition we don't often encounter. The Shepherd's Daughter, 2012 The project, she explained ...
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18 Stunning India-Based Instagram Feeds You Should Be Following 19.11.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
A photo posted by Subhash Chandra (@subhash_chandra) on Sep 9, 2014 at 7:34pm PDT 5. Hashim Badani: A self-described "chronicler of the mundane," Badani tends to shoot in and around Mumbai. Every once in a while though, the Lonely Planet contributor happens on somewhere completely surreal (see below). A photo posted by hashimbadani (@hashimbadani) on Nov 11, 2014 at 12:15am PDT 6. Siddhartha Joshi: This wandering photographer is another strong portraitist, whose subjects range from kids at play to the army men patrolling India's northern borders. A photo posted by Sid (@siddharthajoshi) on Aug 8, 2014 at 5:56am PDT A photo posted by Sid (@siddharthajoshi) on Oct 10, 2014 at 8:22am PDT 7. @my_mumbai: This popular feed features work by anyone who tags their photos #my_mumbai. The resulting account is sweeping, well-curated, and -- for anyone drawn to the world's densest locales -- undoubtedly worth a follow. A photo posted by #MyMumbai (@my_mumbai) on Oct 10, 2014 at 2:59am PDT A photo posted by #MyMumbai ...
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Austin Flake, Son Of Senator Jeff Flake, Pleads Not Guilty To Animal Cruelty Charges 14.11.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
By David Schwartz PHOENIX, Nov 13 (Reuters) - The son of U.S. Senator Jeff Flake and his wife pleaded not guilty on Thursday to multiple animal cruelty charges after 21 dogs died while the couple were caretakers at a boarding kennel that overheated in suburban Phoenix, court officials said. Austin Flake is married to Logan Flake, daughter of the Green Acre kennel's owners, who were on a trip to Florida and had left the couple, both aged 21, in charge of the facility when the incident happened in June. The pair entered their pleas in the high profile case at Maricopa County Superior Court, where they each face 21 felony and seven misdemeanor counts after being indicted by a state grand jury last month. "Austin and Logan Flake have declared their innocence," the Flakes' attorney Dennis Wilenchik said in a statement. "This was a tragic and unforeseen accident, nothing more." Attorney John Schill, who represents the dead dogs' owners in a civil lawsuit against the Flakes and the owners of the ...
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Report Casts Serious Doubts on Federal Investigation Into BP Atlantis Facility 8.11.2014 Commondreams.org Newswire
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Here Are The Top Super PAC Mega-Donors In 2014 Elections 1.11.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON -- In Iowa, a television station recently created a new program so it could sell more advertising to political campaigns, party committees and independent groups bombarding voters in this year's battleground states. The advertising crush is being driven in large part by big-spending independent groups, including super PACs and nonprofits, which are on pace to set a record for independent spending in a midterm election cycle. The groups are set to spend more than $600 million -- double their expenses from the 2010 elections. Super PACs accounted for $332 million in spending through the end of October, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Massive contributions from the wealthiest Americans, large corporations, dark money nonprofits and labor unions are behind this super PAC spending binge. A review of Federal Election Commission records by The Huffington Post found that 140 donors who gave more than $500,000 each to super PACs accounted for $365.5 million in super PAC donations as of ...
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Here Are The Biggest Campaign Whoppers Of The 2014 Midterms 29.10.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Braley’s VA Hearing Attendance Under Attack , Aug. 1 Misleading Ads About Taxes Nothing, the saying goes, is as certain as death and taxes. To that we might add “and misleading political ads about taxes.” As usual, 2014 campaigns have been filled with bloated boasts about tax cuts and off-base accusations that an opponent has raised taxes. The bipartisan deal reached on New Year’s Day in 2013 to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff provided plenty of ad fodder for both sides. Known as the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012, the compromise agreement permanently extended Bush-era income tax cuts for everyone except for individuals making more than $400,000 and couples making more than $450,000 a year. That led to a grossly misleading boast by McConnell, the Senate minority leader from Kentucky, who voted for the bipartisan deal. McConnell claimed he “[s]aved 99% of Kentuckians from Obama’s Tax Increases.” But Obama’s plan would have extended the Bush-era tax cuts for those earning up to $250,000 for families ...
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Billionaires Answer Call To Donate To Republican Super PACs For 2014 Homestretch 22.10.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON -- Billionaires are rushing to the aid of Republicans in the homestretch of the 2014 elections with a massive super PAC infusion after a plea from big money mastermind Karl Rove. On Sept. 17, Rove, the co-founder of the super PAC and dark money duo American Crossroads and Crossroads GPS, took to the Wall Street Journal editorial page to send out his billionaire bat-signal. If the rich want to ensure Republican control of the Senate, "reducing the Democratic cash advantage will tip the needle in the GOP's direction," Rove wrote. "That will only happen if Republicans open their wallets to candidates whom they may have never met." Since Rove's plea, 21 billionaires and their family members have poured $19.9 million into super PACs backing Republican Party candidates, fueling an October outside spending surge. Only $5.1 million was given to the Republican super PACs in the first half of September, before Rove's request. The billionaire cash infusion came from what has become the core of the ...
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Fishy Money Fuels Super PACs In Alaska Senate Race 11.10.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON -- Outside super PACs have played a major role supporting Sen. Mark Begich (D) as he faces a tough re-election race against former Alaska Natural Resources commissioner Dan Sullivan (R). These groups have already pumped $13.8 million into the state to support the first-term senator, according to the Center for Responsive Politics , with more to come before the Nov. 4 election. The majority of this outside spending binge has come through the super PAC Put Alaska First. This group is almost entirely funded by the national Democratic Party's super PAC for Senate elections , Senate Majority PAC, which in turn receives most of its money from wealthy donors with little interest in the affairs of Alaska. That doesn't mean that donors with significant business interests in Alaska, or those with a stake in what happens before the key Senate committee that Begich chairs, aren't making unlimited contributions to these groups -- even if they're afraid to say so. Two limited liability companies hailing ...
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Republicans Hint At Another Government Shutdown Over Obamacare. Seriously. 9.10.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON -- Less than a year after House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) called the 2013 government shutdown over funding for Obamacare a “predictable disaster,” Republicans are hinting they might be willing to do it again in a few months. A group of 14 Republicans, led by Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) wrote to Boehner on Wednesday identifying a provision of the Affordable Care Act that a Government Accountability Office report concluded would require an additional appropriation from Congress in the next fiscal year. According to ThinkProgress, the provision allows the federal government to reimburse insurance companies that underestimate claims they will have to pay with profits from insurance companies that overestimated. In their letter to Boehner, the Republicans wrote that the program “puts taxpayers at risk of a large bailout if insurers systematically lose money on exchange plans.” The Republicans, including Sens. Rand Paul of Kentucky and John McCain of Arizona, urge Boehner to end the program when ...
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Where Billionaires Are Placing Bets In This Year's Elections 25.9.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON -- As the Democratic Party works to hold control of the U.S. Senate for the final two years of Barack Obama's presidency, a key strategy for November's elections seeks to tie Republican challengers to policies advocated by billionaire donors, especially brothers Charles and David Koch. In Iowa, for example, where Republican state Sen. Joni Ernst is running for the U.S. Senate seat now held by retiring Sen. Tom Harkin (D), a recent ad from Senate Majority PAC, a super PAC supporting Democrats, says Ernst backs the same policies as the Koch brothers, whose nonprofit organizations have spent big to boost her candidacy. "Follow the money," an announcer says. "It's the oldest rule in politics." Following the money, while made more difficult by the rise of undisclosed dark money in this year's campaign, does indeed show that billionaires are spending big. An analysis by The Huffington Post of contributions made by the nation's approximately 471 billionaires and their families found that the ...
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Texas Backs Off Plan To Sell Alcohol At Gun Shows 24.9.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas officials have withdrawn a plan to allow sales of alcohol at some gun shows, which would have come with strict conditions, such as a ban on sales of live ammunition.

The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission had received hundreds of negative responses to the idea and agreed Tuesday to back off the proposal. The change was meant to aid the Dallas Safari Club's annual convention, a massive event that draws up to 50,000 people. Alcohol sales would have come with a series of conditions, including that a firearm be disabled and not immediately turned over to the buyer.

But traditional gun show operators opposed the idea, saying they worried about mixing guns and alcohol. Opponents said any policy change should be left to the Legislature.
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Sarah Palin Supports Tom Emmer In His Bid To Succeed Michele Bachmann 17.9.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Sarah Palin, the former Alaska governor and 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee, lent her support on Monday to Tom Emmer, a Minnesota Republican running for the U.S. House. Palin invoked Emmer's hockey experience as she detailed her support for him on Facebook: Emmer , a former member of the Minnesota House of Representatives, won the GOP nomination for the 6th District in August. Retiring Rep. Michele Bachmann (R), who currently holds the seat, endorsed him in April . This isn't the first time Palin has endorsed Emmer; she supported his failed 2010 Minnesota gubernatorial bid. Emmer is reliably conservative , as he favors cuts in spending and taxes, supports gun rights and opposes abortion and gay marriage. He will face Democrat Joe Perske and Independence Party candidate John Denney in ...
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National Service Now 12.9.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
This week, we remember both the tragedy of 9/11 and the 20th anniversary of AmeriCorps. In the aftermath of 9/11, millions of Americans stepped forward to serve their country -- some in the military, others in the Peace Corps, AmeriCorps or the new Citizen Corps for disaster response, and many in their local communities as volunteers. Census data showed that volunteer service grew dramatically for half a decade, while AmeriCorps was expanded by 50 percent and the Peace Corps grew to the highest levels in more than 30 years. Service was on the march. Five years ago, a ServiceNation coalition worked together with Senators Orrin Hatch, Edward Kennedy, John McCain, Barbara Mikulski, Thad Cochran, Hillary Clinton and the 73 other U.S. Senators who supported the Serve America Act, and with Members in the House on a bipartisan basis. In 2009, President Barack Obama, a charismatic leader who inspired many by embracing national service as a cause of his Presidency, signed the Serve America Act into law in his ...
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Joe Arpaio Calls For Felony Charges Against Jeff Flake's Son In Deaths Of Dogs 10.9.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
BY DAVID SCHWARTZ PHOENIX, Sept 9 (Reuters) - Authorities in Arizona have completed an investigation into the deaths of 21 dogs at a Phoenix-area boarding kennel which overheated, and a local lawman recommended on Tuesday that felony animal cruelty charges be filed against four suspects. Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio said he has no doubt the charges are warranted for the owners and caretakers of the Green Acre boarding facility, where the animals died in June from apparent suffocation and overheating. "All of those involved in the investigation as well as myself, are confident that felony charges for cruel animal neglect as well as various misdemeanors should be brought against all four suspects in the case," he said in a statement. The suspects are kennel owners Todd and Maleisia Hughes, and caretakers Austin and Logan Flake, according to Arpaio's statement. Austin Flake in the son of U.S. Senator Jeff Flake of Arizona. None of the four could immediately be reached for ...
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Mitch McConnell: 'I Am The Guy That Gets Us Out Of Shutdowns' 28.8.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON -- Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) dismissed any notions about allowing another federal government shutdown if Republicans retake the upper chamber next year. "Oh, I did rule it out. Remember me? I am the guy that gets us out of shutdowns," McConnell told CNN in a Wednesday interview . "I'm the guy that's gotten us out of the shutdowns that some of our members have pushed us into in the past." "It's a failed policy," he said of brinkmanship over government funding bills. The Kentucky Republican sought to tamp down fears about another costly fiscal standoff after Congress returns from recess next month, fanned in part by Democrats this week . Lawmakers will have just 10 working days to agree to a continuing resolution before funding passed earlier this year expires on Oct. 1, raising the possibility of a political crisis ahead of the midterm elections. In an interview with Politico earlier this month, McConnell struck a more defiant tone. He promised to use spending bills to ...
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Steve King: 'All Bets Are Off' On Government Shutdown If Obama Acts On Immigration 28.8.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON -- One of the most vehement opponents of comprehensive immigration reform said Wednesday that he supports a tactic that could lead to another federal government shutdown. Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) said that "all bets are off" about the fate of a continuing resolution to fund the government if President Barack Obama decides to unilaterally take action to provide deportations relief for undocumented immigrants. "If the president wields his pen and commits that unconstitutional act to legalize millions, I think that becomes something that is nearly political nuclear," King said, according to the Des Moines Register . "I think the public would be mobilized and galvanized and that changes the dynamic of any continuing resolution and how we might deal with that." If the president takes action on immigration, as he is expected to do later this fall , King said that Republicans should push for the passage of House legislation on border security to become a "requirement" in exchange for funding the ...
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Blowback: Vijay Prashad on How Islamic State Grew Out of US Invasion of Iraq 26.8.2014 Truthout.com
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Blowback: Vijay Prashad on How Islamic State Grew Out of US Invasion of Iraq, Destruction of Nation 26.8.2014 Truthout - All Articles
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Here's One Sarah Palin Move We Can All Get Behind 26.8.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) shared news of "a new addition" to her family on her Facebook page Monday, sharing photos of her newest dog, Jill Hadassah. Palin said the dog was trained by a friend involved with the Puppy Jake Foundation , which prepares dogs to help military veterans and those with special needs. The dog will be a "buddy" to her son Trig , who has Down Syndrome. "She’s brilliant and beautiful, and we feel very blessed to have her," Palin wrote on her Facebook page. See Palin's full post -- including pictures of Jill Hadassah -- ...
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Blowback: Vijay Prashad on How Islamic State Grew Out of U.S Invasion of Iraq, Destruction of Nation 25.8.2014 Democracy Now!
Militants from Islamic State stormed an air base in northeast Syria on Sunday, capturing it from government forces. Fighters from Islamic State have seized three Syrian military bases in the area in recent weeks. This comes as the Pentagon considers expanding its airstrikes against Islamic State in Iraq to include targets inside Syria. Meanwhile, another journalist who had been kidnapped in Syria, Peter Theo Curtis, has been freed after two years in captivity by the Nusra Front -- another militant group in Syria. Calls have been growing for the United States to attack Syria since Islamic State posted video showing the kidnapped American journalist James Foley being beheaded. Foley was captured in Syria in 2012. Meanwhile in Iraq, officials say suicide bomber targeted a Shiite mosque in Baghdad today, killing at least 12 people. We speak to Vijay Prashad, professor of international studies at Trinity College. He is the author of several books, including "Arab Spring, Libyan Winter" and, most recently, ...
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