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(Post racial America my ass!) 80 percent of police force resigns after Missouri town elects first African-American mayor

Raw Story reports… Following the election of the town’s first African-American mayor, five of the six officers on a small Missouri town police force resigned en masse, reports KFVS. Former city clerk Tyrus Byrd was... Read More
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Bill Maher: If the GOP had Obama’s record ‘they’d be riding it like a fuc*in’ wild bronco’ into 2016

Raw Story explains… Real Time host Bill Maher said President Barack Obama should be a “better bragger” heading into the end of his time in office, while slamming Republicans for not having a record of... Read More
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The Most Creative Ways That Anti-Choice Activists Try To Shut Down Abortion Clinics

ThinkProgress explains… Over the past several years, abortion opponents have relentlessly targeted women’s health clinics for closure. In the aftermath of the 2010 midterm elections — when anti-choice lawmakers won significant victories and turned their... Read More
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Boehner: ‘Virtually impossible’ to pass Obama force request against ISIS

The Chicago Sun Times reports… House Speaker John Boehner said Tuesday it will be “virtually impossible” for Congress to approve President Barack Obama’s proposed authority for military force against Islamic State militants. In a meeting... Read More
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GOP insiders applaud Clinton rollout

Politico explains that most Republicans thought the former secretary of state’s announcement was contrived or phony, but they still viewed it as a savvy campaign launch. Hillary Clinton has found a new constituency: Republicans. A... Read More
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Oh Good: Airbus Wants to Pack 11 Passengers Into One Row

Wired Magazine reports…. AIRBUS HAS FOUND a way to make flying economy even worse. That’s quite a feat, given how crummy the experience is these days. The trick, it turns out, is eliminating one the few... Read More
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Rebirth of Progressivism may breathe new life in labor unions

The Conversation explains… A decade and a half into the 21st century, the American labor movement resembles a chronically ill patient suffering from multiple maladies. Unions have been pummeled by the converging forces of globalization,... Read More

In Celebration of Welsh and English Youth Basketball Parents

This is The Monday Line by Denis G. Campbell Basketball is a huge part of my life. I grew up in Boston, birthplace of the game. My childhood was spent watching great Celtics teams of... Read More
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Jon Stewart: why I quit The Daily Show

The Guardian explains that Stewart’s decision to retire as host of the satirical news show after 16 years has left liberal America in mourning. So why is he leaving just before an election – and what... Read More
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Necessarily the News

Grantland explains the outrage against the new host of The Daily Show. Understanding the explosion of outrage around the announcement of Trevor Noah as the new ‘Daily Show’ host requires looking at everything from the... Read More
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Even Ray Kelly Is Now Convinced Cops Need to Wear Body-Cams

Mother Jones explains… Former NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly—who once warned against police officers being equipped with body-cameras—is now coming out in support of the recording technology. Kelly’s reversal, he noted on ABC’s This Week on... Read More
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Press me! The buttons that lie to you

BBC explains… Does it help to push the buttons on pedestrian crossings, train doors and thermostats? Often the answer is “no”, as Chris Baraniuk discovers. The tube pulls in to a busy station along the... Read More
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Bostonians Could Foil The City’s Bid To Host The Olympics

ThinkProgress explains… Just months after the United States Olympic Committee selected Boston as the American bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics, exactly half of Boston-area residents oppose hosting the event, a new poll released Thursday... Read More
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Interior Secretary Defends Government’s New Rules For Fracking On Public Lands

ThinkProgress explains… Department of Interior Secretary Sally Jewell hit back against criticism to her department’s recently announced rules on hydraulic fracturing on public lands Thursday, saying that the rules were a needed update to the... Read More
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Texas state House approves bill gutting municipal fracking bans

Raw Story explains the latest Texas overreach. The Texas House overwhelmingly approved a bill on Friday that would give the state the exclusive right to regulate the oil and gas industry, and gut the power... Read More
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Facebook’s Feel-Good Project Turns Into A PR Disaster

ThinkProgress has the story… Facebook is facing significant pushback in India. The social network’s feel-good project,, which aims to bring free online access to under-served regions around the world is losing support from media outlets... Read More
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Mike Huckabee Says You Should Wait Until Obama Leaves Office To Join The Military

The Huffington Post has the Bible Thumper’s latest lunacy… Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) suggested Friday that young Americans planning to join the military should wait until President Barack Obama leaves office to do... Read More

The Man Who Watched Walter Scott Die

The Daily Beast reports… How an immigrant from Santo Domingo shot a video that changed America. Feidin Santana stood along a third-floor hallway at 30 Rockefeller Center in New York the other day, a shy... Read More
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The Long Pointy History Behind Hillary’s Brilliant Logo

Gizmodo explains… Since the announcement of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign was no secret, it was her campaign design that was the big reveal of the week. The giant blue H marched its way to the... Read More
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Low Income Mothers Forced To Use Infant Formulas Containing Cancer Causing Ingredients

by Theodora Filis Today, low income mothers receiving government subsidies are being forced to use genetically modified (GM) baby formula, and those mothers who choose organic baby formula for their developing children, are denied it.... Read More
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Revealed: how Tories covered up pro-EU evidence in key Whitehall report

The Guardian reports that a Lib Dem peer accuses top Conservatives and aides of blocking testimony from big business to boost ‘Eurosceptic spin’. Tory cabinet ministers and their advisers tried to rig the findings of the... Read More

Security Companies Hire Hackers, Ex-Spies to Fight Cyber Attacks

Bloomberg Business explains… It’s a seller’s market for the cyber war’s special forces. Just ask Scott Davies, 30, who left a career snooping on Australia’s enemies in December for a similar gig at FireEye Inc. Or Brian Varner, 35,... Read More
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Mysterious disease kills Nigerian patients within a day

Al Jazeera has the story… A “mysterious” disease that kills patients within 24 hours has claimed at least 17 lives in a southeastern Nigerian town, the government said. “Seventeen people have died of the mysterious... Read More
Huh? Indiana GOP’er Says Testing Welfare Recipients For Drugs Doesn’t Target Poor People

Huh? Indiana GOP’er Says Testing Welfare Recipients For Drugs Doesn’t Target Poor People

Reverb Press has the story… you have been warned, it is VERY stoopid! On a recent Fox and Friends “Entitlement Nation” segment, an Indiana state lawmaker bizarrely claimed that drug testing welfare recipients does not amount... Read More
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George Lucas strikes back: Filmmaker to build affordable housing despite rich neighbors’ protests

Raw Story explains… ymied in his attempts to develop the property known as Skywalker Ranch, Star Wars creator George Lucas will finance and build affordable housing in wealthy Marin County over the protests of his... Read More
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(Smackdown!) Iran leader: We are in talks with ‘the major powers,’ not the U.S. Congress

The Washington Post reports… Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Wednesday that Tehran was negotiating a comprehensive nuclear deal with world powers, not the U.S. Congress, and called a Senate committee’s vote to give Congress the... Read More
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Espresso In Orbit: SpaceX Craft Brings Coffee Machine To Space Station

npr has the space shattering story… The coffee on the International Space Station is about to get much better. The SpaceX Dragon cargo capsule linked up with the station on Friday, bringing groceries, supplies —... Read More
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Promising new Alzheimer’s study finds possible cause of disease

The Guardian reports that findings of US research contradict current thinking on Alzheimer’s and offer hope of finding new treatments. A study using mice has uncovered a possible cause of Alzheimer’s disease, and suggests that... Read More
Bill Maher Eviscerates the GOP Climate Deniers

Bill Maher Eviscerates the GOP Climate Deniers

Raw Story has the details… Republican presidential hopefuls have twisted “zombie lies” to fit their purposes,Real Time host Bill Maher said on Friday, pointing out that they continue to deny climate change while half of... Read More
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This CEO Just Raised His Company’s Minimum Salary to $70,000 a Year

Mother Jones tells the story of someone who recognises his company will grow exponentially with good, happy, well-paid staff. Inspired by research suggesting that the emotional well-being of many of his employees could be improved... Read More