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A classic Ben Bradlee letter to ‘flacks’

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Former Washington Post executive editor Benjamin C. Bradlee, who died Tuesday at age 93, had a reputation for speaking truth to power. He also had a reputation for speaking truth to spin doctors, powerful or not. Mary Hadar, former editor of The Post's Style section, held on to ...

Andrew Cuomo: 'I'm Not A Scientist' When It Comes To Fracking

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo right) and Republican New York Gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino (left). Interestingly, Cuomo put a bit of a twist on the refrain. Unlike the Republican lawmakers and candidates who have taken up the line as their standard response to the question of whether manmade ...

Ratings of Animal Planet Show Nosedive After MoJo Exposé

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Animal Planet's hit reality TV show Call of the Wildman came under intense scrutiny earlier this year as the subject of a seven-month Mother Jones investigation into behind-the-scenes animal mistreatment. Now, it's no longer such a hit. Prime time audiences for this year's season tumbled by nearly a ...

Scott Brown’s Big-Money Sellout

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Name a major super-PAC or dark-money outfit and there's a good chance it has helped Republican Scott Brown, the former senator from Massachusetts now trying to oust Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire. Karl Rove's American Crossroads? Check. The Koch-backed Americans for Prosperity? Check. The US Chamber ...

The Making of the Warrior Cop

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By 7:30 on Thursday morning, the capacious ground-floor convention center of the Oakland Marriott was filled with SWAT teams. Mostly men, mostly white, dressed in camouflage or black fatigues, they stood in groups of eight or ten, some eating pastries, others sticking to coffee and a dip of ...

SWAT Teams Keep Killing Innocent People in Their Homes

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Today, 85 percent of SWAT operations target private residences. When heavily-armed policemen conduct raids at peoples' homes, they often go in expecting a fight from hardened criminals—but sometimes they're wrong. Here are a few cases where botched SWAT raids ended in tragedy: One night last May, 19-month-old Bounkham ...

U.S. Solar Is 59 Percent Cheaper Than We Thought It Would Be Back In 2010

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The price of utility-scale solar power is 59 percent below where analysts thought it would be at this point back in 2010. That’s the word from a new report out of the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL). Furthermore, between 2012 ...

BP Oil Spill 'Didn't Ruin The Gulf,' Says Politico Article Written By BP

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An oil slick sits on the surface of the water a few miles from the site of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico Saturday, July 17, 2010. When Politico ran an article last year titled “What BP Owes America,” a big disclaimer was scrolled ...

Canada's Coverage of the Ottawa Shootings Put American Cable News to Shame

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The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation today gave a master class in calm, credible breaking news reporting. Anchored by the unflappable Peter Mansbridge, news of the shootings in Ottawa unfolded live on the CBC much like they do here in the United States: lots of sketchy details, conflicting reports, unreliable ...

In The Battle Over Coal Exports, Coal Is Losing Again

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With the battle over coal exports now in a lull in the Pacific Northwest, where four of six proposed shipping terminals have fallen by the wayside, the front line in the fight has shifted to an unlikely locale. Louisiana, a state where politicians and their constituents have long ...

New evidence supports officer’s account of shooting in Ferguson

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Ferguson, Mo., police officer Darren Wilson shot and killed unarmed teenager Michael Brown after they fought for control of the officer’s gun and after Brown moved toward Wilson as they faced off in the street, according to interviews, news accounts and the full report of the St. Louis ...

Climate Change Is Kicking the Insurance Industry's Butt

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In the months after Hurricane Sandy, insurance companies spooked by rising seas dropped coastal policies in droves. That could become an increasingly common story, according to the largest-ever survey of how insurance companies are dealing with climate change, released today. Global warming is increasing the risk of damage ...

Stop Going Cuckoo for Coconuts

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We've entered the age of the coconut. While the lactose intolerant quaff Starbucks' new coconut milk lattes, the gluten averse are busy baking with coconut flour. The number of coconut oil products—for both cooking and skin moisturizing—grew by 800 percent between 2008 and 2012. Of course, the craze ...

Fox News Thinks Young Women Are Too Busy with Tinder to "Get" Voting

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Fox News host Kimberly Guilfoyle, a woman, shared some advice for us feeble-minded young ladies out here: Let's not burden ourselves with voting! After all, we're far too busy swiping for a man on Tinder to cast an educated vote in the midterm elections, or any election for ...

The Midwest's Vast Farms Are Losing a Ton of Money This Year

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Think you have it tough at work? Consider the plight of the Midwest's corn and soybean farmers. They churn out the basic raw materials of our food system: the stuff that gets turned into animal feed, sweetener, cooking fat, and even a substantial amount of our car fuel.

Two SWAT Raids. Two Officers Dead. One Defendant Is Black, One White. Guess What Happened.

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One Friday last May, the sun had not yet risen when a SWAT team ignited a flash-bang grenade outside Marvin Guy's apartment in Killeen, Texas. Officers were trying to climb in through a window when Guy, who had a criminal record and was suspected of possessing cocaine, opened ...

In Just 15 Years, Wind Could Provide A Fifth Of The World's Electricity

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Up to one fifth of the world's electricity supply could come from wind turbines by 2030, according to a new report released this week by Greenpeace and the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC). That would be an increase of 530 percent compared to the end of last year.

Here's What's Happening With the Shooting at the Canadian Parliament

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Downtown Ottawa is under lockdown as police investigate reports of shootings in three locations: the National War Memorial, Parliament Hill, and the Rideau Center shopping mall. Police have confirmed reports that an unknown gunman shot a soldier standing guard by Canada's National War Memorial with a rifle, then ...

George W. Bush's Revenge: A Federal Appeals Court Goes on the Rampage

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When George W. Bush departed the White House, he left behind a giant deficit and expanded government spending for Medicare drug benefits that caused conservatives to grumble. But he did make a mark that right-wingers can cheer—by shaping the federal courts for years, perhaps decades. As Bush has ...

Ben Bradlee, legendary Washington Post editor, dies at 93

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Benjamin C. Bradlee, who presided over The Washington Post newsroom for 26 years and guided The Post’s transformation into one of the world’s leading newspapers, died Oct. 21 at his home in Washington of natural causes. He was 93. From the moment he took over The Post newsroom ...

Utilities and Clean Energy Advocates Find Common Ground on Distributed Generation

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EEI’s David Owens on NRDC’s Ralph Cavanagh: “I’m sometimes surprised that he and I do agree on many things.” It may come as a surprise to some, but David Owens, executive vice-president of the Edison Electric Institute, and Ralph Cavanagh, co-director of the Natural Resources Defense Council’s energy ...

Lawsuits: Alabama Jailers Allowed 3 Inmates to Die of 19th-Century Ailments

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On August 6, 2013, officers at the Madison County jail in Huntsville, Alabama, moved an inmate named Duendrez Woods to a medical watch cell. Woods, 19, was suffering from an open wound on his foot and had begun hallucinating. But the jail didn't provide him with any medical ...

Canada's parliament attacked, soldier fatally shot nearby

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1 of 24.Armed RCMP officers head towards the Langevin Block on Parliament Hill following a shooting incident in Ottawa October 22, 2014. OTTAWA (Reuters) - A gunman attacked Canada's parliament on Wednesday, with gunfire erupting near where Prime Minister Stephen Harper was speaking, and a soldier was fatally ...

Man jumps White House fence, causes lockdown

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A man jumped the White House fence on Wednesday and was attacked by Secret Service dogs, a Secret Service spokesman said. Video showed Secret Service agents surrounding the man on the north lawn of the White House, which was put on lockdown. Thomson Reuters is ...

Man Who Believes God Speaks to Us Through "Duck Dynasty" Is About to Be Texas' Second-in-Command

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As a Texas state senator, Dan Patrick has conducted himself in a manner consistent with the shock jock he once was. Patrick—who is now the Republican nominee for lieutenant governor—has railed against everything from separation of church and state to Mexican coyotes who supposedly speak Urdu. He's even ...

How Ben Bradlee transformed The Washington Post

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BENJAMIN C. Bradlee, who died Tuesday at the age of 93, was the architect and builder of the modern Washington Post. His conviction that even the most powerful should be held to a standard of truth-telling inspired journalists well beyond The Post. His exuberance at work and in ...

'It Will Never Be The Same': North Dakota's 840,000-Gallon Oil Spill One Year Later

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In this Oct. 11, 2013 file photo, cleanup continues at the site of an oil pipeline leak and spill north of Tioga, N.D. One year ago, when more than 20,000 barrels (840,000 gallons) of crude oil spilled from a pipeline and soaked a wheat field in Tioga, North ...

Scientists Can Now Tell If Water Contamination Comes From Fracking Waste

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A jar holding waste water from hydraulic fracturing is held up to the light at a recycling site in Midland, Texas, Sept. 24, 2013. A team of U.S. and French scientists say they have developed a new tool that can specifically tell when environmental contamination comes from waste ...

How the World Series Might Just Help the GOP Win the Senate

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Kansas City sports fans aren't used to celebrating. The town's NFL team, The Chiefs, hasn't won a playoff game since 1994. The Royals, the other major sports franchise in town, hadn't made a playoff appearance since 1985. But local baseball fans are experiencing a rare bit of jubilation ...

North Korea cites Obama requests in freeing American prisoner

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SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un released one of three Americans detained in the country taking into consideration "repeated requests" of U.S. President Barack Obama, Pyongyang's state KCNA news agency said on Wednesday. Jeffrey Fowle, 56, was arrested in May for leaving a Bible at ...

Drugmakers to join forces to make millions of Ebola vaccine doses

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LONDON (Reuters) - Leading drugmakers plan to work together to accelerate development of an Ebola vaccine and produce millions of doses of the most effective experimental product for use next year. Johnson & Johnson said on Wednesday that it aims to produce at least 1 million doses of ...

Let’s stop neglecting dating violence survivors

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In the past few years, campus sexual assault has dominated headlines from The New York Times to USA Today, Rolling Stone to The Nation. Just last month, the White House released the It’s On Us anti-sexual assault campaign. All throughout, student activists have invoked the promise of Title ...

Colorado Dems: We Caught James O'Keefe And His Friends Trying to Bait Us Into Approving Voter Fraud

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James O'Keefe, the conservative provocateur, has been on the prowl in Colorado, the setting of a close Senate race between Democratic incumbent Mark Udall and GOP Rep. Cory Gardner, as well as a nip-and-tuck governor's contest. Last week, O'Keefe and two of his collaborators tried to bait Democratic ...

1,000-km ‘Climate Walk’ reaches Naga, halfway to Tacloban

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CLIMATE advocates embark on a 1,000-kilometer walk to raise public awareness on the effects of climate change and global warming. The group hopes to arrive in Tacloban City, Leyte province, the Ground Zero of Supertyphoon “Yolanda,” on Nov. 8. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO NAGA CITY— Heaping hope and symbolism to ...

OCEANS: A 'very young field' of research tries to measure looming costs of ocean acidification

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This month, the U.N. Convention on Biological Diversity released a report updating the impacts of ocean acidification on marine life. This time, it put estimated costs on the predicted damage, hoping to make governments aware of the potential size of the various threats. While many of the effects ...

Texas Just Won the Right to Disenfranchise 600,000 People. It's Not the First Time.

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On Saturday morning, the Supreme Court ruled that Texas' harsh voter ID law could remain in effect for the upcoming midterm elections, potentially disenfranchising some 600,000 mostly black and Latino voters. In her dissent, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote that the law may be "purposefully discriminatory" and warned ...

Hong Kong protesters plan march after fruitless talks with government

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HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong protesters planned to march to the home of the city's Beijing-backed leader on Wednesday to push their case for greater democracy a day after talks between student leaders and senior officials failed to break the deadlock. Demonstrators have occupied main streets in ...

Where can I get information on the history, policy and mandate of the United Nations Library in New York ?

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The Library's legislative mandate was established by the General Assembly document of 21 September 1949: A/C.5/298 The League of Nations laid a foundation for the United Nations Libraries and in 1946 when it designated its collection to the United Nations Official Library.See: United Nations General Assembly, Transfer of ...

Nine Historical Triumphs to Make You Rethink Property Destruction

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After Officer Darren Wilson shot teenager Michael Brown dead this summer, Ferguson, Missouri, erupted with outrage, compassion and street protests. The response from many corners of the commentariat was predictable: condemnations of those "bad elements" among the protesters who resorted to property destruction as their demonstration of resistance.

"A Golden Age to Spy on Everyone:" A Conversation With Director Laura Poitras

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Here's a Ripley's Believe It or Not! stat from our new age of national security. How many Americans have security clearances? The answer: 5.1 million, a figure that reflects the explosive growth of the national security state in the post-9/11 era. Imagine the kind of system needed just ...

We Spent $7.6 Billion To Crush The Afghan Opium Trade—And It's Doing Better Than Ever

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Opium poppy cultivation in Afghanistan is at record levels, according to a new report from the Office of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction. That's despite more than a decade of American efforts to knock out the Afghan drug trade—at a cost of roughly $7.6 billion. SIGAR's ...

A Man For All Seasons: Remembering Rick Piltz, Climate Science Whistleblower

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“If we lived in a state where virtue was profitable, common sense would make us saintly. But since we see that abhorrence, anger, pride, and stupidity commonly profit far beyond charity, modesty, justice, and thought, perhaps we must stand fast a little, even at the risk of being ...

Lessons From Germany: Can the US Succeed With Its Own Energiewende?

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Germany has put itself on the world map in the past decade as an early adopter of energy generation from renewable sources. In 2013, 25% of the country’s energy came from renewable sources -- the highest percentage in the world. By 2050, as part of the country’s Energiewende ...

Pipeline Spills 'Significant' Amount Of Oil Into Louisiana Bayou

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Pipeline workers discovered a 4,000-barrel crude oil spill in Louisiana last week, and say that mopping up the spill will likely keep cleanup crews and regulatory agencies in the sparsely-populated area for months. The oil spilled into Tete Bayou, and though it’s been contained enough to prevent it ...

“Syria’s Refugees Are Our Family. Help them now.”

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“We really are the same, we really are part of one family. And, at its best, family does all it can to support each other.” - Neil Gaiman.Please visit unhcr.org/neilgaiman to help now. If you’re in the UK, you can also text NEED2510 to 70070 to donate £10 ...

Now Congressional Republicans Are Digging Through Scientists' Grant Proposals

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When scientists across the country need money for research projects, one place they often turn is the National Science Foundation. The NSF is an independent federal agency with an annual budget of about $7 billion, which it doles out to fund about a quarter of all federally supported ...

Tightened Guidance for U.S. Healthcare Workers on Personal Protective Equipment for Ebola

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For Immediate Release: Monday, October 20, 2014Contact: Media Relations(404) 639-3286 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is tightening previous infection control guidance for healthcare workers caring for patients with Ebola, to ensure there is no ambiguity.The guidance focuses on specific personal protective equipment (PPE) health care workers ...

Rand Paul: The Most Interesting Conspiracy Theorist in Washington

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This past summer, Rand Paul, the libertarian senator from Kentucky and a potential 2016 presidential wannabe, was the GOP's It Girl. The New York Times Magazine splashed his mug on the cover and asked, "Has the 'Libertarian Moment' Finally Arrived?" It noted that Paul possessed a "supple mind" ...

Beijing Marathoners Need Facemasks And Sponges Because Of The Air Pollution

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In this Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014 photo, a runner, wearing a mask to protect herself from pollutants, looks at her smartphone as she and others jog past Chang’an Avenue near Tiananmen Square shrouded in haze at the start of 2014 Beijing International Marathon in Beijing, China Sunday, Oct.

White House Says Immigration Plans Not Final Yet

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The White House on Wednesday cautioned against making assumptions about President Barack Obama's changes to immigration rules based on a new federal contract proposal from the Homeland Security Department to buy enough supplies to make as many as 34 million immigrant work permits and residency cards over the ...
 

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