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FBI Sends 100 Agents to Ferguson Ahead of Grand Jury Decision

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The FBI has sent about 100 agents to the St. Louis area to help deal with any problems that could arise from the grand jury decision in the police shooting of Ferguson teenager Michael Brown. In addition to the FBI, other federal agencies have also mobilized staffers to ...

Republicans Finally Admit There Is No Benghazi Scandal

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For two years, ever since Mitt Romney screwed up his response to the Benghazi attacks in order to score campaign points, Republicans have been on an endless search for a grand conspiracy theory that explains how it all happened. Intelligence was ignored because it would have been inconvenient ...

In Groundbreaking Announcement, Power Plant Operator Aims For Drastic Emissions Cuts

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On Thursday, one of the country’s leading energy companies announced new goals aimed at subtantially cutting carbon emissions over the next several decades. NRG Energy, a massive enterprise with over 100 power plants situated primarily across the Northeast, set a target of cutting its carbon emissions 50 percent ...

Everything We Know So Far About The Oil Rig Explosion In The Gulf Of Mexico

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On Wednesday afternoon, an offshore oil rig owned by Houston-based Fieldwood Energy experienced an explosion in the Gulf of Mexico, killing one contracted worker. The rig was not producing oil at the time, and no oil spilled into the Gulf, according to the company and the Bureau of ...

Scientists Want to Make a Malaria-Resistant Mosquito

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Malaria has long bedeviled those who have sought to eradicate it, particularly in Africa. According to the World Health Organization, in 2012, the disease caused an estimated 627,000 deaths—the majority of those were African children. But now scientists are focusing on a promising new line of research: genetically ...

House intel panel debunks many Benghazi theories

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26 mentions24 hours ago
WASHINGTON (AP) — A two-year investigation by the Republican-controlled House Intelligence Committee has found that the CIA and the military acted properly in responding to the 2012 attack on a U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, and asserted no wrongdoing by Obama administration appointees. Debunking a series of ...

You Might Not Know Where Chad Is, But the US Military Has Big Plans For It

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Admit it. You don't know where Chad is. You know it's in Africa, of course. But beyond that? Maybe with a map of the continent and by some process of elimination you could come close. But you'd probably pick Sudan or maybe the Central African Republic. Here's a ...

Native Children Have the Same Rate of PTSD as Combat Veterans

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Here's the most sobering statistic you'll see today: American-Indian and Alaskan Native children experience PTSD at the same rate at veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. According to a new report from a Department of Justice advisory committee, 22 percent of American-Indian and Alaskan Native juveniles ...

Friday Cat Blogging - 21 November 2014

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Here's the backstory. Last week I got slightly concerned that Hopper was getting a bit less sociable. It was nothing big. She was still perfectly friendly, but she never jumped into our laps anymore. She's always had too much energy to be much of a lap cat, but ...

BREAKING VIDEO: Police Lied. Mike Brown was killed 148 feet away from Darren Wilson's SUV

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55 mentions18 hours ago
For 104 days, the police have lied and said Mike Brown was killed 35 feet away from Darren Wilson's SUV. It was actually 148 feet. This distance is essential to the defense and how Darren Wilson must demonstrate that he "reasonably feared for his safety." At the point ...

Most Evangelicals Believe Natural Disasters Are The Apocalypse, Not Climate Change

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Poll results released by the Public Religion Research Institute on Friday showed that sixty-nine percent of Americans believe there is solid evidence that Earth’s temperatures are increasing. This is good news, as so far this year has been the hottest ever recorded, despite the recent chill covering the ...

Why Barack Obama should go to Ferguson

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In an unnerving intelligence bulletin issued this week, the FBI warned that the expected news this weekend that Officer Darren Wilson won't be indicted in the death of black teenager Michael Brown could set off violence across the country. A source told one of our reporters that some ...

Republicans Finally Sue Over Obamacare -- And There's Even a Surprise Included

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House Republicans finally filed their long-awaited lawsuit against President Obama today, and it actually contained a surprise: The suit also challenges what it says is President Obama’s unlawful giveaway of roughly $175 billion to insurance companies under the law. According to the Congressional Budget Office, the administration will ...

Obama's Immigration Plan is Both Good Policy and Remarkably Shrewd Politics

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There are questions about whether President Obama's immigration plan is legal. There are questions about whether it's good policy. And then there are questions about whether it's smart politics. On the latter point, I'd say that Obama has been unusually shrewd, almost single-handedly demolishing the plans of Republican ...

Meet the Fortune 500 Companies Funding the Political Resegregation of America

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Over the past four to five years, the United States has been resegregated—politically. In states where registered Democrats outnumber Republicans and presidential races can be nail-biters, skillful Republican operatives have mounted racially-minded gerrymandering efforts—the redrawing of congressional and state legislative districts—that have led to congressional delegations stacked with ...

Kmart To Employee: Work on Thanksgiving Day or Get Fired

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Some Kmart stores told employees that if they fail to show up for work on Thanksgiving they will automatically be fired. (John Konstantaras/AP Images for Kmart) Kmart will open its doors at 6 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day this year and remain open for 42 hours, meaning that many ...

Lunch Lady Told First Grader He Couldn't Have Lunch Because Of A Negative Account Balance

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First grader Xavier says that when the lunch lady at his Snohomish County School District school was recently handing out bagged lunches to all the students, she told him, “Guess what, you can’t have a lunch.” His father says Xavier is on the school lunch program, but he ...

29 Coal Miners Died in a 2010 Explosion. Congress Still Hasn't Fixed the Problem.

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Last week, a federal grand jury indicted former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship for allegedly conspiring to violate mine safety standards in the run-up to the 2010 explosion that killed 29 workers at the Upper Big Branch Mine. The four-count indictment describes a culture of negligence under Blankenship's ...

Florida State University warns of 'dangerous situation'

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(CNN) -- Florida State University warned of a "dangerous situation on campus" early Thursday morning, and asked students to stay away from windows. "FSU Alert Dangerous situation main campus-Tallahassee," a text sent to students read. "Seek shelter immediately, away from doors and windows." "The entire campus is empty; I've seen one or two people come up and look at the scene. Everyone who is in a campus building is under lockdown right now. Policemen are still surrounding the library." No more information was immediately available. Campus police would not comment,

4 Stupid Conservative Arguments Against Net Neutrality, Debunked

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Last week, Republican Senator Ted Cruz of Texas set off a firestorm of ridicule when he took to Twitter in an attempt to mock the concept of net neutrality: "Net Neutrality" is Obamacare for the Internet; the Internet should not operate at the speed of government. — Senator ...

We Just Had the Hottest October on Record

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It's cold outside, which means it'll soon be time for the annual rousing chorus of climate change denial from people who think snow means global warming is fake. Good thing NOAA is here to help. Today the agency released two new maps illustrating that even if you're cold ...

SIGAR: Pentagon's economic development in Afghanistan 'accomplished nothing'

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WASHINGTON – The US Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) says he is investigating the Pentagon's efforts to spark that An Afghan construction worker makes concrete tubes on the outskirts of Kabul. A US inspector general is investigating Pentagon reconstruction efforts in the country.(Photo: WAKIL KOHSAR/ / ...

Has Obama Gone Too Far? Five Key Questions Answered About the Legality of His Immigration Plan.

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I've been paying only moderate attention to the whole issue of President Obama's executive order on immigration, and it's only over the past few days that I've started trying to learn more about the legal issues involved. And I confess that I've been a little surprised by what ...

Community vs. Big Oil (with images, tweets)

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It's time to fix our broken immigration system

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Our immigration system has been broken for decades. And every day we wait to act, millions of undocumented immigrants are living in the shadows: Those who want to pay taxes and play by the same rules as everyone else have no way to live right by the law.

Fucking With Feministing: What’s the deal with anal?

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Feministing is a labor of love and all our staff has other full-time jobs to support their work on the site. Your donation is much appreciated, and much needed. Welcome to Fucking with Feministing! We’re so excited to launch this new, monthly sex advice column where we’ll be ...

Obama's Executive Action Will Protect 5 Million Undocumented Immigrants

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On Thursday evening, President Barack Obama announced his hotly anticipated executive action on immigration, which will keep nearly 5 million undocumented residents from being deported. Even though the sweeping measure has elicited threats of retaliation from congressional Republicans, Obama said he moved forward because comprehensive immigration reform is ...

Is Dianne Feinstein Crafting a Secret Water Deal to Help Big Pistachio?

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Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) is negotiating a behind-closed-doors deal with Republican lawmakers to pass a bill that would ostensibly address California's drought—an effort that has uncorked a flood of criticism from environmental circles. Feinstein's quiet push for a compromise drought bill that's palatable to Big Ag-aligned House Republicans ...

The Next Climate Policy Fight Could Be All About Airplane Emissions

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Environmental groups are pledging to intensify their push on the Environmental Protection Agency to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from aircraft in the wake of a new report showing no improvement in fuel efficiency from U.S. domestic airlines. The pledge comes one day after the International Council on Clean ...

Jim Webb Wanted to Punch George W. Bush. Now He Wants His Old Job.

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Jim Webb is running for president. The former secretary of the navy and Virginia senator launched a presidential exploratory committee on Thursday, becoming the first Democrat to formally dip his toe in the 2016 waters. Webb explained his candidacy in a video that looks like it was filmed ...

How EPA Could Cut National Methane Leaks Almost In Half

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Kourtney Hardwick, BP Florida operations manager, looks over a methane gas well site east of Bayfield, Colorado. Three top environmental groups released a report on Thursday detailing how the federal government could cut the country’s methane emissions almost in half. Methane is the primary component of natural gas.

Welcome To Dukeville: The Town Named After The Company Accused Of Poisoning It

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DUKEVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA — It was fall of 2012, and only a short metal fence separated Sherry Gobble from a tree full of bright, orange persimmons. It was the third year they had blossomed, and Sherry was sick of watching them grow, fall, and get eaten by deer.

Video: A Drone Shoots Hauntingly Beautiful Footage of Buffalo's Snowstorm

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Flying personal camera-equipped drones directly over big events like the Hong Kong protests and Independence Day fireworks is becoming commonplace. Now come these amazing aerial images of Buffalo, New York, besieged by snow for the third day in a row. The Buffalo area was coated with up to ...

Republicans Said China Wouldn't Follow Through on its Climate Pledges. Looks Like They Were Wrong.

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Almost as soon as President Barack Obama and President Xi Jinping announced their landmark climate deal last week, there was a torrent of criticism that the pact let China off the hook. Incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) complained that "the agreement requires the Chinese to do ...

The FBI Is Very Excited About This Machine That Can Scan Your DNA in 90 Minutes

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Robert Schueren shook my hand firmly, handed me his business card, and flipped it over, revealing a short list of letters and numbers. "Here is my DNA profile." He smiled. "I have nothing to hide." I had come to meet Schueren, the CEO of IntegenX, at his company's ...

Ft. Lauderdale Arrests Homeless Man At Meeting To Honor National Homeless Week

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After arresting a 90-year-old veteran for handing out food to the homeless earlier this month, Ft. Lauderdale arrested Ray Cox, a homeless man, at a city commission meeting this week after he spoke out against the city’s crackdown on homeless people. As Mayor Jack Seiler gaveled in the ...

Incoming Nevada Speaker Said Democrats Have 'Master-Slave' Relationship With 'Simple Minded Darkies'

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"Incoming Nevada Speaker Said Democrats Have ‘Master-Slave’ Relationship With ‘Simple Minded Darkies’" Nevada Assemblyman Ira Hansen (R), who the assembly’s Republican caucus selected as their choice to be its next speaker earlier this month, has a long history of racist, sexist and homophobic statements chronicled in a long ...

Your Guide To Worker-Friendly Holiday Shopping

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About one in four American workers will have to go to work this year on a holiday, be it Thanksgiving, Christmas, or New Year’s Day. Given that no American worker gets the guarantee that they can take a paid holiday off, their options are limited. Employees at Kmart ...

No, the Culture Wars Haven't Heated Up. It Just Seems Like They Have.

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Andrew Sullivan cogitates today on the seemingly endless outpouring of outrage over relatively small lapses in decent behavior: I wonder also if our digital life hasn’t made all this far worse. When you sit in a room with a laptop and write about other people and their flaws,

These Laws Let Accused Rapists Off the Hook

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On January 23, 2014, Bart Bareither walked into the Marion County Sheriff's Department in Indianapolis. The 39-year-old computer engineer confessed to having raped a nursing student nine years earlier, while he was a teaching assistant at Indiana University. "He had a sincere demeanor. His head was bowed. It ...

California love: Water thieves just can’t get enough

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AP Exclusive: Before Snowden, a Debate Inside NSA

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Years before Edward Snowden sparked a public outcry with the disclosure that the National Security Agency had been secretly collecting American telephone records, some NSA executives voiced strong objections to the program, current and former intelligence officials say. The program exceeded the agency's mandate to focus on foreign ...

A Follow-Up: Why the Working and Middle Classes Don't Like Obamacare Much

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Here's an interesting chart that follows up on a post I wrote a few days ago about Democrats and the white working class. Basically, I made the point that Democrats have recently done a lot for the poor but very little for the working and middle classes, and ...

Tanzania evicting 40,000 people from homeland to make room for Dubai royal family

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Topics: Tanzania, masai, dubai royal family, Hunting, big game, luxury safari, Sustainability News, News, Politics News 40,000 Masai people will be evicted from their homeland in Tanzania, because the Dubai royal family has bought it with the intention of using it as a reserve to hunt big game.

The Facebook Of Real Estate Allegedly Forced Workers To Skip Meals And Work Without Pay

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The number one online real estate website is facing a $5 million class action lawsuit for intimidating employees to skip meals and work long hours without pay. Former sales representative Ian Freeman filed a lawsuit Wednesday on behalf of he and his coworkers, accusing Zillow of “exploiting and ...

AP Exclusive: Before Snowden, a debate inside NSA

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Years before Edward Snowden sparked a public outcry with the disclosure that the National Security Agency had been secretly collecting American telephone records, some NSA executives voiced strong objections to the program, current and former intelligence officials say. The program exceeded the agency's mandate to ...

An Open Letter to US Sen. Michael Bennet

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I am a rapper with the band Flobots, based here in Colorado. Maybe you have heard of us. We had a song on the radio once. I am also one of your constituents. Actually, I have even campaigned for you. In 2010 I knocked on doors for you ...

Statement by the Press Secretary on the President’s Travel to India

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At the invitation of Prime Minister Modi, the President will travel to India in January 2015 to participate in the Indian Republic Day celebration in New Delhi as the Chief Guest. This visit will mark the first time a U.S. president will have the honor of attending Republic ...

Jeb, Inc.: The Mysterious Businesses Of Florida's Former Governor

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Jeb Bush and his capital investment company have set up several companies that, despite being registered to his office and being approved for “any and all lawful business,” have seemingly not yet done anything. A ThinkProgress review of corporate registration records with the Florida Department of State revealed ...

The Gambia Will Now Punish Homosexuality With Life In Prison

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The AP reports this week that The Gambian President Yahya Jammeh signed into law a bill that raises the criminal penalties for homosexual acts, including life sentences for a variety of charges. The bill criminalizes “aggravated homosexuality,” which encompasses a wide variety of behaviors and also targets certain ...
 

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