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Joni Ernst Is the Tea Party's Endgame

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Early last Thursday morning, Joni Ernst, the Republican candidate for Senate in Iowa, swung by the Des Moines Rotary Club to speak at the group's monthly lunch meeting. Mostly white and mostly male, the club counts much of the state's political elite among its members. The day Ernst ...

These Maps of California's Water Shortage Are Terrifying

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Just how bad is California's water shortage? Really, really bad, according to these new maps, which represent groundwater withdrawals in California during the first three years of the state's ongoing and epochal drought: The maps come from a new paper in Nature Climate Change by NASA water scientist ...

How Houston's Biggest Polluters Are Buying Texas' Elections At The Expense Of Its Residents

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3 mentions17 hours ago
“You like this?” she’ll say, glancing at her small one-story home with tall yellow flowers and six identical golden terriers on the inside of a chain-link fence. The house is lodged between huge industrial tanks of simmering molasses. “Yes, this is my palace!” The smell surrounding the home ...

This Machine Turned Colorado Blue. Now It May Be Dems' Best Hope to Save the Senate.

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6 mentions21 hours ago
"It's eerie how much 2014 is like four years ago," says Craig Hughes, a Denver-based political consultant who ran Democrat Michael Bennet's successful 2010 Senate campaign. It's just after 10 a.m., and we're sitting in a coffee shop called Paris on the Platte. Hughes recounts how, back in ...

Florida Residents Rally To Bring Solar Power To The Sunshine State

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Florida residents hold signs at a protest outside of Duke Energy’s St. Petersburg office on Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014. ST PETERSBURG, FLORIDA – Florida residents rallied outside Duke Energy’s St. Petersburg office Wednesday, calling on the utility and Florida lawmakers to embrace solar energy. The rally was organized ...

Scientists Discover Huge 'Bathtub Ring' Of Oil On Sea Floor Left From BP Spill

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This October 2010 photo provided by Penn State University shows the arms of a brittle starfish, red in color, clinging to coral damaged by the Macondo well in the Gulf of Mexico. Scientists have discovered yet another unforeseen effect of BP’s historic oil spill in the Gulf of ...

How Big Oil Could Be The Big Winner In Colorado's Elections

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Over the past decade, Colorado has seen an unprecedented oil and gas development boom, with nearly 30,000 wells drilled between 2004 and 2013 and a total of almost 53,000 wells in production as of this month. That growth has helped the state rebound from the economic downturn of ...

Most Latinos Don't Hold Obama's Immigration Delay Against Him

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2 mentions11 hours ago
This is just raw data, and I suppose you can take in two ways, but here's what a new Pew poll says about supposed Latino outrage over President Obama's decision to delay executive action on immigration until after the election. Basically, the whole thing was overblown. It turns ...

Two Years On, Recovery From Sandy Is Still Extremely Stressful

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In this Sept. 5, 2014 photo, Gary Silberman stands for a picture as he guides reporters on a tour of his parent’s home that was destroyed by Superstorm Sandy in Lindenhurst, N.Y. Two years ago this week Superstorm Sandy pummeled the eastern seaboard, leaving more than 150 people ...

George P. Bush And How The Next Generation Of Republicans Talk About Climate Change

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Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, left, sits with his son George P. Bush before speaking to supporters at Hardin-Simmons University, Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014, in Abilene, Texas. George Prescott Bush is about to do something no other Bush has done before: win election in his first campaign for ...

Tim Cook: "I'm Proud to be Gay"

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Throughout my professional life, I’ve tried to maintain a basic level of privacy. I come from humble roots, and I don’t seek to draw attention to myself. Apple is already one of the most closely watched companies in the world, and I like keeping the focus on our ...

Apple CEO Tim Cook: 'I Consider Being Gay Among The Greatest Gifts God Has Given Me'

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Apple CEO Tim Cook has publicly come out as gay for the first time ever in a heartfelt first-person testimony published at Bloomberg BusinessWeek. “While I have never denied my sexuality,” he wrote, “I haven’t publicly acknowledged it either, until now. So let me be clear: I’m proud ...

How One Ballot Measure Next Tuesday Could Strike Back At The War On Drugs

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For decades, Richard Martin’s life has imitated William Faulkner’s art: his past was never dead; it wasn’t even past. “I learned how to be an addict from my mother,” Martin explained. He grew up without his father, who died before he turned one. Despite a talent for music ...

Can Democrats hold the Senate by running away from Obama — and their own records?

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Running away from an unpopular president of your own party is a time-honored tactic in midterm elections. The problem is, it rarely works. That is even truer than usual for the current crop of endangered Senate Democrats. Their efforts to distance themselves from President Obama’s record — rather ...

The Mother Jones Guide to Evil NBA Owners

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3 mentions23 hours ago
Six months ago, the NBA rid itself of its worst owner, perpetual sleazebag Donald Sterling. Everyone praised the swift, harsh punishment meted out by commissioner Adam Silver for Sterling's racist tirade—well, almost everyone. Shortly after the league announced the lifetime ban of the Clippers owner, Dallas Mavericks owner ...

How a Pro-Gun, Anti-Gay "Political Terrorist" Could Help Keep Colorado Democrats in Power

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Colorado gun-rights crusader Dudley Brown has a simple political philosophy: "No compromise." He says the NRA is spineless. (An NRA official once tagged him the "Al Sharpton of the gun movement.") He loathes middle-of-the-road politicians. For show, he occasionally drives a Pinzgauer, a bulky Austrian-made troop transport vehicle,

Lay Off the Artisanal Ice, You Ignorant Hipsters

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3 mentions23 hours ago
If you want to understand the latest trend in craft cocktails, you could do worse than to listen to Outkast. What's cooler than being cool is indeed ice cold. Specifically, it's stored at negative two degrees, sculpted with a Japanese band saw, and retails for $1 a cube.

These Guys Were on the Deepwater Horizon When It Blew Up

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3 mentions20 hours ago
After the Deepwater Horizon oil drilling platform exploded in June 2010, killing 11 workers and sending roughly five million barrels of oil gushing into the Gulf of Mexico, much of the media coverage featured sludge-covered seabirds, empty shrimp baskets, and other environmental impacts. But for Doug Brown, the ...

Almost Everything You've Bought Recently Came to You Via This Dirty Industry

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3 mentions11 hours ago
If you've recently purchased a new iPhone, or a fancy t-shirt, or a children's toy… or really virtually any consumer or industrial good, there's a strong chance that a giant ship ferried it from or through China. China, dubbed "the world's factory" for pumping out so much of ...

Benjamin Netanyahu, Chickenshit

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3 mentions23 hours ago
Jeffrey Goldberg has an, um, unique new perspective on the steadily deteriorating relationship between President Obama and Israeli prime minister Bibi Netanyahu: Over the years, Obama administration officials have described Netanyahu to me as recalcitrant, myopic, reactionary, obtuse, blustering, pompous, and “Aspergery.”....But I had not previously heard Netanyahu ...

10 things I learned from @kevinmd about why physicians should actively participate on social media

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Matthew Stanbrook (right in picture) is Deputy Editor at CMAJ, currently at the CHEST 2014 annual meeting in Austin, Texas. While social media and its intersection with medicine may evoke both interest and anxiety among physicians, medical organizations are paying increasing attention to its potential. Therefore, I was ...

Texas Oil And Gas Companies Must Now Research An Area's Earthquake History Before Drilling

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3 mentions2 days ago
A sign placed along the sidewalk reads, Common Sense Against Earthquakes, as a small group with Frack Free Denton protest outside city hall, Tuesday, July 15, 2014, in Denton, Texas. Oil and gas companies in Texas must now research seismic data for a given area before they can ...

GameStop Will Be Closed On Thanksgiving 'Out Of Respect For Our Store Associates'

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All 6,600 GameStop stores will be closed on Thanksgiving, the company told ThinkProgress. The stores will open on midnight on November 28th, Black Friday. At GameStop we often use the phrase “protect the family” in reference to our business. A large part of what that means to us ...

FGM: Ban Ki-moon backs Guardian’s global media campaign

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The UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon is backing a groundbreaking global media campaign, led by the Guardian, to revolutionise how female genital mutilation is reported and perceived across the world. Speaking at a key meeting with the heads of all of Kenya’s main media players at the UN ...

Weather Channel Rebukes Its Co-Founder On Climate Change

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Fox News’ Megyn Kelly talks to Weather Channel co-founder John Coleman, who does not actually have a degree in meteorology. The Weather Channel has released an official position statement on global warming, just two days after the channel’s co-founder told Fox News’ Megyn Kelly that climate change is ...

Three Airlines In Australia Just Inadvertently Demonstrated That Carbon Taxes Work

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3 mentions2 days ago
A Qantas airplane at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport. Qantas is one of three airlines involved in the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s investigation. Three airlines are in the hot seat in Australia, after failing to pass claimed savings on to their customers in the wake of a repealed carbon ...

97 Percent of Doctors Are Concerned About Antibiotic Overuse

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Nearly 100 percent of doctors are concerned about the growth of multi-drug resistant infections from the overuse of antibiotics, a study released last week by Consumers Report found. Almost 30 percent of surveyed doctors had a patient either suffer severe complications or die as a result of a ...

North Carolina Cigarette Plant Gets A Makeover Into A Battery Factory For Solar And Wind Farms

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Deep in tobacco country, the once booming Phillip Morris cigarette plant in Concord, North Carolina has been reborn into a facility that churns out batteries for solar and wind farms. Swiss startup battery manufacturer Alevo plans to open up the 3.5 million square-foot plant Tuesday, which will produce ...

An estimated 5.9 million voting-age Americans won’t be able to vote next Tuesday

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Next Tuesday, tens of millions of Americans will take to the polls to vote on everything from ballot issues to federal, state and local representation. But millions of voting-age adults will be sitting this one out. An estimated 5.85 million Americans won’t be able to vote due to ...

Inmate Sues Prison Claiming His Religious Liberty Entitles Him To Dress Like A Pirate

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Stephen Cavanaugh is incarcerated by the state of Nebraska. He also identifies himself a “member of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster” in a legal complaint filed against the state’s Department of Corrections. According to that complaint, Cavanaugh requested “accommodated status” for this church, a status that ...

Why Do Republicans Hate the Beatles?

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Over at the Facebook Data Science blog, Winter Mason shows us how personal likes and dislikes line up with political ideology. Democrats like Maya Angelou, The Color Purple, and The Colbert Report. Republicans like Ben Carson, Atlas Shrugged, and Duck Dynasty. It's all good fun, though I'm a ...

The US Falls Behind Nicaragua, Rwanda, And The Philippines On Women's Equality

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The United States moved up a few slots in the World Economic Forum (WEF) Global Gender Gap Report this year compared to last. But it still falls at number 20, behind less developed countries including Nicaragua, Rwanda, the Philippines, Burundi, and South Africa, as well as more developed ...

Is Your Judge for Sale?

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The 30-second TV spot is stark and brutal. First it shows the bespectacled face of candidate Louis Butler, then a grainy mug shot of an ex-con. "Louis Butler worked to put criminals on the street," the narrator warns, "like Reuben Lee Mitchell, who raped an 11-year-old girl with ...

Pennsylvania May Drop Birth Control Coverage For Thousands Of Low-Income Women

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As the year draws to a close, women’s health advocates in Pennsylvania are concerned that the governor will allow a family planning program to lapse without ensuring that low-income residents can maintain uninterrupted access to their birth control. An estimated 90,000 women are currently at risk of losing ...

Scott Walker Campaign Ad Dismisses Equal Pay Protections For Women As ‘More Opportunity To Sue’

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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R), locked in a tight re-election battle, has come under fire during the campaign for repealing Wisconsin’s Equal Pay Enforcement Act in 2012. His response: a new television ad featuring his female lieutenant governor, dismissing the protections as nothing more than “more opportunity to ...

Elizabeth Warren Challenges Chris Christie for the Science Behind His Ebola Quarantine

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) is demanding Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.) reveal the science behind his controversial decision to place all health care workers returning back from Liberia, Guinea, or Sierra Leone to be placed under a mandatory quarantine. Spoiler alert: the science does not exist. "He should bring ...

Amber Vinson, Dallas nurse, leaving hospital after Ebola cure

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The second Dallas nurse infected with Ebola has been cured and plans to appear on Tuesday at a triumphant press conference at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta. The recovery of Amber Joy Vinson, who became infected with the virus while caring for Liberian patient Thomas Eric Duncan in ...

Quote of the Day: Bush Would Have Punched Putin in the Nose

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Here is John Boehner, the leader of the House of Representatives and third in line for the presidency: When you look at this chaos that’s going on, does anybody think that Vladimir Putin would have gone into Crimea had George W. Bush been president of the United States?

College Students Across The Country Are Standing In Solidarity With Rape Victims Today

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Sulkowicz, a visual arts major at Columbia University, is currently engaged in a senior thesis project that requires her to carry her dorm mattress everywhere she goes as long as her rapist remains enrolled at her school. She contends that Columbia University mishandled her rape case, so her ...

Louisiana’s Message to Top Ebola Reseachers? Don’t Come.

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Louisiana has a message for many of the scientists and medical experts studing Ebola and aiding efforts to fight the deadly virus in West Africa -- stay away. The state sent a letter yesterday to members of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, which is holding its annual conference in New Orleans next week. If they’ve recently been to any of the West African countries where the virus has infected more than 13,000 people, they shouldn’t attend the meeting. “We do hope that you will consider a future ...

Autopsy Finds Black Man Killed By Utah Cops Was Shot 6 Times In The Back

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A family friend holds the funeral program for Darrien Hunt following his funeral Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, in Saratoga Springs, Utah. Last month, 22-year-old Darrien Hunt was shot and killed by officers in Saratoga Springs, Utah, while carrying a toy sword. Police claimed Hunt lunged at them, but ...

How Dark Money Is Taking Over Judicial Elections

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Most people don't think about judicial elections until they find themselves staring at a group of unfamiliar names on the ballot. But judges are selected by voters in 39 states, whether in an initial election or a retention election after being appointed. The explainer below details how special-interest ...

The Impossible Ordeal A Texas Man Had To Complete In Order To Exercise His Right To Vote

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Texan Eric Kennie has voted in every single general election since his 18th birthday — his parents raised him to understand the importance of the right to vote for African Americans like himself. Yet Kennie will not be voting in next week’s election. He can’t, thanks to Texas’s ...

Question of the Day: Does Obama Plan to Flood America With Ebola Patients?

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So do you believe that the administration is planning on bringing Ebola patients from overseas here to America? Yes, that's an actual question, and I probably don't have to tell you what Goodlatte's answer is. The only thing missing is whether Goodlatte also believes Obama is planning to ...

Photographs of Sellafield nuclear plant prompt fears over radioactive risk

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Nuclear safety expert claims there is ‘significant risk’ due to poor condition of storage ponds containing highly radioactive fuel rods Previously unseen pictures of two storage ponds containing hundreds of highly radioactive fuel rods at the Sellafield nuclear plant show cracked concrete, seagulls bathing in the water and ...

The NRA Comes Out in Support of Warrior Cops

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The current issue of the National Rifle Association's American Warrior magazine just hit, and in it, the gun lobby comes out squarely in favor of warrior cops. An article titled, "If You Were a Cop, What Would You Drive?" opens with a photo of an armored personnel carrier-style ...

Republicans Coming On Strong in Last Week Before Election

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It's now seven days until Election Day, and unfortunately things are trending pretty badly for us liberal types. The ABC/Washington Post poll on the right shows that Democrats and Republicans are pretty much all planning to vote for their own party next week, which leaves the election in ...

Return of P: Is Texas Really Ready for Another George Bush?

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George Prescott Bush was campaigning before he knew why. In January, the Fort Worth resident, investor, politico, Navy reservist, and grandson of the 41st president and nephew of the 43rd, announced he was forming an exploratory committee to run for office in Texas. For which office? He didn't ...

Suspicious cyber activity at White House detected, addressed

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Suspicious cyber activity has been detected on the computer network used by the White House and measures have been taken to address it, a White House official disclosed on Tuesday. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, would not say who might have been ...

NRA Victory Means It's Still Perfectly Legal to Cook Dogs and Cats in Pennsylvania

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House Bill 1750 in Pennsylvania was supposed to finally ban live pigeon shoots and make it illegal to raise dogs and cats for consumption in the state. Animal rights activists, who have been lobbying for such an end for decades, had good reason to expect victory earlier this ...
 

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