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The Case for Making Fun of ISIS

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Last weekend, Dakota Johnson starred in a Saturday Night Live skit in which she played a young woman being dropped off by her father for her first foray into independent living. She was not going off to college or a new job, but rather to a waiting truckload ...

Meet the "Monuments Men" Risking Everything to Save Syria's Ancient Treasures From ISIS

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On February 26, ISIS released a video of its militants smashing ancient Assyrian artifacts in the central museum in Mosul, Iraq. In a matter of minutes, they jackhammered the face of a famous 1,400-year-old Assyrian winged bull and broke apart four 2,000-year-old statues of the kings of Hatra.

The Town From "True Blood" Is Filled With Toxic Explosives the EPA Fears Will Blow Up

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For the past few years, tiny Doyline, Louisiana, best known as the Southern Gothic setting of HBO's True Blood, has been perched next to a powder keg. Next month, the Environmental Protection Agency will decide whether to light a match. In 2012, an explosion at Camp Minden, a ...

Economy Added 295,000 Jobs In February; Unemployment Rate Fell To 5.5 Percent

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"Economy Added 295,000 Jobs In February; Unemployment Rate Fell To 5.5 Percent" The economy added 295,000 jobs in February while the unemployment rate fell to 5.5 percent, according to the latest data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Analysts had expected 240,000 jobs to be added. That makes ...

Who Will Win the Duggar Primary?

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It may be that the fastest-growing demographic in the Republican Party is pro-life, telegenic, homeschooled, and mostly under the age of 27—you know, the Duggars. As in the stars of the TLC reality show 19 Kids and Counting.In the past couple election cycles, this birth-control-shunning family has emerged ...

McConnell Is Now Telling States To Ignore Obama's Carbon Emission Rules

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"McConnell Is Now Telling States To Ignore Obama’s Carbon Emission Rules" Continuing his crusade against the Obama administration’s regulatory plan to fight climate change, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Wednesday told individual states to openly defy the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed rules limiting greenhouse gas emissions from ...

Here Are the Justice Department's Full Reports on Darren Wilson and the Ferguson Police Department

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On Wednesday, the Justice Department released its highly anticipated report unveiling patterns of racial discrimination among officers and officials from Ferguson, Missouri.The department also chose not to pursue charges against Officer Darren Wilson, who shot and killed Michael Brown last August.Here's the full report on the Michael Brown ...

In Anti-Obamacare Case, Ruth Bader Ginsburg Questions the Foundation of the Lawsuit

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During the Supreme Court oral arguments Wednesday morning in King v. Burwell, the case that threatens to destroy Obamacare, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg wasted no time in grilling the attorney seeking to eviscerate the Affordable Care Act about a significant technical matter that could blow up his case.

Female Senators Introduce Pro-Choice Bill To 'Fight Back Against Those Who Miss The Mad Men Era'

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"Female Senators Introduce Pro-Choice Bill To ‘Fight Back Against Those Who Miss The Mad Men Era’" Sens. Barbara Boxer and Patty Murray speak during a news conference on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade On Thursday, a trio of female senators announced the introduction of an ambitious piece ...

Top State Republican Sued For "Bigoted, Racist, and Sexist" Comments

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The Georgia Republican Party, and its chair, John Padgett, have already been sued once in the past year over allegations of racial discrimination and racial slurs. Now, Padgett, his wife, and the company he owns are being sued again, on the grounds that they frequently engaged in "bigoted,

Oceanographer Sylvia Earle: the world is holding its breath for Australia

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Ahead of her appearance at Sydney’s All About Women, the scientist talks about changing attitudes to our oceans and to women in scienceFriday 6 March 2015 07.36 ESTLast modified on Friday 6 March 2015 07.38 ESTIt’s always a happy experience. It’s a country I have admired and loved,

Meet the 85-Year-Old Texas Republican Pushing Her Party to Decriminalize Pot

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Early last year, John Baucum, the political director of a group called Republicans Against Marijuana Prohibition (RAMP), cornered Sen. Ted Cruz at a GOP event in Houston. Cruz, a former Texas prosecutor who talks the talk on states' rights, had criticized the Obama administration for declining to prosecute ...

Republican Senator Aims To Roll Back Healthy School Lunch Rules

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Our nation's school cafeterias are on track to serve more whole grains and less salt—but not if one Republican senator has anything to say about it. On Monday, Rep. John Hoeven (R-ND) announced plans to introduce a bill that would roll back 2014 legislation requiring school cafeterias to ...

How Hillary Clinton May Have Violated Government Rules on Emails

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The New York Times set off a Clinton-bomb when it revealed Monday night that Hillary Clinton, when she was secretary of state, used a personal email account instead of a government account for all of her official business. The newspaper reported that Clinton had turned over 55,000 pages ...

Op-ed: 6 Lessons Learned After Eight Years at The Advocate

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Three weeks ago, I told my workmates that I was snatched up for a job in New York; March 6 would be my last day in the office. And sure, there was commiserating and shock, but I was feeling OK about it most of the day. But by ...

Get Ready: The Senate Will Start Trying To Override Obama's Keystone XL Veto Today

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"Get Ready: The Senate Will Start Trying To Override Obama’s Keystone XL Veto Today" The U.S. Senate will begin the process of attempting to override the President’s veto on the Keystone XL pipeline Wednesday, an attempt that’s not predicted to succeed but that likely won’t be the last ...

Tea Party Loses Big in Today's Vote on Clean DHS Funding Bill

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The House will vote as soon as Tuesday afternoon on a bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security for the rest of the fiscal year. The measure will not target President Obama's executive actions on immigration, giving Democrats what they have long demanded and potentially enraging conservatives ...

This Isn't The Reaction Netanyahu Hoped For After His Dramatic Speech To Congress

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by Igor Volsky Posted on March 4, 2015 at 3:45 pm Updated: March 4, 2015 at 4:13 pm "This Isn’t The Reaction Netanyahu Hoped For After His Dramatic Speech To Congress" Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks before a joint meeting of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington,

Georgia ‘License To Discriminate’ Bill Forced Through Committee During Bathroom Break

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"Georgia ‘License To Discriminate’ Bill Forced Through Committee During Bathroom Break" Georgia Republicans have used a number of nefarious methods to get their way over the years, but earlier this week they busted out an especially sneaky new tactic: voting on legislation when Democrats are, um, temporarily indisposed.

There's Really No Plan B on Iran, Is There?

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Yesterday was one of my bad days, but one consequence of that is that I zoned out in front of the TV for long stretches. This allowed me to hear an endless procession of talking heads spend time talking about what we should do about Iran. The striking ...

Alabama Supreme Court Halts Same-Sex Marriage Without Clear Authority To Do So

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"Alabama Supreme Court Halts Same-Sex Marriage Without Clear Authority To Do So" “Confusion reigns” in Alabama. The State Supreme Court issued a rambling decision Tuesday evening that not only enjoins state probate judges from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, but also rules in favor of the state’s ...

Judge Tells NYPD to Follow the Law, Demands New Stop-and-Frisk Tactics

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It just got a little bit harder for the NYPD to stop-and-frisk you for no reason. Well, at least on paper. Earlier this week, a memo was sent out to all officers stating new rules regarding stop-and-frisk policies, effective immediately, DNAinfo reported. Officers can no longer stop people ...

Bobby Jindal's Looming Health Care Disaster

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by Alice Ollstein Posted on March 4, 2015 at 8:00 am Updated: March 3, 2015 at 5:15 pm On Wednesday, the US Supreme Court hears a case that if successful, could strip away health insurance from millions of people who depend on federal subsidies. But Louisiana Governor ...

Victory.

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With 17 yes votes in the Senate, House Bill 2177 passed into law this sunny Thursday morning in the Capitol. #newmotorvoter is arguably the biggest piece of voting rights legislation in decades, helping eliminate a crucial barrier to participation in democracy for literally hundreds of thousands of ...

Chart of the Day: More large companies are run by men named “John” than by women

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Inspired by a recent report that calculated that there are more men named John, Robert, William or James than there are women on the boards of large companies, an economist at the New York Times has applied this index to a variety of institutional contexts.Turning to the CEOs ...

MH370: Behind the tenacious deep-sea hunt for missing plane

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Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. Jon Donnison boards a ship seeking the missing Malaysian plane MH370 "You have to believe we'll find something," says Brady Hernandez, a friendly American from Louisiana, in a thick southern drawl. "But will we find something? I hope so.

ISIS supporters threaten Twitter founder Jack Dorsey

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In a post on anonymous forum justpaste.it, the group drew an illustration of Dorsey in crosshairs. The Arabic message that follows contains several death threats. "How would you protect your miserable employees Jack, when their necks become an official target to ISIS soldiers and supporters, what would you ...

Supreme Court Sets a Date for Marriage Cases

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The Supreme Court will hear arguments in a consolidated marriage equality case from four states on April 28, reports SCOTUSblog.In a departure from standard procedure, audio recording from inside the courtroom will be released by 2 p.m. the day of the hearing, according to SCOTUSblog. The Supreme Court ...

Despite Protests, Slovenia Passes Marriage Equality

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The eastern European republic of Slovenia voted Tuesday to allow same-sex couples to marry and receive the same rights and benefits their opposite-sex counterparts receive, according to the Global Post."This amendment defines marriage as a lifelong community of two persons, regardless of their sex, eliminating the discriminative situation ...

Ferguson police arrested protesters after release of Justice Department report

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Updated by German Lopezon March 5, 2015, 12:07 a.m. ET@germanrlopez On Wednesday afternoon, the US Department of Justice released a searing report criticizing the Ferguson Police Department for disproportionately harassing, stopping, and arresting black residents in a pattern of racial bias, largely to raise revenue from fines and court fees. And, in a move that's sure to raise eyebrows among local law enforcement's critics, when a small number of protesters went to the police station Wednesday evening to demonstrate against the systemic racial disparities uncovered by the report, police began ...

Why the Duke Basketball Sexual-Assault Story Won't Go Away Quickly

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The Duke University student newspaper reported today that a player recently dismissed from the school's powerhouse men's basketball team had been twice accused of sexual assault. Moreover, it found that athletic department officials, including Hall of Fame coach Mike Krzyzewski, knew about the allegations as early as last ...

Last Call: Amy Klobuchar: Women Get Things Done in Congress, EMILY's List

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Sen. Amy Klobuchar speaks at the EMILY's List 30th anniversary gala in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday.Joseph P. Williams is a news editor with U.S. News & World Report. E-mail him at JWilliams@usnews.com. ByAllie Bidwell|March 5, 2015ByTierney Sneed|March 5, 2015BySteven Nelson|March 4, 2015ByKimberly Leonard|March 4, 2015ByOlivia Marcus|March 4, 2015ByTierney ...

The Science of Why Republicans Are Dead Wrong About Climate Change and National Security

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At last week's Conservative Political Action Conference, GOP chairman Reince Priebus had some strong words about how President Barack Obama prioritizes threats to national security. "Democrats tell us they understand the world, but then they call climate change, not radical Islamic terrorism, the greatest threat to national security," ...

Western Shaanxi Becomes A Mecca For Wind Power

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March 6th, 2015 by Marc HoweChina’s north-western province of Shaanxi has given the green light to a batch of new wind power projects in an area that’s fast emerging as one of the country’s inland clean energy hubs. The People’s Daily reports that Shaanxi’s development and reform commission ...

Is Your State Trying to Outlaw Vaccine Exemptions?

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Rhett Krawitt is seven years old. He is also a cancer survivor. After spending most of his young life battling leukemia, he is now taking up a new cause: fighting for mandatory vaccines. For close to four years, while he underwent chemotherapy, Rhett couldn't be vaccinated against dangerous ...

Solar Power Empowers The Poor (Video Interview)

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Published on March 6th, 2015 |by Zachary Shahan March 6th, 2015 by Zachary ShahanGetting back on the wagon and sharing the many video interviews I recorded in Abu Dhabi, below is another one. This one is with Richenda van Leeuwen of the UN Foundation, one of my new ...

Trina Solar Posts Increased Revenue, Guidance, & Spin-Off Downstream Business

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Published on March 5th, 2015 |by Joshua S Hill March 5th, 2015 by Joshua S HillIt’s good news all around for Trina Solar, which reported its 2014 fourth quarter and full-year financial earnings report Wednesday, boasting a convincing 41.9% increase on module shipments over 2013. Total module shipments ...

The Family Tragicomic That Could Change Broadway Forever

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Broadway has had a number of successful plays and musicals with gay, lesbian, and bisexual characters portrayed openly, and with sympathy. Some even grapple with complicated inner lives rather than deliver sanitized, safe entertainment. But nothing as honest, groundbreaking — and potentially dangerous — has been staged before ...

Op-ed: Mom and Dad, I'm Taking Truvada

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My Boy George costume was a hit! The hat I got when I was home for Christmas worked perfectly. I was the only Boy George, but there were amazing Madonna, and Prince, and Freddie Mercury costumes. My friend Bryn went as a Helmut Newton Palmer Girl in a ...

First Contact: Why One Small Conversation Can Be So Crucial For All of Us

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In the summer of 2013, with Proposition 8 nearly half a decade old yet still a vivid memory, political scientists Donald Green and Michael LaCour designed a study to help the Los Angeles LGBT Center make the most out of its messaging. What they learned has broad implications ...

Guinness Resumes Sponsorship Of St. Patrick's Day Parade Despite LGBT Community Protests

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"Guinness Resumes Sponsorship Of St. Patrick’s Day Parade Despite LGBT Community Protests" Gilbert Baker, designer of the Rainbow Flag, holding a “Boycott Homophobia” banner at the 2014 St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Last year, Guinness joined Heineken and Sam Adams in dropping their sponsorship of the New York City ...

Woodlawn Mental Health Clinic Occupation

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From Gapersblock.com:http://gapersblock.com/mechanics/2012...Politics. A candidate for office envisions his 30-second campaign commercial. He wants five solid accomplishments he can read as bullet points. At least one, he knows, needs to be about saving the taxpayers money. To look into the camera and say, "Faced with a budget deficit, I ...

Longest-Serving Female Senator Retires To Devote Herself To 'Raising Hell' Instead

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"Longest-Serving Female Senator Retires To Devote Herself To ‘Raising Hell’ Instead" Longtime Maryland Sen. Barbara Mikulski announced she would be retiring from the U.S. Senate, ending her career as longest-serving female senator in American history. She announced her decision not to seek reelection in 2016 and pass up ...

Rayton Solar Using Particle Accelerators To Create Solar Panels That Are "60% Cheaper + 25% More Efficient Than Industry Standard"

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Published on March 5th, 2015 |by James Ayre March 5th, 2015 by James AyreThe US-based solar energy company Rayton Solar recently came to my attention, and more importantly, its claim that it has developed a technology and approach to creating solar panels that’s “60%+ cheaper and 25% more ...

Immigrant Drivers License Issue Comes to Legislature

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Nebraska has drawn a hard line - no driver's licenses for thousands of immigrants who entered the country illegally as children. Those immigrants who are legally able to work say the law leaves them in no-man's land. Every morning on the way to work, Sylvia Fiallos is breaking ...

Toshiba's "Smart Community" Vision Explored In New Videos

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Published on March 5th, 2015 |by James Ayre March 5th, 2015 by James AyreToshiba’s “Smart Community” vision for the future — which aims to “put peoples’ well-being first” — is on display in a number of new videos recently released by the company. In particular, the video just ...

Federal Judge Overturns Nebraska's Ban On Same-Sex Marriage

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"Federal Judge Overturns Nebraska’s Ban On Same-Sex Marriage" Susan and Sally Waters, two of the plaintiffs in the Nebraska marriage case. Sally has been diagnosed with Stage IV metastatic breast cancer, which has spread to her spine. Susan carries health insurance for the whole family through her employer,

Beyond 'Pro-Choice' And 'Pro-Life,' Grieving Family's Journey Gets Light In New Documentary

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"Beyond ‘Pro-Choice’ And ‘Pro-Life,’ Grieving Family’s Journey Gets Light In New Documentary" Erick Munoz, center, husband of Marlise Munoz is escorted by attorneys. National media may have moved on from last year’s battle over whether Marlise Muñoz, known in headlines as the “brain-dead pregnant woman,” was allowed to ...

The Latest Anti-Choice Strategy: Less Planned Parenthood Bashing, More Insurance Bans

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To win over the middle, anti-choice leaders argued at CPAC, it's more helpful to message around "incremental" abortion restrictions like 20-week bans or insurance coverage restrictions.(Shutterstock) Click here to read more of RH Reality Check‘s coverage of the 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference. Abortion issues were mostly treated ...

Solar Impulse 2 RTW Departure Delayed Due To Weather (Video)

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Published on March 4th, 2015 |by Amber Archangel March 4th, 2015 by Amber ArchangelOriginally published on 1Sun4All. Breaking News from the Solar Impulse Team via Twitter: “Due to weather considerations, the first possible RTW departure date has been postponed until March 9 2015!” Bertrand Piccard said on his ...
 

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