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McConnell campaign manager Jesse Benton resigns amid federal probe into 2012 endorsement-for-pay deal

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Jesse Benton, the GOP political strategist spearheading Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s reelection campaign, resigned from his post Friday amid new details about an ongoing federal investigation into an endorsement-pay-scheme involving a 2012 presidential campaign he oversaw. In a statement issued Friday evening, Benton cited “inaccurate press accounts ...

Stop Dreaming. Republicans Are Not Going for a Carbon Tax.

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This story originally appeared in Grist and is republished here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Republicans, as everyone knows, hate taxes and don't accept, much less care about, climate change. But wonks on both sides of the aisle fantasize that a carbon tax could win bipartisan ...

This Is What a Farmer Looks Like

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During the 2013 Super Bowl, Marjorie Gayle Alaniz was captivated by a commercial for Dodge Ram trucks that featured portraits of American farmers. She couldn't help but notice, however, that among the many farmers shown, there were only a handful of women. Alaniz, who comes from a family ...

Captives held by Islamic State were waterboarded

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At least four hostages held in Syria by the Islamic State, including an American journalist who was recently executed by the group, were waterboarded in the early part of their captivity, according to people familiar with the treatment of the kidnapped Westerners. James Foley was among the four ...

Weekly Address: This Labor Day, Let’s Talk About the Minimum Wage

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In this week’s address, the President wished Americans a Happy Labor Day weekend, highlighted the important economic progress we’ve made, and reaffirmed his commitment to accelerate our progress and ensure that our growing economy fuels a strong middle class.

Pressure mounts on Pakistan leader to quit as protests continue

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ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - About 8,000 protesters camped outside the home of Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Saturday demanding he quit, more than two weeks into a political crisis that has destabilized the nuclear-armed nation. Thousands of demonstrators, led by former cricket hero Imran Khan and moderate cleric Tahir ul-Qadhave, have been camped outside parliament in the capital Islamabad for more than two weeks. But it was the first time they had staged a rally directly outside the office of the prime minister. Late on Friday, protesters led by opposition ...

Fracking Has Contaminated Drinking Water In Pennsylvania 243 Times, State Agency Reports

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For the first time, Pennsylvania has made public 243 cases of contamination of private drinking wells from oil and gas drilling operations. As the AP reports, Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection posted details about the contamination cases online on Thursday. The cases occurred in 22 counties, with Susquehanna,

Captives held by Islamic State were waterboarded

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At least four hostages held in Syria by the Islamic State, including an American journalist who was recently executed by the group, were waterboarded in the early part of their captivity, according to people familiar with the treatment of the kidnapped Westerners. James Foley was among the four ...

Astronomy Picture of the Day

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Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer.Explanation:The Milky Way was not created by an evaporating lake. The colorful pool of water, about 10 meters across, is known as Silex ...

California Becomes The Second State Ever To Guarantee That Sick Workers Can Take A Paid Day Off

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Early on Saturday morning, the California Senate passed a bill guaranteeing at least three paid sick days a year for about 6.5 million workers, sending it to Gov. Jerry Brown (D). Brown’s office said it supports the bill, and in a statement after it passed he said, “Tonight,

Friday Cat Blogging - 29 August 2014

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It's the return of quilt blogging! Sort of. In any case, there's a quilt in the background because that happens to be where Domino was posing this week. I think she's auditioning to be the model for a new pair of sculptures outside the New York Public Library.

Federal Government Sues Minnesota City For Rejecting A Proposed Islamic Center

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The U.S. government is suing the city of St. Anthony, Minnesota for rejecting a proposal for a Muslim worship space two years ago, arguing that the city’s decision is a violation of religious freedom. In a lawsuit filed on Wednesday, the Department of Justice (DOJ) took a stand ...

Mount Holyoke Students Advocate For The Rights Of Transgender Students At Women’s Colleges

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This BuzzFeed homepage is tailored for our readers in the USA. Make it your default.This BuzzFeed homepage is tailored for our readers in the USA. Switch to USHave you seen BuzzFeed English? Come check it out! Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Mass. sits about 10 miles away from Smith College, another women’s college in the state of Massachusetts. Both schools are single-sex institutions of higher learning, and both schools are also facing difficulties in accommodating transgender students. Earlier this year, students at Smith protested their college’s refusal to ...

Chart of the Day: When Women Fail, They Pay a Bigger Price Than Men

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The chart below is not part of a study that examines a statistically random set of data. It's quite informal, and probably suffers from some inherent sampling biases. Nonetheless, it's pretty astonishing: Here's the background: Kieran Snyder asked men and women working in the tech industry to share their performance reviews with her. Virtually all of them were high performers who got generally strong reviews. But it wasn't all positive: In the 177 reviews where people receive critical feedback, men and women receive different kinds. The critical feedback men receive ...

Has Vladimir Putin Painted Himself Into a Corner?

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Max Fisher writes today that Vladimir Putin probably never wanted to invade Ukraine. So why did he? It all started when he was elected to a third term as president amid continuing economic stagnation: Putin expected another boisterously positive reception, but that's not what he happened. Instead, he got protests in major cities, opposition candidates, and, even according to the highly suspicious official tally, only 63 percent of the vote. Putin panicked. He saw his legitimacy slipping and feared a popular revolt. So he changed strategies. Rather than basing his ...

Here Are the Psychological Reasons Why an American Might Join ISIS

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So read the Twitter bio of Douglas McAuthur McCain—or, as he reportedly called himself, "Duale Khalid"—the San Diego man who is apparently the first American to be killed while fighting for ISIS. According to NBC News, McCain grew up in Minnesota, was a basketball player, and wanted to ...

There Are No Lessons of History

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Adam Gopnik argues that knowing history won't really help you understand the lessons of history. There are just too many of them, and you can always cherry pick whichever lesson supports the thing you wanted to do in the first place. Rather, it should teach us humility: The ...

The NFL Finally Fixed Its Weak Domestic-Violence Penalties

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The National Football League has drastically toughened its punishments for domestic violence after weeks of uproar over its weak response to the case of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice. Rice received a two-game suspension after allegedly assaulting his fiancée, while players who tested positive for marijuana—some in ...

Obama, in Estonia and at NATO summit, to send strong message to Putin

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama will visit Estonia and attend a NATO summit in Wales next week to send a strong message to Russian President Vladimir Putin that his incursion into Ukraine must be reversed and to keep his hands off the Baltic nations. A fresh move into eastern Ukraine by Russian forces in support of separatists is rattling the region, and Obama will reassure NATO's Baltic allies Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania that the alliance will stand with them should Moscow turn its attention to them. It will ...

Three steps to achieve a lasting truce in Israel and Gaza

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We have seen, over and over again ceasefires dissipate in the dust of renewed bombings. Here are three basic human rights which must not be neglected if there is to be any hope for a just and sustainable peace. The newly brokered truce between Israel and the Palestinians ...

This 11-Year-Old Was Locked Up Trying to Cross the Border. Read the Heartfelt Letter She Sent Obama.

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On Tuesday, the nation's top immigration court allowed a Guatemalan woman who fled her abusive husband to petition for asylum in the United States. It's a landmark ruling that immigrant rights advocates hope will protect women who have escaped horrific marital violence in countries besides Guatemala. One of ...

FloodWallStreet

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As world leaders meet in New York for a historic summit on climate change, communities across the globe will flood financial centers to confront the corporate and economic systems that are causing the climate crisis. Join a united global movement to attack the root causes of the climate crisis and build an economy based on justice and sustainability. We need climate justice. Take action in solidarity with communities on the frontlines of the climate crisis for a day of: In financial and political centers around the world - Flood, blockade,

Syrian refugees top 3 million, half of all Syrians displaced: U.N.

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GENEVA (Reuters) - Three million Syrian refugees will have registered in neighboring countries as of Friday, but many remain trapped by the advance of Islamist militants or are having difficulty in reaching open border crossings, the United Nations said. Syrians desperate to leave their war-engulfed homeland are forced to pay hefty bribes at armed checkpoints proliferating along Syria's borders, or to smugglers, the U.N. refugee agency said. The record figure is one million refugees more than a year ago, while a further 6.5 million are displaced within Syria, meaning that ...

5 Members Of Congress Who Oppose National Monuments But Love To Pose For Photos In Them

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If it’s August, there’s a good chance you’ll spot Members of Congress outside, celebrating a new wildlife refuge they helped create, pushing for the expansion of a wilderness area in their district, exploring America’s newest national monument, or encouraging people to visit the national parks in their state.

544 Young Women Want To Tell The UN About The Urgency Of Climate Change

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Members of civil society movements walk out of the U.N. talks on global warming held at the National Stadium in Warsaw, Poland on Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013. The United Nations is looking for a young woman to, as BBC put it, be the ‘Malala’ of the climate change ...

Will Democrats Keep Control of the Senate This Year?

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Sam Wang of the Princeton Election Consortium thinks that Democrats currently have a 72 percent chance of retaining control of the Senate this year. Most other forecasting outfits think Republicans have a 60-70 percent chance of winning control. Why the difference? In most cases, added assumptions (i.e. special ...

Explosion Shakes BP's Largest Oil Refinery In The U.S.

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A fire broke out at BP’s largest U.S. refinery on Wednesday night after a compressor exploded in one of the refinery’s units, sending shakes through local homes and injuring one worker, according to media reports. The explosion is the latest mishap at the company’s Whiting Refinery in Whiting,

Special Report: The billion-dollar fall of the house of Espirito Santo

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1 of 5.Banco Espirito Santo's CEO Ricardo Salgado announces the Portuguese bank's 2011 results during a news conference in Lisbon in this February 3, 2012 file photo. LISBON (Reuters) - On June 9, with his 150-year-old Portuguese corporate dynasty close to collapse, patriarch Ricardo Espirito Santo Salgado made a desperate attempt to save it. Salgado signed two letters to Venezuela’s state oil company, which had bought $365 million in bonds from his family’s holding company. The holding company was in financial trouble. But the letters, according to copies seen by ...

Preliminary Studies Show Potential Health Risk For Babies Born Near Fracking Sites

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Can fracking operations cause health problems or birth defects in babies who are born near wells? Preliminary scientific research says that it might and that more research needs to be done as oil and gas production booms across the country. According to a report in Bloomberg News, scientists ...

How Does a 9-Year-Old Come to Shoot a Fully Automatic Weapon?

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A 9-year-old in Arizona accidentally killed her gun instructor on Monday when the Uzi he was teaching her to fire recoiled out of her control and shot him in the head. A video of the incident shows 39-year-old Charles Vacca switching the gun into automatic mode, then standing ...

Muslim Basketball Player Speaks Out Against International Federation's Ban On Religious Headwear

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India’s Amritpal Singh (right) opted to play even after FIBA officials banned him from wearing a turban, but said he was “humiliated.” The International Basketball Association’s ban on religious headwear like turbans, hijabs, and yarmulkes worn by some Sikh, Muslim, and Jewish basketball players is an “extremely disrespectful” ...

Syrian refugees top 3 million, half of all Syrians displaced: U.N.

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GENEVA (Reuters) - Three million Syrian refugees will have registered in neighboring countries as of Friday, an exodus that began in March 2011 and shows no sign of abating, the United Nations said. The record figure is one million refugees more than a year ago, while a further 6.5 million are displaced within Syria, meaning that "almost half of all Syrians have now been forced to abandon their homes and flee for their lives", it said. "The Syrian crisis has become the biggest humanitarian emergency of our era, yet the ...

5 Terrifying Facts From the Leaked UN Climate Report

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How many synonyms for "grim" can I pack into one article? I had to consult the thesaurus: ghastly, horrid, awful, shocking, grisly, gruesome. This week, a big report from the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change was leaked before publication, and it confirmed, yet again, the grim—dire, frightful—reality ...

This is What a Russian Invasion of Ukraine Looks Like

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It has become quite hard for Vladimir Putin to deny that Russia's activities in Eastern Europe are benign. On Thursday, Ukraine's president, Petro Poroshenko, announced that "Russian forces have actually entered Ukraine." And at a State Department briefing, spokeswoman Jen Psaki called Russia's activities "an incursion and a ...

In the Restaurant Biz, It Pays To Be a Man

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Via Wonkblog, here's a chart showing the pay gap between men and women in the restaurant industry. It comes from a but the premium goes up for the highest paying jobs. Busser and cashiers are paid nearly the same regardless of gender. But when you move up to ...

Austin, Texas Passes a New Law Making Solar a ‘Default’ Generation Resource

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The city of Austin may have just single-handedly propelled the Texas solar market into the top-ten leading states. Last night, the Austin city council voted in favor of a resolution that would increase the city's rooftop and utility-scale solar targets by 800 megawatts over the coming years. It ...

Remember the Wendy Davis Filibuster? The Law She Fought Is Driving Dozens of Abortion Clinics Out of Business

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At the new Planned Parenthood clinic in Dallas earlier this month, exam rooms were stocked, desks, chairs, and computers were installed, even a few phones had started to ring. Construction workers came in and out, and the waiting room stood empty, save for a corner stack of moving ...

Stock Buybacks Are a Symptom, Not a Disease

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Here's a depressing statistic: Last year, U.S. companies spent a whopping $598 billion — not to develop new technologies, open new markets or to hire new workers but to buy up their own shares. By removing shares from circulation, companies made remaining shares pricier, thus creating the impression of a healthier business without the risks of actual business activity. I agree: that statistic is depressing. In fact, back in the days of my foolish youth, when I dabbled a bit in stock picking, one of my rules was never to ...

Top Immigration Court Hands Huge Win to Battered Women Seeking Asylum. Conservatives Freak Out.

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On Tuesday, the country's top immigration court ruled that some migrants escaping domestic violence may qualify for asylum in the US. The decision, from the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA), is a landmark: It's the first time that this court has recognized a protected group that primarily includes ...

How Trayvon Martin’s Death Launched a New Generation of Black Activism

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On July 13, 2013, George Zimmerman was found not guilty in the murder of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed African-American 17-year-old walking home from a 7-Eleven. What The Washington Post and other media outlets had dubbed “the trial of the century” was over, with a deeply unsettling verdict. In ...

Economy Doing Ever So Slightly Better Than We Thought

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Gross domestic product, the broadest measure of goods and services produced across the economy, grew at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.2% in the second quarter, the Commerce Department said Thursday. The agency had previously estimated the second quarter's growth rate at 4%, relying on incomplete data for international trade, inventories and other sectors. Nobody should mistake this for anything meaningful. Obviously it's better for GDP to be revised up than down, but this particular change is so small that it's not really noticeable. GDP growth for the first ...

NOAA Lists 20 Coral Species As Threatened Due To Climate Change, Fishing And Pollution

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Twenty new species of coral are now listed as “threatened” under the Endangered Species Act, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced on Wednesday. NOAA said in the rule that it considered multiple threats to coral when deciding which species to designate, including corals’ vulnerability to ocean acidification ...

Time to #FloodWallStreet

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In September, world leaders are coming to New York City for a UN summit on the climate crisis. On the 21st, there will be a massive march. On the 22nd, the day before their summit, as politicians have meetings with the corporate oligarchs who profit from the disasters ...

The Dark Side of Almond Use

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This week another large study added to the body of known cardiovascular benefits of eating almonds. Every ounce eaten daily was associated with a 3.5 percent decreased risk of heart disease ten years later. Almonds are already known to help with weight loss and satiety, help prevent diabetes,

Iowa GOP Senate Nominee Says The Koch Network 'Started My Trajectory'

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The vast and well-funded political network maintained by petrochemical billionaires Charles and David Koch “started my trajectory,” according to Iowa state Sen. Joni Ernst, the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate. Ernst was one of several rising GOP politicians who attended a June 16 gathering in Dana Point, California,

Ferguson Police Chief, Now An International 'Bad Guy,' Wants To Help His City Move Forward

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FERGUSON, Mo. -- Nearly three weeks after 18-year-old Michael Brown was killed by one of his police officers, Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson is a man under a lot of pressure. In the immediate aftermath of the shooting, the chief's actions came under strong criticism. Against the recommendations ...

Britain Announces Plans For The Next Generation Of Emissions-Free Public Transit

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Trains and buses of the low and even emissions-free variety are on the rise in Britain, evidenced by two new projects underway in the country. On Thursday, BusinessGreen reported that the city of London is launching a trial project for specially-designed hybrid buses that can wirelessly recharge their ...

Obama to make statement on Ukraine

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August 28, 2014 3:43 PM EDT— President Obama is expected to make a statement from the White House about the situation in Ukraine. (Associated Press)

Your Cell Phone Company Says Your Location Info Is Private. Think Again.

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On Sunday, the Washington Post published an expose revealing that private companies are peddling surveillance systems to foreign governments that track the location of cell phone users in the US and abroad. The report raised a basic question: How can this be happening when cell phone companies generally ...

Climate Scientists Spell Out Stark Danger And Immorality Of Inaction In New Leaked Report

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Humanity’s choice (via IPCC): Aggressive climate action ASAP (left figure) minimizes future warming and costs a mere 0.06% of annual growth. Continued inaction (right figure) results in catastrophic and irreversible levels of warming, 9°F over much of U.S. One word in the latest draft report from the UN ...
 

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