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Farzana Parveen's Honor Killing: A Mysterious Pakistani Love Story

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TThe snake had been eating the crow’s eggs every day for weeks. “So she taught him a lesson,” twelve-year-old Taj said, pointing to the skeleton, the ribs of the snake curled up like a question mark. “You know, crows never forget a face.”he snake had been eating the ...

Neil deGrasse Tyson Tells GMO Critics to "Chill Out"

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Cosmos star Neil deGrasse Tyson is known for defending climate science and the science of evolution. And now, in a video recently posted on YouTube (the actual date when it was recorded is unclear), he takes a strong stand on another hot-button scientific topic: Genetically modified foods. In ...

Paul Ryan Refuses to Talk About the Cost of His Anti-Poverty Plan

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Last week, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) released a detailed anti-poverty proposal in a speech at the American Enterprise Institute. One of Ryan's top prescriptions seems to have been influenced by his previous career as a personal trainer. He has proposed that recipients of federal benefits get the services ...

At least 43 Palestinians killed as Israel maintains pressure on Gaza

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1 of 14.Smoke rises after an explosion in the northern Gaza Strip July 29, 2014. GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli fire killed at least 43 Palestinians in the Gaza Strip early on Wednesday as the Jewish state said it targeted Islamist militants at dozens of sites across the coastal enclave, while Egyptian mediators prepared a revised ceasefire proposal. Israel's Channel Two TV said progress was being made to achieve a deal in Cairo, where a Palestinian delegation was expected to arrive for discussions. Israeli tank shells and air strikes on houses ...

Bud and Miller Are Trying to Hijack Craft Beer—and It’s Totally Backfiring

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InBev and MillerCoors loom over the US beer landscape like…well, like one of those monstrous inflatable Bud Light bottles that spring up at certain football tailgate parties and outdoor concerts. Together, the two global giants own nearly 80 percent of the US beer market. InBev alone, corporate owner ...

10 reasons to be hopeful that we will overcome climate change

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From action in China and the US to falling solar costs and rising electric car sales, there is cause to be hopeful For the last few months, carbon dioxide concentrations in the atmosphere have been at record levels unseen in over 800,000 years. The chairman of the IPCC,

Yet Another Man With a Gun Just Murdered His Wife and Children

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In Saco, Maine on Saturday night, 33-year-old Joel Smith used a pump-action shotgun to kill his 35-year-old wife, Heather Smith, his 12-year-old stepson, and the couple's two biological children, a 7-year-old boy and a 4-year-old girl, before turning the gun on himself. The horrific scene was discovered on ...

"Confused Cats Against Feminism" Is the Purrfect Response to "Women Against Feminism"

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The Tumblr Women Against Feminism has inspired scores of think pieces decrying its misuse of the term "feminist." Yet when David Futrelle saw the collection of photos of women holding handwritten signs like "I don't need feminism because I am not a victim," it reminded him of his ...

These Gun Owners Oppose the NRA's Efforts to Allow Stalkers and Abusers to Keep Their Weapons

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On Wednesday, the Senate Judiciary Committee is holding its first-ever hearing on domestic violence and guns, in light of several bills that aim to strengthen federal gun restrictions against abusers. Federal law bans felons, people subject to permanent domestic-violence protective orders, and certain people convicted of domestic-violence misdemeanors ...

Leaked Docs: How a Secret FreedomWorks Donor Sought a Return on Its "Investments"

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For five years, FreedomWorks has proclaimed itself a leading tea party group fueling the conservative grassroots and fighting establishment Republicans. The organization touts its small-dollar donations from everyday activists, but it also has received substantial funding from corporate donors and one-percenters, most notably Richard Stephenson, a FreedomWorks board ...

The NRA's Murder Mystery

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9 mentions1 day ago
SShortly before dark on the evening of April 17, 1963, Robert J. Dowlut went looking for a gun inside the city cemetery in South Bend, Indiana. Making his way through the headstones, he stopped in front of the abandoned Studebaker family mausoleum. He knelt by the front right ...

In Kansas, embattled Gov. Brownback’s mixed record is case study in GOP control

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GODDARD, Kan. — Gail Jamison, a lifelong Republican, voted for Sam Brownback for governor in 2010 believing he would restore school funding that had been greatly reduced by the recession. Four years later, she has joined with more than 100 prominent Republicans in publicly throwing their support behind ...

Why do we still insist women share responsibility for “provoking” their abuse?

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There’s a particular kind of irony when Whoopi Goldberg, who 19 years ago starred in a film that featured intergenerational domestic violence, makes comments in support of ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith regarding the very lenient two-game suspension of Baltimore Ravens Running Back Ray Rice for knocking his then fiancee unconscious and dragging her into an elevator. On Monday, Goldberg offered her two cents: “If you make the choice as a woman who’s 4 foot 3 and you decide to hit a guy who’s 6 feet tall and you’re the last ...

Halbig Gruber Video Gives Right Excuse to Flip On ACA Subsidies

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TThe unearthing last week of video footage showing MIT professor Jonathan Gruberhe unearthing last week of video footage showing MIT professor Jonathan Gruber——one of the Affordable Care Act's key architectsone of the Affordable Care Act's key architects——claiming claiming sua spontesua sponte that the health law's subsidies were conditioned ...

Middle Class Jumpstart

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House Republicans’ flawed priorities have stalled middle class opportunity while consistently stacking the deck for wealthy special interests.Instead of tax incentives to create good paying jobs to “Make It In America,” they give tax favors to corporations that ship jobs overseas.Instead of allowing college students to refinance staggering ...

Sierra Leone's top Ebola doctor dies from virus

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FREETOWN (Reuters) - The doctor leading Sierra Leone's fight against the worst Ebola outbreak on record died from the virus on Tuesday, the country's chief medical officer said. The death of Sheik Umar Khan, who was credited with treating more than 100 patients, follows the deaths of dozens of local health workers and the infection of two American medics in neighboring Liberia, highlighting the dangers faced by staff trying to halt the disease's spread across West Africa. Ebola is believed to have killed 672 people in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra ...

Court rules that law that would shut down Mississippi’s sole abortion clinic is unconstitutional

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2 mentions6 hours ago
In the latest salvo in the battle to keep Mississippi’s only abortion clinic open, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the law designed to shut it down is unconstitutional. “Pre-viability, a woman has the constitutional right to end her pregnancy by abortion. H.B. 1390 effectively ...

Email from House aide undermines Halbig lawsuit on Obamacare subsidies

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OOn January 15, 2010, the Affordable Care Act wasn’t yet law. It was just two separate health care reform billsn January 15, 2010, the Affordable Care Act wasn’t yet law. It was just two separate health care reform bills——one passed by the Senate, one passed by the House.

Why It Matters That Norman Finkelstein Just Got Arrested Outside the Israeli Consulate

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4 mentions8 hours ago
At 12:30 pm today, a few dozen people laid down in the street at the intersection of 43rd Street and Second Avenue, stopping traffic from reaching the 42nd Street block housing the Israeli Consulate. Around them, a hundred or so people chanted from the sidewalks for the end ...

These Medical Apps Have Doctors and the FDA Worried

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In today's business world, disruption is a constant force that never lets up. At the annual WIRED Business Conference: Disruptive by Design, we celebrate the creative power of bold new ideas and the people that make them happen.See the event > See the event >Explore what’s new and ...

Israel strikes house of Hamas Gaza leader, digs in for long fight

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1 of 13. 1 of 13.An Israeli mobile artillery unit fires towards the Gaza Strip July 28, 2014. An Israeli mobile artillery unit fires towards the Gaza Strip July 28, 2014.GAZA/JERUSALEMGAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel's military pounded targets in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said his country needed to be prepared for a long conflict in the Palestinian enclave, squashing any hopes of a swift end to 22 days of fighting. (Reuters) - Israel's military pounded targets in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday after Prime Minister ...

This Man Fears America Will Have Him Tortured—Again

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Sweden has declined to grant asylum to an American who fears his own country will have him tortured—again. In June 2011, Yonas Fikre, a Muslim American from Portland, Oregon, was visiting the United Arab Emirates when he was suddenly arrested and detained by the local security forces. For ...

Big Oil's New Pitch: Fracking Means Never Having To Fear Putin

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As Ukraine sinks deeper into crisis, the oil and gas industry is pressing the United States to deploy its abundant natural gas supply as a weapon against Russia—and lawmakers of both parties are lining up behind the proposal. "We have this natural-gas boom," Rep. Pat Tiberi (R-Ohio) saidsaid ...

America's 10 Most Hated Banks

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If you put out a complaint box for customers of US banks and financial firms, you will get hundreds of thousands of complaints. That's what the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau—which was set up by Elizabeth Warren before she became a US senator—has discovered. And the bank that has ...

Once we were Soldiers

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Two hundred miles southeast of Denver, in a meander of the Arkansas River, is an old military base called Fort Lyon. It was once a prison, once a hospital, once an asylum, but for the past 10 months it has been a refuge for people — especially veterans ...

How Mitt Romney spent his summer vacation

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Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney took to the Internet Monday to talk about his recent summer vacation, sharing photos and memories of a family trip through the American Westsharing photos and memories of a family trip through the American West..There were some charming side hugside hug pics,

New Favorite Tumblr: Confused Cats Against Feminism

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3 mentions2 days ago
Depressed, disturbed, almost-but-not-quite-amused by the “Women Against Feminism” phenomenon and Tumblr“Women Against Feminism” phenomenon and Tumblr? There’s an antidote for that: Confused Cats against Feminism.? There’s an antidote for that: Confused Cats against Feminism.Like many of the women featured on the Women Against Feminism Tumblr, these cats don’t ...

Deadly Israeli shelling hits Gaza UN school

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Israeli shells have struck a UN school in the Gaza Strip, killing at least 16 people and wounding scores more, after Israeli ground troops made a signficant push into the territory amid Palestinian efforts to broker a 24-hour truce. It was the second time in a week that ...

Op-ed: Confessions of a Former Ted Nugent Fan

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2 mentions10 hours ago
Yes, it’s true. When I was a teenager in the 1970s, I was a big fan of Ted Nugent. I was not only 20 years pre-transition, I had all of the political and social consciousness you’d expect of a 15-year-old. I had all of Nugent’s albums, posters of ...

This Huge Corporation Is Tackling Climate Change—Because It's a Threat to the Bottom Line

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A few months agoA few months ago, the international food manufacturing giant General Mills was branded a "clear laggard" by climate activists for not doing enough to cut its carbon footprint. Oxfam International accused the company of dragging its feet on reducing so-called "scope 3" greenhouse gas emissions—those ...

Op-ed: There's Room Under the Bus for All of Us

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Everyone’s story is unique, including mine. Both of my parents were professional Southern Baptists. My brother and I both followed in their footsteps. He is still following. My path took a dramatic about-face along the way. The subtext of my formative years was conformity. It was reinforced at ...

News Media, There's a War on Elephants. Act Like It.

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2 mentions4 hours ago
The slaughter of Africa's elephants for their ivory is leaving a devastating number of casualties: some conservationists cite as many as 50,000 are being killed annually. It's a full-on massacre. It's a genocide, actually, if you are gutsy enough to call it what it is. Getting ivory from ...

Calling Kansas City

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Press Secretary, and Kansas City native, Josh Earnest places calls to hardworking Americans in Kansas City who wrote to the President and invites them to dinner with President Obama during his trip to America's heartland.

How Terrifying Is the New Ebola Outbreak?

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3 mentions2 days ago
Two US aid workers in Liberia US aid workers in Liberia recently became the latest victims of an Ebola epidemic that health experts are callingrecently became the latest victims of an Ebola epidemic that health experts are calling "out of control" "out of control" and the and the ...

Ukraine claims more territory as fight intensifies with rebels

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KIEV/DONETSK UkraineKIEV/DONETSK Ukraine (Reuters) - Ukraine said on Monday its troops had wrested more territory from pro-Russian rebels, advancing towards the site where Malaysian flight MH17 was brought down, which international investigators said they could not reach because of the fighting. (Reuters) - Ukraine said on Monday its troops had wrested more territory from pro-Russian rebels, advancing towards the site where Malaysian flight MH17 was brought down, which international investigators said they could not reach because of the fighting.Ukrainian officials said troops had recaptured two rebel-held towns near the crash ...

Anyone With a Concealed Carry Permit Can Now Come Dangerously Close to the White House

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A federal judge has ordered the District of Columbia ordered the District of Columbia to stop enforcing its restrictions on carrying handguns on the streets of the nation's capital. The decision also forced the District government to allow out-of-state concealed carry and open carry permit holders to wield ...

U.S.-Israeli tensions rise as hostilities in Gaza subside

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1 of 12. 1 of 12.Smoke rises during an Israeli offensive in the east of Gaza City July 27, 2014. Smoke rises during an Israeli offensive in the east of Gaza City July 27, 2014.GAZA/JERUSALEMGAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel sees no need for another Gaza ceasefire, an Israeli official was quoted as saying on Monday, as tensions between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government and Washington flared over U.S. mediation to end the almost three-week-old war. (Reuters) - Israel sees no need for another Gaza ceasefire, an Israeli official was quoted as ...

House Republicans Pass Bill to Lower Taxes on the Rich and Raise Taxes on the Poor

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So what are Republicans in the House of Representatives up to these days? According to Danny Vinik,According to Danny Vinik, they just passed a bill that would reduce taxes on the rich and raise them on the poor. they just passed a bill that would reduce taxes on ...

Taking Attendance: New Data Finds Majority of Children Appear in Immigration Court

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As the number of unaccompanied children arriving at the United States border has increased, some lawmakers have argued that children frequently fail to appear for proceedings and thus proposed mandatory detention as a solution. Some say as many as 90 percent fail to attend their immigration court hearings.

Poll: Let border kids stay

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Nearly 70 percent of Americans believe the undocumented Central American children entering along the U.S.-Mexico border should be treated as refugees, a new poll shows. According to a pollpoll released Tuesday by the Public Religion Research Institute, 69 percent of those surveyed believe U.S. authorities should treat the ...

The Taliban's Resurgent, and There's "Real Potential" US Arms Can Fall Into Their Hands

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Over the last decade, the United States has provided hundreds of thousands of small arms—including machine guns, grenade launchers, and rifles—to the Afghan security forces. But the US and its Afghan counterparts are doing an inadequate job of tracking these weapons, government investigators claimgovernment investigators claim, increasing the ...

WATCH: Ohio's First Pro-Marriage Equality Ad in a Decade

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A television advertisement advocating marriage equality has been aired in Ohio—an act that hasn’t been done in the state in 10 years. Why Marriage Matters Ohio — a public education campaign co-founded by Equality Ohio, Freedom to Marry, HRC, and the ACLU Foundation of Ohio — released the ...

Inside the Huge Solar Farm That Powers the iCloud

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3 mentions2 days ago
This This story was originally published by the GuardianGuardian and is reproduced here as part of the and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. The article was reported by the Guardian'sGuardian's Suzanne Goldenberg, and the video was produced by Climate Desk's James West. Suzanne ...

The amazing news buried inside a 283-page Medicare report

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This is arguably the most unexpected piece of news in the new Medicare Trustees report: the government's hospital insurance program might be spending less money to cover more beneficiaries than it did a year ago.This is arguably the most unexpected piece of news in the new Medicare Trustees ...

Graphic: Ebola By the Numbers

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The number of Ebola cases have continued to climb this week in Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, and now a recent victim in Nigeria. Here’s everything you want to know about the disease. Your browser, Internet Explorer 8 or below, is out of date. It has known security flaws ...

Babies Are Getting Brain Bleeds—Are Vaccine Fears to Blame?

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In May, the Tennessean Tennessean reported onreported on a truly shocking medical problem. Seven infants, aged between seven and 20 weeks old, had arrived at Vanderbilt University's Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital over the past eight months with a condition called " a truly shocking medical problem. Seven ...

WATCH: Inspirational 9-Year-Old Trans Girl Has Big Dreams

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Cee Cee Ott is a 9-year-old transgender girl from Nevada. Cee Cee has known she's a girl ever since she was three years old. "I wanted to be a girl at that time, but I couldn't because at the time I was a boy, so I had to ...

How Well Does A Drug Work? Look Beyond The Fine Print : Shots

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hide captionTraditional warning labels on medicine boxes tend to be long on confusing language, critics say, but short on helpful numbers. Traditional warning labels on medicine boxes tend to be long on confusing language, critics say, but short on helpful numbers. Anybody who has ever seen a drug ...

Physician well-being is essential to optimal patient care

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I chose to leave clinical medicine in 1996 after just three years as a general internist. At the time, I was certain that it was the right decision and necessary for my overall health, but could not have articulated all the reasons why I needed to leave. I ...

Syria: Barrage of Barrel Bombs

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Search for survivors at a site hit by barrel bombs according to activists in the Al-Shaar neighborhood of Aleppo. July 27, 2014. Al-Ameria neighborhood in Aleppo City, after it was struck by probable air strike. Image taken May 23, 2014. (New York) – The Syrian government is raining ...
 

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