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What Happens When The Government Tries To Make A Viral Content Mill?

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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! Last week the White House celebrated the 20th anniversary of the ...

On Obama’s Asia trip, members of media will have to pay $60,000 each for flights

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President Obama’s trip to Asia next month should prove to be reasonably newsworthy, given its regional summit meetings in China and Burma and a stopover in Australia. For the news media, however, there is a more immediate concern: the heart-stopping cost of covering the president’s travels. News organizations ...

Republicans Tried to Suppress the Black Vote in North Carolina. It's Not Working.

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Smith runs a hair salon on the outskirts of Fayetteville, North Carolina. Her hair is dyed lavender and her arms are covered in heart and shooting-star tattoos. In the lead-up to the midterms, she's lending her storefront to Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan's reelection campaign. Smith passes out sample ...

Happy Halloween From Mitch McConnell and Friends

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Republican lawmakers have been getting in the holiday spirit today by reminding people about their longstanding beef with Obamacare. Senate Republicans put out a list of articles on their website under the headlines "Spooked by higher costs" and "All tricks, no treats". Today is full of ghosts, ghouls,

Stop Asking Why the Women Accusing Jian Ghomeshi Didn't Go to the Cops

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In the past two weeks, nine women have come forward with stories about getting beat up by Jian Ghomeshi. Now, thousands of people are asking what on earth took them so long. The confused disbelief seems genuine to me. Why on earth didn't they rush to the nearest ...

Court Rules Maine Can't Quarantine Ebola Nurse

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After a days-long battle with Maine governor Paul LePage, Kaci Hickox, a nurse who recently returned from treating Ebola patients in Sierra Leone, has officially won the right to go outside. Hickox, who had been working with Doctors Without Borders in Sierra Leone, was quarantined in a New ...

QUIZ: Is this a Ted Cruz quote or a Kanye West quote?

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Cruz, of course, has a special burden because of his past. With the shutdown, Cruz established himself as the Kanye West of conservatism, our insufferable superstar who rushed the stage of American politics. Cruz should put his enormous talents to work by recalling his presidential exploratory staff – ...

FBI most-wanted suspect Eric Frein in custody

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(CNN) -- After nearly seven weeks on the run, suspected cop killer Eric Matthew Frein is in custody, Pennsylvania State Police spokeswoman Connie Devens said Thursday. "I can confirm that we have taken Eric Frein into custody. Further information will be released at a later time. No further ...

Here's How Oil Industry Members Reacted When Told To Use 'Fear And Anger' To Win Fracking Fight

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“It’s brilliant in its simplicity,” said one audience member. “The way you’re going is really neat,” said another. “This has been very, very helpful,” said one more. This is how some oil and gas industry members immediately responded after hearing a political strategy speech from lobbyist Richard Berman,

What A Republican-Controlled Senate Would Mean For The Climate

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) would become majority leader if the Republicans retake chamber. The midterm elections are now just days away. And according to the New York Times’ forecasts, the Republicans have a 68 percent chance of taking back the Senate. So just what would this ...

PATRIOT Act Warrants Used More For Drugs Than For Terrorism

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The PATRIOT Act gave federal agents expanded powers to issue search warrants without informing the targets of the warrant beforehand. Why? Because terrorism investigations were special: they'd fall apart if terrorists received warning that they were being investigated. So with terrorism suddenly a far bigger priority after 9/11,

Silly String Is Illegal Here—But Only on Halloween

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Halloween is finally here! It's time to celebrate macabre mischief, ghouls and gluttony, and of course, tricks and treats. But there's one scary alliterated substance you should steer clear of—especially if you are in Hollywood. On the streets of Tinseltown, getting caught with Silly String is considered a ...

Who funds the new Brookings?

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In the past decade, the Brookings Institution adopted a strategy of rapid growth and aggressive fundraising. The organization was responding to challenges facing many academic institutions, as foundations began to place more restrictions on their grants and Brookings’s endowment income was not keeping up with spending needs. So ...

Scientists: Cancel Maine Shrimp Season Again Because Of Rising Ocean Temperatures

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In this Friday, Jan. 6, 2012 file photo, shrimp are shoveled into a holding chamber aboard a trawler in the Gulf of Maine. After an alarming report of a collapsed fishery cancelled the shrimp season in the Gulf of Maine last year due to higher water temperatures, it ...

To Beat Obamacare, Opponents Resurrect an Old Birther Argument

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The Supreme Court today is considering whether to hear a challenge to Obamacare that could deprive 8 million people of their newly acquired health insurance. If the court does decide to take the case, though, it will be buying into a legal argument that is frequently deployed by ...

Friday Feminist Fuck Yeah: The feminist protest in Barcelona

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Like the rest of the English-speaking world apparently, we’re late on covering the awesome feminist protest that happened in Barcelona last week. Called Vaga De Totes (“Everything Strike”), the protest brought together more than 600 different feminist and community groups.The slogan of the “day of struggle” was ”Women ...

Friday Cat Blogging - 31 October 2014

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I thought cats were supposed to get gradually calmer and more mature as they aged. Not these two. They're now 11 months old, and apparently they went nuts during my stay in the hospital. Now that I'm back, they're still going nuts. Every scrap of paper in the ...

Republicans Attack Democrats For Supporting Republican Demands

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Getting deep into the weeds of local congressional races isn't my thing, but it's certainly been intriguing this year watching Republicans attack Democrats for being willing to accept Republican positions on various issues. Until now, the most egregious example of this came from Karl Rove's Super PAC, which ...

Ruth "Baby" Ginsburg Is Absolutely Crushing Halloween This Year

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For those in the need of any last minute Halloween inspiration, look no further than Ruth "Baby" Ginsburg, quite possibly the most adorable tribute to the badass Supreme Court Justice herself we've witnessed. MoJo Troll Patrol encourages readers to sign in with Facebook, Twitter, Google, Yahoo, Disqus, or ...

The White House is getting a 3D-printed Christmas ornament

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Decorating the White House for Christmas is a long-held tradition, with generations of first ladies showing of confections in the shape of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenueand sparkly ornaments atop Douglas fir trees throughout the residence. So prepare yourself: modern tinkerers are about to enter the fray. On Thursday, the ...

Facebook Wants You to Vote on Tuesday. Here's How It Messed With Your Feed in 2012.

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On Election Day, political campaigns, candidates, consultants, and pollsters pay close attention to who votes and why—and so does Facebook. For the past six years, on every national Election Day, the social-networking behemoth has pushed out a tool—a high-profile button that proclaims "I'm Voting" or "I'm a Voter"—designed ...

Democrats Like It When Forecasts Show Democrats Winning

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Justin Wolfers shows us an intriguing example of confirmation bias today. It turns out that Leo, the New York Times election forecasting model, bases its forecasts on running hundreds of simulations and then taking an average. But readers who want to play around can go ahead and toss ...

How the Christian Right Is Using Hobby Lobby and "Duck Dynasty" to Take Back America

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Pundits may be declaring the culture wars over, but conservative Christians are donning their battle gear and rushing back to the front lines. In recent months, a coalition of conservative evangelical organizations has been carrying out an aggressive voter mobilization campaign that involves a combination of high-tech tools,

Test flight of Virgin Galactic spaceship ends in fatal crash in California

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1 of 6.Wreckage from Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo in Mojave, California October 31, 2014. MOJAVE Calif. (Reuters) - A passenger spaceship being developed by Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic company crashed during a test flight on Friday near the Mojave Air and Space Port in California, killing one pilot and ...

North Carolina Is Fighting To Enact One Of The Country's Most Condescending Abortion Laws

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This week, North Carolina officials have been in court fighting to implement a state law that requires doctors to describe ultrasounds in detail immediately before allowing their patients to proceed with an abortion. Even if the patient closes her eyes and covers her ears to avoid hearing that ...

The Most Satisfying Congressional Upset Of The Year Could Be All About Climate

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House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich. speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013. In 2011, the Los Angeles Times called Fred Upton, the Republican Congressman from Michigan and chairman of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, “one of the biggest ...

Inside The Little-Known Push To Mine Alabama For Tar Sands

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WOLF SPRINGS, ALABAMA — Over the last few years, a little-known company named MS Industries has bought up as much as 2,500 acres of land in Alabama and drilled holes in it. In total, they have drilled hundreds of exploratory bore holes in the northwestern portion of the ...

Lobbyist Richard Berman To Oil And Gas Executives: Treat PR Campaigns As An 'Endless War'

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Washington political consultant Richard Berman had some candid advice for a group of energy company executives in June, with tips on how to “marginalize” opponents — such as labor or environmental groups — and brand their messages as not credible. Unbeknownst to Berman, however, the speech was recorded ...

Why The Result Of Brazil's Elections Could Be Bad News For The Climate

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Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff was re-elected last Sunday in what turned out to be the narrowest election in the country’s history. The incumbent won 51.64 percent of the popular vote, beating center-right candidate Aecio Neves of the PSDB and continuing the PT’s (Worker’s Party) 12 year run in ...

How Iowa Scientists Are Fighting To Get Climate Change On The Political Radar

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A little less than three weeks ago, over 180 Iowa scientists sent a clear message to their state’s leaders: climate change is here, is impacting Iowans and needs to be taken seriously. The Iowa Climate Statement 2014: Impacts on the Health of Iowans was the fourth iteration of ...

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 ...

Ohio Supreme Court Justice: Vote For Me Because 'I Am A Republican' Who Will Uphold GOP Laws

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Judges are supposed to apply the law fairly without regard to their personal politics, and most of the time they at least claim to be doing so. At a campaign event on Saturday, however, Justice Judith French of the Ohio Supreme Court displayed some unusual candor in a ...

32 Countries Where Global Warming Could Make Violence Worse

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Recently, the Pentagon released a disturbing report. Climate change, it warned, will exacerbate problems like terrorism and disease outbreaks, drain military resources, and create new enemies. The report said that the military's basic operations—everything from training to its supply chains and infrastructure—are now threatened by rising temperatures and ...

Muslim men over 50 pray at Jerusalem's Aqsa mosque amid tight security

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1 of 5.Palestinians take part in an anti-Israel rally over the entry restrictions to the al-Aqsa mosque, in the West Bank city of Hebron October 31, 2014. JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Muslim men over 50 prayed at the Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem's Old City on Friday amid intense security,

CNN Is Now Just Like the National Inquirer

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Earlier today I was idly flipping channels on the TV and came upon a CNN chryon informing me breathlessly that Chuck Hagel had just "blasted" President Obama's Syria policy. Unfortunately, I came in at the end of the segment, so I didn't get to find out just what ...

Libertarian Group Sues White House Over Video Linking 'Polar Vortex' To Climate Change

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Jim Houston struggles to cross snow covered streets is in below zero temperatures Monday, Jan. 6, 2014, in Springfield, Ill. A whirlpool of frigid, dense air known as a “polar vortex” descended into much of the U.S. and plunged temperatures to record lows. A libertarian think tank has ...

Why America Elects So Few Women Compared To The Rest Of The World

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Depending on how midterm elections play out next week, women in Congress could reach a milestone 20 percent. But before celebrating, consider this: The United States is currently ranked at 85th in the world in terms of women legislatures* – a spot it holds with San Marino – ...

Obama Officials Pin Blame For ISIS On Iraqi Government

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WASHINGTON -- The United States finally seems to have identified the party responsible for failing to halt the rise of the Islamic State in Iraq: the Iraqi government. The existence of the group, also known as ISIS or ISIL, has been described as an indirect consequence of the ...

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 ...

Big Sugar's Sweet Little Lies

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BuzelliOn a brisk spring Tuesday in 1976, a pair of executives from the Sugar Association stepped up to the podium of a Chicago ballroom to accept the Oscar of the public relations world, the Silver Anvil award for excellence in "the forging of public opinion." The trade group ...

Sierra Leone: Helping Ebola survivors turn the page

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As the Ebola outbreak grows and spreads, a small but significant group of people is also growing - the Ebola survivors. Emerging shell-shocked from what one described as a "glimpse of hell", the survivors have not found life easy on the other side of the Ebola ward. Some ...

The Enormous, Secretive Effort To Purge Thousands Of Minorities From 27 States' Voter Rolls

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In a story that has grown all too common as an election draws near, election officials across the country are engaged in an ambitious effort to purge voters from state voter rolls. Moreover, voters from racial minority groups are especially likely to be targeted by this purge. As ...

Obamacare's Second Open Enrollment Period Is Coming Up, But Millions Of People Have No Idea

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Esther Guzman, left, gets insurance information from Janelle Hartley, right, Thursday March 13, 2014, during a Covered California rally in Los Angeles. The second Obamacare open-enrollment period is less than three weeks away, but nine out of 10 uninsured Americans are still in the dark about the means ...

Quote of the Day: “White men in male-only clubs are going to do great in my presidency.”

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As we learned during the last election, sometimes there’s nothing like a recording of a closed-door event with supporters to reveal what politicians really think. In a private event at the all-male Hibernian Society of Charleston, Senator Lindsey Graham, who is considering a presidential run, told the audience: ...

Inside The Southern Baptists New, Media-Savvy Approach To Homosexuality

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This is the second in a series of posts about the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission’s conference on “The Gospel, Homosexuality, and the Future of Marriage.” Read the first post here. NASHVILLE, TN — In 2013, there was a big leadership change at the Ethics ...

School District Strips High School Biology Textbook Of Any Mention Of Birth Control Or Abortion

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A school district in Arizona will remove two pages from a high school textbook that mention birth control and abortion, following pressure from a conservative Christian group that argued the sections violate a state law requiring schools to advocate for childbirth. It will up to each school to ...

GDP Increases At Not-Bad 3.5% Rate in Third Quarter

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Today's economic news is fairly good. GDP in the third quarter grew at a 3.5 percent annual rate, which means that the slowdown at the beginning of the year really does look like it was just a blip. Aside from that one quarter, economic growth has been pretty ...

This Small Midwestern College Is Challenging Every Student To Ask Life's Big Questions

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About 70 years ago, Nathan Pusey, the president of Lawrence University, noticed that other colleges across the country were introducing courses exploring great works of literature with an eye toward starting a big conversation -- a conversation that would get to the heart of life's big questions and ...

"Wild-Caught," Eh? 30 Percent of Shrimp Labels Are False

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Shrimp is America's favorite seafood—we eat more of it than any other kind, by a wide margin. And the tasty crustacean still (more or less) thrives near our ample shores—from the Pacific Northwest to the Gulf to the Carolinas. That's why it's deeply weird that 90 percent of ...

7 Big Gun Fights to Watch on Election Day

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No election cycle in recent memory has seen the guns issue heat up the way this year's has. The National Rifle Association, continuing a long-running strategy of campaign spending, earmarked over $11 million for this year's elections—but for the first time in decades the nation's leading gun lobby ...
 

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