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2015-07-15
Multiple Discoveries from NASA's New Horizons Pluto Mission

2014-07-09
R.I.P. William 'Bill' Herbert Kelder - Intellpuke

2013-11-28
Gamers Donate 37,500 Pounds Of Food To Needy

2013-09-30
Statement From The Whitehouse Regarding The Government Shutdown

2013-09-29
An Open Response To 'Organizing for Action'

2013-08-26
Bayou Corne: The Biggest Ongoing Disaster In The U.S. You Have Not Heard Of

2013-04-21
Boston Mayor Hopes Feds 'Throw the Book' at Marathon Bombing Suspect

2013-04-19
Boston Police Closing In On Suspects

2013-04-15
2 Explosions At Boston Marathon. 2 Dead, Many Injured.

2013-01-03
The Press vs Citizens Rights and Privacy - Act 3

2012-12-30
CBS News - Year In Review 2012

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TruTV - The Biggest Conspiracy Theories of 2012

Colbert Nation: 2012: A Look Back

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2012-12-25
Happy Holidays

2012-12-21
Welcome To A New Era!

2012-12-16
An Open Letter To United Health Care, Medcom, And The Medical Insurance Industry In General

2012-11-17
Whitehouse Petition To Remove "Under God" and "In God" From Currency And The Pledge.

2012-11-15
December 21, 2012

2012-11-11
If Hillary Clinton Ran For President, She Would Probably Be The Best-prepared Candidate In American History

2012-11-10
CIA Director David Petraeus Resigns After FBI Investigation Uncovers Affair With High-Profile Journalist

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2012-11-07
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2012-11-06
Live Election Results

2012-09-30
FIP In Hiatus

2012-09-18
U.S.-Afghan Military Operations Suspended After Attacks

Iran Nuclear Chief Says IAEA Might Be Infiltrated By 'Terrorists And Saboteurs'

Romney Stands By Gaffe




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French far-right father-daughter feud disrupts tradition
  Source: The Seattle Times: Nation & World 2016-05-01 13:25:20 (1 minutes ago) 

PARIS (AP) — Jean-Marie Le Pen, a founder and the decades-long leader of France’s far-right National Front, declared Sunday that his daughter, the party president who has expelled him, will lose next year’s presidential race if she fails to unify the party. The bitter division between the 87-year-old and his daughter Marine Le Pen, 47, […]
Obama, first lady review library design proposals
  Source: The Seattle Times: Nation & World 2016-05-01 13:25:20 (1 minutes ago) 

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is reviewing design proposals for his future presidential library from the seven architectural firms chosen as finalists. The White House says the president’s wife, Michelle, joined him at Sunday’s meeting in Washington with staff of the Barack Obama Foundation. The foundation plans to build the library in one of […]
Police: Well-known Florida couple die in murder-suicide
  Source: The Seattle Times: Nation & World 2016-05-01 13:25:20 (1 minutes ago) 

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — A well-known St. Petersburg couple whose bodies were found in their home on Friday died in a murder-suicide, police said. Former St. Petersburg police officer Gerard Joseph Stempinski, 69, shot his wife, Marie Stempinski, then himself, police said. Gerard worked for 25 years as a police officer and detective before […]
French far-right father-daughter feud disrupts tradition
  Source: The Seattle Times: Home 2016-05-01 13:25:18 (1 minutes ago) 

PARIS (AP) — Jean-Marie Le Pen, a founder and the decades-long leader of France’s far-right National Front, declared Sunday that his daughter, the party president who has expelled him, will lose next year’s presidential race if she fails to unify the party. The bitter division between the 87-year-old and his daughter Marine Le Pen, 47, […]
Obama, first lady review library design proposals
  Source: The Seattle Times: Home 2016-05-01 13:25:18 (1 minutes ago) 

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is reviewing design proposals for his future presidential library from the seven architectural firms chosen as finalists. The White House says the president’s wife, Michelle, joined him at Sunday’s meeting in Washington with staff of the Barack Obama Foundation. The foundation plans to build the library in one of […]




Police: Well-known Florida couple die in murder-suicide
  Source: The Seattle Times: Home 2016-05-01 13:25:18 (1 minutes ago) 

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — A well-known St. Petersburg couple whose bodies were found in their home on Friday died in a murder-suicide, police said. Former St. Petersburg police officer Gerard Joseph Stempinski, 69, shot his wife, Marie Stempinski, then himself, police said. Gerard worked for 25 years as a police officer and detective before […]
Regulators consider how to save southern New England lobster
  Source: The Seattle Times: Home 2016-05-01 13:25:18 (1 minutes ago) 

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) — Interstate fishing regulators will consider authorizing new tools to address southern New England’s declining lobster population. The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s American Lobster Management Board will consider the status of the fishery on Monday. The board will discuss a potential motion to create new management measures that address the […]
Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri may miss title win while visiting mum
  Source: Stuff.co.nz - Stuff 2016-05-01 13:25:08 (1 minutes ago) 
Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri will not be able to watch the game which could deliver his side their first-ever Premier League title because he wants to have lunch with his 96-year-old mother on her birthday.
Turkish police fire tear gas, detain 200 in May Day scuffles in Istanbul
  Source: Stuff.co.nz - Stuff 2016-05-01 13:25:08 (1 minutes ago) 
Turkish police fired tear gas and water cannon and detained more than 200 people after scuffles broke out at May Day celebrations in Istanbul and some anti-government protesters tried to breach a ban on access to the main Taksim square.
Obama, first lady review library design proposals
  Source: StarTribune.com | Nation 2016-05-01 13:25:07 (1 minutes ago) 






U.S. West Point academy set for first woman dean in two century history
  Source: News: World -- Philly.com 2016-05-01 13:24:58 (1 minutes ago) 
Don Lemon gives Larry Wilmore the finger at White House dinner
  Source: News: World -- Philly.com 2016-05-01 13:24:58 (1 minutes ago) 
U.S. West Point academy set for first woman dean in two century history
  Source: News: Nation -- Philly.com 2016-05-01 13:24:58 (1 minutes ago) 
Don Lemon gives Larry Wilmore the finger at White House dinner
  Source: News: Nation -- Philly.com 2016-05-01 13:24:58 (1 minutes ago) 
Flying Frenchman makes history on a hoverboard
  Source: Breaking News: CBS News 2016-05-01 13:23:53 (3 minutes ago) 






French far-right father-daughter feud disrupts tradition
  Source: AP Top International News 2016-05-01 13:20:15 (6 minutes ago) 
PARIS (AP) -- Jean-Marie Le Pen, a founder and the decades-long leader of France's far-right National Front, declared Sunday that his daughter, the party president who has expelled him, will lose next year's presidential race if she fails to unify the party....
Labour Party denies anti-Semitism in its ranks as vote nears
  Source: AP Top International News 2016-05-01 13:20:15 (6 minutes ago) 
LONDON (AP) -- Senior Labour Party figures including leader Jeremy Corbyn are fighting back against charges there is anti-Semitism in the party's ranks before Thursday's vote for a new mayor of London and other posts....
Donald Trump, the Emperor of Social Media
  Source: AlterNet.org Main RSS Feed 2016-05-01 13:20:14 (6 minutes ago) 
As FDR mastered radio and JFK conquered TV, Donald Trump rules the Internet like no other candidate.

By now I must be at least the millionth commentator to observe that Donald Trump is the candidate for whom social media have longed. What FDR was to radio and JFK to television, Trump is to Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, et al.

This is usually taken to mean that Trump, like some political McLuhan, is a mastermind who understands social media the way his forebears understood their media. But I suspect that with him, it may be less a matter of his brilliance or even his intuition than of the accidental match of personality with medium. He is a man of his technological moment.

The standard take on that mutuality is that social media prioritize constant churn, and Trump is a non-stop, one-man political tornado, roaring through this campaign and sucking up every news cycle in his vortex. That certainly describes what Trump has done, but it isn’t exclusive to social media. In fact, he seems to have grabbed more attention on traditional news sites, especially cable TV, than on social media.

Trump is the decontextualizer-in-chief. Where Trump and social media do conjoin, promoting his candidacy and changing our whole political environment, isn’t in the generation of noise. It is in something even more fundamental to each: Trump is the “decontexualizer-in-chief” operating in a medium that likewise is about cutting the world into bits that don’t necessarily accrete into anything sensical.

Books have been written about the impact of social media on our electoral process, and decontextualization usually isn’t high on the list of transformations, in part because fragmentation isn’t usually high on the list of properties that inhere to social media. Those properties, as I see them, are instantaneity, anonymity, democratization, authenticity and yes, fragmentation, and they lead, in their various ways, to a variety of consequences.

Studies have shown, not surprisingly, that social media contribute to increased polarization of our politics, since social media allow like-minded people to find one another who might otherwise be atomized—sometimes to public advantage, and sometimes not.

You might think of social media as a mechanism of social aggregation that can lead to positive social activism. Then again you might think of it as a virtual Munich beer hall. In any case, I don’t think there is any doubt that social media have begun to edge out more traditional forms of collective action—for example, party apparatuses. And I also don’t think there is any doubt that Trump benefited from this erosion, the darling of social media vanquishing Jeb Bush, the darling of the GOP establishment, or Marco Rubio, the darling of the MSM.

Thanks in part to the anonymity in which folks can use social media, those media have also been accused of coarsening our politics, evicting the politesse, and Trump has clearly benefited from that, too. It is much easier to bloviate, as Trump’s supporters do, in the blogosphere where you can’t be found than on the page or the TV screen where you can. There are no trolls in the MSM because there are no bridges for them to hide under. (OK, I take that back. There isFox News.) We all know that social media can facilitate bullies and fortify the weak and cowardly, which can be mistaken for the authenticity of speaking your mind. Again, enter Donald Trump.

When you think of democratization on social media, you think of that collective action I referenced above. But social media—in fact, the Internet generally—have also recalibrated our focus by democratizing information; not the access to it, but the lack of discrimination among bits of information. The Internet is a great disinformation machine where anyone can say anything. It is also a kind of magnifying glass enlarging the most minute and trivial things—things, frankly, that very few people seemed to care about before the advent of the Internet. I don’t recall us ever having recaps of every episode of every television program, complete with critical annotation. Well, now we do.

Similarly, though live tweeting might be perceived as a form of increased immediacy, it might also be perceived as a form of disproportion. By magnifying the small and putting everything on the same valence, the trivial and the significant together, it fogs our ability to discern the big from the small. And, God knows, this has helped Trump, too. If he is the most bullying of candidates, he is also the most trivializing. His idea of a policy pronouncement is “build a wall.”

When it comes to democratization, though, perhaps more important as a practical matter is how social media can allow a candidate to circumvent the MSM and seize the narrative: the democracy of challenging the gatekeepers. This has certainly been one of Trump’s achievements as well. Every time the MSM begin one of their Trump rants—the sort of rants that in the past have forged iron narratives candidates cannot break—Trump rants right back over Twitter, leaving the MSM no choice but to cover the rant and, in the process, subvert themselves.

I said in an earlier column that in Iowa, Trump stole the narrative away from the MSM. He has been running with it ever since, and it has been this collaboration between Trump and social media that, I think, may be the second most important way he and they have transformed our political process. By the lights of the MSM, Trump should have been buried long ago under the weight of his effrontery. With the help of social media, he hasn’t been.

I say “second most” because the most important, I believe, is the way Trump, with the accommodation of social media, has used its affinity for decontextualization to decontextualize our politics. Social media are the champions of the nugget—the minute-or-less Instagram film, the 140-character tweet, the instantaneous Snapchat, the six-second (yes, six seconds!) Vine. Because nothing in social media is sustained, peoplemay connect, but ideasrarely do. By the time you have finished slicing and dicing everything into those nuggets, you have pried them out of any larger context, any skein of meaning, any argument, any vision. In a way, social media take the Memento approach to life and apply it to everything.

Politically, this fragmentation has major ramifications. Context is reason. Context is what enables us to weigh and judge. Context removes impulse. And this is really why you cannot conduct a serious campaign on social media. Context disappears. Of course, radio lends itself to emotion and unreason and even soundbites. So obviously does television. Both can substitute the momentary for the considered.

This is one of the things the great media analyst Neil Postman decried in his book Amusing Ourselves to Death.He fretted over the way an increasingly visceral culture had given rise to an increasingly unserious culture, with the obvious political implications. Above all else, Donald Trump is the candidate of impulse running against candidates of calculation. He is the king of the one-liner, the insult, the proudly politically incorrect slur. And that is a central reason why disaffected Republicans have rallied to him. He is nothing but bites.

All of which makes Trump not just a more outrageous and blustering candidate than the ones to whom we are accustomed. It makes him an epistemologically different kind of candidate—one who challenges the very basis of our politics. He doesn’t have to make sense. He doesn’t have to provide a program or a vision. All he needs are his zingers, so long as they are no more than 140-characters. Twitter can do that to you. And now we are getting a taste of what it can do to our political discourse.

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  Source: RSS Feed from LA Daily News: http://www.dailynews.com 2016-05-01 13:15:36 (11 minutes ago) 
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  Source: RSS Feed from LA Daily News: http://www.dailynews.com 2016-05-01 13:15:36 (11 minutes ago) 
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  Source: Real-Time News: Latest Northeast Ohio News - cleveland.com 2016-05-01 13:15:34 (11 minutes ago) 
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U.S. West Point academy set for first woman dean in two century history
  Source: News: World -- Philly.com 2016-05-01 13:15:28 (11 minutes ago) 
Don Lemon gives Larry Wilmore the finger at White House dinner
  Source: News: World -- Philly.com 2016-05-01 13:15:28 (11 minutes ago) 




U.S. West Point academy set for first woman dean in two century history
  Source: News: Nation -- Philly.com 2016-05-01 13:15:28 (11 minutes ago) 
Don Lemon gives Larry Wilmore the finger at White House dinner
  Source: News: Nation -- Philly.com 2016-05-01 13:15:28 (11 minutes ago) 
That’s odd: Missing neutrinos may be shapeshifters
  Source: New Scientist - Cosmology 2016-05-01 13:14:52 (12 minutes ago) 
Neutrinos are already the universe's most slippery customers – but blips in the data say they may be morphing into something even more intangible
Search for Missing Florida Mom Enters Fifth Day
  Source: NBC News Top Stories 2016-05-01 13:14:50 (12 minutes ago) 
'Get Out of My House': 11-Year-Old Boy Shoots Intruder
  Source: MSNBC.com: U.S. News 2016-05-01 13:14:43 (12 minutes ago) 
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Flying Frenchman makes history on a hoverboard
  Source: More from World - CBS News 2016-05-01 13:14:40 (12 minutes ago) 
Guinness World Records says 37-year-old Franky Zapata travelled more than a mile above the surface of the water
The Most Interesting Science News Articles of the Week
  Source: LiveScience.com 2016-05-01 13:14:38 (12 minutes ago) 
Here are the most interesting, amazing and unusual things that happened in the world of science this week. A recap of Live Science's best.
Manhunt underway in West Allis after reports of fatal shooting
  Source: JS Online 2016-05-01 13:14:31 (12 minutes ago) 
Police responded just before 7 a.m. to reports of shots fired in the 2300 block of S. 92nd St.
Leaked TTIP documents cast doubt on EU-US trade deal
  Source: Guardian Unlimited World Latest 2016-05-01 13:14:24 (12 minutes ago) 
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  Source: Guardian Unlimited 2016-05-01 13:14:22 (12 minutes ago) 




“When you use the phrase ‘I feel like,’ it gives you an out.
  Source: Gawker 2016-05-01 13:14:18 (12 minutes ago) 

“When you use the phrase ‘I feel like,’ it gives you an out. You’re not stating a fact so much as giving an opinion,” Williams College senior Natasha Pangarkar told The New York Times for a piece on that linguistic curse-hedge, “I feel like.” I feel like 1,400 words is a lot to spend on the phrase, “I feel like.”

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Do People in DC Know This Man Isn't Really Frank Underwood's Chief of Staff?
  Source: Gawker 2016-05-01 13:14:18 (12 minutes ago) 

After a weekend of people yelling, “Oh my god it’s Doug Stamper,” Michael Kelly, an actor on a TV show about a fake president, finally asked a group clamoring to take selfies with him at the Thomson/Reuters White House Correspondents Dinner pre-party if any of them knew his real name. One man, after checking his phone—probably for something unrelated—said yes.

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Navy begins building new attack submarine
  Source: CNN.com - Politics 2016-05-01 13:14:00 (12 minutes ago) 
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Navy is building new attack submarine
  Source: CNN.com 2016-05-01 13:14:00 (12 minutes ago) 
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Rare look at historic jumbo jet
  Source: CNN.com 2016-05-01 13:14:00 (12 minutes ago) 
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  Source: Breaking News / South Florida Sun-Sentinel 2016-05-01 13:13:55 (12 minutes ago) 

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Among those arriving early to be among the first Americans to board the...

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  Source: BBC News - World 2016-05-01 13:10:21 (16 minutes ago) 
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Selby dominates Ding in final
  Source: BBC News - Home 2016-05-01 13:10:20 (16 minutes ago) 
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VIDEO: Helicopter rescues boy at Combe Martin
  Source: BBC News - Home 2016-05-01 13:10:20 (16 minutes ago) 
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German party adopts anti-Islam policy
  Source: BBC News - Home 2016-05-01 13:10:20 (16 minutes ago) 
The German right-wing Alternative fur Deutschland adopts an explicitly anti-Islam policy at a party conference marred by clashes.
French far-right father-daughter feud disrupts tradition
  Source: AP Top International News 2016-05-01 13:10:17 (16 minutes ago) 
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Labour Party denies anti-Semitism in its ranks as vote nears
  Source: AP Top International News 2016-05-01 13:10:17 (16 minutes ago) 
LONDON (AP) -- Senior Labour Party figures including leader Jeremy Corbyn are fighting back against charges there is anti-Semitism in the party's ranks before Thursday's vote for a new mayor of London and other posts....
French far-right father-daughter feud disrupts tradition
  Source: AP Top International News 2016-05-01 13:10:16 (16 minutes ago) 
PARIS (AP) -- Jean-Marie Le Pen, a founder and the decades-long leader of France's far-right National Front, declared Sunday that his daughter, the party president who has expelled him, will lose next year's presidential race if she fails to unify the party....
Labour Party denies anti-Semitism in its ranks as vote nears
  Source: AP Top International News 2016-05-01 13:10:16 (16 minutes ago) 
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  Source: AP Top Headlines 2016-05-01 13:10:16 (16 minutes ago) 
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  Source: STLtoday.com Top News Headlines 2016-05-01 13:10:01 (16 minutes ago) 
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LURAY, Va. (AP) — Authorities say a fire that burned thousands of acres of land in Shenandoah National Park has been fully contained. The Washington Post reports that (http://wapo.st/1SzwvBc ) sections of Skyline Drive that were closed due to the blaze have been reopened. Authorities have also lifted a temporary flight restriction near the park. […]




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  Source: The Seattle Times: Home 2016-05-01 13:05:28 (21 minutes ago) 

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  Source: Stuff.co.nz - Stuff 2016-05-01 13:05:17 (21 minutes ago) 
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  Source: StarTribune.com | Nation 2016-05-01 13:05:17 (21 minutes ago) 
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U.S. West Point academy set for first woman dean in two century history
  Source: News: World -- Philly.com 2016-05-01 13:05:09 (21 minutes ago) 




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Bernie Is the Hero of 2016: Just Because He’s Losing the Nomination Doesn’t Mean He’s Failed
  Source: AlterNet.org Main RSS Feed 2016-05-01 13:00:26 (26 minutes ago) 
Sanders should continue his fight to represent the interests of American workers. There's too much at stake.

Since Hillary Clinton’s triumphant Tuesday, in which she won four out of the five state primaries and padded her delegate lead—almost ensuring her the Democratic nomination for president—the Bernie Sanders campaign has noticeably adjusted its tone, hinting, as the New York Times reports, that “the senator is looking past the nominating fight and toward a future role in shaping the [Democratic] party.” On Thursday, it was announced that the campaign was downsizing its staff by more than 200, while Sanders has begun to focus increasingly on the Democratic Party itself, rather than his primary opponent.

“The Democratic Party has to reach a fundamental conclusion,” said the senator at an Oregon rally on Thursday. “Are we on the side of working people or big-money interests?”

While Sanders may not end up becoming the Democratic nominee, he has already accomplished more than anyone could have predicted just six months ago, and is now a powerful force in the Democratic Party and American politics. Since announcing his candidacy a year ago, winning the nomination has always been somewhat subordinate to creating a popular progressive movement, or what he has termed a “political revolution.” As he explained in a speech back in October:

We need millions of people—people who have given up on the political process, people who are demoralized, people who don’t believe that government listens to them. We need to bring those people together to stand up loudly and clearly and to say “Enough is enough.” This country belongs to all of us, not just wealthy campaign donors.

Sanders has run on a bold (but by no means “radical”) platform that directly challenges America’s plutocracy. And the one underlying message of the Sanders campaign has been straightforward and simple: The economy is about power, and over the past 40 years, as unions have weakened and monied interests have united to drive policy and political debate in Washington, economic gains have gone to the wealthiest, while wages have stagnated for the vast majority. Contrary to the mainstream notion that America’s economic winners and losers are determined entirely by merit and the invisible hand of the market, those who win tend to be those who already have enough economic (and therefore political) power to rig the game in their favor.

In his latest book, Saving Capitalism, former Labor Secretary Robert Reich refutes this myth of the free market:

Few ideas have more profoundly poisoned the minds of more people than the notion of a “free market” existing somewhere in the universe, into which government intrudes. But the prevailing view, as well as the debate it has spawned, is utterly false. There can be no “free market” without government… Competition in the wild is a contest for survival in which the largest and strongest typically win. Civilization, by contrast, is defined by rules; rules create markets, and governments generate the rules.

In an ideal democracy, the power to determine these rules of the market would rest in the hands of the people. Of course, the United States is not an ideal democracy, and the founding fathers—many of whom were extremely cynical about the masses (perhaps justifiably so for the time)—designed the Constitution to ensure that the economic and social elites retained control.

But throughout the country’s history, the people—workers, farmers, suffrage activists, civil rights activists, abolitionists, populists, socialists, etc.—fought to create a more inclusive and democratic society. When people united to form popular movements, they generated a collective strength that the economic and political elites could no longer afford to ignore (or could no longer suppress). Eventually, popular movements led to the progressive and New Deal eras, and as the political apparatus became increasingly democratic, the rules of the economy were leveled to ensure working people were treated and paid fairly.

But the people became complacent—worse, they were divided by race, gender, religion, culture, and so on. Starting in the ’70s, corporate America came to realize the importance of taking back political power, which had become more evenly distributed throughout the 20th century. To quote Supreme Court Justice Lewis Powell’s 1971 memo, a sort of capitalist manifesto:

Business must learn the lesson… that political power is necessary; that such power must be assiduously cultivated; and that when necessary, it must be used aggressively and with determination—without embarrassment and without the reluctance which has been so characteristic of American business.

Private industry took Powell’s advice. Since the ’70s, corporate lobbyists have infested Washington, thousands of political action committees have formed, right-wing think tanks like Cato Institute and Heritage Foundation have become major influencers of public policy, and political campaign spending has gone through the roof—especially after the Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling of 2010.

“It is not a coincidence that as more and more money has infected the two parties, their concern for the well-being of the vast majority of the American people has declined,” writes Mike Lofgren, a former Republican who worked in Washington for nearly 30 years, in his outstanding book, The Party is Over. “The extensive political ads that pollute television after Labor Day during an election year may ooze with empathy for Joe Average, but actions speak louder than words.”

Indeed, according to an oft-cited Princeton University study that analyzed 20 years of public opinion polling data, compared to legislation passed in Washington during the same time period, American politicians are influenced very little by the needs of Joe and Jane Average. The report found that “economic elites and organized groups representing business interests have substantial independent impacts on U.S. government policy, while average citizens and mass-based interest groups have little or no independent influence.”

In other words, America is a plutocracy (or, if you prefer, an oligarchy).

And the only way to challenge this “government by the wealthy” is for the people to rise up and demand a fair and just economy, as they have in the past. This has been Bernie Sanders’ message throughout 2016—that only the power of the collective can stand up to the power of monied interests.

Whether the Bernie campaign can broaden into a larger popular movement that exists beyond electoral politics will be determined in the months and years to come. But as longtime Democratic strategist Robert Shrum recently put it to The Hill, Sanders has “ignited a new powerful and enduring grassroots movement inside the Democratic Party” and “brought a new generation of people into politics.” He has also reminded us that real change can only transpire when people come together and demand it, and that there is true power in collective action.

 

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The May Pole tradition
  Source: More from U.S. - CBS News 2016-05-01 12:14:53 (1 hours ago) 
A Spring tradition, the history of the May Pole spans centuries and continents
Go behind the scenes with the Bucks arena and an amazing couple
  Source: JS Online 2016-05-01 12:14:44 (1 hours ago) 
Will the new arena spark development in Milwaukee's downtown? If so, how? Find out on Thursday as the Journal Sentinel hosts its first JS Talks event. We'll hear from art and architecture critic Mary Louise Schumacher about the event in today's show.

We'll also hear from Crocker Stephenson, who reported on a couple whose love transcends an early dementia diagnosis.

Skeletal human remains found at 100-year-old music venue
  Source: Homepage News Bizarre heds 2016-05-01 12:14:39 (1 hours ago) 
The Cincinnati Enquirer reports (http://cin.ci/1MZTNA1 ) workers uncovered bones under the orchestra pit at the Cincinnati Music Hall while removing asbestos in late March. Archeologists concluded the arm and leg bones are believed to belong to four adult bodies. Heavy excavation hasn't yet started on the venue's $135 million renovation project.
Man held on suspicion of murder after girl's body found in sea
  Source: Guardian Unlimited World Latest 2016-05-01 12:14:39 (1 hours ago) 




Man held on suspicion of murder after girl's body found in sea
  Source: Guardian Unlimited 2016-05-01 12:14:37 (1 hours ago) 
Who ya gonna call? Why Ghostbusters is leading the charge for female buddy movies
  Source: Guardian Unlimited 2016-05-01 12:14:37 (1 hours ago) 
Sanders' $26 million April haul a dip from past months
  Source: CNN.com Recently Published/Updated 2016-05-01 12:14:12 (1 hours ago) 
Florida crash leaves 6 dead, including 4 children
  Source: CNN.com Recently Published/Updated 2016-05-01 12:14:12 (1 hours ago) 


Malia Obama to attend Harvard after gap year
  Source: CNN.com - Politics 2016-05-01 12:14:12 (1 hours ago) 
Malia Obama, the oldest of President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama's two daughters, will attend Harvard University.




As Princess Charlotte turns 1, royal family releases new photos
  Source: Breaking News / South Florida Sun-Sentinel 2016-05-01 12:14:07 (1 hours ago) 

Kensington Palace officials have released new photos of Princess Charlotte ahead of her first birthday. The daughter of Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge turns 1-year-old on Monday. A palace statement said Sunday the photos were taken by the Duchess in April at their country home. It...

Obama's 10 funniest lines from the White House correspondents' dinners
  Source: Breaking News / South Florida Sun-Sentinel 2016-05-01 12:14:07 (1 hours ago) 

2009 - "In the next 100 days, our bipartisan outreach will be so successful that John Boehner will consider becoming a Democrat. After all, we have a lot in common. He is a person of color. Although not a color that appears in the natural world. What's up, John?"

2009 - "I believe my next 100 days...

Police seek missing Margate teen
  Source: Breaking News / South Florida Sun-Sentinel 2016-05-01 12:14:07 (1 hours ago) 

Police are seeking the public's help in the search for a missing 13-year-old girl.

Rich-Ann Wallace, who also goes by the name "Jada", was reported missing by her mother Dennis Antoinette on Saturday.

The teen was last seen around 5:30 p.m. in her home in the 600 block of South State Road 7, in the...

Clashes erupt at French May Day march
  Source: BBC News - World 2016-05-01 12:10:32 (1 hours ago) 
French police clash with demonstrators in Paris during a May Day parade organised by trade unions to protest against a controversial labour bill.
London Irish 25-32 Harlequins
  Source: BBC News - Home 2016-05-01 12:10:32 (1 hours ago) 
London Irish suffer relegation from the Premiership after Harlequins battle to a win at the Madejski Stadium.




The Latest: Iraqis announce disbanding of Green Zone protest
  Source: AP Top News 2016-05-01 12:10:28 (1 hours ago) 
Anti-government protesters in Iraq have temporarily ended their mass demonstration and are withdrawing from Baghdad's Green Zone. Followers of Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr tore down walls and poured into the heavily guarded area on Saturday, storming parliament in the culmination of months of sit-ins and demonstrations calling for political reform. But on Sunday loudspeakers manned by al-Sadr's followers announced the disbanding of the protests, and the demonstrators bega...
Poland blocks entry to 7 bikers with pro-Kremlin group
  Source: AP Top International News 2016-05-01 12:10:28 (1 hours ago) 
WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- Polish border police say they have prevented seven members of a pro-Kremlin motorcycle club from entering Poland....
Poland blocks entry to 7 bikers with pro-Kremlin group
  Source: AP Top International News 2016-05-01 12:10:28 (1 hours ago) 
WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- Polish border police say they have prevented seven members of a pro-Kremlin motorcycle club from entering Poland....
The Latest: Iraqis announce disbanding of Green Zone protest
  Source: AP Top Headlines 2016-05-01 12:10:28 (1 hours ago) 
BAGHDAD (AP) -- The Latest on Iraq's political crisis (all times local):...
6 People, Including 4 Children Die, in Florida Car Wreck
  Source: ABC News: U.S. 2016-05-01 12:10:12 (1 hours ago) 
Authorities say six people, including four children, have been killed in a crash in South Florida




The Latest: New Tests Unravel Phoenix Freeway Shooting Case
  Source: ABC News: U.S. 2016-05-01 12:10:12 (1 hours ago) 
The entire case against a suspect in a series of freeway shootings that rattled Phoenix residents has fallen apart seven months after an arrest
Remembering Muhammad Salah
  Source: Truthout Stories 2016-05-01 12:05:28 (1 hours ago) 

My friend and client Muhammad Salah died last Sunday aged 62, after suffering from cancer for several years.

I had the great privilege and honor, along with Erica Thompson, of defending him in federal court in Chicago against charges of terrorism and racketeering.

Muhammad's trial in 2007 exposed the systematic use of torture by Shin Bet, the Israeli secret police, and the cynical willingness of the US government to use such torture evidence as part of their phony war on terrorism.

Muhammad had been arrested at an Israeli checkpoint in early 1993, while on a mission to bring financial humanitarian aid to the families of Palestinian leaders who had been illegally deported to Lebanon.

He was interrogated and brutally tortured for more than 50 days, while the Israeli government publicly accused him of being a "world commander of Hamas."

Targeted

After five years in an Israeli prison he returned to his family in Bridgeview, outside Chicago, only to be targeted by the FBI and, in the wake of 9/11, indicted in Chicago, along with Dr. Abdelhaleem Ashqar, who had been imprisoned for refusing to testify before a grand jury investigating US Palestinian organizations.

Muhammad was not only indicted, but in 1995, he became the first US citizen to be denominated a "Specially Designated Terrorist."

The designation was made by an executive order of President Bill Clinton with no legal process, no limitation in time and no procedure to challenge it.

As result of this designation, Muhammad could not obtain any services, medical or legal, or purchase any items, buy food or pay his rent, without obtaining a special license from the government.

It wasn't until 17 years later, and the filing of a civil lawsuit challenging the measure as unconstitutional, that the government agreed to remove the terrorism designation and the restrictions.

During his three-month trial, federal prosecutors brought in Muhammad's Israeli interrogators, using code names and relying on secret evidence, to a closed US courtroom.

Despite these and other measures, an American jury, which had been educated throughout the case by Palestinian, Israeli and international experts about the occupation and Israeli torture, acquitted both Muhammad Salah and Dr. Ashqar of the most serious charges for which they faced life in prison.

Tremendous Victory

The not guilty verdict, which made banner headlines in The Chicago Tribune, was a tremendous victory not only for the Arab community. It also served as a check on the government's post-9/11 intentions to bring "terrorism" charges to chill political support for the Palestinian cause.

The victory also helped to dissipate the pervasive fear in the community, encouraging people to speak out and to mobilize support for others who would come under attack.

Throughout this ordeal, Muhammad, with the heroic support of his wife Maryam, and his community -- scores of people would line up every morning to bear witness in the courtroom -- maintained his gentle demeanor and confidence in a positive outcome.

During the long trial, which at times was quite tense and heated, Muhammad remained calm, and always expressed concern for others -- his family and his community, here and in Palestine.

He would often ask me how I was feeling and what he could do to help me. The love and support we felt from him and Maryam were critical in sustaining our energy over the long trial.

When it came time for his sentence on a minor charge, 600 people wrote personal letters to the judge relating their love for this extraordinary man and his 30 years of service to his community. He served his 11-month sentence with his customary calm and dignity and then returned home to Bridgeview to resume his life.

While we will dearly miss him, we can best pay homage to the life of Muhammad Salah by continuing to work for justice for the Palestinian people.

Smearing Three Dead Teenagers
  Source: Truthout Stories 2016-05-01 12:05:28 (1 hours ago) 

The drowning deaths of three Florida teenagers, caught on video, have their families asking whether police on the scene could have done more to save them -- and why the authorities are smearing their children's names in death.

Sixteen-year-old Dominique Battle and 15-year-old Ashaunti Butler and Laniya Miller drowned in the early morning hours of March 31 after the car the three were riding in crashed into a pond, and they were unable to escape. The girls had allegedly stolen the car from a Walmart parking lot, though their families dispute this.

Despite the fact that county sheriff's rules forbid deputies from chasing stolen vehicles, at least some officers were reportedly pursuing the teens when the car ran off the road and crashed. Police, however, claim that their flashing lights were not on, and that the girls did not know they were being followed.

Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri has defended the actions of officers on the scene, saying officers had taken off their gun belts and attempted to rescue the girls by wading into the water, but that thick muddy water made a rescue impossible and forced them to turn back. Other reports suggested that police believed the girls had escaped the vehicle and run away.

But newly released dashboard camera footage has many questioning those assertions -- and the girls' families are demanding answers.

The footage shows police standing by and doing nothing as the car sinks into the pond with the teens still inside. In the footage, the officers comment about the car "going down" while the girls yell for help. At one point, a helicopter hovers above, and the officers comment, "They are done, they are 6-7, dude. They are done." At no point during this critical time did officers appear to call for medical help.

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Just as disturbing is the way in which authorities have gone out of their way to play up the alleged criminal behavior of the young victims, smearing them as juvenile delinquents.

On the day of their deaths, the St. Petersburg Sheriff's office held a press conference with professionally made poster boards of the scene where the three drowned -- and enlarged mug shots of the young women. The police and media proceeded to drag the girls' names through the mud, blaming the root of the problem as coming from "deep within the [Black] community."

In a public statement, Sherriff Gualtieri said:

I understand the pain and agony that the families are going through. I empathize with their situation. They are grasping at straws to try to reconcile this and figure this out. Maybe even going through some self-reflection on what they could have done or should have done to keep their 15-year-old daughter from being out at 4 a.m. and stealing cars and engaging in crime.

In classic style, the police seem to believe that by playing up the alleged criminal pasts of these young Black girls, the public will be led to believe that they alone are responsible for their deaths and stop asking questions about the role of police.

This narrative is another in a long line of police and politicians smearing young Black men and women -- including Trayvon Martin and Mike Brown -- as "no angels" and therefore somehow complicit in their own deaths. The aim is to make the public turn a blind eye to the deaths of "criminalized" Black people, rather than ask questions about racism and police misconduct.

In a press conference, Will Anderson and Michele Whitfield, attorneys for the family of Laniya Miller, denounced the police's attempt to discredit the girls in the eyes of the public as a "rush to judgment" and "smear campaign." They also described their own investigation of the events that led to the girls' deaths, pointing out inconsistencies and questions, and calling for a thorough investigation.

According to Whitfield, "The story that the law enforcement officials were providing for the public did not match the scene." The attorneys have encouraged members of the press to conduct their own investigations of the scene and the official report of events from the police.

Whitfield also commented on the campaign to discredit the dead girls:

It was very convenient for law enforcement to put together a story, to manipulate a story about these girls' past, about what they may or may not have done. And in the case of Laniya Miller, she had no criminal convictions. She was accused of stealing a vehicle and those charges were dismissed...and what hasn't been reported about Laniya is that because of her involvement with the criminal justice system she wanted to become an attorney. She wanted to fight for kids that were in her position that were accused and maybe didn't have anyone to fight for them.

***

The families of Dominique, Ashaunti, and Laniya want answers. Among the questions are: What connection was there between the girls and the 36-year-old man who gave them a ride earlier in the evening and reportedly knew the owner of the car that was allegedly stolen? What evidence do the police have that the girls actually stole the car? Why has the owner of the vehicle not yet been questioned by police? Why are there so many inconsistencies in police reports? Why have the police have been so willing to slander the young women in the media while being simultaneously unwilling to provide the families with answers?

Laniya's mother commented on how she would like people to remember her daughter: "Laniya was the type of person to give her friends the clothes off of her back. Whenever she was making herself something to eat, I knew she was making food for someone else. Sometimes she would pretend she was hungry just so that she could sneak food to some of her friends who didn't have what she had."

Dominique's mother Yashica spoke to the press briefly to defend her daughter's name, only to be interrupted by a journalist asking her how many cars her daughter had stolen. Attorney Whitfeld interjected and reminded the journalists that the idea that the car was stolen was being disputed. "Even though Dominique may have had a little bit more of a criminal history...if you steal a car in the state of Florida, you don't get the death penalty," Whitfield said. "And that is what happened. These girls died."

As long as we live in a country where 15- and 16-year-old Black women can drown while being pursued by police, and no one bats an eye, we must demand justice.

6 people, including 4 children die, in Florida car wreck
  Source: The Seattle Times: Nation & World 2016-05-01 12:05:22 (1 hours ago) 

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say six people, including four children, have been killed in a highway crash in South Florida. The Florida Highway Patrol says the crash involving a minivan and an SUV occurred Saturday on Interstate 95 in Jupiter at around 9:30 p.m. Highway Patrol Sgt. Mark Wysocky tells the Palm Beach Post […]
Poland blocks entry to 7 bikers with pro-Kremlin group
  Source: The Seattle Times: Nation & World 2016-05-01 12:05:22 (1 hours ago) 

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Polish border police say they have prevented seven members of a pro-Kremlin motorcycle club from entering Poland. The members of the Russian Night Wolves had hoped to cross Poland as part of a ride paying homage to the Red Army soldiers who died fighting Hitler’s forces. A spokesman for the border […]




2 NY brothers who served in Afghanistan awarded Bronze Stars
  Source: The Seattle Times: Nation & World 2016-05-01 12:05:22 (1 hours ago) 

NEW YORK (AP) — Two brothers from suburban New York City have each been awarded a Bronze Star for their service in Afghanistan. The Journal News (http://lohud.us/1NM1Hx4 ) reports Sunday that Staff Sgt. Richard Pisano Jr. and 1st Lt. Nick Pisano were awarded the honor in March. The paper says the brothers were assigned to […]
6 people, including 4 children die, in Florida car wreck
  Source: The Seattle Times: Home 2016-05-01 12:05:21 (1 hours ago) 

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say six people, including four children, have been killed in a highway crash in South Florida. The Florida Highway Patrol says the crash involving a minivan and an SUV occurred Saturday on Interstate 95 in Jupiter at around 9:30 p.m. Highway Patrol Sgt. Mark Wysocky tells the Palm Beach Post […]
Live updates from May Day 2016 in Seattle
  Source: The Seattle Times: Home 2016-05-01 12:05:21 (1 hours ago) 

What you need to know: Festivities kick off with a rock concert at Westlake Park from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with bands including Smashie Smashie and istabcapitalists. A historically peaceful march for workers and immigration rights begins about 2:30 p.m. in the Central District and heads through Capitol Hill, then toward downtown. The annual anti-capitalist […]
Poland blocks entry to 7 bikers with pro-Kremlin group
  Source: The Seattle Times: Home 2016-05-01 12:05:21 (1 hours ago) 

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Polish border police say they have prevented seven members of a pro-Kremlin motorcycle club from entering Poland. The members of the Russian Night Wolves had hoped to cross Poland as part of a ride paying homage to the Red Army soldiers who died fighting Hitler’s forces. A spokesman for the border […]
6 people, including 4 children die, in Florida car wreck
  Source: StarTribune.com | Nation 2016-05-01 12:05:10 (1 hours ago) 




The Latest: New tests unravel Phoenix freeway shooting case
  Source: StarTribune.com | Nation 2016-05-01 12:05:10 (1 hours ago) 
U.S. West Point academy set for first woman dean in two century history
  Source: News: World -- Philly.com 2016-05-01 12:05:00 (1 hours ago) 
Don Lemon gives Larry Wilmore the finger at White House dinner
  Source: News: World -- Philly.com 2016-05-01 12:05:00 (1 hours ago) 
U.S. West Point academy set for first woman dean in two century history
  Source: News: Nation -- Philly.com 2016-05-01 12:05:00 (1 hours ago) 
Don Lemon gives Larry Wilmore the finger at White House dinner
  Source: News: Nation -- Philly.com 2016-05-01 12:05:00 (1 hours ago) 




Capitol Report: Trump enjoys 15-point advantage over Cruz in Indiana: Wall Street Journal/NBC News/Marist Poll
  Source: MarketWatch.com - Top Stories 2016-05-01 12:04:26 (1 hours ago) 
Donald Trump holds a 15-point lead in the Republican presidential primary in Indiana, and a majority of GOP voters disapprove of the effort by underdogs Sen. Ted Cruz and Gov. John Kasich to coordinate a strategy to block him
NewsWatch: Looking for high income? These 23 dividend stocks provide it
  Source: MarketWatch.com - Top Stories 2016-05-01 12:04:26 (1 hours ago) 
The dividend yields are as high as 6.5%, and the companies generate enough cash to increase payouts, says Phil van Doorn.
Economic Preview: If the economy springs back, jobs and auto sales will lead the way
  Source: MarketWatch.com - Top Stories 2016-05-01 12:04:26 (1 hours ago) 
Spring tidings? The economy needs a shot in the arm from auto sales and hiring figures for April after a string of bad news.
Bea, Robillard win Flying Pig half-marathon
  Source: Cincinnati - Home 2016-05-01 12:03:54 (1 hours ago) 

Both runners competed in the full marathon in 2015

        
Reds lineup: Billy Hamilton moves up
  Source: Cincinnati - Home 2016-05-01 12:03:54 (1 hours ago) 

Billy Hamilton moves up second in the order against Pirates lefty Jeff Locke.

        




Growing roses in Avondale's concrete
  Source: Cincinnati - Home 2016-05-01 12:03:54 (1 hours ago) 

Urban League trainer Greg Walker represents the best last hope for many job-seekers

        
Kate shares new photos of Princess Charlotte to mark 1st birthday
  Source: Breaking News: CBS News 2016-05-01 12:03:51 (1 hours ago) 
Port call refusal could signal more trouble in the South China Sea
  Source: USATODAY.com World - Top Stories 2016-05-01 11:56:10 (2 hours ago) 

The move was a response to Defense Secretary Carter’s visit two weeks earlier to the USS John C. Stennis.

        
Royals release new photos for Princess Charlotte's first birthday
  Source: USATODAY.com World - Top Stories 2016-05-01 11:56:10 (2 hours ago) 

Believe it or not, Princess Charlotte is already one year old. The Royal family celebrated the occasion by releasing several photos of the princess taken in April at their family home in Norfolk.

        
Cruz says Trump won't get enough delegates to win the Republican nomination
  Source: USATODAY.com News - Top Stories 2016-05-01 11:56:09 (2 hours ago) 

Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz predicted Donald Trump will fail to amass the delegates needed to clinch the nomination before th...

       




Malia Obama to take gap year before Harvard
  Source: USATODAY.com News - Top Stories 2016-05-01 11:56:09 (2 hours ago) 

Malia Obama will attend Harvard University in the fall of 2017 as a member of the class of 2021, the White House announced Sunday.

       
Port call refusal could signal more trouble in the South China Sea
  Source: USATODAY.com News - Top Stories 2016-05-01 11:56:09 (2 hours ago) 

The move was a response to Defense Secretary Carter’s visit two weeks earlier to the USS John C. Stennis.

       
Helicopter had to return to base twice in days before Norway crash
  Source: The Guardian World News 2016-05-01 11:56:02 (2 hours ago) 
U.S. West Point academy set for first woman dean in two century history
  Source: News: World -- Philly.com 2016-05-01 11:55:29 (2 hours ago) 
Don Lemon gives Larry Wilmore the finger at White House dinner
  Source: News: World -- Philly.com 2016-05-01 11:55:29 (2 hours ago) 




U.S. West Point academy set for first woman dean in two century history
  Source: News: Nation -- Philly.com 2016-05-01 11:55:28 (2 hours ago) 
Don Lemon gives Larry Wilmore the finger at White House dinner
  Source: News: Nation -- Philly.com 2016-05-01 11:55:28 (2 hours ago) 
Malia Obama to Attend Harvard University
  Source: NBC News Top Stories 2016-05-01 11:54:50 (2 hours ago) 
Mixed Reaction as Larry Wilmore Drops N-Bomb at #WHCD
  Source: MSNBC.com: U.S. News 2016-05-01 11:54:42 (2 hours ago) 
Kate shares new photos of Princess Charlotte to mark 1st birthday
  Source: More from World - CBS News 2016-05-01 11:54:39 (2 hours ago) 
William and Kate "are very happy to be able to share these important family moments," statement says




Marc Anthony mixing Salsa with sensational
  Source: More from U.S. - CBS News 2016-05-01 11:54:39 (2 hours ago) 
With two Grammy Awards and four Latin Grammys, singer Marc Anthony
The Donald Trump of Asia? Brash, unrepentant mayor leads Philippine presidential race
  Source: Los Angeles Times - World News 2016-05-01 11:54:39 (2 hours ago) 

Gina Lopez is hardly the kind of person you’d expect to support a presidential candidate who has endorsed vigilante death squads, made disturbing comments about rape, and vowed to kill his own kids if they ever took drugs.

As head of a prominent nonprofit focused on child welfare, education and...

Helicopter had to return to base twice in days before Norway crash
  Source: Guardian Unlimited World Latest 2016-05-01 11:54:25 (2 hours ago) 
Helicopter had to return to base twice in days before Norway crash
  Source: Guardian Unlimited 2016-05-01 11:54:23 (2 hours ago) 
In Major Plot Twist, Malia Obama Will Take a Gap Year Before Attending Harvard University 
  Source: Gawker 2016-05-01 11:54:20 (2 hours ago) 

The long-awaited political news of the year is here. Malia Obama, perhaps the coolest Obama, has announced her university pick, that bastion of crimson smugness, Harvard University.

Read more...





Brussels Airport departure lounge reopens
  Source: CNN.com Recently Published/Updated 2016-05-01 11:54:02 (2 hours ago) 
Malia Obama Harvard-bound, but first...
  Source: CNN.com 2016-05-01 11:54:01 (2 hours ago) 
Malia Obama, the oldest of President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama's two daughters, will attend Harvard University.

Malia Obama will take a gap year, then attend Harvard in 2017
  Source: Breaking News / South Florida Sun-Sentinel 2016-05-01 11:53:56 (2 hours ago) 

Malia Obama will take a gap year after graduating from high school and then attend Harvard University in the fall of 2017, the White House said Sunday, ending speculation at campuses across the country.

Obama, 17, the older of the president's two daughters, visited more than a dozen schools, including...

Voeckler clinches Tour de Yorkshire win
  Source: BBC News - Home 2016-05-01 11:50:21 (2 hours ago) 
Frenchman Thomas Voeckler clinches overall victory in the Tour de Yorkshire by winning the final stage at Scarborough.
6 people, including 4 children die, in Florida car wreck
  Source: AP Top U.S. News 2016-05-01 11:50:19 (2 hours ago) 
JUPITER, Fla. (AP) -- Authorities say six people, including four children, have been killed in a highway crash in South Florida....




6 people, including 4 children die, in Florida car wreck
  Source: AP Top U.S. News 2016-05-01 11:50:18 (2 hours ago) 
JUPITER, Fla. (AP) -- Authorities say six people, including four children, have been killed in a highway crash in South Florida....
Reyes wins fifth Flying Pig Marathon in Cincinnati
  Source: AP Top California Headlines 2016-05-01 11:50:17 (2 hours ago) 
CINCINNATI (AP) -- California's Sergio (SER'-jee-oh) Reyes (RAY'-us) has won his fifth Flying Pig Marathon in Cincinnati....
New Tests Lead to Phoenix Freeway Shooting Case's Undoing
  Source: ABC News: U.S. 2016-05-01 11:50:02 (2 hours ago) 
he case against a suspect in a series of freeway shootings that rattled Phoenix residents fell apart in seven months
Greetings From Asbury Park, Opening First Hotel in 50 Years
  Source: ABC News: U.S. 2016-05-01 11:50:02 (2 hours ago) 
The first new hotel in more than 50 years is set to open in Asbury Park at the end of May
The Incomplete and Wonderful History of May Day
  Source: Truthout Stories 2016-05-01 11:45:24 (2 hours ago) 

Author and professor Peter Linebaugh discusses his new book, The Incomplete, True, Authentic, and Wonderful History of May Day. Later in the show, filmmaker Avi Lewis discusses worker-owned factories in Argentina, and Laura Flanders focuses on the intersectional feminism of 19th century anarchist Lucy Parsons. Peter Linebaugh is professor emeritus at the University of Toledo, and the author of many books, including The Magna Carta Manifesto; Stop Thief!: The Commons, Enclosures, and Resistance; and his newest, The Incomplete, True, Authentic, and Wonderful History of May Day. Avi Lewis is a filmmaker known for The Take, co-directed by Naomi Klein, and This Changes Everything, a documentary on climate change and resistance, released in 2015.





Malia Obama Is Going to Harvard—After a Year Off
  Source: TIME.com: Top Stories 2016-05-01 11:45:23 (2 hours ago) 
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Leicester Misses 1st Chance to Clinch Premier League Title
  Source: TIME.com: Top Stories 2016-05-01 11:45:23 (2 hours ago) 
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Greetings from Asbury Park, opening first hotel in 50 years
  Source: The Seattle Times: Nation & World 2016-05-01 11:45:18 (2 hours ago) 

ASBURY PARK, N.J. (AP) — In the Jersey shore city that gave Bruce Springsteen’s debut album its name, owners of the first new hotel to open there in more than 50 years hope they can convince locals and tourists alike that what was once considered a slum by the sea is now a destination with […]
New tests lead to Phoenix freeway shooting case’s undoing
  Source: The Seattle Times: Nation & World 2016-05-01 11:45:18 (2 hours ago) 

PHOENIX (AP) — Leslie Merritt Jr. sat in a police interrogation room, unaware of why he had just been swarmed by SWAT officers and whisked away in handcuffs. “Why do you think you would be here?” the detective asked. “I have no idea, man. Traffic ticket or something,” Merritt replied. Not even close. Most Read […]
Reyes wins fifth Flying Pig Marathon in Cincinnati
  Source: The Seattle Times: Nation & World 2016-05-01 11:45:18 (2 hours ago) 

CINCINNATI (AP) — California’s Sergio (SER’-jee-oh) Reyes (RAY’-us) has won his fifth Flying Pig Marathon in Cincinnati. Reyes crossed the finish line in 2:26:03 on Sunday. The 34-year-old had won three straight Cincinnati marathons before skipping the race last year. David Riddle of Cincinnati finished second while Brendon Moody of Van Wert placed third in […]




Greetings from Asbury Park, opening first hotel in 50 years
  Source: The Seattle Times: Home 2016-05-01 11:45:16 (2 hours ago) 

ASBURY PARK, N.J. (AP) — In the Jersey shore city that gave Bruce Springsteen’s debut album its name, owners of the first new hotel to open there in more than 50 years hope they can convince locals and tourists alike that what was once considered a slum by the sea is now a destination with […]
New tests lead to Phoenix freeway shooting case’s undoing
  Source: The Seattle Times: Home 2016-05-01 11:45:16 (2 hours ago) 

PHOENIX (AP) — Leslie Merritt Jr. sat in a police interrogation room, unaware of why he had just been swarmed by SWAT officers and whisked away in handcuffs. “Why do you think you would be here?” the detective asked. “I have no idea, man. Traffic ticket or something,” Merritt replied. Not even close. Most Read […]
Reyes wins fifth Flying Pig Marathon in Cincinnati
  Source: The Seattle Times: Home 2016-05-01 11:45:16 (2 hours ago) 

CINCINNATI (AP) — California’s Sergio (SER’-jee-oh) Reyes (RAY’-us) has won his fifth Flying Pig Marathon in Cincinnati. Reyes crossed the finish line in 2:26:03 on Sunday. The 34-year-old had won three straight Cincinnati marathons before skipping the race last year. David Riddle of Cincinnati finished second while Brendon Moody of Van Wert placed third in […]
Jazz fest’s last day kicks off after storm cancels some sets
  Source: The Seattle Times: Home 2016-05-01 11:45:16 (2 hours ago) 

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The last day of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival kicked off Sunday under grey skies again, a day after a deluge whipped through the area and rained out closing acts. Organizers honored tickets on Sunday for those who were rained out Saturday. Stevie Wonder, who was supposed to close […]
Prince dead: Chef reveals singer fought throat, stomach pains recently
  Source: Stuff.co.nz - Stuff 2016-05-01 11:45:05 (2 hours ago) 
On stage, Prince was still captivating audiences at recent performances in Australia and California. He hosted a pop-up party at his Paisley Park studio, and there were few outward signs in his final months that anything was wrong.




New tests lead to Phoenix freeway shooting case's undoing
  Source: StarTribune.com | Nation 2016-05-01 11:45:05 (2 hours ago) 
U.S. West Point academy set for first woman dean in two century history
  Source: News: World -- Philly.com 2016-05-01 11:44:56 (2 hours ago) 
Don Lemon gives Larry Wilmore the finger at White House dinner
  Source: News: World -- Philly.com 2016-05-01 11:44:56 (2 hours ago) 
U.S. West Point academy set for first woman dean in two century history
  Source: News: Nation -- Philly.com 2016-05-01 11:44:56 (2 hours ago) 
Don Lemon gives Larry Wilmore the finger at White House dinner
  Source: News: Nation -- Philly.com 2016-05-01 11:44:56 (2 hours ago) 




Capitol Report: Malia Obama makes college choice: Harvard
  Source: MarketWatch.com - Top Stories 2016-05-01 11:44:22 (2 hours ago) 
Malia Obama, the elder daughter of the president and first lady, has reportedly chosen a college: Harvard.
Palace releases photos of Princess Charlotte
  Source: Cincinnati - Home 2016-05-01 11:43:56 (2 hours ago) 

It doesn’t get much cuter than this! The Kensington Palace released four new photos of Princess Charlotte on Sunday a day before her first birthday.  The photos show the tiny princess walking with the help of a toy and standing on her own.

        
Obama ends last 'Nerd Prom' with a bang
  Source: Cincinnati - Home 2016-05-01 11:43:56 (2 hours ago) 

He dropped the mic. Literally.

        
Reyes wins fifth Flying Pig, Flower claims first
  Source: Cincinnati - Home 2016-05-01 11:43:56 (2 hours ago) 

Californian Sergio Reyes wondered earlier this week whether his right foot would hold up for 26.2 straight miles.

        
Judge spends night in jail with man he sentenced
  Source: Breaking News: CBS News 2016-05-01 11:43:52 (2 hours ago) 
A North Carolina judge felt he had to hold a man accountable for lying about a urine test




Malia Obama reveals where she will go to college
  Source: Breaking News: CBS News 2016-05-01 11:43:52 (2 hours ago) 
Longtime chef reveals why Prince "wasn't himself" in recent months
  Source: Breaking News: CBS News 2016-05-01 11:43:52 (2 hours ago) 
Baby born on M42 hard shoulder after family get stuck in traffic
  Source: The Guardian World News 2016-05-01 11:35:57 (2 hours ago) 
Freight train leaks hazardous material after derailing near Washington DC
  Source: The Guardian World News 2016-05-01 11:35:57 (2 hours ago) 
Ask Slashdot: How Could You Statistically Identify The Best Sci-Fi Books?
  Source: Slashdot 2016-05-01 11:35:44 (2 hours ago) 
jimharris writes: Over at SF Signal I wrote a piece "How Well-Read Are You in Science Fiction?" There are three databases that collect lists of popular science fiction books that try to statistically identify the best books of the genre, [offering] combined list that shows which books were cited the most. They use different sets of best-of lists, but their results are often similar. The final lists are, Classics of Science Fiction, Worlds Without End Top Listed, and Premiosylista Comparativas: Comparativas: Ciencia ficcion (Spain). Interestingly, each list has a different book in its #1 position (though both "Dune" and "Frankenstein" make the top four on at least two of the three lists). But is this really a good methodology for determining the classic canon? What would be the best way to statistically identify the greatest sci-fi books? (And have you read any good science fiction novels lately?)

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Op-Ed Columnist: The Many Faces of Dennis Hastert
  Source: NYT > Most E-mailed Articles 2016-05-01 11:35:32 (2 hours ago) 
Born-again Christian. Public servant. Child molester. He’s a study in the messiness of human nature.
U.S. West Point academy set for first woman dean in two century history
  Source: News: World -- Philly.com 2016-05-01 11:35:30 (2 hours ago) 
Don Lemon gives Larry Wilmore the finger at White House dinner
  Source: News: World -- Philly.com 2016-05-01 11:35:30 (2 hours ago) 
U.S. West Point academy set for first woman dean in two century history
  Source: News: Nation -- Philly.com 2016-05-01 11:35:29 (2 hours ago) 
Don Lemon gives Larry Wilmore the finger at White House dinner
  Source: News: Nation -- Philly.com 2016-05-01 11:35:29 (2 hours ago) 




Malia Obama to Attend Harvard University
  Source: MSNBC.com: U.S. News 2016-05-01 11:34:44 (2 hours ago) 
​A Medal of Honor recipient's ongoing burden
  Source: More from U.S. - CBS News 2016-05-01 11:34:42 (2 hours ago) 
In his book, "Red Platoon," Sgt. Clinton Romesha writes of how "exceptionally ordinary men" were put to an extraordinary test when their outpost in Afghanistan came under fire from the Taliban
Malia Obama reveals where she will go to college
  Source: More from U.S. - CBS News 2016-05-01 11:34:42 (2 hours ago) 
17-year-old is set to graduate high school in June, then celebrate her 18th birthday on the Fourth of July
​Calendar: Week of May 2
  Source: More from U.S. - CBS News 2016-05-01 11:34:42 (2 hours ago) 
From Melanoma Monday to the Kentucky Derby, "Sunday Morning" takes a look at some notable events of the week ahead
Malia Obama to attend Harvard
  Source: Mercury News - Silicon Valley, CA - News 2016-05-01 11:34:41 (2 hours ago) 
President Barack Obama's daughter Malia will take a year off after high school and attend Harvard University in 2017.




Indiana relishes its surprising spotlight in the GOP race
  Source: Los Angeles Times - National News 2016-05-01 11:34:41 (2 hours ago) 
Cheryl Hammer is a caterer, not a political party activist, but she lingered at a Ted Cruz campaign stop in this movie-set-perfect small town to savor the moment in history. "To actually have someone who's running for president come by is huge," said the 30-year resident, who's leaning toward Cruz...
Malia Obama will take a gap year, then attend Harvard in 2017
  Source: Los Angeles Times - National News 2016-05-01 11:34:41 (2 hours ago) 

Malia Obama will take a gap year after graduating from high school and then attend Harvard University in the fall of 2017, the White House said Sunday, ending speculation at campuses across the country.

Obama, 17, the older of the president's two daughters, visited more than a dozen schools, including...

Baby born on M42 hard shoulder after family get stuck in traffic
  Source: Guardian Unlimited World Latest 2016-05-01 11:34:26 (2 hours ago) 
Baby born on M42 hard shoulder after family get stuck in traffic
  Source: Guardian Unlimited 2016-05-01 11:34:24 (2 hours ago) 
Freight train leaks hazardous material after derailing near Washington DC
  Source: Guardian Unlimited 2016-05-01 11:34:24 (2 hours ago) 




Leicester City:
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Trump: An Indiana win will seal nomination
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Recent podcasts: Sanders Demands Clinton Apologize | Guns in America | Radical Islam in America

Trump's delegate hunt and his California push
  Source: CNN.com Recently Published/Updated 2016-05-01 11:34:02 (2 hours ago) 
Bowe Bergdahl's defense wins battle over classified documents
  Source: CNN.com Recently Published/Updated 2016-05-01 11:34:02 (2 hours ago) 
Malia Obama to attend Harvard after gap year
  Source: CNN.com Recently Published/Updated 2016-05-01 11:34:02 (2 hours ago) 






Bergdahl lawyers to see classified documents
  Source: CNN.com 2016-05-01 11:34:00 (2 hours ago) 
The defense team for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who is charged with desertion and misbehavior before the enemy, has won access to hundreds of thousands of pages of classified information.
Opinion: You'll miss Obama's comedy
  Source: CNN.com 2016-05-01 11:34:00 (2 hours ago) 
Well, I'll be. Who'd have thought it'd take another black comedian to make white people feel more comfortable about having a black president around them?
Murder probe after teen pulled from sea
  Source: BBC News - Home 2016-05-01 11:30:21 (2 hours ago) 
A man is arrested on suspicion of murder after the body of a teenage girl was pulled from the sea at Broadstairs.
Row over BBC scheduling 'meddling'
  Source: BBC News - Home 2016-05-01 11:30:21 (2 hours ago) 
The government is accused of 'meddling' amid reports the culture secretary will allow rival broadcasters to challenge the BBC over peak-time scheduling.
Greetings from Asbury Park, opening first hotel in 50 years
  Source: AP Top U.S. News 2016-05-01 11:30:19 (2 hours ago) 
ASBURY PARK, N.J. (AP) -- The first new hotel in more than 50 years is set to open in Asbury Park at the end of May....




Synthetic narcotics spark new look at drugged- driving laws
  Source: AP Top U.S. News 2016-05-01 11:30:19 (2 hours ago) 
MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) -- Eighteen-year-old Kristian Roggio was riding in a friend's car when another driver careened across a Brooklyn street, colliding head-on and killing her. That driver had inhaled aerosol dust cleaner moments before to get high, and prosecutors say he was impaired enough to be charged with vehicular manslaughter....
Greetings from Asbury Park, opening first hotel in 50 years
  Source: AP Top U.S. News 2016-05-01 11:30:19 (2 hours ago) 
ASBURY PARK, N.J. (AP) -- The first new hotel in more than 50 years is set to open in Asbury Park at the end of May....
Synthetic narcotics spark new look at drugged- driving laws
  Source: AP Top U.S. News 2016-05-01 11:30:19 (2 hours ago) 
MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) -- Eighteen-year-old Kristian Roggio was riding in a friend's car when another driver careened across a Brooklyn street, colliding head-on and killing her. That driver had inhaled aerosol dust cleaner moments before to get high, and prosecutors say he was impaired enough to be charged with vehicular manslaughter....
Grenade explodes during drunken argument in Russia; 1 killed
  Source: AP Top International News 2016-05-01 11:30:18 (2 hours ago) 
MOSCOW (AP) -- Local police say a grenade explosion during a drunken argument in Russia's north has killed one person and wounded four others....
Grenade explodes during drunken argument in Russia; 1 killed
  Source: AP Top International News 2016-05-01 11:30:18 (2 hours ago) 
MOSCOW (AP) -- Local police say a grenade explosion during a drunken argument in Russia's north has killed one person and wounded four others....




The Latest: Company Says Ads Respect Consumers' Privacy
  Source: ABC News: U.S. 2016-05-01 11:30:02 (2 hours ago) 
An outdoor advertising company says its use of mobile phone data to learn about potential consumers is based on anonymized information
Synthetic Narcotics Spark New Look at Drugged- Driving Laws
  Source: ABC News: U.S. 2016-05-01 11:30:02 (2 hours ago) 
Synthetic narcotics spark new look at drugged- driving laws in New York and a dozen other states
Here’s the Full Transcript of President Obama’s Speech at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner
  Source: TIME.com: Top Stories 2016-05-01 11:25:23 (2 hours ago) 
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Malia Obama to take ‘gap year,’ enter Harvard in 2017
  Source: The Seattle Times: Nation & World 2016-05-01 11:25:18 (2 hours ago) 

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama’s daughter Malia will take a year off after graduating high school in June before attending Harvard University in 2017. “The president and Mrs. Obama announced today that their daughter Malia will attend Harvard University in the fall of 2017 as a member of the Class of 2021,” said a […]
Skeletal human remains found at 100-year-old music venue
  Source: The Seattle Times: Nation & World 2016-05-01 11:25:18 (2 hours ago) 

CINCINNATI (AP) — Workers renovating a 100-year-old performance venue in Cincinnati have discovered human remains. The Cincinnati Enquirer reports (http://cin.ci/1MZTNA1 ) workers uncovered bones under the orchestra pit at the Cincinnati Music Hall while removing asbestos in late March. Archeologists concluded the arm and leg bones are believed to belong to four adult bodies. They […]




Synthetic narcotics spark new look at drugged- driving laws
  Source: The Seattle Times: Nation & World 2016-05-01 11:25:18 (2 hours ago) 

MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) — Eighteen-year-old Kristian Roggio was riding in a friend’s car when another driver careened across a Brooklyn street, colliding head-on and killing her. That driver had inhaled aerosol dust cleaner moments before to get high, and prosecutors say he was impaired enough to be charged with vehicular manslaughter. But New York’s top […]
Grenade explodes during drunken argument in Russia; 1 killed
  Source: The Seattle Times: Nation & World 2016-05-01 11:25:18 (2 hours ago) 

MOSCOW (AP) — Local police say a grenade explosion during a drunken argument in Russia’s north has killed one person and wounded four others. Police said Sunday that the argument at a village bus stop about 150 kilometers (95 miles) north of St. Petersburg turned ugly when one of the men left the scene and […]
Malia Obama to take ‘gap year,’ enter Harvard in 2017
  Source: The Seattle Times: Home 2016-05-01 11:25:18 (2 hours ago) 

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama’s daughter Malia will take a year off after graduating high school in June before attending Harvard University in 2017. “The president and Mrs. Obama announced today that their daughter Malia will attend Harvard University in the fall of 2017 as a member of the Class of 2021,” said a […]
Tony Floor’s Tackle Box in May has bucket full of spot shrimp and cooler filled with lingcod and halibut
  Source: The Seattle Times: Home 2016-05-01 11:25:18 (2 hours ago) 

Here is Tony Floor’s Tackle Box report for May: Here shrimpy, shrimpy, shrimpy! Come on home, baby, right into your daddy’s shrimp pot! I’ve been waiting for the month of May for weeks, thinking about writing about one of my favorite months of the year to be on the saltwater. Big spot prawn shrimp, baby, […]
Skeletal human remains found at 100-year-old music venue
  Source: The Seattle Times: Home 2016-05-01 11:25:18 (2 hours ago) 

CINCINNATI (AP) — Workers renovating a 100-year-old performance venue in Cincinnati have discovered human remains. The Cincinnati Enquirer reports (http://cin.ci/1MZTNA1 ) workers uncovered bones under the orchestra pit at the Cincinnati Music Hall while removing asbestos in late March. Archeologists concluded the arm and leg bones are believed to belong to four adult bodies. They […]




Synthetic narcotics spark new look at drugged- driving laws
  Source: The Seattle Times: Home 2016-05-01 11:25:18 (2 hours ago) 

MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) — Eighteen-year-old Kristian Roggio was riding in a friend’s car when another driver careened across a Brooklyn street, colliding head-on and killing her. That driver had inhaled aerosol dust cleaner moments before to get high, and prosecutors say he was impaired enough to be charged with vehicular manslaughter. But New York’s top […]
Grenade explodes during drunken argument in Russia; 1 killed
  Source: The Seattle Times: Home 2016-05-01 11:25:18 (2 hours ago) 

MOSCOW (AP) — Local police say a grenade explosion during a drunken argument in Russia’s north has killed one person and wounded four others. Police said Sunday that the argument at a village bus stop about 150 kilometers (95 miles) north of St. Petersburg turned ugly when one of the men left the scene and […]
Leicester draw at Manchester United to move to brink of Premier League title
  Source: Stuff.co.nz - Stuff 2016-05-01 11:25:06 (2 hours ago) 
Leicester City must wait at least one more day for their first-ever Premier League title after drawing 1-1 with Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday.
The Latest: Company says ads respect consumers' privacy
  Source: StarTribune.com | Nation 2016-05-01 11:25:05 (2 hours ago) 
Malia Obama to take 'gap year,' enter Harvard in 2017
  Source: StarTribune.com | Nation 2016-05-01 11:25:05 (2 hours ago) 




Skeletal human remains found at 100-year-old music venue
  Source: StarTribune.com | Nation 2016-05-01 11:25:05 (2 hours ago) 
Funeral for ex-Patriot Ron Brace scheduled for Monday
  Source: StarTribune.com | Nation 2016-05-01 11:25:05 (2 hours ago) 
U.S. West Point academy set for first woman dean in two century history
  Source: News: World -- Philly.com 2016-05-01 11:24:57 (2 hours ago) 
Don Lemon gives Larry Wilmore the finger at White House dinner
  Source: News: World -- Philly.com 2016-05-01 11:24:57 (2 hours ago) 
U.S. West Point academy set for first woman dean in two century history
  Source: News: Nation -- Philly.com 2016-05-01 11:24:57 (2 hours ago) 




Don Lemon gives Larry Wilmore the finger at White House dinner
  Source: News: Nation -- Philly.com 2016-05-01 11:24:57 (2 hours ago) 
Reyes wins fifth Pig, Flower claims first
  Source: Cincinnati - Home 2016-05-01 11:23:56 (2 hours ago) 

Californian Sergio Reyes wondered earlier this week whether his right foot would hold up for 26.2 straight miles.

        
Grenade explodes during drunken argument in Russia; 1 killed
  Source: AP Top International News 2016-05-01 11:20:15 (2 hours ago) 
MOSCOW (AP) -- Local police say a grenade explosion during a drunken argument in Russia's north has killed one person and wounded four others....
Driverless cars, pairing ride-hailing with public transit
  Source: STLtoday.com Top News Headlines 2016-05-01 11:20:01 (2 hours ago) 
More than half of vehicle owners born after 1977 say they trust self-driving technology, study says.
Teacher gets felony charge for lying about puppy
  Source: USATODAY.com News - Top Stories 2016-05-01 11:16:11 (2 hours ago) 

(NEWSER) – In a bizarre turn of events, an Illinois community college adjunct professor who claimed to have found a puppy inside a pillowcas...

       




First class of students with disabilities graduate from University of Cincinnati
  Source: USATODAY.com News - Top Stories 2016-05-01 11:16:11 (2 hours ago) 

The first class of students with disabilities graduated from the University of Cincinnati on Saturday.

       
Poll: Trump has 15-point lead over Cruz in Ind.
  Source: USATODAY.com News - Top Stories 2016-05-01 11:16:11 (2 hours ago) 

Republican front-runner Donald Trump holds a 15-point lead over Ted Cruz in Indiana, which holds its primary on Tuesday, according to a new ...

       
Roaring rescue: circus lions begin new life in African bush – video
  Source: The Guardian World News 2016-05-01 11:16:04 (2 hours ago) 
Heseltine: Brexit Tory MPs turning on policies that got them elected
  Source: The Guardian World News 2016-05-01 11:16:04 (2 hours ago) 
Sebastian Vettel swears about Daniil Kvyat after first-lap Sochi crash
  Source: The Guardian World News 2016-05-01 11:16:04 (2 hours ago) 




Leicester City draw with Manchester United to put Premier League title bid on hold
  Source: The Guardian World News 2016-05-01 11:16:04 (2 hours ago) 
Teen ‘set on fighting for ISIL’
  Source: The Australian | News 2016-05-01 11:15:54 (2 hours ago) 
Numan Haider was determined to travel to Syria and wage violent jihad, ASIO has told an inquest into his shooting death.
Shame on Nine for deserting ‘source’
  Source: The Australian | News 2016-05-01 11:15:54 (2 hours ago) 
The abandonment of Adam Whittington in a Beirut prison cell shames Nine Network chief executive Hugh Marks.
Sales and PM’s on-air chemistry
  Source: The Australian | News 2016-05-01 11:15:54 (2 hours ago) 
Malcolm Turnbull is booked for interviews on budget night but is snubbing Leigh Sales and ABC TV | WATCH
Bailout for Uluru venture
  Source: The Australian | News 2016-05-01 11:15:54 (2 hours ago) 
Canberra is expected to bail out the Indige­nous Land Corpon with a $65m loan following its purchase of Ayers Rock Resort.




Talkback truce for PM, Jones
  Source: The Australian | News 2016-05-01 11:15:54 (2 hours ago) 
Malcolm Turnbull has taken tentative election campaign steps to settle the ferocious feud with powerful broadcaster Alan Jones.
Government by the people
  Source: The Australian | News 2016-05-01 11:15:54 (2 hours ago) 
Centrists can’t match decisive rhetoric as politics returns to a two-horse race.
Shorten: I’ll lead like a unionist
  Source: The Australian | News 2016-05-01 11:15:54 (2 hours ago) 
Bill Shorten says he still thinks like a union organiser, and if elected he will take a similar ­approach to the top job.
Morrison to deliver fiscal growth spurt
  Source: The Australian | News 2016-05-01 11:15:54 (2 hours ago) 
Scott Morrison has put a surprise ‘economic dividend’ at the heart of tomorrow’s federal budget.
Really, Really Short Workouts
  Source: NYT > Home Page 2016-05-01 11:15:35 (2 hours ago) 
Think you’re too busy to work out? In minutes, high-intensity interval training will have you maximizing the health benefits of exercise without the time commitment.




Malia Obama to Attend Harvard, but Not Until 2017
  Source: NYT > Home Page 2016-05-01 11:15:35 (2 hours ago) 
President Obama’s oldest daughter will defer her college career until after her father leaves office.
U.S. West Point academy set for first woman dean in two century history
  Source: News: World -- Philly.com 2016-05-01 11:15:33 (2 hours ago) 
Don Lemon gives Larry Wilmore the finger at White House dinner
  Source: News: World -- Philly.com 2016-05-01 11:15:33 (2 hours ago) 
U.S. West Point academy set for first woman dean in two century history
  Source: News: Nation -- Philly.com 2016-05-01 11:15:32 (2 hours ago) 
Don Lemon gives Larry Wilmore the finger at White House dinner
  Source: News: Nation -- Philly.com 2016-05-01 11:15:32 (2 hours ago) 




Longtime chef reveals why Prince "wasn't himself" in recent months
  Source: More from U.S. - CBS News 2016-05-01 11:14:43 (2 hours ago) 
Prince's personal chef says the star was battling waves of sore throats and frequent upset stomachs in his final months
Ereader Showdown: Amazon Kindles, Compared
  Source: Lifehacker 2016-05-01 11:14:39 (2 hours ago) 

Amazon has somehow managed to create four different models of its Kindle ereader. Each of the four models has its own strengths and weaknesses, so if you’re in the market for one—or an upgrade—let’s take a look to make your buying decision a little easier.

Read more...

Roaring rescue: circus lions begin new life in African bush – video
  Source: Guardian Unlimited World Latest 2016-05-01 11:14:25 (2 hours ago) 
Freight train leaks hazardous material after derailing near Washington DC
  Source: Guardian Unlimited World Latest 2016-05-01 11:14:25 (2 hours ago) 
Heseltine: Brexit Tory MPs turning on policies that got them elected
  Source: Guardian Unlimited World Latest 2016-05-01 11:14:25 (2 hours ago) 




Heseltine: Brexit Tory MPs turning on policies that got them elected
  Source: Guardian Unlimited Politics 2016-05-01 11:14:24 (2 hours ago) 
Roaring rescue: circus lions begin new life in African bush – video
  Source: Guardian Unlimited 2016-05-01 11:14:23 (2 hours ago) 
Heseltine: Brexit Tory MPs turning on policies that got them elected
  Source: Guardian Unlimited 2016-05-01 11:14:23 (2 hours ago) 
Sebastian Vettel swears about Daniil Kvyat after first-lap Sochi crash
  Source: Guardian Unlimited 2016-05-01 11:14:23 (2 hours ago) 
Leicester City draw with Manchester United to put Premier League title bid on hold
  Source: Guardian Unlimited 2016-05-01 11:14:23 (2 hours ago) 




Sunday's Best Deals: $40 Fire Tablet, 4TB External, Discounted Sleepwear, and More
  Source: Gawker 2016-05-01 11:14:20 (2 hours ago) 

Amazon hardware, a 4TB external drive, and discounted sleepwear kick off Sunday’s best deals.

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Trump: An Indiana win will seal nomination
  Source: CNN.com - Politics 2016-05-01 11:14:01 (2 hours ago) 
Donald Trump says if he defeats Ted Cruz in Indiana, he'll seal the Republican presidential nomination.
Kids die in twin suicide bombings
  Source: CNN.com 2016-05-01 11:14:01 (2 hours ago) 
A pair of suicide bombings in southern Iraq killed at least 11 people and wounded 13 others, including children, state-run al-Iraqiya TV said.
Draw: 5,000-1 shot Leicester on hold
  Source: CNN.com 2016-05-01 11:14:01 (2 hours ago) 
Close, but no cigar. Leicester City's hopes of celebrating its first ever English Premier League title were put on hold Sunday after a 1-1 draw with Manchester United.
German party adopts anti-Islam policy
  Source: BBC News - World 2016-05-01 11:10:21 (2 hours ago) 
The German right-wing Alternative fur Deutschland adopts an explicitly anti-Islam policy at a party conference marred by clashes.




The Latest: Company says ads respect consumers' privacy
  Source: AP Top U.S. News 2016-05-01 11:10:19 (2 hours ago) 
NEW YORK (AP) -- The Latest on a U.S. senator's call for an investigation into the practices of an outdoor advertising company in New York (all times local):...
Synthetic narcotics spark new look at drugged- driving laws
  Source: AP Top U.S. News 2016-05-01 11:10:19 (2 hours ago) 
MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) -- As synthetic drugs become more popular, prosecutors in New York and a dozen other states are finding themselves stymied by a law that allows them to charge drivers with drugged-driving only if they're under the influence of something on an official list of banned substances....
Longtime chef: Prince fought throat, stomach pains recently
  Source: AP Top U.S. News 2016-05-01 11:10:19 (2 hours ago) 
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- On stage, Prince was still captivating audiences at recent performances in Australia and California. He hosted a pop-up party at his Paisley Park studio, and there were few outward signs in his final months that anything was wrong....
The Latest: Company says ads respect consumers' privacy
  Source: AP Top U.S. News 2016-05-01 11:10:19 (2 hours ago) 
NEW YORK (AP) -- The Latest on a U.S. senator's call for an investigation into the practices of an outdoor advertising company in New York (all times local):...
Synthetic narcotics spark new look at drugged- driving laws
  Source: AP Top U.S. News 2016-05-01 11:10:19 (2 hours ago) 
MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) -- As synthetic drugs become more popular, prosecutors in New York and a dozen other states are finding themselves stymied by a law that allows them to charge drivers with drugged-driving only if they're under the influence of something on an official list of banned substances....




Longtime chef: Prince fought throat, stomach pains recently
  Source: AP Top U.S. News 2016-05-01 11:10:19 (2 hours ago) 
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- On stage, Prince was still captivating audiences at recent performances in Australia and California. He hosted a pop-up party at his Paisley Park studio, and there were few outward signs in his final months that anything was wrong....
Malia Obama to attend Harvard in 2017 after taking year off
  Source: AP Top Political News 2016-05-01 11:10:18 (2 hours ago) 
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama's daughter Malia will take a year off after high school and attend Harvard University in 2017....
Malia Obama to attend Harvard in 2017 after taking year off
  Source: AP Top News 2016-05-01 11:10:18 (2 hours ago) 
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama's daughter Malia will take a year off after high school and attend Harvard University in 2017. The White House announced the news on Sunday. Malia is the eldest of the Obamas' two daughters. She's 17 and a senior at the exclusive Sidwell Friends School in the District of Columbia. She's set to graduate high school in June, then celebrate her 18th birthday on the Fourth of July. Obama recently said he turned down an...
Malia Obama to attend Harvard in 2017 after taking year off
  Source: AP Top Headlines 2016-05-01 11:10:17 (2 hours ago) 
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama's daughter Malia will take a year off after high school and attend Harvard University in 2017....
Donald Trump Sports Big Lead Against Ted Cruz in New Indiana Poll
  Source: TIME.com: Top Stories 2016-05-01 11:05:27 (2 hours ago) 
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Bombings Kill 31 as Iraq Grapples With Political Crisis
  Source: TIME.com: Top Stories 2016-05-01 11:05:27 (2 hours ago) 
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Monday Memo
  Source: The Seattle Times: Home 2016-05-01 11:05:20 (2 hours ago) 

The business week ahead
Wisconsin unemployment payments drop by more than half
  Source: StarTribune.com | Nation 2016-05-01 11:05:10 (2 hours ago) 
Kate's new photos of Princess Charlotte mark 1st birthday
  Source: StarTribune.com Top Stories 2016-05-01 11:05:09 (2 hours ago) 
Kensington Palace officials have released new photos of Princess Charlotte ahead of her first birthday.
Murder-suicide claims Mankato couple married less than a year
  Source: StarTribune.com Top Stories 2016-05-01 11:05:09 (2 hours ago) 
Delbert Wilson shot his wife and then himself in their home, according to police.




U.S. West Point academy set for first woman dean in two century history
  Source: News: World -- Philly.com 2016-05-01 11:05:01 (2 hours ago) 
Don Lemon gives Larry Wilmore the finger at White House dinner
  Source: News: World -- Philly.com 2016-05-01 11:05:01 (2 hours ago) 
U.S. West Point academy set for first woman dean in two century history
  Source: News: Nation -- Philly.com 2016-05-01 11:05:01 (2 hours ago) 
Don Lemon gives Larry Wilmore the finger at White House dinner
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Elephants to perform for final time at Ringling Bros. circus
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Elephants will perform for the last time at the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus on Sunday, as the show closes its own chapter on a controversial practice that has entertained audiences since circuses began in America two centuries ago.
First Draft: Bernie Sanders’s Fund-Raising Plunges Amid Campaign Woes
  Source: NYT > Home Page 2016-05-01 10:55:32 (3 hours ago) 
The Vermont senator, who announced last week he would lay off hundreds of workers, raised about $20 million less for his insurgent campaign in April than he did a month earlier.
U.S. West Point academy set for first woman dean in two century history
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First funeral for UGA crash victims will be held Sunday
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Author walks every NYC street
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Traveling every block in the Big Apple on foot is a tremendous challenge,




Judge spends night in jail with man he sentenced
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A North Carolina judge felt he had to hold a man accountable for lying about a urine test
Sunday's Best Deals: $40 Fire Tablet, 4TB External, Discounted Sleepwear, and More
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Amazon hardware, a 4TB external drive, and discounted sleepwear kick off Sunday’s best deals.

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Wausau police to speak on reports of fatal shooting by officers
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Boris Johnson – the mayor who never was | Sonia Purnell
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Southampton v Manchester City: Premier League – live!
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Someone Tell President Obama To Stop Dropping the Mic
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President Barack Obama, the most calculatingly cool president to ever grace the Oval Office, made a big ol’ fuss last night at the White House Correspondent’s Dinner—more so even than the pair of actually brawling reporters also in attendance.

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A freight train derails in Washington DC spilling hazardous liquid, emergency officials say.
Chemical leaks from US derailed train
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A freight train derails in Washington DC spilling hazardous liquid, emergency officials say.




Appeals ruling clears way for Bowe Bergdahl case to resume
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An appeals court has cleared the way for Bowe Bergdahl's legal case to resume by rejecting prosecutors' argument that defense attorneys were given too much leeway on classified documents....
Appeals ruling clears way for Bowe Bergdahl case to resume
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An appeals court has cleared the way for Bowe Bergdahl's legal case to resume by rejecting prosecutors' argument that defense attorneys were given too much leeway on classified documents....
Recreating hazardous journey to US rings true with actors
  Source: AP Top California Headlines 2016-05-01 10:50:16 (3 hours ago) 
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- For Julian Sandoval, the play "Shelter" is more than just a story of children flooding into the U.S. by the tens of thousands from Latin America in search of safe sanctuary. It's personal....
Did Woman Sway Boy to Kill His Dad? Court Raises Doubts
  Source: ABC News: U.S. 2016-05-01 10:50:02 (3 hours ago) 
A new court ruling in a shooting over a decade ago is raising questions about whether an Ohio woman really persuaded her 10-year-old adopted son to kill his father
Police: Well-Known Florida Couple Die in Murder-Suicide
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Police say a well-known St. Petersburg couple has died in their home in a murder-suicide




Appeals Ruling Clears Way for Bowe Bergdahl Case to Resume
  Source: ABC News: U.S. 2016-05-01 10:50:02 (3 hours ago) 
An appeals court has cleared the way for Bowe Bergdahl's legal case to resume by rejecting prosecutors' arguments that defense attorneys were given too much leeway on classified documents
Feds Rely on Industry-Funded Study to Push for More Offshore Oil Exploitation
  Source: Truthout Stories 2016-05-01 10:45:34 (3 hours ago) 

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management's recent analysis of the economic benefits of increased offshore drilling in the Gulf of Mexico and on the Pacific Coast near Alaska was funded partly by the fossil fuel industry. (Photo: erik aa / Flickr)

On Monday, April 25th, President Barack Obama tweeted out the following message to nearly 74 million followers on Twitter:

We're already seeing the effects of climate change. Denial is unacceptable. #ActOnClimate pic.twitter.com/k3sphu7KgC

— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) April 25, 2016

The tweet garnered thousands of shares and likes, and on the surface it appeared to be a genuine plea for action on climate change. But as we've seen all too often from this administration, what they say in public rarely matches what takes place behind closed doors.
 
Less than one day after President Obama tweeted out that message on climate change, David Sirota and Ned Resnikoff from the International Business Times aimed a spotlight at the Obama administration's hypocrisy in an investigative piece that exposed again the fossil fuel industry's influence over our government. Prior to that, the Public Accountability Initiative had revealed the massive influence that the industry had over the government's assessment of the economic impacts of offshore drilling.

According to the IB Times report, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management's recent analysis of the economic benefits of increased offshore drilling in the Gulf of Mexico and on the Pacific Coast near Alaska was funded partly by the fossil fuel industry. The analysis is currently being used by the administration to sell the project to the American public.
 
From the IB Times:

Buried in the BOEM report's fine print, though, were footnotes shedding light on how the bureau came to its conclusions: it used studies from the same fossil fuel industry that could benefit from the expansion. Eight of the nine economic analyses cited by government regulators in their report were produced by authors or organizations with links to the fossil fuel industry — which has been lobbying the federal government on drilling issues in the lead-up to a decision…the fossil fuel industry's links to the studies underscored concerns about so-called cognitive capture: the growing effort by industries to quietly shape the basic research on which public policies are predicated.

In the months before the controversial move, fossil fuel companies such as the Shell Oil unit of Royal Dutch Shell and industry associations such as the American Petroleum Institute (API) lobbied the federal government on drilling, alongside an advocacy group that has links to Koch Industries. Although the government backed off a plan to open up drilling off the Atlantic coast of the U.S. Southeast, the move to expand drilling in the Gulf and near Alaska was a win for the oil and gas industry. However, the decision in March prompted protests both fromnational environmental groups concerned about the prospect of increased carbon emissions and from local activists in the Gulf Coast region who are worried about the possibility of new spills.

As Sirota and Resnikoff point out, a similar scenario played out in the years following the Exxon Valdez oil spill, where Exxon was found to have funded their own studies on how paying punitive damages to the victims and government would negatively impact the economy. However, the Supreme Court saw right through Exxon's lies and ordered the company to pay.

The International Business Times reached out to the organizations who were cited in the research, and they all maintained that their numbers were sound. Some claimed that opening up more of the Gulf of Mexico for oil drilling would create as many as 230,000 new jobs resulting in an economic benefit of $18 billion.

However, the IBT reporters also mention that independent analyses of oil-funded research have shown that the industry routinely inflates projections and often includes revenues from oil that is impossible to extract. (Recall the job numbers touted by TransCanada in their attempts to pitch the Keystone XL Pipeline which were inflated by 1,000%.)

The problem has less to do with the over-inflated numbers from the industry and more to do with the fact that the federal government blindly used them in the report. And they didn't do this by accident.

The industry spends millions of dollars in lobbying and gives millions in direct campaign contributions to politicians each year to make sure that this happens. That is what the current political system has become, and as long as the industry is allowed to write as many checks as they can, the likelihood that their own flawed research will be used to justify environmental destruction will continue to proliferate.

As President Obama said in his tweet, denial IS unacceptable, but so is the doublespeak coming from this administration. We can't have it both ways.

Qatar bank says some leaked customer data may be accurate
  Source: The Seattle Times: Nation & World 2016-05-01 10:45:27 (3 hours ago) 

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Qatar’s largest bank has acknowledged that some purported customer data disclosed online may be authentic and says it has hired an outside expert to review potential vulnerabilities to its computer systems. Qatar National Bank last week said only that it was investigating “an alleged data breach” after what appeared […]
Police: Well-known Florida couple die in murder-suicide
  Source: The Seattle Times: Nation & World 2016-05-01 10:45:27 (3 hours ago) 

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Police say a well-known St. Petersburg couple has died in their home in a murder-suicide. The Tampa Bay Times reports (http://bit.ly/1r8VW21 ) that the bodies of former St. Petersburg police officer Gerard Joseph Stempinski and his wife, Marie Stempinski, were discovered Friday night. Police say 69-year-old Gerard Stempinski shot his […]
Longtime chef: Prince fought throat, stomach pains recently
  Source: The Seattle Times: Nation & World 2016-05-01 10:45:27 (3 hours ago) 

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Prince’s personal chef says the star was battling waves of sore throats and frequent upset stomachs in his final months. Ray Roberts, who cooked for Prince for almost three years, tells The Associated Press the musician had recently been asking for items like smoothies and freshly squeezed juices that were easier to […]




Appeals ruling clears way for Bowe Bergdahl case to resume
  Source: The Seattle Times: Nation & World 2016-05-01 10:45:27 (3 hours ago) 

An appeals court has cleared the way for Bowe Bergdahl’s legal case to resume by rejecting prosecutors’ argument that defense attorneys were given too much leeway on classified documents. The United States Army Court of Criminal Appeals denied prosecutors’ appeal in a ruling released late Saturday by defense attorneys. The court also lifted a stay […]
Recreating hazardous journey to US rings true with actors
  Source: The Seattle Times: Nation & World 2016-05-01 10:45:27 (3 hours ago) 

LOS ANGELES (AP) — For Julian Sandoval, the play “Shelter” is more than just a story of children flooding into the U.S. by the tens of thousands from Latin America in search of safe sanctuary. It’s personal. The young actor’s mother immigrated to the U.S. illegally years ago, fleeing the violence of her native El […]
Police: Well-known Florida couple die in murder-suicide
  Source: The Seattle Times: Home 2016-05-01 10:45:27 (3 hours ago) 

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Police say a well-known St. Petersburg couple has died in their home in a murder-suicide. The Tampa Bay Times reports (http://bit.ly/1r8VW21 ) that the bodies of former St. Petersburg police officer Gerard Joseph Stempinski and his wife, Marie Stempinski, were discovered Friday night. Police say 69-year-old Gerard Stempinski shot his […]
Longtime chef: Prince fought throat, stomach pains recently
  Source: The Seattle Times: Home 2016-05-01 10:45:27 (3 hours ago) 

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Prince’s personal chef says the star was battling waves of sore throats and frequent upset stomachs in his final months. Ray Roberts, who cooked for Prince for almost three years, tells The Associated Press the musician had recently been asking for items like smoothies and freshly squeezed juices that were easier to […]
Appeals ruling clears way for Bowe Bergdahl case to resume
  Source: The Seattle Times: Home 2016-05-01 10:45:27 (3 hours ago) 

An appeals court has cleared the way for Bowe Bergdahl’s legal case to resume by rejecting prosecutors’ argument that defense attorneys were given too much leeway on classified documents. The United States Army Court of Criminal Appeals denied prosecutors’ appeal in a ruling released late Saturday by defense attorneys. The court also lifted a stay […]




Recreating hazardous journey to US rings true with actors
  Source: The Seattle Times: Home 2016-05-01 10:45:27 (3 hours ago) 

LOS ANGELES (AP) — For Julian Sandoval, the play “Shelter” is more than just a story of children flooding into the U.S. by the tens of thousands from Latin America in search of safe sanctuary. It’s personal. The young actor’s mother immigrated to the U.S. illegally years ago, fleeing the violence of her native El […]
Derailed freight train near Washington, DC, leaking hazardous liquid
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A CSX freight train derailed in northeastern Washington, DC, on Sunday, spilling hazardous liquid near a city subway station, the railroad company said.
Police: Well-known Florida couple die in murder-suicide
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Longtime chef: Prince fought throat, stomach pains recently
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Appeals ruling clears way for Bowe Bergdahl case to resume
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Saturday storm pelts parts of St. Louis with hail
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Hail reported throughout the area
Fire department: Freight train derails in D.C., car leaking hazardous chemicals
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A CSX train derailed Sunday morning in Northeast, D.C.

       
Southampton v Manchester City: Premier League – live!
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Can Quantum Entanglement Create Faster-Than-Light Communication?
  Source: Slashdot 2016-05-01 10:35:43 (3 hours ago) 
Slashdot reader StartsWithABang writes: If you were to send a space probe to a distant star system, gather information about it and send it back to Earth, you'd have to wait years for the information to arrive. But if you have an entangled quantum system -- say, two photons, one with spin +1 and one with spin -1 -- you could know the spin of the distant one instantly by measuring the spin of the one in your possession. This "incredible idea to exploit quantum weirdness" for communication was the subject of a recent Forbes article [which blocks ad-blockers] as well as a NASA mission directorate. ("Entanglement-assisted Communication System for NASA's Deep-Space Missions: Feasibility Test and Conceptual Design".) And Friday MIT News reported a research team is now making progress toward capturing paired electron halves for quantum computing on gold film. "Our first goal is to look for the Majorana fermions, unambiguously detect them, and show this is it. " This week even 85-year-old Star Trek actor William Shatner cited quantum entanglement in a discussion of Star Trek's transporter technology, arguing that "Although a lot of the concepts in science fiction are absurd to our Newtonian minds, anything is possible because of the new language of quantum physics."

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This past week the House and Senate approved legislation designating the bison as the National Mammal of the United States
​Minnesota's Northwest Angle, an American geographic oddity
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TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) -- The paramedics who looked at Robert Breininger's lifeless body in his twin bed suspected right away that whatever happened didn't match the story being told by his 10-year-old son....




Did woman sway boy to kill his dad? Court raises doubts
  Source: AP Top U.S. News 2016-05-01 10:30:18 (3 hours ago) 
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) -- The paramedics who looked at Robert Breininger's lifeless body in his twin bed suspected right away that whatever happened didn't match the story being told by his 10-year-old son....
Japan's PM embarks for weeklong visit to Europe, Russia ahead of G7 summit
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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe departed Sunday to visit European leaders on issues of global economic growth and sustainability ahead of a Group of Seven summit he will host in Mie Prefecture, central Japan, later this month.
What Small Farms Need to Compete With Corporate Food
  Source: Truthout Stories 2016-05-01 10:25:39 (3 hours ago) 

Most small farms have to follow the same rules as big corporate ones. In Maine, flexible food ordinances have increased the number of small farmers. (Photo: Clint McMahon / Flickr)

When Heather Retberg started selling raw milk a few years ago, she ran up against an obstacle that she felt sure would ruin her family's farm.

Retberg, of Penobscot, Maine, remembers the state quality assurance and regulations inspector walking up her driveway to deliver the news: Her farm of two goats and six cows didn't have the proper facilities to bottle and sell raw milk. Nor could it continue to use the neighbor's facility to slaughter its chickens.

The family had few options: Construct their own facilities, costing thousands of dollars they didn't have; drive hours to an approved facility and risk exposing the food to pathogens; or stop farming.

"I had this feeling in my gut, 'oh no we're done,'" Retberg said. "This is how small farms disappear."

But they didn't disappear. In March 2011, the Retbergs attended a town meeting to discuss a proposed local law: the Local Food and Community Self-Governance Ordinance. It protected small farmers' rights to produce their own food without licensure and inspection. The ordinance passed, prompting the Retbergs the very next day to affix a sign at the end of their driveway advertising raw milk, along with poultry and eggs.

Since 2011, ordinances have passed in 16 other Maine towns, the most recent of which was in March, in the town of Liberty, home to fewer than 1,000 people.

Small farmers across the United States are fighting for food sovereignty -- the freedom to produce and sell food without government regulation. Creating local ordinances is just one of the ways farmers and other activists are advocating for freedom from rules they say favor large farms. The cost and scale of licensing, proper facilities, and packaging make sense for large-scale farms, they argue, but not for farmers who want to sell their products to neighbors.

Maine's local food ordinances were tested in the 2014 state Supreme Court case of farmer Dan Brown, who sold raw milk at his local farmers market without having a license or inspected facility. Brown lost the case, which John Bott, communications director at the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, said upholds state food regulations over ordinances.

"The Court was very clear in stating that local ordinances are valid only when not pre-empted by state law," Bott said in an email.

We can create regulations that give small farmers flexibility.

But this doesn't mean ordinances should be discounted as a valid step toward food sovereignty, said Michael Fakhri, associate law professor at the University of Oregon and a faculty leader of the Food Resiliency Project there. These measures, he said, represent political pressure on government to address the needs of the people.

Regardless of the court's ruling, Retberg believes that Maine's constitution, which provides "power inherent in people," allows for ordinances to give control to small farmers. The Retbergs sell their milk via a private buying club, and her customers sign a contract agreeing they understand the risks of raw milk. Since the ordinance passed, inspector visits have been rare, the Retbergs said.

Bott argues that Maine has a friendly attitude toward small farmers, as evidenced by the rise in raw milk sellers -- increasing from 11 in 2000 to 64 today. Over the past five years, the number of small farmers in Maine also has increased by several dozen.

Achieving food sovereignty while ensuring food safety is a question that regulators, farmers, and lawmakers grapple with. Safety issues around raw milk produce a steady stream of headlines. According to data collected from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, raw milk is roughly 150 times more likely than pasteurized to cause disease.

But small farmers say the size of their operations gives them greater control over safety. They also say they feel a financial pressure to keep their food safe: One mistake could put a small farmer out of business, while large-scale farms rebound more easily, as California-based Foster Farms did from its 2013 Salmonella outbreak that caused 634 illnesses in 29 states and Puerto Rico.

"People are smart enough to ask pertinent questions," said farmer Ken Lindner, who runs a bison farm with his wife, Kathy, in Northern California. "As soon as food becomes anonymous, you don't know who the farmers are, that's when the health department should get involved."

In some cases, regulations can be freeing for farmers and consumers because of the trust they build over safety, Fakhri points out. He said he's spoken with small farmers who say they've developed good relationships with United States Department of Agriculture inspectors and feel confident those regulations ensure food safety. The key, Fakhri adds, is giving small farmers a voice equal to that of large farmers.

"Rather than saying we don't need regulations, we can create regulations that give small farmers flexibility and give consumers confidence to buy from small farmers," he said.

We don't have to ask to sit at the table. We can make our own table.

But relationships with inspectors aren't always harmonious. Doniga Markegard runs a 1,000-acre farm with her family in the San Francisco Bay area. They produce milk, cheese, and yogurt for family use from two cows, and sell about 30 gallons of extra milk each week to neighbors. In 2011, the California Department of Food and Agriculture asked the Markegards and other small farms to obtain a license or stop selling raw milk.

"As a two-cow milk operation, we would have been required to meet the same regulations as a 2,000-cow milk operation," Markegard said. "There isn't a need for a half-a-million-dollar facility, as long as it meets certain cleanliness guidelines."

To combat this, small farmers met with the CDFA and eventually proposed legislation that would have allowed regulators to inspect small farms but lifted restrictions on the type of facility they must use. The bill ultimately failed, which Markegard attributes to opposition from big agricultural interest groups. However, food advocate Yannick Phillips, who helped lead efforts on the legislation, said she appreciated the responsiveness of the CDFA to the phone calls and letters from small farmers who responded after the raw milk raids. Markegard said regulators haven't called again to ask to inspect facilities.  

Retberg has seen legislation to support food sovereignty rise and fall in Maine, most recently a resolution proposing a constitutional amendment on the right to food sovereignty. It failed at the end of March, but Retberg said the effort is important.

"It was really frustrating (when it failed), but encouraging because each time these bills go through the Legislature more people see that and support it," Retberg said.

When legislation fails, turning to the judicial system for solutions can sometimes work, said Peter Kennedy, an attorney with the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund who oversees defense of litigation against small farmers. Kennedy recalls Wisconsin dairy farmer Vernon Hershberger, who was charged with a criminal misdemeanor for distributing raw milk through a private buying club. He was acquitted of three of four charges in 2013. Kennedy said the case shifted attitudes toward raw milk.

The Farm Bill directs the biggest farming subsidies to the biggest organizations.

To find other solutions for achieving food sovereignty, Fakhri emphasizes the Farm Bill, legislation Fakhri tells his students is more critical than the U.S. Constitution. Currently, the Farm Bill directs the biggest farming subsidies to the biggest organizations. But that could change, Fakhri said, given that the bill is revised every five years. Small farmers could be the focus, the ones who receive tax credits and subsidies. New farmers, or ones who focus on soil health could receive incentives. It's changed before: In 2014 the bill gave small producers greater access to organic certification.

The Lindners, who said they almost lost their spot in Los Angeles-area farmers markets because they couldn't access affordable commercial freezers that met the requirements for their bison meat, suggest that farmers who sell directly to consumers be exempt from regulations. And it's not just government regulations, Ken Lindner pointed out, but packaging industries that are set up to help large farms. The Lindners found, for example, that the minimum number of boxes they could order for their meat was 25,000.

When these systems don't fit small farmers, the farmers find solutions elsewhere.

"We have this tool of democracy that we can pick up and use," Retberg said. "We don't have to ask to sit at the table. We can make our own table."

CSX Train Derails in Washington, Leaking Hazardous Material
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Did woman sway boy to kill his dad? Court raises doubts
  Source: The Seattle Times: Nation & World 2016-05-01 10:25:33 (3 hours ago) 

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — The paramedics who looked at Robert Breininger’s lifeless body in his twin bed suspected right away that whatever happened didn’t match the story being told by his 10-year-old son. There was no way, they thought, his father was awake when the boy told them the gun accidentally went off. And it […]
Nora Roberts’ ‘The Obsession’ is a national fiction best-seller
  Source: The Seattle Times: Home 2016-05-01 10:25:32 (3 hours ago) 

“Hamilton: The Revolution,” by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeremy McCarter, tops the nonfiction list.
Did woman sway boy to kill his dad? Court raises doubts
  Source: The Seattle Times: Home 2016-05-01 10:25:32 (3 hours ago) 

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — The paramedics who looked at Robert Breininger’s lifeless body in his twin bed suspected right away that whatever happened didn’t match the story being told by his 10-year-old son. There was no way, they thought, his father was awake when the boy told them the gun accidentally went off. And it […]
Qatar bank says some leaked customer data may be accurate
  Source: The Seattle Times: Home 2016-05-01 10:25:32 (3 hours ago) 

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Qatar’s largest bank has acknowledged that some purported customer data disclosed online may be authentic and says it has hired an outside expert to review potential vulnerabilities to its computer systems. Qatar National Bank last week said only that it was investigating “an alleged data breach” after what appeared […]
Nico Rosberg makes it seven F1 wins in a row with Russian Grand Prix victory
  Source: Stuff.co.nz - Stuff 2016-05-01 10:25:11 (3 hours ago) 
Formula One championship leader Nico Rosberg chalked up his seventh win in a row at the Russian Grand Prix on Sunday, with team mate Lewis Hamilton fighting back from 10th on the grid to seal a Mercedes one-two finish.




Undeterred by rescues, novelist ready to set sail again
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Did woman sway boy to kill his dad? Court raises doubts
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Don Lemon gives Larry Wilmore the finger at White House dinner
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U.S. West Point academy set for first woman dean in two century history
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Don Lemon gives Larry Wilmore the finger at White House dinner
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​A view from the streets of New York City (all of them)
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Freight group says St. Louis region has undersold role as a logistics hub
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Region needs to develop market plans, improve infrastructure to tap into rapid growth of shipping, newly formed group says
The best juicers you can buy right now
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Faith groups are pitching in to help Americans get fit
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Houses of worship among those named as key players in efforts to increase physical activity.

       
Nico Rosberg wins F1 Russian GP while Lewis Hamilton charges to second
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German far-right party calls for ban on minarets and burqa
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Op-Ed Columnist: Donald the Dove, Hillary the Hawk
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The Clinton-Trump battle of the sexes is already getting ugly. Hide the children until November.
U.S. West Point academy set for first woman dean in two century history
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Don Lemon gives Larry Wilmore the finger at White House dinner
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U.S. West Point academy set for first woman dean in two century history
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America's small town in Canada
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There is a place in Minnesota that has the feel of small town America
Pro-life minister wants Christians to put down their guns
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Rev. Robert Schenck has been a vocal pro-life advocate in the abortion debate for decades
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Both the House and Senate approved legislation this week designating the buffalo as the National Mammal of the United States
​A view from the streets of New York City (all of them)
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Bill Helmreich has traversed 6,048 miles in all five boroughs on foot, as documented in his book, "The New York Nobody Knows"
Vikings make history with selection of receiver at NFL draft
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Moritz Boehringer becomes the first player in league history to be drafted straight from Europe




It's Okay to Cook Acidic Dishes in Cast Iron (and Other Cast Iron Myths, Debunked)
  Source: Lifehacker 2016-05-01 10:14:46 (3 hours ago) 

You’ve probably heard it’s not a good idea to cook acidic foods like tomato sauces, wine sauces, or chilis in cast iron because the iron could leach into the food and add a bitter, metallic taste. Well, America’s Test Kitchen put that theory (and some others) to the test, and the bottom line? It’s fine.

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Donald Trump has a commanding lead ahead of Indiana's crucial Tuesday primary, while Hillary Clinton is locked in a tight race with Bernie Sanders there, a new poll shows.
Trump campaign accuses Arizona GOP of stealing delegate election
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Donald Trump's Arizona campaign chair on Saturday night accused Republican Party officials here of fixing the vote to favor Ted Cruz and his allies after winning only an estimated dozen of the state's 58 national delegates.





Trump campaign accuses Arizona GOP of vote fixing
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Donald Trump's Arizona campaign chair on Saturday night accused Republican Party officials here of fixing the vote to favor Ted Cruz and his allies after winning only an estimated dozen of the state's 58 national delegates.

Hamilton battles back as Rosberg wins
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Nico Rosberg dominates the Russian Grand Prix to take his fourth win in a row as Lewis Hamilton fights back to finish second.
Did woman sway boy to kill his dad? Court raises doubts
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TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) -- A new court ruling in a shooting over a decade ago is raising questions about whether an Ohio woman really convinced her 10-year-old adopted son to kill his father....
Did woman sway boy to kill his dad? Court raises doubts
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TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) -- A new court ruling in a shooting over a decade ago is raising questions about whether an Ohio woman really convinced her 10-year-old adopted son to kill his father....
Sanders raises $26M in April in primary bid against Clinton
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The Latest: Train Derails in DC, Leaking Hazardous Material
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CSX says one of its freight trains has derailed in Washington, D.C., sending about 10 cars off the tracks and spilling hazardous material
The Cavity in Health Insurance Coverage: Oral Health
  Source: Truthout Stories 2016-05-01 10:05:30 (3 hours ago) 

The absence of comprehensive dental care exacts a toll on millions of Americans in terms of poor health, pain and the social stigma associated with bad teeth. (Photo: Paul Goyette / Flickr)

When we talk about the successes and shortcomings of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) -- and health care in the US in general -- little attention is given to dental care.

While the ACA defines dental coverage as an essential benefit for those under 18, insurers aren't required to offer dental coverage for adults. Medicare, the nation's largest insurer, doesn't cover routine dental work. And coverage for adults through Medicaid varies from state to state.

It is estimated that 108 million Americans have no dental insurance, and that one in four nonelderly Americans has untreated tooth decay.

Oral health isn't just about nice teeth. As the surgeon general noted in a 2000 report, oral health is intimately connected to general health and can be implicated in or exacerbate diabetes, heart disease and stroke, and complications during pregnancy.

The absence of comprehensive dental care exacts a toll on millions of Americans in terms of poor health, pain and the social stigma associated with bad teeth.

People Desperately Need Dental Care

In 2003 and 2004 (pre-Obamacare), I conducted a national study of uninsured Americans in southcentral Illinois, northern Idaho, the Mississippi delta, the Rio Grande Valley of Texas and in eastern Massachusetts.

I asked nearly 150 interviewees: "If President Bush were to declare universal health care for everyone starting tomorrow, what is the first problem you would take care of?" The most common answer by a landslide echoed this respondent's: "I'll be waiting outside the dentist's office at 5:00 in the morning waiting for it to open."

Many of the people I interviewed lived with untreated diabetes, asthma or even cancer, yet their oral health problems presented the greatest challenges to their quality of life.

Recently I returned to these communities to reinterview the people I'd met over a decade earlier. Very little has changed. While the majority of the people I interviewed now had health care coverage of some sort (for nearly 20 percent of them, it was as a consequence of becoming sufficiently disabled to be eligible for Social Security), very few had managed to secure dental coverage.

Then and now, people told me about visiting emergency rooms in hopes of alleviating pain or using addictive pain medications to make it through the day. People even told me that they had resorted to pulling out their own teeth.

Take Misty, for instance. When I met her 12 years ago in Mississippi, she was a "dirt poor" (her words) married mother of five, and she was living with diabetes, domestic violence and excruciating headaches. Despite all of these quite serious problems, she told me that she was more troubled by her bad teeth than by anything else. In fact, Misty told me that she'd had such bad toothaches that she pulled her own teeth. When I asked her how she can face the pain of pulling out her own teeth, she said:

[the infected tooth] hurts so bad … it's a relief just to get it out of there.… I've gone two weeks with just being able to eat soup, because they are just so bad.

By 2016 Misty had left her abusive husband, moved to Arkansas and was accepted onto disability (SSI), which allowed her to get health care coverage through Medicaid. Still, however, she suffered because of her teeth.

It can be very hard to find dentists who accept Medicaid, and when Misty finally did, she had the rest of her teeth -- 25 in all -- pulled in one day.

Misty's situation isn't uncommon. I have met women and men of various ages who, like Misty, have pulled their own teeth. I've also met people who were able to get part of their dental needs taken care of during brief periods of Medicaid coverage but then were left with unfinished treatment when the coverage ended.

Insurance Stops at Teeth

Even though the link between dental health and overall health is clear, insurance plans tend to ignore teeth.

As health insurance began to appear to appear in the US -- initially in the 1920s and then more widely during World War II and in the postwar era -- dentistry wasn't part of the standard package of covered services.

As the nation's largest insurer, Medicare plays an important role in shaping health care coverage norms. Medicare does not cover dental care. Today, according to government estimates, 70 percent of seniors lack dental coverage.

Since Medicare doesn't cover dental, Dr. David Kroll, senior program officer at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, argues that this "inertia spilled over into the ACA."

Americans who purchase dental plans typically find that the plans aren't cheap, and often don't cover much beyond routine preventative care. Plans often require hefty copays for procedures beyond preventative care and no or very limited coverage for dentures, bridges or periodontic work.

And, in recent years, the cost of dental care has increased faster than the cost of other medical care. For those without dental insurance, there are few low-cost services available.

The ACA provided for an expansion of Medicaid eligibility, though not all states accepted the offer of federal funding to expand Medicaid coverage. Even in the states that expanded Medicaid under the ACA, strict limits on oral health care remain for most low- and moderate-income Americans.

There is one bright spot: children's dental coverage is a required benefit included on all ACA compliant plans, and Medicaid as well. According to national calculations of the Health Policy Institute and the American Dental Association, dental care utilization among Medicaid-enrolled children increased from 35.3 percent in 2005 to 48.3 percent in 2013.

Oral Health Isn't Just About Nice Teeth

In the absence of coherent oral health services, too many Americans end up like Gina, a young Idaho woman who holds her hand in front of her mouth while she talks so that no one will see her rotted teeth. She can't even get a job as a telemarketer because she cannot speak distinctly enough to be hired.

Many Americans incorrectly assume that rotten teeth are the product of bad decision-making; if someone had just brushed and flossed then they'd have nice teeth. But routine dental care -- think of the twice-yearly checkups that are routine for people with dental insurance -- keeps teeth healthy and can catch problems when they are easy to treat.

The reality is that tooth decay signifies poverty in pernicious ways. Without expanding insurance to cover oral health, millions of Americans will continue to live with pain, stigma and the risks of systemic diseases that could be averted through an accessible and integrated system of dental care.

How to Create an "Ecology of Change" by Combining Movement Uprisings With Long-Term Organizing
  Source: Truthout Stories 2016-05-01 10:05:30 (3 hours ago) 

Mark and Paul Engler, authors of This Is an Uprising, examine the differences between traditional organizing and mass mobilizations. They argue that each plays an important role in creating social change and should be used in conjunction to be most effective in reaching a shared goal.

Transformational change attempts to achieve long-term social, political and economic change through combining acts of resistance and movement-building. (Photo: niXerKG / Flickr)

How did a global generation master the use of strategic, nonviolent mass action to inform public debate and demand political change? Mark and Paul Engler consider this phenomenon in depth in This Is an Uprising: How Nonviolent Revolt Is Shaping the Twenty-First Century. Order the book Naomi Klein calls "a genuine gift to social movements everywhere" by making a donation to Truthout!

In this interview, Mark and Paul Engler, authors of This Is an Uprising, examine the strategy differences between traditional schools of organizing and mass mobilizations. They argue that each plays an important role in creating social change and should be used in conjunction to be most effective in reaching a shared goal.

Mark Karlin: How do you define momentum-driven organizing? What makes it distinctive from a general media perception that acts of resistance and disruption are only spontaneous and short-term?

Mark and Paul Engler: Every once in a while, we see outbreaks of mass protests that capture the public spotlight -- whether it's millions of immigrants taking to the streets 10 years ago this spring, or huge student demonstrations in Quebec or Chile, or an occupation on Wall Street that spreads to hundreds of other cities and town. Media [are] almost always caught off guard by these types of mobilizations. Reporters label them "emotional" and "spontaneous." But the argument of our book is that there is actually a craft to uprising. If we study the playbook of strategic nonviolence, we can see that there are important principles and tactics that guide successful mobilizations. What we call "momentum-driven organizing" is a way of approaching mass protest in a deliberate and strategic manner -- consciously seeking to spark, nurture and sustain periods of mass defiance, and also figuring out ways that these can complement other efforts to create social change.

There is an amazing body of knowledge about civil resistance that has emerged over the past 50 years. We want to make more people aware of this field of study. And we want to show people the incredible potential that exists if we apply it to some of the social and political challenges we are facing right now in the United States.

It's not just media, however, that look at many actions of revolt as "failed" if they do not make immediate change. Many progressives share this perspective. What is your response to supporters of social justice who dismiss acts of resistance as courageous but failed?

A lot of people who are trained in traditional schools of community organizing or in the labor movement are focused on the power of building up organizations for the long haul. Because mass mobilizations don't fit very well within their organizing model, there can be a lot of skepticism -- and even hostility -- when mass protests erupt. If you start to dig deep into social movement history, you see that this tension that has emerged again and again throughout the decades. And yet, grassroots forces have been most effective when they have harnessed both the power of organization and the power of widespread defiance. By shedding light on how these different organizing traditions help to create change in different ways, we hope to break down some of that hostility and to encourage more creative thinking about how "movements" and "organizations" can work together.

Grassroots forces have been most effective when they have harnessed both the power of organization and the power of widespread defiance.

Because mass mobilizations can burst dramatically on to the scene, but then fade out and seemingly disappear within a short period of time, they are often dismissed as flukes that do not have a long-term impact. Some organizers think that, in any case, these outbreaks cannot be relied upon. And yet, history shows that moments of mass protest can be critical in changing the political landscape and provoking major reforms. Instead of dismissing these things out of hand because we are unfamiliar with how they work, our book argues that we need to study them more carefully and learn how to tap their power.

Mark Engler, Paul Engler. (Photos: Nation Books)

Can you summarize the differences that you highlight between the civil rights actions in the 1960s that took place in Albany, Georgia, and Birmingham, Alabama?

The protests that took place in Albany, Georgia, for more than a year, starting in 1961, were an important learning experience for Martin Luther King Jr. and his team of organizers at the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC). For months on end, you had major nonviolent protests against segregation in that city, and yet the movement was widely perceived as a failure. The media ended up praising the local police force, and the city's racial discriminatory barriers remained in place.

In preparing for a campaign of nonviolent conflict in Birmingham, Alabama -- a campaign that became a famous success -- King and other civil rights organizers wanted to take stock of what happened in Albany and make sure that things would go differently the next time. One of the problems in Albany was that the SCLC had been drawn into a conflict it did not create. Local activists and other high-profile civil rights groups had begun a broad-based campaign without a very clear strategy, and there were a lot of different agendas at work. The local police chief exploited the situation. He used mass arrests to tamp down demonstrations, but he avoided creating a major confrontation in front of the TV cameras. Eventually, the momentum of the campaign could not be sustained, and mass protests fizzled out.

In Birmingham, the organizers laid out a very careful plan for escalation. They focused their actions on downtown stores, where they thought that they could win an important symbolic victory. And, of course, the police chief in Birmingham, Bull Connor, was hardly skillful in handling the protests as they ramped up. As his jails filled up, Connor decided to respond with police dogs and fire hoses, creating scenes that outraged the nation.

We use Birmingham as an important example in our book because it was so carefully planned. People think of these major outbreaks of revolt as being spontaneous occurrences that owe their success to the zeitgeist of history. But in Birmingham, we saw a major confrontation that was engineered from the start. Of course, not everything went as planned. Organizers had to be creative and resourceful to keep things on track. But having reflected on past failures like Albany, and having set out to create a confrontation of national significance, they deployed the tools of disruption, sacrifice and escalation in a very strategic way. And this had major consequences in US history.

What are the implications of that difference for guiding transformative nonviolent protest today?

Well, again, a key argument that we make in the book is that there is a craft to uprising -- that there is a history of people grappling with the challenges of how to create momentous revolts, and that they have identified some really valuable skills and concepts in their organizing. The more we learn about this history and the more seriously we take on this craft as something that can be studied and refined, the better able we will be to guide moments of mass unrest when they break out, and the more adept we can be at creating these moments from scratch.

Can you summarize what you mean by "the ecology of change"?

In This Is an Uprising, we are most interested in mass mobilizations. We focus on these because we think they represent a type of action whose dynamics are not widely understood. But in the end, it takes a lot of different kinds of organizing and citizen engagement to create social change. Mass protests interact with more long-standing efforts to build progressive organizations. They interact with countercultural communities. They interact with political parties and people working inside the formal structures of politics.

It takes a lot of different kinds of organizing and citizen engagement to create social change.

A variety of people have described all of this activity as a social movement ecosystem. In a healthy "ecology of change," as we call it, you have both shorter-term movement uprisings and longer-term organization building. Our hope with this book is that it will help people understand how distinct organizing traditions work a little bit differently from one another -- and that by creating greater understanding, it might help break down some of the suspicion and hostility that sometimes emerges between people who come from different schools of thought about creating change. We hope that, instead of having different methods of change working against each other, they can be more creative in supporting one other and advancing common goals.

How does momentum-driven organizing create "new spaces of possibility" in public life? You state that "it produces new situations in which the normal rules of politics appear to be suspended."

Politics can be a long slog. You can work for a really long time on an issue and not see much change. Over time, it's easy for cynicism to set it.

That said, most people who have been involved in progressive organizing for a long time can point to exceptional moments where it seems like a fire is lit. People come out of the woodwork to join in protests. All of a sudden, after having been ignored for years, you're swarmed with media that want to cover your issues. The 1999 protests [against the World Trade Organization] in Seattle were a moment like that. The protests exploded, and suddenly everyone was talking about trade issues, about the abuses of corporate globalization and about the need for debt cancelation in the global South. Occupy Wall Street was another moment like that. It took a national conversation that had been focused on austerity and the "debt ceiling" and changed it into a discussion about inequality, jobs and the unjust influence of the wealthiest 1%.

Mobilizations can have important impacts, even if the consequences are not immediately evident.

These types of mobilizations can have important impacts, even if the consequences are not immediately evident. They can take issues seen as political losers and turn them into matters that politicians are compelled to scramble and respond to. Certainly, the civil rights movement did that. In the book, we also spend time tracing some of the long-term impacts of the global justice movement and of Occupy. Even when media label these [movements] as failures, they can have all sorts of ramifications. In the case of Occupy, we had millionaires taxes passed in several states, we had a homeowner's bill of rights passed in California, and the movement helped set the stage for campaigns such as the Fight for $15, which has been hugely successful.

Why is discipline an important factor after the "whirlwind" of initial disruption and resistance "dies down"?

Discipline is always important for social movements using mass mobilization. Since media coverage plays a big role in determining whether these revolts can sustain their momentum, demonstrators have to be very attentive to how their actions are perceived -- whether a given tactic is helping them to attract a greater number of active supporters, and to win over an even wider base of passive supporters among the public.

But at a certain point, momentum will always die down. It is impossible to sustain a period of intensive protest forever. When media attention falls off, social movement participants often feel that they have failed, even if their actions have had an impact and laid the foundation for future action. In fact, a theorist named William (Bill) Moyer identified the "perception of failure" as a predictable stage that shows up in all sorts of social movements. During this stage, it can be easy for movements to splinter and lose discipline. That's why it is important that movements have long-term strategies to help participants understand that temporary lulls are not the end of the story, and that they can go on to create multiple cycles of rebellion.

You state two primary metrics for judging the success of momentum-driven mass mobilizations. What are they?

Mass mobilizations often create change in a little bit of an indirect way, by shifting public opinion and creating a new climate of debate around an issue, allowing solutions that were previously seen as impractical to become plausible. This process is less understood than conventional organizing campaigns structured around specific, incremental demands -- for example, winning a small regulatory reform, a ban on a specific pollutant or a gain in a contract for a targeted group of workers. Because mass mobilizations can be more indirect, and because they're not necessarily focused on a single incremental goal, they need other ways to measure whether they're on the right track. Two important measures are whether they are shifting public opinion in their favor, and whether they are building their capacity to pull off more ambitious actions in the future. If, after a given round of protests, movements can live to fight another day, with more popular support and a better network of active participants, they're doing a lot things right.

You write that "even small and unknown groups can capture the public spotlight, provided that they are willing to take the right risks." You identify "disruption" as a key factor. How so?

The more that an action directly impedes business as usual, the harder it is to ignore.

We identify three factors as key drivers of momentum: disruption, sacrifice and escalation. Each one is important, and they interact with each other in complicated ways. But disruption is a good place to start. Disruption can help to dramatize an injustice, forcing an issue into public view. The more that an action directly impedes business as usual, the harder it is to ignore. A few demonstrators holding signs and marching on a sidewalk are easy to overlook. But students occupying the administrative building at their college, or Black Lives Matter protesters blocking a highway, or factory workers sitting down at their stations on an assembly line -- all of these things make a much bigger statement. Theorist Frances Fox Piven argues that the great periods of equalizing progress in the United States were responses to times when disruptive power was most widely used by grassroots forces.

Of course, a lot of strategic judgment is needed when undertaking these types of actions. Actions that are disruptive are always controversial; they're very polarizing. Organizers need to make sure that, even if people say that they don't like a movement's tactics, these people are more likely than not to be sympathetic with a movement's cause. Disruptive actions force people to take sides, so you want to make sure enough of the public falls on the right side of the issue when it is time for them to decide.

Can you describe the difference between transactional politics and transformational change?

A transactional approach to creating change is focused on making a realistic assessment of the current political climate and extracting small wins within that context. A transformational approach, in contrast, is oriented toward altering the climate of public debate to make more far-reaching changes possible over time.

Both of these approaches are important for advancing social progress. They each make contributions. The problem arises when people focus only on transactional politics, fixating on incremental reforms without having any appreciation for the role of mass movements in creating transformational possibilities. People who do that always see social movement outbreaks as being unrealistic and naïve about how to "get things done" within the system. What these critics fail to appreciate is that, again and again throughout history, "impractical" movements have succeeded in setting the agenda and forcing politicians to act on issues they would have preferred to ignore.

There is a lot of study and attention devoted to the ins and outs of transactional politics -- to lawsuits and elections and legislative advocacy. Much less attention has been given to how outside movements can change the system. Because the ebbs and flows of mass mobilizations are not widely appreciated, and because their methods for creating social change are poorly understood, we wanted to help correct this imbalance. This Is an Uprising aims to take the potential of social movements seriously. From Gandhi's campaigns of civil resistance in India to ACT UP's protests around AIDS, to more recent movements such as Occupy, the Fight for $15 and Black Lives Matter, we believe that a lot can be learned about the skills and strategies needed to create transformational progress. It's our goal to shed some light on those skills and strategies -- to highlight an underappreciated art that we believe has the power to change our world.

Slovakia’s premier leaves hospital after heart surgery
  Source: The Seattle Times: Nation & World 2016-05-01 10:05:25 (3 hours ago) 

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — Slovakia’s prime minister has been discharged from a clinic in the capital following heart surgery. The 51-year-old Robert Fico was hospitalized April 14 following a cardiac examination at the National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases and was operated on April 22. Officials declined to give any details about the surgery at the […]
Trump to use Sanders’ ‘unqualified’ comment against Clinton
  Source: The Seattle Times: Nation & World 2016-05-01 10:05:25 (3 hours ago) 

WASHINGTON (AP) — Look out for Bernie Sanders to help front-runner Donald Trump compete against Democrat Hillary Clinton. Not purposely, of course. But the Republican front-runner says that he’ll use Sanders’ sound bite calling Clinton unqualified later in the campaign. Trump didn’t mention that Sanders has since retreated from his own comment and said that […]




South Africa: Rescued lions explore new home in sanctuary
  Source: The Seattle Times: Nation & World 2016-05-01 10:05:25 (3 hours ago) 

Vaalwater, South Africa (AP) — Lions rescued from circuses in Colombia and Peru and airlifted to South Africa scratched their manes on trees and explored their new territory in the African bush after being released into a sanctuary north of Johannesburg Sunday. One of the 33 lions, a male known as Zeus, let out a […]
Device helps police find missing elderly, vulnerable faster
  Source: The Seattle Times: Nation & World 2016-05-01 10:05:25 (3 hours ago) 

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Marion County sheriff’s office wants people to know there a device that would help them track down missing elderly and vulnerable people more quickly. The device called Project Lifesaver is a bracelet with a beacon inside that allows search and rescue teams to zero in on a missing person. KGW-TV […]
Undeterred by rescues, novelist ready to set sail again
  Source: The Seattle Times: Nation & World 2016-05-01 10:05:25 (3 hours ago) 

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A novelist who lost a pair of storm-battered sailboats is ready to set sail again. South Carolina author Michael Hurley used some experiences from his rescue last summer by a Maine Maritime Academy training ship for his new book, “The Passage.” The book goes on sale June 1, and Hurley is […]
Slovakia’s premier leaves hospital after heart surgery
  Source: The Seattle Times: Home 2016-05-01 10:05:24 (3 hours ago) 

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — Slovakia’s prime minister has been discharged from a clinic in the capital following heart surgery. The 51-year-old Robert Fico was hospitalized April 14 following a cardiac examination at the National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases and was operated on April 22. Officials declined to give any details about the surgery at the […]
Trump to use Sanders’ ‘unqualified’ comment against Clinton
  Source: The Seattle Times: Home 2016-05-01 10:05:24 (3 hours ago) 

WASHINGTON (AP) — Look out for Bernie Sanders to help front-runner Donald Trump compete against Democrat Hillary Clinton. Not purposely, of course. But the Republican front-runner says that he’ll use Sanders’ sound bite calling Clinton unqualified later in the campaign. Trump didn’t mention that Sanders has since retreated from his own comment and said that […]




South Africa: Rescued lions explore new home in sanctuary
  Source: The Seattle Times: Home 2016-05-01 10:05:24 (3 hours ago) 

Vaalwater, South Africa (AP) — Lions rescued from circuses in Colombia and Peru and airlifted to South Africa scratched their manes on trees and explored their new territory in the African bush after being released into a sanctuary north of Johannesburg Sunday. One of the 33 lions, a male known as Zeus, let out a […]
Contemplating parenthood, worried about being ‘mommified’
  Source: The Seattle Times: Home 2016-05-01 10:05:24 (3 hours ago) 

Ambivalence is the stale cheese stick in every parent’s diaper bag, writes columnist Carolyn Hax. Her advice to this woman worried about disappearing into momhood is that she needn’t let society dictate what it means to be a mother.
‘All the Light We Cannot See,’ ‘Tidying Up’ NW best-sellers
  Source: The Seattle Times: Home 2016-05-01 10:05:24 (3 hours ago) 

“Journey to Munich” and “When Breath Becomes Air” are also popular in the Northwest.
Device helps police find missing elderly, vulnerable faster
  Source: The Seattle Times: Home 2016-05-01 10:05:24 (3 hours ago) 

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Marion County sheriff’s office wants people to know there a device that would help them track down missing elderly and vulnerable people more quickly. The device called Project Lifesaver is a bracelet with a beacon inside that allows search and rescue teams to zero in on a missing person. KGW-TV […]
Undeterred by rescues, novelist ready to set sail again
  Source: The Seattle Times: Home 2016-05-01 10:05:24 (3 hours ago) 

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A novelist who was twice rescued from storm-battered sailboats hopes his next adventure lacks in such drama. South Carolina author Michael Hurley plans to sail around the world after using the experience of scuttling his sailboat on a failed trans-Atlantic crossing for his new book, “The Passage.” “I love the freedom […]




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Unlicensed Twin Cities buyer of guns online pleads guilty; some were used in crimes
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The St. Paul man bought 41 guns online. One was found at a drug crime scene in Bloomington.
U.S. West Point academy set for first woman dean in two century history
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Don Lemon gives Larry Wilmore the finger at White House dinner
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U.S. West Point academy set for first woman dean in two century history
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Don Lemon gives Larry Wilmore the finger at White House dinner
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Professor: 'Food workers deserve a raise'
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CLIFTON – In many Cincinnati restaurants, the people who put the food on your table can't afford to put food on their own. Especially when the minimum wage for tipped workers in Ohio is $4.05 an hour. 

        
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Californian Sergio Reyes wondered earlier this week whether his right foot would hold up for 26.2 straight miles.

        
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Don Lemon gives Larry Wilmore the finger at White House dinner
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Obama on bin Laden's death: 'The American people hadn't forgotten'
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President Barack Obama said he hopes that in Osama bin Laden's last moments, the master terrorist understood that the U.S. had come for him to avenge the deaths of 3,000 people on September 11, 2001.

Cruz takes on Caitlyn Jenner over transgender fight
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A two-vehicle crash Saturday night on Interstate 95 left six people dead, including four children, according to Florida Highway Patrol officials.

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Latest on a train derailment and hazardous material leak in Washington, D.C. (all times local):...
Elephants to perform for final time at Ringling Bros. circus
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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- Elephants will perform for the last time at the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus on Sunday, as the show closes its own chapter on a controversial practice that has entertained audiences since circuses began in America two centuries ago....
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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- Elephants will perform for the last time at the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus on Sunday, as the show closes its own chapter on a controversial practice that has entertained audiences since circuses began in America two centuries ago....
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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Elephants will perform for the last time at the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus on Sunday, as the show closes its own chapter on a controversial practice that has entertained audiences since circuses began in America two centuries ago. Six Asian elephants will deliver their final performances in Providence, Rhode Island, and five will perform in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania, during several shows on Sunday. The last Providence show will stream live on ...
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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- Elephants will perform for the last time at the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus on Sunday, as the show closes its own chapter on a controversial practice that has entertained audiences since circuses began in America two centuries ago....
AmeriCorps Becomes New Target for Anti-Abortion Legislators
  Source: Truthout Stories 2016-05-01 09:45:42 (4 hours ago) 

A recent investigation found that six AmeriCorps members were trained as abortion doulas to give emotional support to patients. Now, Republican Rep. Tom Cole and other anti-abortion lawmakers are calling for a larger investigation into government-funded community health centers.

Chelsea Stevenson, an AmeriCorps member, writes numbers on new mattresses at the ROOTS Young Adult Shelter, in Seattle, Washington. An investigation found AmeriCorps in violation of the Serve America Act for having six volunteers trained as abortion doulas to provide emotional support for patients. (Photo: Matthew Ryan Williams / The New York Times)

Republican lawmakers intent on relentlessly investigating any organization that receives public funding and has ties to abortion services have now set their sights on AmeriCorps.

An investigation by the Office of the Inspector General for the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), which runs AmeriCorps, found the program in violation of the Serve America Act last week for having six volunteers trained as abortion doulas to provide emotional support for patients of three New York City clinics operated by the Institute for Family Health. Section 132 of the Serve America Act, the federal statute authorizing the AmeriCorps program, states that "Prohibited Activities and Ineligible Organizations" include "Providing abortion services or referrals for receipt of such services."

While the medical community interprets the provision as actually engaging in the act of administering abortion procedures and related care, the Office of the Inspector General has broadly interpreted the prohibition for federal volunteers to include providing emotional support or referrals and information about abortion care.

Samantha Jo Warfield, a spokeswoman for CNCS, released a statement shortly after the report came to light on April 25.

"We are deeply disappointed that the National Association of Community Health Centers authorized national service participants to perform prohibited activities," Warfield said. "Although the Office of the Inspector General's investigation concluded the misconduct occurred on an extremely limited scope, the grantee broke the law and violated the spirit of national service."

The Office of the Inspector General's broad interpretation of the abortion prohibition has opened the door to harsh demands from anti-abortion legislators -- including the termination of grants to the National Association of Community Health Centers.

"I am outraged by the terrible misuse of taxpayer dollars under the direction of the National Association of Community Health Centers," Rep. Tom Cole (R-Oklahoma), chairman of the Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies, said in a press release. "While participating in the Community HealthCorps program, it is absolutely unacceptable that AmeriCorps members were wrongfully instructed and encouraged to assist in abortion-related procedures and services at community health centers. Such activity is expressly prohibited by federal law. Abortion-related procedures should never be funded by taxpayers. Given these disturbing developments, I believe this grantee should be immediately terminated from the HealthCorps program."

The National Association of Community Health Centers in Bethesda, Maryland, which trained the AmeriCorps members, has received about $30 million in federal grant money from AmeriCorps in the last five years to administer the Community HealthCorps program, which places volunteers in over 200 community health centers around the country to assist with education, translation and expansion of services to older adults, people with disabilities, veterans and other underserved populations. Volunteers provide social support, disseminate financial knowledge as it relates to health care and seek to increase utilization of preventative and primary health care services.

Cole sent a letter to CNCS CEO Wendy Spencer calling for further internal reviews by the National Association of Community Health Centers.

"I urge you to immediately initiate a rigorous investigation into all grantees and sub-grantees in the AmeriCorps program to determine whether there are other violations and to correct them," wrote Cole.

Other senior lawmakers, including Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Rep. Fred Upton (R-Michigan), have also condemned AmeriCorps and its partners for the "shameful failure of trust."

The National Association of Community Health Centers issued a statement saying it "moved immediately to cease the activity in question, and suspended the identified site's AmeriCorps members for a period until they and their site supervisors were retrained and revised member service contracts were reviewed and signed."

The National Association of Community Health Centers added:

All 38 sub-grantee program coordinators and HealthCorps grant staff at NACHC were also retrained. Health centers do not plan to, nor are they seeking to, become providers of abortion. We value the bipartisan support health centers have earned through successive administrations and are in favor of any measure to clarify that health centers are good stewards of federal investments.

This is not the first time congressional Republicans have singled out AmeriCorps -- a program with over 75,000 members stationed around the country each year -- for the activity of just a few. In his letter to Spencer, Cole referenced an incident from 2011, two years before the National Association of Community Health Centers trained volunteers to provide emotional support to patients seeking abortion care. A hearing arranged by Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-North Carolina) found that two AmeriCorps members were engaged in prohibited political advocacy work for Planned Parenthood of New York City. The Serve America Act disallows any political activity, including registering people to vote and union organizing. CNCS acted swiftly, stepping in to end the assignment.

Democrats on Foxx's House Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Training were outspoken five years ago, praising AmeriCorps members for helping victims of the recent tornado in Joplin, Missouri, and questioning the need for the 2011 inquiry -- one similar to that called for now by Cole.

"I'm a little bit at a loss kind of why we're here," Rep. George Miller (D-California) said at the time.

"We should choose groups to oversee where there's a real problem, not where you have an ideological bent or somebody has an ideological bent about one particular agency," said Rep. John Tierney (D-Massachusetts).

NARAL Pro-Choice America is pushing back on the reaction to the report on AmeriCorps. More broadly, advocates are calling out the problems with the federal law that the violation is founded on, particularly the "gag rule" disallowing AmeriCorps volunteers from discussing abortion care with those they are commissioned to help.

"Banning AmeriCorps volunteers from referring women for abortion services is yet another abhorrent example of this unfair targeting of low-income women," NARAL vice president Sasha Bruce wrote in a letter to supporters.

The singling out of abortion from among the many health care-related activities that AmeriCorps members are explicitly allowed to engage in according to the Serve America Act has led some advocates to relate this investigation and federal law violation to the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits federally funded insurance programs from reimbursing for abortion care except in rare cases. AmeriCorps' Community HealthCorps has over 7,300 members and alumni who are authorized by the Serve America Act to assist "economically disadvantaged individuals in navigating the health services system" and help "individuals in obtaining access to health services ... for themselves or their children," as well as to engage in "educating economically disadvantaged individuals who are members of medically underserved populations ... with a particular focus on common health conditions ... for which socioeconomic, geographic, and racial and ethnic health disparities exist."

Access to abortion has historically been accessible to those of means, even before prohibition was lifted by the Roe v. Wade decision in 1973. The disparity in access to this procedure that one in three people capable of becoming pregnant will have in their lifetime persists along economic and racial lines. NARAL's framing of who is targeted by the broad interpretation of the disallowed activities references this history and current disparity.

Republicans' call to devote more time and taxpayer resources to investigating an abortion-related activity comes on the heels of last month's "Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives" -- the fifth time Congress has held a hearing to discuss thoroughly debunked allegations that Planned Parenthood sells fetal tissue for profit. Less than a week before the report on AmeriCorps was issued, yet another federal investigation into Planned Parenthood was announced by a group of 125 representatives and senators lead by Rep. Diane Black (R-Tennessee) and Sen. David Vitter (R-Louisiana).

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LONDON (AP) — Senior Labour Party figures are fighting back against charges there is anti-Semitism in the party’s ranks ahead of Thursday’s vote for a new mayor of London and other posts. Labour legislator Diane Abbott said Sunday the party is being unfairly attacked by its political enemies while union leader Len McCluskey said the […]




Sanders raises $26M in April in primary bid against Clinton
  Source: The Seattle Times: Nation & World 2016-05-01 09:45:34 (4 hours ago) 

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is reporting raising about $26 million in April in his primary challenge to Hillary Clinton. Sanders’ fundraising total is a decline from the $46 million he raised in March. His campaign hasn’t yet reported how much it spent in March or how much it has in the […]
Elephants to perform for final time at Ringling Bros. circus
  Source: The Seattle Times: Nation & World 2016-05-01 09:45:34 (4 hours ago) 

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Elephants will perform for the last time at the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus on Sunday. The move closes the circus’ chapter on a controversial practice that has entertained audiences since circuses began in America two centuries ago. Six Asian elephants will deliver their final performances in Providence, Rhode […]
Pope insists pedophile criminals be ‘severely’ punished
  Source: The Seattle Times: Nation & World 2016-05-01 09:45:34 (4 hours ago) 

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is insisting that pedophiles who abuse children be severely punished. Speaking to faithful in St. Peter’s Square Sunday, he greeted an Italian organization dedicated to fighting child abuse. Calling pedophilia a “tragedy,” Francis says “we mustn’t tolerate abuses on minors.” He adds “we must defend minors and severely punish […]
Labour Party denies anti-Semitism in its ranks as vote nears
  Source: The Seattle Times: Home 2016-05-01 09:45:34 (4 hours ago) 

LONDON (AP) — Senior Labour Party figures are fighting back against charges there is anti-Semitism in the party’s ranks ahead of Thursday’s vote for a new mayor of London and other posts. Labour legislator Diane Abbott said Sunday the party is being unfairly attacked by its political enemies while union leader Len McCluskey said the […]
Sanders raises $26M in April in primary bid against Clinton
  Source: The Seattle Times: Home 2016-05-01 09:45:34 (4 hours ago) 

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is reporting raising about $26 million in April in his primary challenge to Hillary Clinton. Sanders’ fundraising total is a decline from the $46 million he raised in March. His campaign hasn’t yet reported how much it spent in March or how much it has in the […]




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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Elephants will perform for the last time at the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus on Sunday. The move closes the circus’ chapter on a controversial practice that has entertained audiences since circuses began in America two centuries ago. Six Asian elephants will deliver their final performances in Providence, Rhode […]
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VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is insisting that pedophiles who abuse children be severely punished. Speaking to faithful in St. Peter’s Square Sunday, he greeted an Italian organization dedicated to fighting child abuse. Calling pedophilia a “tragedy,” Francis says “we mustn’t tolerate abuses on minors.” He adds “we must defend minors and severely punish […]
Connecticut governor to get JFK award for pro-refugee stance
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Don Lemon gives Larry Wilmore the finger at White House dinner
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A Cincinnati firefighter was driving his motorcycle to work Sunday morning, when police say a car driving in the opposite crossed the center line and struck  Police and firefighters responded Sunday morning to a fatal motorcycle crash in Winton Hills

        
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mdsolar writes: Offshore wind farms are growing in popularity as energy providers look for different ways of harvesting power from the sun without using valuable land resources. One unique idea being developed by engineers at Vienna University of Technology is a floating platform called a Heliofloat that would function as a sea-based solar power station.... an open-bottom, flexible float as large as a football field and covered from edge to edge with solar panels. Heliofloats can operate as standalone platforms for smaller operations with moderate energy requirements. Multiple heliofloats also can be connected together, forming a floating solar-harvesting power grid. Each heliofloat is 100 meters long, reportedly cheap and easy to build, and may eventually be used to power desalination plants and biomass extraction.

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  Source: Los Angeles Times - National News 2016-05-01 09:34:53 (4 hours ago) 

Arizona was solidly Donald Trump country in its primary last month, with Republican voters choosing the billionaire businessman by a 22-point margin.

But when party activists gathered in Mesa, a Phoenix suburb, on Saturday, it was Ted Cruz who walked away with most of the delegates.

The Texas senator...





Floyd Mayweather on return to the ring: 'you just never know'
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Two Reporters Got Into an Actual Fight Last Night at a White House Correspondents Dinner Party
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Two journalists got into an actual brawl last night at a White House correspondents dinner party, the first and last time coverage of the event will ever involve a discussion of any reporter’s physical prowess.

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Clay commissioners: sales tax extension crucial
  Source: Florida Times-Union - Jacksonville, FL 2016-05-01 09:34:31 (4 hours ago) 

GREEN COVE SPRINGS | Extending Clay County’s 1-cent sales tax, county commissioners say, is essential to ensuring revenue to pay for infrastructure including road improvements as well as other capital projects deemed instrumental to providing county services and encouraging economic development.

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Clinton: I have experience with men who 'off the reservation'
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Hillary Clinton on Friday brushed off Donald Trump's sometimes personal attacks against her as him being "off the reservation" -- something she said she has experience with.
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Story of Incarcerated Teen Shows Injustice of Juvenile Imprisonment
  Source: Truthout Stories 2016-05-01 09:25:30 (4 hours ago) 

(Image: Ig Publishing)By the time Karter Kane Reed became a teenager, his hometown of New Bedford, Massachusetts, had been dubbed "the most violent place in New England" by the FBI. And violence was just one of the Whaling City's problems. According to Jean Trounstine's Boy With a Knife, between 1985, when Reed was 9, and 1993, when he killed a schoolmate, a slew of major employers had moved out of the area, among them, Goodyear Tires, Stride Rite Shoes and Morse Cutting Tools. This meant that unemployment and poverty were endemic, leaving most residents of the hardscrabble town -- including the Reeds -- struggling.

By all accounts, Reed's family life was also difficult. His dad was in jail, serving an 18 to 20 year sentence for attempting to sell cocaine to an undercover officer, and his mom was drinking heavily and providing little guidance to her son. Not surprisingly, Reed was floundering in school, rootless, angry and unsure of himself. He was also a target, a slightly built boy who had been jumped five times before entering high school.

Karter Reed's response to these attacks was to carry a buck knife, and Trounstine reports that he kept the blade open at all times as he moved between classes at the New Bedford Vocational Technical High School. Still, he was rarely in serious trouble and attracted little notice.

That changed in April 1993, when Reed and two friends, Nigel Thomas and Gator Collett, drove to upscale Dartmouth, Massachusetts, to settle a score with a boy who had insulted Thomas. The threesome hoped that the tussle would give Thomas a chance to confront his tormentor. But the fight did not happen.

(Image: Ig Publishing)Every year in the United States, nearly a quarter of a million young people are tried, sentenced or imprisoned as adults. Karter Reed was one of them, convicted of murder and sentenced to life in adult prison at the age of 16. Boy With a Knife, by Jean Trounstine, is Reed's story. Get your copy of this book by making a donation to Truthout today!

Boy With a Knife: A Story of Murder, Remorse, and a Prisoner's Fight for Justice, by Jean Trounstine, Ig Publishing, April 2016

By the time Karter Kane Reed became a teenager, his hometown of New Bedford, Massachusetts, had been dubbed "the most violent place in New England" by the FBI. And violence was just one of the Whaling City's problems. According to Jean Trounstine's Boy With a Knife, between 1985, when Reed was 9, and 1993, when he killed a schoolmate, a slew of major employers had moved out of the area, among them, Goodyear Tires, Stride Rite Shoes and Morse Cutting Tools. This meant that unemployment and poverty were endemic, leaving most residents of the hardscrabble town -- including the Reeds -- struggling.

By all accounts, Reed's family life was also difficult. His dad was in jail, serving an 18 to 20 year sentence for attempting to sell cocaine to an undercover officer, and his mom was drinking heavily and providing little guidance to her son. Not surprisingly, Reed was floundering in school, rootless, angry and unsure of himself. He was also a target, a slightly built boy who had been jumped five times before entering high school.

Karter Reed's response to these attacks was to carry a buck knife, and Trounstine reports that he kept the blade open at all times as he moved between classes at the New Bedford Vocational Technical High School. Still, he was rarely in serious trouble and attracted little notice.

That changed in April 1993, when Reed and two friends, Nigel Thomas and Gator Collett, drove to upscale Dartmouth, Massachusetts, to settle a score with a boy who had insulted Thomas. The threesome hoped that the tussle would give Thomas a chance to confront his tormentor. But the fight did not happen.

As compelling as Reed's personal story is, it is the larger context of his trial and conviction that is most gripping.

The next day, however, Reed and his friends were still steaming and they decided to visit Dartmouth High, the school attended by Thomas' adversary. As they approached Thomas' nemesis, another Dartmouth boy, Duane Silva, tossed a few nasty words their way, threw several punches in their direction and subsequently knocked Thomas to the floor. Shawn Pina, Silva's friend and the original antagonist, then entered the fray. By this point a crowd of students had gathered and while several teachers tried to break up the commotion, Reed stood on the sidelines, frozen. After a few moments as a spectator, he decided he needed to come to Thomas' defense; when Reed saw Jason Robinson, a friend of Pina and Silva's standing nearby and cheering his friends on, he moved toward him and as "clearly and swiftly as his 16-year-old hand could manage," he stabbed Robinson in the gut.

The blow was fatal.

Within days, Reed was charged with first-degree premeditated murder for killing the unarmed Robinson, also 16. He also learned that the prosecutor did not want him tried as a youthful offender; the judicial system agreed, giving him a status that linked Reed to approximately 250,000 other young people who have been processed as adults for crimes ranging from drug sales, burglary, theft and property crimes, to murder and violent assault.

Jean Trounstine. (Courtesy of Ig Publishing)Trounstine's account of Reed's trial as an adult offender, the 20 years he spent in lockup and his post-prison redemption makes for intense -- and important -- reading.

But as compelling as his personal story is, it is the larger context of his trial and conviction that is most gripping. As Trounstine reports, Reed was in some ways unusual. Black youth, she writes, are more likely to have their cases heard in adult courts, and nine times more likely to be sentenced to serve their time in adult prisons than white defendants like Reed. What's more, it took until four years ago -- 2012 -- for the US Supreme Court, in Miller v. Alabama, to rule that sentencing juveniles to life behind bars without the possibility of parole violated the constitutional ban on cruel and unusual punishment. Sadly, this finding came decades too late for the thousands of minors with whom Reed was locked up.

Trounstine first met the convicted teen in 2008 when she brought a class from Middlesex Community College, where she teaches, to hear a jailhouse lecture he was scheduled to deliver. She and Reed had begun corresponding a year earlier and their letter exchange continued until his release in 2013. Through the letters, the pair discussed issues both personal and political and their communication became the skeleton of Boy With a Knife nine years later. Suffice it to say that the result is emotional, fact-driven and compelling, and not only chronicles Reed's personal history and experience with the judicial system, but puts his incarceration into a wider political frame that deconstructs prevailing US attitudes about crime, punishment and the punitive and often arbitrary ways that power is exerted by judges, court officers, probation and parole agencies, and attorneys specializing in both criminal defense and criminal prosecution.

As the story unfolds, Reed makes no bones about his guilt or about the reckless behavior he engaged in on the day of the fight. Nonetheless, he emphasizes that he got caught up in the moment and did not intend to seriously injure, let alone kill, Jason Robinson.

Still, by the time Reed's case went to trial many US politicians and media outlets were in a frenzy over the sharp increase in serious crime that had begun in the 1980s. Conservatives, including William J. Bennett, US secretary of education under President Ronald Reagan, were railing about juvenile "superpredators," young women and men, largely but not exclusively of color, who were described as violently impulsive and without remorse for even their most brutal behaviors. A move to try youngsters in adult courts -- and then jail those found guilty alongside adult men and women -- became standard fare, despite evidence, Trounstine writes, that teens convicted and sentenced as adults have higher recidivism rates than those sentenced as juveniles and are 36 times more likely to commit suicide than those who are detained with people their age.

Reed, of course, knew none of this, but when he heard the roster of charges against him -- trespassing; carrying a dangerous weapon; disturbing the peace while armed; conspiracy to commit a crime; and murder -- he waived his Miranda rights. He did not understand that he could have insisted on waiting until his mother and an attorney were present.

Reed eventually secured representation from a public defender who did his best to bring in experts, including forensic psychologists, who testified that Reed was not a "violent delinquent," and did not pose a danger to the community. Unfortunately for Reed, other experts, called by the prosecutor, said the opposite and their conclusions helped convict the teen and send him to prison for life, with the possibility of parole after 15 years.

Reed bounced between nine separate state prisons between his conviction and 2008 when he was paroled to a pre-release facility in Roslindale, Massachusetts. Things, he thought, were finally looking up: the "step-down" program came with housing, a job and a fair amount of freedom, and he planned to enroll in a local community college that fall.

It was not to be.

In January 2009, Reed was found in possession of "contraband:" a bottle of glucosamine chondroitin, an over-the-counter supplement that he had begun taking for elbow tendinitis, and an excessive amount of underwear. Yes, underwear. And as absurd as it sounds, even though the drug charge was dismissed fairly quickly, the fact that Reed had six more pairs of underwear than the system allowed sent him back to jail, this time in the Old Colony Correctional Center in Bridgewater.

Eventually, thanks to the tireless efforts of pro-bono attorney Richard Neumeier, who sued the Massachusetts Parole Board on Reed's behalf, Reed was freed. But he had served four extra years for the "crime" of possessing a surfeit of tighty-whities.

Reed is now out of jail, on lifetime parole. Since his release he has obtained an associate's degree and has found romance as well as work. Nevertheless, he told Trounstine that not a day goes by that he does not think about Jason Robinson or regret taking his life.

That said, Reed has also become a fervent decarceration activist. "I left prison only a few years from turning 40," he writes in an epilogue to Boy With a Knife, "yet had never held a job, never paid taxes, never rented an apartment or been grocery shopping -- the list of Nevers was pretty astounding. I had never seen or used the Internet or a cell phone, had never been in an adult relationship, and had never paid any bills -- or had any bills to pay for that matter." All of this, he writes, made his adjustment to life on the outside far more difficult than it needed to be. What's more, while he does not make excuses for the crime he committed or minimize the misdeeds of others, he pleads for compassion over revenge. "No one should be judged solely on the worst thing they ever did," he writes.

As a member of Ex-Prisoners and Prisoners Organizing for Community Advancement, he further advocates expanding opportunities for incarcerated and formerly incarcerated people, from "ban the box" laws to keep potential employers from considering past involvement in the criminal legal system when hiring, to restorative justice efforts that allow offenders and victims to listen to one another, process reactions and formulate solutions.

Improving the treatment of youth -- and ending the prosecution and sentencing of minors as adults regardless of the crime they committed -- is also high on Reed's agenda. He concedes that it will be an uphill fight -- especially since 14 states have still not set a minimum age for trying and incarcerating a minor child in an adult prison, and young people continue to be sent into solitary confinement despite a United Nations declaration that likens the practice to torture. Both Trounstine and Reed, however, are guardedly hopeful, pointing out that Massachusetts recently raised the age of criminal responsibility to 18, while Connecticut upped it to 21.

Trounstine and Reed further note that reams of evidence confirm that teenagers are typically impulsive, spontaneous and too immature to make well-reasoned decisions. As a result, they argue, locking kids in cages hurts more than it helps. Similarly, Boy with a Knife makes clear that the curtailment of education programs, whether for a high school equivalency diploma or college credit, is a penny-wise response that leaves kids without the skills they'll need when they are eventually released.

In a letter published by The Boston Globe in 2011, Reed gets to the heart of the issue: "Some of us commit unjustifiable or unconscionable acts that bring undeserved heartache and suffering to our victims and their families," he wrote. "But we are not beyond redemption. All of us have the capacity for change, to become productive contributors to our families and society and to make a difference in the world for the better."

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ANKARA, Turkey — A car bomb struck the entrance of a Turkish police station Sunday in the southern city of Gaziantep, killing two police officers and wounding 22 other people, according to the state-run Anadolu Agency.

Four civilians were among those injured in the 9:17 a.m. explosion, according to Gov. Ali Yerlikaya of Gaziantep province. The blast shattered the windows of nearby buildings.

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Framestore's rather low-key office in Soho. The company's 1990s-era logo is still in the window. (credit: Alan Travers)

Adult entertainment in Soho has now been squeezed down to just a couple of small streets

In a darkened room on the backstreets of London's red light district, Mike McGee stared at a screen. Surrounded by a thick wall of cigarette smoke and impatient chain-smoking clients, he swiped a pen across the table, his movement replicated with surprising accuracy as a pixel-perfect line on the screen above. The clients—TV producers from the BBC—were impressed. In just a few short minutes, McGee had transformed a single frame of video into the beginnings of a title sequence. In a world where labour-intensive optical effects and manual rotoscoping were the norm, this was a revelation.

For 12 years, McGee worked out of this room, painting onto the screen, his eyes left bloodshot and burning from the smoke as runners dashed in and out to empty overflowing ashtrays. It was a painstaking process; the Quantel Paintbox and its pressure-sensitive stylus were groundbreaking pieces of technology when they were released in 1981, but they had their limitations. The huge 14-inch platter hard drive could store 160MB of data, enough for just over six seconds of video at 25 FPS. Longer pieces required playing out each frame to tape before wiping the hard drive, a risky process that resulted in McGee and his staff working eight-hour shifts around the clock to minimise cockups.

The Paintbox and its multi-frame follow up Harry—which could store up to 30 seconds of footage and manipulate multiple frames of animation at once—would come to dominate the TV industry throughout the 1980s and early '90s, defining the decade's iconic visual style (see Dire Straits' "Money For Nothing" video). It would even star in its own TV show on the BBC, Painting with Light, alongside artists like David Hockney. And for McGee, a graduate of the famous Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, the Paintbox would spark a career in the visual effects industry spanning nearly three decades.

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Schumer: Probe billboards using phone data to track shoppers
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China's ecological civilization drive in spotlight at int'l conference
  Source: XINHUANEWS 2016-05-01 09:05:32 (4 hours ago) 
Organic Marxism and China's ecological civilization drive were the focus of a just-concluded international conference in Claremont, California.
Ecuador's president urges post-quake economic revitalization, investigation into building collapse
  Source: XINHUANEWS 2016-05-01 09:05:32 (4 hours ago) 
Ecuador's President Rafael Correa on Saturday called upon people to help revitalize the economy in the quake-hit regions and demanded an investigation into the collapsed buildings.




Damascus extends cease-fire by 24 hours
  Source: The Seattle Times: Nation & World 2016-05-01 09:05:22 (4 hours ago) 

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syria’s state news agency says the military has extended its cease-fire around Damascus for another 24 hours. Thousands of rebels are fighting pro-government forces in the region. The Sunday report said that President Bashar Assad’s army would extend the brief cessation of hostilities that was declared Friday around the capital and […]
Trump gets outside help for potential GOP convention battle
  Source: The Seattle Times: Nation & World 2016-05-01 09:05:22 (4 hours ago) 

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump has a Plan B if he’s faced with a contested convention, and it involves the sort of outside groups that he’s called “corrupt.” While the billionaire businessman might lock up the Republican presidential nomination in the next five weeks of voting, he and his allies are simultaneously undertaking a parallel […]