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  • "How Hobby Lobby Split the Left and Set Back Gay Rights" (The Atlantic)

    07/22/2014 1:56:20 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 29 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 7/21/14 | Molly Bally
    In the Hobby Lobby decision handed down last month, the Supreme Court was asked to strike a balance between women’s rights and religious freedom. But the major conflict that has erupted in the wake of that decision has been between religious freedom and gay rights. The resulting controversy has split gay-rights and faith groups on the left, with wide-ranging political fallout that some now fear could hurt both causes. One chapter of the controversy is set to close on Monday, when President Obama plans to sign a long-awaited executive order banning federal contractors from discriminating against gays and lesbians, according...
  • On PBS, David Remnick Praises Obama Administration As Scandal-Free, Pro-Science

    01/21/2014 1:51:15 PM PST · by Kaslin · 27 replies
    NewsBusters.org ^ | January 21, 2014 | Paul Bremmer
    David Remnick of The New Yorker showed up on PBS’s Charlie Rose Monday night to discuss his long, mostly sympathetic profile of Barack Obama from the January 27 issue of the magazine. Near the end of the interview, Rose focused in on the president’s reported desire to be “big.” The host wondered, “[W]hat's his definition of 'big,' and does he believe in his deep recesses of his own mind that the chance of that has slipped away?” Remnick replied that no, Obama does not think his chance of being “big” has slipped away. The editor then rattled off a laundry...
  • Infographic: Scientists Who Doubt Human-Caused Climate Change

    01/13/2014 1:40:30 PM PST · by llevrok · 56 replies
    Popular Science ^ | 1/10/2014 | Emily Gertz
    The next time you hear someone dispute that human activity is destabilizing our climate, remember this pie chart. It represents geochemist James Lawrence Powell's review of 2,258 peer-reviewed scientific articles about climate change, written by 9,136 authors, published between Nov. 12, 2012 and December 31, 2013. Of all those hundreds of papers and thousands of researchers, Powell found one article, authored by a single scientist, that attributed climate change to something other than human actions: "The Role of Solar Activity in Global Warming," by S.V. Avakyan, appearing in the Herald of the Russian Academy of Science, Vol. 83, No. 3....
  • Susan Rice: No Successful Attacks on U.S. Homeland Since 9/11

    12/23/2013 4:11:24 PM PST · by Zakeet · 36 replies
    National Review ^ | December 23, 2013 | Jim Geraghty
    From 60 Minutes last night: Susan Rice: Lesley, it’s been worth what we’ve done to protect the United States. And the fact that we have not had a successful attack on our homeland since 9/11 should not be diminished. But that does not mean that everything we’re doing as of the present ought to be done the same way in the future.
  • (Exempt) Michelle Obama on Barack: ‘He Keeps His Promises’

    11/30/2013 12:53:39 AM PST · by Libloather · 39 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | 11/30/13 | Noel Sheppard
    ABC’s Barbara Walters did another in a series of sycophantic gushing and fawning interviews with the Obamas Friday. **SNIP** Well into the 20/20 interview, Mrs. Obama said, “He did talk about wanting to help people, and that inspires me and us to think about how we can keep having impact beyond ourselves.” The President responded, “I did promise her an interesting life.” This led the First Lady to say, “That he did. And, you know, he keeps his promises.”
  • Republicans Deliberately Sabotaged the ACA Website, Hoping the Law Would Implode (She's series!)

    11/10/2013 11:38:29 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 60 replies
    PoliticusUSA - Real Liberal Politics ^ | November 1, 2013 | Sarah Jones
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)For weeks I’ve been wondering why no one is talking about how Republicans sabotaged the ACA rollout by refusing to implement state run marketplaces, and thus unexpectedly forcing all of that additional burden on to the federal website. It reminded me of Republicans denying security funding for Benghazi and then blaming Obama and Clinton for the lack of security in Benghazi. The media were oddly uninterested in that alarming fact. But today, Todd Purdum at Politico exposed how Republicans sabotaged the ACA rollout. One small part of their plan was the rejection of the state run exchanges. But also, Purdum...
  • Van Jones: Obama Detractors Have ‘Obama Derangement Syndrome’ (nice try, Van)

    11/04/2013 11:41:45 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 48 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | November 4, 2013 - 12:00 PM | Melanie Hunter
    Former green jobs czar Van Jones, during a roundtable discussion over the rollout of Obamacare on ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopolous,” said President Barack Obama’s detractors have “Obama Derangement Syndrome.” “It’s silly season. Literally, they have this sort of Obama Derangement Syndrome where Obama is this absent, weak, ineffectual dictator and tyrant who’s destroying America,” Jones said. …
  • James Carville blames Bush for lack of support for war in Syria (Video)

    09/09/2013 3:40:46 PM PDT · by KeyLargo · 27 replies
    EXAMINER.COM ^ | Sep 5, 2013
    James Carville blames Bush for lack of support for war in Syria (Video) Joe Newby Spokane Conservative Examiner Related Photo: James Carville blames Bush for lack of support on Syria Alex Wong/Getty Images September 5, 2013 George W. Bush is turning out to be the most powerful president in history, with the capability of influencing public opinion five years after being in office without even saying a word. On Wednesday, James Carville blamed the former president for the fact that many Americans do not support Obama’s proposed military strike on Syria during an appearance on Fox News’ “The O’Reilly Factor.”...
  • Terrorism Expert to Newsmax: Boston Blast a McVeigh-Like Attack

    04/15/2013 7:26:59 PM PDT · by Sir Napsalot · 79 replies
    Newsmax (!) ^ | 4-15-2013 | Bill Hoffmann
    A renowned expert on world terrorism says the deadly blasts that rocked Boston have all the earmarks of a domestic attack — not unlike Timothy McVeigh’s 1995 truck-bomb explosion in Oklahoma City. “It’s interesting the timing of this event,’’ Dr. Harvey Kushner told Newsmax TV’s “The Steve Malzberg Show. “It’s Patriot’s Day, Tax Day. It’s a holiday in Boston and we’re coming up on what was the Oklahoma City bombing April 19th, and also the Battle of Lexington, which started the American Revolution. “A lot of domestic terrorist organizations used to key in on that date, April 19. And Boston...
  • Demographic research on lesbians and gays emerges from shadows

    03/03/2013 10:02:56 AM PST · by neverdem · 59 replies
    Washington Post ^ | March 1, 2013 | Carol Morello
    A few salient facts are known about the Americans whose lives might be changed by a Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage expected this summer. About one in five gay and lesbian couples are raising children that are under age 18. Same-sex couples are less likely than traditional married couples to have health insurance covering them both. One in 10 men with a male partner or spouse is a military veteran. As many as 6 million Americans, roughly 2 percent of the population, have a parent who is lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. These nuggets of demographic insight into same-sex...
  • Duncan concedes misleading comments on 'pink slips'

    03/01/2013 12:21:05 PM PST · by ColdOne · 8 replies
    Education Secretary Arne Duncan tried Friday to explain his claim that teachers have already been laid off because of sequestration –– all he'd meant to say was that teachers have been warned about layoffs tied to the federal spending cuts. "Let me be really, really clear about this, we're getting caught in the details here: What I said was that teachers were getting notices. In the district we talked about, 110 teachers have gotten notices," he said during a question-and-answer session at Rolling Terrace Elementary School in Takoma Park, Md., just outside the District of Columbia. "Now I think there...
  • No One is Coming to Take Your Guns (bozo editor alert)

    02/16/2013 10:10:42 AM PST · by freeandfreezing · 76 replies
    The Daily Star ^ | 2/16/2013 | Sam Pollak
    I have some very disappointing news for some of the more-virulent foes of sane gun-control legislation. If you’re what the National Rifle Association loves to call a “law-abiding American citizen,” no one is going to take away your guns.
  • White House: Obama Campaign Funded “Not From Huge Donors At All”… (video)

    05/22/2012 6:48:22 PM PDT · by Nachum · 9 replies
    Weasel Zippers ^ | 5/22/12 | Zip
    Clooney’s $15 million fundraiser begs to differ.
  • Exclusive: Senate probe finds little evidence of effective 'torture'

    04/27/2012 2:18:49 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 55 replies
    Reuters ^ | Fri Apr 27, 2012 1:44am EDT | Mark Hosenball
    A nearly three-year-long investigation by Senate Intelligence Committee Democrats is expected to find there is little evidence the harsh "enhanced interrogation techniques" the CIA used on high-value prisoners produced counter-terrorism breakthroughs. People familiar with the inquiry said committee investigators, who have been poring over records from the administration of President George W. Bush, believe they do not substantiate claims by some Bush supporters that the harsh interrogations led to counter-terrorism coups. The backers of such techniques, which include "water-boarding," sleep deprivation and other practices critics call torture, maintain they have led to the disruption of major terror plots and the...
  • Obama energy critics in "fairy tale" world: U.S. official

    04/24/2012 5:20:20 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 19 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 24, 2012 | Ayesha Rascoe
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A top Obama administration official on Tuesday accused lawmakers in the Republican-controlled House of Representatives of living in a world of "fairy tales and falsehoods" when it comes to energy. In a stinging rebuke to the administration's critics, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar strongly defended his department's record on energy policy. Referring to a world of fairy tales and falsehood in the nation's capital, Salazar said in a speech at the National Press Club that "it's in that imaginary world where we see the continuing and growing divide in the energy debate in America." "The imagined fairy tale...
  • No Hair Dye For President Obama [“It's lighting,” she said in an interview.......]

    02/09/2011 9:10:43 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 51 replies · 1+ views
    No Hair Dye For President Obama February 09, 2011 10:39 AM ABC New's Sunlen Miller reports: Mrs. Obama put an internet rumor to rest this morning, confirming that her husband does not dye his hair. “It's lighting,” she said in an interview with The Today Show, when she was showed two pictures of her husband just weeks apart, one showing her husband with much more gray. The president has often remarked about his gray hair, which he says has gotten worse in the two years since he’s been president. But internet rumors were rampant when at times the amount of...
  • Forbes:The World's 100 Most Powerful Woman Most Powerful Woman:Michelle Obama

    10/07/2010 1:10:27 PM PDT · by lbryce · 50 replies
    Forbes ^ | Ocotber 6,2010 | Staff
    Gallery: The World's 100 Most Powerful WomenThey are heads of state and first ladies, bankers and cultural icons, CEOsand entrepreneurial athletes. A fresh look at power and creative influence.
  • Boiling Mad - Inside Tea Party America, by Kate Zernike

    10/04/2010 12:35:59 PM PDT · by La Lydia · 52 replies
    Macmillan ^ | October 4, 2010
    Boiling Mad: A surprising and revealing look inside the Tea Party movement—where it came from, what it stands for, and what it means for the future of American politics They burst on the scene at the height of the Great Recession—angry voters gathering by the thousands to rail against bailouts and big government. Evoking the Founding Fathers, they called themselves the Tea Party. Within the year, they had changed the terms of debate in Washington, emboldening Republicans and confounding a new administration's ability to get things done. Boiling Mad is Kate Zernike's eye-opening look inside the Tea Party, introducing us...
  • Axelrod: We proved we were competent by stopping the Swine Flu

    06/29/2010 7:35:14 AM PDT · by theruleshavechanged · 71 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | June 29, 2010 | David Freddoso
    David Axelrod, who once wrote an op-ed in the Chicago Tribune defending the widespread and corrupt Chicago practice of patronage hiring, accused the GOP of playing by Chicago rules on The Daily Show last night. Much better, though, he took credit for stopping the swine flu near the end of the clip below. "I'd argue that we have shown a baseline level of competence...Take the H1N1 flu for example. We jumped on that quickly...I think we averted a larger public health disaster."
  • Reminder, The Deficit You're Freaking Out About Is Bush's Fault

    06/28/2010 2:01:20 PM PDT · by blam · 51 replies · 1+ views
    The Business Insider ^ | 6-28-2010 | Gregory White and Kamelia Angelova
    Reminder, The Deficit You're Freaking Out About Is Bush's Fault Gregory White and Kamelia Angelova Jun. 28, 2010, 2:32 PM President Obama's administration has been blamed for reckless spending that has put America into its debt hole. But in reality, much of that spending emanates from policies of President Bush, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. They argue that Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Bush tax cuts (along with the economic downturn) are what is driving the U.S. deficit, not stimulus spending. The CBPP focuses on lower to middle income issues and may be directly involved with the...
  • Fantasies old and new (Gene Lyons paraphrased: "American people are stupid" barf alert)

    02/25/2010 9:15:48 AM PST · by DCBryan1 · 12 replies · 385+ views
    Fantasies old and new Gene Lyons The first great rule followed by all American politicians and most journalists is to flatter the people about how smart and savvy they are. The reality, of course, is that much of the electorate is so poorly informed that it’s a wonder our political system works as well as it does, which many think is hardly at all. Last week, CNN released a poll showing that 86 percent of Americans believe that the U.S. government is “broken.” I admit my first reaction was to wonder subversively, “How would they know?” A contemporaneous Pew survey...
  • Caption Al Gore at UN Climate Change Conference

    12/16/2009 10:00:12 AM PST · by Lucky9teen · 41 replies · 1,499+ views
    Former U.S. vice president Al Gore addresses the UN Climate Change Conference 2009 in Copenhagen December 15, 2009. Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore, right, follows with Norwegian Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Store a discussions with ministers from Nordic countries on Greenland's ice sheet at the UN Climate summit in Copenhagen, Denmark, Monday, Dec. 14, 2009. With a week for the climate summit to end, the split between the developing and developed world became sharper as ministers of the world's nations started to arrive for a crucial second week of climate talks.
  • Biden calls team 'most talented' ever

    12/01/2008 1:18:22 PM PST · by mdittmar · 56 replies · 1,287+ views
    UPI ^ | 12/1/08 | UPI
    National security team nominees are prepared to meet today's challenges and tomorrow's emerging threats, U.S. Vice President-elect Joe Biden said Monday. "I hope and believe that the American people will come to feel as I do that we brought together one of the most talented national security teams ever assembled," Biden said at a news conference in Chicago, during which President-elect Barack Obama introduced his national security team. "A team prepared to meet the serious challenges we face today and the emerging threats that will confront us tomorrow."Obama designated Sen. Hillary Clinton as his secretary of state and said he...