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  • Ebola outbreak: Virus mutating, scientists warn

    01/29/2015 1:55:18 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    The British Broadcasting Corporation ^ | January 29, 2015 | Tulip Mazumdar
    Scientists tracking the Ebola outbreak in Guinea say the virus has mutated. Researchers at the Institut Pasteur in France, which first identified the outbreak last March, are investigating whether it could have become more contagious. More than 22,000 people have been infected with Ebola and 8,795 have died in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. Scientists are starting to analyse hundreds of blood samples from Ebola patients in Guinea. They are tracking how the virus is changing and trying to establish whether it's able to jump more easily from person to person. "We know the virus is changing quite a lot,"...
  • Quotes of the day (Sarah Palin is "so over" edition)

    01/28/2015 10:41:40 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    Hot Air ^ | January 28, 2015 | Allahpundit
    She says she’s interested in running for president, but Sarah Palin is not backing that interest up with action… “I see no activity, no hires, no grassroots, and there is no structure to the volunteer organization for Palin that existed four years ago,” said Craig Bergman, a Republican consultant who worked with the Organize4Palin group in Iowa in 2011. Myrna Beeber, who oversaw 11 counties as a regional coordinator for the group in 2011, attended Palin’s speech in Des Moines on Saturday and said she still counts herself among Palin’s supporters. But she hasn’t been in touch with anyone about...
  • Kathleen Parker: The sacrifice of Sarah Palin (Irony so thick you can cut it with a knife)

    01/28/2015 10:22:42 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | January 27, 2015 | Kathleen Parker
    When Democrats were looking for evidence of a Republican war on women, they overlooked Exhibit A — Sarah Palin. This isn’t to say that Palin was part of the war on women, though many Democrats would say so. Rather, she was one of the war’s most conspicuous victims — fragged, you might say, by her own troops. And yet, she’s back again. And — yet again — she’s assuming her default position of presidential tease. Yes, she’s “seriously interested” in running for president. As evidence, she gave an utterly befuddling speech last weekend in Iowa, where other likely candidates were...
  • Michelle Obama Is More Than A Mascot

    01/28/2015 9:55:28 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | January 28, 2015 | Tim Teeman
    She was just criticized in Saudi Arabia for not wearing a headscarf, but even at home she’s not allowed to say what she wants. First ladies should be more than decorative.It must be very strange to be Michelle Obama. You are intelligent, capable, you have opinions and charisma, and yet you are fundamentally mute—your public utterances are scripted and tightly controlled. You are allowed to talk about broccoli and children’s exercise, and safe, non-inflammatory topics. The only time the public sees the Michelle Obama fire, thrillingly, is when she is on the campaign stump for her husband. Even when scripted...
  • Huis Ten Bosch theme park to get hotel staffed by robots

    01/28/2015 9:42:55 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The Japan Times ^ | January 28, 2015
    NAGASAKI – A hotel with robot staff and face recognition instead of room keys will open this summer in Huis Ten Bosch in Nagasaki Prefecture, the operator of the theme park said Tuesday. The two-story Henn na Hotel is scheduled to open July 17. It will be promoted with the slogan “A Commitment for Evolution,” Huis Ten Bosch Co. said. The name reflects how the hotel will “change with cutting-edge technology,” a company official said. This is a play on words: “Henn” is also part of the Japanese word for change. Robots will provide porter service, room cleaning, front desk...
  • 3 reasons Ferguson decision not a surprise; 3 options left to Brown family

    01/28/2015 9:32:49 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    CNN ^ | January 22, 2015 | Jethro Mullen
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)After a grand jury decided in November not to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, many shifted their attention to a federal investigation into the killing. But on Wednesday, officials told CNN that federal investigators didn't find enough evidence and that Justice Department prosecutors won't recommend civil rights charges against Wilson. Attorney General Eric Holder, who has the final say in the matter, has said he will announce his decision before he leaves office, which is expected to be by the spring. The news that emerged Wednesday is likely to upset those...
  • Tech’s High Barrier to Entry for the Underprivileged

    01/28/2015 8:54:11 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Medium's Backchannel ^ | January 25, 2015 | Gerard O'Neill
    For many people who didn’t grow up in or around New York City, there are a few things that come to mind when they hear the name “Brooklyn.” Many automatically think of hipsters and indie rock concerts. Some think of artsy lofts and farmers markets. Others think of “brownstone Brooklyn,” where one can potentially afford a cute home and raise a middle-class family without the distance and suburban-like qualities of Queens. What people typically don’t think about are the underprivileged communities that exist here, many of which have become home to people priced out of their old homes in brownstone...
  • Indian employees likely to see a 11.3 percent wage hike this year

    01/28/2015 7:25:23 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    Forbes India ^ | January 28, 2015 | Debojyoti Ghosh
    W orking professionals across sectors might not have much to cheer this year as salary increases likely to see a “marginal” rise compared with last year’s pay hikes in India. According to a study released today by global management consultancy Hay Group, employees across job roles can expect an average of 11.3 percent wage hike in 2015 led by FMCG and chemical industry. Last year, the actual average salary increase was recorded at 10.9 percent across industries, the report noted. “The study that we have conducted predicts that the pay raise in 2015 will remain in double digits. At this...
  • 3D printers to make human body parts? It's happening

    01/28/2015 6:54:27 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    The San Jose Mercury News Business ^ | January 28, 2015 | Steve Johnson
    It sounds like something from a science fiction plot: so-called three-dimensional printers are being used to fashion prosthetic arms and hands, jaw bones, spinal-cord implants -- and one day perhaps even living human body parts. While the parts printed for humans so far have been fashioned from plastic, metal and other inorganic materials, researchers in California and elsewhere also have begun printing living tissue, with the goal of eventually employing these "bioprinters" to create customized kidneys, livers and other organs for people needing transplants. What's particularly attractive about the technology, according to its proponents, is that 3D printers can produce...
  • Andrew Sullivan: Why I’m Jittery About SCOTUS On Marriage

    01/28/2015 6:26:10 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    The Dish ^ | January 22, 2015 | Andrew Sullivan
    I was too sick to grapple with the recently revealed fact that the Supreme Court is going to decide some foundational issues with respect to marriage equality this spring and summer. And maybe because I’ve spent so long worrying about a premature decision that I cannot quite believe that the Fourteenth Amendment will find one more minority to protect. The power of the language and arguments in the Windsor decision would be very hard to take back, and with 36 states now offering marriage equality, the ruling would not be another Roe (there’s already a budding national majority for equal...
  • Thanks a lot, austerity! We could have had 2014's economic recovery in 2011 (What austerity?)

    01/28/2015 6:13:04 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Week ^ | January 28, 2015 | Ryan Cooper
    ast year boasted the strongest job numbers since 1999, and as a result, many commentators have concluded that left-wing critics of austerity were wrong all along. The basic case — advanced by Jeff Sachs, Scott Sumner, and others — is that the surge in growth and jobs proves that austerity is not the poison its detractors claimed it would be. These commentators make some good points. But they are wrong about austerity. A close examination of the counterfactuals shows that austerity almost certainly held back the recovery — and without it, we might have had 2014's strong numbers in 2011....
  • Joan Walsh: The 2016 race is on: Scott Walker and Ted Cruz win the Steve King primary

    01/28/2015 4:57:04 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    Salon ^ | January 28, 2015 | Joan Walsh, editor-at-large
    The far-right immigrant-basher boasts of his new influence in his party, and sadly for moderates, he’s right. Self-promoting wingnut immigrant-basher Rep. Steve King invited most of the 2016 GOP hopefuls to his “Iowa Freedom Summit” last weekend, and now the results are in: Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz won the Steve King primary, according to Steve King. Of course, that doesn’t mean he’s endorsing either of them right now, it’s just his humble view of how they did at his all-important conservative confab. “I think Ted Cruz had the highest bar to reach, and I think...
  • Ted Cruz 2016: Time to Channel Ronald Reagan?

    01/28/2015 4:39:36 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 54 replies
    The National Interest ^ | January 29, 2015 | W. James Antle III, managing editor, The Daily Caller
    The field will be crowded. The stakes could not be any higher. So how will Ted Cruz fare in 2016? Jim Antle looks into his crystal ball...Donald Trump, Sarah Palin and Ted Cruz all went to Iowa. This is not the set-up of a joke, but the beginning of the 2016 presidential race. All three are conservative celebrities; the first two are celebrities even in the broader sense. Having any of them at your conservative gathering excites attendees and generates media attention. All three say they are mulling runs for the White House. Cruz is obviously different from Trump...
  • In Defense of Sarah Palin

    01/28/2015 2:18:59 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 74 replies
    The Weekly Standard's The Blog ^ | January 28, 2015 | Mark Hemingway
    Matt Lewis has a column today over at the Daily Beast headlined, "You Betcha I Was Wrong About Sarah Palin: It’s time to admit that, whatever their motivation was at the time, the Alaska governor’s critics always had a point." I don't really disagree with much of what Matt says when it comes to noting that Palin's speaker-circuit pandering and Hee-Haw witticisms have become cringe-worthy—speaking as a Christian, I was pretty dissappointed last year when Palin referred to waterboarding as baptism for terrorists. As usual, Matt makes some very good points so I encourage you to read his column. However,...
  • Huckabee brings his celebrity back to Iowa, but his presidential pitch is still in the works

    01/28/2015 1:58:35 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Washington Post's Debrief Blog ^ | January 28, 2015 | Robert Costa
    WINDSOR HEIGHTS, Iowa — When former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee walked into Walnut Creek Church here on Sunday night, fresh off his gleaming navy-blue bus, he was greeted by the crowd of suburban evangelicals as a visiting celebrity rather than a 2016 presidential candidate. Waiting in line to get their copies of the Republican’s latest book signed, a handful of the attendees shared recollections of Huckabee’s spunky 2008 bid for the White House, when he won the Iowa caucuses and seven more states before bowing out. But most of the conversations focused on Fox News, where Huckabee had been perched...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Steve King Says Scott Walker and Ted Cruz Won the Iowa Freedom Summit

    01/27/2015 10:21:02 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    Bloomberg | January 27, 2015 | David Weigel
    Link only due to copyright issues: http://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2015-01-27/exclusive-steve-king-says-scott-walker-and-ted-cruz-won-the-iowa-freedom-summit
  • Seattle government now going through citizens’ trash for public shaming, revenue

    01/27/2015 8:42:00 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 56 replies
    Hot Air ^ | January 27, 2015 | Mary Katharine Ham
    Sure, the incentive to compost is the putative reason for this regulation, but exactly how is it enforced? In order for city officials and trash collectors to know you have committed the civic sin of disposing of leftover food in your trashcan, they have to examine the contents of your trashcan. Let’s hope the citizens of Seattle and trash collectors can come to some kind of silent truce over this. Do they collectors really want to examine every load they dump into the truck for transgressions? (Lord help us, the city probably offers a bonus of taxpayer money for tagging...
  • Overweight Women Tend To Earn Smaller Paychecks, Study Claims

    01/27/2015 6:22:32 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 79 replies
    NBC News ^ | October 22, 2014 | Bill Briggs
    Heavier women are more likely to be lighter in the wallet, reports a new study that says obese females tend to occupy lower-paying, more-strenuous jobs in less-visible corners of the U.S. workforce when compared to average-sized women and men. In fact, the link between extra pounds and leaner paychecks is distinct: When a woman “becomes overweight,” she already is less likely to land a public-facing role in better-paying white-collar jobs, according to research released Tuesday by Vanderbilt University. And women who are considered obese or morbidly obese — based on their body mass indexes — are more likely to forced...
  • Ted Cruz 2016: 7 Highlights From Pre-Politics Life of GOP Presidential Hopeful

    01/27/2015 4:06:53 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    NewsMax ^ | January 27, 2015 | Lisa Cunningham
    Ted Cruz, an outspoken attorney whose first elected role was as a U.S. senator from Texas, is seen as a strong contender for a run for president in 2016. Although he’s only been a senator since 2012, Cruz has already ingratiated himself with the Tea Party. Here are seven highlights from his pre-politics life: 1. His father was a political prisoner of Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista during Fidel Castro's revolution and nearly lost his life. "Being the son of an immigrant who came here fleeing oppression and seeking freedom, I think, is an incredible gift," Cruz has said. "It makes...
  • Ladies and Gentlemen, Start Your Clown Cars (About what you'd expect from this kind of guy)

    01/27/2015 2:16:54 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    Open Salon ^ | January 27, 2015 | Tom Degan
    As the blizzard of 2015 descends upon us here in the Northeast, the lack of mobility for the next couple of days gives one time to do a lot of thinking. It is now 4:00 AM here in Goshen, New York. As of this moment it's not much of a storm. That's bound to change at any moment. Outside my window there is a light powder covering my jeep, This is strange considering the fact that the nice lady on my television screen is informing me that everywhere is being hammered - particularly in New England. We shall see. The...
  • Larson: Black Lives Matter Indeed

    01/27/2015 7:49:50 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The Twin Falls Times-News ^ | January 27, 2015 | Neal Larson
    I sometimes gauge the virtue of a particular public policy by posing a hypothetical question: What if we promoted this policy exclusively within a disadvantaged sector? Secular progressives love assisted suicide. They fawned all over Brittany Maynard’s decision to take her own life last year, declaring the beauty of such a thoughtful, pensive, decision. After all, any decision that requires so much deep thought and garners a large online following must be the right one. So here’s the test. What if we marketed assisted suicide as an option, especially to inner-city blacks? Television commercials and billboards could tout a peaceful...
  • Video: Army has charged Bergdahl with desertion, but …

    01/27/2015 6:28:55 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    Hot Air ^ | January 27, 2015 | Ed Morrissey
    Whatever happened to the investigation of Bowe Bergdahl and his capture by the Taliban? Last year, the Obama administration traded five high-ranking Taliban commanders to get Bergdahl back, but men in his former unit immediately objected to the trade, accusing Bergdahl of having deserted before his capture. Months later, there still has been no final determination of Bergdahl’s status — at least none made public. Last night, retired Lt. Col. Tony Schaffer told Bill O’Reilly that the Army has charged Bergdahl with desertion, but that the White House — and specifically Ben Rhodes, the national-security adviser/speechwriter to Barack Obama —...
  • Alabama's first openly gay lawmaker threatens to 'out' officials having extramarital affairs

    01/27/2015 5:36:10 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 62 replies
    The Birmingham News ^ | January 26, 2015 | Kent Faulk
    Alabama's first openly gay state legislator fired back on Facebook over the weekend, including a threat to expose the affairs of state officials, to comments made by Republican Party officials in the wake of a federal judge declaring the state ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional. State Rep. Patricia Todd, D-Birmingham, said she was elated and in "shock" when the judge issued the order overturning Alabama's same-sex marriage ban. But after seeing comments by Republican officials, particularly from Alabama Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard, and seeing Attorney General Luther Strange's efforts to get a stay of the judge's orders, Todd...
  • Greece could seek US200 billion war reparations from Germany

    01/27/2015 5:14:19 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    Famagusta Gazette ^ | January 27, 2015 | Staff
    THE NEW government in Athens may seek billions of dollars from Germany in payment for crimes committed by the Nazi’s in Greece during World War Two. In his first act as prime Minister, Alexis Tsipras visited the memorial site at the Kaisariani rifle range; where Nazi occupiers executed 200 Greek prisoners in reprisals for the killing of a German general in 1944. Earlier this month, Tsipras said that if he were to win the election, he would seek war reparations from Germany along with a write-down of Greece’s debt. "We are going to demand debt reduction, and the money Germany...
  • Cops Shot And Killed 17-Year-Old Girl At Texas Police Station

    01/26/2015 9:36:02 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 305 replies
    Talking Points Memo ^ | January 26, 2015 | Caitlin MacNeal
    The Longview Police Department placed three officers on leave after a 17-year-old girl was shot and killed in the lobby of the station last week, the Marshall News Messenger reported. According to officials, Kristiana Coignard entered the Texas police station on Thursday evening brandishing a weapon. Police spokeswoman Kristie Brian said Coignard used a phone in the lobby to call police dispatch and asked to see an officer. When officers arrived in the lobby, she "came at the officers" with a weapon, according to Brian. Police did not confirm what type of weapon Coignard had, but Longview Mayor Jay Dean...
  • Howard Dean Says ‘American Sniper’ Fans Are ‘Angry’ Tea Party Supporters

    01/26/2015 8:51:00 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    The Inquisitr News ^ | January 26, 2015
    Howard Dean believes that the millions of American Sniper fans are primarily just “angry” Tea Party members. The former Democratic National Chairman shared his views about the Chris Kyle supporters during a weekend appearance on the Bill Maher show on HBO – backlash quickly ensued via Twitter and Facebook. “There’s a lot of anger in this country, and the people who go see this movie are people who are very angry,” Howard Dean said about the American Sniper Chris Kyle moviegoers. “This guy [Chris Kyle] basically says, “I’m going to fight on your side. I bet if you looked...
  • A Giant Can of Bat [expletive] Crazy-The 2016 Republican Presidential Circus

    01/26/2015 8:08:40 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The UK Progressive ^ | January 26, 2015 | Denis G. Campbell, publisher and editor
    They’re baaa-aack… Those who follow this magazine know I wrote five e-books profiling the GOP circus in the 2012 Presidential campaign. This past weekend saw me put the above title to bed, the first of 2016 and two full months before I thought it would ever be necessary. It’s your official handbook to the crazy as everyone rushes to get in the race before the dark money is all sewn up by establishment candidates. I’ve profiled everyone considering a run, their record, stand on the issues and to which of the five key rabid core constituencies in the Republican Party...
  • Crowd erupts as DREAMers get deported from 2015 Freedom Summit

    01/26/2015 7:32:48 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    BizPac Review ^ | January 26, 2015 | Nicole Haas
    Emboldened by the media attention given to their public protests, the illegal immigrant activists known as DREAMers showed up at the 2015 Iowa Freedom Summit demanding to know where the mostly conservative crowd stands on immigration. They found out when they were getting kicked out.(VIDEO-AT-LINK)DREAMers played a large role in Obama’s unilateral executive action on immigration last year. Hillary Clinton gave her support for what is widely known as “Obama’s amnesty” via a Twitter post, though that might not be enough to quell the anxiety growing among the young illegals, buzzfeed.com reported. “What else will she do?” said activist Cesar...
  • Ben Carson Claims Anti-Gay Bakery Owners 'Might Put Poison' In Same-Sex Couple's Cakes

    01/26/2015 6:57:38 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 58 replies
    The Huffington Post's Gay Voices ^ | January 26, 2015 | Curtis M. Wong
    GOP presidential hopeful Ben Carson reportedly slammed lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights advocates at a Jan. 24 press conference following his speech at Congressman Steve King's Iowa Freedom Summit. Carson, a Fox News commentator and former Johns Hopkins University pediatric neurosurgeon, seemed to hint at a series of disputes that have erupted between same-sex couples hoping to tie the knot and bakeries and other wedding-related venues operated by opponents of same-sex marriage. "What I have a problem with is when people try to force people to act against their beliefs because they say, 'They’re discriminating against me,’" he...
  • Cillizza Praises Walker, Fiorina, Cruz, Christie Only ‘So-So’

    01/26/2015 6:26:23 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    Breitbart TV ^ | January 26, 2015 | Ian Hanchett
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Chris Cillizza, Editor of the Washington Post‘s The Fix praised Scott Walker, Carly Fiorina, and Ted Cruz’s speeches in Iowa, while saying that Chris Christie was only “so-so” on Monday’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports” on MSNBC....
  • Rand Paul Challenges Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz on Iran

    01/26/2015 4:56:43 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The New York Times Taking Note Blog ^ | January 26, 2015 | Carol Giacomo
    Politicians who oppose President Obama can bluster all they want, grab headlines and curry favor with donors yet don’t have to be responsible for their (too often) irresponsible critiques and prescriptions on foreign policy. So it was refreshing to hear Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky split with some of his fellow Republicans on Iran during a presidential forum on Saturday organized by Freedom Partners. As far as Senators Ted Cruz of Texas and Marco Rubio of Florida are concerned, negotiations involving the United States and five other major powers on Iran’s nuclear program are endangering America and the world. “They’ve...
  • The dangerous message behind Ted Cruz's Judeo-Christian values

    01/26/2015 4:42:46 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    Haaretz ^ | January 27, 2015 Shvat 7, 5775 | Benjy Cannon
    Republican Senator Ted Cruz recently made a splash by agreeing to appear at a glitzy retreat for observant Jews. There, he will likely promote his hawkish foreign policy, but would be wise to avoid another of his favorite topics, the “Judeo-Christian" values which he says make up America's moral foundation. These values belie a dangerous, exclusionary worldview, deeply at odds with the universal American dream Cruz claims they represent. Politico, which described Cruz as “a likely Republican presidential candidate and vocal Pro-Israel hawk,” speculated that this was likely an early effort on Cruz’s part to woo Jewish elites and powerbrokers....
  • Raise the Flag High: Queer Farming in Rural America (USDA helping, of course)

    01/26/2015 4:20:44 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    Modern Farmer ^ | January 22, 2015 | Lori Rotenberk
    In a black and white photo snapped in the early 1940s, a young, central Ohio farm girl beams from beneath a straw hat. Around her neck is a small scarf; she wears a pair of overalls. The photo arrived with a simple but joyfully blunt note from the subject, now a 77-year-old farmer in rural Ohio: “Here’s me, butch Gael!”Only age 9 when it was taken, she already had a faint understanding that she was a lesbian. Aware of her differences, Gael buried a lack of love for frills in acceptable rural tomboyishness. For more than a decade she hid...
  • Romney’s Consideration of Candidacy Is Closely Tied to His Faith, Allies Say

    01/26/2015 4:01:18 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The New York Times ^ | January 25, 2015 | Ashley Parker and Alex Thompson
    prominent Republican delivered a direct request to Mitt Romney not long ago: He should make a third run for the presidency, not for vanity or redemption, but to answer a higher calling from his faith. Believing that Mr. Romney, a former Mormon pastor, would be most receptive on these grounds, the Republican made the case that Mr. Romney had a duty to serve, and said Mr. Romney seemed to take his appeal under consideration. Three years ago, Mr. Romney’s tortured approach to his religion — a strategy of awkward reluctance and studied avoidance that all but walled off a free-flowing...
  • Gone Demagoguin'! Ted Cruz and Scott Walker Stage "Fiery" Appeal to Farthest Right

    01/26/2015 3:08:37 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    Gentlemen's Quarterly | January 26, 2015 | Jason Zengerle
    Link only due to copyright issues: http://www.gq.com/news-politics/201502/ted-cruz-scott-walker-2016
  • Michael Moore Responds to 'Haters' After 'American Sniper' Uproar (Supports "Chelsea" Manning)

    01/26/2015 11:21:23 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 52 replies
    Rolling Stone ^ | January 25, 2015 | Daniel Kreps
    "Here's the truth they can't or won't report: I'm the one who has supported these troops - much more than the bloviators on Fox News," Moore writes.Filmmaker Michael Moore caused a firestorm this week when he tweeted, in response to the film American Sniper, "My uncle [was] killed by sniper in WW2. We were taught snipers were cowards. Will shoot you in the back. Snipers aren't heroes. And invaders are worse." Even Kid Rock criticized the Fahrenheit 9/11 director, writing "[expletive] you Michael Moore, you're a piece of $#*+ and your uncle would be ashamed of you." After a week...
  • Rand Paul spars with Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio over Iran and Cuba in Florida summit

    01/26/2015 11:02:55 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Sen. Rand Paul prefers exhausting diplomatic efforts in dealing with overseas conflicts, and on Sunday he highlighted the difference between his softer approach to foreign policy and that of two other senators who are likely 2016 presidential candidates -- Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio. The Kentucky Republican joined fellow first-term senators Cruz of Texas and Rubio of Florida on stage Sunday evening in California for a summit organized by Freedom Partners. That group is the central hub of the powerful network of organizations backed by conservative billionaires Charles and David Koch....
  • Biden, Rubio and Palin's 2016 plans

    01/26/2015 10:52:55 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    CNN ^ | January 25, 2015 | John King, Chief National Correspondent
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK) The 2016 calculations of three potential candidates -- two Republicans and a very senior Democrat -- plus big tests for President Obama and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell filled our Sunday trip around the "Inside Politics" table. 1. Rubio's not in Iowa, but still thinking 2016 Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida skipped the big weekend GOP gathering in Iowa, and some believe Jeb Bush's presumed candidacy makes it hard for Rubio to find his 2016 footing. But Jonathan Martin of The New York Times shared reporting on how Rubio is still very interested in running, and hopeful that perhaps...
  • Here’s The “Willie Horton” Ad Romney Almost Ran Against Mike Huckabee

    01/25/2015 9:44:37 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    BuzzFeed News ^ | January 22, 2015 | McKay Coppins
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK) In the fall of 2007, as Mike Huckabee was surging in the Iowa polls, Mitt Romney’s foundering presidential campaign dispatched a camera crew to Arkansas with the charge to produce one of the most brutal ads of the election cycle. The final product — a withering spot that tied Huckabee to a 2003 murder committed by a serial rapist who was paroled while he was governor of Arkansas — never saw the light of day. But the unaired ad, obtained this week by BuzzFeed News, highlights a potentially potent line of attack on Huckabee as he considers a 2016...
  • Trayvon Martin's mother: 'stop pretending'

    01/25/2015 9:23:06 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    The Daily Pennsylvanian ^ | January 23, 2015 | Corey Stern
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Sybrina Fulton is not a household name. But her son, Trayvon Martin, certainly is. Fulton, the mother of the teen who was fatally shot in 2012, took part in Penn's Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Interfaith Commemoration on Jan. 22 for an evening of awards, musical performances and a panel discussion. The crowd rose to their feet when Fulton was introduced at Irvine Auditorium. Many Penn community members and West Philadelphia residents were eager to hear from the woman whose son’s death has gained worldwide attention over the past several years. “It’s still very painful for me. But I know...
  • Ted Cruz Gets Praised by Sen. Chuck Grassley

    01/25/2015 9:01:28 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | January 25, 2015 | Javier Manjarres
    U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) once supported President Reagan’s amnesty for illegal aliens back in the 1980’s, but has since stated that he and others made a mistake in doing so. He now supports a piece-meal approach to immigration reform as opposed to a comprehensive approach to fixing the existing immigration problem. During a brief Q & A with the veteran Senator at the Iowa Freedom Summit in Des Moines, Grassley laid out what he feels first needs to be done in any immigration reform bill and then talks about what he feels his colleague Senator Ted Cruz is doing...
  • Trove of Hillary Clinton’s “policy work as first lady” papers set for release

    01/25/2015 8:48:28 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    Hot Air ^ | January 25, 2015 | Jazz Shaw
    This announcement actually came out almost a week ago, arriving with little fanfare or notice, given all the other global events which were unfolding. The archivists for the Clinton Library sent notice that they were preparing to release a “huge trove or records” (as Politico put it) relating to Hillary Clinton’s policy work during her time as First Lady in Bill Clinton’s White House. The descriptions here beggar the imagination and probably overshadow the fact that they will just coincidentally be coming out just when Hillary’s expected POTUS run is kicking into high gear. A massive collection of documents related...
  • DAILY MAIL COMMENT: Where is the Churchill in this superficial age?

    01/25/2015 8:23:20 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | January 23, 2015 | The Editors
    Where is the Churchill in this superficial age? Today and all next week, as we mark the 50th anniversary of his death, this paper will be celebrating the man widely acclaimed as the greatest British statesman of the 20th century – some would say of all time. To an astonishing degree, it was Winston Churchill whose single-minded sense of purpose inspired the nation with hope in 1940, when Britain and her empire stood alone against Hitler and all seemed lost. Indeed, it is hard to exaggerate how much the free world owes to the vision, energy and determination of this...
  • Ted Cruz takes aim at IRS and ISIS: ‘Time to face reality’ of Obama failures

    01/25/2015 7:27:57 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    BizPac Review ^ | January 25, 2015 | Carmine Sabia
    U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz used his appearance at this weekend’s Iowa Freedom Summit to excoriate Obamacare, Islamic State militants and that other evil scourge: the Internal Revenue Service. “The most important tax reform we can do is abolish the IRS,” Cruz said to the delight of attendees at the conservative event. (VIDEO-AT-LINK) Turning his aim on Obamacare, the senator said it’s time to “repeal every word” of President Obama’s signature health care legislation. But Cruz saved his harshest critique for Obama’s handling of Islamic State, the terrorist group some refer to by the acronym, ISIS. “What’s happening in Iraq is...
  • 4 arrested for attempting to rob Papa Johns driver of money, pizza (North Carolina)

    01/25/2015 7:01:40 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    WITN-TV ^ | January 20, 2015 | Gina DiPietro
    Four men have been charged, after police say they tried to rob a pizza delivery driver this past weekend. Greenville Police say around 2:30 a.m. Sunday, the Papa Johns driver was trying to make a delivery at the Province Apartment Complex on Boxelder Way. The driver told police that two men approached him in the parking lot and demanded money and the pizza. The driver used pepper spray to stop the robbery. A Province employee saw what happened and tried to help, but police say they were assaulted by one of the suspects while attempting to get the vehicle's license...
  • If you don’t understand how people fall into poverty, you’re probably a sociopath

    01/25/2015 6:20:29 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 59 replies
    The Guardian & Observer ^ | January 24, 2015 | Lucy Mangan
    Why don’t abused women just leave their partners? Why don’t poor people just spend less? Why do people in positions of power ask so many stupid questions? ‘Inequality has become a challenge to us as moral beings’Last week, I took part in a comedy night to raise money for the charity Refuge, which supports women and children who have experienced domestic violence. It was a great night: partly because it raised several thousands of pounds for the cause; partly because it was sponsored by Benefit cosmetics, and the idea of a benefit being sponsored by Benefit pleased me greatly; and...
  • Brazil finds coffee protein with morphine effect

    01/25/2015 5:45:03 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    Brasília (AFP) - Brazilian scientists have discovered a protein in coffee that has effects similar to pain reliever morphine, researchers at the state University of Brasilia (UnB) and state-owned Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation Embrapa said Saturday. Embrapa said its genetics and biotech division, teaming up with UnB scientists, had discovered "previously unknown protein fragments" with morphine-like effects in that they possess "analgesic and mildly tranquilizing" qualities. The company added tests on laboratory mice showed that the opioid peptides, which are naturally occurring biological molecules, appeared to have a longer-lasting effect on the mice than morphine itself....
  • Why it matters that Donald Trump is attacking Mitt Romney (+video)

    01/25/2015 5:29:32 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor's DC Decoder ^ | January 25, 2015 | Mark Sappenfield
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)With all due respect, the Republican Party could probably do with a lot less of what was heard at the Iowa Freedom Summit Saturday. On one hand, that might seem strange, considering that the Iowa Freedom Summit was all about getting America back to its "core principles of pro-growth economics, social conservatism, and a strong national defense," according to the event website. What could be more Republican than that? Combine that with the fact that a number of potential Republican presidential candidates appeared to see the event as the unofficial kickoff for the 2016 campaign, and it seemed a snapshot...
  • Bill Maher confesses that he is terrified of Ted Cruz

    01/25/2015 5:20:13 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    The Houston Examiner ^ | January 25, 2015 | Mark Whittington
    Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas has earned a singular honor once reserved for movie villains, according to a Friday story on Breitbart TV. Bill Maher laid into the possible Republican presidential candidates on his HBO political rant show. He had little good to say about any of them, but he reserved a special sort of ire, on the level of what he has used for Sarah Palin, for Cruz. Putting it simply, the bad boy of pay for view cable is deathly afraid of the junior senator from Texas. Maher minced no words about how terrified he is about Cruz. “Maher...
  • As 2016 race begins, GOP faces its Palin problem

    01/25/2015 4:55:37 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 118 replies
    The Washington Examiner's Beltway Confidential ^ | January 25, 2015 | Byron York
    DES MOINES — As a chance to evaluate possible 2016 Republican presidential candidates, the Freedom Summit here in Des Moines was a solid success. Several potential candidates — Scott Walker, Ted Cruz, Chris Christie, and a few others — left the 10-hour political marathon with their prospects undeniably enhanced. All that was good news for Republicans. But at the same time, more than a few GOP loyalists came away shaking their heads at the performance of a party star, former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, whose long, rambling, and at times barely coherent speech left some wondering what role she...