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A Labor Day Documentary: 'Brothers on the Line' Tells the Story of the Reuther Brothers -- Founding Fathers of the American Middle Class 1.9.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Ask most Americans to name the most influential siblings in our nation's history and they'll probably think about politics (the Kennedy and Bush brothers), sports (the DiMaggio brothers and the Williams sisters), and show business (the Marx brothers, Maggie and Jake Gyllenhaal, the Osmonds, and the Jackson Five). It is unfortunate that the Reuther brothers (Walter, Roy and Victor), who built the United Auto Workers union that transformed the broader labor movement and helped build the nation's middle class, would probably not make the list because few Americans know much about labor history. A new documentary film, Brothers on the Line, may help remind America about these three courageous union organizers who deserve a place in the pantheon of America's social justice heroes. (Left) Victor, Roy and Walter Reuther. (Right) Walter Reuther with civil rights leaders Roy Wilkins and A. Philip Randolph at the 1963 March on Washington Even as we celebrate Labor Day, few Americans understand the crucial role ...
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Chefs, Breeders Pair Up To Create Tastier Vegetables 31.8.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
VERONA, Wis. (AP) — There's a good chance that many of the suddenly trendy vegetables that foodies latch on to in the next decade will benefit from research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. While plant breeders at many public universities focus on improving field corn, soybeans and other crops used in food manufacturing or livestock feed, those in Madison want to produce better-tasting vegetables. The university has long had ties to the vegetable processing industry, as Wisconsin is among the top two or three states in producing canned or frozen sweet corn, green beans and peas. But vegetable breeders say the local food movement has created additional opportunities with a boom in organic farms, farmers markets and farm-to-table restaurants. The challenge is coming up with varieties consumers like, even if they can't always articulate what makes one ear of corn better than another. "Apples are almost the only fruit or vegetable that when you go to the grocery store, you see 30 different apples all ...
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$15 and Change: How Seattle Led the Country's Wage Revolution 31.8.2014 Truthout.com
A sign held by a minimum wage protester outside Seattle city hall. (Photo: Toby Scott )"It's easy to not think about the person serving you your food," 21-year-old Caroline Durocher told me as she prepared for the 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. shift at a Taco Bell in Seattle's Ballard neighborhood. Durocher had been working low-wage jobs since she was 16, but after five years of so-called "entry-level" employment, she felt stuck. Unable to get a better job without a college degree, but unable to earn enough money to go back to college, Durocher barely scraped by serving up 99-cent tacos to a steady stream of impatient drive-thru customers before heading home to the studio apartment she shared with her father. "We definitely get disrespected a lot and looked down upon for being in fast food," sighed Durocher. But she was about to earn some ...
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People Rally At Ohio Walmart Where Cops Shot Man 31.8.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
BEAVERCREEK, Ohio (AP) — Some 200 people held signs and chanted Saturday outside a Wal-Mart where a young man with an air rifle was fatally shot by police. The rally was the latest effort by people wanting to shed more light on the Aug. 5 shooting of John Crawford III inside the store in the Dayton suburb of Beavercreek. Police responded after a caller said a man was waving a gun; they say Crawford refused orders to put down an air rifle. An attorney representing Crawford's family says Wal-Mart surveillance video of the shooting shows it was unjustified. Crawford is black, while the two officers involved are white. Signs and chants at the rally urged, "Release the tape." Organizers said the Rev. Al Sharpton plans to come to the area in a few weeks to speak about the shooting. A special grand jury will meet Sept. 22 to consider charges in the case. Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine said releasing the surveillance video could raise issues of a tainted jury pool if the case results in a trial. "I think that ...
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Police Tactics Again Under the Spotlight in Racially Charged Demonstrations: When Will They Ever Learn? 30.8.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
The events in Ferguson demonstrate once again the unsurprising results of a recent empirical study by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, that found that " [p]olice tactics often provoke protesters ." They also remind us how little we retain of lessons that should be learned from past experience. It is extraordinarily troubling that Missouri, St. Louis County and Ferguson government and police officials were so utterly clueless about the fundamentals of dealing with super-heated situations where excessive force and aggressive tactics can turn peaceful mass demonstrations into riots. We have been here before. As Pete Seeger wrote as American embroilment escalated in Vietnam, " When will they ever learn ?" The Berkeley study referenced above summarizes some of the key lessons we have had over time based on the tragic consequences of bull-headed police tactics. To put it bluntly, the authorities were so clueless and clumsy in Ferguson that they did not know they had to act promptly and ...
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Harry Reid's College To Drop Name From Campus Building 30.8.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON -- A University that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) attended is dropping the powerful senator’s name from a campus building after school officials said it caused branding issues. Officials at Southern Utah University in Cedar City, Utah, decided to attach Reid’s name to the school’s Outdoor Engagement Center in 2011, hoping that it would help raise money for the center. “The new naming caused some branding issues for the Outdoor Engagement Center, because people didn’t necessarily associate Harry Reid with outdoor engagement," Jennifer Burt, an SUU spokeswoman, told The Huffington Post. "It was impacting a center that had already been functioning and thriving. The name itself, it just caused some identity issues.” SUU was also facing pressure from some Cedar City residents, who raised at least $40,000 to have Reid’s name removed from the center, according to the St. George Daily Spectrum . “This is a conservative base in Southern Utah and many people in southern Nevada also feel ...
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Headlines for August 29, 2014 29.8.2014 Democracy Now!
U.S., Russia Trade Barbs over Ukraine as NATO Releases Satellite Imagery, Obama: "We Don't Have a Strategy Yet" on Islamic State, Video Claims to Show Syrian Forces Killed by ISIL, Report: Islamic State Waterboarded Western Prisoners, U.N.: Syrian Refugees Top 3 Million; Over 1,000 Killed or Wounded in July, 43 U.N. Peacekeepers Captured by Militants in Golan Heights, More than 100 Arrested Outside White House Calling for End to Deportations, 9 Mexican Immigrants Win Lawsuit over Coerced Deportations, Argentine Unions Stage 2nd General Strike over Lagging Economy, NFL Changes Domestic Violence Policy Following Outcry, Ferguson Residents Sue Police for Abuses in Protest Crackdown, Firm Authenticates Audio Recording of Michael Brown Shooting
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The Future MBA, week 8: Don't get tied to the business suit 29.8.2014 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com

What would the Future MBA look like? Explore the potential in week 8 of this new 100-day series.

The Future MBA, week 8: Don't get tied to the business suit
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Climate Change Will Ruin Hawaii, New Study Suggests 29.8.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Climate change has its sights on its next victim, and it's one of America's favorite vacation spots. Hawaii is known for its near perfect weather, but a new report from the University of Hawaii's Sea Grant program states that islands in the Pacific might be unrecognizable in the coming years as climate change makes them hotter, arid, stormy and even disease-ridden. According to " Climate Change Impacts In Hawaii: A Summary Of Climate Change And Its Impacts To Hawaii’s Ecosystems And Communities ," which was paid for by Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA), the oceans, rainfall, ecosystems and immunity of people who live on islands in the Pacific are all at peril. But what’s more, tourism -- an industry responsible for most of the state’s annual revenue -- might all but vanish. Amongst the doom and gloom, the study projects: Higher average temperatures, stressing native animals and plants and causing an uptick in heat-related illnesses in people (think dengue fever or cholera), as well as a higher concentration ...
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You Don't Know What "Libertarian" Means 29.8.2014 Truthout - All Articles
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Ferguson: Living Through the Replay 28.8.2014 Truthout.com
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Mitch McConnell: 'I Am The Guy That Gets Us Out Of Shutdowns' 28.8.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON -- Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) dismissed any notions about allowing another federal government shutdown if Republicans retake the upper chamber next year. "Oh, I did rule it out. Remember me? I am the guy that gets us out of shutdowns," McConnell told CNN in a Wednesday interview . "I'm the guy that's gotten us out of the shutdowns that some of our members have pushed us into in the past." "It's a failed policy," he said of brinkmanship over government funding bills. The Kentucky Republican sought to tamp down fears about another costly fiscal standoff after Congress returns from recess next month, fanned in part by Democrats this week . Lawmakers will have just 10 working days to agree to a continuing resolution before funding passed earlier this year expires on Oct. 1, raising the possibility of a political crisis ahead of the midterm elections. In an interview with Politico earlier this month, McConnell struck a more defiant tone. He promised to use spending bills to ...
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From Freedom Summer to Black August 28.8.2014 Truthout - All Articles

Thirty-five years ago, California prisoners founded Black August, a holiday to pay tribute to African-American history in the context of an ever-expanding carceral state. In a kind of secular activist Ramadan, Black August participants refused food and water before sundown, did not use the prison canteen, eschewed drugs and boastful behavior, boycotted radio and television, and engaged in rigorous physical exercise and political study. Through Black August, prisoners sought to demonstrate the personal power they maintained despite incarceration.

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Headlines for August 28, 2014 28.8.2014 Democracy Now!
U.S., Ukraine: Russian Forces Stage Cross-Border Attacks, WHO: Ebola Cases Could Eventually Top 20,000 , Mother of Kidnapped Journalist Issues Appeal to Islamic State, Freed American Reporter Thanks Supporters after Return from Syria, U.N. Panel: Syrian Gov't, Islamic State Committing War Crimes, Libya Warns of "Full-Scale Civil War" as Militia Fighting Continues, Ohio Protesters Call for Probe into Police Shooting of Black Walmart Customer, Hundreds March over Chicago Police Shooting; Commander Charged for Gun Incident, Missouri Gov. Seeks 1st Black Cabinet Member for Law Enforcement Post, Omaha Police Fatally Shoot "COPS" TV Crew Member During Standoff, NRA Tweets About "Fun at the Shooting Range" for Children Following Instructor's Death, Closing Arguments Made in Blackwater Nisoor Square Trial
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No strategy, no doctrine, no organizing principle? 28.8.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
When crises emerge, critics charge that President Obama should act more quickly and more aggressively, or they argue that no US interests are involved and the US should decline any intervention. Headlines often claim that the administration has no strategy, no doctrine, or no organizing principle. But for those who study the field, Obama's is an easily recognizable strategy. Digging deeper into the critics' claims, it becomes clear that the authors either lack basic knowledge of national security strategy or think their preferred strategy is the only real strategy. A vigorous debate took place after the Cold War that drew in the most knowledgeable strategic thinkers. George Kennan's strategy to contain the Soviet Union and the spread of communism, formulated in the late 1940s, no longer served as an organizing principle. Contestants in the 1990s' debate hoped to provide a new clarity of purpose to guide government action in the coming decades. Some called the competition the Kennan Sweepstakes, but there ...
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Steve King: 'All Bets Are Off' On Government Shutdown If Obama Acts On Immigration 28.8.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON -- One of the most vehement opponents of comprehensive immigration reform said Wednesday that he supports a tactic that could lead to another federal government shutdown. Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) said that "all bets are off" about the fate of a continuing resolution to fund the government if President Barack Obama decides to unilaterally take action to provide deportations relief for undocumented immigrants. "If the president wields his pen and commits that unconstitutional act to legalize millions, I think that becomes something that is nearly political nuclear," King said, according to the Des Moines Register . "I think the public would be mobilized and galvanized and that changes the dynamic of any continuing resolution and how we might deal with that." If the president takes action on immigration, as he is expected to do later this fall , King said that Republicans should push for the passage of House legislation on border security to become a "requirement" in exchange for funding the ...
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Rev. Bernice King Promots Father Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Nonviolent Legacy In Ferguson 28.8.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
BELLEFONTAINE NEIGHBORS, Mo. (RNS) The youngest child of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. leaned toward the 30 students facing her inside the library at Riverview Gardens High School on Tuesday (Aug. 26). Many of them live near the epicenter of the chaos that erupted in Ferguson. It’s why Bernice King chose this school for this discussion. The students seemed curious about this visitor, whose late father led the marches and protests that they’ve read about in class. But before she arrived, a school district administrator asked for a show of hands of those who thought nonviolent protests and peaceful resistance used during the American civil rights movement remain relevant in light of Ferguson. Only one hand shot up. King is aware of this disconnect. “My dad’s legacy is on the line,” King told the students. “If this doesn’t turn out the right way, it could begin to have people question what happened years ago.” King believes the community is at a critical moment as it continues to confront the police ...
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Headlines for August 27, 2014 27.8.2014 Democracy Now!
Ceasefire Ends 50-Day Israeli Assault of Gaza, Report: U.S. Recruiting Allies for Airstrikes in Syria, U.S. Citizen Killed While Fighting for Islamic State, Afghan Candidate Boycotts Audit of Presidential Vote, NATO Plans New Bases in Eastern Europe over Ukraine Crisis, British Nurse Receives Experimental Ebola Drug, Peaceful Protests Resume in Ferguson and St. Louis, Coroner's Report: Handcuffed Black Youth Shot Himself in Chest, Tennessee: Sheriff's Officer Fired After Photos Show Him Choking Student, Burger King Deal Renews Criticism of Corporate "Tax Inversions", Water Shutoffs Resume in Detroit, Michigan, TEPCO Ordered to Pay Damages in Fukushima Suicide Case, Report: 1,400 Children Sexually Exploited in British Town, Climate Report Warns Most Fossil Fuels Must Remain in the Ground, Report: Obama Seeking Climate Accord in Lieu of Binding Treaty, 9-Year-Old Girl Accidentally Shoots Instructor with Uzi During Lesson
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Democrats Warn GOP About Risking Another Government Shutdown 27.8.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON -- With growing talk about another potential government shutdown , Democrats this week are launching a new website to remind Republicans about their promises to avoid a similar scenario before Washington lurched to a halt last year. The website, titled " Shutdown Broken Promises ," will highlight statements made by Republicans last year vowing to avoid a government shutdown. The first promise, made by Rep. Martha Roby (R-Ala.) in August, was followed by her vote against a deal to end the shutdown and raise the debt ceiling just a few months later. "The American people won’t make the mistake again of trusting this Republican Congress not to put us through unnecessary worry. It’s time for real action, not just empty rhetoric," the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee said in a statement. Despite assurances by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) that House Republicans would not shut down the government , the tactic is finding a receptive audience among some of their ...
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Headlines for August 27, 2014 27.8.2014 Democracy Now!
Ceasefire Ends 50-Day Israeli Assault of Gaza, Report: U.S. Recruiting Allies for Airstrikes in Syria, U.S. Citizen Killed While Fighting for Islamic State, Afghan Candidate Boycotts Audit of Presidential Vote, NATO Plans New Bases in Eastern Europe over Ukraine Crisis, British Nurse Receives Experimental Ebola Drug, Peaceful Protests Resume in Ferguson and St. Louis, Coroner's Report: Handcuffed Black Youth Shot Himself in Chest, Tennessee: Sheriff's Officer Fired After Photos Show Him Choking Student, Burger King Deal Renews Criticism of Corporate "Tax Inversions", Water Shutoffs Resume in Detroit, Michigan, TEPCO Ordered to Pay Damages in Fukushima Suicide Case, Report: 1,400 Children Sexually Exploited in British Town, Climate Report Warns Most Fossil Fuels Must Remain in the Ground, Report: Obama Seeking Climate Accord in Lieu of Binding Treaty, 9-Year-Old Girl Accidentally Shoots Instructor with Uzi During Lesson
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