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European Central Bank review could push weak banks to raise money, restructure 25.10.2014 Star Tribune: World
Brazil's election pits 'ghosts of past' against 'monsters of present' as president leads polls 25.10.2014 Star Tribune: World
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Wisconsin governor's race comes down to whether voters think state is on right economic path 25.10.2014 Star Tribune: Nation
Endorsement: Kline in Second District 25.10.2014 Star Tribune: Editorials
Incumbent is still the strongest candidate for Second District.
L.A. wage hikes spark fierce debate 25.10.2014 LA Times: Business
Los Angeles has thrust itself into the center of one of the most contentious debates in modern economics — what happens when you raise the minimum wage? — as city leaders consider mandating $13.25 an hour.
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Open thread for night owls: David Brooks is absolutely clueless on still another subject 25.10.2014 Daily Kos
U.S. infrastructure is crumbling and David Brooks has at his fingertips the wrong answer why. At the Campaign for America's Future, Dave Johnson dismantles the latest David Brooks nonsense: The New York Times’ David Brooks writes today in “The Working Nation“: ”Western economies delivered broad and growing prosperity for the middle class. This nurtured a general faith in political institutions and culminated in the democratic triumphalism of the 1990s.” But now government is not delivering, he writes. The result, he says, is that the middle class is hollowing out, earnings are stagnant, there is not enough work, people are left without purpose, morale and faith in government and institutions has plummeted. The labor force participation rate is at its lowest in decades. Millions are in part-time or low-wage jobs that don’t come close to fulfilling their capacities. Millions more are in dysfunctional or unhealthy workplaces, but they don’t feel they can leave because they don’t think there are other jobs ...
Student speaks out on Don Young's offensive remarks on suicide and same-sex marriage 25.10.2014 Daily Kos
Alaska Republican Congressman Don Young's remarks blaming friends and family of suicide victims and comparing same-sex marriage to bestiality are still reverberating across the state and nation. Now Zachary Grier, a 17 year-old senior at Wasilla High School, where Young made his remarks, is speaking out about his reaction to what Young said, telling The Huffington Post that he "was pretty upset." After Young said that suicide demonstrates a "lack of support" from family and friends, Grier challenged the congressman, prompting Young to call him a "smartass." But Grier wasn't apologetic for standing up to Young and said Young was the one who should rethink his words: “To hear that it was because you weren’t a good friend, I mean that makes someone hurt more than just having that happen,” Grier said. “To hear that it’s your fault after the fact is definitely a heavier blow.” Grier was also offended by Young's remarks on marriage equality in which the congressman compared same-sex marriage to bestiality. “I ...
The Battle for Palestine — Part Three 25.10.2014
The Battle for Palestine — Part Three
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Scott Brown can see Ebola from his porch 25.10.2014 Daily Kos
The GOP's Ebola braintrust Scott Brown is not going to let being totally embarrassed on statewide television by Wolf Blitzer stop him from making even more totally ridiculous statements about Ebola. No, he's on a roll, and he wants all of New Hampshire to share his panic. The Republican Senate candidate is sounding the alarm about "mass infection." "The way to stop mass infection is by swift and decisive action, including a travel ban and quarantining health workers returning from countries where Ebola is prevalent," Brown said in a statement. "This is not a time for political correctness; it's a time for common-sense prevention mechanisms." […] "Ebola has now spread to New York City, the largest city in the United States and less than 300 miles from New Hampshire," Brown said. "The person who brought it there passed through enhanced screening at the airport and exposed himself to countless other people by riding the subway, taking a taxi and going bowling. Still, Senator Shaheen is waffling on a travel ...
George Will says Alison Grimes was only nominated because she's a woman 25.10.2014 Daily Kos
George Will before his banishment to Fox Maybe George Will should just stop talking about gender issues. His latest rambling, from a column in which he bizarrely argues that the "restoration" of the U.S. Senate's "dignity" depends on re-electing Mitch McConnell, is that Democrats only nominated McConnell's opponent Alison Lundergan Grimes because she's a woman who can "further their 'Republicans loathe women' fable." No matter that Grimes was (a) Kentucky's highest-ranking Democratic office holder willing to run against McConnell and (b) that she polled better than other potential Democrats, Will has figured out that dishonest Democrats only nominated her as part of a scheme to falsely accuse Republicans of being sexist pigs. That's probably what a lot of Republicans believe, but if your job is to convince other people that it's true—and this is Will's job—then in your very next breath, you probably complain that Grimes gives you a headache: Grimes’s cringe-inducing campaign has depended on a ...
Will Elizabeth Warren Run? Her New Challenge to Hillary Clinton 25.10.2014 American Prospect
This article is an updated version of "What Clinton Could Learn From Warren," in the Fall 2014 issue of The American Prospect magazine. Senator Elizabeth Warren stunned the political world this week with her comment in an interview with People magazine , which seemed to leave the door open for a presidential run in 2016. Asked whether she would run, Warren said, ambiguously, “I don’t think so,” but added, “If there’s any lesson I’ve learned in the last five years, it’s don’t be so sure about what lies ahead. There are amazing doors that could open.” Well! That certainly set liberal hearts palpitating. There is no way that this was just a careless remark. Warren, a consummate pro, knew what she was saying. There are three possibilities here. One is that Warren decides to run against Hillary Clinton. That still seems highly unlikely. The second that Warren is open to a run should Clinton decide not to make the race. My own sense is that if Clinton dropped out, for health or other reasons, Warren would find ...
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School shooting north of Seattle 25.10.2014 NewsTrust Yahoo Pipes Feed
CNN is reporting an active situation involving an active shooter opening fire inside the Marysville-Pilchuck High School in Marysville, WA, about 45 minutes north of Seattle, with at least two students shot and being airlifted to Seattle's Harborview Medical Center. According to The Seattle Times , the shooter is believed dead. 11:35 AM PT : Also according to the same The Seattle Times report, the shooter died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound and up to six people were wounded. 11:39 AM PT : CBS reports 3 people have arrived at a local hospital in Everett, Washington with gunshot wounds, one in the head, and a fourth patient is expected. 11:56 AM PT : According to KING 5, Seattle's NBC affiliate, a parent told them and police "confirmed" that the shooting began "as a fight between two students over a girl." Despite KING 5 saying the police have "confirmed that information," I haven't seen that report from other outlets. 12:01 PM PT : Now KING5 is backing off, saying it doesn't want to speculate on the ...
Midday open thread: More offensive than the 'F' word? Hazing ends school's football season 25.10.2014 NewsTrust Yahoo Pipes Feed
Chomsky says activists should work to get U.S. to live up to its own laws. : AMY GOODMAN: What do you think is the most—the single most important action the United States can take? And what about its role over the years? What is its interest here? NOAM CHOMSKY: Well, one important action that the United States could take is to live up to its own laws. Of course, it would be nice if it lived up to international law, but maybe that’s too much to ask, but live up to its own laws. And there are several. And here, incidentally, I have in mind advice to activists also, who I think ought to be organizing and educating in this direction. According to Fox host Kimberly Guilfoyle, all young women are too stupid and lacking in life experience to be on juries. And they're all on Tinder . And black people are all criminals. And white men are just the best. Because every group is a monolith! Team Blackness also discussed Gamergate, updates on the Mike Brown case and Indiana's brilliant plan to cut tens of thousands ...
Casino magnate to the rescue for Republicans in New Hampshire 24.10.2014 Daily Kos
Sheldon Adelson, John Boehner's sugar daddy Not content with just having a healthy enough majority to make sure that absolutely nothing happens in Congress, Republicans are trying to claim a historic victory in the House for 2014. So of course, casino magnate Sheldon Adelson steps up with a massive donation to a Super PAC tied to House Speaker John Boehner, targeting Democratic Rep. Carol Shea Porter in New Hampshire. Adelson's donation helped the Congressional Leadership Fund collect nearly $6.8 million during the first two weeks of October—nearly double what the group raised during the previous three-month period. […] In all, the Congressional Leadership Fund, which has ties to House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, has spent nearly $7.3 million against Democrats in recent weeks, according to a tally by the non-partisan Center for Responsive Politics. Their top targets include Rep. Carol Shea-Porter, D-N.H., and Rep. Ron Barber, D-Ariz., both of whom are facing rematches against Republicans in close ...
A new poll confirms it: Mike Michaud needs our help to win 24.10.2014 NewsTrust Yahoo Pipes Feed
Democrat Mike Michaud On behalf of the League of Conservation Voters, PPP takes another look at Maine's gubernatorial contest and finds what most recent polls have found : A close and unpredictable contest between Republican Gov. Paul LePage and Democrat Mike Michaud. PPP finds the two deadlocked 40-40 , with left-leaning independent Eliot Cutler taking 17. LePage is not popular: PPP finds him with an upside down 43-53 favorability rating. Michaud and his allies have been running ads reminding voters why they dislike LePage so much: One ad describes how , among other things, LePage twice compared the IRS to the Nazis and told the NAACP to kiss his butt. Another spot features LePage's infamous remark, "If you want a good education, go to private schools. If you can't afford it, tough luck." The problem is that national Republicans have been hitting Michaud on the airwaves , arguing that he wants to help undocumented immigrants at the expense of the middle class. PPP finds Michaud with a 47-46 rating, ...
Ukraine's key election fails to spark enthusiasm 24.10.2014 AP Top News
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- Gazing across the Maidan square, Evelina Martirosyan recalls how euphoric she was as she joined protests that changed Ukraine's history. Since the revolution this year that toppled a despised president, her dreams of a better future have been blunted by war and near economic collapse....
Beating Climate Change by Retooling the Economy: The Story Begins in Navajo Country 24.10.2014 Truthout - All Articles
Solar panels in the Nevada desert. (Photo: jsmoorman ) Do you want media that's accountable to YOU, not to advertisers or billionaire sponsors? Invest in independent media - donate to Truthout today! This story is part of the Climate in Our Hands collaboration between Truthout and YES! Magazine. “I grew up without running water,” Nichole Alex, a young woman from Dilkon, Ariz., says in a video released by the activist group Black Mesa Water Coalition . Alex grew up on the Navajo reservation in the rural Black Mesa region of Arizona, where for decades a controversial coal mine emptied the region’s aquifer, leaving local wells dry. “I grew up traveling 20 miles to gather water,” Alex continues. “That’s not fair, that my community is being sacrificed to power the valley here.” In 1970, the Peabody Coal Company began mining on the reservation. Although tribal members were initially enthusiastic about the jobs the mine would provide, over time the relationship grew rocky. The company built a coal slurry ...
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Perdue's outsourcing ... even the Weekly Standard can't slap lipstick on that pig 24.10.2014 Daily Kos
Even the Weekly Standard is noticing the damage done by revelations about Senate candidate David Perdue's long career in outsourcing . In a rundown of the dangers Georgia Republicans face from a strong crop of Democratic candidates in the state (and, unmentioned here, by strong Democratic voter registration efforts), Perdue's outsourcing looms largest : Suddenly, Perdue’s biggest asset—his business career—has become a liability. And it’s one the Perdue campaign is trying desperately to avoid. Before my brief phone interview with Perdue, a campaign staffer called twice to confirm that I wouldn’t ask about the “outsourcing” comment. When I did, Perdue dismissed it as “right out of the Democratic playbook.” “They’ve tried it since Day One,” he said. “It’s not sticking.” The polls suggest otherwise. It's not just that a conservative publication is talking about this, it's how frantically defensive it makes Perdue look. First trying to put the major story of the campaign off-limits. Then trying to brush off ...
Scott Walker and the RGA are afraid, very afraid 24.10.2014 Daily Kos
Panic mode. The Republican Governor's Association is parachuting in to Wisconsin to save a faltering Scott Walker, upping their original $900,000 budget for the last days of the campaign to $2 million. The decision comes amid a flurry of concern in GOP ranks that Walker is underfunded and at risk of losing. The RGA, chaired by Gov. Christie (R-N.J.), has been under pressure in recent days to do more to help Walker, a tea party favorite who rocketed to political stardom after he curbed bargaining rights for most public workers in his state. The Weekly Standard reported Thursday that there were brewing suspicions on the right that Christie, as RGA chairman, has been "undercutting" Walker, his potential rival for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. Gee, why would anyone think Christie would do that? The Weekly Standard also suggests that they'll be "scrutinizing" the FEC reports at the end of the election to make sure that the RGA does indeed fulfill its promise. Walker himself seems to be feeding ...
Could this be why Joni Ernst is afraid of the Iowa press? 24.10.2014 Daily Kos
Joni Ernst: Scarier than she wants you to know about. Why, oh why, has Joni Ernst been hiding from the Iowa press , refusing to do endorsement meetings with editorial boards and in-depth interviews with local television news? What topics that might come up in such interviews could the Republican Senate candidate possibly be avoiding? Hmmm ... In 2013, Ernst was calling for "very painful" cuts to government assistance. Meanwhile, she supports tax breaks for companies that ship jobs overseas . Apparently that's not the kind of dependence on government she opposes. Ernst opposes a federal minimum wage and thinks that since Iowa's cost of living is very low, $7.25 an hour is plenty. Just 18 percent of Iowa voters think they could live on the current minimum wage. Ernst supported legislation that would allow states to arrest federal agents for implementing Obamacare . She's also dabbled in conspiracy theories about the federal government partnering with the United Nations with the aim of "moving people off of ...
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