The US Senate Has Very Poor Timing

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Don’t believe everything you scroll past.
5 Disturbing Reasons Not to Trust the News (From a Reporter)

#3. No One Fact Checks Anymore
Newspapers are content farms. They have to be. … [So] it’s not at all surprising that running post-publication corrections is easier than thorough fact checking. … Maybe you remember this article Newsweek published in 2012 titled “Why Barack Obama Needs to Go.” It was slammed immediately for being filled with more bullshit than a steer’s colon. There were so many basic factual errors that a writer with the Atlantic dedicated an entire article just to correcting them all. Politico reached out to Newsweek to ask “What gives?” and Newsweek replied with some classic buck-passing: “We, like other news organizations today, rely on our writers to submit factually accurate material …”

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Don’t believe everything you scroll past.

5 Disturbing Reasons Not to Trust the News (From a Reporter)

#3. No One Fact Checks Anymore

Newspapers are content farms. They have to be. … [So] it’s not at all surprising that running post-publication corrections is easier than thorough fact checking. … Maybe you remember this article Newsweek published in 2012 titled “Why Barack Obama Needs to Go.” It was slammed immediately for being filled with more bullshit than a steer’s colon. There were so many basic factual errors that a writer with the Atlantic dedicated an entire article just to correcting them all. Politico reached out to Newsweek to ask “What gives?” and Newsweek replied with some classic buck-passing: “We, like other news organizations today, rely on our writers to submit factually accurate material …”

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Meet 330 Lawmakers Who Made 2013 “A Terrible Year for Women’s Health”

State legislators discovered more ways than ever to restrict abortion rights last year. See how they did it, and what’s in store for 2014.

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motherjones:

Meet 330 Lawmakers Who Made 2013 “A Terrible Year for Women’s Health”

State legislators discovered more ways than ever to restrict abortion rights last year. See how they did it, and what’s in store for 2014.

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Glenn Beck: “I Played a Role … in Helping Tear the Country Apart”

Glenn Beck has reflected on his time at Fox News, and now says he’s sorry for parts of it. “I remember it as an awful lot of fun and that I made an awful lot of mistakes, and I wish I could go back and be more uniting in my language,” he told Megyn Kelly. “I think I played a role, unfortunately, in helping tear the country apart.”

Indeed, he did.
Under Roger Ailes at Fox News, and later at his subscriber-only television network, Beck exposed millions of Americans to inane, alarmist conspiracy theories, fueling paranoia in his most vulnerable viewers and upping the anxiety of countless grandparents.
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Glenn Beck: “I Played a Role … in Helping Tear the Country Apart”

Glenn Beck has reflected on his time at Fox News, and now says he’s sorry for parts of it. “I remember it as an awful lot of fun and that I made an awful lot of mistakes, and I wish I could go back and be more uniting in my language,” he told Megyn Kelly. “I think I played a role, unfortunately, in helping tear the country apart.”

Indeed, he did.

Under Roger Ailes at Fox News, and later at his subscriber-only television network, Beck exposed millions of Americans to inane, alarmist conspiracy theories, fueling paranoia in his most vulnerable viewers and upping the anxiety of countless grandparents.

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If the Democrats want to insult the women of America by making them believe that they are helpless without Uncle Sugar coming in and providing them for them a prescription each month for birth control because they cannot control their libido or their reproductive system without the help of the government, then so be it. — Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee

WHAT THE ACTUAL FUCK

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For first time, majority of Congress worth $1 million or more

Financial disclosure forms show that a majority of Congress members are millionaires, and experts say there is a growing concern about the disconnect between lawmakers and average Americans.
At least 50 percent of current members of Congress reported an average net worth of $1 million or more in 2012, an increase of two percent, based on financial disclosures analyzed by the Center for Responsive Politics (CRP) that members must file by May 15 of each year.
Sarah Bryner, research director at CRP told Al Jazeera that while Congress being wealthy isn’t new, people are more aware of the growing gap, and it’s more important now than ever as the future of food stamps, the minimum wage, unemployment benefits and changes to the tax code are being debated by lawmakers.

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Photo: Pete Marovich/Bloomberg via Getty Images

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For first time, majority of Congress worth $1 million or more

Financial disclosure forms show that a majority of Congress members are millionaires, and experts say there is a growing concern about the disconnect between lawmakers and average Americans.

At least 50 percent of current members of Congress reported an average net worth of $1 million or more in 2012, an increase of two percent, based on financial disclosures analyzed by the Center for Responsive Politics (CRP) that members must file by May 15 of each year.

Sarah Bryner, research director at CRP told Al Jazeera that while Congress being wealthy isn’t new, people are more aware of the growing gap, and it’s more important now than ever as the future of food stamps, the minimum wage, unemployment benefits and changes to the tax code are being debated by lawmakers.

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Photo: Pete Marovich/Bloomberg via Getty Images

As a result of [gerrymandering], U.S. congressional elections are among the most uncompetitive in the world. In 2000, a whopping 98 percent of congressional seats were held by incumbents. That makes congressional races roughly as competitive (and fair) as rigged dictatorial elections. 5 Ways U.S. Democracy Is More Rigged Than You Think

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Meet the Columbia University scientist that’s out to debunk America’s myths about drugs

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Though he continues to break Ivy League stereotypes as Columbia University’s first tenured African-American science professor, Dr. Carl Hart shakes the foundations of his field in a much more significant way than race: His research suggests that for the last three decades, law enforcement, politicians, and the media have been lying to Americans about the dangers of cocaine, methamphetamines, and other illegal drugs.

“I have been studying drugs for 22 years,” Hart said in an interview with Columbia College Today. “I am here to tell you, drugs are not the bogeyman that people said they were.”

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Pentagon reaches compromise on defense authorization act

Leaders of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives Armed Services committees have agreed on a pared-down defense authorization bill, and want the House to vote on the measure before it leaves on its holiday recess at the end of this week, Senator Carl Levin said on Monday.
Levin, the Democratic chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said the Senate was unable to vote on a huge range of proposed amendments to the bill in time to pass it this year, so committee leaders reached agreement on a compromise version of the legislation.
"This is not the best way to proceed, but our troops and their families and our nation’s security deserve a defense bill and this is the only practical way to get a defense bill done," Levin said on the Senate floor.
The defense panel leaders want a final vote in the Senate next week.

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Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Congress is terrible at it’s job part infinity

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Pentagon reaches compromise on defense authorization act

Leaders of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives Armed Services committees have agreed on a pared-down defense authorization bill, and want the House to vote on the measure before it leaves on its holiday recess at the end of this week, Senator Carl Levin said on Monday.

Levin, the Democratic chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said the Senate was unable to vote on a huge range of proposed amendments to the bill in time to pass it this year, so committee leaders reached agreement on a compromise version of the legislation.

"This is not the best way to proceed, but our troops and their families and our nation’s security deserve a defense bill and this is the only practical way to get a defense bill done," Levin said on the Senate floor.

The defense panel leaders want a final vote in the Senate next week.

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Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Congress is terrible at it’s job part infinity

But the overall failure of American conservatives to forthrightly deal with South Africa’s white-supremacist regime, coming so soon after their failure to deal with the white-supremacist regime in their own country, is part of their heritage, and thus part of our heritage. When you see a Tea Party protestor waving the flag of slavery in front of the home of the first black president, understand that this instinct has been cultivated. It is still, at this very hour, being cultivated. Ta-Nehisi Coates, on apartheid’s useful idiots.

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Poll: Young Americans displeased with Obama, would still vote for him

Young Americans are unhappy with virtually every major thing President Barack Obama has done since he was re-elected, but they would still vote for him today, according to the results of a Harvard University survey released Wednesday.
The national poll by Harvard’s Institute of Politics of more than 2,000 people aged 18 through 29 is intended to provide insight into political views of the youngest U.S. voters. 
This increasingly influential demographic, the millennial generation, has been a traditional base of Obama’s support.
More than 50 percent of those who responded to the survey administered between Oct. 30 and Nov. 11, said they disapproved of how the Democratic president handled key issues in his second term, including Syria, Iran, the economy, health care and the federal budget deficit.

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Photo: 2013 AFP

pretty much. Lesser of two evils and all

aljazeeraamerica:

Poll: Young Americans displeased with Obama, would still vote for him

Young Americans are unhappy with virtually every major thing President Barack Obama has done since he was re-elected, but they would still vote for him today, according to the results of a Harvard University survey released Wednesday.

The national poll by Harvard’s Institute of Politics of more than 2,000 people aged 18 through 29 is intended to provide insight into political views of the youngest U.S. voters. 

This increasingly influential demographic, the millennial generation, has been a traditional base of Obama’s support.

More than 50 percent of those who responded to the survey administered between Oct. 30 and Nov. 11, said they disapproved of how the Democratic president handled key issues in his second term, including Syria, Iran, the economy, health care and the federal budget deficit.

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Photo: 2013 AFP

pretty much. Lesser of two evils and all

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Chicago politics: it’s pretty much the template for the country!
5 Ways U.S. Democracy Is More Rigged Than You Think

#5. Your Congressional Representative Has Already Been Chosen for You
As a result of [gerrymandering], U.S. congressional elections are among the most uncompetitive in the world. In 2000, a whopping 98 percent of congressional seats were held by incumbents. That makes congressional races roughly as competitive (and fair) as rigged dictatorial elections. … See, nowhere in the rulebook does it say exactly how the districts must be drawn, as long as they’re connected. So, the party in power simply finds all of the most loyal voters on the map and draws the district around them. That’s how we wind up with the complete madness that is Illinois District 4.

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cracked:

Chicago politics: it’s pretty much the template for the country!

5 Ways U.S. Democracy Is More Rigged Than You Think

#5. Your Congressional Representative Has Already Been Chosen for You

As a result of [gerrymandering], U.S. congressional elections are among the most uncompetitive in the world. In 2000, a whopping 98 percent of congressional seats were held by incumbents. That makes congressional races roughly as competitive (and fair) as rigged dictatorial elections. … See, nowhere in the rulebook does it say exactly how the districts must be drawn, as long as they’re connected. So, the party in power simply finds all of the most loyal voters on the map and draws the district around them. That’s how we wind up with the complete madness that is Illinois District 4.

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Socialist wins seat on Seattle city council 

Seattle voters have elected a socialist to city council for the first time in modern history. Kshama Sawant, a member of the populist Occupy Seattle movement, ran on a platform of raising Washington State’s minimum wage to $15 and levying a “millionaire tax” to pay for mass transit and public education.
Sawant took 50.3 percent of the vote to incumbent Richard Conlin’s 49.4 percent. Even in this liberal city, Sawant’s win has surprised many here because Conlin was backed by the city’s political establishment.
While city council races are technically non-partisan, Sawant made sure people knew she was running as a socialist – a label that would be politically poisonous in many parts of the country.

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Photo: Ted S. Warren/AP

tiny good news, but good news none the less

aljazeeraamerica:

Socialist wins seat on Seattle city council 

Seattle voters have elected a socialist to city council for the first time in modern history. Kshama Sawant, a member of the populist Occupy Seattle movement, ran on a platform of raising Washington State’s minimum wage to $15 and levying a “millionaire tax” to pay for mass transit and public education.

Sawant took 50.3 percent of the vote to incumbent Richard Conlin’s 49.4 percent. Even in this liberal city, Sawant’s win has surprised many here because Conlin was backed by the city’s political establishment.

While city council races are technically non-partisan, Sawant made sure people knew she was running as a socialist – a label that would be politically poisonous in many parts of the country.

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Photo: Ted S. Warren/AP

tiny good news, but good news none the less