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Deadbeat Dad Ordered to Have No More Kids

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 14th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Deadbeat Dad Ordered to Have No More Kids
An Ohio appeals court has upheld a judge’s order that a father can’t have more children until he pays his back child support for his four children. If Asim Taylor violates the order he will be sent to prison for a year. Judge Donna Carr ruled, “Taylor has here demonstrated that he is not inclined to support any of his children. There is no reason to believe that he would be inclined to support any future children.”


Cannes kicks off with Kidman, ‘Grace of Monaco’

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 14th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Cannes kicks off with Kidman, ‘Grace of Monaco’
CANNES, France (AP) — The 67th annual Cannes Film Festival is kicking off with a dose of classic French Riviera glamour.


Chris Christie estimates political impact of bridge scandal: “None”

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 14th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Chris Christie estimates political impact of bridge scandal: “None”
The embattled New Jersey governor says many other “chief executives” have survived bad staff decisions


Fox’s The Five Smears Obama With Deceptively Edited Video Of Immigration Reform Comments

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 14th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Fox’s The Five Smears Obama With Deceptively Edited Video Of Immigration Reform Comments

Fox News’ The Five aired a deceptively edited video clip of President Obama calling for comprehensive immigration reform to falsely claim that his speech condoned the release of criminal immigrants.

Center For Immigration Studies Report On Deportation Of Criminal Immigrants Finds 35 Percent Were Released From Detention 

Center For Immigration Studies: “ICE Released 68,000 Criminal Aliens In 2013, Or 35 Percent Of The Criminal Aliens.” According to a report from the conservative Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), “In 2013, ICE reported 722,000 encounters with potentially deportable aliens, most of whom came to their attention after incarceration for a local arrest. Yet ICE officials followed through with immigration charges for only 195,000 of these aliens, only about one-fourth…Many of the aliens ignored by ICE were convicted criminals. In 2013, ICE agents released 68,000 aliens with criminal convictions, or 35 percent of all criminal aliens they reported encountering.” [Center for Immigration Studies, March 2014]

Fox’s The Five Aired Deceptively Edited Clip Of Obama’s White House Address To Law Enforcement Officials On Immigration Reform

Fox’s Bolling Falsely Claimed Obama’s Comments On Immigration Reform Were Related To CIS Report. During the May 14 edition of Fox News’ The Five, a video of President Obama’s May 13 speech to law enforcement officials in the White House was edited to appear as though the president referred to a report from the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) on criminal immigrants that were released from prison in 2013 and have yet to be deported. After bringing up the criminals mentioned in the CIS report, co-host Eric Bolling falsely claimed that “Just yesterday President O described these illegals not as hardened criminals, more like the guy next door. Kind of, sort of.” [Fox News, The Five, 5/14/14]

President Obama’s Comments Did Not Address The CIS Report

President Obama Called For Immigration Reform That Allows “Law Enforcement Agencies To Do Their Job.” During a May 13 address to law enforcement officials, the president called for the passage of a comprehensive immigration reform bill that would free “law enforcement agencies to do their job.” Obama argued that the focus of immigration enforcement should be on “chasing gang bangers and going after violent criminals.” Obama’s comments never addressed the report by CIS:

The immigration system that we have right now makes it harder, not easier, for law enforcement agencies to do their jobs.  It makes it harder for law enforcement to know when dangerous people cross our borders.  It makes it harder for business owners who play by the rules to compete when they’re undercut by those who would exploit workers in a shadow economy. And it makes it harder for law enforcement to do their jobs when large segments of the community are afraid to report crimes or serve as witnesses because they fear the consequences for themselves or their families. 

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And keep in mind, some of these statistics you may have already heard — it’s estimated that over 80 percent of the folks who are here on an undocumented basis have been here 10 years or longer.  These are folks who are woven into the fabrics of our communities.  Their kids are going to school with our kids.  Most of them are not making trouble; most of them are not causing crimes.  And yet, we put them in this tenuous position and it creates a situation in which your personnel, who have got to go after gang-bangers and need to be going after violent criminals and deal with the whole range of challenges, and who have to cooperate with DHS around our counterterrorism activities — you’ve got to spend time dealing with somebody who is not causing any other trouble other than the fact that they were trying to make a living for their families.  That’s just not a good use of our resources.  It’s not smart.  It doesn’t make sense. [WhiteHouse.gov, 5/13/14]

The Five Co-Hosts Bob Beckel And Dana Perino Agree That Clip Of Obama Was Deceptively Edited

Fox’s Beckel: “I Have Been Told Not To Criticize Our Own Show, But That Edit Of Barack Obama Was One Of The Most Out Of Context.” During the segment, co-host Bob Beckel criticized The Five for taking the President’s comments out of context to misconstrue his remarks as supporting the release of criminals. [Fox News, The Five, 5/14/14]

Fox’s Perino: “I Don’t Necessarily Think That Is What President Obama Was Talking About.” Co-host Dana Perino pushed back on the false assertion that Obama’s comments addressed the CIS report and agreed with Beckel, noting that although “President Obama actually has some good numbers on deportation,” he “doesn’t define the populations well.” Perino went on to say the administration bears some “responsibility” for the problem with passing immigration reform but that “those particular individuals are not one of them.” [Fox News, The Five, 5/14/14]


Questions for a Warming World

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 14th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Questions for a Warming World
Michael Gerson, RealClearPolitics
WASHINGTON — Americans have something of a science problem. They swallow, for example, about billion worth of vitamins each year, even though the Annals of Internal Medicine recently concluded that “most supplements do not prevent chronic disease or death, their use is not justified, and they should be avoided.” Americans often fear swallowing genetically modified plants (and Vermont has recently required GMO content to be labeled), though GMOs have “been consumed by hundreds of millions of people across the world for more than 15 years, with no reported ill effects,” according the…

A Nightmare Group in Syria
David Ignatius, RealClearPolitics
WASHINGTON — The chamber of horrors of the Syrian civil war has spawned a terrorist group so extreme that it has been rejected even by al-Qaeda — and this toxic group is now establishing a safe haven in the city of Raqqah in northern Syria that could soon be used to attack foreign targets. The hyper-militant terrorist group is known in the West as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS. Its efforts to establish a Muslim caliphate that spans the two countries, and to absorb another al-Qaeda offshoot known as the al-Nusra Front, brought a rebuke a year ago from al-Qaeda’s chief, Ayman…


PM cites John Smith over independence

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 14th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

PM cites John Smith over independence
David Cameron cites late Labour leader John Smith in his latest speech aimed at persuading Scots to reject independence.

VIDEO: UKIP student quitting comments ‘shabby’
Patrick O’Flynn said a member of UKIP’s youth wing resigning and accusing it of “racist populism” is “a bit shabby”.


France’s Sale of 2 Ships to Russians Is Ill-Advised, U.S. Warns

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 14th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

France’s Sale of 2 Ships to Russians Is Ill-Advised, U.S. Warns
Secretary of State John Kerry said in a meeting with the French foreign minister that the delivery of the vessels would not help the political situation in eastern Europe.



World Briefing: Saudi Arabia: 5 More Deaths From Virus Reported
The Saudi Health Ministry said the latest fatalities from infections caused by the virus known as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome brought the total in that country to 157.



China Targeted by Vietnamese in Fiery Riots
Thousands of Vietnamese workers rampaged after China placed an oil rig in disputed waters, but most of the factories hit were owned by companies from South Korea and Taiwan.



Sinosphere Blog: Q & A: Leta Hong Fincher on ‘Leftover Women’
In her new book, Leta Hong Fincher argues that gender inequality is growing in China and identifies a key area where that can be seen — property ownership.




How Magic Johnson Fought the AIDS Epidemic

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 14th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

How Magic Johnson Fought the AIDS Epidemic

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Donald Sterling, the racist cretin who owns the Los Angeles Clippers, raised a series of interesting questions about Magic Johnson on Monday, during an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper. “What has he done, can you tell me? Big Magic Johnson, what has he done?” Sterling asked dismissively. “What does he do for the black people?” Sterling added that Johnson should be “ashamed of himself” for having H.I.V., and suggested that he was a terrible role model for children.

As it happens, I started working as a reporter for the New York Times in November of 1991, a few days before Johnson announced that he had been infected with H.I.V. In the nineteen-eighties, I spent several years covering the AIDS epidemic for the Washington Post, and my first stories at the Times were about Johnson’s announcement and the seismic impact it had for African-American teen-agers across the country.

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In Nation’s Capital, Homelessness Increased 13 Percent In A Year

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 14th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

In Nation’s Capital, Homelessness Increased 13 Percent In A Year

Homelessness is declining nationally, but it’s way up in Washington D.C.

The post In Nation’s Capital, Homelessness Increased 13 Percent In A Year appeared first on ThinkProgress.

A disabled army vet who is homeless asks passersby for help in a tony area of Washington D.C.

A disabled army vet who is homeless asks passersby for help in a tony area of Washington D.C.

CREDIT: Shawn Davis

Even as the national rate of homelessness continues to decline, this past year alone it jumped 13 percent in Washington, D.C.

Figures released Wednesday from the annual homeless census found 7,748 homeless people living in D.C. on a single night in January, up from 6,685 in 2013. Since 2010, homelessness in D.C. has increased 18 percent, even as it has declined six percent nationally in the same time period.

The report found that more than a quarter of all homeless people in the nation’s capital are children, and half are people in families. Family homelessness is up a shocking 50 percent since 2010.

The census likely undercounts the true number of homeless people. That’s due to a number of factors, including the fact that it’s conducted on a single night, counting policies vary city to city, and it can be difficult to find where some homeless people live, whether it’s in a hidden spot or on a friend’s couch.

The Washington Post notes that a number of factors are driving the increase in D.C. homelessness, including a lack of affordable housing and stagnating wages. The two forces have combined into a toxic mixture where it currently takes working more than three minimum-wage jobs to afford the typical rent for a two-bedroom apartment. Cuts to Section 8 housing vouchers aren’t helping either.

There were a few bright spots in the findings. The number of unsheltered homeless people — who sleep in places like sidewalks, parks, and under bridges — was down 23 percent over the past year. In addition, though the number of chronically homeless people ticked up slightly since 2013, it’s still down 15 percent since 2010.

To learn more about how the count is conducted, read ThinkProgress’ firsthand report from this year’s homeless census.

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College Students In Texas Fight For Women’s Right To Breastfeed In Public

Their ad campaign depicts young mothers being forced to feed their children in dirty bathroom stalls.

The post College Students In Texas Fight For Women’s Right To Breastfeed In Public appeared first on ThinkProgress.

In order to drum up support for a proposed bill in Texas that would protect women’s right to breastfeed in public, a pair of college students created an ad campaign illustrating what it looks like when women don’t have that right. “When Nature Calls,” a class project by University of North Texas students Kris Haro and Johnathan Wenske, depicts young mothers forced to feed their children in dirty public bathroom stalls:

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CREDIT: When Nature Calls

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CREDIT: When Nature Calls

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CREDIT: When Nature Calls

“Would you eat here? By law, breastfeeding mothers are not protected from harassment and refusal of service in public, often forcing them to feed in secluded spaces such as public bathrooms,” the advertisement copy reads. “Contact your state and/or local representative to voice your support for breastfeeding mothers, because a baby should never be nurtured where nature calls.”

The ads are simply conceptual, and the students don’t actually have plans to print them and place them on the back of bathroom stalls. But they’ve gone somewhat viral online, featured on sites like the Huffington Post, Popsugar, and Cosmopolitan. Haro and Wenske say they’re glad for the exposure. “It means we did our jobs right as art directors in creating a campaign that is getting real responses, and as students, it’s been a wonderful feeling,” Wenske told The Huffington Post.

Doctors, researchers, and government health agencies all encourage mothers to breastfeed if they’re able. Nonetheless, the act remains contentious. The above ads are receiving some criticism for being “obscene.” And one of the women featured in the campaign wrote on Facebook that she often gets sexual comments while she’s breastfeeding, and “it’d be pretty great not to have any nasty comments made while I’m feeding my child.”

Women have been asked to stop breastfeeding in church, during jury duty, at the pool, at the mall, and on social media. Often, they’re specifically told to go to the bathroom. Sometimes, they have even less sanitary options available to them — one Pennsylvania woman sued her employer after being forced to pump breast milk in a dingy and sweltering locker room littered with dead bugs.

Obamacare took a step forward in this area by requiring all employers to provide their workers with “reasonable break time” to pump breast milk, as well as a private and clean space for that activity. Advocates praised the health law for “bringing breast feeding out of the bathroom.” But the state laws in this area still vary. Twenty two states — including Texas — don’t specifically exempt breastfeeding from public indecency laws. The legislation tied to this ad campaign would protect Texas mothers’ right to feed their babies in public, stipulating that “a mother’s authority to be in a location may not be revoked for the sole reason that she begins to breast-feed.”

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‘Frontline’ Spy Probe Exposes Bill Keller’s Risen Fall

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 14th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

‘Frontline’ Spy Probe Exposes Bill Keller’s Risen Fall
From: Greg Mitchell

Risen calls this a “massive game of chicken” in the show. But it was Keller who was the real chicken, or turkey, if you wish.

Controversial Iranian Exile Shakes Up Canadian Parliament’s Human Rights Program
From: Ali Gharib

Are politicians trying to advocate for human rights in Iran hurting their own cause?

Entertainment Companies Get $1.5 Billion in Tax Breaks Each Year—Yet They’re Offshoring Musicians’ Jobs
From: Michelle Chen

Currently, 39 states and Puerto Rico subsidize the entertainment business to the tune of about $1.5 billion. Yet many of these agreements lack concrete mandates to direct how companies use taxpayer money in the local economy

This Week in ‘Nation’ History: The Broken Promise of ‘Brown v. Board of Ed.,’ Sixty Years Later
From: Katrina vanden Heuvel

Anniversaries of the decision are opportunities to reflect on how much has been promised, how much delivered, how much still owed.