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Archive for May 15th, 2014

Alec Baldwin Arrested Over Wrong-Way Bicycle Ticket

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 15th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Alec Baldwin Arrested Over Wrong-Way Bicycle Ticket
Actor Alec Baldwin was arrested by two police officers who stopped him for riding his bicycle the wrong way down a New York City street Tuesday. Police said that when Baldwin, 56, refused to show his ID and was belligerent, they handcuffed him and impounded his bike. Baldwin disputed their account in a series of posts on Twitter, writing, “New York City is a mismanaged carnival of stupidity that is desperate for revenue and anxious to criminalize behavior once thought benign. … I think handcuffing someone for riding a bicycle in the wrong direction is ridiculous. Report of disorderly conduct is a distortion by [Officer] Moreno.”

Frontline: United States of Secrets
A new PBS Frontline documentary, United States of Secrets asks the question, “How did the government come to spy on millions of Americans?” The NSA turned its eye on ordinary American citizens after 9/11, creating a massive surveillance dragnet to collect and monitor the communications of millions


In Ga. Senate race, crying babies rule TV ad wars

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 15th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

In Ga. Senate race, crying babies rule TV ad wars
ATLANTA (AP) — Baby, you’re a star in Georgia politics.

Putin: Ukraine must pre-pay for gas from June 1
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine’s acting president says the army destroyed two military bases of pro-Russian insurgents in operations overnight.


Chris Christie: Bridgegate a “footnote” by time 2016 rolls around

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 15th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Chris Christie: Bridgegate a “footnote” by time 2016 rolls around
Gov. Chris Christie, R-N.J., says the scandal surrounding the George Washington Bridge won’t have any bearing on his decision about a 2016 presidential bid.

Why is the Republican Party’s civil war so civil?
John Dickerson: So far the GOP’s primaries are producing strong midterm candidates like Nebraska’s Ben Sasse


Mark Levin Blasts Karl Rove For Suggesting Hillary Clinton Has Brain Damage

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 15th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Mark Levin Blasts Karl Rove For Suggesting Hillary Clinton Has Brain Damage

From the May 15 edition of Premiere Radio Networks’ The Mark Levin Show:

Previously:

Fox’s Karl Rove Reportedly Claims Hillary Clinton Has Brain Damage

Rove Promises That Clinton’s Health And Age Will Be Major Line Of Questioning In Possible 2016 Run

FLASHBACK: When Rove Thought It Was “Reprehensible” To Question A Candidate’s Age


Fox News and GOP Are Not in the Same Business

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 15th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Fox News and GOP Are Not in the Same Business
Froma Harrop, RealClearPolitics
The curtain has dropped on the tale of Cliven Bundy, the Nevada rancher famous for refusing to pay grazing fees for use of public land. He became a hero to anti-government zealots who oddly failed to see this second helping of taxpayer largesse (the modest fees he didn’t pay already reflected a government subsidy) as the action of a taker, not a maker. But Bundy provided an especially picturesque story custom-made for conservative Fox News. Here was a rancher on a horse, mad at the government and surrounded by a band of do-not-tread-on-me-or-my-Medicare-benefits supporters. All this and…

The Two GOP Establishments
E.J. Dionne, RealClearPolitics
WASHINGTON — The language commonly used to describe the battle going on inside the Republican Party is wrong and misleading. The fights this spring are not between “the grass roots” and “the establishment,” but between two establishment factions spending vast sums to gain the upper hand. Their confrontation has little to do with the long-term philosophical direction of the GOP. Very rich ideological donors, along with tea party groups, have been moving the party steadily rightward. Political correctness of an extremely conservative kind now rules. This explains the indigestion some…

Pryor Turns to Seniors in Ark. Senate Resurgence
Caitlin Huey-Burns, RealClearPolitics
At the start of the 2014 election cycle, Mark Pryor’s future in the Senate was widely considered as dead as the raccoons at the Gillett Coon Supper, an annual fundraiser and gathering spot for Arkansas pols. The two-term Democrat’s seat is viewed as a top pickup prospect for Republicans, who hope to control the Senate next year. Given President Obama’s low approval rating and the state’s red hue, Pryor seemed doomed. But recent national polls that show him leading once-formidable GOP challenger Tom Cotton have given hope to Democrats — and have observers wondering how this…

Newt vs. Tip: Partisanship at Its Apogee?
Carl M. Cannon, RealClearPolitics
Thirty years ago today, a heated argument between Democrats and Republicans raged on the House floor. The two primary antagonists were Speaker Thomas P. “Tip” O’Neill Jr. and Newt Gingrich — and when it was over the latter was nearly as well-known in this country as the former. The donnybrook, which lasted over several days, was ostensibly about U.S. foreign policy. But what was really at stake was which political party controlled the microphone in the House of Representatives — and in this country. And a look back at the extraordinary discussion reminds us that…


VIDEO: Hague vows help for Syria opposition

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 15th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

VIDEO: Hague vows help for Syria opposition
UK Foreign Secretary William Hague says the Friends of Syria group is to increase its support for moderate opposition groups in the country.

YouTube in 2015 election debate bid
YouTube, the Daily Telegraph and the Guardian are making a joint bid to host a leaders’ debate before next year’s election.

EU leadership rivals hold big debate
Rivals for the EU’s top job argue about the debt crisis, immigration and other key issues live on TV, in a landmark event for the EU.


Senate GOP anger at Reid boiling over

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 15th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Senate GOP anger at Reid boiling over
Republicans are threatening to torpedo a bill on extending tax breaks they support.


Public Discontent Rises as Families Gather to Bury Victims of Turkish Mine Disaster

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 15th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Public Discontent Rises as Families Gather to Bury Victims of Turkish Mine Disaster
With 284 deaths confirmed and at least 140 miners believed to be trapped, the town of Soma was racked with grief, frustration and anger.



World Briefing: Iran: Oil Exports Continue to Decline
Iran’s oil exports declined in April for the second consecutive month, the International Energy Agency reported Thursday, moving much closer to levels permitted under a temporary accord on the Iranian nuclear dispute that is set to expire in July.

Two Palestinians Killed in Clashes With Israeli Forces
Palestinian officials said the two were shot during a demonstration in the West Bank. The Israeli military said the matter was under investigation.



Japan Moves to Scale Back Postwar Restrictions on the Use of Military Power
A government panel called on the country to adopt a new legal interpretation of its war-renouncing Constitution that would permit an expanded role for its military.

India Ink: At a Memorial, Hundreds Pay Tribute to a Gujarat Human Rights Champion
The author remembers Mukul Sinha, a renowned human rights lawyer, who died on Monday.




Congressional Candidate Says Speed Limits Are A ‘Federal Overreach’

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 15th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Congressional Candidate Says Speed Limits Are A ‘Federal Overreach’

One Montana Republican is trying to turn even speed limits into a partisan issue.

The post Congressional Candidate Says Speed Limits Are A ‘Federal Overreach’ appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Matt Rosendale truck

CREDIT: Matt Rosendale for Montana Facebook page

State speed limit laws are evidence of too much government power in Washington D.C., according to Montana State Sen. Matt Rosendale (R), a leading candidate for his state’s lone congressional seat.

Not even 60 seconds into an interview on Tea Party Express’ podcast Monday, Rosendale began bemoaning Montana’s 75 mile per hour speed limit and fondly wishing for the days when the Big Sky state had no speed limit at all. He went on to say the matter illustrates his belief that the federal government has too much power. “It’s a classic example of federal overreach,” Rosendale said.

HOST: They still have that open speed limit there?

ROSENDALE: No they do not. It’s a classic example of federal overreach. The state is dependent upon the federal government for highway funds, so the federal government certainly has the ability to say, “here’s the type of laws you will implement to be eligible for those funds.” So they ended up placing speed limits on the state, so now we have a 75 mile-an-hour speed limit on the interstate.

Listen to it:

Setting aside Rosendale’s spurious argument that the federal government can’t set conditions on money it doles out, there are many good reasons to have a speed limit. Studies have found that higher speed limits result in more highway deaths. In fact, the automobile consumer group AAA found that in the 16 states with speed limits greater than 70 miles per hour, fatalities due to speed-related accidents are higher than the national average.

In addition, speed limits increase fuel efficiency. That’s why Congress set a national speed limit of 55 miles per hour in response to the 1970s Arab oil embargo. As CBS News notes, “Every additional 5 mph above 60 is estimated to cost motorists essentially another 30 cents per gallon.”

This isn’t the only time Rosendale has garnered controversy this campaign. Last month, he released a television ad showing him “shooting down” a drone with his rifle.

The post Congressional Candidate Says Speed Limits Are A ‘Federal Overreach’ appeared first on ThinkProgress.


Impossible Choices: Fast-Food Workers Explain Why They’re Striking

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 15th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Impossible Choices: Fast-Food Workers Explain Why They’re Striking
From: Zoë Carpenter

The campaign for higher wages in the fast food industry goes global. 

‘There Will Be No World Cup’: Brazil on the Brink
From: Dave Zirin

The World Cup is rapidly coming to Brazil. The protests are already there.

Why We All Need to Act Today to Save the Internet
From: Take Action

The FCC is expected to vote today on rule changes that would force every web service that can’t pay expensive new fees into an Internet slow lane.

Next Week, Alabama’s Backdoor Abortion Ban Goes on Trial
From: Dani McClain

Three of the state’s five clinics may have to close their doors. Here’s what’s at stake.

Watch Eric Holder Blast the ‘Excessive’ Use of Solitary Confinement in Juvenile Facilities
From: Steven Hsieh

International organizations have said the seclusion of youth in custody amounts to torture.