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Archive for May 31st, 2014

Solar to Match Coal by 2017?

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 31st, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Solar to Match Coal by 2017?
Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, The Telegraph: Here is a story to cheer us all up. Wuxi Suntech Power expects the cost of electricity from solar modules match to coal-powered stations in China as soon as 2016. If so, we are entering a dramatically different world. The company


Barbour faces off with tea party at GOP conference

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 31st, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Barbour faces off with tea party at GOP conference
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Even as Republicans preach the need for solidarity, divisions between the tea party and the GOP establishment are clear at a national conservative summit in New Orleans.


Defiant Hillary Clinton defends Benghazi response

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 31st, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Defiant Hillary Clinton defends Benghazi response
The former secretary of state devotes a chapter of her upcoming book to the attack and responding to GOP criticism of her handling of the aftermath


Watch Fox’s Juan Williams Blast GOP For Hosting Duck Dynasty Star After His Racist, Anti-Gay Comments

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 31st, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Watch Fox’s Juan Williams Blast GOP For Hosting Duck Dynasty Star After His Racist, Anti-Gay Comments

From the May 31 edition of Fox News’ Cashin’ In:

Related:

‘Duck Dynasty’ star Phil Robertson to address Republican Leadership Conference

Previously:

Bogus Duck Dynasty First Amendment Argument Knocked Down By An Unlikely Source

Fox News Employees Rush To Defend Duck Dynasty Star’s Anti-Gay Comments

Fox News Reporter Defends Duck Dynasty Star’s Anti-Gay Comments


From Toxic Misogyny to Toxic Feminism

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 31st, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

From Toxic Misogyny to Toxic Feminism
Cathy Young, RealClearPolitics
Last weekend’s horror in Santa Barbara, where 22-year-old Elliot Rodger killed six people and wounded more than a dozen before shooting himself, unexpectedly sparked a feminist moment. With revelations that Rodger’s killing spree was fueled by anger over rejection by women and that he had posted on what some described as a “men’s rights” forum (actually, a forum for bitter “involuntarily celibate” men), many rushed to frame the shooting as a stark example of the violent misogyny said to be pervasive in our culture. The Twitter hashtag #YesAllWomen…

More VA Problems; Obama Doctrine; Romney’s Return; Maya Angelou: Still She Rises
Carl M. Cannon, RealClearPolitics
Good morning. It’s Thursday, May 29, 2014, and the world has noticeably less color than it did only yesterday: Maya Angelou has passed over to the other side. An abused daughter of segregated Dixie, she went as a young woman to California, New York, and Africa to find her voice — and, once discovered, that voice could never be stilled — before returning in triumph and a hard-won peace of mind to her native South. Maya Angelou was a memoirist, poet, actress, singer, dancer, activist, political campaigner, lecturer, and college professor. In addition to a sinecure at Wake Forest…


Group pensions ‘in Queen’s Speech’

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 31st, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Group pensions ‘in Queen’s Speech’
The government is expected to unveil plans to allow workers to contribute to Dutch-style collective pensions, which it says could boost income for members.

UK in ‘EU quit threat’ on presidency
German magazine Der Spiegel says PM David Cameron warned the UK could leave the EU if Jean-Claude Juncker becomes president.

‘Elections delayed Rennard apology’
An apology by former Liberal Democrats’ chief executive Lord Rennard following sexual harassment allegations was delayed until after the recent elections, his legal adviser says.


American Businesses in China Feel Heat of a Cyberdispute

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 31st, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

American Businesses in China Feel Heat of a Cyberdispute
Following the Justice Department’s indictment of five members of the Chinese Army on economic cyberespionage charges, Chinese government agencies are reviewing their use of IBM servers — an example of the growing tensions.



Bowe Bergdahl, American Soldier, Freed by Taliban in Prisoner Trade
Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the lone American prisoner of war from the Afghan conflict, has been released in exchange for five Taliban prisoners at Guantánamo Bay, officials said.



China Accuses U.S. and Japan of Incitement
A senior Chinese military official’s remarks followed speeches by Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and Japan’s prime minister faulting China for maritime disputes with its neighbors.



Lesson for P.O.W.’s Father: Men Sometimes Do Come Back
Robert Bergdahl fought in Washington for his son’s release from the Taliban for five years. On Saturday, President Obama said Bowe Bergdahl was coming home.



Before Syrian Suicide Blast, a Quiet Life in the Suburbs
An American man who a militant group said detonated 16 tons of explosives was remembered in the Florida subdivision where he grew up for his love of basketball.




Rand Paul Suddenly Unsure If Obamacare Should Be Completely Repealed

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 31st, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Rand Paul Suddenly Unsure If Obamacare Should Be Completely Repealed

“[P]eople seem to be very much complimenting our exchange,” Paul admitted.

The post Rand Paul Suddenly Unsure If Obamacare Should Be Completely Repealed appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Rand Paul, Mitch McConnell

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) has joined Mitch McConnell in suggesting that Kentucky could maintain its Obamacare exchange if health care reform is repealed, saying that he’s “not sure” if the new marketplace (Kynect) should be unraveled. Paul’s comments come as a growing number of Republicans aim to repackage the key tenets of President Obama’s health care law as unique state solutions, designed and built by state officials far away from Washington D.C.

“There’s a lot of questions that are big questions that are beyond just the exchange and the Kynect and things like that,” Paul said. He reiterated that he would like to “repeal all of Obamacare,” but added, “Can a state still have an exchange? You know we live in a 50-state union so some states could have exchanges. They already did before Obamacare.”

“I think the real question that we have in Kentucky is people seem to be very much complimenting our exchange because of the functionality of it, but there are still the unknown questions or what’s going to happen with so many new people,” Paul said.

The senator had previously claimed that the law “strips away your freedom to choose what plan works best for you and your family” and urged Congress to “repeal this partisan mess of a law so we can start over with real input from the American people and members of both parties.”

Since enrollment began in October, Kentucky has been a model for effective Affordable Care Act implementation, enrolling over 400,000 people in health insurance coverage.

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, McConnell’s challenger, won’t defend the ACA in its entirety, but has praised the state’s exchange and criticized McConnell for trying to find a new position on a law he has repeatedly voted to repeal.

The post Rand Paul Suddenly Unsure If Obamacare Should Be Completely Repealed appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Pentagon Will Allow Some Undocumented Immigrants To Join The Armed Forces

Though the new Pentagon policy could provide a path to citizenship for some undocumented immigrants, it is limited in scope.

The post Pentagon Will Allow Some Undocumented Immigrants To Join The Armed Forces appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Army recruiters stand at attention in Jackson, Mississippi

Army recruiters stand at attention in Jackson, Mississippi

CREDIT: AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis

The Pentagon approved a policy that will allow a small group of undocumented immigrants to join the military, potentially creating a path to citizenship for them, according to a report by the Huffington Post’s Ryan J. Reilly and Elise Foley. The new policy will affect immigrants currently enabled to remain in the country by the Obama Administration’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, a program that benefits certain law-abiding young undocumented immigrants who came to the United States before the age of sixteen. The new military policy, however, only extends to immigrants with certain specialized skills.

As a general rule, federal law provides that “no person shall be naturalized unless he has been lawfully admitted to the United States for permanent residence,” a rule that excludes DACA beneficiaries. A program known as Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest (MAVNI), however, permits non-citizen members of the armed forces to “naturalize without first obtaining a Green Card.” Previously, the MAVNI was open to other non-citizens without green cards, such as refugees and foreign nationals who obtained asylum in the United States. This new Pentagon policy expands the scope of that program.

The scope of the Pentagon’s new policy, however, is still likely to be quite limited. The MAVNI program permits non-citizen health care professionals or “Enlisted Individuals with Special Language and Culture Backgrounds” to join the military, but it does not benefit potential enlistees who do not possess these skills or backgrounds. Thus, many young undocumented immigrants who would like to take advantage of this opportunity to join the armed forces will be unable to do so.

The post Pentagon Will Allow Some Undocumented Immigrants To Join The Armed Forces appeared first on ThinkProgress.


Working Families Party Gives Cuomo Its Ballot Line

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 31st, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Working Families Party Gives Cuomo Its Ballot Line
From: Jarrett Murphy

A floor fight at the party’s convention ended in the governor’s favor.


Tillis and Hagan in a Tar Heel Showdown

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 31st, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Tillis and Hagan in a Tar Heel Showdown
George Will, Washington Post
“Twenty-four times” is Thom Tillis’s answer, delivered with a faint flicker of a Cheshire Cat smile. The question was: How many times, that his campaign knows of, has Sen. Kay Hagan (D-N.C.) said on camera that under Obamacare, if you like your health insurance, you can keep it? Tillis will be sharing some of her video promises with voters as he seeks to become part of a Republican Senate majority in January.

Modi Right to Strengthen Ties with China

The Only Certainty About Diet Trends Is Their Reversal
David Sax, LAT
Another day, I met my friend Marko for lunch in Venice, where he shunned the artisan toast with house ricotta because he was on the paleo diet. Although no refined grains, sugar or dairy could enter his body, he regularly ate lamb chops for breakfast. Still, he told me as he dug into a piece of fish and a salad, he could now run faster, catch more waves and make better love. I congratulated him — and ordered a lemon poppy seed muffin for the road. During dinner at an Indian restaurant downtown, my friend Christopher, once a die-hard fan of Langer’s pastrami, waved away anything with…

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