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Archive for June 7th, 2014

Belarus President Brings Back Serfdom

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 7th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Belarus President Brings Back Serfdom
Alexander Lukashenko, the president of Belarus, agreed last week to sign a new decree that would forbid workers on collective farms from leaving to pursue jobs elsewhere, increase the power of regional governors and “teach the peasants to work more efficiently,” according to a Russian language article published on Gazeta. The dictator’s statement came around the same time Belarus joined with Russia and Kazakhstan to form a Eurasian Economic Union, the membership of which implies free movement of labor between the nations. Lukashenko has a habit of making bold and outrageous statements when he hopes to get something from Moscow.

Jane Fonda Gets AFI Life Achievement Honor
A cast of Hollywood stars paid tribute to actress and political activist Jane Fonda as she accepted the American Film Institute’s Life Achievement Award. Actresses including Meryl Streep, Sally Field, Sandra Bullock and Cameron Diaz saluted the 76-year-old Oscar-winner at Thursday’s event in Hollywood. Her late father, actor Henry Fonda, received the AFI award in 1978. Accepting the award, Fonda offered advice on career longevity and said, “Ask questions, stay curious. It’s much more important to be interested than to be interesting.”


Mayor: Rio will fail to keep pledge to clean bay

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 7th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Mayor: Rio will fail to keep pledge to clean bay
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Rio de Janeiro will not keep its promise of cleaning polluted Guanabara Bay for the 2016 Olympics, Mayor Eduardo Paes said on Saturday.

LA Kings outlast Rangers 5-4 in double OT
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Kings rallied from a two-goal deficit against the New York Rangers in the third period Saturday night, sending Game 2 of the Stanley Cup finals into overtime.


VA head: 18 more vets left off wait list died

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 7th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

VA head: 18 more vets left off wait list died
Acting VA Secretary Sloan Gibson says the 18 in Phoenix area were on top of 17 cited last month there; unclear if the long waits contributed to the deaths


On Media Matters Radio , Center For American Progress’ Larry Korb Tackles Conservative Myths About Bergdahl Negotiations

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 7th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

On Media Matters Radio , Center For American Progress’ Larry Korb Tackles Conservative Myths About Bergdahl Negotiations

From the June 7 edition of SiriusXM’s Media Matters Radio:

Previously:

Media Pretends That Negotiations Over Bergdahl Release Were Unprecedented

Foreign Policy Experts Vs. Media On Talking To The Taliban

Fox’s Selective Amnesia: Megyn Kelly Forgets President Bush’s Negotiations With Enemies In Iraq


VA Scandal Further Discredits Obama’s Big Government Policies

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 7th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

VA Scandal Further Discredits Obama’s Big Government Policies
Michael Barone, RealClearPolitics
President Obama evidently was caught by surprise by the scandal at the Department of Veterans Affairs. So, apparently, was VA Secretary Eric Shinseki, who evidently took at face value the corrupt VA statistics — and who, after a distinguished military career, resigned last week. One who was probably not taken by surprise is longtime Yale Law Professor Peter Schuck, who identified the problems at the VA before the scandal broke in his recently published book, “Why Government Fails So Often and How It Can Do Better.” Schuck is no libertarian who wants to do away with government altogether. He…

Pop Culture Isn’t to Blame for “Slenderman” Stabbing
Tom Bevan, RealClearPolitics
I rarely find myself in disagreement with John Kass, whom I consider one of America’s preeminent columnists, and a friend. But this week John missed the mark in his column seeking an explanation for the inexplicable: the horrific stabbing of a 12-year-old Wisconsin girl by two of her classmates. To recap briefly: Anissa Weier and Morgan Geyser, two sixth-grade girls from suburban Milwaukee, apparently became infatuated with “Slenderman,” a mythical, menacing, faceless evil specter that exists on the Internet and is most closely associated with stories involving the stalking…


Hain will look for ‘new challenges’

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 7th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Hain will look for ‘new challenges’
Former Labour cabinet minister Peter Hain, who is to stand down as an MP, will take on new challenges and be a “tremendous asset” in whatever he does, according to the first minister.

UKIP demands more seats in Lords
Nigel Farage said he will insist on more representatives in the House of Lords after topping the polls in the European elections.

Minimum wage underpayers named
The government has named 25 more employers that have failed to pay their staff the minimum wage, under rules which came in last year.


Team Cantor: We got this

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 7th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Team Cantor: We got this
To hear Eric Cantor and his advisers tell it, there’s really nothing to see here.


Indians Riot Over Power Cuts During Heat Wave

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 7th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Indians Riot Over Power Cuts During Heat Wave
With temperatures soaring to 117 degrees Fahrenheit, thousands in northern India stormed electricity substations and took power company officials hostage.



Opinion: A View From Gitmo
The Bergdahl swap highlights how inmates are hostage to politics.



Poroshenko Takes Ukraine Helm With Tough Words for Russia
Petro Poroshenko was sworn in amid a continuing separatist insurrection in eastern Ukraine by pro-Russian fighters.



For Afghan Lovers, Joy Is Brief, Ending in Arrest
Mohammad Ali, 21, was captured by his male in-laws and dragged to a police station, where he was accused of kidnapping his wife, Zakia, 18, whom he had married for love.




PHOTOS: Wisconsin Couples Celebrate Marriage Equality

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 7th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

PHOTOS: Wisconsin Couples Celebrate Marriage Equality

Couples rushed to tie the knot after a federal judge stuck down Wisconsin’s ban on same-sex marriage.

The post PHOTOS: Wisconsin Couples Celebrate Marriage Equality appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Wisconsin Gay Marriage

CREDIT: AP

A federal judge struck down Wisconsin’s ban on same-sex marriage on Friday. Immediately, couples across the state tied the knot.

Though the Attorney General has already requested an emergency stay as the ruling will be appealed to the conservative Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, clerks in Wisconsin started issuing marriage licenses an hour after the decision was released.

The post PHOTOS: Wisconsin Couples Celebrate Marriage Equality appeared first on ThinkProgress.


Getting Married ‘Where We Live’: Why Each Marriage Equality Ruling is Historic

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 7th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Getting Married ‘Where We Live’: Why Each Marriage Equality Ruling is Historic
From: John Nichols

When a federal judge tossed Wisconsin’s marriage ban, kids showed up with flowers and cops brought the cake.