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Merritt: Hobby Lobby is Not a Christian Business

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 17th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Merritt: Hobby Lobby is Not a Christian Business
Jonathan Merritt, Religion News Service: “We’re Christians,” Hobby Lobby’s president Steve Green proclaims, “and we run our business on Christian principles.” That is music to the ears of many conservative Christians, who rallied around Hobby Lobby when the retail chain argued at the Supreme Court that ObamaCare’s contraception mandate unlawfully burdened their religious beliefs. But a closer look at Hobby Lobby’s actual business practices reveals this claim to be as hollow as a flute. Turn over just about any trinket in a Hobby Lobby store and you’ll find a gold oval stamped with “Made in China,” a country that is one of the worst offenders of human dignity, unborn infant life, and economic justice anywhere in the world.

20 Years Ago, O.J. Fled Police (Slowly)
Twenty years ago today, 95 million viewers across the America were glued to their televisions as police went on a low-speed chase after a white Ford Bronco as it cruised along a Los Angeles freeway. Inside the car, O.J. Simpson was sitting in the backseat, allegedly with a gun to his head. Al “A.C.” Cowlings, Simpson’s friend and former teammate in high school, college and the NFL, was at the wheel. The police expected Simpson to turn himself on the charges of murdering his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ronald Goldman. But he never showed up.


Smithsonian honors Ralph Lauren for fashion, flag

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 17th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Smithsonian honors Ralph Lauren for fashion, flag
WASHINGTON (AP) — Ralph Lauren’s love for the American flag and American style earned him high honors Tuesday from the Smithsonian Institution, celebrating his five decades in fashion.

Man tried to toss drug-filled football into prison
JACKSON, Mich. (AP) — Michigan authorities say a man tried to throw a football loaded with drugs and cellphones into the yard of a state prison.

German police official gets nod as Interpol chief
PARIS (AP) — The vice president of Germany’s Federal Criminal Police, Juergen Stock, is in line to take over the operational helm of Interpol next year if his nomination is endorsed in November.


Hillary Clinton: I wouldn’t send ground troops into Iraq

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 17th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Hillary Clinton: I wouldn’t send ground troops into Iraq
The former secretary of state wouldn’t commit to any action unless the Iraqi prime minister is more responsive to U.S. concern


Watch CNN’s Chris Cuomo Hold An Iraq War Architect Accountable

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 17th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Watch CNN’s Chris Cuomo Hold An Iraq War Architect Accountable

From the June 17 edition of CNN’s New Day:

Previously:

Sunday Shows Turn To Discredited Iraq War Architects For Iraq Analysis

Iraq War Architect Bill Kristol Touts His Consistent Support For Invading Countries

Iraq And The Need For Pundit Accountability


Cantor Ran to Serve the Elites

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 17th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Cantor Ran to Serve the Elites
Jack Kelly, RealClearPolitics
On Tuesday, Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Va., became the first House majority leader ever to be defeated in a primary election. No one in Washington saw this coming. Most try harder to spin the result than to understand why it happened. They will regret it. Good candidates win. Bad candidates lose. Eric Cantor, like Mitt Romney, is an intelligent man of good character and genuine accomplishment. But like Mr. Romney — and for essentially the same reasons — he was a terrible candidate. The victor, Dave Brat, who teaches economics at Randolph-Macon College, could be in real life the character…


Cameron: UK-China relations strong

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 17th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Cameron: UK-China relations strong
David Cameron says the UK’s relationship with China is “gaining in strength, depth and understanding” after talks with Premier Li Keqiang.

Viewpoints: MPs on the Iraq crisis
Senior MPs – including ex-foreign secretaries – debate the Iraq crisis


The retirement crisis is upon us

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 17th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

The retirement crisis is upon us
Over a quarter (27 percent) of Connecticut seniors are living in poverty or close to it.


As Sunnis Die in Iraq, a Cycle Is Restarting

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 17th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

As Sunnis Die in Iraq, a Cycle Is Restarting
Many Iraqis said they feared a resumption of the sectarian violence that occurred during the height of the war.



World Briefing: Malaysia: Hunt After Boat Sinks
A boat carrying 97 people from Indonesia sank off the western coast of Malaysia, and 61 of the passengers were missing, the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency said Wednesday.



World Briefing: Nigeria: Soccer Viewing Bombed
A suicide bomber detonated a tricycle taxi packed with explosives on Tuesday night at an outdoor World Cup viewing center in a northeast Nigerian city, Damaturu, the capital of Yobe State.



Forbidden Afghan Couple Are Reunited After Arrests
The government freed Zakia and Mohammad Ali, who married for love despite death threats from their families and criminal charges by the authorities.




Republicans Remain Silent As Obama Plans To Extend LGBT Employment Protections

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 17th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Republicans Remain Silent As Obama Plans To Extend LGBT Employment Protections

Republicans have not expressed any opposition to a proposed executive order protecting LGBT employees of federal contractors from discrimination.

The post Republicans Remain Silent As Obama Plans To Extend LGBT Employment Protections appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Republican Party Elephant Pin

CREDIT: Shutterstock/Constantine Pankin

The White House indicated Monday that President Obama will soon issue an executive order protecting the LGBT employees of federal contractors from workplace discrimination, and the silence from the right has been deafening.

Only two Republican lawmakers, Sens. Orrin Hatch (UT) and Susan Collins (ME), have expressed any concern whatsoever about the impending order. Both actually voted in favor of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) in the Senate last November. Hatch’s specific concerns related to exemptions he hopes will allow religious organizations unprecedented privilege to continue discriminating against LGBT people. Collins simply feels the executive order will not do enough, once again urging the House to take up ENDA.

On Fox News, the executive order only received a brief mention in a news update by Bret Baier on Special Report. He did not cite any concerns about the order nor highlight any opposition to it.

A few religious right organizations did react in typical fashion. The Family Research Council’s Peter Sprigg warned that the order will impact the “constitutional freedoms of religion, speech, and association” and expose employers to “threats of costly legal proceedings.” Focus on the Family told the Huffington Post it expects lawmakers will react once the executive order is made public, while Ralph Reed of the Faith and Freedom Coalition wasn’t concerned because he is still optimistic ENDA won’t pass in the Republican-controlled House.

But the Republican silence so far may indicate that Reed’s faith that a majority in the House would reject ENDA is misplaced. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) told ThinkProgress back in November that he believes that ENDA would easily pass in the House if Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) ever allowed a vote. Boehner has said there is “no way” that happens this year.

Opposing the executive order would put Republicans in the position of defending those who wish to refuse employment to LGBT people, whether for religious reasons or otherwise. When Arizona considered a bill that would have propped up such discrimination, national backlash prompted Gov. Jan Brewer (R) to veto it. Legislatures in about ten other states — including several under Republican control — abandoned similar bills that would have legally empowered employers to discriminate against LGBT customers and employees.

Though the party line hasn’t changed, Republicans are trumpeting their opposition to LGBT equality less and less frequently. Senate Republican candidates, for example, have voiced very little support for a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, despite the fact many of them have previously supported such a measure. Reeling from its losses in the 2012 election, the Republican Party spent much of 2013 discussing ways to sound “inclusive” and sugarcoat their anti-LGBT rhetoric in “grace, love and respect” without actually changing their positions. Some in the party advocated staying quiet on issues like same-sex marriage altogether. Many seem to be following that tactic this week.

The post Republicans Remain Silent As Obama Plans To Extend LGBT Employment Protections appeared first on ThinkProgress.


Meet the Anti-Party

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 17th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Meet the Anti-Party
From: Tom Tomorrow

Dispatches from the party of "no" (and not much else).

How to Fix the Iraq Crisis
From: Bob Dreyfuss

Hint: not by bombing it.

Will the Death Penalty Return to the US This Week?
From: Steven Hsieh

If a Georgia execution goes as planned, it will be the first to take place in the United States since Oklahoma officials botched the lethal injection of Clayton Lockett on April 29.