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Archive for July 5th, 2014

Senate Candidate: My Teen Daughter is Pregnant

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 5th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Senate Candidate: My Teen Daughter is Pregnant
The campaign of Congressman Bill Cassidy, a Republican primary candidate for U.S. Senate running to oppose Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu in Louisiana, announced Thursday that his unmarried 17-year-old daughter is pregnant. The girl begins her senior year in high school in the fall. Cassidy said in a statement, “Our daughter now faces a more challenging future than her peers. She has our unconditional love and support.”

Shock Jock Anthony Fired for Racist Twitter Rant
Radio shock jock Anthony Cumia of Opie & Anthony has been fired by Sirius XM after going on a racist Twitter rant after a black woman allegedly assaulted him when he was taking photos in Times Square. She became angry because she was in one of his photos, he said. “Savage violent animal f—- prey on white people. Easy targets. This c— has no clue how lucky she was. She belted me 10 times,” Cumia wrote on Twitter. “I had a gun. … It’s a jungle out in our cities after midnight. Violent savages own the streets. They all came 2 defend this pig. I had to yell like at dogs.”


Homeless parolees weigh on California counties

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 5th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Homeless parolees weigh on California counties
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown based his recent overhaul of the state corrections system in part on the idea that having those convicted of lower-level crimes supervised by county probation officers instead of state parole agents when they are released would help them stay clean, find jobs and avoid committing new crimes.


NASCAR team pulls Charlie Crist sponsorship

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 5th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

NASCAR team pulls Charlie Crist sponsorship
Team owner says his partner, a Republican, was uncomfortable with the advertisement for Crist, a Democrat running for Florida governor

Hillary Clinton: All my college speaking fees go to charity
Facing criticism about high-priced speaking gigs at colleges, Clinton says her earnings fund “life-saving” work at her family’s foundation

Chris McDaniel: Thad Cochran’s campaign “race-baited”
McDaniel, who lost a GOP Senate primary runoff to incumbent Cochran last month, says he’s mounting a legal challenge “any day now”


The Empire of Contention

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 5th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

The Empire of Contention
Robert Samuelson, RealClearPolitics
WASHINGTON — I am reading historian Gordon Wood’s splendid “Empire of Liberty: A History of the Early Republic, 1789-1815.” It is an ideal companion for this July 4th weekend because it reminds us of the great continuities in our politics and national condition. Dynamic social and economic change, concern for the middle class, poisonous politics, bad policies, flawed leaders — they were all there two centuries ago, just as now. There’s a lesson here, though perhaps not the one you suspect. Dynamic change? In 1800, the 5.3 million Americans (nearly a fifth were slaves) had increased by more…

It’s Not Surprising More Americans Believe Freedom Is Overrated
David Harsanyi, RealClearPolitics
A new Gallup poll finds that fewer Americans are satisfied with the freedom in their lives compared with seven years ago — dropping 12 percentage points, from 91 percent in 2006 to 79 percent in 2013. During that same time, the percentage of Americans dissatisfied with the freedoms available in their lives more than doubled, from 9 percent to 21 percent. The United States now sits in 36th place among the world in our admiration of the idea of freedom. It’s fair to mention that the definition of “freedom” has become increasingly pliable. (It is, for example, regularly argued that one person’s…

The Method & Madness of Those Pesky Fundraising Emails
Caitlin Huey-Burns, RealClearPolitics
The subject lines on the emails read like they could have been sent by exes, stalkers — or cultists awaiting the Apocalypse. “Throw in the towel,” says one. “Kiss all hope good bye,” reads another. A third simply says, “Doomed.” At the other end of the emotional spectrum, another evokes the enthusiasm and encouragement a fifth-grade teacher might offer an earnest student: “Awesome.” These are not blasts from the past or rants from predictors of Armageddon, however. They are political fundraising pitches. To the list of “death and…


Former minister backs ‘Yes’ campaign

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 5th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Former minister backs ‘Yes’ campaign
A former Labour minister urges the party’s Scottish voters to back independence in September’s referendum.

Academics ‘Yes’ vote research fears
Medical and scientific research across the UK will suffer if Scotland votes for independence, claim the heads of three academic institutions.

Lord Brittan ‘quizzed on rape claim’
Former Home Secretary Lord Brittan is reported to have been interviewed by police over a historical allegation of rape.


‘House of Scandal’ haunts GOP

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‘House of Scandal’ haunts GOP
The House Republican “Scandal caucus” isn’t backing down.


Amid Modi’s Centrist Shift, an Aide With a Turbulent Past Rises

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 5th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Amid Modi’s Centrist Shift, an Aide With a Turbulent Past Rises
After two Hindu men were killed in an altercation with Muslims last summer, Sanjeev Balyan rallied crowds from his caste, and a week later 60 people were dead.

Autopsy Suggests Palestinian Teenager Was Burned to Death After Abduction
An examination of the teenager who was snatched from an East Jerusalem street and slain this week found soot in his lungs, according to a senior Palestinian official briefed on the early results.



Opinion: Are Neocons Getting Ready to Ally With Hillary Clinton?
The neoconservative movement may be connecting with Hillary Clinton in a bid to to return to the driver’s seat of American foreign policy.



Contributing Op-Ed Writer: Dhaka’s Poisoned Fruit
In Bangladesh, tainted food brings attention to the chasm between country and city.




This Country Just Passed Its First Ever Minimum Wage, And It’s Much Higher Than Ours

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 5th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

This Country Just Passed Its First Ever Minimum Wage, And It’s Much Higher Than Ours

Germany’s first minimum wage will start at $11.60 an hour, while the American wage is stuck at $7.25.

The post This Country Just Passed Its First Ever Minimum Wage, And It’s Much Higher Than Ours appeared first on ThinkProgress.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and members of parliament

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and members of parliament

CREDIT: AP/Markus Schreiber

On Thursday, Germany’s parliament approved the country’s first ever minimum wage at €8.50, or $11.60, an hour.

The new minimum will take effect in 2015 with a two-year transition period for some businesses. The law also allows some groups to be paid less, including people under 18, short-term interns, and the long-term unemployed. Future increases will be set by an independent commission made up of unions and business representatives, and the first increase could come as early as 2017.

Before the passage of the law, Germany was one of just seven countries out of the 28 members of the European Union without a minimum wage.

And it is already far outpacing the minimum wage in the United States. Ours currently rests at $7.25 an hour and hasn’t been raised in five years. It’s lost much of its purchasing power to inflation over the years; if it had kept up with it since its peak in the 1960s, the wage would be over $10 an hour. And if it had kept up with increases in workers’ productivity, rewarding them for their harder work, it would be nearly $22 an hour.

President Obama and Congressional Democrats have pushed for raising the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour, but Republicans blocked a bill that would have done just that. Despite warnings that a higher minimum wage will cost jobs, states that have raised their minimum wages have experienced healthy job growth, even among small businesses. A $10.10 wage would also lift millions out of poverty, particularly helping women and people of color.

In light of this evidence and a lack of Congressional action, states have been raising their own wages, although none have gotten to quite the same level as Germany’s. Massachusetts comes the closest, raising its minimum wage to $11 by 2017. Vermont put its wage at $10.50 an hour and three others, Connecticut, Hawaii, and Maryland, have passed the $10.10 level sought by President Obama. But some city wages surpass Germany, such as the $15 an hour wage agreed upon in Seattle.

The post This Country Just Passed Its First Ever Minimum Wage, And It’s Much Higher Than Ours appeared first on ThinkProgress.


California GOP’s Rebuilding Project

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 5th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

California GOP’s Rebuilding Project
Fred Barnes, Weekly Standard
Here’s a rundown on the sad state of the Republican party in California. Republicans haven’t won a Senate contest since 1990. George H. W. Bush was the last Republican presidential candidate to win here. That was in 1988. Barack Obama was reelected with a larger percentage of the vote in 2012 (59 percent) than Ronald Reagan in 1984 (58 percent). And it was long ago in 1976 when S. I. Hayakawa ousted John Tunney from his Senate seat—the last Republican challenger to knock off an incumbent Democrat in a Senate or governor’s race.

The Great Liberal Hobby Lobby Freak-out
James Antle, National Interest
Social liberalism is becoming illiberal. That is the only conclusion that can be reached from the unhinged reaction to the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision, which was being mischaracterized before it was even handed down.

For Obama, Loss of Senate Could Be Freeing
Dana Milbank, Wash Post
The walls seem to be closing in on the Obama presidency.Iraq and Syria are overrun with terrorists. Violence is flaring in Ukraine and on Israel’s borders. A humanitarian crisis is developing on our own southern border, but immigration legislation, like most all legislation, is moribund. Probes of the veterans’ health-care system, the IRS and Benghazi are sucking up attention and the administration’s time.