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BP Oil Spill in Lake Michigan

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 19th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

BP Oil Spill in Lake Michigan
BP crews on Thursday more than doubled their earlier maximum estimate of how much oil spilled into Lake Michigan when a refinery malfunction occurred in Indiana this week. Company representatives now estimate between 630 and 1,638 gallons of oil has been recovered since the spill at BP’s Whiting Refinery on Monday, March 24. It was estimated Wednesday that between 377 and 755 gallons of crude oil had spilled. BP said the initial numbers were based off visual observation.


American in Ukraine crash had lived in New Jersey

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 19th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

American in Ukraine crash had lived in New Jersey
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The only American identified so far as a victim of the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in Ukraine lived in New Jersey as a child and returned to the Netherlands when he was 5.

Kenya Red Cross: 7 die in militant attack on coast
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Seven people were killed when gunmen attacked a bus at the Kenyan coast where previous attacks had left 87 people dead, the Kenya Red Cross said Saturday.

In US, fearful campers eye Middle East conflict
OTISFIELD, Maine (AP) — Fighting in the Middle East has made for a summer of high tension, tearful phone calls and unlikely friendships between Israelis and Palestinians attending camps in the U.S. that host participants from the region.


GOP: Democrats “hold our economy hostage” by blocking jobs bills

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 19th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

GOP: Democrats “hold our economy hostage” by blocking jobs bills
Incoming House majority whip slams Democrats for delaying Keystone pipeline; Obama cites “good steps” on job training


The Brazil of North America

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 19th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

The Brazil of North America
Pat Buchanan, RealClearPolitics
To observe the decades-long paralysis of America’s political elite in controlling her borders calls to mind the insight of James Burnham in 1964 — “Liberalism is the ideology of Western suicide.” What the ex-Trotskyite turned Cold Warrior meant was that by faithfully following the tenets of liberalism, the West would embrace suicidal policies that would bring about the death of her civilization. The crisis on our Southern border, where the left, and not only the left, is wailing that we cannot turn away desperate people fleeing wicked regimes and remain true to our liberal values, is a case…


No return to tax and spend – Miliband

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 19th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

No return to tax and spend – Miliband
Ed Miliband promises there will be no return to the tax and spend policies of past Labour governments, in a speech to Labour’s national policy forum.

Foreign firms ‘create 66,000 jobs’
More than 66,000 jobs have been created in the UK by foreign businesses over the past year, government figures show.


A fracking problem for Dems

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 19th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

A fracking problem for Dems
A push to ban the drilling technique could hurt Sen. Mark Udall’s (D) reelection chances.


Struggling to Keep Afghan Girl Safe After a Mullah Is Accused of Rape

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 19th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Struggling to Keep Afghan Girl Safe After a Mullah Is Accused of Rape
Support for the rape suspect — a mullah — and plans by the girl’s family for an “honor killing” have become emblematic of a broader failure to help female Afghan victims.



With Jet Strike, War in Ukraine Is Felt Globally
The downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 rippled across multiple continents, bringing home in vivid relief the consequences of a struggle that had seemed far removed for many.



Karlijn Keijzer and Quinn Schansman Were Aboard Malaysia Airlines Flight 17
Karlijn Keijzer, 25, and Quinn Schansman, 19, were on their way to vacations when the Malaysia Airlines jet was brought down.



U.S. Drone Kills 15 Militants in Pakistan
The strike was the fourth reported in the North Waziristan tribal region since Pakistan began a military operation there last month.



With Jet’s Fall, War in Ukraine Is Felt Globally
The downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 rippled across multiple continents, bringing home in vivid relief the consequences of a struggle that had seemed far removed for many.




Administration Announces It Will Not Exempt Religious Institutions On LGBT Employment Discrimination Rule

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 19th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Administration Announces It Will Not Exempt Religious Institutions On LGBT Employment Discrimination Rule

Federal contractors will not be able to discriminate against LGBT people in hiring even if they have a religious objection, the Obama Administration will announce on Monday.

The post Administration Announces It Will Not Exempt Religious Institutions On LGBT Employment Discrimination Rule appeared first on ThinkProgress.

CREDIT: AP Photo/Charles Dharapak

Federal contractors will not be able to discriminate against LGBT people in hiring even if they have a religious objection, the Obama Administration will announce on Monday.

Last month, the administration announced it would amend two executive orders barring employers who rely on federal funds from discriminating against a series of traits. The current order includes race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. Now, it will also include gender identity and sexual orientation. The move is a Band-Aid solution to the broader problem of Congress not passing the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) that would bar all employers from discriminating against people based on their sexuality.

When the announcement came last month, though, there remained an open question as to whether religious objectors would be exempt. About 140 religious leaders requested broad exemptions, while more than 100 members of clergy specifically asked Obama not to include such an exemption. On Friday, Politico reported that the administration will not heed the former requests, and will instead make the rule apply more broadly to all federal contractors.

“This is a tremendous victory for those of us who believe that as people of faith we should be exemplary, not exempted,” said Rev. Fred Davie, Executive Vice President at Union Theological Seminary. Rev. Davie will be a guest when the President signs the executive order on Monday. “Religions of the world across the ages have engendered and supported discrimination and bigotry from deceptively genteel to utterly horrific. We have also sacrificed our very lives for our neighbors in response to God’s radical and unrelenting call to love others as much as we love ourselves,” he added.

While it may seem like a small technicality to make a new anti-discrimination rule exclusively for government contractors, the order will actually effect over a million LGBT workers in the United States, and will be the largest expansion of LGBT workers’ rights in the nation’s history. In 29 states, it is legal to fire someone for being gay. In 34, an employer can fire someone with no recourse if they are transgender.

The executive order will keep in place an exemption established by President George W. Bush in 2002 that allows religious contractors to favor employees with the same religion for religious roles.

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Elizabeth Warren Offers Democrats More Than a 2016 Candidacy—She Offers a 2014 Agenda

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 19th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Elizabeth Warren Offers Democrats More Than a 2016 Candidacy—She Offers a 2014 Agenda
From: John Nichols

Warren’s Netroots Nation speech was populist, progressive and specific. The base cheered. Party leaders should listen.


The U.S. Military Takes On Climate Change

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 19th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

The U.S. Military Takes On Climate Change

Lobbyist: Why Does GOP Want to Kill My Job?
Ben Domenech, Federalist
John Feehery’s piece here on the dangers of rising Republican skepticism for big business is an amusing read, not just because I’m pretty sure nearly every sentence of it can be debunked in whole or in part. The tone is one of desperate confusion: when did the Republican Party stop being knee-jerk pro-business in the subsidies and carveouts and bailouts sense? Why do they want to kill the jobs of hardworking K Street influence peddlers? Feehery writes that “Amid the fight for the soul of the Republican Party, some elements of the GOP coalition have become overtly hostile to…

Republican Party Goes Round the Bend
Sally Kohn, CNN
Republicans are just being obnoxious now. And dangerous. And nuts. On Wednesday, the House Rules Committee will debate a draft resolution to file a lawsuit against President Obama, wasting taxpayer dollars in what is plainly a political stunt. Their complaint? That President Obama did not implement the employer mandate in Obamacare quickly enough. That’s right, that same employer mandate Republicans have berated Obama for, the one in the health care reform law they’ve voted 54 (failed) times to try to repeal or delay or stall — the law, incidentally, that’s working — House Republicans are…

President Obama’s Priority: Raising Money