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Crowd Roars as Ohio State Coach Makes Tackle

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 28th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Crowd Roars as Ohio State Coach Makes Tackle
Ohio State strength and conditioning coach Anthony Schlegel made a tackle during Saturday night’s game against Cincinnati. A fan ran onto the field, interrupting play, and the former Buckeyes linebacker made a nice solo tackle and takedown, dragging the man to the sideline.

Libertarian Could Be Spoiler in North Carolina Senate Race
In one of the most closely-watched Senate races of the year, incumbent Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan of North Carolina holds a narrow three-point advantage over her Republican challenger, according to a new CNN/ORC International survey. But the poll indicates that Thom Tillis, the GOP nominee, may be falling behind Hagan because a Libertarian candidate could be siphoning off Republican votes. Hagan edges Tillis, 46%-43%, while Libertarian Sean Haugh has support from 7% likely voters, according to the poll.


Europe wins the Ryder Cup again

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 28th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Europe wins the Ryder Cup again
GLENEAGLES, Scotland (AP) — The Ryder Cup is staying in Europe.

Cops: Man fired into neighbor’s home to unload gun
MIDDLETOWN, Pa. (AP) — Police in Pennsylvania say a man accused of shooting a bullet through a neighbor’s window told a judge he fired the gun because it was the only way he knew how to unload it.

NIH to care for US doctor exposed to Ebola virus
WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Institutes of Health is preparing to care for an American doctor who was exposed to the Ebola virus while volunteering in Sierra Leone.


Obama: Ebola outbreak also a security threat

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 28th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Obama: Ebola outbreak also a security threat
President Obama says the international community needs to respond to the Ebola outbreak with the same urgency usually reserved for security issues.

Sarah Palin: Liberals think “Barack’s bombs are the bomb”
The conservative firebrand cried hypocrisy against critics of “Bush’s war”


Chris Wallace To Fox Contributor Ben Carson: “At Best, You Are A Distinct Long Shot” For President

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 28th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Chris Wallace To Fox Contributor Ben Carson: “At Best, You Are A Distinct Long Shot” For President

From the September 28 edition of Fox Broadcasting Co.’s Fox News Sunday:

Previously:

How Fox News Turned Ben Carson Into A Likely Presidential Candidate

Chris Wallace Says Fox News Colleague Ben Carson Doesn’t Have A “Serious Chance To Be President”

Inevitable: Fox News Hires Dr. Ben Carson


Let’s Export Oil

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 28th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Let’s Export Oil
Robert Samuelson, RealClearPolitics
WASHINGTON — One of the economy’s good-news stories is the oil boom, a derivative of the natural gas boom. When the drilling techniques used to tap vast new reservoirs of natural gas were applied to oil, they yielded similarly astounding results. Since 2008, U.S. oil production has increased from 5 million barrels a day (mbd) to 8.3 mbd in 2014. The U.S. Energy Information Administration says it could go to 9.6 mbd by 2019. By all logic, we should be working to sustain the boom. We aren’t, and therein lies a classic example of how good policy is held hostage to bad politics and public…

Middle-Class Squeeze: Costs Rise 32% While Wages Stagnate
Christopher Rugaber, RealClearPolitics
WASHINGTON — Three years ago, Jason Prosser was stunned to discover the cost of child care for his newborn son — so much so that he and his wife postponed having a second child. The day-care center they found near their Seattle home tops $10,000 a year. Next year, their son, now 3, can attend a Catholic preschool less than half as costly. “It’ll be nice to have enough relief next year,” Prosser said. “It’s just funny that the relief will be a private school.” He and his wife are among legions of middle-class families who are straining under the…


VIDEO: ‘Not much scares me after 26 years’

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 28th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

VIDEO: ‘Not much scares me after 26 years’
William Hague says only the Conservatives can deliver an EU referendum despite two Tory MPs defecting to UKIP.

VIDEO: PM ’embarrassed’ over Queen gaffe
David Cameron says he is “extremely sorry and very embarrassed” for overheard remarks he made about a conversation he had with the Queen following the Scottish independence referendum.

Tory welfare cap to fund youth jobs
The Tories would cap benefits further to fund three million apprenticeships if they win the general election, says David Cameron.


Obama’s five closest allies

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 28th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Obama’s five closest allies
Five administration figures who share a close relationship with the president.


Refugees Flood Turkish Border as Islamic State Steps Up Attacks on Syrian Kurds

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 28th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Refugees Flood Turkish Border as Islamic State Steps Up Attacks on Syrian Kurds
New streams of Syrian refugees fled toward the border with Turkey as shelling hit the town of Kobani.



Iraq Army Woos Deserters Back to War on ISIS
The Iraqi military command has launched a campaign to re-enlist soldiers and officers who abandoned their units.



Nusra Front Vows Retaliation for Strikes in Syria
The leader of the Syrian rebel group and Qaeda offshoot threatens America in a YouTube video, a shift from the group’s prior focus on ousting Bashar al-Assad.




Internationally Renowned Human Rights Lawyer Marries Actor Who Played A Handyman On ‘Facts of Life’

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 28th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Internationally Renowned Human Rights Lawyer Marries Actor Who Played A Handyman On ‘Facts of Life’

Let’s get our priorities straight.

The post Internationally Renowned Human Rights Lawyer Marries Actor Who Played A Handyman On ‘Facts of Life’ appeared first on ThinkProgress.

APTOPIX Italy Clooney Wedding

CREDIT: AP Photo/Andrew Medichini

Over the weekend, George Clooney married Amal Alamuddin in Venice. Much of the coverage has focused on Clooney, with USA Today leading their report by describing him as “one of the world’s most eligible and sexy stars.” The New York Daily News bills Clooney as a “Hollywood heartthrob” who “finally uttered the words that he’d long sworn off.” E Online proclaims “the famous Hollywood hunk said goodbye to his bachelor days.”

Alamuddin is simply described as his “ladylove.”

There is one publication, however, that has its priorities straight:

clooney

CREDIT: Business Woman Media

Indeed, Alamuddin’s career is at least as impressive as Clooney’s. She is an internationally renowned human rights lawyer with degrees from Oxford University and NYU Law. Fluent in Arabic, French, and English, she has represented a slew of high-profile clients including Wikileaks founder Julian Assange and former prime minister of Ukraine, Yulia Tymoshenko. Alamuddin has been appointed to several United Nations commissions dealing with issues related to international human rights.

Clooney, among other achievements, had a two episode arc on Friends in 1995.

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Top Republican Presidential Candidate Says Anarchy May Force Cancellation Of 2016 Election

Carson is also worried that the nation will devolve into anarchy because Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) has “over three hundred bills sitting on his desk” that he won’t bring to the floor for a vote.

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Ben Carson

Ben Carson

CREDIT: AP Photo/Susan Walsh

Dr. Ben Carson, a popular Tea Party activist and Fox News contributor who says he will likely seek the Republican nomination for president in 2016, said on Sunday that he is seriously concerned that there will not be 2016 elections in the United States because the country could be in anarchy by that point. His reasons: the growing national debt, ISIS, and the U.S. Senate’s refusal to consider legislation passed by the GOP-controlled House of Representatives.

Host Chris Wallace noted that in light of his potential presidential campaign, Carson’s previous comments were now under a greater spotlight. He noted Carson’s August comment that if the Republicans don’t win a majority in the Senate this year, the 2016 elections might not even be held and asked the retired neurosurgeon if he stood by it:

WALLACE: You said recently that there might not even be elections in 2016 because of widespread anarchy. Do you really believe that?

CARSON: I hope that that’s not going to be the case. But certainly there’s the potential because you have to recognize that we have a rapidly increasing national debt, a very unstable financial foundation, and you have all these things going on like the ISIS crisis that could very rapidly change things that are going on in our nation. And unless we begin to deal with these things in a comprehensive way and in a logical way there is no telling what could happen in just a couple of years.

Carson then noted that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has “over three hundred bills sitting on his desk” that he won’t bring to the floor for a vote, “thereby thwarting the will of the people.” He made no mention of the Republican House’s refusal to consider popular Senate-passed bipartisan measures like comprehensive immigration reform and the Employment Non-Discrimination Act.

Carson finished a close second Saturday in a straw poll at the 2014 Values Voters Summit for 2016 presidential preferences.

Despite Carson’s fears, the United States has held presidential elections every four years since 1788, despite a civil war, two world wars, and a great depression. Carson has been no stranger to controversial comments since he became active in politics. In March of 2013, he compared same-sex marriage to bestiality and NAMBLA. That October, he decried the Affordable Care Act as “the worst thing that has happened in this nation since slavery,” adding that the law “is slavery, in a way.” And earlier this month, Carson defended former Baltimore Raven Ray Rice, saying people should stop “demonizing” him and suggesting that his wife also shared some of the blame for being attacked, opining that “they both need some help.”

The post Top Republican Presidential Candidate Says Anarchy May Force Cancellation Of 2016 Election appeared first on ThinkProgress.


My Brother’s Keeper Will Expand, but Not to Include Women and Girls

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 28th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

My Brother’s Keeper Will Expand, but Not to Include Women and Girls
From: Dani McClain

President Obama gave a nod to women and girls of color, but critics say his racial justice initiative still misses the mark.