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2nd Health Care Worker Tests Positive for Ebola

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 15th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

2nd Health Care Worker Tests Positive for Ebola
A second health care worker at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital who cared for Thomas Eric Duncan has tested positive for Ebola, health officials said Wednesday — casting further doubt on the hospital’s ability to handle Ebola and protect employees. It’s the same hospital that initially sent Thomas Eric Duncan home, even though he had a fever and had traveled from West Africa. By the time he returned to the hospital, his symptoms had worsened.

Supremes Allow Texas Abortion Clinics to Reopen
This afternoon, the Supreme Court blocked a ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit that had shuttered most of Texas’ abortion clinics. Thirteen clinics in the state will be able to reopen tomorrow, according to the >i>New York Times. On October 2, the Fifth Circuit overturned a Texas district court ruling from August that had blocked the ambulatory surgical center provision of HB2 — arguably the most onerous for abortion clinics — from kicking in on September 1, 2014. The appeals court decision left just eight clinics open in the state, all in metro areas, leaving nearly a million women more than 150 miles from their nearest clinic.


Colts’ Irsay embraces opportunity to get to work

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 15th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Colts’ Irsay embraces opportunity to get to work
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Jim Irsay hated being away from his team for six games. He says he appreciates his ownership role even more now.


HHS secretary on accusations about Ebola response protocols at Texas hospital

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 15th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

HHS secretary on accusations about Ebola response protocols at Texas hospital
Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Mathews Burwell heads the government department overseeing the nation’s response to the Ebola threat. Burwell joins “CBS This Morning” to discuss the ongoing situation.

Scott Brown suggests that Ebola could come across the southern border
Brown uses Ebola to make border security argument


Glenn Beck On Fox: President Is Neglecting Dallas Ebola Danger Because Of City’s Unfavorable View Of Obama

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 15th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Glenn Beck On Fox: President Is Neglecting Dallas Ebola Danger Because Of City’s Unfavorable View Of Obama

From the October 15 edition of Fox News’ The O’Reilly Factor:

Previously:

WATCH: Fox’s Shepard Smith Blasts Media For “Hysterical,” “Irresponsible” Ebola Coverage

Fox Doc’s Racial Rant: Obama Welcomes Ebola Because His “Affinities” Are With Africa

Limbaugh: Highest Levels Of Our Government And Media Think Americans Deserve To Get Ebola


The Worry You Can Conquer

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 15th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

The Worry You Can Conquer
Ruth Marcus, RealClearPolitics
WASHINGTON — If you are worried about contracting Ebola, I have two suggestions. First, stop. Second, get a flu shot. On the first: If you live in the United States, your chances of getting Ebola are vanishingly small — even if you are a health care worker, or a journalist who travels to Africa to report on the epidemic. That is not to diminish the significance of the problem. For Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, the virus represents a public health catastrophe, one with dire implications for the continent and beyond. For the United States, it represents a serious challenge to public…

Irresponsible “Education”
Thomas Sowell, RealClearPolitics
Goddard College’s recent decision to have its students addressed from prison by a convicted cop killer is just one of many unbelievably irresponsible self-indulgences by “educators” in our schools and colleges. Such “educators” teach minorities born with an incredibly valuable windfall gain — American citizenship — that they are victims who have a grievance against people today who have done nothing to them, because of what other people did in other times. If those individuals who feel aggrieved could sell their American citizenship to eager buyers from around the world and leave, everybody…


UKIP ‘key seat’ candidate removed

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 15th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

UKIP ‘key seat’ candidate removed
A candidate in one of UKIP’s foremost target seats for the next general election is removed after admitting six animal welfare charges.

VIDEO: McVey: Freud words ‘will haunt him’
Esther McVey says Lord Freud’s comments about paying disabled people “will haunt him”.

Paterson in ‘lights out’ warning
The government’s energy policy will “fail to keep the lights on”, the former environment secretary has said.


Jerusalem Journal: A House-by-House Struggle for Control of a Jerusalem Neighborhood

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 15th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Jerusalem Journal: A House-by-House Struggle for Control of a Jerusalem Neighborhood
In East Jerusalem, late-night move-ins by Jewish settlers are raising tensions and questions about ownership of the properties.



Fall in Oil Prices Poses a Problem for Russia, Iraq and Others
From Moscow to Caracas, Riyadh to Baghdad, in Tehran, Algiers, Kuwait City and Lagos, officials are confronting the plunge in prices — roughly 25 percent since a peak in June.



Open Source: Activist on Trial for Tearing Photo of Bahrain’s King Repeats Act in Court
Bahrain once again jailed Zainab al-Khawaja, a prominent opposition activist, for tearing up a photograph King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa.



World Briefing: Algeria: Police Officers Stage Protest
Algerian police officers tried to push their way into President Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s headquarters in a protest prompted by violence against security forces in the south.




California School Agrees To Respect Transgender Student Identities

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 15th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

California School Agrees To Respect Transgender Student Identities

Title IX protects transgender students from discrimination based on sex stereotypes.

The post California School Agrees To Respect Transgender Student Identities appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Downey Unified School District

CREDIT: DUSD.Net

The Downey Unified School District outside of Los Angeles, California has entered into an agreement with the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights to rectify its treatment of a transgender student and take measures to prevent students from being unfairly treated for their gender identity in the future.

As a fifth-grader, the student was regularly disciplined at school for her gender nonconformance. In one instance, she had her make-up confiscated (even though other girls were allowed to wear it), and was forced to write an apology letter for making male students feel uncomfortable because she’d been wearing it. She was also removed from group counseling sessions with other students due to a concern she might discuss her gender identity. The Principal once complained that she should have been “forewarned” when the student would attend school in girls’ clothing, and insisted on calling her by her male name, including in her school picture.

She was also regularly subjected to verbal harassment by her peers, who called her “gay,” “fag,” “bitch,” and “whore.” The school’s only solution was to have her sit close to the bus driver, though that didn’t end harassment she experienced as she got on and off the bus. In sixth grade, she transferred to a different middle school that was more accepting of her identity, but the peer harassment continued and the school did not take measures to change the culture.

The agreement recognizes that this kind of treatment violated the student’s protection under Title IX, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex. The Department of Education interprets “sex” to include sex stereotyping, and thus sex discrimination includes “harassment for students for failing to conform to stereotypical notions of masculinity and femininity,” meaning transgender students are inherently protected even though “gender identity” is not separately enumerated.

The school district has hired a consultant to advise it on eliminating gender identity discrimination and creating a safe environment for all students. The student will be treated the same as other female students, including access to all sex-designated facilities without fear of discipline. Staff and faculty will also be trained on issues related to gender nonconformance and how to implement anti-discrimination policies to protect trans students. Annual school climate assessments will evaluate the effectiveness of these improvements.

The resolution mirrors a similar 2013 agreement with Arcadia Unified School District, also in California, where a transgender student was not allowed to use the boys’ restroom or locker room. California also passed a law in 2013 protecting transgender students from discrimination in schools, which conservatives have unsuccessfully tried to challenge.

The post California School Agrees To Respect Transgender Student Identities appeared first on ThinkProgress.

BREAKING: Unanimous Arkansas Supreme Court Rules Voter ID Unconstitutional

The law disenfranchised thousands of eligible voters during the May primary.

The post BREAKING: Unanimous Arkansas Supreme Court Rules Voter ID Unconstitutional appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Voter ID

CREDIT: AP Photo/Marc Levy

LITTLE ROCK, ARKANSAS—Late Wednesday afternoon, the Arkansas Supreme Court released a unanimous decision holding the voter ID law passed earlier this year in violation of the state’s constitution. The judges wrote: “The legislature can not, under color of regulating the manner of holding elections…impose such restrictions as will have the effect to take away the right to vote as secured by the constitution.”

“We are extremely pleased,” lead attorney Jeff Priebe told ThinkProgress. “This decision really shows the importance of voting. The Arkansas Constitution holds that the right to vote is a fundamental right, the gateway to all others. It’s so important that we can’t erect additional qualifications that would keep people from voting.”

The ruling affirms a lower court ruling back in April, saying the law is “unconstitutional on its face.”

Unlike cases in Texas and other states where court battles over voter ID laws delved into the merits of the law — with those on one side arguing they address voter fraud, and opponents accusing them of intentionally suppressing votes — the Arkansas case turned on a purely technical question: can the legislature add any more requirements to vote than those already listed in the state’s constitution? The court said today they cannot.

The judges went on to quote Democratic Governor Mike Beebe calling the law “an expensive solution in search of a problem” and “an unnecessary measure that would negatively impact one of our most precious rights as citizens.”

In the case, Priebe and the Arkansas American Civil Liberties Union represented four registered voters in Pulaski County who lacked a valid ID and would thus be disenfranchised in the upcoming midterm election.

“These voters will now be able to cast a ballot in the November general election that will be counted,” he told ThinkProgress. “And countless others will be able to cast a ballot and they won’t have to jump through any hoops to get an ID.”

The ACLU monitored the state’s primary elections in May, finding more than a thousand valid voters across the state had their ballots thrown out because they lacked an ID. ThinkProgress spoke with a 79-year-old great-great-grandmother whose absentee ballot was thrown out because she knew nothing about the voter ID law until she was notified that her vote was never counted.

The post BREAKING: Unanimous Arkansas Supreme Court Rules Voter ID Unconstitutional appeared first on ThinkProgress.


It’s Time for Everyone to Come Out of the Debt Closet

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 15th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

It’s Time for Everyone to Come Out of the Debt Closet
From: StudentNation

NYU Queer Union tackles student debt with their second annual “Come Out of the Debt Closet” event.

Should You Go to College?
From: The Curve

Does higher education in America offer young women a ticket to the middle class—or entrench class divisions that are only getting wider?

When the Workday Never Really Ends
From: Michelle Chen

Flexible scheduling is creating an on-call nightmare for working people.

Are the Beltway Media Helping Mitch McConnell Stay in Power?
From: Leslie Savan

After thirty years in the Senate, Mitch’s loss would make MSM Rolodexes obsolete.

Cuba’s Sending Doctors to Fight Ebola in West Africa—How Will the US React?
From: Greg Grandin

The US has a sorry track record of actively working to dilute the effectiveness of Cuba’s overseas medical assistance.


Will Republicans Fumble at the Goal Line?

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 15th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Will Republicans Fumble at the Goal Line?
Jay Cost, Weekly Standard
Last year House Democrats had high hopes of retaking the lower chamber in 2014, and political junkies were inundated with stories about their prowess at fundraising and mobilizing. Those hopes have mostly been dashed. The brutal national environment has forced Democrats onto the defensive. Just last week, the party quietly cut ad time in many Republican-held districts it had been targeting. Still, there is little room for the GOP to grow; its natural ceiling in the House is probably 250 seats, and it already controls 234. In its last update, the Cook Political Report listed 26 Democratic-held…

Obama Has an Ebola Czar. Where Is She?
Mollie Hemingway, Federalist
As the Ebola situation in West Africa continues to deteriorate, some U.S. officials are claiming that they would have been able to better deal with the public health threat if only they had more money.

The Dems’ Most Effective Midterm Message
Josh Kraushaar, NJ
Of all the negative campaign messages that Democrats have used this midterm election, the most effective one is a time-tested line of attack: hitting Republican businessmen for being exorbitantly wealthy while outsourcing jobs overseas and laying off employees. It was President Obama’s central argument in his reelection campaign against Mitt Romney, and it is being put to devastating use again in a handful of close gubernatorial and congressional races this year.

Ferguson: A Movement Goes on Offense
Jelani Cobb, The New Yorker
Sixty-four days after Michael Brown was killed by a Ferguson, Missouri, police officer, a group of demonstrators began streaming out of the Wellspring Church and into the drizzling rain on South Florissant Road. It was just after 10 A.M. on Columbus Day. At the head of the assemblage, a line of Muslim, Christian, and Jewish clergy locked arms and began singing “We Shall Not Be Moved.” Roughly a thousand people, many of them from out of town, gathered three blocks away, in front of the local police headquarters, as part of a series of actions organized under the banner of…

The Obama Deniers