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Wisconsin Cops Send Armored Vehicle to Collect Fine

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 29th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Wisconsin Cops Send Armored Vehicle to Collect Fine
Police in Marathon County, Wisconsin, sent 24 police officers and a BearCat armored vehicle to collect an $80,000 fine from a 75-year-old local resident. Roger Hoeppner and the local government have battled over wooden pallets, equipment and junk on 20 acres of land he owns. “I just don’t understand why a dollar and a half of postage on an envelope that I would have had to pick up at the Wausau post office wouldn’t have done the same thing as 24 officers and an armored vehicle,” Hoeppner said.


Rescuers Press to Save 18 Trapped Turkish Miners

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 29th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Rescuers Press to Save 18 Trapped Turkish Miners
Turkish rescue workers pump out water, trying to save workers trapped in flooded coal mine.

Christie helping friends in final midterm stretch
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is returning to Iowa yet again to campaign for a governor who doesn’t need his help, one in a string of meetings with Republican candidates who would be valuable allies should he run for president.


Millennial surprise: Who gets their vote?

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 29th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Millennial surprise: Who gets their vote?
The most committed young voters are split


Fox & Friends Host Caught Rewriting History In Glowing Interview Of GOP’s Scott Brown

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 29th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Fox & Friends Host Caught Rewriting History In Glowing Interview Of GOP’s Scott Brown

Fox News proved that love is blind in its latest interview with former Fox employee and current Republican Senate candidate Scott Brown.

With less than a week before the 2014 midterm elections, Brown was welcomed on the set of Fox & Friends with no disclosure of his prior affiliation with the network. Instead, hosts Steve Doocy and Brian Kilmeade praised Brown for “doing really well” in the polls and getting “within two points” of Shaheen. Kilmeade added: “I think both sides are saying you’re one of the finest politicians they’ve seen because you like people.”

Fox’s softball questions didn’t attempt to delve into Brown’s platform, instead echoing Brown’s own attacks on Shaheen’s voting record. Doocy mistakenly congratulated Brown, who was elected Massachusetts Senator during Obama’s presidency in 2010, for having an independent record under the Bush administration and claimed that, unlike Brown, Shaheen has served as a “rubber stamp” for her party’s policies:

DOOCY: You just touched on something. When you were in the U.S. Senate you were not a rubber stamp, an automatic rubber stamp for George Bush’s policies. However, you’ve been very effective in this particular senate race. Jean Shaheen has been a rubber stamp for President Obama.

BROWN: I was there with President Obama, not with President Bush, but that is correct, I was the most independent senator in the United States Senate. Senator Shaheen is the most partisan. So, we need to change direction.

Doocy failed to mention that his line about Shaheen being a “rubber stamp for President Obama” comes directly from the Brown campaign. During an October 6 debate Brown said, “You will have a clear choice, someone who is rubber stamping for the president’s policies or someone who will be independent on the issues.” Brown’s “rubber stamp” attack has also been echoed by the Republican National Committee on Brown’s behalf.

Fox has a long history of working to boost the electoral prospects of its former employees and has given Brown a particularly cozy platform to promote his campaigns. While Brown was still employed at Fox, its hosts repeatedly asked him whether he planned to run again, calling it a “terrific” idea. Brown has also said that his time at Fox “really charged me up to” run. Since his primary victory in New Hampshire, the network has repeatedly offered him free airtime to attack Shaheen.


Poll: Ernst Widens Lead in Iowa Senate Race

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 29th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Poll: Ernst Widens Lead in Iowa Senate Race
Adam O’Neal, RealClearPolitics
Iowa U.S. Senate hopeful Joni Ernst is beginning to pull away from her opponent, Bruce Braley, according to a new Quinnipiac University survey. Forty-nine percent of likely voters back the Republican state senator, while 45 percent back Rep. Braley. That places Ernst’s lead outside the margin of error, though 5 percent of voters remain undecided. Ernst leads by an average of 2.1 percentage points. RCP rates the race a tossup. Polling had shown the race — one of the most pivotal for Republicans hoping to take control of the Senate — to be narrowing recently, and one survey even…

Can Nunn Re-create Georgia’s 1990s Democratic Coalition?
Sean Trende, RealClearPolitics
Georgia has a surprisingly (to some) close Senate race. Businessman David Perdue leads Michelle Nunn by 0.5 percentage points in the RCP Average. If neither candidate reaches 50 percent, the race will go to a runoff on Jan. 6, where most analysts suspect Perdue will be favored. But how did things get to this point in the first place? Is it demographic change in Georgia — where only about 55 percent of the population is non-Hispanic white today? As is often the case when studying American politics, it is useful to start with a brief geography lesson, followed by an overview of history, to…

Republican Ballots Lead in Colorado Early Voting
David Byler, RealClearPolitics
Republicans lead Democrats, 41.9 percent-32.5 percent, in early voting in Colorado, according to official results published by Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler. These results are promising for Republican Rep. Cory Gardner and Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob Beauprez. Gardner is facing Democratic incumbent Mark Udall in the state’s U.S. Senate election, and Beauprez is challenging Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper in his bid for re-election. The RCP polling average shows Gardner ahead of Udall, 47 percent-43.7 percent, and Beauprez tied with Hickenlooper at 45.1 percent…


VIDEO: Plaid call to PM on Welsh ‘fair funding’

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 29th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

VIDEO: Plaid call to PM on Welsh ‘fair funding’
Plaid Cymru’s Elfyn Llwyd asks the prime minister for “fair funding” for Wales and to get parity with Scotland.

VIDEO: Devolution call for Essex Man
Sir Bob Russell says the people of Essex and East Anglia should get the same devolution powers as those in Scotland.


Memo From Ukraine: After Vote, a New Test: Burying a Legacy of Dysfunctional Politics

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 29th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Memo From Ukraine: After Vote, a New Test: Burying a Legacy of Dysfunctional Politics
Dysfunction between presidents and prime ministers has hobbled the country, leaving it one of the poorest on the European Continent and often beholden to the whims of Russia.



World Briefing: South Sudan: Clashes Over Oil Town
Rebels and government forces both claimed Wednesday that they controlled the oil hub of Bentiu in South Sudan as fighting entered a third day.

World Briefing: Austria: Boy, 14, Held in Terrorism Case
The state prosecutor’s office said a 14-year-old boy had been arrested on suspicion of planning to place a bomb in a busy Viennese train station and could be charged with belonging to a terrorist organization.



Turkish Leader Rushes to Site of Mine Flood
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan appeared determined to act decisively after criticism over his handling of a mining disaster in May that killed more than 300 people.




97 Percent of Doctors Are Concerned About Antibiotic Overuse

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 29th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

97 Percent of Doctors Are Concerned About Antibiotic Overuse

Over two million people get sick because of resistance to antibiotics each year, and doctors want that to change.

The post 97 Percent of Doctors Are Concerned About Antibiotic Overuse appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Amelia Rosch is an intern for ThinkProgress.

CRE bacteria is responsible for 600 deaths a year and cannot be treated by antibiotics.

CRE bacteria is responsible for 600 deaths a year and cannot be treated by antibiotics.

CREDIT: AP Images/Center for Disease Control and Prevention

Nearly 100 percent of doctors are concerned about the growth of multi-drug resistant infections from the overuse of antibiotics, a study released last week by Consumers Report found. Almost 30 percent of surveyed doctors had a patient either suffer severe complications or die as a result of a multi-drug resistant bacterial infection.

The study, which surveyed 500 doctors who regularly prescribe antibiotics, found that 85 percent have had a patient with this type of infection in the past year. Doctors are working to turn these trends around; the participants in the study said they’ve taken steps like refusing to prescribe non-necessary antibiotics and prescribing them for the shortest possible time. The American Academy of Pediatrics has also told doctors to be more careful when diagnosing infections to prevent prescribing antibiotics for viral infections.

Ninety three percent of the doctors also said that they were worried about the use of antibiotics in livestock; around 80 percent of antibiotics in the United States are fed to animals being raised for food. These antibiotics are often used to increase animal growth, not to combat diseases, and have been linked to drug-resistant infections in humans. Nonetheless, the Food and Drug Administration has reviewed fewer than 10 percent of the antibiotics used in animals for their risk of creating drug-resistant “superbugs.”

It is not just American doctors who are worried about the overuse of antibiotics. Last Wednesday, the World Health Organization said that the “crisis” of drug-resistant strains of tuberculosis continues with over 400,000 new cases. WHO said that while only 3.5 of people with TB have a drug resistant form, only 48 percent of sufferers are successfully cured of it.

In Europe, campaigns that promote ending the unnecessary use of antibiotics have seen some success. A 2002 campaign in France led to a 26.5 percent decrease in prescriptions of antibiotics over five years. A similar campaign in Belgium led to a 36 percent decrease in prescriptions. Public Health England, a branch of England’s Department of Health, recently launched the “Antibiotic Guardian” campaign which asks people to take a pledge to reduce their use of unnecessary antibiotics. But the meat industry in the U.S. remains less regulated than Europe’s.

A study released earlier in October found that livestock is not the only food source treated with antibiotics. Antibiotics were also found in wild fish and fish that were marketed as “antibiotic free.” While all the antibiotics were below legal limits, the study leader said that since they were present even after the fish was processed and frozen, the original levels were higher.

According to that study, several types of farmed fish were found to contain tetracycline, a type of antibiotics used in humans. Feeding chickens a type of tetracycline may have contributed to last year’s antibiotic-resistant salmonella outbreak, an investigative piece by Reuters found.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that over two million people get sick and 23,000 die annually from drug-resistant infections. CRE-based infections, which have high antibiotic resistance, have increased by 500 percent between 2008 and 2012.

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An African Country That’s 0.3 Percent White Now Has A White President

“He is a black man in a white man’s skin,” Nathan Phiri, a bus driver, told Reuters.

The post An African Country That’s 0.3 Percent White Now Has A White President appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Guy Scott

CREDIT: AP

Africa has a white head of state for the first time since the apartheid regime collapsed in South Africa 20 years ago.

Guy Scott, a Cambridge-educated economist, was named interim president of Zambia on Wednesday after the country’s president, Michael Sata, died in a London hospital at the age of 77.

A former farmer and legislator, Scott previously served as the country’s Minister of Agriculture and oversaw recovery of a severe drought in the 1990s.

“The period of national mourning will start today. We will miss our beloved president and comrade,” Scott said in a televised address. “Elections for the office of president will take place within 90 days. In the interim I am acting president.”

Ninety days may be all he gets because of a “parentage clause” in the country’s constitution which requires the president to be a third generation Zambian.

Although Scott was born in Northern Rhodesia, the British protectorate which became Zambia in 1964, his parents were born in Scotland. This may be a sticking point for his opponents in the coming election. Analysts believe that he will be allowed to serve as interim president because of the country’s line of succession which is also outlined by the Zambian constitution but not allowed to run for president in the coming months.

As one of only about 40,000 white people in a country of 13 million, race is something that came up often for Scott — and for Sata too.

“Michael’s very clever,” Scott told the Guardian about his former “boss” President Sata. “He knows people tend to regard him as a racist because he talks rough.”

But, Scott continued, “He’s usually tried it out on me already. He says things like, ‘What would you be if you weren’t white?’ I said, ‘The president?’ That shut him up.”

On how he’s received by other African leaders, Scott said, “I think they regard me as a sort of mascot, a good luck charm for African politics.”

Not everyone is concerned with Scott’s lineage or race, though.

“He is a black man in a white man’s skin,” Nathan Phiri, a bus driver, told Reuters. “The very fact we accepted him as vice-president shows that we consider him as one of us.”

It’s unclear who will run for the president from the popular Patriotic Front party, and several ministers began to vie for power after Sata became ill. Paired with the constitutional eligibility standards are enforced against Scott.

“There is a bit of a fight in the Patriotic Front to see who’s going to be the candidate and there’s been a lot of jockeying and positioning,” Gary van Staden, a political analyst at Paarl, told Bloomberg. “That’s all a bit open at the moment.”

President Sata was a controversial figure who earned the name “King Cobra” for his defiant and sharp tongued approach to politics. Zambia is largely dependent on its copper mining industry, and Sata gained clout for his criticism of foreign investors.

On the campaign trail in 2011, Sata said that he would punish Chinese managers who shot 13 workers who protested their wages in 2010 but the charges were later quietly dropped.

Although Sata promised to tackle corruption and create jobs, his time in office was marred by economic decline and a crackdown on opposition politicians.

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Fatal Encounter: A Transgender Woman Meets the US Marine Corps

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 29th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Fatal Encounter: A Transgender Woman Meets the US Marine Corps
From: Foreign Policy In Focus

The murder of a transgender woman in the Philippines reveals the homophobia in the Marine Corps and the dangers of US military presence in the region.

What’s the Real Issue? Blaming AAAD Obscures the UNC Scandal’s Broader Societal Causes
From: StudentNation

UNC’s recently uncovered unprecedented cheating scandal took place in the department of African and Afro American studies, a fact which has raised an age-old, prejudicial argument on the legitimacy of the field of study.

Nurse Kaci Hickox Takes on Bully Governors Christie, Cuomo and LePage
From: Leslie Savan

Chris Christie is tired of hearing about science.

Guess Who’s About to Buy Congress
From: George Zornick

The US Chamber of Commerce is poised to spend more than any other dark-money group during the midterms.