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  • Taking Note: The White House Tries, Fails to Explain Why Marijuana Should Remain Illegal

    NYT > Opinion
    By PHILIP M. BOFFEY
    31 Jul 2014 | 6:55 pm
    Its pro forma response was unconvincing.
  • Oakland Athletics, Detroit Tigers add top pitchers

    L.A. Times - Opinion Blog
    31 Jul 2014 | 11:18 pm
    The Chicago White Sox had the bases loaded, with Gordon Beckham at bat. The count was two balls and two strikes. The Detroit Tigers suddenly decided to make a change — not at pitcher, but in center field.
  • The Global Religion Crisis

    WSJ.com: Opinion
    31 Jul 2014 | 5:57 pm
    The freedom to worship is under siege across the world.
  • Avoid using cease-fire to rehabilitate Hamas: Our view

    USATODAY - Opinion
    31 Jul 2014 | 6:52 pm
    There was a glimmer of hope in early reports about the nature of the Cairo talks.         
  • Congress shirks its duty to deal with a humanitarian crisis

    Washington Post Editorials: Latest Editorial and Editorial Archive
    Editorial Board
    31 Jul 2014 | 4:48 pm
    OPTING FOR the preposterous when summoned to do the practical, House Republicans rallied Wednesday behind a measure to sue President Obama, then threw up their hands Thursday when called on to resolve the crisis of tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors streaming across the southwestern border. Having postponed its planned Friday adjournment, the House now faces the choice of redeeming itself by acting on the humanitarian emergency or slinking away in disgrace. Read full article >>
 
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  • Oakland Athletics, Detroit Tigers add top pitchers

    31 Jul 2014 | 11:18 pm
    The Chicago White Sox had the bases loaded, with Gordon Beckham at bat. The count was two balls and two strikes. The Detroit Tigers suddenly decided to make a change — not at pitcher, but in center field.
  • Clayton Kershaw remains the ace in Dodgers' hand

    31 Jul 2014 | 11:14 pm
    If the inability to complete a deal before the non-waiver trade deadline on Thursday drew attention to the Dodgers' perceived shortcomings, a 2-1 victory over the Atlanta Braves that night offered a reminder of the team's greatest advantage.
  • Angels believe they have troops for the job, despite rivals' upgrades

    31 Jul 2014 | 11:05 pm
    BALTIMORE — The first shock wave came when Oakland, the team the Angels are chasing in the American League West, acquired Boston ace Jon Lester for left fielder and cleanup batter Yoenis Cespedes, giving the Athletics a formidable rotation that includes Sonny Gray, Jeff Samardzija and Scott...
  • Dodgers send clear message at deadline: the kids stay in the picture

    31 Jul 2014 | 11:03 pm
    When baseball's trade deadline passed Thursday afternoon, the Dodgers had done the strangest thing for a team that hasn't won a championship in 26 years.
  • Dodgers complete sweep of Atlanta Braves in 2-1 win

    31 Jul 2014 | 11:00 pm
    AT THE PLATE: Adrian Gonzalez drove in his team-leading 71st run, doubling to right-center field in the first inning to score Yasiel Puig from first base to move the Dodgers in front, 1-0. Gonzalez ranks second in the National League in runs batted in. Puig doubled the Dodgers' lead to 2-0 in...
 
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  • Congress shirks its duty to deal with a humanitarian crisis

    Editorial Board
    31 Jul 2014 | 4:48 pm
    OPTING FOR the preposterous when summoned to do the practical, House Republicans rallied Wednesday behind a measure to sue President Obama, then threw up their hands Thursday when called on to resolve the crisis of tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors streaming across the southwestern border. Having postponed its planned Friday adjournment, the House now faces the choice of redeeming itself by acting on the humanitarian emergency or slinking away in disgrace. Read full article >>
  • Argentina’s default case offers clarity on sovereign debt

    Editorial Board
    31 Jul 2014 | 4:45 pm
    THERE ARE no real good guys in the story of Argentina’s debt default, which pits President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner’s erratic populist government against bare-knuckled Wall Street hedge funds. The hedgies bet they could persuade U.S. courts to force Ms. Kirchner to honor a small percentage of Argentine bonds that were left out of the country’s two previous restructurings of $100 billion in debt (on which it defaulted in 2001). She bet that the U.S. courts, whose jurisdiction Argentina accepted in issuing the debt, would enable her to repudiate the bond owners as “holdouts.”…
  • Montgomery County school board needs a lesson in responsibility

    Editorial Board
    31 Jul 2014 | 4:45 pm
    THE STRICT new rules put in place by the Montgomery County school board to govern member spending are aimed at reassuring taxpayers that their money is being wisely spent. There’s no question there was a need for tighter controls, but it is disconcerting that officials responsible for the system’s $2 billion budget apparently can’t be trusted with credit cards. Let’s hope members learned from this controversy and exercise better judgment. Read full article >>
  • The West must prepare for a wounded Putin to become even more aggressive

    Editorial Board
    30 Jul 2014 | 4:51 pm
    AMONTH ago, Russian President Vladi­mir Putin appeared to be successfully executing his campaign to destabilize Ukraine. While Russian-backed insurgents consolidated a breakaway republic, weak and divided Western governments ignored their own deadlines for imposing sanctions. Now, suddenly, Mr. Putin faces twin reversals: relatively tough sanctions from the United States and European Union on Russian banks and oil companies, and a string of military defeats that have pushed back his proxy forces. It’s a dangerous moment for Mr. Putin — and, perhaps, an opportunity for Ukraine and its…
  • Congress recklessly refuses to top up the Highway Trust Fund

    Editorial Board
    30 Jul 2014 | 4:49 pm
    FIRST THERE was the “fiscal cliff”; now congressional dysfunction has brought the country to the edge of the “highway cliff.” Federal money needed for the nation’s roads and rails will begin disappearing Friday if lawmakers refuse to act. This crisis may not have the same stakes as the fiscal cliff, but it is just as unnecessary. It stems from the same problem: Too many members of Congress are too cowardly or too shortsighted to accept the viable solutions in front of them. Read full article >>
 
 
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  • Vivian McPeak

    28 Jul 2014 | 7:35 pm
    Vivian McPeak is a Pacific Northwest based musician and social justice activist. He is also the executive director of the world's largest cannabis policy reform rally, Seattle Hempfest.
  • Candace Calloway Whiting

    28 Jul 2014 | 7:16 pm
    Candace Calloway Whiting has studied and trained dolphins, seals, and orca whales. She is currently a volunteer at the Center for Whale Research at Friday Harbor.
  • Robert A. Brown

    27 Jul 2014 | 12:23 pm
    Just another weblog
  • J.A. Jance

    25 Jul 2014 | 5:55 am
    J.A. Jance is the New York Times bestselling author of both the J. P. Beaumont series and the Joanna Brady Series. She has written 40 novels and she has more than 10 million copies of her books in print. Visit her Web site: JAJance.com.
  • Dr. Jim Taylor

    30 Jun 2014 | 10:56 am
    Dr. Jim Taylor is internationally recognized for his work in the psychology of business, sport, and parenting. Jim is the author or editor of ten books and hundreds of scholarly and popular articles, and speaks to and consults with businesses, athletes and sports teams, and schools throughout North America, Europe, and the Middle East. To learn more, visit www.drjimtaylor.com.
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  • Guest column: Political bravery by Yoho can help solve immigration crisis

    Staff
    31 Jul 2014 | 10:51 am
    U.S. Rep. Ted Yoho recently signed a letter calling on President Barack Obama to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. The recent crisis at the southern U.S. border has precipitated this. Yoho is a compassionate man desiring to represent all in his district well. He has shown sincere interest in the plight of immigrants and authentic concern for those, especially minors, brought to this country by no choice of their own. read more
  • Ron Littlepage: Gov. Scott's sugar rush

    Ron Littlepage
    31 Jul 2014 | 10:50 am
    You may recall when outsider Rick Scott led a legion of invaders with pitch forks and tar and feathers in hand, promising to drive out the special interests and end business as usual in Tallahassee. The cynical among us said the special interests were simply running out the back door of the state Capitol and joining the invaders pounding on the front door. read more
  • Teach for America emphasizes quality

    Staff
    31 Jul 2014 | 10:23 am
    Across the nation, Teach For America puts talented young teachers into schools that need them. And in Jacksonville, the Duval County Public Schools have greatly benefited from the infusion of youthful talent and intellectual energy that Teach for America has brought to the system since 2008. Teach for America corps members educate hundreds of students here in all grades and practically every subject. And the majority of its instructors work in Duval’s toughest schools with classrooms full of kids with academic, economic and other challenges. read more
  • Letters: Stop wasting taxpayer money on pretentious art

    Staff
    31 Jul 2014 | 10:21 am
    REPLY: AMERICA IN DECLINE? Another point of view The writer of a recent Lead Letter listed a comprehensive litany of reasons why he thinks America is a worse place than it was 50 years ago. One reason had to do with religious views that differed from his. One had to do with people of races other than his. One had to do with cultures other than his. One addressed the gender that he is not. And one dealt with his personal interpretation of the Constitution. One has to ask if perhaps it’s him, and not America, that’s worse. read more
  • Lead Letter: Do we fear our own government?

    Staff
    31 Jul 2014 | 10:19 am
    For the first time in my 71 years, I am afraid of my own government. I have watched as our government and judges have slowly chipped away at freedoms that are God-given and ratified in our Constitution. From the far left, we have heard of separation of church and state, meaning that Christians were not allowed to push their beliefs in God in any way. My Catholic beliefs and the beliefs of most Christians have been trampled by the government. I believe and profess all that the holy Catholic Church believes, teaches and proclaims to be revealed by God. read more
 
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  • Ray Rice is not a victim [Commentary]

    31 Jul 2014 | 12:41 pm
    By standing up for the running back, the Ravens and NFL send a message that domestic violence is OKI am a proud Baltimore native and have been a Ravens fan since the football team moved here in 1996. I am also a pastor and an advocate against domestic violence and rape culture. The behavior of running back Ray Rice, who was accused of knocking out his then fiancee (now wife) during an altercation in Atlantic City, has embarrassed me enough to question being a Ravens fan. The pathetic punishment from the NFL — a two game suspension — has made me question my continued support for…
  • Paul Ryan breaks the silence surrounding poverty in America [Commentary]

    31 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    A member of the GOP has actually issued a serious, substantive proposal aimed at ending povertyCover your eyes and hide the kids: A Republican is talking poverty.
  • President Hillary Clinton [Commentary]

    30 Jul 2014 | 9:35 am
    A woman in the White House would inspire girls in America and abroadHillary Rodham Clinton — imagine if she runs and wins!
  • Gone, never forgotten [Commentary]

    30 Jul 2014 | 9:35 am
    The U.S. should try to resume work in North Korea identifying American remains from the Korean WarMaryland native Joseph Gantt joined the Army at 18, serving with distinction as a Sergeant First Class in the South Pacific during World War II, even though the military segregated him because of the color of his skin. Gantt had redeployed to the front lines of Korea in December 1950 as a field medic with the 2nd Infantry Division when his unit was overrun by enemy forces. Gantt was thrown into a prison camp and reportedly died there in March 1951. But his wife, Clara Gantt, refused to lose…
  • Are tax dollars paying for anti-alcohol advocacy? [Commentary]

    30 Jul 2014 | 9:35 am
    A Maryland collaborative led the charge against grain alcoholThis month, Maryland banned high-proof liquors like Everclear and other inexpensive tipples . Self-proclaimed public health activists claimed such "high octane" liquors increased the likelihood of binge-drinking and sexual assaults on college campuses. While the merits of the ban are debatable, one aspect of it is not: the use of taxpayer money to support a political agenda.  
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    MiamiHerald.com: Opinion

  • The Herald recommends for Miami-Dade, Broward commissions

    31 Jul 2014 | 10:08 pm
    OUR OPINION: For Miami-Dade, Broward County Commission
  • Support religious freedom in Cuba

    31 Jul 2014 | 7:07 pm
    This year marks the 55th anniversary of Cuba’s current government and July 26 commemorated the 61st anniversary of the revolution which swept it into power. After coming to power, the Castro government broke its pro-democracy pledges and, despite recent improvements, maintains a problematic record on human rights, including religious freedom.
  • The Americans with Disabilities Act opened doors

    31 Jul 2014 | 5:20 pm
    July 26 marked the anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), a landmark law passed in 1990 that for the first time in our history created nationwide standards for combating discrimination against people with disabilities in employment, transportation, public accommodation, communications, telecommunications relay services and government activities.
  • Ensuring fairness

    31 Jul 2014 | 5:19 pm
    It was unfortunate that the two assistant Broward public defenders terminated for their comments on a social-media outlet were so imprecise.
  • The Herald recommends: For Broward County Commission

    31 Jul 2014 | 4:51 pm
    OUR OPINION: FOR BROWARD COUNTY COMMISSION
 
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    Post-Gazette -- OPINION

  • Big Brothers Big Sisters needs more adults to mentor youths

    1 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    Thank you for highlighting the Delany Scholars Program at Woodland Hills High School (“Education Cut Leaves Void in Mentoring, Academic Services,” July 28).
  • Ron Cook: Pirates' lack of moves at trading deadline no surprise

    By Ron Cook / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    1 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    Shame on you if you expected the Pirates to make a major move Thursday before the non-waiver trade deadline. That’s just not their way. They won’t give up proven veteran players who are under team-control for multiple years (Pedro Alvarez) or have a team-friendly contract (Starling Marte). Certainly, they won’t give up high-end prospects (Tyler Glasnow, Josh Bell, Jameson Taillon, Austin Meadows). They believe the only way they can win consistently is by building from within. You have every right to be disappointed the team did nothing at the deadline, but you shouldn’t be surprised.
  • No right to know?: Edgar Snyder gets a judge to keep the public out

    By the Editorial Board
    1 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    If everybody in Pittsburgh knows personal injury lawyer Edgar Snyder, it’s because he made them know him. With his promotional TV ads and billboards, he made himself one of the most recognizable figures in the region. What it took for him to become uncharacteristically shy was a contentious divorce.
  • Angels at work

    1 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    I was so moved by the kindness and compassion of Rose Ann Milbert (“Bridal Gowns Repurposed for Baby ‘Angels’, ” July 27). Rose and her friends turn donated wedding gowns into dresses or suits for babies who died in the hospital. What a wonderful keepsake or burial gown and comfort for devastated parents. Rose and her friends are angels and heroes.
  • Preserving libraries: Cost-cutting is the way to the future, but how?

    By the Editorial Board
    1 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    Like other states, Pennsylvania has reduced funding for public libraries — in its case by 34 percent since 2008. Faced with this dwindling support, libraries often seek to reduce costs by expanding their e-book collections, limiting hours of operation or closing branches altogether.
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    The Orange County Register - News Headlines : Opinion

  • Thomas Sowell: Cease the cease-fires

    By THOMAS SOWELL
    31 Jul 2014 | 3:23 pm
    Many years ago, on my first trip around the world, I was struck by how the children in the Middle East — Arab and Israeli alike — were among the nicest looking little children I had seen anywhere. It was painful to think that they were going to...
  • Kalev H. Leetaru: Washington fails at innovation

    By KALEV H. LEETARU
    31 Jul 2014 | 2:39 pm
    While recent opinion polls would suggest that much of the nation already views Washington as failing far too often, perhaps the problem is that it isn’t failing in the right ways. It’s not that government has a problem with failing; far from it,...
  • Stephen Parente: Affordable Care Act’s future is bleak

    By STEPHEN PARENTE
    31 Jul 2014 | 9:18 am
    California, buckle up. Over the next few months, you’ll learn how much your health insurance premiums will go up for next year. The early evidence isn’t good – the percentage increase could be in the double digits. But that’s nothing compared...
  • Editorial: Waste and abuse at Irvine's Great Park

    31 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Information continues to trickle in about how millions were spent on the Great Park in Irvine, with only a fraction of it actually being built. The picture has become all the more disturbing. Depositions released last week continue to shed light on...
  • Today's cartoons: Putin shoots himself in the foot

    31 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Also: 'California dryin'
 
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    Arkansas Online stories: Opinion and Letters*

  • Death by ... state

    31 Jul 2014 | 1:59 am
    The death penalty has been back in the news. Does it ever go away? The whole subject is as persistent as . . . conscience. For of all the things the state does for (or to) its citizens, taking a life is surely the gravest, the most solemn--and irreversible. It's final.
  • Hamas has help

    MARTIN SCHRAM McClatchy-Tribune News Service
    31 Jul 2014 | 1:58 am
    Inhumanity in Gaza is happening right before our eyes--and the whole world is watching.
  • Eyes on us, again

    Chicago Tribune
    31 Jul 2014 | 1:56 am
    “The Great War” and “The war to end all war” proved to be neither. The conflict that would bleed to death some of Earth’s proudest empires—while killing 16.5 million soldiers and civilians—later would be christened World War I to distinguish it from the next, even deadlier slaughter.
  • Correction

    31 Jul 2014 | 1:53 am
    In Wednesday's editorial column, we quoted a lawyer for the American Civil Liberties Union, one Holly Dickson.
  • What mothers think in Gaza

    WEJDAN ABU SHAMMALA In the Washington Post
    31 Jul 2014 | 1:52 am
    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip My older son was so excited when the Israeli bombing raids began. "Fireworks!" yelled Rami, 4.
 
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    Editorials

  • Mercury News editorial: Tuck for California schools superintendent

    <p class="Byline">Mercury News Editorial</p>
    31 Jul 2014 | 2:46 pm
    A Los Angeles Superior Court judge wrote in June that California laws governing teacher tenure, dismissals and layoffs have left grossly ineffective teachers in classrooms concentrated in poor communities, unconstitutionally depriving those children of an equal education.When the two candidates for state superintendent of public instruction, both Democrats, discuss the case, it's clear why voters should replace incumbent Tom Torlakson with innovative education administrator Marshall Tuck.Torlakson panders to the politically powerful California Teachers Association by defending the status quo.
  • Mercury News editorial: San Jose should put public safety tax measure on the ballot

    <p class="Byline">Mercury News Editorial</p>
    31 Jul 2014 | 1:35 pm
    The San Jose City Council should put a limited-time quarter cent sales tax for public safety on the November ballot. Mayor Chuck Reed is open to it. Polling indicates it could win the two-thirds approval required for a special tax. And because there's unlikely to be a major campaign against it -- even the San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce has indicated it's open to a tax for public safety -- the measure might not require a well-funded campaign to pass. A general tax, with no restrictions on how the money can be spent, needs only a majority vote. But we could not support it in a…
  • Mercury News editorial: A Veterans Administration bill finally on its way to passage

    <p class="Byline">Mercury News Editorial</p>
    30 Jul 2014 | 10:39 am
    Members of Congress have been working overtime to prove that, in their world, even legislation overwhelmingly sought by both sides of the political aisle must have drama. But finally, on Monday, House and Senate negotiators from both parties reached a tentative deal to make significant changes to the operations of the Department of Veterans Affairs. It's about time.Negotiators toiled through the weekend in a struggle to reconcile a pair of slightly different reform bills that had separately passed overwhelmingly in its house of origin. It should have been a simple matter to combine the two…
  • Mercury News editorial: PUC president's unethical behavior laid bare

    <p class="Byline">Mercury News Editorial</p>
    29 Jul 2014 | 3:53 pm
    We knew Michael Peevey was PG&E's biggest ally in fending off accountability for the deadly San Bruno explosion. We knew the president of the California Public Utility Commission placed his cozy relationship with the utility above any responsibility to the public. We've been calling for his head for three years. But now, thanks to the Public Records Act, there's proof of where Peevey's loyalty lies. Emails between PUC officials and PG&E executives released Monday lay bare the extent of Peevey's attempts to protect PG&E. The state Attorney General and the federal Department of…
  • Mercury News editorial: In San Jose pot wars, sanity prevails

    <p class="Byline">Mercury News Editorial</p>
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:01 pm
    Every now and then, a good deed does go unpunished. So it appears with San Jose's regulation of medical marijuana distributorships.Some wrenching decisions loom for the mayor and city council, including whether to put any tax measures on the ballot, and every serious policy debate this fall will be complicated by heated races for mayor and several city council seats. But at least there will be no ballot battle over the city's new laws regulating medical marijuana operations.Signatures for a referendum on the rules passed in June fell short, and activists have given up on a separate measure…
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    FresnoBee.com: Opinion

  • Remembering Bee columnist Eli Setencich: A last look at 'Through a Glass Lightly'

    14 Jul 2014 | 9:29 pm
    Editor's note Read comments
  • Listen as Eli Setencich shares World War II memories in radio interview

    14 Jul 2014 | 2:30 pm
    In August 2008, former Fresno Bee columnist Eli Setencich was interviewed by Paul Loeffler for an episode of the "Hometown Heroes" radio series. The episode aired locally on KMJ. Setencich, who died Saturday at age 90, flew 142 combat missions in Europe with the Army Air Corps. Setencich worked for The Bee for 41 years, retiring in 2002. Read comments
  • Meet the Academic All-Stars

    5 Jun 2014 | 9:25 am
    They're The Bee's 2014 edition of the best and the brightest from Valley schools. Read comments
  • Use The Bee's voter guide

    29 Jan 2014 | 8:27 pm
    Get inside the heads of the candidates in the June primary with The Bee's voter guide. Read comments
  • There is momentum for reform

    5 Sep 2013 | 1:55 am
    Congress faces an important task in the coming months, and the pressure is mounting. We must achieve comprehensive immigration reform that provides a reliable work force for the appropriate industries, addresses the millions without proper documents living and working in the United States, and protects our borders. Read comments
 
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  • Wilson Center stupidity II

    31 Jul 2014 | 6:55 pm
    Regarding the August Wilson Center for African American Culture: I cannot see how throwing more taxpayer money behind an already failed and bankrupt venture serves ...
  • Pittsburgh Laurels & Lances

    31 Jul 2014 | 6:55 pm
    On the “Watch List”: e_SBlt The Steve Bucar-Steve Zappala fight. Pittsburgh’s new public safety director and Allegheny County’s district attorney are off to a rocky ...
  • Wilson Center stupidity I

    31 Jul 2014 | 6:55 pm
    Regarding the news story “Cost of legal battle over Wilson Center put on taxpayers’ tab”: Seven years have passed and the players have all changed, ...
  • Help our vets

    31 Jul 2014 | 6:55 pm
    Without our veterans and those who made the ultimate sacrifice, where would America be today? It is anyone’s guess. However, we certainly would not have ...
  • A fond memory

    31 Jul 2014 | 6:55 pm
    Around 1987, I worked at the Veterans Administration Medical Center at Highland Drive in Pittsburgh. As a social worker, I was assigned to develop and ...
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    The News Tribune -- Opinion

  • Give Kerry a break

    31 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    The real objection of those who ridicule the secretary’s efforts seems to be that he came up with a plan that Hamas and its key remaining allies – the Islamist…Click to Continue »
  • Stronger sanctions are needed to stop Putin in Ukraine.

    31 Jul 2014 | 1:08 pm
    Obama and the European leadership have chosen the right instrument to respond to Putin’s aggression. Confronting him with the threat of military force makes no sense in the nuclear age.Click to Continue »
  • The U.S. has outspent the Marshall Plan to rebuild Afghanistan

    31 Jul 2014 | 12:40 pm
    While the money will keep pouring into Afghanistan, the U.S. government’s ability to oversee how it is being spent is about to decline.Click to Continue »
  • Democrats run away from Obama, but it’s too late

    31 Jul 2014 | 12:33 pm
    When a candidate tries to separate himself from his party’s leadership, he’s assuming that the party’s core supporters will understand that he needs to do it: that the checks will…Click to Continue »
  • Russia sanctions will hurt innocent companies

    31 Jul 2014 | 12:24 pm
    Private business, no matter how wealthy, has no influence in Putin’s Russia. To the Kremlin, billionaires are just managers running factories, oil fields and banks for the state.Click to Continue »
 
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  • A steep rise in prison violence is the logical consequence of too little funding and too many inmates

    31 Jul 2014 | 4:25 pm
    The punishment of serious offenders does not require them, and their keepers, to be subject to a routinely violent environment. That, however, is the reality in many of these institutions, according to the Ministry of Justice’s own executive agency. Even three new jails opened during the life of the Coalition Government have sunk into the lower categories for welfare and security. Overall, serious assaults are up by 30 per cent in a year, and suicides, self-harm and absconding are all on the rise. Hardly a holiday camp.
  • A thrilling advance in gene science – but only if we share

    31 Jul 2014 | 4:23 pm
    The full genetic sequence of the first human genome to be decoded was one of those pivotal moments in scientific discovery. For the first time, in the deceptively simple language of the genes, we could read our genetic blueprint, which in fact is more like a digital recipe of how to make and maintain the human body.
  • i Editor's Letter: i commemorates the centenary of Britain’s declaration of war on Germany

    31 Jul 2014 | 4:00 pm
  • Dress the Gaza situation up all you like, but the truth hurts

    31 Jul 2014 | 11:31 am
    There was a time when our politicians and media had one principal fear when covering Middle East wars: that no one should ever call them anti-Semitic. So corrosive, so vicious was this charge against any honest critic of Israel that merely to bleat the word “disproportionate” – as in any normal wartime exchange rate of Arab-to-Israeli deaths – was to provoke charges of Nazism by Israel’s would-be supporters. Sympathy for Palestinians would earn the sobriquet “pro-Palestinian”, which, of course,  means “pro-terrorist”.
  • Letters: Hurdles on the way to a Ukraine deal

    31 Jul 2014 | 10:35 am
    While any sign of a deal to resolve the conflict in Ukraine is welcome, it will be more complicated than your headline “Land for gas” (31 July) suggests. Four points must be addressed if progress is to be made.
 
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    Comment is free | The Guardian

  • Garbage in, garbage out: why the latest renewable energy target review is trash | Lane Crockett

    Lane Crockett
    31 Jul 2014 | 11:21 pm
    The ACCIs new modelling on the renewable energy target, an economic and environmental success story, gives off a whiff of lobby group desperationThere is a pungent aroma emanating from the latest piece of economic work being spruiked by the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) about the claimed economic disaster that is befalling the nation, because of the renewable energy target (RET).Underneath the media statements, there are two unpleasant smells. The first is the unmistakable stench of the garbage assumptions that have been shovelled into the Deloitte economic black box. The…
  • A century on, the first world war is still being played out | Tim Garton Ash

    Timothy Garton Ash
    31 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    From Ukraine to Syria these wars are a legacy of the 1914 clash of empires and the patchwork territories left behindThere is war in Europe. No, Im not using the historic present tense to evoke August 1914 (and rile John Humphrys). Im talking about August 2014. What is happening in eastern Ukraine is war ambiguous war, as a British parliamentary committee calls it, rather than outright, declared war between two sovereign states, but still war. And war rages around the edges of Europe, in Syria, Iraq and Gaza.I do not say Europe is at war. I leave the hyperbole to Bernard…
  • First Dog on the Moon on ... coping with terrible things

    First Dog on the Moon
    31 Jul 2014 | 8:22 pm
    If only retweets could fix the world's problems, First Dog on the Moon would live in a world with fewer problems... Having trouble viewing this cartoon? Click here Get all your needs met at the First Dog shop if what you need is First Dog merchandise and prints Sign up here to get an email whenever First Dog cartoons are published Continue reading...
  • Welfare recipients aren't bludgers, and they deserve respect from Joe Hockey | Anthony Albanese

    Anthony Albanese
    31 Jul 2014 | 6:53 pm
    People whose marriage broke down, or who are living with a mental illness, or who need help to improve their lives, shouldnt be treated with suspicion The search for a scapegoat, according to former US President Dwight D. Eisenhower, is the easiest of all hunting expeditions.As we learn more about the political narrative of the Abbott government, I worry that Tony Abbotts zeal to appear tough is causing him to hunt those with the least power to defend themselves pensioners and the unemployed. Continue reading...
  • Should police officers be charged with murder in the line of duty? | Anne Perkins

    Anne Perkins
    31 Jul 2014 | 2:28 pm
    Most of us accept that the police need to be armed sometimes but when things go wrong the justice system has to respondIts a rough year to be a police officer. Theresa Mays speech to the Police Federation conference in May, telling them it was time to face reality a Tory home secretary leading the attack on the forces of law and order was the climax of a long spell of bad press concerning a generation of policing decisions, stretching back to the years of social unrest under Margaret Thatcher.Mays roll call of dishonour ranged from the investigation into the murder of Stephen Lawrence to…
 
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  • Who said it?

    31 Jul 2014 | 12:55 pm
    I loved writing the story of his life, and I hope others enjoy reading it.
  • Meat of the McDonald's problem lost in McFlurry

    31 Jul 2014 | 12:55 pm
    The folk at McDonald's must be scratching their heads. What kind of people stuff their faces with junk yet care about sell-by dates? What in the world is quality junk?
  • Talking points

    31 Jul 2014 | 12:55 pm
    Today is the 120th anniversary of the outbreak of the first Sino-Japanese war, which ended with Chinese defeat and Japan occupying the Liaodong peninsula and Taiwan.
  • World must help to contain Ebola

    31 Jul 2014 | 12:55 pm
    For Hong Kong there is a chilling reminder of the 2002-03 Sars epidemic in the latest - and worst yet - outbreak of Ebola, a viral disease with a mortality rate from 60 to 90 per cent. It has now swept across borders in west Africa, killing over 700 people in four countries.
  • Do not close the door on Russia

    31 Jul 2014 | 12:55 pm
    Russia faces being isolated by the West over its perceived unhelpfulness in investigating the downing by a missile of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17. The US and European allies have toughened measures and Australian politicians are calling for the Russian leader to be barred from the G20 summit later this year.
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    Le Monde diplomatique - English edition

  • Gaza: Palestine first and last

    Alain Gresh
    31 Jul 2014 | 2:34 pm
    More than a thousand Palestinians have been killed in Israel's latest assault on Gaza, against some 40 Israelis, and the numbers are rising. But Gaza, the birthplace of Palestinian nationalism, has a long history of resistance.The Biblical story of Samson and Delilah takes place in Gaza, capital of the Hebrews' enemies, the Philistines — from which the word Palestine derives . The seductress Delilah cut off the hair of Samson the Hebrew, sapping his strength, and he was taken prisoner by the (...) - 2014/08 / Open access
  • Egypt on strike

    Moustafa Bassiouni
    31 Jul 2014 | 2:33 pm
    After the 2011 uprisings, it seemed that a revived workers' movement might be a force for change in Egypt. It isn't working out quite that way. Strikes in Egypt this February, which forced the resignation of Hazem Beblawi's government, should have been a turning point for the workers' movement. For the first time since President Mohammed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood was removed from office in July 2013, there were mass strikes in public services and state-owned industries: workers in (...) - 2014/08 / Password
  • Goodbye to Gabriel García Márquez

    Ignacio Ramonet
    31 Jul 2014 | 2:33 pm
    They'd known each other nearly 40 years. They met one last time, in Cuba, before the rain and the darkness finally fell.They'd told me he was in Havana, but that he wasn't well and didn't want to see anyone. I knew where he usually stayed: in a lovely little house, far from the city centre. I phoned, and his wife Mercedes brushed aside my concerns: “Not at all,” she said. “We just say that to stop people bothering us. Come on over. Gabo will be glad to see you.” The next morning, which was hot (...) - 2014/08 / Password
  • Syria's exiled artists

    Angela Robson
    31 Jul 2014 | 2:33 pm
    Syria once had a thriving artistic life, but many who were part of it have had to flee, ending up next door in Lebanon, trying to express what has happened to them and their country. The Syrian illustrator Diala Brisly became famous when a drawing she had done to support women hunger strikers in the prison of Adra went viral online. “People made it their profile picture on Facebook,” she says. “It helped raise awareness of their protest ... I care about women. I believe there's a role for (...) - 2014/08 / Open access
  • Latin American coups upgraded

    Maurice Lemoine
    31 Jul 2014 | 2:33 pm
    The classic Latin American coup used to put the military in direct command and control of a country. That doesn't play well on the world stage, and is being replaced by more clever manipulation — although the same people end up in power.On 23 September 2010 the former Ecuadorian president Lucio Gutiérrez (deposed by a popular uprising in 2005) gave a talk to the InterAmerican Institute for Democracy in Miami, criticising his nation's socialists for their mysticism, incoherent Marxism and (...) - 2014/08 / Password
 
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    nzherald.co.nz - Opinion

  • Mike Hosking: Bias? Not me - I just call it as I see it

    31 Jul 2014 | 8:31 pm
    Right, where to start?Last time I wrote in this esteemed organ, I proffered an idea or two as to why Labour wasn't exactly breathing down National's neck.This drew a fair amount of feedback which is good, because if it didn't,...
  • Claire Trevett: Parting shots in the House

    31 Jul 2014 | 6:27 pm
    MPs have headed off on the campaign trail with one last blast at their rivals, a couple of gags, and a few contrary thank-yous, including Bill English thanking Labour and Kim Dotcom for their contributions to National's re-election...
  • Dita De Boni: Government by intimidation

    31 Jul 2014 | 2:33 pm
    We're in a cold war, first foretold when beneficiary Natasha Fuller's details were made public after she criticised the cutting of access to a training incentive allowance.This week the war continues, writ larger. Steely-eyed Nick...
  • Wynne Gray: Crusaders won't win super showdown

    31 Jul 2014 | 2:28 pm
    Give the Super Rugby trophy to the Waratahs now.Bookies in New Zealand are clinging to the notion that the Crusaders have the pedigree, are on a roll and this is their time to break a six-year drought. That's a very frothy feelgood...
  • Brian Rudman: Mission impossible in Helensville

    31 Jul 2014 | 2:25 pm
    If you were looking for a definition of "seriously rich", the ability to buy your way into the New Zealand political system, as internet file-sharing mogul Kim Dotcom has done, is a good benchmark.Only a few money-bags can afford...
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    TORONTO STAR

  • Blue Jays: Nolan Reimold homers twice in win over Astros

    31 Jul 2014 | 8:24 pm
    HOUSTON— Nolan Reimold, who was a last-minute addition to the Blue Jays’ starting lineup on Thursday, hit a pair of homers — including the game-winning shot in the top of the ninth inning — to lead the Jays to a 6-5 victory over the Houston Astros. The Jays have now won six in a row and, with Baltimore losing in extra innings, are now just 1.5 games back of the Orioles for first in the AL East. Reimold, a midseason waiver claim by the Jays to help them weather injuries to three core players, was added to the lineup in place of Colby Rasmus, who was scratched after…
  • Amazon tribe makes contact with outsiders for first time

    31 Jul 2014 | 7:11 pm
    An extremely rare encounter has been captured on video as members of a remote Brazilian Amazon tribe made contact with outsiders for what is believed to be the first time. Footage released Tuesday by Brazil’s National Indian Foundation (FUNAI) shows several loincloth-wearing tribesmen emerging from the jungle and warily approaching leaders of the Ashaninka tribe, who are offering them bananas. The video was filmed on June 30, according to the International Business Times.The Times reports that a team of Brazilian scientists was flown in to make contact with the tribe. It is believed…
  • B.C. chief defends $900,000 pay

    31 Jul 2014 | 4:44 pm
    OTTAWA—After collecting more than $900,000 in pay for a single year, a British Columbia First Nations chief agreed Thursday to forfeit a lucrative “bonus” in his contract for the future.Chief Ron Giesbrecht, chief and economic development officer of the Kwikwetlem First Nation, earned $914,219 in the last fiscal year according to figures posted online this week in response to a new federal transparency law.In a statement, the Kwikwetlem First Nation defended the pay, explaining that most of the money, $800,000, was part of a bonus given to the economic development officer…
  • Conservative pollster has Tory ahead in Toronto mayoral race, Ford back in third

    31 Jul 2014 | 3:30 pm
    John Tory holds a slight lead over Olivia Chow and a bigger lead over Rob Ford, a new poll by a prominent conservative pollster has found.The poll by Dimitri Pantazopoulos is the second in July to suggest Tory has risen to first place in Toronto’s mayoral campaign. Tory, the former Progressive Conservative leader, was one point behind Chow, the former NDP MP, in a third July poll.The new poll had Tory with 30 per cent of the vote, Chow with 26 per cent and incumbent Ford with 23 per cent. Councillor Karen Stintz and former councillor David Soknacki remained far out of contention, with…
  • Teen who died from soccer post identified

    31 Jul 2014 | 3:10 pm
    Laurent Bastien Corbeil Staff ReporterA 15-year-old girl who died yesterday when a soccer post fell on her head has been identified by police. Jaime Palm, a student at Bill Crothers Secondary School, was critically injured when she was struck by the heavy metal post while playing soccer near the Portuguese Culture Centre in Bradford. A friend tried to help but could not budge the post, so she called 911.Jaime was airlifted to hospital, where she succumbed to her injuries, police said.The town’s department of leisure services conducted an investigation as a precautionary measure and…
 
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    Project Syndicate RSS-Feed

  • Mercosur Blues

    Andrés Velasco
    31 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    When the leaders of Mercosur met in Caracas this week, the usual bluster about standing up to imperialism filled the air. But so did the unmistakable scent of decay.
  • China’s Victory in Ukraine

    Dmitri Trenin
    31 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    There is no question that Russia will pay a price for its actions in Ukraine. The question for the US and its allies is whether exacting that price will come with a price of its own.
  • New Hope for Haiti

    Ban Ki-moon
    31 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    In recent years, the UN's commitment to Haiti has helped to reduce the toll of the cholera epidemic that has been ravaging the country since 2010, while promoting security, stability, and human rights. The international community now must step up to support continued progress in these areas.
  • Unholy War

    Naomi Wolf
    31 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Someday, the details of Israel's Operation Protective Edge in Gaza will be investigated and history will be written. But, before that happens, Israel has two moral paths open before it, one of which leads to a very dark place.
  • China’s High-Income Hopes

    Zhang Jun
    30 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    It is widely agreed that economic development means more than GDP growth. Unless China’s leaders upgrade the country’s growth strategy to stimulate technological progress and structural transformation, high-income status will continue to elude the world’s second-largest economy.
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    Baby Bummers Cartoons

  • #CatProblems

    DW
    31 Jul 2014 | 7:56 am
    “Gotta reschedule – My cat’s in a mood.” The post #CatProblems appeared first on Baby Bummers Cartoons.
  • BEACH BOOMERS

    DW
    30 Jul 2014 | 9:03 am
    “How did we do this with three kids and sand toys?” The post BEACH BOOMERS appeared first on Baby Bummers Cartoons.
  • GET UP

    DW
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:54 am
    ““Sitting too much is bad for our health – Let’s stand and argue.“ The post GET UP appeared first on Baby Bummers Cartoons.
  • Traded

    DW
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:48 am
    “You may be a team player, but we don’t promote from the Minors.” The post Traded appeared first on Baby Bummers Cartoons.
  • 50 Shades of Hey

    DW
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:47 am
    “Saw the trailer…  Another controlling guy with big windows.” The post 50 Shades of Hey appeared first on Baby Bummers Cartoons.
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    ZeitLine

  • VIDEO: Undercover Sting Operation in School Entraps Special Needs Student

    admin
    17 Jul 2014 | 10:21 am
    This segment from “Vice” sheds light on a story from Riverside, California, where a special needs student was befriended by an undercover cop pretending to be a student.  It is a true “21 Jump Street” type of story, except that in this reality there is no comedic relief, and the only drug dealers on the campus are manufactured by the police themselves. The undercover agent for the Riverside County Sheriff’s Office repeatedly harassed and coerced lonely and introverted students into seeking out drugs to sell to the undercover.  One of these students, Jesse…
  • Aliens Are Real! : The Mathematical Case

    admin
    10 Jun 2014 | 12:39 pm
    Besides that of God, the existence of extraterrestrials is likely the most hotly contested “real or not” question left to answer. (Sorry to all of you Bigfoot people…and ghost hunters.)  A fairly significant percentage of the population is convinced that they have encountered a UFO at some point in their lives, and a much smaller segment claims that they have had a ‘close encounter’ or been outright abducted.  Many of these claims have been disproved, and many others cannot be proven false and remain a mystery. Despite all of the countless pictures, grainy cell…
  • Doctors to Start Using Suspended Animation on Humans

    admin
    6 Jun 2014 | 8:06 am
    “Suspended Animation.”  It is one of those long time bastions of science fiction right up there with teleportation and the laser blaster.  The ability to put life on hold for an extended period of time, so that a human can be repaired and resuscitated later, has long been a staple of the movies and a far-flung dream for real medical professionals.  Well, it would appear that we are indeed living in the future because Dr. Sam Tisherman leads a team of surgeons at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA that claim they are going to do just that. The procedure, dubbed EPR…
  • U.S. Marshals Trying To Keep Police Spying Records Secret

    admin
    5 Jun 2014 | 10:27 am
    Earlier this year the ACLU filed what should have been a fairly routine request for public records with the Sarasota, Florida police department.  After waiting patiently, representatives from the ACLU had an appointment on Tuesday to review the records pertaining to that departments use of a controversial  ’stingray’ surveillance device in a specific case.  But before they could get there, the U.S. Marshals swooped in at the last minute, seized the records and whisked them away to an undisclosed location. “We’ve seen our fair share of federal government attempts to…
  • Smile! That Selfie Could Be a Mugshot For the N.S.A.

    admin
    2 Jun 2014 | 12:24 pm
    As is the case with much of the information divulged by the Edward Snowden N.S.A. document cache, these things don’t necessarily come as much of a surprise.  Deep down, I think we all knew long ago that the N.S.A. was collecting data, spying on web histories and hording personal information on anyone and everyone.  Despite our own previously held suspicions however, it is still jarring when specific programs and actions are brought to light. The newest revelation is that the N.S.A. has, for years now, been collecting millions of images a day from emails, text messages and social media…
 
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    Earthbus Edutainment

  • “Ecuador ‘BANS’ Bitcoin” Well…. Not Exactly

    Christopher B. King
    25 Jul 2014 | 12:32 pm
    As far as I can read, that’s not quite the case and coindesk is overstating a bit. I’m reserving further judgment for a few days to see what the fallout, further explanations, or wider reactions will be. But I will say this, most Ecuadorians have not even heard of bitcoin yet and most won’t understand […]
  • Why I’m A Bitcoiner by Justin O’Connell

    Christopher B. King
    20 Jul 2014 | 5:33 pm
    This is a great post to Max Keiser’s blog by Justin O’Connell of Goldsilverbitcoin.com answering the question many of us get asked, “Why are you into bitcoin?” Earthbus.org has a great history with goldsilverbitcoin.com, not only have we ordered many ounces of silver from them, we had such a great experience with them, we’re also an affiliate. […]
  • On Science and the Defense of Theory

    Christopher B. King
    20 Jul 2014 | 1:02 pm
    On Science. Recently, Clif High wrote on his website that included the insistence that he is crazier than David Ikes. I tweeted to him that I say the same thing all the time; to which he responded, “Hopefully only about me.” I said, “No, about myself, however I use ‘Have YOU heard of Clif High’ […]
  • Misplaced Facebook Outrage and Israel’s Apologist Legion

    Christopher B. King
    18 Jul 2014 | 9:12 am
    The focus of this essay is the subject of Israel on Facebook, but it combines two separate posts that began on Facebook, but then I decided to publish them here together instead.   I use FB for a barometer of what many of my friends are paying attention, naturally, but also keep track of the amount of […]
  • Where are all the ‪#‎Bubble‬ ‪#‎Shriekers for the #Dow‬?

    Christopher B. King
    3 Jul 2014 | 10:23 am
    Amazing things are possible when central banks loan money at negative interest rates to insiders so they can buy their own stock back and park the risk on the public balance sheet. Yep, amazing things.   The DJIA, or dow jones industrial average is a price-weighted average of 30 of what are called “significant” stocks. […]
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