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Killing Obamacare Halfway Is Worse For Republicans Than They Think

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Stuart Butler is probably the country's single most influential right-wing health care wonk. He opposed Obamacare and has long pushed a different, more conservative vision of national health care policy. But Joshua Green writes today that even Butler is worried about what will happen if the Supreme Court ...

GOP Chair of the Science and Tech Subcommittee: I Didn't Vaccinate My Kids

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Rep. Barry Loudermilk, a Georgia Republican who recently became the chair of a key congressional subcommittee on science and technology, didn't vaccinate most of his children, he told a crowd at his first town hall meeting last week. Loudermilk was responding to a woman who asked whether he'd ...

The FCC Did a Lot More Than Just Approve Net Neutrality Today

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The FCC voted today in favor of strong net neutrality rules, but this is something that's been expected for weeks—and something I've written about before at length. So instead of commenting on that yet again, I want to highlight something else that might be nearly as important: The ...

These Photos of World Lawmakers Pummeling Each Other Almost Make You Appreciate Congress

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Twice last week, brawls broke out in Turkey's parliament over a controversial bill that would give the police more power to crack down on protestors. Punches were thrown, kicks landed, a chair launched. One MP fell down a flight of stairs. It was like the golden early days ...

Watch David Corn Discuss Threats From Bill O'Reilly With Rachel Maddow

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On Wednesday night, Mother Jones DC Bureau Chief David Corn appeared on the Rachel Maddow show to discuss threats made against him following a story he co-authored with Daniel Schulman about Fox News' Bill O'Reilly's reporting on the Falklands War. After Mother Jones published the story, the Fox ...

Chart of the Day: Inflation Continues to Fall Short of Weimar Germany Levels

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The BLS released its January inflation report today, and guess what? Hyperinflation continues to be kept at bay. In fact, the CPI didn't just stay at a low level in January, it was actually negative. Compared to a month ago, prices dropped 0.7 percent. Compared to a year ...

Are These The Eight Worst PowerPoints The Government Has Ever Produced?

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After barely two weeks on the job, new Defense Secretary Ashton Carter issued an unexpected order to commanders preparing to brief him: ditch the PowerPoint. The request, which broke with the Pentagon's tradition of slide deck-driven presentations, only applied to a meeting in Kuwait on anti-ISIS efforts. Carter ...

Women’s lives? Just a joke to trolls

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Ask yourself: if you could not tell what was real from what was fake, would that be a pleasant sensation? You could be forgiven for thinking it was just dandy, given the reaction of some to the news that Jace Connors, the man who made violent, rambling YouTube ...

Republican Congressman to DC Mayor: "You Can Go to Prison" for Legalizing Marijuana

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On Wednesday, a tense back-and-forth between congressional Republicans and the District of Columbia government over marijuana laws escalated into a dramatic showdown. In November, DC voters passed Initiative 71, which legalized marijuana—though with some major caveats—by an overwhelming margin. Mayor Muriel Bowser declared this week that the law ...

Source: Wearable Maker Fitbit Is In Talks To Buy Fitness App Startup FitStar

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For the last several years, Fitbit has created hardware and software designed to help consumers keep track of their activity levels. But we’ve heard the wearable maker could soon acquire FitStar, a startup which makes apps that might help motivate Fitbit customers to actually be more active. According ...

Health Update

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This is not of interest to most of you, but I do get emails and queries fairly frequently, so I figure I ought to share once in a while. The big picture summary is that nothing serious is wrong; a biopsy is scheduled for Friday; and I've been ...

The cost of getting an abortion is higher if you’re poor

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When trying to get an abortion, as in so many things, it’s very expensive to be poor. Using the example of two archetypal women in Wisconsin — one low-income and one middle-income — ThinkProgress calculated the true cost of accessing the procedure.Wisconsin — like 18 other states — ...

DHS Funding Fight Is Going Down to the Wire

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We're getting down to the wire in the funding fight over the Department of Homeland Security: DHS will shut down this weekend if funding isn't approved by Friday. In the Senate, Mitch McConnell wants to simply hold two separate votes: one to fund DHS and another to repeal ...

The First Ever Clinton Campaign Started With an "Area Man" Headline

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Even the one-time leader of the free world was once just a lowly Area Man. That headline, from the Southwest (Arkansas) Times Record, heralded the inconspicuous start of Bubba's political career, when he launched his first campaign in 1974, against Rep. John Paul Hammerschmidt (R-Ark.) Clinton, at the ...

Sol-Wind ‘Tests Bottom of the Market’ and Postpones $100M YieldCo IPO

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Company postpones its IPO for a renewable YieldCo that sought the tax-code advantage of MLP status. With the recent excitement about the YieldCos from SunPower, First Solar and SunEdison, it would seem that the YieldCo capital structure is a market winner for large project portfolios from vertically integrated ...

The Governor of Ohio Has a Gloriously Terrible Plan to Amend the Constitution

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Ohio Gov. John Kasich is acting like a possible presidential candidate: He's visiting early primary states, huddling with old advisers, and remaining frustratingly coy with the press. Unlike other likely Republican candidates who are plugging broad platforms, however, Kasich is earning attention by honing in, laserlike, on a ...

In photos: Israel destroys protest camp, Palestinians vow to rebuild

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Israeli Border Police surround the gateway to a protest camp in Abu Dis in preparation for the eviction of activists. The camp was established at the beginning of February. Israeli Border Police have repeatedly demolished the Gateway to Jerusalem protest camp. But Palestinian activists say they are undeterred.

Six month after Gaza slaughter, aid groups still afraid to criticize Israel

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A child plays in front of his destroyed home in the Tuffah neighborhood of Gaza City on 9 February. Marking six months since a ceasefire agreement ended Israel’s mass slaughter of Palestinians in Gaza, thirty international aid agencies have criticized the almost nonexistent progress towards reconstruction. But the ...

When Did Dinosaurs Learn to Fly?

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Birds are dinosaurs. That’s a fact underscored by dozens upon dozens of discoveries in the last 30 years. Free of the historic blinders that cast dinosaurs as monstrous reptiles, we’re now gaining an ever-greater appreciation for how bird-like Tyrannosaurus and its famous relations really were. In fact, many ...

Fishing For the Microbes Behind Malnutrition

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Malnutrition seems like an intuitive problem: you don’t eat enough food, so your health suffers. But it’s not that simple. One mysterious type of malnutrition known as kwashiorkor—characterised by leaky blood vessels, puffy limbs, distended stomachs, and fragile skin—often affects children who eat just as much as their ...

Christian groups recognized for aiding Ukrainian Jews

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Herzog: If I was Netanyahu, I would nix Congress speech and hold intensive talks with Obama Report: Arab diplomats rebuff Israeli invite to Netanyahu Congress speech Which Democrats plan on skipping Netanyahu's speech to Congress? Amnesty urges halting arms to Israel, others guilty of 'mass atrocities' A week ...

Watch John Oliver Tackle One Of the Biggest—And Least Talked About—Problems in US Politics

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On Sunday, HBO's John Oliver took aim at one of American politics' biggest—and least talked about—problems: judicial elections. As the Last Week Tonight host points out, putting judges in the position of soliciting campaign donations—often from people who may appear in their courtrooms—greatly reduces the appearance of impartiality ...

Chart of the Day: Here's Who's Defaulting on Student Debt

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Alex Tabarrok passes along the chart on the right, which shows the default rate on student loans. What it shows is surprising at first glance: the highest default rates are among students with the lowest debt, not the highest. But on second glance, this isn't surprising at all.

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In 2015, countries have the opportunity to adopt a new sustainable development agenda and reach a global agreement on climate change. The actions taken in 2015 are expected to result in new sustainable development goals that build on the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The UN is working ...

The 'Code-Black' HD-camera drone captures video footage mid-flight [55% off]

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The "Code Black" HD-camera drone is pretty much a drone-meets-GoPro: it captures video footage mid-flight. So not only will you fly around a drone, but you'll get some cool video out of it, too. The palm-sized drone has a 6-axis control system for an extremely stable flight and ...

The Tesla Model S is Consumer Reports' top pick

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Tesla might be drawing some skepticism on Wall Street, but the love from the automotive media just keeps on coming. On Tuesday, Consumer Reports announced that the Tesla Model S is its top 2015 pick for car buyers — that's two years in a row that the Model ...

Pebble raised more than $5 million in less than five hours for its new smartwatch

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KickstarterPebble doubled its Kickstarter goal and raised $1 million dollars for its new smartwatch in less than an hour. At the time of writing, the campaign has reached about $5 million in funding less than five hours after it went live just before 10 am ET on Tuesday.Pebble's ...

Apple's newest patent would let iPhone and iPad users collaborate on the same app in-real time

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Granted by the US Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday (via Apple Insider), Apple’s patent allows for “interactive application sharing,” which would let two or more iPhone or iPad users to share and interact with the same data from an application in real-time. The patent also includes the ...

Valve is making a virtual reality headset

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ValveValve's popular gaming platform Steam will show off its own virtual reality headset at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco next week. Valve announced the news in a Steam blog post, promising to offer demos of a "previously unannounced SteamVR hardware system" along with the final version ...

The most popular smartwatch in the world is getting an update with some key features missing from the Apple Watch

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Pebble, the company that got its start on Kickstarter and went on to make the most popular smartwatch in the world, has a new watch coming this spring. The third-generation Pebble watch, the Pebble Time, will have an "e-ink" color screen and a new interface designed to show ...

The simple reason Walmart & TJ Maxx are handing out raises — people are quitting

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Updated by Matthew Yglesiason February 26, 2015, 9:30 a.m. ET@mattyglesias The dynamics here are not difficult to understand. Bureau of Labor Statistics data shows that workers in the retail sector are quitting their jobs at a much faster rate than they were a year or two earlier. Retail jobs are great jobs to quit because in addition to the low pay, they offer little in the way of status or intangible rewards (see "What I learned from seven years in retail hell"). But for years, quitting was depressed by the ...

Google may have accidentally revealed it's making a new version of its gorgeous Chromebook Pixel laptop

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It looks like Google plans to release a new version of its Chromebook Pixel in the near future. The company published a video to YouTube in which Renee Niemi, Google's global business lead for Chrome, Android for Work and Education, confirmed that a new version of the high-end ...

REPORT: Viacom is preparing for a round of job cuts following ratings and ad sales declines

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Viacom, owner of the Comedy Central and MTV cable TV networks, is preparing to lay off staff across the company following declines in both ratings and advertising sales as viewers continue to switch off from traditional TV, according to a Bloomberg report. The report, which cites sources "with ...

France must treat online “anti-Semitism” like child pornography, president says

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French President François Hollande says modern “anti-Semitism” stems from “hatred of Israel.” French president François Hollande has said his government will soon announce a raft of tough criminal laws to crack down on anti-Semitism, racism, homophobia and Holocaust denial. He made the announcements in a speech to CRIF,

Quote of the Day: "I am coming after you with everything I have."

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From Bill O'Reilly, to a reporter who called to ask about a Mother Jones report that he had wildly exaggerated his coverage of the Falklands War: During a phone conversation, he told a reporter for The New York Times that there would be repercussions if he felt any ...

Pattern Energy + Cemex Developing 1 Gigawatt Of Renewable Energy Projects In Mexico

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Published on February 27th, 2015 |by James Ayre February 27th, 2015 by James AyreThe US based renewable energy company Pattern Energy is partnering with the Mexican construction company Cemex to form a joint venture to develop projects in Mexico, according to recent reports. The announcement of the new ...

Framing Suzanne Mazzola's Death in Childbirth as a Martyrdom Is Disturbing and Dangerous

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by Natasha Chart, Director of Campaigns and Fundraising, RH Reality Check I hope Suzanne Mazzola's family hasn't gotten around to reading the anti-choice articles about her, because whether they sound like touching tributes or not, I can tell you, it's hard to grow up believing that your parent ...

Countertop Flow Battery Is Coal-Crushing Energy Storage

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Published on February 27th, 2015 |by Tina Casey February 27th, 2015 by Tina CaseyCoal is suffering death by a thousand cuts, what with cheap natural gas and plummeting costs for wind and solar power, and now here come our friends from the Energy Department’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory ...

Beijing Doubles Quota For New Energy Vehicles

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Published on February 27th, 2015 |by Marc Howe February 27th, 2015 by Marc HoweAs part of ongoing efforts by Beijing to combat egregious levels of air pollution the city’s municipal government has opted to double the annual quota of license plates for new energy vehicles in 2015. Beijing ...

Held for hours at secret Chicago 'black site': 'You're a hostage. It's kidnapping'

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Thursday 26 February 2015 08.00 ESTLast modified on Thursday 26 February 2015 08.51 ESTA woman who says she was shackled to a bench within Chicago’s secretive interrogation facility for 18 hours before being permitted access to a lawyer described the ordeal as being “held hostage’’ in the ...

Document: Criminal Complaint Against Three Brooklyn Men Accused of Plot to Join ISIS

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Three Brooklyn men who were planning to travel to Syria to join the militant group known as Islamic State were arrested on Wednesday as part of a joint investigation by local and federal investigators, authorities said. All three are charged with attempt and conspiracy to provide material support ...

'Shark Lady' Eugenie Clark, Famed Marine Biologist, Has Died

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Dr Eugenie Clark, the Shark Lady was my hero. I am so fortunate I got to meet her in person about a year ago last year at the Beneath the Sea expo in NJ.I thanked her for giving me the idea to travel the world to dive and ...

The Proofiness of Bill O'Reilly

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Last week, after Mother Jones published an article by Daniel Schulman and me reporting on Bill O'Reilly's mischaracterizations of his wartime reporting experience, the Fox News host replied with insult, denial, threatening rhetoric, and bombast. Insult: He called me a "liar," a "despicable guttersnipe," and "garbage." Denial: Though ...

Sex, blackmail and theft: leaks detail Israeli spy operations

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Richard Goldstone meeting Hamas officials in Gaza in 2009. While Hamas cooperated with the investigation, the PA and Israel did all it could to make sure its recommendations would not be adopted by the UN. Yesterday Al Jazeera began to unveil what the channel is promoting as “the ...

Apple's next iPhone update will include hundreds of new Emojis

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Apple's next update for the iPhone, known as iOS 8.3, will bring 300 new Emojis along with a handful of other features such as wireless CarPlay support. A public beta, or trial period, of the update is expected to launch in mid-March, according to 9to5Mac's Mark Gurman, but ...

Listen: Eleven-year-old Gaza boy performs Palestine's anthem

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Firas al-Shirafi plays the qanun at the Edward Said National Conservatory of Music in Gaza. Eleven-year-old Firas al-Shirafi has experienced three major offensives against Gaza during his short life. Last summer, he was confined to his home in the Tal al-Hawa neighborhood of Gaza City as it was ...

First Solar’s Top Production Lines Averaged 15.8% Conversion Efficiency in February

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The solar giant also entered into a joint YieldCo with rival SunPower. First Solar missed the low end of its sales guidance but posted net income of $397 million on 2014 sales of $3.4 billion. Production, capacity utilization, and conversion efficiency showed positive results. During the quarter, First ...

Texting this phone number will get you 'anything you want as long as it's not illegal'

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That's the ambitious goal of a new startup called Magic, a text-messaging-based concierge service that promises to pull strings, place orders, and schedule deliveries all so you don't have to. Magic doesn't have a dedicated app. It instead exists as a phone number nestled inside your contact list,

Apple is reportedly poaching Samsung's top battery experts to help build its electric car

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AppleApple is reportedly in the process of hiring several chip and battery experts from Samsung, according to a report from the Korea Times (via Apple Insider). Citing “an unnamed Samsung official,” the Korea Times says Samsung’s experts were offered better pay and “greater independence” at Apple.The same Samsung ...
 

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