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Paul Ryan's Anti-Poverty Plan Would Cost Billions to Implement. Will GOPers Go for That?

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When Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) laid out a new set of proposals to revamp the federal safety net during a speech on Thursday at the American Enterprise Institute, central to his vision was the idea of consolidating federal programs to create a "personalized, customized form of aid—one that ...

UNHCR seeks $210m in revised appeal for refugees from Central African Republic

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Severely malnourished refugee children from the Central African Republic at a feeding centre in Batouri hospital, Cameroon.GENEVA, July 22 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency and its partners today appealed for greater donor support to cope with the continuing outflow and deteriorating condition of refugees from the Central ...

Deporting 57,000 Immigrant Kids Will Be Logistics Nightmare

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In recent weeks, President Obama and congressional Republicans have begun to offer the same simple-sounding solution for dealing with the flood of children crossing the U.S. border alone: Send the kids home. But with tens of thousands of them churning through the system, some just toddlers, the logistics ...

In China meat scandal, McDonald's Japan switches to Thai chicken, no nuggets in Hong Kong

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HONG KONG (Reuters) - McDonald's Corp has suspended sales of chicken nuggets and other items in Hong Kong after it said it imported products from Shanghai Husi Food, the U.S.-owned Chinese company at the center of a food safety scare in China.McDonald's said it imported certain products from Shanghai Husi between July last year and June this year, although no food items from the Shanghai supplier remained in stock. In Japan, McDonald's Holdings Co (Japan) said on Friday it would halt all imports of chicken products from China and shift ...

Beyond 'Orange is the New Black': 'The Kill Team,' 'Lost for Life' and 'Captivated'

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In "The Kill Team," opening today in New York, director Daniel Krauss focuses on the unsettling fate of Private Adam Winfield, the whistleblower who exposed the morbid antics of his platoon in 2010, when it came out that the group had repeatedly murdered innocent Afghanis for sport. Rather ...

GOP Bill Creates Tax Break for Americans Making Six Figures, Ignores Expiring Tax Credit for Low-Income Families

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GOP Bill Creates Tax Break for Americans Making Six Figures, Ignores Expiring Tax Credit for Low-Income FamiliesOn Friday, the House will vote on a Republican bill that ignores an expiring tax credit for millions of low-income families, while handing one to better-off Americans. The bill, introduced by Rep.

57% of Republicans Want to Impeach Obama

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57% of Republicans Want to Impeach ObamaI don't even know how to react to this stuff anymore. A solid majority of Republicans wants to impeach President Obama for....what? An EPA regulation they don't like? Postponing Obamacare's employer mandate for a year? Not prosecuting some immigrant kids who have been in the country since they were three? This goes beyond politics as usual. It's nuts. Fox News is now officially in charge of one of America's two major political parties.

Subway Inn to Close After 77 Years in Midtown Manhattan

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Subway Inn, the New York City institution that clung to its dive-bar roots even as its Upper East Side neighborhood sprouted steel-and-glass office and apartment towers, is serving its last drink.The bar, which opened in 1937, will close on Aug. 15 and seek another location, according to a ...

Popular Anti-Science Site Likens Journalists to "Nazi Collaborators" Over GMO Coverage

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Popular Anti-Science Site Likens Journalists to "Nazi Collaborators" Over GMO CoverageFor years, Natural News—a conspiracy-minded alternative medicine website that attracts roughly 7 million unique visitors each month—has been crusading against the practice of genetically modifying food. This week the site's proprietor, Mike Adams, took the campaign to new ...

Crunch time for Gaza truce talks as death toll passes 800

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GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry pressed regional proxies to nail down a Gaza ceasefire on Friday as the civilian death toll soared, threatening to spread Israeli-Palestinian bloodshed to the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem.With Israel and Islamist Hamas setting seemingly irreconcilable terms for a truce that mediators hope will begin by a major Muslim festival next week, Kerry worked the phones from Egypt while aides made clear his patience was limited. The urgency was spurred on Thursday by the killing of 15 people sheltering at a ...

Don’t Tell Me How Bad British Food Was

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Chef Raymond Blanc says that when he moved to the U.K. from France in 1972, you had to have breakfast three times a day if you wanted to eat well.I remember those times. He is right. Dining out was a luxury for ordinary Britons and restaurants reflected the ...

Is That Me Yelling? A Parent’s Guide

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“I never imagined that I would have a child who talks back to me and thinks she’s the boss of everyone. How did that happen, and what am I supposed to do now?”So asks Brice, a psychologist and parent of a 7-year-old child, in Rona Renner’s Is That Me Yelling? A Parent’s Guide to Getting Your Kids to Cooperate Without Losing Your Cool. Renner, a nurse, understands the blows to self-esteem and the guilt that parents take at the hands of their oppositional, all-knowing children. She validates the feelings of ...

Ebola Orphans Flee Sierra Leone Farms as Cocoa and Rice Rot

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Total production of cocoa will be about 10,000 metric tons in the 12 months that end in September, according to the The International Cocoa Organization. CloseTotal production of cocoa will be about 10,000 metric tons in the 12 months that end in... Read More Total production of cocoa ...

In This Gaza War, the Truth Is Buried

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Here is one of the more astonishing facts of an already fairly astonishing war: The tunnels that Hamas has dug under Gaza’s border with Israel -- tunnels designed not for commerce, but for kidnapping -- reportedly contain tranquilizers and handcuffs, seemingly meant to be used by Hamas terrorists ...

Joint News Release: Children In South Sudan Cannot Wait For Famine Before World Acts

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JUBA, 26 July 2014: The heads of UNICEF and the UN World Food Programme (WFP) today warned that children in South Sudan cannot wait any longer before the world takes action, as they met severely malnourished children and their mothers affected by the conflict in the world's newest ...

UNHCR: Urgent European action needed to stop rising refugee and migrant deaths at sea

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More than 800 people have died this year alone in the Mediterranean, many of them seeking safety from conflict and civil warMore than 260 people have died or been reported missing as they attempted to cross the Mediterranean Sea towards Europe over the past ten days, the UN Refugee Agency has warned. Survivors reported disturbing incidents of mass drownings, suffocations and a suspected multiple stabbing. The grim tally brings to some 800 the total number of deaths at sea this year, compared to a total 600 deaths in 2013, and ...

Striking out on my own

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This post is many months in coming, yet I know I will not be able to give it the kind of attention I would like.I am leaving Scientific American.There is no mystery to the reasons. SciAm hasn’t felt like the kind of space I’ve wanted to be a ...

Apple Secretly Acquired “Pandora For Books” Startup BookLamp To Battle Amazon

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TechCrunch has learned that Apple has made another acquisition, one that it is using to boost its e-books effort and “beat Amazon at its own game.” It has bought BookLamp, a startup based out of Boise, Idaho, that developed big data-style book analytics services. A second source says ...

German Utilities Paid to Stabilize Grid Due to Increased Wind and Solar

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Twenty power companies including Germany’s biggest utilities, EON SE and RWE AG, now get fees for pledging to add or cut electricity within seconds to keep the power system stable, double the number in September, according to data from the nation’s four grid operators. Utilities that sign up ...

Record Student-Loan Debt Prompts Treasury Push to Stem Defaults

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The U.S. Treasury, which finances more than 90 percent of new student loans, is exploring ways to make repayment more affordable as defaults by almost 7 million Americans and other strapped borrowers restrain economic growth.Leading the effort is Deputy Secretary Sarah Bloom Raskin, who became the department’s No.

PBS Preview: Six New 'Makers' Documentaries Focus on Groundbreaking Women

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by Anne Thompson Wed Jul 23 15:51:38 EDT 2014 1 CommentAt the semi-annual Television Critics Association conference ending Wednesday, PBS announced that their next "Makers" series is focusing on groundbreaking women. Set to air six Tuesday nights this fall between September 30 and November 4, these one-hour "Makers" ...

Boy, Hipsters Sure Are Defensive About Their Almond Milk

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When I penned my little opus about almond milk last week, I really didn't intend to insult anyone's intelligence, provocative headline aside. What I really wanted to do was encourage people to think about what they're buying when they buy this hot-selling product. My editors chose the title ...

First case of ebola reported in Africa's most populous city Lagos

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Death marks new and alarming cross-border development in world's biggest epidemic spreading across three countries Lagos authorities said they had requested the flight's manifest to contact the other passengers, and began distributing protective clothing to health workers. Photograph: Cellou Binani/AFP/Getty Images A man has died of ebola in ...

Israeli universities lend support to Gaza massacre

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Two leading Israeli academic institutions are offering strong support for Israel’s ongoing massacre in Gaza.“Tel Aviv University embraces and supports all the security forces who are working to restore quiet and security to Israel, including its students and employees called up to reserve duty,” the institution says in ...

confused cats against feminism

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Confused Cats Against Feminism is a project of We Hunted the Mammoth:The New Misogyny, tracked and mocked. You should go there.Confused Cats Against Feminism is a project of We Hunted the Mammoth:The New Misogyny, tracked and mocked. You should totally go there, like right now. Well, this little ...

As US Clean Energy Goes Mainstream, Leadership Is Focused on States and Cities

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Clean Edge’s recently released 2014 U.S. Clean Tech Leadership Index finds the U.S. clean-tech market making impressive strides in many areas, while still hampered by inaction and inertia in others. As has been the case in recent years — even with encouraging national-level initiatives from the Obama administration ...

Darrell Issa Investigation Benefits Ex-Aide

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Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W. Va.) has accused House oversight committee chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) of inappropriately intervening in an ongoing Federal Trade Commission case against a company being represented by a legal group run by a former Issa staffer. Last month, Issa sent a letter to the FTC ...

Halliburton Fracking Spill Mystery: What Chemicals Polluted an Ohio Waterway?

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On the morning of June 28, a fire broke out at a Halliburton fracking site in Monroe County, Ohio. As flames engulfed the area, trucks began exploding and thousands of gallons of toxic chemicals spilled into a tributary of the Ohio River, which supplies drinking water for millions ...

Zillow Said to Be Seeking to Buy Rival Propery Site Trulia

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Zillow Inc. is seeking to acquire rival Trulia Inc., people with knowledge of the matter said, in a move to combine the two most-visited U.S. real estate websites. Shares of both companies jumped.Zillow could value Trulia at as much as $2 billion in a purchase, and an agreement ...

The Pirate Bay Launches A Mobile Website For Torrenting From Your Smartphone

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Everyone’s favorite torrent site has just rolled out a mobile version: The Pirate Bay has now launched a new, mobile-optimized website it’s calling The Mobile Bay. Designed to work better on smartphones and tablets, like those running the iOS or Android operating system, the new site has an ...

Elon Musk’s Answer To Stephen Colbert’s Vision Of Ambient Wireless Charging: “We’ll Do It”

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Last night Tesla’s Elon Musk appeared on The Colbert Report, and he discussed some of SpaceX‘s recent successes, the upcoming update for Tesla vehicles that let you name your car, as well as his general path towards supervillainy. Aside from the usual comedic hijinks, the segment also touched ...

Google to Collect Data to Define Healthy Human

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Google Inc. GOOGL -0.36% Google Inc. Cl A U.S.: Nasdaq $603.01 -2.18 -0.36% July 24, 2014 4:00 pm Volume (Delayed 15m) : 1.28M AFTER HOURS $598.92 -4.09 -0.68% July 24, 2014 7:52 pm Volume (Delayed 15m) : 74,325 P/E Ratio 30.63 Market Cap $405.94 Billion Dividend Yield N/A ...

How a Town in Maine Is Blocking an Exxon Tar-Sands Pipeline

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This story originally appeared on Grist and is republished here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.Citizens trying to stop the piping of tar-sands oil through their community wore blue "Clear Skies" shirts at a city council meeting in South Portland, Maine, this week. But they might as ...

UN chief welcomes roadmap adopted by parties at inter-Malian peace talks

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Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of MINUSMA, Bert Koenders, at Kidal airport (file photo - June 2013). Photo: MINUSMA / Blagoje Grujic25 July 2014 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has congratulated the Malian parties on the adoption of a roadmap at the end of the first round of peace ...

Stanford biologist warns of early stages of Earth's 6th mass extinction event

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Stanford Biology Professor Rodolfo Dirzo and his colleagues warn that this "defaunation" could have harmful downstream effects on human health.Elephants and other large animals face an increased risk of extinction in what Stanford Biology Professor Rodolfo Dirzo terms "defaunation." The planet's current biodiversity, the product of 3.5 billion ...

For a Better World for All

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It is now 100 long days since the abduction of 276 girls from their school in Chibok in northern Nigeria shocked and outraged the world. While a few of the girls have managed to escape their captors, the majority remain separated from their shattered families.It is the nature ...

Review: 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

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The genius commercial gamble of Marvel's recent superhero movies is that, even though the stories all take place in the same universe, the studio has hired writer-directors with distinctive sensibilities to work within those constraints. Jon Favreau's penchant for crafting slick male anti-heroes helped give "Iron Man" its ...

Burger King's CEO, Daniel Schwartz, Is 33 Years Old

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Last summer a trim guy with wavy brown hair, high cheekbones, and a broad smile could be found making Whoppers, working the drive-through window, and scrubbing bathrooms at a Burger King in Miami. His name was Daniel Schwartz. He learned to make a Whopper in less than 35 ...

Let's Watch Stephen Colbert Make Fun Of Tim Draper's Stupid Plan To Split California Into 6 States

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Let's Watch Stephen Colbert Make Fun Of Tim Draper's Stupid Plan To Split California Into 6 StatesIn 2016, Californians will vote on stupid Tim Draper's stupid initiative to turn America's greatest state into six stupid (and deeply unequal) little states. The initiative will fail, and even if it ...

'50 Shades of Grey's Hard Sell

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by Charles Bramesco Thu Jul 24 13:13:03 EDT 2014 0 CommentsDakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan in the "50 Shades of Grey" trailer. As much as we may like to believe that the pre-release movie trailer has transcended its status as advertisement into the realm of low art, the ...

Amazon Remains Great For Customers, Not For Shareholders – Stock Drops 6% As Losses Widen

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Amazon’s Q2 2014 earnings announced today made it more apparent than ever that Amazon remains a great business for its customers, but not so much for its shareholders. The stock, after the earnings were reported, was already down by 6% and falling in after-hours trading following Amazon reporting ...

Israel arrests activist for hosting Skype chat with resistance icon Leila Khaled

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Israel, reputedly the only democracy in the Middle East, is willing to arrest its own citizens for communicating on the Internet.That was the experience of Samih Jabarin when he recently arranged for Leila Khaled, the Palestinian resistance icon, to address the al-Warsheh cultural center in Haifa — a ...

Cynk: The $6 Billion Penny-Stock Debacle Stretches From Belize to Las Vegas

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The Matalon, a six-story glass building in Belize City, Belize, towers over a lot littered with old refrigerators and washing machines. Jagged rebar sticks out of unfinished cinderblock structures nearby, and the view, across Haulover Creek, is of a cluster of corrugated metal shacks. This is the listed ...

In conversation with… Harold Varmus

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Alok Jha talks to Harold Varmus, Nobel Prize-winning cancer researcher and current Director of the US National Cancer Institute.The night before Harold Varmus received a call from Sweden telling him he’d won the Nobel Prize, he had been out drinking with friends. He was a little hungover when ...

10 Things Everyone Spends Their Money on… Except Millennials

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Millennials are often maligned for their lack of financial literacy, but there is one money skill the younger generation has in spades: saving. After growing up during the Great Recession, millennials want to keep every cent they can. (If you don’t believe us, just check out this Reddit ...

Chrome Android Beta Gets Single Sign-In For Google Sites And New Material Design Looks

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Google has a hit on its hands with Material Design in my opinion, which is why it’s great to see it already making its way into some products ahead of Android L’s general consumer launch. Today, Google updated the Chrome Beta for Android with some new features, including ...

Google Folds Its Workforce Management Tool, Maps Coordinates, Into Maps Engine Pro

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Last year, Google launched Maps Engine Pro, a service that aims to make it easier for businesses to create, manage and share maps to visualize their data. Until now, this offering was purely about map creation, but today, Google is adding Maps Coordinate into the $5 per month/user ...

Five Israeli Talking Points on Gaza—Debunked

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Israel claims that it is merely exercising its right to self-defense and that Gaza is no longer occupied. Here’s what you need to know about these talking points and more.Israel has killed almost 800 Palestinians in the past twenty-one days in the Gaza Strip alone; its onslaught continues.

The Child Migrant Surge Is Slowing Down, But Not Because America Freaked Out

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The Child Migrant Surge Is Slowing Down, But Not Because America Freaked OutThe federal government will tell you that it has heard the cries of the anti-immigrant protesters and created policies to slow down the surge of children picked up by the US Border Patrol. By coordinating with ...


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GENEVA (25 July 2014) - Two UN human rights experts stated on Friday that ethnic and religious minorities in Iraq are bearing the brunt of the conflict that is once again engulfing the country. If protection measures are not taken urgently, they stressed, the impact of the conflict on minorities could be “devastating and irreversible.”“I am gravely concerned about the physical safety of several minority groups in Iraq, including Christians, Shia - a minority in the North -, Shabaks, Turkmen, Yazidis and others, who are being persecuted on the grounds ...

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