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Pierson failed to provide fresh start for Secret Service that administration wanted

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The resignation of Secret Service Director Julia Pierson and the launch of a top-to-bottom review of the agency Wednesday are an acknowledgment by President Obama of what he has long denied: that the force charged with protecting him is in deep turmoil and struggling to fulfill its sacred ...

Meet the Former Bike Executive Who Could Crush Scott Walker's White House Dreams

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2 mentions2 hours ago
This March, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker launched what, in the post-Citizens United era, amounts to a de facto presidential exploratory campaign. He jetted to Las Vegas for a private audience with Sheldon Adelson, the billionaire casino mogul and Republican Party kingmaker who is said to have spent nearly ...

Amazon Might Start Selling Packaged Food And Drinks In India

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vox efx/flickr(Reuters) - Online retailer Inc plans to sell packaged food and beverages in India from mid-October, the Economic Times reported, citing a person familiar with the matter. Amazon, which has already started accepting bookings for Coco-Cola Zero - the beverage's low-calorie variant, will eventually start selling ...

Syria’s Oldest Refugees

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They are the oldest survivors of Syria’s civil war. Men, women, grandparents, husbands and wives – over 100 years of age and far away from home. Often overlooked, but just as vulnerable as younger Syrian refugees, the elderly are mostly ill-equipped to flee and struggle to rebuild their ...

Mind Change

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Happy 90th Birthday Jimmy Carter

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2 mentions20 hours ago
President Jimmy Carter celebrates his 90th birthday today, October 1. On the occasion of the 39th President's birthday, let's take a look back at his Presidency (and Governorship) with a handful of photos. For those keeping track, Gerald Ford was the longest living president. He lived to be ...

Here's What Normal People Can Eat To Follow The LeBron James Diet

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2 mentions22 hours ago
LeBron didn't eat sugar, carbs, or dairy for 67-straight days this summer. He subsisted on meat, fish, fruits, and vegetables, and lost a startling amount of weight in the process. It's a modified version of a paleo diet — the fad diet where you eat like humans did ...

Apple Now Lets You Check If An iPhone Is Stolen Before You Buy It

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2 mentions4 hours ago
Want to check if that iPhone you’re considering nabbing off of Craigslist is stolen before you hand over your cold, hard cash? Apple has just released a tool that exists solely to verify whether or not a used iPhone has been locked down remotely by its rightful owner.

YesVideo’s Legacy Republic Is Building A Freelance Workforce To Digitize Family Photos and Videos

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2 mentions10 hours ago
YesVideo announced a new initiative today that aims to recruit an army of “Legacy Makers” to help digitize family photos and videos. For those of you who aren’t familiar with YesVideo, the company was founded back in 1999 and focuses on converting videos (in formats like VHS and ...

How the US falsely accused a Palestinian teacher of aiding terror

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The government’s motion to dismiss the six-year-old indictment minces few words: “In light of the passage of time without resolution, the United States has decided that the best available course of action is to move to dismiss the indictment so that action can be taken to remove the ...

The Wednesday Weigh-In: Feminist Halloween Costumes Edition

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Happy October! Halloween is approaching quickly and for some, ’tis the season for racist, culturally appropriative costumes, or to make everyday objects into “sexy” costumes. But this year, let’s start early and generate some great feminist costume ideas! Having a hard time thinking of a few famous women ...

$617 Billion in Japan Stock Orders Scrapped After Error

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2 mentions1 day ago
The biggest order was for 1.96 billion shares of Toyota Motor Corp., or 57 percent of outstanding shares at the world’s biggest carmaker, for 12.68 trillion yen through an off-exchange transaction. Close The biggest order was for 1.96 billion shares of Toyota Motor Corp., or 57 percent of ...

Senator Patty Murray

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You have chosen to receive our #NAMED_LISTS# newsletters at #EMAIL_ADDRESS#. You will receive an e-mail shortly confirming your subscription. So excited to have you! On Thursday afternoon, Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. formally announced his resignation. Speaking about his decision at the White House, an emotional Holder said ...

Mitt Romney's Latest Excuse for His 47-Percent Remarks Is a Doozy

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3 mentions2 days ago
During a recent sit-down with the New York Times' Mark Leibovich, the former GOP presidential nominee—who seems to be almost flirting with the possibility that he just might consider pondering a presidential run in 2016, maybe—took yet one more stab at explaining the comments that put his political ...

Peak Oil Is All About Cheap Oil

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4 mentions2 days ago
Russell Gold writes in the Wall Street Journal that perhaps the idea of peak oil is a myth. After all, technology keeps getting better and better, allowing us to extract more oil from old fields. Of course, it's expensive to do business this way: When the oil industry ...

The Elon Musk interview on Mars colonisation

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Ross Andersen is deputy editor at Aeon Magazine. He has written extensively about science and philosophy for several publications, including The Atlantic and The Economist. ‘Fuck Earth!’ Elon Musk said to me, laughing. ‘Who cares about Earth?’ We were sitting in his cubicle, in the front corner of ...

This Stunning Drone Footage Reveals Just How Massive Hong Kong's Protests Really Are

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2 mentions2 days ago
Protests in Hong Kong show no sign of stopping, as hundreds of thousands of demonstrators continue to demand greater autonomy from the government in Beijing. This video, featured on Storyful, by Nero Chan, (uploaded to his Facebook account on September 29), offers a glimpse into the magnitude of ...

Intel Community Dusts Itself Off and Casually Shows Obama Who's Boss

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3 mentions2 days ago
By late last year, classified American intelligence reports painted an increasingly ominous picture of a growing threat from Sunni extremists in Syria, according to senior intelligence and military officials. Just as worrisome, they said, were reports of deteriorating readiness and morale among troops next door in Iraq. But ...

The new ASBMB President has words for the science riff-raff

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4 mentions24 hours ago
Now honestly, this thing reads like a spoof or some top-quality trolling akin to my Boomer bashing. Albeit without a shred of actual data on which it is based (unlike my Boomer bashing). However, you will be interested to hear the new ASBMB President's analysis of the real ...

Big Batteries Don’t Come Cheap: Aquion Energy Grabs $25M More in VC for Grid Storage

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Our tireless smart grid analysts found an SEC filing yesterday revealing that battery-maker Aquion just closed another $25 million in VC funding. We've asked the company for a comment. In January of this year, Aquion closed a $55 million Round D to push along its manufacturing and commercial ...

No, the End of Oil and Gas Fracking Is Not Near. What Does That Mean for Cleantech?

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In mid-September, the U.S. government revised its estimates for U.S. oil production upward once again. Boosted by increases in tight oil from shale formations in North Dakota and Texas, America could soon surpass its previous domestic production peak hit in 1970. At the same time, U.S. natural gas ...

ADL slams Iranian 'hatefest' promoting anti-Semitism

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A conference denying the Holocaust and bashing Israel will take place this year in Tehran with a number of foreign guests, despite its cancellation by the Iranian government in 2013. The 2nd New Horizon Conference bills itself as a "conference of independent thinkers & film makers" while focusing ...

STUDY: Number of Married Same-Sex Couples Up by 50 Percent in Three Years

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As more and more states offer same-sex couples the right to marry, couples are taking advantage of this right — the number of same-sex married couples in the U.S. increased by 50 percent between 2010 and 2013, according to a new study from the Williams Institute. At the ...

Eve Raises $2.3M To Rethink Programming

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2 mentions19 hours ago
While everybody in the tech industry seems to be trying to make programming easier to pick up, most of the efforts that have popped up either repackage the concepts found in existing languages or boil down the logic programmers use to the point where you don’t learn skills ...

An Aid Worker in Syria Told the US Where to Bomb ISIS. Now They're Hunting for Him.

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3 mentions2 days ago
Last Friday, Oscar Bergamin, a Swiss humanitarian aid worker helping refugees in northern Syria, wrote a tweet that included 18 digits. They were the coordinates of a bunker near the Turkey-Syria border that had been seized by members of ISIS, the self-proclaimed Islamic State that's terrorizing large chunks ...

Police Want to Get Rid of Their Pentagon-Issued Combat Gear. Here's Why They Can't.

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2 mentions2 days ago
An officer with the Chelan County Sheriff's Department in central Washington is offering me a tank. Three of them, actually. "We really want to get rid of these," Undersheriff John Wisemore says. "We've been trying to get the military to take them back since 2004." The tanks came ...

BREAKING: Federal Appeals Court Halts Major Part Of North Carolina's Voter Suppression Law

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A divided panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit halted two provisions of North Carolina’s comprehensive voter suppression law on Wednesday, although much of the law will still take effect. Judge James Wynn, an Obama appointee, begins his opinion with a simple declaration ...

Hispanic Borrowers Diminishing in California Housing

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Jose Ramos lived the American Dream as a real estate agent who owned two houses in the majority Hispanic city of Santa Ana, California. Almost a decade later, homeownership for the 48-year-old Mexican immigrant is out of reach. Ramos said the housing crash in 2007 wiped out his ...

Agency Leading Ebola Response Has Had Budget Cut Nearly $600 Million Since 2010

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WASHINGTON -- The lead agency tasked with responding to the threat of Ebola both within the United States and abroad has seen its budget drop dramatically in the past four years.In breaking the news on Tuesday that the first Ebola patient had been diagnosed in the U.S., the ...

Study finds that being denied an abortion makes it harder to escape domestic violence

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You’ll recall that researchers at the University of California, San Francisco are conducting a large study, called the Turnaway Study, into the effects of denying people access to abortion. They’ve already found that when women who wanted an abortion are forced to have a baby, their physical health ...

Ferguson Officials Aren't Telling You What Happened to Mike Brown

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Nearly two months after 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot dead by police officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri, the public is still not entirely sure what happened that afternoon on August 9 — and it appears that Ferguson city officials are going out of their way to make ...

Oklahoma Judge Blocks Obamacare Tax Rule on Non-Exchange States

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Oklahoma won a court ruling striking down tax rules tied to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, after a judge found they illegally punish states that didn’t establish health care exchanges. U.S. District Judge Ronald White in Muskogee, Oklahoma, last month denied a government request to throw out the 2011 lawsuit, in which the state claims Internal Revenue Service rules don’t follow the text of the statutes known as Obamacare. “Oklahoma challenged implementation of the Affordable Care Act after the IRS finalized a rule that would allow the federal ...

The Divided City

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12 mentions9 hours ago
Just as they've started to revitalize—attracting industry, investment and people—our cities are threatened by new and more vexing divides. As America has grown more unequal and divided, its cities and metro areas have become even more so. New York’s level of inequality is comparable to Swaziland's, L.A.’s to ...

Is this octopus carrying the severed tentacles of a Portuguese man o’ war to use as weapons?

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2 mentions16 hours ago
Joshua Lambus is an award winning photographer and videographer based on the Big Island of Hawaii. He specialises in ‘blackwater’ diving, which involves travelling up to 8 kilometres off the shore of Hawaii, and diving into the ocean in the black of night, when thousands upon thousands of ...

Property Tycoon Revealing $20 Billion Solar-Led Portfolio

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Asia Pacific Resources Development Investment Ltd. founder Zheng Jianming speaks during an interview at the Next Generation Solar PV Finance conference in New York, on September 29, 2014. Close Asia Pacific Resources Development Investment Ltd. founder Zheng Jianming speaks during an interview at the Next Generation Solar PV ...

35,000 Walruses Gather Onshore in Northwest Alaska

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“It’s a good-sized aggregation, definitely,” ecologist Chadwick Jay, leader of the U.S. Geological Survey’s Pacific walrus research program, told Alaska Dispatch News. He noted that a similar collection of walruses was observed there in 2011. And in 2013 as well, scientists documented 10,000 walruses coming onshore in the ...

Seeking a Safe Haven in Rising Dividends

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Companies in the S&P 500 Index will increase dividends paid to investors this year by 12.3 percent to a total of $323 billion, according to data from Strategas Research Partners founder Jason Trennert. These distributions represent about a third of total net income earned by companies in the ...

Stop telling women not to “take things personally”: Ed Champion and the plague of gendered criticism

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Topics: women, Criticism, ed champion, emily gould, Tara Mohr, Social Media, Twitter, Media News, Entertainment News This past Saturday, the New York Times published a piece called “Learning to Love Criticism,” by Tara Mohr, a self-help author whose forthcoming book is called “Playing Big: Find Your Voice, Your ...

'Smart Cities' Should Mean 'Sharing Cities'

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These days every city claims to be a “smart” city, or is becoming one, with heavy investments in modern information and computing technology to attract businesses and make the city competitive. But when mayors and developers focus on technology rather than people, smart quickly becomes stupid, threatening to ...

Startup Funding Is Given Almost Entirely To Men

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Women are starting businesses at about the same rate as men, but they have to do it with less access to a traditional source of startup funding. Less than 3 percent of companies that got venture capital (VC) funding between 2011 and 2013 were headed by a woman,

Marijuana Stopped This Woman's Son From Having Seizures, Now She Faces Jail For Giving It To Him

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County prosecutors won’t let up on charging a Minnesota mom with child endangerment for giving her sick child medical marijuana. Angela Brown is headed for trial in a case that could send her to prison for two years, even though an already-passed medical marijuana law that goes into ...

Traders Turn Up Grilling Sausages at Hong Kong Protests

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3 mentions2 days ago
Four traders from BCG Partners Inc., the New York-based brokerage headed by Howard Lutnick and part-owned by his Cantor Fitzgerald LP, turned up at Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protests last night to grill more than 2,000 sausages for the hungry demonstrators. Tonight they plan to return with more colleagues -- and eight clients. Daniel Shepherd, 32, the firm’s head of Asia derivatives, said by phone that he wanted to help the protesters, who weren’t eating properly. He and three colleagues bought HK$20,000 ($2,600) worth of sausages and took a grill to ...

Occupation profiteer Veolia excluded from $750 million contract in Kuwait

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3 mentions19 hours ago
This protest in Phoenix is one of many against Veolia to have taken place in the US and further afield. (CodePink Phoenix) The Palestinian-led movement for boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) has netted two victories against Veolia — the multinational Paris-based corporation that is involved in several Israeli ...

Analysis: Government’s New Doctor Payments Website Worthy of a Recall

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3 mentions15 hours ago
Our health reporter Charles Ornstein takes a test drive using the federal government's new website for drug and device payments. He finds it virtually unusable. Our health reporter Charles Ornstein takes a test drive using the federal government’s new website for drug and device payments. He finds it ...

Caught off guard, White House angered at timing of Jerusalem housing announcement

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US President Barack Obama meets with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu at the White House, October 1, 2014. (photo credit:REUTERS) WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration was caught off guard by an Israeli announcement on Wednesday to move ahead with the construction of 2,610 settlement units in east Jerusalem, US ...

Walrus mass in vast numbers on Alaska beach as sea ice retreats

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8 mentions24 hours ago
Concern that warming climate is responsible for gathering of about 35,000 walrus in north-west Alaska Pacific walrus that can’t find sea ice for resting in Arctic waters are coming ashore in record numbers on a beach in north-west Alaska. An estimated 35,000 walrus were photographed on Saturday about ...

California Is Integrating Buffett’s Western Utilities Into Its Grid Balancing Market

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The new balancing authority could save Berkshire Hathaway-owned utilities $129 million, while boosting wind and solar. Most of the United States’ electricity grid is fairly well ordered -- but parts of it remain a frontier when it comes to managing the interstate energy demands of the system as ...

What’s Wrong With the Radical Critique of the People’s Climate March

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The People’s Climate March in midtown Manhattan on Sunday, September 21, 2014. (AP photo/John Minchillo) Last Sunday, we joined 400,000 people in the People’s Climate March (PCM) to demand action on climate change. The next day, we joined with 3,000 others to participate in Flood Wall Street (FWS),

These Insane Photos Show What the Hell Is Happening in Hong Kong

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Hong Kong—usually an orderly finance haven—erupted over the weekend as police used teargas and pepper spray to break up a three-day student sit-in that occupied the central business district. Thousands of protesters have deployed umbrellas to protect themselves from the chemical attack—some people are dubbing it the Umbrella ...

Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Interview on Retirement, Feminists, & Jazzercise

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg was considered a judge’s judge when she was appointed to the Supreme Court in 1993, an incrementalist who thought Roe v. Wade might have gone too far. Some liberals were wary. But they don’t worry about “R.B.G.” anymore. At 81, Ginsburg has become an icon ...

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