This week delivered calamities both unavoidable and avoidable. In the former category was the devastating series of tornadoes that swept through Moore, Oklahoma on Monday, killing 24, including 10 children. In the latter was the collapse of the Interstate 5 bridge over the Skagit River in Washington. The bridge's breakdown should come as no surprise, as it had been labeled "functionally obsolete" by the Federal Highway Administration. And we can expect more such tragedies, since one in nine bridges in America is considered "structurally deficient." The week also brought discussion of anothe...
by Arianna Huffington
25 May 2013 at 9:00pm
Life Lessons In Fighting The Culture Of BS
This item has been excerpted from the prepared Commencement Address to the graduates of Pitzer College in Claremont, Calif., on May 18, 2013.
I recently turned thirty, which I know seems like a generation away to those of you graduating this morning. But it's more than just the worst. Thirty is a year where you're left straddling two worlds. One foot stands in the world of the young, among the bright eager minds and supple bodies of students like you. And the other foot stands in the world of the grey and decrepit; the ancient shapes of your professors and parents; their dulling senses; t...
by The Atlantic
25 May 2013 at 6:49pm
ACLU Still Pushing For Secret Nathan Dunlap Execution Documents
From The Colorado Independent's Susan Greene.
When Gov. John Hickenlooper this week blocked the execution of Nathan Dunlap, he called for a statewide conversation about the death penalty. His decision to reprieve the Chuck E. Cheese?s murderer came weeks after Colorado lawmakers killed a bill to abolish capital punishment on grounds that the topic needs more public debate.
But no such discussion has yet been planned yet by the politicians. In the meantime, civil rights watchdogs are hoping to advance the conversation in court by continuing to pursue a lawsuit tied to Dunlap?s execution....
by The Colorado Independent
25 May 2013 at 3:43pm
The Obama Administration's War On Leaks
Even before the F.B.I. conducted 550 interviews of officials and seized the phone records of Associated Press reporters in a leak investigation connected to a 2012 article about a Yemen bomb plot, agents had sought the same reporters' sources for two other articles about terrorism.
by The New York Times
25 May 2013 at 2:59pm
Kerry Makes First Trip To Sub-Saharan Africa
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia -- Making his first official trip to sub-Saharan Africa, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Saturday demanded that Nigeria respect human rights as it cracks down on Islamist extremists and pledged to work hard in the coming months to ease tensions between Sudan and South Sudan.
Kerry, attending the African Union's 50th anniversary, backed the Nigerian government's efforts to root out Boko Haram, an al-Qaida-linked radical sect. But he said there is no excuse for abuses by armed forces in Nigeria's long-neglected north, where President Goodluck Jonathan has declared...
25 May 2013 at 1:30pm
Paul Announces Big 2016 News
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) announced Friday he would definitely be running in 2016 -- for the U.S. Senate, that is.
"For now, [what] we know for sure is we're going to run for the U.S. Senate," Paul said, according to a report from CNN. "The other decision can come later."
That "other decision" involves a potential presidential run, which Paul has already been gearing up for with visits to big primary states like Iowa and New Hampshire. During those appearances, Paul pushed for changes within the Republican party.
"I do know the GOP needs to grow and I want to be part of growing the GOP," Pa...
by The Huffington Post
25 May 2013 at 12:55pm
Contentious Haley Pick Slams 'Desperate' Dems
The controversial volunteer on Gov. Nikki Haley's grassroots steering committee says that his role in the governor's re-election campaign has been overblown by Democrats seeking to score political points.
25 May 2013 at 12:15pm
West Shoots Down 'Doubt' About Reemergence
Former Rep. Allen West (R-Fl.) assured voters he's not disappearing from the world of politics anytime soon.
West, who was defeated in November 2012 by Democrat Patrick Murphy, said there was "no doubt" he'd re-enter politics during a Friday interview on "The Tammy Bruce Show."
"There are so many things I can do right now that can really help us going forward to the midterm elections. It?s not about me; it?s about the team, it?s about our country and that?s what I?m focused on primarily," West said. "So after the midterm election cycle we?ll look into getting back into the political frame...
by The Huffington Post
25 May 2013 at 11:44am
150 After Battle, Drummer To Recreate Reunion March
By Jeffrey B. Roth
PITTSBURGH, May 25 (Reuters) - Fifty years after the Battle of Gettysburg, the bloodiest of the U.S. Civil War, a survivor of that fight marched 200 miles (320 km) from Pittsburgh to the site of the battle for a reunion attended by both Union and Confederate veterans.
On Sunday, another veteran, Jim Smith, 70, of Hempfield, Pennsylvania, will start out on the same trek as part of the observation of Memorial Day, when Americans honor their war dead. By a stroke of luck, Smith will be carrying the same drum - a throaty field snare - pla...
25 May 2013 at 10:58am
Here's Proof Obama's Good For Business
Despite conservative claims otherwise, the evidence seems to be mounting that the Obama Presidency has been good for business. What's a little less clear is if he's boosted the rest of us.
The latest sign? President Barack Obama is just the fifth president in the 84-year history of the S&P 500 index to see it double during his term, according to The New York Times. While it?s true Obama?s ability to join this elite club may have been helped by the fact that he took office during a crisis, as the NYTimes notes, America?s stock markets have done better than those of any of the next nine large...
by The Huffington Post
25 May 2013 at 10:52am
25 May 2013 at 3:53pm
Public education fight heats up in Chicago
25 May 2013 at 3:42pm
Will Anthony Weiner's second act be successful?
25 May 2013 at 3:14pm
Paula Broadwell breaks her silence
25 May 2013 at 1:46pm
Senate, House immigration bills set for clash in Congress
25 May 2013 at 12:35pm
Could Wash. bridge collapse lead to more infrastructure funding?
25 May 2013 at 12:01pm
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25 May 2013 at 12:01pm
Would closing Guantanamo Bay be a security threat?
25 May 2013 at 11:56am
Joy-Ann Reid reflects on college years at Harvard
25 May 2013 at 11:40am
A realistic takeaway on closing Guantanamo Bay
25 May 2013 at 11:40am
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Russian police detain activists, foes at gay rally MOSCOW (AP) ? Gay-rights campaigners and their opponents clashed at an unsanctioned rally in the Russian capital on Saturday, but a heavy police presence in Ukraine kept the two sides apart at that country's first-ever gay pride march.
25 May 2013 at 7:40am
Ukraine gay rights activists hold first ever march Around a hundred gay rights activists marched in Ukraine on Saturday despite fears of violence and a court ban, marking the first gay pride event in the ex-Soviet country, where homophobia is widespread and generally accepted.
25 May 2013 at 4:11am
Ukraine's first gay march held under police protection KIEV (Reuters) - About 100 Ukrainian gay rights activists held the country's first gay rally on Saturday, helped by police who arrested 13 people for trying to break up the march. The activists walked for about 250 meters (yards) along Victory Avenue in the capital Kiev while Orthodox Christian activists nearby chanted slogans denouncing them. "Ukraine is not America. Kiev is not Sodom,' shouted ...
25 May 2013 at 5:03am
Arrests made at gay rights protest in Russia Police detain about 30 protesters at march in Moscow, where gay rights demonstrations are illegal.
25 May 2013 at 12:09pm
Gay rights advances not evident in immigration bill debate It was ?with a heavy heart? that Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont said he was withdrawing his amendment that would have allowed gay Americans to bring their foreign partners into the country as part of the immigration overhaul that passed through the Senate Judiciary Committee earlier this week. His decision marked the latest in a series of setbacks for gay rights legislation on the national ...
25 May 2013 at 12:11am
Russian gay rights activists attacked, detained at Moscow rally MOSCOW ? Gay-rights campaigners and their opponents clashed at an unsanctioned rally in the Russian capital on Saturday.
25 May 2013 at 1:48pm
Ukraine holds first gay pride march AROUND a hundred gay rights activists marched in Ukraine on Saturday, marking the first gay pride event in the ex-Soviet country.
25 May 2013 at 6:36am
Russian pro-, anti-gay activists arrested after defying ban By Jason Bush MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian police detained around 30 pro- and anti-gay activists in central Moscow on Saturday, imposing the city's ban on gay rights demonstrations. The arrests, underlining Russia's tough response to public demonstrations by gay groups, coincided with the first ever gay rally in neighboring Ukraine, which was allowed by the authorities and protected by the police ...
25 May 2013 at 7:50am
Boy Scouts ends ban on gay scouts, but not gay leaders: Good enough? The Boy Scouts of America got muted cheers from gay-rights supporters for changing part of its controversial, longtime policy
24 May 2013 at 12:15am
A Corporate Giant?s Missing Support for Gay Rights Unlike more than 88 percent of Fortune 500 companies, Exxon Mobil has no protections against bias based on sexual orientation in its official equal employment opportunity statement.
24 May 2013 at 12:31pm
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Obama uses 2012 campaign tactics to sell healthcare law President Obama is using his successful 2012 campaign tactics to try to make sure his healthcare law benefits those who lack insurance. WASHINGTON ? Seeking to ensure his landmark healthcare law is successfully implemented, President Obama is reprising his 2012 election strategy in hopes of enrolling millions of uninsured Americans in health plans this fall.
11 May 2013 at 6:42pm
Top Gareth Bale Goals of 2012-13 Season COMMENTARY | My first thought was to produce a short piece on my favorite Tottenham Hotspur goals from the 2012-13 campaign. Then I went and looked back and realized that, once you take away Jermain Defoe's goals vs. West Ham and Manchester City, Mousa Dembele's late winner at Lyon, Emmanuel Adebayor's lobbing hit at Stamford Bridge and Jan Vertonghen's control and finish against Swansea City ...
23 May 2013 at 3:32pm
Family of commerce nominee Penny Pritzker 'bet against America' with millions... During his 2012 campaign for re-election, President Obama and his team accused Mitt Romney of "betting against America" for investing in offshore accounts that shielded the Republican challenger from paying U.S. taxes. If Mr. Romney "bet against America," so did the family of Penny Pritzker, Mr. Obama's nominee for commerce ...
22 May 2013 at 9:24am
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23 May 2013 at 5:33pm
For Republicans like Rand Paul, the 2016 campaign has begun By Samuel P. Jacobs CONCORD, New Hampshire (Reuters) - Seeking to raise money for the New Hampshire Republican Party, state chairwoman Jennifer Horn recently called the party's national boss, Reince Priebus, with a question: Could he get Rand Paul to visit? The request, and Paul's appearance here last Monday in a room packed with 500 Republicans, spoke volumes about the party as its followers ...
24 May 2013 at 8:26am
United Way provides $1.7 million to social service organizations United Way of Central Illinois has awarded more than $1.7 million from its 2012 campaign to 39 local health and human service programs.
23 May 2013 at 2:43pm
Johnson 'happy' with Stars Platinum Stars coach Cavin Johnson believes the club can come away from their 2012/13 campaign reasonably pleased with themselves.
24 May 2013 at 1:31pm
Influence Peddlers In Season At Legislature Former Speaker of the House Christopher Donovan made a bizarre appearance at the federal courthouse in New Haven on Tuesday as a jury deliberated the fate Robert Braddock, the finance director of Donovan's disastrous 2012 congressional campaign. Donovan used the inappropriate opportunity to announce to the press that he never sold his vote in the campaign finance scandal that saw Braddock ...
24 May 2013 at 4:39pm
2012-13 End of Season Premier League Power Rankings It's hard to put together the final Premier League power rankings of the 2012-13 campaign without looking forward as well as looking back. Every one of the teams located in the top-five spots of the league table have serious questions to answer between now and August, while others must make multiple moves in order to avoid relegation battles next spring. One thing was very clear weeks ago: The ...
20 May 2013 at 1:40pm
BYU soccer: coach Jennifer Rockwood announces 2013 soccer schedule BYU women?s soccer head coach Jennifer Rockwood announced the 2013 schedule. The Cougars, who finished the 2012...
23 May 2013 at 5:55pm