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Saturday, July 12, 2014

‘Political & Politicians’ Archives

When May I Shoot a Student?

When May I Shoot a Student?

  By Triplepoint This op-ed in the NYTimes this morning by Prof. Greg Hampikian, Boise State University in Idaho, has written a must-read masterpiece of weaponized snark. The Idaho legislature has a bill pending that would allow students on campus to carry guns. A taste... BOISE, Idaho — TO the chief counsel of the Idaho State Legislature: In light of the bill permitting guns on our state’s college and university campuses, which is likely to be approved by the state ... Full Story

Greenwald on Clapper

Greenwald on Clapper

  Inside the Mind of James Clapper By Glenn Greenwald I’m going to have a story published later today about a new document, but until then, this new interview with (and profile of) Director of National Intelligence James Clapper by the Daily Beast‘s Eli Lake is worth spending a few moments examining. Last week, Lake published one excerpt of his interview where Clapper admitted that the U.S. Government should have told the American people that the NSA was collecting their ... Full Story

The invasion of Afghanistan, a disaster

The invasion of Afghanistan, a disaster

Wasted Blood and Treasure: The Futility of Invading Afghanistan   Every single war in Afghanistan, whether waged by the Soviets, the British or the Americans, has wreaked havoc on the country . OpenDemocracy / By Rodric Braithwaite February 21, 2014  | On 16 December 2013 David Cameron, the British Prime Minister, told British soldiers in Helmand in Afghanistan that they had accomplished their mission, and that they could come home in 2014 with their heads ... Full Story

U.S. Drone murders innocent Yemenis

U.S. Drone murders innocent Yemenis

      Turning a Wedding Into a Funeral: U.S. Drone Strike in Yemen Killed as Many as 12 Civilians Investigation reveals that 12 civilians were killed when a U.S. drone targeted a wedding procession in Yemen. By Amy Goodman & Juan González Human Rights Watch has revealed as many as 12 civilians were killed in December when a U.S. drone targeted vehicles that were part of a wedding procession going toward the groom’s village outside the central Yemeni ... Full Story

Partisan politics in our schools

Partisan politics in our schools

  School boards become next front in partisan battle Education policy draws higher interest as political parties put more resources into races By Alex Burness Reporter-Herald Staff Writer In a public comment at Wednesday night's Thompson School District Board of Education meeting, Windsor's Amie Toerge lit into Bryce Carlson, the board's vice president, accusing him of helping usher partisan politics into the district. "I was appalled to learn that (Carlson) is currently ... Full Story

Here’s What 60 Minutes Didn’t Tell You About the

Here’s What 60 Minutes Didn’t Tell You About the F-35

The millions of viewers who tuned into 60 Minutes Sunday may have gotten the impression that, despite being billions over budget and almost a decade behind schedule, the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is ultimately necessary to maintain U.S. air superiority. That’s an unsurprising conclusion, given that all of the individuals interviewed in the story work either for the federal government or for Lockheed Martin, the primary contractor for the F-35. 60 Minutes’ producers broke a basic ... Full Story

Biblical Birth Control

Biblical Birth Control

      Biblical Birth Control: The Surprisingly Contraception-Friendly Old Testament Think conservative objections to birth control are enshrined in the Bible? Think again. January 5, 2014  | By Elissa Strauss When the Supreme Court agreed to hear two cases about the conflict between new healthcare mandates and religion, it sparked a heated conversation on the religious rights of for-profit corporations. In Hobby Lobby Stores Inc. v. ... Full Story

“Nine out of the 10 poorest states are Red

“Nine out of the 10 poorest states are Red states

Pro-Democrat group says 9 of the 10 poorest states are Republican The partisan blogosphere is filled with arguments over whether liberal or conservative policies are better for states. No matter what is proposed -- cutting the sales tax, raising the minimum wage, etc. -- someone can always come up with a state to cite as an example of why it's a good (or bad) idea. But we were struck by this claim posted by the pro-Democrat group Occupy Democrats on Facebook: "If Republican ... Full Story

5 Myths About Our Schools

5 Myths About Our Schools

  5 Myths About Our Schools That Fall Apart When You Look Closer Conversations about the U.S. education system often revolve around misconceptions. Here's some clarity. Click on the Schoolhouse to see the video   Charter Schools are not necessarily the answer either. Read link below. Record year for Ohio charter school failures is unnerving proponents   and Maybe It's Time to Find a New Word for "Reform

Conservatives attempt to destroy public education

Conservatives attempt to destroy public education

State conservative groups plan US-wide assault on education, health and tax • State Policy Network co-ordinating plans across 34 US states • Strategy to 'release residents from government dependency' • Revelations come amid growing scrutiny of tax-exempt charities • Read key excerpts from the SPN proposals • Portland Press Herald: group's plan to eliminate taxes • Texas Observer: the money behind the fight to wreck Medicaid By Ed Pilkington and Suzanne ... Full Story

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