The media is not shy about the gun lobby; so you surely know that former NY mayor Michael Bloomberg has lately pledged $50 million to a new group that will take on the gun lobby from the family standpoint. The above Continue →

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Everest avalanche death toll rises to 13

by AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE) on April 19, 2014

Three Sherpas are still missing after the most deadly accident in the mountain's history.
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My drug war liberty talk

by Pete on April 19, 2014

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Some of you asked if my talk on Thursday at University of Illinois, hosted by Young Americans for Liberty, would be available as video online. Sorry, but that didn’t happen.

It was a good session with a nice turnout and some Continue →

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Even if you dislike or don't listen to classical or baroque music, you will still be amazed!

The Brandenburg Concerto no. 5 by J.S. Bach

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C. Wright Mills Understood Why We’re So Lame

by editor@truthdig.com on April 19, 2014

In the 1950s, as the United States transitioned from a factory- to an office-based economy, the sociologist perceived that “if you wanted to find out what was wrong with American society and politics, you had to look Continue →

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Senator Dean Heller (R-NV) objected to Reid’s description of the events in Bunkersville, Nevada, last week at Bundy’s ranch. Heller told What’s Your Point? Hosts Jeff Gillan and Amy Tarkanian, “What Senator Reid may call domestic terrorists, I call patriots. Continue →

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The archive of the Pathé cinema newsreels that documented the “first 70 years of the 20th century” in the United Kingdom and beyond has been released onto YouTube. Some of the videos, such as those of the human Continue →

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And then he bragged about it.

by Diamond Dog on April 19, 2014

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Iran says reactor dispute ‘virtually solved’

by AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE) on April 19, 2014

Vice-president says world powers have accepted proposal to redesign heavy water plant at Arak.
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Two killed in Bahrain car blast

by AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE) on April 19, 2014

Explosion in a car kills two and wounds a third in a mostly Shia village outside the capital, interior ministry says.
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Some newspapers would have you believe you’re in constant danger of being eaten by a giant South American bird around the corner from your home.

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Driving Climate Denial

by editor@truthdig.com on April 19, 2014

By Pat Bagley, Cagle Cartoons, Salt Lake Tribune

Related Entries April 16, 2014 The FBI’s Facial Recognition Database Combines Lo-Res Photos With Zero Civil Liberties Consideration April 3, 2014 Activist Says U.S. Using Terrorism Charges to Stifle Political Dissent Continue →
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Sherrilyn Ifill oped on McCutcheon. … Continue reading →
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Prominent Pakistani journalist shot

by AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE) on April 19, 2014

Hamid Mir, a popular TV host, is targeted by gunmen near Karachi airport and suffers three gunshot wounds.
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Drought Adds to Syria’s Misery

by editor@truthdig.com on April 19, 2014

By Kieran Cooke, Climate News Network

The hunger-ravaged people of Syria have a long period of drought to blame for their Continue →

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I was rereading McCutcheon last night in preparation for a Monday talk on the case at the Center for the Study of Democracy.  I noticed that Justice Breyer cites to Robert Post’s forthcoming book on Citizens United: That is also Continue →
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Lack of respect for others’ religion, culture / Restrictions on movement

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6 detained in Al-Aqsa clashes as Passover tensions mount JERUSALEM (Ma‘an) 17 Apr — Israeli police said six Palestinian men were Continue →

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On Easter, costly Jews – and costly Palestinians

by Marc H. Ellis on April 19, 2014

Jesus on the cross

Jesus on the cross

This is part of Marc H. Ellis’s “Exile and the Prophetic” feature for Mondoweiss. To read the entire series visit the archive page.

Now in the last days of Passover, Easter Sunday appears. Our wonderful progressive Christian Continue →

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S Korea divers see bodies inside sunken ferry

by AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE) on April 19, 2014

Three bodies seen in submerged hull of capsized ferry as rescue operation continues for nearly 300 missing people.
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"It’s time for Western states to take control of federal lands within their borders, lawmakers and county commissioners from Western states said at Utah’s Capitol on Friday (4-18-14).

More than 50 political leaders from nine states convened for the first time Continue →

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Submitted by Simon Black via Sovereign Man blog,

In the Land of the Free, people grow up hearing a lot of things about their freedom.

You're told that you live in the freest country on the planet. You're told that other nations Continue →

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Nevada’s senators sparred Friday on live TV in Las Vegas over the standoff between the federal government and rancher Cliven Bundy.

“What Sen. Reid may call domestic terrorists, I call patriots,” GOP Sen. Dean Heller said during the rare joint appearance Continue →

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Attack on S Sudan UN base may be ‘war crime’

by AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE) on April 19, 2014

Assault on base that killed 58 people and injured 100 others may "constitute a war crime", the United Nations says.
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On what authority does the US have to murder individuals who are "suspected" of being bad guys...not to mention the INNOCENT people who always end up being killed during all these extrajudicial murders from above via "signature strikes"? If you Continue →

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Russia to ‘help’ Ukraine in overcoming crisis

by AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE) on April 19, 2014

Foreign ministry pledges assistance to end crisis in eastern Ukraine, as stand-off over occupied buildings continues.
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French journalists kidnapped in Syria freed

by AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE) on April 19, 2014

Four journalists found on the Turkish border with Syria after being kidnapped last June by al-Qaeda-linked group.
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Military Man is the only hero in Israel

by sarahbenton on April 19, 2014

Lieutenant General Benny Gantz, IDF Chief of General Staff. Photo by Yoav Devir

Israel’s army chief is super popular. Uh oh

A strong army doesn’t kill a child searching for edible plants; it doesn’t shoot a judge at a border crossing.

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Scores of abducted girls freed in Nigeria

by AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE) on April 19, 2014

Education official confirms release of 44 of the 129 schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram fighters in Borno state.
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(CNN) - A bill allowing Kentucky GOP Sen. Rand Paul to simultaneously run for the presidency and re-election to his U.S. Senate seat in 2016 died earlier this week when the Kentucky legislature adjourned for the year.

The bill had passed Continue →

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Maduro marks one year in office amid turmoil

by AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE) on April 19, 2014

Venezuelan president grapples with protests coupled with a slump in the economy that has caused shortage of basic goods.
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Politicians can be a thin-skinned bunch. You'd think they'd let insults roll off their backs given how much power they have over the lives and livelihoods of others. But if you have all that power, why bother letting insults roll Continue →

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Sub search for MH370 to be over in one week

by AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE) on April 19, 2014

Sonar scan of narrowed down area's seafloor in bid to find missing Malaysia plane to be completed in five to seven days.
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‘Al-Qaeda fighters’ die in Yemen drone strike

by AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE) on April 19, 2014

Drone strikes two cars in al-Bayda province, killing 13 suspected fighters and three civilians, say security sources.
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By Juan Cole

Not since George W. Bush complained that the problem with the American economy was that “too many Continue →

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Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss the surprise agreement among the U.S., Russia and the EU. Does it mean anything? Scheer says yes, and that those hoping for a new Cold War Continue →

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By Juan Cole

As talks between Israel and Palestine falter, thousands of Palestinians demonstrated Thursday on behalf of nearly 5,000 Continue →

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My Daughters don’t get along.

by Gmartine on April 18, 2014

My best example of voluntaryism has been with my 2 daughters. One is 10 and the other is 13. They do not get along at all. Tonight we had a talk about how we treat each other. The way they Continue →

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Saturday Night Live: “Fox and Friends on Obamacare, Climate Change and Neil DeGrasse Tyson”

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Sac Bee: “The state agency overseeing campaign finance rules in California says Republican Tim Donnelly has failed for more than a year to file campaign finance statements for a political action committee he formed in 2012.” … Continue reading →
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