Everyone on the Hill Gets Ethics Training-Except House Members

What could go wrong? National Journal has the answers… Who needs ethics training? Two lawmakers say they and all of their colleagues in the House do. Reps. David Cicilline, D-R.I., and Scott Rigell, R-Va., are... Read More
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Justifying Homicide: Why Darren Wilson was never going to be indicted for killing Michael Brown

Slate explains… The first Ferguson protests had two slogans: “Hands up, don’t shoot”—referring to Michael Brown’s final actions before he was killed—and “Justice for Michael Brown.” And when you asked protesters what they meant by... Read More
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3 Reasons Why Republicans Should Get Behind Obama’s Executive Action

ThinkProgress explains. After President Barack Obama announced an executive action to shield five million undocumented immigrants from deportation, Republicans condemned the administration and promised to use government funding to undo the initiative. And while deferred... Read More

UK should be embarrassed by its lack of female engineers, says Ed Miliband

The Guardian: Labour leader says Britain also needs extra 400,000 people to be trained in profession by 2020 to meet industry demand. Ed Miliband has said Britain’s lack of female engineers should be a “matter of... Read More
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(They’re baaa-aaack) Days of Mafia Mayhem Are Wracking Italy Once Again

The Daily Beast tells the story. Shocking reports of resurgent organized crime are horrifying Italy, from a covert tape of a secret initiation ceremony to a funeral notice posted for a very much alive anti-Mafia... Read More
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The Difference Between Uber and Airbnb

recode.net has the story… Uber and Airbnb have a lot in common: They are the tech startup darlings of the moment, they are valued in the tens of billions of dollars and make significant revenue,... Read More
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Firestone and the Warlord: The untold story of Firestone, Charles Taylor and the tragedy of Liberia.

by T. Christian Miller and Jonathan Jones ProPublica and PBS Frontline HARBEL, Liberia — THE KILLERS LAUNCHED from the plantation under a waning moon one night in October 1992. They surged past tin-roofed villages and... Read More
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Appeal court judge ‘horrified’ at number of litigants without lawyers

The Guardian explains…. yet another Tory signature initiative FAIL. People representing themselves ‘clog up’ courts, says Elizabeth Gloster, as report details legal aid cuts’ effect on lawyers’ morale. A court of appeal judge has said she... Read More
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(Not the Onion) Naked man falls from ceiling of women’s restroom in Boston airport

The Guardian has the unbelievable story… A Boston man was arrested on Saturday after he took off his clothes in a women’s restroom at Logan international airport, police said, before allegedly assaulting an 84-year-old man.... Read More
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A fierce, lifelong Redskins fan takes a stand against his beloved team’s name

The Washington Post has the story… The fiercely devoted gathered beneath a burgundy-and-gold tent outside FedEx Field, where the Washington Redskins were an hour from kickoff. All around were members of Extremeskins.com, a team-sponsored message... Read More
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Why YouTube Videos Go Viral

New Republic explains…. Half of all YouTube videos have fewer than 500 views, but a tiny fraction of the 100 hours of video uploaded to YouTube every minute garner millions of hits, turning amateur filmmakers into stars... Read More
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Former Amazon employee set for hunger strike at Seattle headquarters over employee treatment

Raw Story reports… rmer Amazon employee embroiled in a legal battle with the online retailer is set to go on hunger strike in an attempt to force the company to change business practices which he... Read More
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We All Live in a Constant State of Failure and Dread, Charlie Brown

Vice magazine explains… When I tell people that I love Charles Schulz’s great, long-lasting, hugely influential comic strip Peanuts, the response is generally a sort of half-chuckle, half-shrug. It’s like I’m admitting to being into model... Read More
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First grader left hungry by lunch lady over account balance: ”Guess what, you can’t have a lunch’

Raw Story has the senseless, stupid behaviour. Parents of a first grader attending school in Snohomish, Washington want answers after an elementary school cafeteria worker denied their son his school lunch program meal, telling him,... Read More
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How Formula One Actually Works: A Guide For Confused Americans

Jalopnik explains our exciting motor sport! Cricket is considered to be the most impenetrable game for non-Englishmen to comprehend. Being English I cannot understand why foreigners might struggle to grasp the appeal of sitting on... Read More
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The anxieties of the GOP majority

Politico explains that: even after a historic midterm win, Republican confusion over how to respond to Obama on immigration is evidence of a changing party. It was a quiet meeting on the eve of a... Read More
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‘Biden, get out': Protesters heckle VP in Turkey

USA Today discuses the Veep’s trip. Vice President Biden announced in Istanbul on Saturday that the U.S. will provide nearly $135 million in additional humanitarian aid to help feed civilians affected by the ongoing war... Read More
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Cleveland police shoot dead 12-year-old boy carrying ‘airsoft’ fake gun

The Guardian has the horrible story… A 12-year-old boy holding what turned out to be a replica gun died Sunday after he was shot twice by a Cleveland police officer responding to a 911 call... Read More
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The Global Warming Bubble

by Robert Hunziker The Global Warming Bubble is prodigious and growing exponentially. It makes the 2007-08 Financial Bubble look like child’s play. And, here’s the basic issue: Bubbles are not recognized until after they pop.... Read More
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Today’s burning question: Why do people scribble on bathroom walls? Other than, you know, for fun.

The Atlantic attempts to answer the question… “Well sung of Yore, a Bard of Wit/That some Folks read, but all Folks shit/But now the Case is alter’d quite/Since all who come to Boghouse write.” So... Read More

Will they ever learn? Tips From the Princeton Review: Act Less Asian, Add Pics if You’re Black

Bloomberg BusinessWeek has the disgusting racial profiling trend… Stakeholders in the contentious debate about how, and whether, colleges should consider applicants’ races or ethnicities tend to use careful allusions to the importance of “differences in life... Read More
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I have experienced them all! America’s Worst Weather-Delayed Airports

The Weather Channel has the honours list… Few things can disrupt a beach vacation or business trip as quickly as a delayed flight. It’s a fairly typical occurrence, but some airports run into trouble with... Read More
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May not kill you but: Now e-cigarettes can give you malware

The Guardian writes: better for your lungs, worse for your hard drives, e-cigarettes can potentially infect a computer if plugged in to charge. E-cigarettes may be better for your health than normal ones, but spare... Read More
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If You’re White and Feel Discriminated Against, Jose Antonio Vargas Wants to Talk to You

Mother Jones explains:  “It’s so easy to hate something you don’t know. What’s harder is to actually scratch the surface.” “Do you think some people treat you unfairly because you’re white?” “Do you feel you’re... Read More
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Behind the scenes of a ‘shocking’ new study on human altruism

The Guardian has the report. How much money would you give up to prevent a stranger’s pain? And how does this compare to what you’d pay to prevent your own pain? With colleagues at University... Read More

Facebook’s Bus Drivers Form Union To Fight Low Wages And Grueling Hours

ThinkProgress explains… After protests and heated debate, Facebook bus drivers that shuttle Silicon Valley’s tech workers unionized to combat the long hours and low wages. Eighty-seven drivers from Loop Transportation, which provides bus service for... Read More

‘There were hundreds of us crying out for help': the afterlife of the whistleblower

The Guardian covers… Whistleblowers speak out because they feel they have to, often at great personal cost. But years later, do they think it was worth it? In his former life, Dr Raj Mattu was... Read More
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Network News’ Shameful Decision to Snub Obama’s Immigration Address

Alternet asks: What’s behind this bizarre decision about an issue that affects millions and is said to be so controversial? Early in his first term, President George W. Bush  addressed the nation in primetime about allowing for... Read More
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Middle School Girl Sent To Principal’s Office After Refusing To Be Weighed In Front Of Her Class

ThinkProgress explains…. A physical fitness assessment program is under scrutiny after a middle school student in Iowa refused to be weighed in front of her classmates. During a check-up in her physical education class, Ireland... Read More
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Use bank fines to fund national health service, says Labour

The Guardian explains… Labour is calling for £1bn in bank fines to be handed to the NHS as the party seeks to move on from the political damage of a tweet by the former shadow... Read More