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Antarctica Recorded Its Hottest Temperature On Record This Week

ThinkProgress explains… The coldest place on Earth just got warmer than has ever been recorded. According to the weather blog Weather Underground, on Tuesday, March 24, the temperature in Antarctica rose to 63.5°F (17.5C) —... Read More
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North American Railroads Caught by Speed of Crude-Oil Collapse

Bloomberg Business explains the oil price dilemma… for business. The slowdown that North American railroad companies had been bracing for in crude oil shipments has turned into a rout, with volumes falling faster than executives... Read More
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Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act: Legalised Gay Hatred

by Carl Matthes A California initiative requiring that gays be shot in the head! Really? Well, is it any surprise, then, that Attorney McLaughlin feels it’s quite okay to write an initiative to kill gay people... Read More
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No spite, no spads: how David Steel routed the Tories 50 years ago

The Guardian explains the byelection that catapulted ‘the boy David’ into parliament – and I returned this week to open an exhibition of this political sensation. Warning: beware nostalgia overload. Fifty years ago, as a... Read More
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How Hard Would It Be to Change the Face on the $20?

The New Yorker explains… On paper, it doesn’t look like it would be difficult to change the faces that greet us on dollar bills whenever we pull out our wallets. The Treasury Secretary has unilateral... Read More
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You’re refried – Apprentice contestant goes into burrito business with Tesco

The Guardian explains that Tim Stillwell, who was fired from the BBC show in 2013, could have the last laugh as he opens two Mexican food outlets in London Tesco branches. When he was a contestant... Read More
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Boehner Blames Obama Administration For Bibi’s Disrespectful Appearance Before Congress

Crooks and Liars explains… House Speaker John Boehner says don’t blame him for inviting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to speak before Congress and interfere with our ongoing nuclear negotiations with Iran. It’s all Obama’s... Read More
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Wyoming Is Suing The Federal Government Over New Fracking Rules

Climate Progress explains… When the federal government introduced stronger standards for fracking on public lands earlier this month, the oil and gas industry was quick to file lawsuits. On Thursday, the state of Wyoming joined... Read More
John Fugelsang: Mike Pence should be grateful there isn’t a law prohibiting ‘serving fake Christian bigots’

John Fugelsang: Mike Pence should be grateful there isn’t a law prohibiting ‘serving fake Christian bigots’

Raw Story explains… Appearing on MSNBC’s The Ed Show, popular comedian and Sirius XM radio host John Fugelsang piled on Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R), saying the governor should be “grateful there isn’t a law... Read More
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Three new tribes of voters will dominate this UK General Election

A map of Britain resized by house prices leaves the south-east looking like the yolk of a fried egg, and the rest stringy offshoots The Guardian explains that none of the major parties has accepted... Read More
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Pretty please? The FBI Would Like Us All to Unencrypt Our Phones (Snort!)

Gizmodo reports… please try to avoid laughing… this is very serious people! When Apple decided to encrypt its iPhones by default, the move was hailed as a major step forward for security. Except, of course,... Read More
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Satire: Indiana Governor Stunned By How Many People Seem to Have Gay Friends

Andy Borowitz and The New Yorker explain Governor Pence. Please put down any hot drinks. INDIANAPOLIS (The Borowitz Report)—Indiana Governor Mike Pence is “stunned and amazed” that so many people appear to have gay friends,... Read More
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Even Senators Are Awestruck by Ted Kennedy’s Senate Chamber

Roll Call explains… BOSTON — There are few places in the political world as awe inspiring as the Senate chamber, but there’s now a pretty darn good modern replica that will be a living legacy for... Read More
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With 16 Million in Obamacare, Is the Repeal Debate Over?

NBC News reports… The Republicans are facing a 16 million person problem. With the Obama administration announcing this month that some 16 million people have obtained health insurance since the passage of the Affordable Care... Read More
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Apocalyptic Meltdown Underway

by Robert Hunziker It’s happening! Humanity’s greatest nightmare is already well underway. Wherever ice is found, appreciable melt is deep-seated, out of control, cascading into the seas shore-to-shore all across the planet. It’s all about... Read More
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The Often Overlooked Role of Natural Gas in the Israel-Palestine Conflict

Mother Jones shows how Gazan natural gas became the epicenter of an international power struggle. This story first appeared on the TomDispatch website. Guess what? Almost all the current wars, uprisings, and other conflicts in... Read More
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HBO’s Scientology Documentary Uses The Church’s Own Tricks On Viewers

ThinkProgress explains… It has been mocked repeatedly and accused of a variety of abusive practices toward its members over the years, but Scientology’s ability to attract devoted, decades-long followers has never quite made sense in... Read More
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Can Canada teach the rest of us to be nicer?

PRI explains… Every August my family embarks on that great American ritual: the road trip. And we always head north. Canada may not be the most exotic of destinations, but sometimes, exotic is overrated. Canada... Read More
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Twitter Pounds Indiana Gov. Mike Pence for His Absurdly Discriminatory ‘Religious Freedom’ Act

Alternet explains that lots of celebrities get in on the act. While the state of Indiana is taking a beating across the country for passing the “Religious Freedom Restoration Act,”  allowing businesses and individuals to... Read More
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I Spent a Week On Tinder… As a Strawberry Milkshake

GQ explains the experiment… Last week I joined Tinder, the swipe-right-wanna-fuck? app, as a female strawberry milkshake named Straw Milkshake. Ideally my name would have been Strawberry Milkshake, but, as I learned, it is ridiculously... Read More
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One Restaurant Already Celebrated ‘Religious Liberty’ By Turning Away Gays

ThinkProgress explains… An Indiana business owner went on a local radio station and said that he had discriminated against gay or lesbian couples even before Gov. Mike Pence (R) signed a law on Thursday protecting... Read More
Watch this hilarious mock tourist pitch for Indiana: ‘It’s a great place to be a bigot’

Watch this hilarious mock tourist pitch for Indiana: ‘It’s a great place to be a bigot’

This brilliantly speaks for itself!
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Antarctic ice shelves rapidly melting

Science News.org reports that the once-expanding East Antarctica now seeing losses. Antarctica’s ice shelves are shrinking at an accelerating rate, one of the longest satellite records of ice thickness reveals. Researchers report online March 26... Read More
Bill Maher lets S.E. Cupp get schooled by Barney Frank

Bill Maher lets S.E. Cupp get schooled by Barney Frank

Here’s how we get out of the proxy war…
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Indiana Gov. Mike Pence Says Controversial ‘Religious Freedom’ Law Won’t Change

ABC This Week reports… Indiana’s controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act will not be changing despite critics saying it allows business owners to discriminate against members of the LGBT community, state Gov. Mike Pence said today... Read More
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Op Ed: Mike ‘Nuremberg defence’ Pence was just doing his job…

This is the Monday Line by Denis G. Campbell I think it’s the pure, ‘fuck you all’ arrogance of Indiana Governor Mike Pence that aggravates people the most. For almost seven years, the moment it... Read More
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A question for Ed and David: are you scared to talk about policies?

The Guardian explains… the party leaders answered Jeremy Paxman’s questions – but they gave us precious little detail his election started with a prime minister refusing to take part in head-to-head TV debates and went... Read More
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Forget Elizabeth Warren. Another Female Senator Has a Shot to Fill the Senate’s New Power Vacuum.

Mother Jones explains… In the nanoseconds after Democratic Senate leader Harry Reid announced Friday morning that he will give up his leadership post and retire in 2016, liberal groups raced to promote their go-to solution... Read More
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Google searches show that millions of people wanted to vote but couldn’t

The Washington Post explains… Fifty years after the passage of the Voting Rights Act, election laws are still in the news. Much of the recent attention has gone to court battles over voter ID laws. But... Read More
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THE RISE OF ANDROID: How a flailing startup became the world’s biggest computing platform

Business Insider explains… In 2004, Andy Rubin made an urgent call to his friend, Steve Perlman. Rubin’s startup, Android, was in trouble, he explained. Rubin didn’t like asking for money again, but the situation was... Read More