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Bobby Jindal Cuts Off Medicaid Funding to Planned Parenthoods In Louisiana

(TPM) Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) announced he had ended the state's Medicaid contract with Planned Parenthood in response to an anti-abortion "sting" video campaign against the reproductive health service.


Democrats Block Vote On Planned Parenthood Defunding

(Huffington Post) Senate Democrats blocked a vote on a bill Monday that would have stripped federal funds from Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest family planning provider.

Republican backers of the bill needed 60 votes to advance it to the Senate floor for debate, but it fell short in a vote of 53-46. Every Democrat except Sens. Joe Donnelly (Ind.) and Joe Manchin (W.Va.) voted against proceeding to debate. Sen. Mark Kirk (Ill.) was the only Republican to vote no.


BOOM: John Kerry Wins Gulf States’ Cautious Support for Iran Deal

(NYT) Persian Gulf monarchies issued a cautious endorsement on Monday of the accord Secretary of State John Kerry negotiated last month to constrain Iran’s nuclear program.

“This was the best option among other options,” said Khalid al-Attiyah, the foreign minister of Qatar, who hosted a meeting of the Gulf Cooperation Council that Mr. Kerry attended.

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An Iran-Deal Skeptic (Adam Schiff) Becomes a Supporter

(The Atlantic) Earlier this year, California Representative Adam Schiff, the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, told me he had serious doubts about Iran’s intentions as it pursued a nuclear deal with the United States and five other world powers. He also said he was somewhat worried about the scale of possible American concessions during the talks. Schiff, who I described in a post at the time as a “moderate’s moderate,” suggested to me that he wanted to see President Obama achieve an important foreign-policy success, but as a Jew, he wanted to make sure that an anti-Semitic regime—both he and Obama agree that Iran is ruled by an anti-Semite—would not be allowed to become a nuclear-weapons state. At the time, he told me he was “uncommitted” and that he would “remain uncommitted” until he had time to review a final deal, should a final deal materialize.


Christie booed at Monmouth Park I mean really booed--loud sustained and truly a thing of beauty

My two favorite spectators sports--both involving big creatures with small brains, who are owned by millionaires and who run around in circles guided by midgets--merged today and it was awesome.

First was a moment of true sports magic. Triple Crown winner American Pharoah won the $1.7 million Haskell Invitational with breathtaking ease. The horse hit the head of the stretch in second place. Jockey Victor Espinosa said "OK sovereign my lord whenever you're ready." The Pharoah kicked in and it was goodbye losers. I was on the rail screaming my head off along with around 65,000 other fans. When it was over Espinosa paraded the champion along the grandstand as American Pharoah walked nodding his head regally toward the crowd seeming to somehow absorb the praise and adulation as if he somehow understood that this uproar, this love was all for him.


Donald Trump: Blacks are ‘worse than just about ever’ because Obama ‘set a very low bar’

(Raw Story) Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump predicted on Sunday that he would win that he would win the black vote because President Barack Obama had set a “poor standard,” which made things worse than “just about ever” for African-Americans.”

“He has set a very low bar and I think it’s a shame for the African-American people,” Trump told ABC’s Jonathan Karl. “And by the way, he has done nothing for African-Americans. You look at what’s going on, at their income levels, you look at what’s gone on with their youth.”


Ruth Bader Ginsburg reveals the 'most disappointing' Supreme Court decision of her career

(Business Insider) Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg still is not happy about the 2010 Citizens United ruling that is responsible for opening the door for a whole new era in campaign funding and financing, she said Wednesday.

Speaking at an event at the Duke University School of Law on Wednesday, Ginsburg said the decision was the "most disappointing" ruling of her time on the bench, according to The New York Times, "because of what has happened to elections in the United States and the huge amount of money it takes to run for office."


I joined the Democratic party in 1960, as a high school kid. Here's what I've learned.

From the very beginning, and throughout my active participation ever since, I've seen people come to party meetings of one sort or another and express their dissatisfaction with the status quo. Invariably, they wanted to change things in major ways. Problem was that they ignored the realities of politics in a nation that relies, more or less, on majority rule. Also invariably, they left, never to return to the discussion. They saw their goals as obviously correct, but couldn't get agreement on them...

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Guatemalan soldiers filmed beating teens; investigation launched

7 min ago - Guatemalan soldiers filmed beating teens; investigation launched By Andrew V. Pestano Follow @AVPLive9 Contact the Author | Aug. 4, 2015 at 11:21 AM GUATEMALA CITY, Aug. 4 (UPI) -- A video of Guatemalan soldiers beating underage teens in the str ... (UPI)

FBI looking into the security of Hillary Clinton’s private e-mail setup

13 min ago - The FBI has begun looking into the security of Hillary Rodham Clinton’s private e-mail setup, contacting in the past week a Denver-based technology firm that helped manage the unusual system, according to two government officials. Also last week, th ... (WP)

Guatemala court orders competency evaluation for ex-dictator

39 min ago - Guatemala court orders competency evaluation for ex-dictator Aug 4, 3:53 PM EDT By SONIA PEREZ D. GUATEMALA CITY (AP) -- A Guatemalan court ordered ex-dictator Efrain Rios Montt hospitalized Tuesday for medical and psychological evaluation to dete ... (Associated Press)

Former military contractor sentenced for stealing classified files

49 min ago - Former military contractor sentenced for stealing classified files Tuesday 4 August 2015 at 10:29 AM ET A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of Florida on Monday sentenced Christopher R. Glenn 120 months in jail and three ... (Jurist)

In Blow, U.S.-Trained Syrian Rebels Captured By Al Qaeda Wing

1 hr ago - Tue Aug 4, 2015 9:12pm EDT WASHINGTON | By Phil Stewart The United States said on Tuesday it had indications that Syrian rebels trained by the U.S. military were captured by fighters from al Qaeda's Syria wing, Nusra Front, in the latest blow to a ... (Reuters)

Hillary Clinton pounces on Jeb Bush's unscripted gaffe

1 hr ago - Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton on Tuesday seized on comments from former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R), a potential general-election rival, about the women's health and family-planning organization Planned Parenthood. The former Se ... (Business Insider)

Nashoba Valley Medical Center, union reach tentative contract deal

1 hr ago - AYER - Steward Health Care and 1199SEIU have reached a tentative contract that will give 170 workers at Nashoba Valley Medical Center a pay increase and improved benefits, the union announced Tuesday. The agreement will include a 3 percent pay incre ... (Sentinel Enterprise)

U.S. court rejects Ecuador challenge to $96 mln Chevron award

1 hr ago - A U.S. appeals court on Tuesday rejected Ecuador's challenge to a $96 million international arbitration award in favor of energy giant Chevron Corp, marking the latest twist in a decades-long dispute over the development of oil fields in the South Am ... (Reuters)

U.S. asks Venezuela to scrap ban on opposition political candidates

1 hr ago - The United States on Tuesday called on Venezuela to reverse a ban on opposition members from holding office and participating in the Dec. 6 parliamentary elections. Washington made the request after opposition leader Maria Machado said she had tried ... (Reuters)

Missouri police officer who killed black teen speaks out: magazine

1 hr ago - (Reuters) - The white police officer who last year shot and killed Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, says he has been unable to find another policing job and still feels threatened by critics who blame him for killing the unarmed black teenager, a ... (Yahoo! News / Reuters)

Milwaukee archdiocese settles abuse cases for $21 million

1 hr ago - MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Milwaukee said Tuesday that it will pay $21 million to more than 300 victims of clergy abuse in a settlement that would end a four-year bankruptcy proceeding. The proposed deal, which will be pa ... (Yahoo! News / AP)

Poll: Democratic primary voters see Hillary Clinton as most electable

2 hrs ago - The poll shows Hillary Clinton leading the Democratic presidential race with 58% among her party’s likely primary voters; Sen. Bernie Sanders runs second with 17%. 82% of Democratic primary voters view Clinton favorably 46% say they hav ... (Bloomberg/CBS News)

Biden jokes about 2016 run

2 hrs ago - By Jordan Fabian - 08/04/15 12:49 PM EDT Vice President Biden isn’t dropping any hints about a possible bid for the White House in 2016. Asked on Tuesday whether he will run for president, Biden joked to Wall Street Journal's White House correspo ... (the hill.com)

Mexico prosecutor: Video has suspects in journalist killing

2 hrs ago - Mexico prosecutor: Video has suspects in journalist killing By KATHERINE CORCORAN and ALBERTO ARCE Associated Press August 4, 2015 Updated 47 minutes ago MEXICO CITY — Prosecutors released a surveillance video Tuesday showing suspects calmly lea ... (Associated Press)

Chile Moves Closer to Ending Pinochet-Era Ban on All Abortions

2 hrs ago - Chile Moves Closer to Ending Pinochet-Era Ban on All Abortions by Eduardo Thomson August 4, 2015 — 6:40 PM CDT Chile, one of only seven countries in the world with a total ban on abortion, took a step toward ending the outright prohibition put in ... (Bloomberg News)

Sandra Bland’s Mother Files Wrongful-Death Lawsuit

2 hrs ago - CHICAGO — A federal lawsuit filed Tuesday by the mother of Sandra Bland, the Illinois woman found hanging in a Texas jail cell last month, contends that Ms. Bland should never have been arrested and that she was later held in dangerous conditions wit ... (NEW YORK TIMES)

Shadowy Chinese officials try to ground festival’s Tibet balloon

2 hrs ago - At nearly 100ft high the Tibet balloon is arguably the largest Tibetan flag in the world. But as the unique hot air balloon prepares to soar over Bristol this week, Chinese consternation over its controversial, eye-catching design appears to be also ... (Guardian UK)

Protesters storm Christie’s Fundraiser in Asbury Park

3 hrs ago - By Max Pizarro | 08/04/15 5:47pm LD16 Democrat Marie Corfield joins the stampede. ASBURY PARK – The doors to Asbury Park Convention Hall burst open at a little after 5:30 p.m. and a few hundred public sector labor members and their allies vol ... (politickeny.com)

Ted Cruz appoints couple behind anti-gay marriage billboards to Iowa leadership team

4 hrs ago - Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz has chosen a couple who are aiming to put up 1,000 billboards attacking same-sex marriage to be part of his Iowa leadership team. Betty and Richard Odgaard, who lost a civil case in January after refusing t ... (The Guardian)

Speed of glacier retreat worldwide 'historically unprecedented', says report http://gu.com/p/4b8ke/s

4 hrs ago - Speed of glacier retreat worldwide 'historically unprecedented', says report Researchers have recorded rapid rises in meltwater and alarming rates of glacial retreat, which are accelerating at a pace double that of a decade ago The Rhone glacie ... (the guardian)

Jeffco Recall Fight Reflects National Battle Over Future of Public Education

4 hrs ago - School board elections are usually sleepy affairs with miniscule budgets that don’t attract much of the electorate. In fact, of the 178,000-some Jefferson County residents who went to the ballot box in 2013, only about 136,000 bothered to select a s ... (Rocky Mountain PBS I-News)

Russia lays claim to vast areas of Arctic

4 hrs ago - Russia has submitted a bid to the UN claiming vast territories in the Arctic, the country’s foreign ministry said on Tuesday. The ministry said in a statement that Russia is claiming 1.2m sq km (over 463,000 sq miles) of sea shelf extending more than ... (Guardian UK)

G.O.P. debate lineup is announced; Kasich and Christie get final spots

5 hrs ago - Gov. John Kasich of Ohio is in and former Gov. Rick Perry of Texas is out of Fox News’s Republican debate on Thursday night in Cleveland, officials with the network said Tuesday, resolving the mystery of which lower-polling candidates will make the c ... (New York Times)

Israel's Netanyahu Asks U.S. Jews To Oppose Iran Nuclear Deal

5 hrs ago - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tried to rally U.S. Jews on Tuesday against the Iranian nuclear deal championed by President Barack Obama and facing review by Congress, saying it risked a catastrophic Middle East war. In a webcast organize ... (Reuters)

UPDATED Jeb Bush: 'Not Sure We Need Half A Billion Dollars For Women's Health'

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Christopher Hyndman, co-host of CBC's Steven and Chris, dead at 49

5 hrs ago - Christopher Hyndman, co-host of the CBC-TV afternoon lifestyles show Steven and Chris, was found dead in Toronto's east end Monday night, police confirm. "It is with profound sadness that we share the news Christopher Hyndman died," said the public ... (CBC News)

Susan Collins taking heat for Planned Parenthood vote

5 hrs ago - U.S. Sen. Susan Collins is coming under unusual fire from women’s health groups for supporting a Republican-backed effort to end federal funding for Planned Parenthood in a Senate vote Monday. But Collins’ office said the Maine senator voted for the ... (Portland Press Herald)

Authorities Talking To 2 Men Following Shooting At Jade Helm Site

5 hrs ago - A vehicle matching the description of the truck driven by two men who opened fire on soldiers at a Mississippi military training facility on Tuesday afternoon has been found, WDAM reported. Two white men driving a red Ford Ranger with the words "bro ... (TPM)

Donald Trump turned to Rudy Giuliani ahead of debate to ask Fox News CEO to make sure Megyn Kelly is

5 hrs ago - An online report claims Donald Trump wants one of the moderators in Thursday night’s big presidential debate to remain, well, moderate. According to a New York magazine report, Donald Trump, who is scheduled to appear center stage at the inaugural 2 ... (New York Daily News)

Syria Foreign Minister In Tehran For Talks With Iran, Russia

5 hrs ago - Tue Aug 4, 2015 1:56pm EDT Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moualem arrived in Tehran on Tuesday for talks with officials from allies Iran and Russia that are expected to focus on efforts to end the civil war in his country. Iran and Russia have st ... (Reuters)