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BREAKING: Kansas Senate Ballots Will Be Sent Out Without Dem Nom

In an apparent reversal, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach's office is instructing election officials in the state to send out overseas military ballots without Democratic Senate nominee Chad Taylor or any other Democratic Senate candidate listed.

Kobach spokeswoman Samantha Poetter confirmed to TPM that the ballots would be sent out by Saturday, the deadline under state and federal law.

"Our ballots are going out without Chad Taylor (or any Democratic candidate) for U.S. Senate," Poetter said. "They've been ordered to send them out as soon as possible."

(snip)

"The list does NOT contain the name of a Democratic nominee for United States Senate," the order said. "There are three candidates, Randall Batson, Libertarian, Greg Orman, independent, Pat Roberts, Republican."

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/kansas-senate-race-ballots

more at link

Kobach Hasn't Gotten Federal Approval For Latest Kansas Senate Ploy

UPDATE: 4:05 p.m. In an unexpected twist, Kobach's office is ordering election officials to send out overseas military ballots without a Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate. His office would not say, however, what would happen next if the state Democratic Party eventually nominated a new candidate, as Kobach has said they should.


http://talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/kobach-move-act-waiver-kansas-senate-race

Police threaten to shoot reporter taping Ferguson protest and Chris Hayes threatened (video)

http://www.vox.com/2014/8/17/6029739/video-police-threatens-to-shoot-reporter-taping-ferguson-protests?utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter&utm_campaign=voxdotcom&utm_content=sunday#ooid=5sZ2Nwbzoa54nQHPRIpGI8H5XzPNiRPv

A police officer threatened to shoot a reporter taping a live stream of protests in Ferguson, Missouri. The moment was caught on tape by KARG Argus Radio in St. Louis at Livestream.com:

In the video, a police officer can be heard yelling to a reporter, "Get the fuck out of here or I will shoot you."



Chris Hayes being threatened (video)
Also threatened by police Sunday night was MSNBC's Chris Hayes, who was filming when police told him, "Media do not pass us, you're getting maced next time you pass us."


http://gawker.com/ferguson-police-threaten-to-shoot-reporter-and-mace-chr-1623125660/+gabriellebluestone

Video of the reporter too

This is probably the greatest thing I've seen so far


https://twitter.com/codyives/status/500101466909323265/photo/1


This is probably the greatest thing I've seen so far #NMOS14
https://twitter.com/codyives

ACLU Sues Ferguson Police After Being Denied Teen Shooting Report. Files 2nd suit protect recordings

Source: TPM

The American Civil Liberties Union sued the Ferguson, Mo., police department Thursday in an effort to obtain the department's incident report on the shooting of an unarmed African-American teen.


The lawsuit alleged that the ACLU had been denied access to the department's full report on the police shooting of Michael Brown on Saturday. The suit alleged that the denial was a violation of Missouri's Sunshine Law.

The National Associated for the Advancement of Colored People also wrote a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder, asking him "to take immediate action to address the unjustified use of lethal and excessive force by police officers."

Read the ACLU lawsuit below.
ACLU Sunshine Petition in Missouri in Michael Brown case
http://www.scribd.com/doc/236822966/2014-08-14-Sunshine-Petition

Read more: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/aclu-sues-ferguson-police-michael-brown-incident-report



We filed our 2nd suit today to protect those recording police actions in #Ferguson #MikeBrown

https://twitter.com/aclu_mo
http://www.aclu-mo.org/files/3414/0804/0291/08-14-14_Videotaping_Complaint.pdf

http://bit.ly/1sZzTWS
https://twitter.com/aclu_mo/status/499991167052677122/photo/1

Ryan J. Reilly on his arrest tonight

Tonight, along with a reporter from The Washington Post, I was arrested while reporting on the protests in Ferguson.

Our apparent crime? Not packing up our gear quickly enough after a heavily armed SWAT team shut down the McDonald's where we were working. A Saint Louis County police officer in full riot gear, who refused to identify himself despite my repeated requests, purposefully banged my head against the window on the way out and sarcastically apologized.

I'm fine. But if this is the way these officers treat a white reporter working on a laptop who moved a little too slowly for their liking, I can't imagine how horribly they treat others.

And if anyone thinks that the militarization of our police force isn't a huge issue in this country, I've got a story to tell you.

(Also thanks to everyone for the well-wishes, sorry I haven't had time to reply individually.)

https://m.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=973486019263&id=21202821&set=a.503493942153.2017867.21202821&source=57







Pics: Huge cloud of gas over Ferguson. News crews asked to leave. Fox2Now St.Louis


https://twitter.com/kodacohen/status/499751349630668800/photo/1


Scary stuff - police locking and loading as media walk past with hands raised. Tear gas still coming down


https://twitter.com/sebwalker


News crews asked to leave . FOX2now

https://twitter.com/FOX2now
The official Twitter page for KTVI FOX 2 News St. Louis. Breaking news, #STL stories, video, photo galleries.


https://twitter.com/joshtpm/status/499766543186952192/photo/1




Riot police clear a street Thursday night with smoke bombs in Ferguson
https://twitter.com/BuzzFeedNews/status/499772415162216448/photo/1




Dem Rep. Mocks C-SPAN Caller's Conspiracies: Watch 'Less Fox News' (Jim Himes)

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/jim-himes-watch-less-fox-news

(snip)
The congressman began to defend Obama, but instead suggested a different news diet to the caller.

"I will try to attend to defend — actually, I’m not going to," Himes said. "Look, with all due respect, Bob, maybe a little more C-SPAN and a little bit less Fox News. That was the grab bag of everything that Fox News and my friends on the Republican Caucus of the House in particular have tried to hang around the president."

Rep. Jim Himes (D-CT) then addressed the Benghazi scandal, telling the caller that conspiracies surrounding the attack pinning it to the President have been proven inaccurate.

"There’s been absolutely zero evidence that the President had any hand in any one of these particular so-called scandals that the Republicans have desperately been trying to promote," he said. “This president has had his weaknesses and his mistakes, but the idea that he is manufacturing out of the White House conspiracy after conspiracy is just a figment of Fox News’ imagination."

video
http://www.c-span.org/video/?c4504529/rep-jim-himes-little-c-span-little-less-fox-news

Democrats Draft Bill to Override Contraception Ruling

Source: New York Times

Congressional Democrats said Tuesday that they had developed legislation to override the Supreme Court decision on contraceptives. The bill would ensure that women have access to coverage for birth control even if they work for businesses that have religious objections.

The bill, developed in consultation with the Obama administration, would require for-profit corporations like Hobby Lobby Stores to provide and pay for contraceptive coverage, along with other preventive services, under the Affordable Care Act.

The measure could be on the Senate floor as early as next week, Senate Democrats said.

“Your health care decisions are not your boss’s business,” said Senator Patty Murray, Democrat of Washington, who led efforts by Senate Democrats to respond to the court ruling. “Since the Supreme Court decided it will not protect women’s access to health care, I will.”

Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/09/us/politics/democrats-draft-bill-to-override-contraception-ruling.html?_r=1



Democrats Fast-Track Bill To Override Hobby Lobby Decision

video: Harry Reid Vows Fast Vote On Hobby Lobby Bill
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/08/hobby-lobby-override_n_5568320.html?utm_hp_ref=politics

Senate Democrats are expediting legislation that would override the Supreme Court's decision in the Hobby Lobby case and compel for-profit employers to cover the full range of contraception for their employees, as required by the Affordable Care Act.

The bill, which is co-authored by Sens. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Mark Udall (D-Colo.), would ban for-profit companies from refusing to cover any federally guaranteed health benefits for religious reasons, including all 20 forms of contraception detailed in the Affordable Care Act. It would preserve the contraception mandate's current exemption for churches and accommodation for non-profit religious organizations, such as certain hospitals and schools.

(snip)
Murray and Udall's bill would override the Supreme Court's decision and state that no federal law, including RFRA, permits for-profit employers to refuse to comply with federal health coverage requirements. The senators worked with the Obama administration, other Democratic lawmakers and reproductive rights advocates to draft the legislation.

Even if the bill passes the Senate, it is unlikely to get a vote in the Republican-controlled House. But Democrats hope it will at least force senators to go on record supporting or opposing universal birth control coverage.



Senate Dems Ready To Unveil Bill Reversing Hobby Lobby Ruling
Senate Democrats are poised to introduce legislation as early as Tuesday to reverse the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby ruling which exempted for-profit corporations with religious owners from the Obamacare mandate to cover emergency contraceptives in their insurance plans.

The legislation will be sponsored by Sens. Patty Murray (D-WA) and Mark Udall (D-CO). According to a summary reviewed by TPM, it prohibits employers from refusing to provide health services, including contraception, to their employees if required by federal law. It clarifies that the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, the basis for the Supreme Court's ruling against the mandate, and all other federal laws don't permit businesses to opt out of the Obamacare requirement.

The legislation also puts the kibosh on legal challenges by religious nonprofits, like Wheaton College, instead declaring that the accommodation they're provided under the law is sufficient to respect their religious liberties. (It lets them pass the cost on to the insurer or third party administrator if they object.) Houses of worship are exempt from the mandate.

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/murray-udall-legislation-hobby-lobby

Higher Cancer Rates and Tainted Local Foods Linked to Tar Sands Operations

A new study released by two Alberta First Nations communities in partnership with the University of Manitoba reports that certain carcinogens released in tar sands operations are being found in high levels in local wildlife. The study also reports a higher incidence of cancer among study participants, many of whom work in the tar sands industry, adding to evidence that these local communities suffer from higher rates of cancer.

The Mikisew Cree Chief Steve Courtoreille said, “This report confirms what we have always suspected about the association between environmental contaminants from oil sands production upstream and cancer and other serious illness in our community… We are greatly alarmed and demand further research and studies are done to expand on the findings of this report.”

The University of Manitoba study done in collaboration with the Mikisew Cree and Athabasca Chipewyan First Nations adds to growing body of scientific evidence that people living near tar sands operations are showing that serious health risks and problems. Projects like the proposed Keystone XL pipeline which will help the ramp more tar sands production posing even greater health risks should be rejected by the U.S. government. And despite these documented dangers, the province of Alberta and the federal Canadian government have done too little to protect the local community’s health. Now is the time for more rigorous health monitoring and a follow up investigation into elevated cancer rates.


The report, Environmental and Human Health Implications of the Athabasca Oil Sands for the Mikisew Cree First Nation and Athabasca Chipewyan First Nations in Northern Alberta, was prepared by Dr. Stephane McLachlan of the University of Manitoba’s Environment Conservation Laboratory. Dr. McLachlan and his colleagues found elevated levels of the environmental contaminants arsenic, cadmium, mercury and selenium, as well as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in the foods traditionally harvested by the First Nations in the region including moose, ducks and beavers. PAHs often present serious risks to human health—some are known to damage DNA, others are carcinogens and many impact human development. PAHs also typically bioaccumulate and remain present in the environment over long periods of time. The levels of PAHs found in the wildlife collected by local communities were higher than expected and occurred in higher concentrations than those found in similar studies conducted around the world that focused on contaminants in food.

http://ecowatch.com/2014/07/08/cancer-tainted-foods-linked-tar-sands/

Pelosi: Cantor Loss Means 2014 Is 'Whole New Ballgame'

(snip)
Here's Pelosi's statement below:

The American people should take notice. Tonight, the Tea Party defeated Republican Leader Eric Cantor who is one of the most extreme Members of Congress.

Eric Cantor has long been the face of House Republicans’ extreme policies, debilitating dysfunction and manufactured crises. Tonight, is a major victory for the Tea Party as they yet again pull the Republican Party further to the radical right.

As far as the midterms elections are concerned, it’s a whole new ballgame.

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/pelosi-eric-cantor-david-brat
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