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"Itís something she wants more than she wanted to be president.Ē

Congrats to Chelsea Clinton and Husband Marc & the entire Clinton Family

ďIíd like to be a grandfather,Ē the 42nd president told a Davos audience in 2011. ďI would like to have a happy wife, and she wonít be unless sheís a grandmother. Itís something she wants more than she wanted to be president.Ē

Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2014/04/hillary-clinton-chelsea-clinton-pregnancy-105808.html#ixzz2zCwTEdyc

Hillary ClintonVerified account
My most exciting title yet: Grandmother-To-Be! @billclinton and I are thrilled that Chelsea and Marc are expecting their first child!


TN Says Yes To Free Higher-Education Tuition (free tuition for incoming freshmen)

Source: Alternet

Tennessee Says Yes To Free Higher-Education Tuition
The measure will provide free tuition for incoming freshmen enrolling in two-year schools.

April 17, 2014 |

The Tennessee House and Senate have approved a measure that allows for two free years of tuition at community colleges or technical schools for all all the state's high school graduates. The proposal not only has the backing of Republican Gov. Bill Haslam, it was based on his idea.

Moreover, the legislation passed by an overwhelming majority. The state's House of Representatives voted in favor of the legislation with a 87-8 margin.

When the plan, called Tennessee Promise, becomes law, should provide free higher education for about 25,000 students in the state beginning in 2015. It will only benefit incoming freshmen. College sophomores attending two year schools in 2015 will not be able to participate in the plan, but will still be eligible for other state financial aid programs.

The estimated cost of the program is $34 annually. Money will be transferred from the proceeds of the Tennessee Lottery to create an endowment for the program.

Read more: http://www.alternet.org/education/tennessee-education

Open Letter to Phyllis Schlafly From 12 Year-Old Madison Kimrey


Dear Ms. Schlafly,

Iím a teenage girl who has been reading about you quite a bit in the news lately. It seems to me that you have absolutely no idea what women of my generation are all about. I can understand that because I often deal with older people who think that their generation is superior and my generation is the worst thing ever just because weíre different. Really though, I think since you want to be all up in the public eye, it would really do you a lot of good to understand things from the perspective of one of the young women who will be taking over this country soon.

Iíve been thinking about how I can explain what feminism means to my generation in a way you might not have thought of before. I wanted to try to work from something we have in common, and itís been kind of hard to find something I have in common with you. Then, it came to me. I bet you wear a bra.

I was reading recently about a company called Yellowberry that was started by a young woman because she took her younger sister bra shopping and her sister didnít like any of the choices. None of the bras fit her, and she felt the selections were too sexual. So she started a line of bras so that girls would have more options. As for myself, I shop at Victoriaís Secret. Itís not because I want to be sexy or have any grand delusions of looking like one of their models. I shop there because they have different styles of bras so I can find something I think is pretty that fits me. I donít know where you shop for your bras, but I bet you have a favorite one. I bet you have that one bra thatís comfortable and goes with just about everything. I bet the last thing you were thinking about when you bought that bra was what a man would think about it.

Well, making choices in our lives as young women is kind of like finding that favorite bra. Not all of us are going to fit into the same kind and not all of us are going to find the same style attractive. We all deserve to have as many choices as possible, and as women, we shouldnít be judging the choices made by other women. Choosing a bra is a very personal choice and is none of anyone elseís business. We should be, as women, looking for ways we can expand the choices both for ourselves and other women, just as Megan Grassell did when she started Yellowberry. Equality doesnít mean women will all make the same choice. It means women will be treated the same no matter what choices they make.

This brings us to the idea you have that women shouldnít have equal pay because it will make it more difficult for them to find husbands. What youíre doing is attempting to limit my choices, and I donít appreciate that. Letís get one thing straight here. When Iím thinking about what kind of career I want to have, itís a lot like shopping for a bra. I want to find something that fits me and appeals to me, and Iím not thinking about pleasing a man. Anyone who wants to be my partner in life is going to have to truly respect me, appreciate me for who I am, and honor the choices I make.

What youíre doing, Ms. Schlafly, is contributing to something very disturbing I see happening with some of the teenage girls I know. At a time in their lives when they should be free, independent, and exploring and preparing for the possibilities they have in the future, many of them are worried about getting or keeping a boyfriend. There are young women my age who are extremely smart but they hide it because they get messages from women like you that if they are too smart or successful, boys wonít like them. They get messages from women like you that pleasing a man should be their number one goal. Youíre contributing to making young women uncomfortable when they go bra shopping because theyíve learned to analyze every choice based on what other people will think instead of having the freedom and confidence to choose whatís best for them.

Iím going to continue the work my mother and my grandmothers started, the work you have fought so hard against. Iím going to work to help get the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) ratified in my lifetime. Once this is done, itís going to take some time to undo a lot of the damage women like you have caused. Itís going to take time for society to evolve once women finally have the equality we deserve. But I believe that my daughters will look at history and see women like you the same way I see women who tried to prevent us from getting the right to vote. I believe that bra shopping is going to be a lot easier for my daughters than it is for girls today.

Madison Kimrey

Madison Kimrey is student, actress, aspiring writer and activist who fights for LGBT rights, humane treatment of animals, womenís rights and promotes youth activism and participation in democracy.

If only our politicians would talk like this.

If only our politicians would talk like this.

Sen. Bernie Sanders
Independent U.S. Senator from Vermont
Who Are the Koch Brothers and What Do They Want?

Posted: 04/17/2014 8:40 am EDT Updated: 04/17/2014 11:59 am EDT


Here is what every American should be deeply concerned about. The Koch brothers, through the expenditure of billions of dollars and the creation and support of dozens of extreme right organizations, have taken fringe extremist ideas and made them mainstream within the Republican Party. And now with Citizens United (which is allowing them to pour unlimited sums of money into the political process) their power is greater than ever.

And let's be very clear. Their goal is not only to defund Obamacare, cut Social Security, oppose an increase in the minimum wage or cut federal funding for education. Their world view and eventual goal is much greater than all of that. They want to repeal every major piece of legislation that has been signed into law over the past 80 years that has protected the middle class, the elderly, the children, the sick and the most vulnerable in this country. Every piece of legislation!

The truth is that the agenda of the Koch brothers is to move this country from a democratic society with a strong middle class to an oligarchic form of society in which the economic and political life of the nation are controlled by a handful of billionaire families. Our great nation must not be hijacked by right-wing billionaires like the Koch brothers. For the sake of our children and our grandchildren, we must fight back.


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Whoopi Goldberg: My vape pen and I, a love story

Whoopi Goldberg: My vape pen and I, a love story

"I took a sip. It was beautiful. And my pen and I have been together ever since."

PUBLISHED: APR 17, 2014, 7:40 AM
By Whoopi Goldberg, The Cannabist Staff

My vape pen and I maintain a mostly private relationship. Sure, Iíll sometimes show my pen to a friend or share her with a close confidant. But mostly itís just she and I working through my pain. And her ability to help me live comfortably with glaucoma makes her one of the more important figures in my day to day.

When I show her to a friend, the reaction 99 percent of the time is: ďHoly shit, where did you get this and how can I get me one?Ē Theyíre seriously that blown away by my vape pen. And they should be. Sheís that amazing.

As I write my debut column for The Cannabist, talking about this newly legal weed and admiring the states that have had the foresight to legalize medical marijuana, Iím most tempted to extol the virtues of the vape pen. I didnít anticipate this first column to be such a love story, some sort of semi-romantic comedy. But it works, and itís true, and so here we go.

The vape pen has changed my life. No, Iím not exaggerating. In fact, her name is Sippy. Yes, sheís a she. And yes, I named her Sippy because I take tiny, little sips ó sassy sips, even ó from her. And with each sip comes relief ó from pressure, pain, stress, discomfort. But Iím getting ahead of myself.

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Kochs pissing away their money: conservatives are spending a shit-ton on ads-yet getting NOTHING

by kos

Yes, unregulated big money shouldn't be in politics. But I want to keep hammering this home: conservatives are spending a shit-ton on ads, and yet they are getting ZERO from them. The entire point of an attack ad is to drive a candidate's support down, and yet nothing here suggests its working. The Kochs may have spent over $30 million thus far this year alone, but they have nothing to show for it -- Democratic candidates aren't bleeding support, and the Affordable Care Act is becoming more popular. It's a lose-lose.

The Dems' nadir came last November in the wake of the disastrous HealthCare.gov rollout. But they're clawing back, and with Obamacare defused as a campaign liability, that only appears to be accelerating.

So yes, let's keep fighting to keep money out of politics, but don't let those Koch millions bring you down. In fact, be happy -- our democracy is not yet for sale, and the Kochs really are pissing their money away.


unfortunately, they have much to piss away:'

REID Finally Says IT: Bundy supporters are Ďdomestic terroristsí

ďTheyíre nothing more than domestic terrorists Reid said Thursday at an event hosted by the Las Vegas Review-Journal, according to the newspaper. ďI repeat: what happened there was domestic terrorism.Ē

Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/e2-wire/e2-wire/203821-reid-bundy-supporters-are-domestic-terrorists#ixzz2zBW1aTh6

Scientists find Earth-sized world in orbit friendly to life (Kepler-186f)

Source: Reuters

Kepler-186f, the first validated Earth-size planet to orbit a distant star in the habitable zone?a range of distance from a star where liquid water might pool on the planet's surface, is seen in a NASA artist's concept released April 17, 2014.

(Reuters) - For the first time, scientists have found an Earth-sized world orbiting in a life-friendly zone around a distant star.

The discovery, announced on Thursday, is the closest scientists have come so far to finding a true Earth twin. The star, known as Kepler-186 and located about 500 light years away in the constellation Cygnus, is smaller and redder than the sun.

The star's outermost planet, designated Kepler-186f, receives about one-third the radiation from its parent star as Earth gets from the sun, meaning that high noon on this world would be roughly akin to Earth an hour before sunset, said astronomer Thomas Barclay, with NASA's Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, California.

The planet is the right distance from its host star for water -- if any exists -- to be liquid on the surface, a condition that scientists suspect is necessary for life.

Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/04/17/us-space-earth-planet-idUSBREA3G1XI20140417

Constituent puts Florida Republican on defensive over Obamacare repeal


CONSTITUENT: Youíve voted to repeal it approximately 50 times. Had zero votes on a replacement. So my question is, why do you think it is so good to deny seniors on Part D to make them pay more, about $4,000 more for medicine, and people with pre-existing conditions get denied insurance, have 26-year-olds have a harder time getting insurance because they canít get on their parentsí? Why do you think those are good ideas?

ROSS: I donít. I think one of the most unfortunate things my party did the last three years was not offer an alternative to health care. Iíve always felt that way. I think itís absurd when I tell people that this isnít what you should do, but I donít have an alternative for you.


The "Right" has never believed in democracy.

The "Right" has never believed in democracy.

From the pharaohs of ancient Egypt to the self-regarding thugs of ancient Rome to the glorified warlords of medieval and absolutist Europe, in nearly every urbanized society throughout human history, there have been people who have tried to constitute themselves as an aristocracy. These people and their allies are the conservatives.

"The tactics of conservatism vary widely by place and time. But the most central feature of conservatism is deference: a psychologically internalized attitude on the part of the common people that the aristocracy are better people than they are.

"Modern-day liberals often theorize that conservatives use "social issues" as a way to mask economic objectives, but this is almost backward: the true goal of conservatism is to establish an aristocracy, which is a social and psychological condition of inequality. Economic inequality and regressive taxation, while certainly welcomed by the aristocracy, are best understood as a means to their actual goal, which is simply to be aristocrats.

"More generally, it is crucial to conservatism that the people must literally love the order that dominates them. Of course this notion sounds bizarre to modern ears, but it is perfectly overt in the writings of leading conservative theorists such as Burke.

"People who believe that the aristocracy rightfully dominates society because of its intrinsic superiority are conservatives; democrats, by contrast, believe that they are of equal social worth. Conservatism is the antithesis of democracy."

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