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TX Colleges: Faculty will need to exercise caution while grading...

Texas lawmakers okay law to allow college kids to bring guns on campus

Lawmakers in Texas approved a bill on Sunday that will let college kids possess guns on campus so long as they keep them in their vehicles, according to The Associated Press.

The Texas House and Senate previously approved the measure amid a flurry of pro-gun bills the legislature passed earlier this month, but it was not final due to slight differences between each chamber's version.

A reconciled version of the bill gained final approval on Sunday and Gov. Rick Perry (R), himself an ardent firearms enthusiast, is expected to sign it into law.

Faculty will need to exercise caution while grading...


Oh, Really? "Some Republicans think..."

paragraph #6, from THE HILL:

Some Republicans think the president has become distracted from the deficit by intensified public controversies over the attack on the U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, the Internal Revenue Service’s targeting of Tea Party groups and the Justice Department’s investigation of the Associated Press.


Elizabeth Warren starts the pendulum swing back to the left.

“A lot of these are long games,” Warren said in an interview. “So turning up the heat under the big financial institutions, stirring the conversation on ‘too big to fail,’ doesn’t change the law today. But it helps push toward change.”


Atheist Unite campaign raised over $95,000 for atheist tornado victims, Rebecca Vitsmun and her fami

Rebecca Vitsmun - while in a sea of "God" rhetoric in the aftermath of the Moore, OK tornado - was being interviewed by CNN's Wolf Blitzer.

A campaign ran by stand-up comedian Doug Stanhope and called Atheist Unite, out did the American Humanist Association (AHA) by raising over $95,000 for Rebecca Vitsmun and her family. Their original goal was to raise $50,000 in 60 days, but met that goal in less than 17 hours after going live with the campaign and funds still climb.


KRUGMAN Comes Clean: "I am a big meanie"

Let’s stipulate that:

1. I am a big meanie

2. Reinhart and Rogoff never should have claimed that there is some kind of critical threshold at 90 percent, and they certainly should disavow any such claim now (which I don’t think they have, yet). I believe that the 90 percent claim had a remarkably malign effect on policy discussion, but let’s look forward.


the rest:

Michele Bachmann Inspires Racy Romance Novel

Fires of Siberia, a Bachmann-inspired romance novel, tells the tale of a red state presidential candidate who crashes in Siberia during a trip to improve (or invent) her foreign policy credentials, and must make her way back to civilization with the help of a dashing stranger named—wait for it—Steadman Bass.

The novel was written by Tréy Sager, and, arriving in advance of his memoir Oedipus Breast, may be the classier of his forthcoming titles.


CONGRESS To US: "We're already giving 110%"

"I am not a bum, I am a Human Being"

It’s really humiliating to be shaking a cup 24 hours a day and people looking at you like you’re some kind of bum. I have people who walk past me and say ‘Get a job, bum.’ And I say, ‘wait a minute, I’m not a bum, I’m a human being,’” Davis said beginning to choke up. “At the end of the day, when people go home and everybody gets on the Metra train …and then I just feel so bad that I can’t be going home,” he said apologizing to the person filming him because he was starting to get teary. “It’s really emotional because I’m really trying to get myself together and get off this street.”





Representatives of these organizations have cried foul in recent weeks about their treatment by the I.R.S., saying they were among dozens of conservative groups unfairly targeted by the agency, harassed with inappropriate questionnaires and put off for months or years as the agency delayed decisions on their applications.

But a close examination of these groups and others reveals an array of election activities that tax experts and former I.R.S. officials said would provide a legitimate basis for flagging them for closer review.

“Money is not the only thing that matters,” said Donald B. Tobin, a former lawyer with the Justice Department’s tax division who is a law professor at Ohio State University. “While some of the I.R.S. questions may have been overbroad, you can look at some of these groups and understand why these questions were being asked.”


Reinhart And Rogoff Write Huge, Brutal Letter To Paul Krugman Blasting Him For Being Uncivil

Carmen Reinhart And Ken Rogoff Write Huge, Brutal Letter To Paul Krugman Blasting Him For Being Uncivil

Econofeuds just got real.

Carmen Reinhart and Kenneth Rogoff — the two economists whose paper on the negative effects of high debt loads was exposed as flawed by a grad student — have written a long letter to Paul Krugman, blasting him for being uncivil and unprofessional in how he treats them in his writing.

The letter is quite long, not just going through Krugman's tone, but also in going through his past work and their past work to defend the work they continue to do.

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/reinhart-and-rogoff-vs-krugman-2013-5#ixzz2UQF6ZvyC

Reinhart And Rogoff Are Not Happy

I’m sorry, but the failure to clear up this misconception has done a great deal of harm — and this harm is not significantly mitigated by various remarks in passing to the effect that austerity might be overdone.


Brad DeLong makes Krugman's points with graphs HERE:
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