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Obama Staffer Jake Brewer Killed in Bicycle Accident During Ride to Raise Money for Cancer

Source: CBS News

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Obama staffer Jake Brewer killed in bicycle accident

Sep 20, 2015 4:44 PM EDT

President Obama issued a statement Sunday saying he was "heartbroken" after a White House staffer, Jake Brewer, was killed in a bicycle accident.

"Armed with a brilliant mind, a big heart, and an insatiable desire to give back, Jake devoted his life to empowering people and making government work better for them. He worked to give citizens a louder voice in our society. He engaged our striving immigrants. He pushed for more transparency in our democracy. And he sought to expand opportunity for all," the president said. "I've often said that today's younger generation is smarter, more determined, and more capable of making a difference than I was as a young man. Jake was proof of that."

Brewer, 34, was a senior policy adviser in the White House Office of the Chief Technology office. The Washington Post reported Saturday that he was killed in Howard County, Maryland, during a bicycle ride that raised money to fight cancer. Brewer apparently lost control of his bicycle at a sharp curve along the race course, crossed the double yellow line and had a collision with an oncoming vehicle.

His wife, Mary Katharine Ham, is a conservative commentator and journalist. She shared news of her husband's death in a post on Instagram Sunday.

Read more: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/obama-staffer-jake-brewer-killed-in-bicycle-accident

Heads Up - Bernie Sanders coming up on Late Show with Stephen Colbert


Arab-looking man of Syrian descent found in garage building what looks like a bomb


Omar Ghabra won Twitter with these photos, and this quip: “An Arab-looking man of Syrian descent in a garage w/his accomplice building what appears to be a bomb. Arrest them.”


7 Kids Not Named Mohamed Who Brought Homemade Clocks to School And Didn't Get Arrested


7 Kids Not Named Mohamed Who Brought Homemade Clocks to School And Didn't Get Arrested

Andy Cush
9/16/15 12:10pm

Hoping to impress the teachers at his new school, an Irving, Texas, high school freshman named Ahmed Mohamed brought a homemade clock with him to MacArthur High Monday morning, which he’d assembled before bed the night before. When he showed it to those teachers, though, they were something other than impressed, and by Monday afternoon, Mohamed was being led out of school in handcuffs. Ahmed’s English teacher believed the device was a bomb.

Why? Could it have something to do with Ahmed Mohamed’s name, or the color of his skin? His father thinks so. “He just wants to invent good things for mankind,” Mohamed Elhassan Mohamed told the Dallas Morning News. “But because his name is Mohamed and because of Sept. 11, I think my son got mistreated.”

Mohamed’s father might be right. Below are seven students, not named Mohamed, who got off scot-free for the heinous crime of DIY timekeeping, plus a bonus kid who brought an actual inert bomb to school and wasn’t suspended. (Mohamed got three days.)

Peter Mathis of Wilmington, North Carolina


Number of Uninsured Drops 8.8 Million

Source: New York Times

New York Times Breaking News Alert
Number of Uninsured Drops 8.8 Million

Poverty Rate Holds Steady, but Number of Uninsured Drops

WASHINGTON — The number of people without health insurance dropped last year by 8.8 million, to a total of 33 million, but there was no statistically significant change in income for the typical American household, the Obama administration said Wednesday.

Median household income in the United States was $53,660 last year, the Census Bureau reported.

In addition, it said, there was no meaningful change in the official poverty rate — 14.8 percent in 2014. About 46.7 million people were in poverty, the bureau said.

This was the fourth consecutive year in which the number of people in poverty was not statistically different from the official estimate for the prior year.

Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/17/us/politics/census-bureau-poverty-rate-uninsured.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&module=first-column-region®ion=top-news&WT.nav=top-news&_r=0

Sanders Up 7 Points Over Clinton in Latest NH poll (Monmouth Univ.)

Source: The Hill

September 15, 2015 - 12:15 PM EDT

Sanders up 7 points over Clinton in NH poll

Bernie Sanders, Universal Healthcare
BY MARK HENSCH 9010 Shares

A new poll finds Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) leading Hillary Clinton by 7 points in New Hampshire.

Sanders commands 43 percent to Clinton’s 36 percent in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination in the Granite State, according to the latest Monmouth University sampling.

Vice President Biden, who is considering a late entry into the presidential race, trails the pair with 13 percent, while former Gov. Martin O’Malley (D-Md.) gets 2 percent.
Former Gov. Lincoln Chafee (D-R.I.), former Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.) and Harvard Law School Professor Lawrence Lessig each receive 1 percent.

Sanders has an edge over Clinton in New Hampshire with both genders, leading men 44 percent to 34 percent and women 42 percent to 38 percent.

Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/presidential-races/253678-sanders-up-7-points-over-clinton-in-nh-poll

California's Sierra Nevada Snowpack Just Hit a 500-Year Low

Source: Weather.com

California's Sierra Nevada Snowpack Just Hit a 500-Year Low

By Annie Hauser
Published Sep 15 2015 12:38 PM EDT

Thanks to higher temperatures and lower precipitation levels, the Sierra Nevada snowpack in Northern California has dipped to its lowest level in the past 500 years, a new study has found.

This is just the latest in a series of studies of the declining Western snowpack, which can fuel wildfires, limit drinking water and cause agricultural irrigation systems to run dry, all symptoms of a changing climate.

In the latest paper, researchers from the University of Arizona used previously published tree-ring data, which reflects annual winter precipitation from 1405 to 2005, as well as snowpack measures since the '30s. The findings indicate a loss “unprecedented” not just for the modern era, but for the past five centuries.

"Our study really points to the extreme character of the 2014-15 winter,” Valerie Trouet, an associate professor of dendrochronology at the UA Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research, said in a press release. “… We should be prepared for this type of snow drought to occur much more frequently because of rising temperatures.”

Read more: http://www.weather.com/science/environment/news/californias-sierra-nevada-snowpack-500-year-low

TOM TOMORROW: Plutocrat Pete and Tea Party Tim in 'The Breakup'

DAY KOS LINK: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/09/14/1420422/-Cartoon-The-breakup

"I'm at a loss for words."

How dire is the situation? One National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) climate scientist looked at the data and remarked: "I’m at a loss for words."


Summer 2015 set to be world's hottest ever as US temperatures again soar

US had its 12-hottest summer but seven of the warmer seasons were in last 15 years. With ocean temperatures rising, scientists warn: ‘It’s definitely not good’

Joanna Walters in New York
Saturday 12 September 2015 08.00 EDT Last modified on Saturday 12 September 2015 08.03 EDT

New data showing that the US had its 12th-hottest summer on record may not, at first glance, appear particularly significant or alarming.

But in announcing the news, climate scientists have pointed out that, of the 11 American summers that were recorded as warmer than 2015’s, seven have occurred in the last 15 years; the other four were all during the “Dustbowl” 1930s heatwaves that plagued the US during the Great Depression.

And, as part of the climate warming trend globally, next Thursday a federal agency is set to announce the latest worldwide figures that are likely to show that it was officially the hottest summer ever recorded on the planet, and the hottest first eight months of the year to date.

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On Thursday it’s expected officially to be confirmed that the first eight months have been the warmest on record so far and the warmest three-month period June to August, constituting the hottest summer ever logged for the northern hemisphere.

Crouch pointed out that in the first seven months of 2015, worldwide figures had shown that the globe was almost a degree warmer than average and August figures are likely to have been boosted by the strengthening El Niño pattern.

“It’s extraordinary how much of the ocean is at record warm temperatures – about 75% to 80% of the world’s oceans are at record or near record warmth,” he said.

“I’m at a loss for words. It’s definitely not good.”


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