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"The remarkable thing that happens to poor kids when you give their parents a little money"

(WaPo) Twenty years ago, a group of researchers began tracking the personalities of 1,420 low income children in North Carolina. At the time, the goal was simple: to observe the mental conditions of kids living in rural America. But then a serendipitous thing happened.

Four years into The Great Smoky Mountains Study of Youth, the families of roughly a quarter of the children saw a dramatic and unexpected increase in annual income. They were members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, and a casino had just been built on the reservation. From that point on every tribal citizen earned a share of the profits, meaning about an extra $4,000 a year per capita.


Eugene Robinson on Ben Carson

(WaPo) The craziest thing about the Republican presidential contest isn’t that Donald Trump is in the lead. It’s that Dr. Ben Carson — who truly seems to have lost his mind — is in second place and gaining fast. Trump may be a blowhard, but Carson has proved himself to be a crackpot of the first order. Of all the GOP contenders, he’s the scariest.


Hillary Clinton taunts Donald Trump outside his Las Vegas hotel.

(CNN) Hillary Clinton stopped at a union rally outside Donald Trump's hotel on the Strip here, taunting the Republican front-runner on the eve of the first Democratic presidential debate.

"Some people think Trump is entertaining, but it is not entertaining to insult immigrants and women," Clinton said.

Clinton joined about 500 members of the Culinary Workers Union -- a powerhouse in Nevada, with 55,000 members. The group is lobbying to organize the Trump International Hotel here.


‘Pharma Bro’ Martin Shkreli challenges Bernie Sanders to debate on healthcare

(Raw Story) Turing Pharmaceuticals CEO Martin Shkreli accused Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) of taking “cheap shots” against him while also challenging the Democratic presidential candidate to a debate, Attn reported.


Alaska renames Columbus Day to be Indigenous Peoples Day

Indigenous Peoples Day
Effective Date: Monday, October 12th, 2015

WHEREAS, the Indigenous Peoples of the lands that would later become known as Alaska have occupied these lands since time immemorial, and Alaska is built upon the homelands and communities of the Indigenous Peoples of this region, without whom the building of the state would not be possible; and...


Firearms are no longer a hobby of mine

(Medium) Last week, I sat in a hotel room and watched the President talk about the latest mass shooting and how they had become routine and the concern that nothing would change. I started to shrug it off and pretend in my mind that there was nothing I could do. But the idea that gun culture doesn’t bear some responsibility for these killings didn’t make sense to me. I didn’t want to be a part of gun culture anymore.

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Huckabee Jokes About Koreans Eating Dogs To Jab Bernie Sanders

50 min ago - Republican presidential candidate and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee on Tuesday invoked a racial stereotype to take a shot at Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) during the first Democratic presidential primary debate. Huckabee tweeted that he'd trust th ... (talkingpointsmemo.com)

Hillary Clinton Turns Up Heat on Bernie Sanders in a Sharp Debate

1 hr ago - Hillary Rodham Clinton, seeking to halt the momentum of her insurgent challenger, Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, aggressively questioned his values, positions and voting history in the first Democratic presidential debate on Tuesday night, turnin ... (New York Times)

Ohio authorities: Trucker held in 4 slayings a serial killer

1 hr ago - By MARK GILLISPIE CLEVELAND (AP) — A truck driver was indicted Tuesday on multiple counts of aggravated murder in the slayings of one person in 1997 and three people this year, and a county prosecutor called him a "serial killer." Robert Rembert, w ... (AP)

Bernie Comes To Hillary's Defense: America's 'Tired Of Hearing About Your Damn Emails!' (VIDEO)

1 hr ago - Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) came to the defense of his rival, Hillary Clinton, during Tuesday's first Democratic debate over questions about her use of a private email server during her time as secretary of state. "Let me say something that may not b ... (TPM)

Sheriff: Lamar Odom found unresponsive at brothel, hospitalized

2 hrs ago - The Nye County Sheriff's Office says that former NBA star Lamar Odom was found unresponsive at a Nevada brothel and is hospitalized. Dennis Hof, the owner of the Bunny Ranch, confirms that Odom checked into the Love Ranch Las Vegas this past Saturda ... (ABC 7 Eyewitness News)

Deadly explosions rock Maiduguri, NE Nigeria

3 hrs ago - Maiduguri (Nigeria) (AFP) - Three blasts hit the city of Maiduguri in northeast Nigeria on Tuesday killing a number of people, locals and the Red Cross said. The "huge explosions" happened in the Ajilari Cross area of the city, which has been target ... (Yahoo7 News / AFP)

Swedish 'Bearded Villains' mistaken for ISIS cell

3 hrs ago - It's not often that a bit of facial hair can get you into trouble. But for a group of Swedish men, their beards -- and a familiar-looking flag -- had them mistaken for an ISIS terror cell. The Swedish chapter of Bearded Villains, an international "b ... (CNN)

FBI investigation into human trafficking leads to 21 local arrests, rescue of two victims

4 hrs ago - By Andrew J. Nelson A nationwide crackdown on human trafficking has led to the arrest of three pimps and the rescue of two victims in the Omaha area, the FBI announced Tuesday. “It is a top priority for the FBI to protect America’s children and fre ... (Omaha World Herald)

WeWork Strikes A Union Deal, Ending Clash With Cleaners

5 hrs ago - Cora Lewis The union-backed campaign targeting cleaning staff at shared office space provider WeWork has notched up a victory: The company will now use unionized cleaners, at least in New York and Boston. WeWork agreed Tuesday to work with union-fr ... (Buzz Feed)

Vandals attack bust of US justice who reaffirmed slavery

5 hrs ago - FREDERICK, Md. (AP) — Police in Maryland say two suspects vandalized a bust of the Supreme Court justice who wrote the 1857 Dred Scott decision reaffirming slavery. Officials with the Frederick Police Department released frames Tuesday from a survei ... (AP)

Most U.S. voters not aware of Democratic debate: Reuters/Ipsos poll

5 hrs ago - WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Despite CNN's countdown clock and special live coverage, more than half of U.S. registered voters are not aware of the first debate between the candidates vying for the Democratic presidential nomination, which the news networ ... (REUTERS)

Badger Guns found Liable in Shooting of two Milwaukee Police Officers

6 hrs ago - Badger Guns was found liable and negligent in the shooting of the two Milwaukee Police Officers. The jury awarded Bryan Norberg $1.5 million and Graham Kunisch $3.5 million. The jury didn't believe it was a conspiracy and voted no for conspiracy c ... (WDJT Milwaukee)

Marlon James wins the Man Booker Prize

6 hrs ago - Marlon James won the Man Booker Prize on Tuesday for his multivoiced novel "A Brief History of Seven Killings" at a black tie event in London. The prize is a the leading literary event in the UK and comes with an award of $78,000. "Ten years ago I'd ... (LA Times)

That passionate young woman who questioned Donald Trump in New Hampshire? She’s a volunteer for Jeb

6 hrs ago - MANCHESTER, N.H. — One of the most memorable questions that Donald Trump took during a bipartisan convention here on Monday came from a college student. "So, maybe I'm wrong, maybe you can prove me wrong," said Lauren Batchelder, a student at St. An ... (Washington Post)

Thousands of Iranian troops are now in Syria for ground offensives against insurgents

7 hrs ago - BEIRUT (Reuters) - The Syrian army and allied Iranian and Hezbollah forces are preparing for a ground offensive against insurgents in the Aleppo area backed by Russian air strikes, two senior regional officials familiar with the plans said on Tuesday ... (Reuters)

Carter: US, Russia Nearing Accord On Air Safety Over Syria

7 hrs ago - Oct 13, 5:39 PM EDT LOLITA C. BALDOR ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON (AP) -- Defense Secretary Ash Carter says the U.S. is nearing an agreement in its discussions with Russia about flight safety in the skies over Syria, and talks may conclude soon. Car ... (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

MU sorority reacts to political official's tweet

7 hrs ago - Fred Berry, president of the Columbia Pachyderm Club, tweeted a photo from Saturday's homecoming parade. The photo was taken from behind the women of the University of Missouri's Delta Gamma sorority with the caption, "This was my view of Mizzou home ... (KOMU)

Court Reinstates Lawsuit Over NYPD Surveillance Of Muslims

7 hrs ago - Oct 13, 4:29 PM EDT MICHAEL R. SISAK ASSOCIATED PRESS PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- A federal appeals court on Tuesday reinstated a lawsuit challenging the New York Police Department's surveillance of Muslim groups in New Jersey after the Sept. 11 terrorist ... (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Ad by anti-Clinton group shows Chris Stevens' grave

7 hrs ago - The Stop Hillary PAC is out with a new ad, set to air during the Democratic debate Tuesday night, that shows the grave of Chris Stevens, the U.S. ambassador killed in Benghazi, Libya. The ad which is titled “I’d like to Ask,” also shows photographs ... (POLITICO)

Dem Infighting Erupts On Eve Of First Presidential Debate

7 hrs ago - October 13, 2015, 03:24 pm By Jesse Byrnes Democrats are battling one another off stage ahead of the party’s first debate, with a prominent lawmaker engaged in a fierce war of words with the party chairman. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii), a vice cha ... (The Hill)

Turkey Warns U.S., Russia Against Backing Kurdish Militia In Syria

7 hrs ago - Turkey has warned the United States and Russia it will not tolerate Kurdish territorial gains by Kurdish militia close to its frontiers in north-western Syria, two senior officials said. "This is clear cut for us and there is no joking about it," on ... (Reuters)

Toronto Zoo announces birth of twin giant pandas

8 hrs ago - The Toronto Zoo has announced the first-ever giant pandas born in Canada — twins that made their way into the world this morning. Er Shun, one of two pandas on loan to the zoo from China, gave birth early Tuesday, it announced on Twitter. ... (CBC)

In three months, Fiorina camp raises $6.8 million Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2015/10/

8 hrs ago - Carly Fiorina's campaign has raised $6.8 million in the past three months, according to the Republican presidential candidate's deputy campaign manager. It's a significant jump for the former Hewlett-Packard executive, particularly after a slower sta ... (Politico)

CNN Rips Benghazi Committee Chair Trey Gowdy For Lying About Their Coverage

8 hrs ago - By: Jason Easley Tuesday, October 13th, 2015, 2:12 pm ?resize=867%2C656 gowdy-cnn The first reaction of House Republicans after a GOP whistleblower confirmed that their Benghazi investigation was a sham was to attack the whistleblower and the ... (Politicususa.com)

Oath Keepers Starting College (and high school) Chapters for Students

8 hrs ago - The armed anti-government group Oath Keepers unveiled its strategy to prevent school shootings last week, announcing its intention to form college — and eventually high school — chapters, which the group will use to train students to “stop submittin ... (Right Wing Watch/People for the American Way)

Neighbor arrested in 1997 disappearance of Oklahoma girl, 8

8 hrs ago - MIDWEST CITY, Okla. (AP) — Authorities in suburban Oklahoma City have arrested a neighbor in the case of an 8-year-old girl who disappeared from her bedroom 18 years ago and whose body has never been found. Investigators used DNA to link 56-year-old ... (AP)

Newt Gingrich On Possibly Becoming Speaker Again: 'I Am Very Prepared'

8 hrs ago - Newt Gingrich, who ruled over the House as speaker in the 1990s, is open to the possibility of returning to his former post. In a Tuesday radio interview on Fox News Radio, Gingrich and his wife Callista said that both of them support his return to t ... (Talking Points Memo-28 minutes ago)

Sea level rise will 'swallow Miami, New Orleans'

9 hrs ago - Miami (AFP) - Say goodbye to Miami and New Orleans. No matter what we do to curb global warming, these and other beloved US cities will sink below rising seas, according to a study. But making extreme carbon cuts and moving to renewable energy could ... (AFP)

Claims plane wreckage found in the Philippines could be MH370

9 hrs ago - REPORTS that a Malaysia Airlines plane wreckage had been found in the heart of the Filipino jungle have been unfounded. Malaysia’s Police Chief General Khalid Abu Bakar said Philippine authorities had investigated the claims made over the weekend th ... (news.com/au)

US Not Headed In Right Direction, Some On Main Street Say

9 hrs ago - NFIB surveyed small businesses on issues as the election season intensifies Kate Rogers 1 Hour Ago As the presidential debate season intensifies, small-business owners are pessimistic about the business climate and feel America is on the wrong tr ... (CNBC)