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Bobby Jindal Cuts Off Medicaid Funding to Planned Parenthoods In Louisiana

(TPM) Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) announced he had ended the state's Medicaid contract with Planned Parenthood in response to an anti-abortion "sting" video campaign against the reproductive health service.


Democrats Block Vote On Planned Parenthood Defunding

(Huffington Post) Senate Democrats blocked a vote on a bill Monday that would have stripped federal funds from Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest family planning provider.

Republican backers of the bill needed 60 votes to advance it to the Senate floor for debate, but it fell short in a vote of 53-46. Every Democrat except Sens. Joe Donnelly (Ind.) and Joe Manchin (W.Va.) voted against proceeding to debate. Sen. Mark Kirk (Ill.) was the only Republican to vote no.


BOOM: John Kerry Wins Gulf States’ Cautious Support for Iran Deal

(NYT) Persian Gulf monarchies issued a cautious endorsement on Monday of the accord Secretary of State John Kerry negotiated last month to constrain Iran’s nuclear program.

“This was the best option among other options,” said Khalid al-Attiyah, the foreign minister of Qatar, who hosted a meeting of the Gulf Cooperation Council that Mr. Kerry attended.

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An Iran-Deal Skeptic (Adam Schiff) Becomes a Supporter

(The Atlantic) Earlier this year, California Representative Adam Schiff, the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, told me he had serious doubts about Iran’s intentions as it pursued a nuclear deal with the United States and five other world powers. He also said he was somewhat worried about the scale of possible American concessions during the talks. Schiff, who I described in a post at the time as a “moderate’s moderate,” suggested to me that he wanted to see President Obama achieve an important foreign-policy success, but as a Jew, he wanted to make sure that an anti-Semitic regime—both he and Obama agree that Iran is ruled by an anti-Semite—would not be allowed to become a nuclear-weapons state. At the time, he told me he was “uncommitted” and that he would “remain uncommitted” until he had time to review a final deal, should a final deal materialize.


Christie booed at Monmouth Park I mean really booed--loud sustained and truly a thing of beauty

My two favorite spectators sports--both involving big creatures with small brains, who are owned by millionaires and who run around in circles guided by midgets--merged today and it was awesome.

First was a moment of true sports magic. Triple Crown winner American Pharoah won the $1.7 million Haskell Invitational with breathtaking ease. The horse hit the head of the stretch in second place. Jockey Victor Espinosa said "OK sovereign my lord whenever you're ready." The Pharoah kicked in and it was goodbye losers. I was on the rail screaming my head off along with around 65,000 other fans. When it was over Espinosa paraded the champion along the grandstand as American Pharoah walked nodding his head regally toward the crowd seeming to somehow absorb the praise and adulation as if he somehow understood that this uproar, this love was all for him.


Donald Trump: Blacks are ‘worse than just about ever’ because Obama ‘set a very low bar’

(Raw Story) Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump predicted on Sunday that he would win that he would win the black vote because President Barack Obama had set a “poor standard,” which made things worse than “just about ever” for African-Americans.”

“He has set a very low bar and I think it’s a shame for the African-American people,” Trump told ABC’s Jonathan Karl. “And by the way, he has done nothing for African-Americans. You look at what’s going on, at their income levels, you look at what’s gone on with their youth.”


Ruth Bader Ginsburg reveals the 'most disappointing' Supreme Court decision of her career

(Business Insider) Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg still is not happy about the 2010 Citizens United ruling that is responsible for opening the door for a whole new era in campaign funding and financing, she said Wednesday.

Speaking at an event at the Duke University School of Law on Wednesday, Ginsburg said the decision was the "most disappointing" ruling of her time on the bench, according to The New York Times, "because of what has happened to elections in the United States and the huge amount of money it takes to run for office."


I joined the Democratic party in 1960, as a high school kid. Here's what I've learned.

From the very beginning, and throughout my active participation ever since, I've seen people come to party meetings of one sort or another and express their dissatisfaction with the status quo. Invariably, they wanted to change things in major ways. Problem was that they ignored the realities of politics in a nation that relies, more or less, on majority rule. Also invariably, they left, never to return to the discussion. They saw their goals as obviously correct, but couldn't get agreement on them...

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Speed of glacier retreat worldwide 'historically unprecedented', says report http://gu.com/p/4b8ke/s

17 min ago - Speed of glacier retreat worldwide 'historically unprecedented', says report Researchers have recorded rapid rises in meltwater and alarming rates of glacial retreat, which are accelerating at a pace double that of a decade ago The Rhone glacie ... (the guardian)

Jeffco Recall Fight Reflects National Battle Over Future of Public Education

27 min ago - School board elections are usually sleepy affairs with miniscule budgets that don’t attract much of the electorate. In fact, of the 178,000-some Jefferson County residents who went to the ballot box in 2013, only about 136,000 bothered to select a s ... (Rocky Mountain PBS I-News)

Russia lays claim to vast areas of Arctic

33 min ago - Russia has submitted a bid to the UN claiming vast territories in the Arctic, the country’s foreign ministry said on Tuesday. The ministry said in a statement that Russia is claiming 1.2m sq km (over 463,000 sq miles) of sea shelf extending more than ... (Guardian UK)

G.O.P. debate lineup is announced; Kasich and Christie get final spots

45 min ago - Gov. John Kasich of Ohio is in and former Gov. Rick Perry of Texas is out of Fox News’s Republican debate on Thursday night in Cleveland, officials with the network said Tuesday, resolving the mystery of which lower-polling candidates will make the c ... (New York Times)

Israel's Netanyahu Asks U.S. Jews To Oppose Iran Nuclear Deal

50 min ago - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tried to rally U.S. Jews on Tuesday against the Iranian nuclear deal championed by President Barack Obama and facing review by Congress, saying it risked a catastrophic Middle East war. In a webcast organize ... (Reuters)

UPDATED Jeb Bush: 'Not Sure We Need Half A Billion Dollars For Women's Health'

52 min ago - While defending Republicans' effort to defund Planned Parenthood over a series of "sting" videos targeting the organization, presidential candidate and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush doubted the $500 million or so in federal funds currently going to su ... (TPM)

Christopher Hyndman, co-host of CBC's Steven and Chris, dead at 49

54 min ago - Christopher Hyndman, co-host of the CBC-TV afternoon lifestyles show Steven and Chris, was found dead in Toronto's east end Monday night, police confirm. "It is with profound sadness that we share the news Christopher Hyndman died," said the public ... (CBC News)

Susan Collins taking heat for Planned Parenthood vote

1 hr ago - U.S. Sen. Susan Collins is coming under unusual fire from women’s health groups for supporting a Republican-backed effort to end federal funding for Planned Parenthood in a Senate vote Monday. But Collins’ office said the Maine senator voted for the ... (Portland Press Herald)

Authorities Talking To 2 Men Following Shooting At Jade Helm Site

1 hr ago - A vehicle matching the description of the truck driven by two men who opened fire on soldiers at a Mississippi military training facility on Tuesday afternoon has been found, WDAM reported. Two white men driving a red Ford Ranger with the words "bro ... (TPM)

Donald Trump turned to Rudy Giuliani ahead of debate to ask Fox News CEO to make sure Megyn Kelly is

1 hr ago - An online report claims Donald Trump wants one of the moderators in Thursday night’s big presidential debate to remain, well, moderate. According to a New York magazine report, Donald Trump, who is scheduled to appear center stage at the inaugural 2 ... (New York Daily News)

Syria Foreign Minister In Tehran For Talks With Iran, Russia

1 hr ago - Tue Aug 4, 2015 1:56pm EDT Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moualem arrived in Tehran on Tuesday for talks with officials from allies Iran and Russia that are expected to focus on efforts to end the civil war in his country. Iran and Russia have st ... (Reuters)

Milk powder prices plunge at auction amid global supply glut

1 hr ago - Published Tuesday, Aug. 04, 2015 4:12PM EDT Whole milk powder plunged to the lowest price in at least seven years at an international auction, the latest indication yet of chronic oversupply in the global daily industry. <snip> Farmers in th ... (Bloomberg News)

Israeli Court Orders Meir Kahane’s Grandson Held in Crackdown on Jewish Extremists

1 hr ago - By JODI RUDOREN and ISABEL KERSHNERAUG. 4, 2015 JERUSALEM — He has the pedigree: Meir Ettinger is the grandson and namesake of Meir Kahane, the slain American-Israeli rabbi considered the father of far-right Jewish militancy. He has the record: For ... (New York Times)

6 pilot whales dead after beaching in Cape Breton; 10 others saved

2 hrs ago - Posted: Aug 04, 2015 4:34 PM AT Sixteen pilot whales beached on a shore near Judique, Cape Breton, Tuesday morning, sparking a rescue effort involving about 20 people. Andrew Reid with the Marine Animal Response Society said 10 of the whales were p ... (CBC News)

University distances itself from Idaho hunter amid backlash

3 hrs ago - By KIMBERLEE KRUESI BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Officials with Idaho State University are distancing themselves from one of their accountants who is being criticized for posting photos of large animals she has killed while legally hunting in South Africa. ... (AP)

Shots fired at Camp Shelby soldiers

4 hrs ago - Authorities are searching for two suspects that allegedly fired shots at a group of soldiers at the Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center. WDAM reported that Perry County authorities confirmed that shots were fired around 12:10 p.m. at soldiers t ... (Clarion ledger)

GOP: Planned Parenthood fight to go on

5 hrs ago - Republicans are divided over whether they should use this fall’s government funding bill to attack Planned Parenthood — and risk a high-stakes shutdown fight — after Senate Democrats blocked a standalone bill to defund the organization on Monday even ... (Politico)

Maine’s top court rules national same-sex marriage foe must reveal donors

5 hrs ago - AUGUSTA, Maine — The Maine Supreme Judicial Court ruled Tuesday that the National Organization for Marriage must disclose its donor list in connection with the group’s support of a people’s veto of Maine’s 2009 same-sex marriage law. The National Or ... (Bangor Daily News)

Nuclear engineering graduation rates level off

5 hrs ago - The number of college students graduating with majors in nuclear engineering has flattened and even declined somewhat after five straight years of continual increases, according to a report by the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) ... (Today's Energy Solutions)

US factory orders advance 1.8 percent in June

6 hrs ago - By MARTIN CRUTSINGER WASHINGTON (AP) — Orders to U.S. factories increased in June, and a key category that reflects business investment plans posted a modest rise. But the gains weren't robust enough to suggest that the sluggish manufacturing sector ... (AP)

Alabama officer kept job after proposal to murder black man and hide evidence

6 hrs ago - A police officer in Alabama proposed murdering a black resident and creating bogus evidence to suggest the killing was in self-defence, the Guardian has learned. Officer Troy Middlebrooks kept his job and continues to patrol Alexander City after aut ... (The Guardian)

Paris-Tokyo in 3 hours: Airbus wins patent for hypersonic plane

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Cash-strapped Rick Santorum campaign reshuffles staff

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Trump Calls On GOP To Shut Down The Gov't To Defund Planned Parenthood

7 hrs ago - -snip- Democrats in the Senate on Monday blocked a bill that would remove federal funds from Planned Parenthood, which is in the spotlight after several videos were released that reportedly show representatives of the organization discussing selling ... (TPM)

7 people with Legionnaires’ disease have died in NY outbreak

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Democrats Unveil a Plan to Fight Gerrymandering

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Judge extends block on videos from anti-abortion group

9 hrs ago - A federal judge in California has extended a temporary restraining order for at least several weeks against an anti-abortion group that released several videos showing Planned Parenthood officials discussing the transfer of fetal tissue and organs. ... (The Hill)

Swiss customs seize 578 pounds of ivory in suitcases dispatched from Tanzania to Beijing

9 hrs ago - Aug. 4, 2015 BERLIN (AP) — Customs officials at Zurich airport have seized 262 kilograms (578 pounds) of ivory that three Chinese men had dispatched from Tanzania, contraband that may have come from up to 50 elephants, Swiss authorities said Tuesday ... (US News and World Report)

KapStone declares impasse; will implement contract unilaterally, union says

10 hrs ago - By Marissa Luck KapStone officials Monday declared a bargaining impasse and told pulp and paper union officials they will implement most of the company’s latest contract offer by Friday, according to the union. A union leader called the move “a hug ... (TDN)

High school principals tell Scott Walker his funding cuts produce ‘haves and have-nots’

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