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JOHN McCAIN Despicably Pushes For FULL-SCALE MIDDLE EAST WAR During ISIS Senate Hearing

(Politicus USA) On Wednesday afternoon, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) was his normal warmongering self as he grilled Secretary of State John Kerry over the Obama Administration’s strategy to deal with ISIS. McCain used his time during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing to beat his chest and demand that the United States not only get into a ground war in Iraq and Syria to combat ISIS, but that the country also needs to commit to a war against the Assad regime in Syria. While House Democrats are legitimately concerned about the White House’s plan to arm and train Syrian rebels to help fight ISIS on the ground, McCain wants the President to push forward and go whole hog with the war machine.

babylonsister

Air Force Will No Longer Require 'So Help Me God' In Enlistment Oaths

(HuffPo) Airmen who enlist or reenlist in the United States Air Force will no longer have to say the phrase “so help me God” as part of a required oath, the agency announced on Wednesday.

According to USA Today, the Air Force faced pressure to change the policy from the American Humanist Association, which threatened to sue them on behalf of an airman who was not allowed to reenlist because he would not say the phrase. The Air Force allowed those who took the oath to omit the phrase until late last year, but then began requiring all airmen to take the full oath, the Washington Post reported.

hatrack

Proposed TX Science Textbooks Steaming Mounds Of Climate Anti-Science, Nonsense On Ozone Layer

(Newsweek) Texas public schools will teach its students from kindergarten through grade 12 false information regarding climate change and ozone depletion if a series of proposed textbooks pass a Texas Board of Education vote in November.

The proposed textbooks were written to include the sentiments of the Heartland Institute, a conservative advocacy group funded in part by the Koch brothers, which denies human-driven climate change. In one proposed sixth-grade social studies textbook, an exercise asks students to compare two passages. One is written by two Heartland Institute employees, who are not scientists, and the other by the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which compiled the findings of thousands of scientists.

uhnope

Hospitalized conspiracy theorist who smeared Obamacare asking for donations for his medical bills

The host of the syndicated talk radio program Ground Zero, who says that the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) is a nefarious government plot, is appealing to his listeners for money after a hospitalization for chest pains.

The Clyde Lewis Facebook page is linking to a crowdfunding site that is soliciting donations in the wake of his reported hospitalization for a coronary embolism. In the past, Lewis suggested that Obamacare was a Big Brother government plot that, among other things, would require computer chips to be implanted in every American.

grahamhgreen

Meet ‘the Elizabeth Warren Wing of the Democratic Party'

(The Nation) Suppose an insurgent movement with a sharp critique of Wall Street and a determination to end the Democratic Party's compromises on core economic issues was taking shape across the country. Suppose the candidates associated with this movement were winning tough primaries and developing the outlines of a fifty-state strategy that rejects the self-interested calculations of party elites. Would that count as big news? Not yet, perhaps, since most mainstream pundits are still obsessed with the wrangling over which extremes the Republican Party will embrace. But while GOP insiders were busy beating back their Tea Party wing, the progressive populist tendency within the Democratic Party was going from strength to strength.

Cali_Democrat

Wisconsin GOPer Drops Out Of Race Over 'F*gs' And 'N*ggers' Tweets

(TPM) A Wisconsin Republican dropped out of the race for a seat on the state assembly on Tuesday after he admitted that he made offensive comments about gay and black people on social media, according to The Gazette.

Jacob Dorsey, a 19-year-old candidate challenging Democratic state Rep. Deb Kolste, apologized last week for referring to gay people as "fags" in a tweet.

elleng

Ginsburg: Watch 6th Circuit on Gay Marriage.

(NYT) People seeking clues about how soon the Supreme Court might weigh in on states' gay marriage bans should pay close attention to the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg told a Minnesota audience Tuesday.

Ginsburg said cases pending before the circuit covering Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee would probably play a role in the high court's timing. She said "there will be some urgency" if that appeals court allows same-sex marriage bans to stand. Such a decision would run contrary to a legal trend favoring gay marriage and force the Supreme Court to step in sooner, she predicted.

She said if the appeals panel falls in line with other rulings there is "no need for us to rush."

Omaha Steve

Fast Food Franchise Owners Ask Congress For Help To Stop Worker Campaign For Wages, Union

(Think Progress) The fast food industry is hoping that a day of lobbying on Capitol Hill can blunt the momentum that fast food workers have gained through nearly two years of strikes and multiple lawsuits.

The International Franchise Association (IFA) is flying fast food store owners and other franchisees into Washington on Tuesday to drum up congressional opposition to a recent legal decision that could make corporations liable for how franchise employees are treated. The trade group expects more than 350 business owners from both the franchisee and franchisor sides of the business model to show up at its event this week, according to The Hill. Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and former Republican Governors Association head and Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour are scheduled to speak to the group, and the paper reports that top Senate Republicans will introduce legislation targeting federal labor regulators in general later this week.

kpete

New Eyewitness To Palin Brawl: Bristol Was ‘Quite Violent’---"It was just so shocking"

(TPM) "It was just so shocking," Roberta Thompson told TPM.

She mostly confirmed what her husband told multiple news outlets last week, saying that the two of them were right next to each other during the incident. But she provided her own take on how the events unfolded, including a portion that she said involved the eldest Palin daughter, Bristol Palin, and the owner of the house, Korey Klingenmeyer.

"What I saw was two girls run past and run towards Korey," Roberta Thompson said. "And then I just saw Bristol Palin start punching him in the face."

Playinghardball

The Strange Case Of A Father Who Sued The Obama Administration To Keep His Daughters From Getting...

(Think Progress) Providing two college-age women with health insurance that covers birth control, according to an attorney for Missouri state Rep. Paul Joseph Wieland (R) and his wife Teresa, is the equivalent of giving your children free access to a “stocked unlocked liquor cabinet.” In case the judges hearing his client’s case did not find that analogy particularly compelling, he also compared birth control to pornography.

If the Wielands’ lawsuit succeeds, they will win the right to deny their three daughters — two of whom are adults — a health insurance policy that covers contraception. Wieland and his wife claim that they “cannot provide, fund or in any way be a participant in the provision of health care coverage for contraception, sterilization, abortions or abortifacient drugs and devices, such as Plan B, ella, and copper IUDs, or related education and counseling, without violating their sincerely-held religious beliefs.”

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