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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.


Obama won't shrink from 2016 race

(Politico) President Barack Obama heads into the 2016 campaign season in a position few in the White House or anywhere else expected a year ago: in demand.

The president and his aides are expecting to capitalize on that popularity, according to people familiar with the planning, taking a more active role this election cycle than during last year’s midterms. Those plans include Obama hitting the campaign trail as early as the spring to help unite the party after the primaries and to sound off on Republicans he portrays as not serious enough for prime time.


Benghazi Committee Rigged To Take Down Clinton

(NYT) When the House select committee investigating the 2012 attacks on American government outposts in Benghazi, Libya, was created, Democrats immediately criticized it as a partisan effort to damage the political fortunes of Hillary Rodham Clinton.

But Representative Trey Gowdy, the South Carolina Republican and former federal prosecutor who is the committee’s chairman, told Fox News at the time: “I have no friends to reward and no foes to punish. We’re going to go wherever the facts take us.”


Lone Woman At Anti-Muslim Protest Ends Up inside Mosque for coffee, bagels & hugs!

(Addicting Info) Global Rally For Humanity was supposed to be an anti-Muslim protest at Mosques nationwide, organized by a group known as the Oath Keepers. While an estimated 120 Christian bigots picketed outside a Mosque in Phoenix, Arizona, things looked vastly different in Dearborn, Michigan. Only one protester showed up.

For the lone woman brave enough to stay the course, her day of protesting a “violent Islam” turned into something entirely different. Instead of running into a situation that confirmed her beliefs (i.e. Muslims hating her for her bigoted views), she was welcomed with hugs and invited inside the Mosque for coffee and bagels.


Ben Bernanke says he is no longer a Republican because the GOP has lost its economic policy mind

(US News) It's the stupid economics. That's why he's no longer a Republican, former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke tells us in his new memoir. Bernanke says he "lost patience with Republicans' susceptibility to the know-nothing-ism of the far right." Here's part of his indictment:

"They saw inflation where it did not exist and, when the official data did not bear out their predictions, invoked conspiracy theories. They denied that monetary or fiscal policy could support job growth, while still working to direct federal spending to their own districts. They advocated discredited monetary systems, like the gold standard."

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