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Rick Perry megadonor wants his $5 million back

The ghost of Rick Perry’s presidential campaign may haunt his erstwhile rivals for the Republican nomination.

Though the former Texas governor folded amid fundraising turmoil, supporters running a well-funded super PAC supporting his candidacy are considering whether there’s an outlet for as much as $13 million they had in the bank when Perry dropped out.

The son of one top donor to the PAC, Doug Deason, said his father – tech magnate Darwin Deason -- anticipates that contributions will be returned and the committee, dubbed the Opportunity and Freedom PAC, will shutter. But Austin Barbour, a senior member of the PAC’s leadership, said he’s still discussing options with the group’s lawyers.

“I think it is fair to say that we don’t yet have a full understanding of what the law allows for,” Barbour said in an email. “Once we understand that we can talk with our donors about options.”


Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2015/09/rick-perry-super-pac-continues-213612#ixzz3lnp36HYq

Obama slams GOP candidates' anti-immigrant rhetoric

Des Moines, Iowa (CNN)These days, most politicians heading to Iowa are trying to become president. On Monday the big-wig who landed in the state already occupies the Oval Office.

President Barack Obama was ostensibly returning to the site of the first-in-the-nation caucuses to promote his higher education agenda. But during his short stop here, the undercurrent of the state's full-swing campaign season was unavoidable -- even as Obama himself said he couldn't keep track of all the candidates.

Asked during a town hall which presidential candidate was selling the best plan for making college more affordable, Obama demurred, claiming he wasn't yet ready to wade into sticky presidential politics. But he said he wouldn't say silent on the race forever.

"I can't tell you who to vote for, at least just not right now," he said. "Later I will."

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http://www.cnn.com/2015/09/14/politics/obama-iowa-education-fafsa/

Al Senate approves transfer of $100 million from school dollars to help fill deficit in General Fund

A filibuster opposing a state Senate move by some Republicans to transfer $100 million from the state's education budget into the General Fund to help plug a $200 million deficit in it began in the Senate this evening.


But almost as soon as it started it ended when Republicans used their super majority muscle to cut it off.

The Senate then moved quickly to approve on a 19-11 vote to transfer the $100 million to the General Fund budget.

The legislation now goes back to the House of Representatives which last week voted to transfer just $50 million in education dollars. The next move is that a so-called conference committee made up of senators and house members will be appointed to try to reach agreement.

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http://www.al.com/news/index.ssf/2015/09/senate_approves_transfer_of_10.html#incart_2box

Joker letting cat chase gun laser sight accidentally shoots roommate

By Tom Parfitt

Vaughn Rothering was spinning his 9mm pistol and letting the moggy chase the laser, according to a police report.

But the gun went off and struck his unfortunate roommate – who hasn't been named – in the ankle.

The 22-year-old was fined around £30 and will have to pay up £320 in court costs.

Judge Ramona Gonzalez told him: "You could easily have killed your friend.



http://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/weird-news/464572/Vaughn-Rothering-shoots-roommate-gun-cat-laser-sight-pistol

A new study shows that whales live and learn in their own unique animal culture



A sperm whale’s “click” is the loudest sound produced by any animal—and it has an identifying dialect. In fact, according to a study published in Nature Communications, the whales aren’t born with different vocal chords or a bit of the sea particularly suited to a certain kind of click. They simply acquire their dialects from one another in the same way you or I might have taken on our parents’ accent—by copying what they hear.

Sperm whales aren’t the only animals who learn like this. I have spent time with bottlenose dolphins, for instance, in many different locations around the world. One thing that has always struck me is that while these dolphins tend to do the same thing—such as hunt, fish or play together—the way they do this can differ quite drastically between populations.

In the late 1990s, Andy Whiten best articulated this “feeling” that field biologists have had for a long time in his study of chimpanzees, the first systematic look at behavioral differences between populations.

Whiten and colleagues showed different groups of chimps did the same thing in drastically different ways, for example the way they used tools to catch ants. These differences spanned the whole activity repertoire of chimpanzees and the authors posited that the best way to explain this variation was simple: chimpanzees have culture.

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http://qz.com/498678/new-study-shows-that-whales-live-and-learn-in-their-own-unique-animal-culture/

Exclusive: Boeing and GE Warned About Airplane Engine That Exploded


A British Airways Boeing 777 suffered a catastrophic engine failure on takeoff from Las Vegas last week, with fire and debris shooting into the wing and fuselage.

It was the closest of close calls: the airplane, only seconds from lifting off the runway, was loaded with more than 20,000 gallons of fuel for an 11-hour flight to Gatwick, England. Had the gas tanks ignited there would have been a fire—greatly lessening the chance of escape for the passengers and crew.

The Daily Beast has learned that the General Electric engine that failed was the subject of a safety warning from the Federal Aviation Administration four years ago.

A flaw had been discovered in the manufacture of the engine, the GE90-85B that, the FAA warned, could lead to the disintegration of the engine’s turbine and the explosion of high-velocity debris that would endanger an airplane—exactly what happened in the dramatic emergency on the runway at Las Vegas, where a trail of engine debris has been discovered by investigators.

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http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/09/14/exclusive-boeing-and-ge-warned-about-airplane-engine-that-exploded.html

Republicans are becoming the party of climate supervillains

Dana Nuccitelli

As Politico recently reported in a news story that seems better suited for bad a Hollywood movie script, Republican Party leaders are actively trying to sabotage the critical international climate negotiations that will happen in Paris at the end of this year.

Top Republican lawmakers are planning a wide-ranging offensive — including outreach to foreign officials by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s office — to undermine President Barack Obama’s hopes of reaching an international climate change agreement that would cement his environmental legacy.


Republican Party leaders have often argued that the United States shouldn’t take action to curb its carbon pollution unless China and other countries do as well.

Now these countries are working to reach an international agreement in which all cut their carbon pollution, and Republican leaders are trying to undermine it. It’s as though they’re just looking for excuses to prevent the United States from reducing its fossil fuel consumption. As Jonathan Chait wrote,

In any case, the old conservative line, with its explicit or implicit promise that international agreement to reduce emissions might justify domestic emissions cuts, has suddenly become inoperative. The speed at which Republicans have changed from insisting other countries would never reduce their greenhouse-gas emissions to warning other countries not to do so — without a peep of protest from within the party or the conservative movement — says everything you need to know about the party’s stance on climate change.

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http://www.theguardian.com/environment/climate-consensus-97-per-cent/2015/sep/14/republicans-are-becoming-the-party-of-climate-supervillains
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