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Thursday, den 14. March 2013

Right-wing media are furthering attacks on possible Labor secretary nominee Thomas Perez by demonizing an immigrants’ rights organization he was involved with. But CASA is a respected Latino advocacy organization whose work helping immigrants has won a multitude of awards for outstanding community service.  The Associated Press  reported  on March 9 that President Obama is likely to nominate Perez, the assistant attorney general for the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, to serve as the next Labor secretary.

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Saturday, den 12. January 2013

As President Obama gears up for a reinauguration that, right up to Election Day, conservatives truly believed would never happen, the right is trying to figure out what went wrong and what can be done to set things right. A schism has emerged between those who think Republicans and conservatives simply need to tweak their messaging (a majority of Republicans believe this ) versus those who think the party needs to update its policies (a majority of all Americans agree on this point). Both these factions get find their voice in separate columns from prominent conservatives today.

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Friday, den 28. September 2012

An estimated 4,800 people will receive care from a free four-day Los Angeles health clinic next week, The Lead Type reports . The clinic will run from next Thursday to Sunday to provide a variety of health services — including immunizations, women’s health screenings, dental cleanings, and eye exams — to Americans who don’t have medical insurance and can’t usually access this type of care: Some people began lining up as early as Friday to ensure they obtain a wristband, which will be required for admission to the clinic. Distribution of the wristbands is expected to begin at 1 p.m.

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Friday, den 28. September 2012

The average American child consumes about 270 calories from sugary soft drinks and juices each day, which adds up to a total of about 7 trillion calories each year , according to a Harvard researcher. At the Obesity Society’s annual meeting last week, Dr.

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Friday, den 28. September 2012

In a major shift within the employer-sponsored health benefit model, Sears Holdings Corp. and Darden Restaurants Inc. will begin offering employees a choice of health plans on “corporate exchanges” beginning in 2013

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Friday, den 28. September 2012

A new wave of anti-obesity ads launched this week in Minnesota is gaining new criticism for shaming parents instead of helping to address the nation’s obesity crisis.

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Friday, den 28. September 2012

What do you get when you combine the tech industry with the health care industry? One answer is “ mHealth ,” which the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services defines as “the use of mobile and wireless devices to improve health outcomes, healthcare services, and health research.” Mashable estimates that there are about 40,000 mobile health apps currently available for tablets and smartphones — comprised of a wide range of apps that can help patients access their health records electronically, log exercise time, monitor blood pressure levels, track pregnancies, and check nearby pollen levels, among other things

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Thursday, den 27. September 2012

Of the least-insured metropolitan areas in the United States, seven of the top ten fall in states where the Governor has refused to accept the expansion of the Medicaid program offered up under Obamacare. Texas Gov.

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Thursday, den 27. September 2012

One of the advertisements researchers believe are disproportionately reaching black youth A new study from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health points out that — despite the fact that African-American youth drink less alcohol than youths from other racial groups — African-Americans between the ages of 12 and 20 are disproportionately exposed to greater amounts of alcohol advertising . The study’s authors note that black youth tend to consume more media, which contributes to their increased exposure, but research also suggests that alcohol advertising is specifically targeted at African-American teens. The study notes that there are other factors — particularly religious commitment, ethnic identity, and socioeconomic status — that impact youths’ decision about whether or not to drink alcohol, and marketing campaigns represent just one influencer among many

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Thursday, den 27. September 2012

Coinciding with World Contraception Day , former President Bill Clinton announced on Wednesday a new agreement that will reduce the price of long-acting birth control for millions of women worldwide. The trade deal, announced jointly with the Clinton Foundation and several world leaders at the UN, will cut the price of Bayer-manufactured progestrogen implants by half or more in exchange for a six-year purchasing commitment.

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Tuesday, den 25. September 2012

In its quest to sell more and more specifically targeted ads, Facebook has embarked on a new partnership with data-mining company Datalogix, which tracks the real effect of online ads on consumer behavior. Datalogix compiled data on the purchasing habits of 70 million American households from loyalty card memberships of more than 1,000 retailers, including drugstores. Although Facebook and Datalogix claim not to share individual data with one another, they will match up Facebook accounts with real life identities to determine whether a Facebook ad led that person to buy a product — and Facebook will use this data to show advertisers what kinds of ads are most effective.

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Tuesday, den 25. September 2012

There’s a new report out today analyzing climate coverage from Rupert Murdoch’s Fox News and Wall Street Journal .

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Sunday, den 26. August 2012

by Greg Hanscom, via Grist In the latest issue of The New York Times Magazine , longtime education writer Paul Tough has an insightful treatise on President Obama’s policies regarding poverty — the issue that, more than any other, holds American cities down, and one that we seem incapable of addressing in any rational, lasting way. Tough is the author of Whatever It Takes , a book about the Harlem Children’s Zone, a trailblazing program that offers poor kids a web of services designed to carry them out of the ’hood and into the middle class.

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Saturday, den 18. August 2012

From the August 17 edition of Fox News’ America’s Newsroom :

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Tuesday, den 14. August 2012

President Bill Clinton , who just celebrated his 66th birthday, is now reportedly embracing meditation for stress relief while on the road, and is also a practicing vegan.

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Monday, den 13. August 2012

People do want access. President Barack Obama zig-zagged across town Sunday and collected as much as $4 million for his re-election bid from hometown backers, reports the Sun Times.

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Sunday, den 12. August 2012

America will face giant fiscal and economic emergencies unless we make major reforms to the government. Mitt Romney, of course, has had a rather mixed record regarding free markets and limited government. And Ryan–as …

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Sunday, den 12. August 2012

Rand wrote a book titled: The Virtue of Selfishness , not “The Virtue of Public Service”. Rand wrote books where the heroes were entrepreneurs, not government officials. Where the hell did Ryan get inspired to go into politics ..

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Sunday, den 12. August 2012

Face the Nation guest host Nancy Cordes falsely suggested that President Obama does not have a plan to cut the deficit.

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Sunday, den 12. August 2012

Horton is libertarian radio show host extraordinaire with a massive knowledge about U.S. foreign policy . He has interviewed over 1500 people—find out who he has learned the most from about foreign policy and what is really …

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Saturday, den 11. August 2012

Ugh, The Clueless Gold Hater Joe Weisenthal. Weisenthal tweets: Ugh. Paul Ryan appears to believe in something akin to the gold standard

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Saturday, den 11. August 2012

Now that Mitt Romney has chosen Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) — made infamous by his extreme budget  proposal  – as his running mate, some at Fox News are pretending President Obama’s plan to reduce the deficit doesn’t exist. But President Obama  has a plan  to reduce the deficit

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Saturday, den 11. August 2012

Advice from a Physician: How to Avoid Obamacare · Peter Schiff Opens Hard-Money Bank · Ron Paul Will Not Be Given Speaking Slot at Republican National Convention · Four-Year Silver Probe Set to be Dropped · The …

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Saturday, den 11. August 2012

[She] caused Caribou Coffee to have its worst financial quarter ever, when Schlussel exposed the coffee chains radical Islamic ownership and leadership of Sheikh Yusuf Al-Qaradawi (a supporter of homicide bombings), and …

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Saturday, den 11. August 2012

… Running Mate Saturday. Romney will announce his vice presidential running mate Saturday morning in Norfolk, Va

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Friday, den 10. August 2012

You can open accounts in dollars or gold bullion at the new Euro Pacific Bank Ltd, launched by Peter Schiff. this is an awesome idea.

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Friday, den 10. August 2012

“We can track where a car associated with a murder suspect is currently located and where it’s been over the past several days, weeks or months,” Kelly said. “This is a system developed by police officers for police officers.” …

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Thursday, den 9. August 2012

I pray this is not true. There’s nothing at that convention to pay tribute to other than the delegates that worked harder than his campaign to get him elected

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Wednesday, den 8. August 2012

Never believe any happy talk coming out of the Federal Reserve PR machine. The Fed does fear the people. In Washington DC, you can regularly see machine gun toting Federal Reserve police and an EPJ reader emails: …

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Wednesday, den 8. August 2012

Is Booz Allen a Shadow Government Running More than Half the National Security Apparatus. Former CIA Clandestine Service and DIA Analyst Lynnae Williams seems to thinks so.

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Wednesday, den 8. August 2012

Carnival-small. Tuesday, August 07, 2012.

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Wednesday, den 8. August 2012

The upcoming movie The Campaign is a big-budget, all-star, mass-release comedy starring Zach Galifianakis and Will Ferrell.

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Saturday, den 4. August 2012

Obama Meets With Planned Parenthood Officials… Via The Hill: Officials with Planned Parenthood welcomed President Obama in Orlando Thursday as he visited for a campaign event. The two women, Jenna Cawley Tosh and Nancy Wolf, …

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Saturday, den 4. August 2012

As income reductions are being imposed on private practice, costs are being driven up by exploding regulations. In addition, the plethora of new mandates and laws have increasingly criminalized every aspect of the practice ..

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Saturday, den 2. June 2012

UPDATE:  Banfield clarified her remarks on Friday’s edition of CNN’s  Early Start.  Her statement,  via  Mediaite: I made some comments yesterday that ended up getting a lot of traction out there, not only on Twitter but elsewhere. And I want to be very, very clear about what my comments were about. I probably misspoke and mangled words, but I want to be very clear. When I said that incest and pedophilia involve people who don’t have a choice — victims who don’t have a choice — and then said a gay relationship, you do have a choice, they are not crimes. Gay people involved in relationships are not committing any crimes at all. However, those who perpetrate incest and perpetrate pedophilia are committing crimes. I don’t know that my comments were taken in that light and I certainly hope they were, but in no way did I ever want to suggest that being gay is a choice. It is not. And I probably used the word “lifestyle choice” — not what I meant to say at all. Being gay is not a choice; being in a voluntary gay relationship is a choice. It is not a crime. So I hope that at least clears up any of the comments I made after that story of the pastor. And in no way do I agree with or stand by any of the comments that that pastor made either. ORIGINAL POST: During the Thursday edition of CNN’s Early Start , co-anchor Ashleigh Banfield reported on comments made by Kansas Pastor Curtis Knapp, who recently called for the government to kill gays and lesbians . In an exclusive CNN interview, Knapp clarified his comments, stating: We punish pedophilia, we punish incest, we punish polygamy and various things. It’s only homosexuality that is lifted out as an exemption. Banfield wasn’t pleased by Knapp’s attempt to compare homosexuality to pedophilia and incest. In her attempt to discredit Knapp’s explanation, however, she claimed that, unlike pedophilia and incest, “homosexuality is a lifestyle choice by people. It is voluntary”: BANFIELD: Pedophilia is not by choice, last I checked. In his sermon, Pastor Knapp blamed the Bush administration for its tolerance of gay people. Says that he claims that set the stage, in fact, for the Obama administration to endorse same-sex marriage. Like I said, you can’t make this stuff up. Unbelievable. Speechless, right? BANFIELD: Again, we gotta outline here, when he says “they punish incest and pedophilia,” please. Those things are often not by choice and are crimes. Homosexuality is a lifestyle choice by people. It is voluntary. While Banfield was clearly trying condemn Knapp’s anti-gay remarks, she ended up doing a lot more harm than good. A person’s sexual orientation is not a “lifestyle choice”  or voluntary – it is an immutable part of their identity. According to the American Psychological Association (APA), “most people experience little or no sense of choice about their sexual orientation.” Scientific research has demonstrated that a person’s sexual orientation is not a matter of choice but rather ” primarily neurological at birth .” According to molecular biologist Dean Hamer, sexual orientation is regarded in the scientific community as a phenotype and is ” deeply rooted in biology .” More importantly, the claim that gay people can simply choose to not be gay is a favorite talking point of some of the country’s most notorious anti-gay organizations. Groups like the National Organization for Marriage , Family Research Council , American Family Association have all used the idea that gay people can voluntarily change their sexual orientation as a justification for denying equality to gays and lesbians. The “lifestyle choice” myth is also at the heart of efforts to “cure” gay people through “ex-gay” therapy, which has been discredited as ineffective and potentially harmful by nearly every major professional medical organization in America. In other words, in her attempt to mock Knapp’s extreme anti-gay remarks, Banfield ended up reinforcing one of the right’s most damaging myths about LGBT people. “Unbelievable” is right. 

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Monday, den 21. May 2012

The CBS Evening News  had one of the best segments ever on manmade global warming.  The piece is headlined on their website, “ Assessing the risk of climate change ” with this description: The past 12 months were the hottest on record, and forecasters are predicting high temperatures across the U.S. this summer. Science and environment contributor M. Sanjayan explains the risk of climate change. Watch it: Kudos to CBS News for running this segment with Sanjayan, who is “ the lead scientist for The Nature Conservancy .” Let’s hope CBS makes it a regular feature. Related Post: As floods and extreme weather devastate the world, CBS News explains the link to global warming

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Thursday, den 17. May 2012

Last night’s Revenge brought us yet more twists and turns in ABC’s monumentally and fantastically soapy drama—don’t worry, I won’t tell you what happened—leading me to wonder when they’re going to be ready to throw in the towel on this one. Jack may not be ready to move on, but some of us are starting to get a little frustrated with the ongoing tension. You know what I’m sayin’? Don’t get me wrong: I am a huge fan of Revenge and I eagerly dissect it in my email with friends each morning after a new episode, but it’s starting to wander big time, and that’s because, like all good drama, it has an expiration date. The question is whether the production team and ABC are going to recognize that, or if they’re going to draw this painfully out in an effort to milk every possible drop of ratings out of it. So far, Revenge is going pretty strong ratings-wise, and ABC’s renewed it for fall in a pretty plum spot on Sunday nights, allowing it to replace Desperate Housewives and pairing it with the unexpectedly popular Once Upon A Time. (Sorry if this is controversial, but I really can’t get into Once Upon A Time, you guys.) It’s obviously immensely successful because it speaks to the deep desire in all of us to tear out the hearts of our enemies and eat them for breakfast with a little raspberry jam. Er, maybe that’s just me.  I think I’m supposed to say that Revenge is all about love and passion and emotion and how these things drive us to do weird and horrible things to each other, but I’m pretty pragmatic so I really just watch the show for the revenge and the plotting. Because I do love me some revenge, and Emily’s cool, calculating scheme is interesting to watch as it unfolds (and collapses, as the case may be). It’s sort of like seeing vultures swirling around and taking leisurely pecks now and then rather than just getting down and getting to it. Yes, I just compared Emily Thorne to a vulture. So, the thing is, this show is ostensibly based on The Count of Monte Cristo, which is also deliciously soapy, I will freely admit, but does actually have a clearly defined endpoint as well as a steadily moving plot that is designed to pull things together in the end and keep you reading. It was, after all, a serial, which meant Dumas needed to come up with reasons to keep people reading when the next installment came out. And I’m starting to feel like Revenge is losing its focus, which in turn is making me lose my focus. And that’s a bad thing, people. Every week there’s a new attempt to flip the narrative right on its head, which is the point of soapy drama, but the stacking of incidents on top of each other makes it increasingly more baroque and harder to track. The cast of characters is growing and I’m reminded of the too many cooks problem; how many people can we add to this kitchen before it gets totally out of control? Because we seem to be rapidly getting there. There are only so many double crossings, backstabbings, and new players viewers can follow and stay invested in the show. If my Twitter feed last night was any indicator, some viewers are starting to reach saturation point. Revenge is finding itself in the same place Lost was as it shed fans in later seasons. It’s getting so damn complicated that if you haven’t been watching from the start and focusing on each episode, you’re going to get lost (ha ha). This is not the kind of show you can randomly pick up and still follow and enjoy. As the storyline gets more absurd, we start to wonder if there’s any kind of point here; is there anyone on deck up there keeping us on course, or are we actually just adrift in the Sea of Abandoned Plots, waiting for rescue? So here’s my advice to Revenge : Quit while you’re ahead. Know your end date. Tighten up your storylines. Map this out and take us on a fun ride to the end. I want to see you go out with a decisive bang when it’s time, not dwindle and fade away into nothing. Maybe you’ve got another season or two in you, but sit down and have a serious think about how you want those seasons to go and make them explosive, driven, and fast-paced. Because I love this show and I love these characters. Wow do I love these characters. There are so many women doing exciting and sneaky and amazing things on Revenge and I especially adore watching Thorne’s character development as she gets deeper and deeper into this hole she’s digging for herself. And I’m totally in love with Nolan as a character; he’s a man who just gets more fascinating by the minute and I like that the rich playboy has turned into Emily’s ally and the closest thing she has to a real friend over time, but he’s got his own stuff going on too. Though  stuffed shirt Daniel kind of bores me, the rest of the Graysons are fascinating. Particularly Victoria, which woah, what is that girl up to half the time?! I don’t even know. And yes, I like the machinations and twists and turns. Revenge is a labyrinth of delights, but it’s also a house of cards, and it’s getting a bit wobbly ’round the base. Keep me hooked ’til the bitter end, Revenge. I’m begging you. What do you think about Revenge ‘s prospects, gang? Talk to me!

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Thursday, den 3. May 2012

George W. Bush and Mark McKinnon Former Bush political adviser Mark McKinnon criticized the Romney campaign for its handling of former foreign policy spokesman Ric Grenell, who resigned from the campaign just weeks after being hired. Romney had been under fire from anti-gay activists on the far right for taking on Grenell, who is openly gay, and instead of standing up the haters, the campaign muzzled the Grenell, then grudgingly accepted his resignation in order to avoid a confrontation. McKinnon, who also served on Sen. John McCain’s (R-AZ) 2008 presidential run and went on to found the group No Lables , told MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell today that Grenell’s departure is “very unfortunate” and said Romney should have stood by his aide, because Americans want a president who has “clear convictions and stands behind his decisions”: MCKINNON: It’s disappointing, it’s frustrating for a lot of us Republicans who would like to see more people like Grenell in positions of authority. … Clearly, he was being muzzled for some reason…and that seems to a response to pressure from the right . These are examples where people like me would like to see Mitt Romney stand up and say, I don’t care what people think, this is my guy, I’m standing behind him, and I want him out front. We need to see more examples of that, because what people ultimately want in a president is somebody who’s strong, somebody who’s bold, somebody who has clear convictions and stands behind his decisions. Watch it: McKinnon added that “the problem was not edgy,” referring to Grenell’s controversial tweets disparaging women and political opponents. The “Romney folks were well aware of how edgy he was. And I think they wanted an edgy guy in the position.”

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Sunday, den 29. April 2012

Fox News contributor Monica Crowley has issued an apology to Sandra Fluke for a crass tweet that Crowley sent out from her account yesterday about the Georgetown Law student’s sexual orientation. “I certainly & unequivocally apologize to Sandra & anyone else I offended. Not my intention,” wrote Crowley on Twitter. Mediaite flagged Crowley’s apology, which came after a 24 hour maelstrom of criticism capped by a strong condemnation from the Georgetown Law student herself, who called Crowley’s initial tweet “hate speech” and “homophobic” on MSNBC last night. Regret my tweeted question caused a stir. I certainly & unequivocally apologize to Sandra & anyone else I offended. Not my intention. — Monica Crowley (@MonicaCrowley) April 27, 2012

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Wednesday, den 9. November 2011

In a memorable episode of Seinfeld , Jerry is concerned about taking a lie detector test that he fears will reveal his love for the show Melrose Place . Seeking advice, Jerry turns to his best friend, George Costanza, for tips on how to beat the lie detector. George’s (predictably bad) advice : “Just remember, it’s not a lie if you believe it.” Perhaps Wayne Allyn Root is just taking George’s advice. In his November 7 Washington Times op-ed , Root flat-out invents a Seinfeld scene and then uses it as the basis of his latest attack on President Obama. This is the “quote” Root chose from a scene in the classic Seinfeld episode, “The Opposite” : Remember “Seinfeld”? It was one of the most successful TV series in the history of American television. The show revolved around Jerry Seinfeld and his buddy George Costanza. George was the ultimate loser. Everything he did was a colossal failure. One day that all changed. George was hired by George Steinbrenner and the world champion New York Yankees. He had hit the lottery – overnight he had an important executive job, big salary and beautiful women. Seinfeld was in shock. He asked, “George, how did you do it?” “Simple,” George said, “One day I woke up and realized I was the world’s biggest loser. So I decided to do the opposite of everything I’ve ever done – every thought, opinion, decision. Now I just do the opposite. And suddenly, I’m a winner!” To answer his question: Yes, I remember Seinfeld. Quite well, actually. And aside from reading like the script of a late-night infomercial, nothing about this supposed interaction between Jerry and George ever happened. Allow me to correct you, Mr. Root.

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