The War on Women Is A ‘Lie,’ And Other Anti-Women Assertions At The Annual Conservative Convention

by ALICE OLLSTEIN – As the Republican party struggles to rebrand itself to win back women voters, HP executive and rumored presidential candidate Carly Fiorina told attendees this week that the concept of a Republican “war on women” is “a lie.” “Women are not single issue voters, and we’re not a special interest group,” she said at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). “No one would expect that all men agree or care about only one issue, but somehow Democrats think all women do or should.” The “one issue” she referred to was reproductive rights, and even as she argued this was not an important topic for women voters, she called on Republicans to pass further restrictions on access to health care, including a ban on abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy and a ban on taxpayer subsidies to help low-income women access abortion. She also called for banning abortions...

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Rev. Billy Graham’s Demon Spawn Tells Fox News Muslims Have ‘Infiltrated The White House’ (VIDEO)

by STEPHEN D FOSTER JR – In a bid to scare Americans without showing any evidence to prove his claims whatsoever, the Reverend Franklin Graham insisted that the White House has been “infiltrated” by Muslims during an interview on Fox News. The demon spawn of Billy Graham appeared as a guest on lying liar Bill O’Reilly’s program on Thursday night and promptly channeled witch hunter Joe McCarthy, who as you’ll recall, wildly claimed during the 1950s that communists had infiltrated the federal government. Graham tried the exact same tactic, only this time, the infiltrators are Muslims instead of communists. In a segment discussing the “persecution of Christians” by ISIS, O’Reilly began by asking Graham why the world is reluctant to enter a holy war in the Middle East to stop the terrorist organization. Graham answered first by delivering a quick sales-pitch to Muslims in an effort to convert them to...

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Majority of Americans Agree Fighting Climate Change a ‘Moral Obligation

New poll shows majority of Americans believe human activity causes rising greenhouse gases and that people are ethically responsible to address it by Nadia Prupis – A majority of Americans believe they are “morally obligated” to fight climate change, a new poll by Reuters/IPSOS has found. Of the 2,827 people surveyed in the poll, 66 percent said world leaders are ethically bound to reduce carbon emissions, while 72 percent believed that responsibility lay with themselves as well. In addition, 64 percent believe that rising greenhouse gases, which drive climate change, are caused by human activity. The poll was conducted to parse the impact of moral language in the climate debate and the results suggest that an ethics-based appeal to address environmental issues may be the key to shifting the debate on the topic. “When climate change is viewed through a moral lens it has broader appeal,” Eric Sapp, executive director of...

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Congress Manages To Pass Bill That Funds DHS…For A Whole Week

by RIKA CHRISTENSEN – Congress came partway out of its dysfunctional state for a moment late Friday evening, as they actually managed to pass a funding bill for the Department of Homeland Security. The bill isn’t a full funding bill, but rather, a temporary, continuing resolution that will run through…next Friday. Yes, you read that right. They’re funding DHS for one whole week. The Senate cleared the measure without even a roll call, according Yahoo! News, and the House passed it 357-60, amid anger from conservative Republicans that it did nothing to block Obama’s immigration orders. According to the National Journal, it was actually Democrats who saved the day with this. Nearly every House Democrat voted with the grown-up Republicans who favored passing anything that would keep DHS functioning past midnight Friday. This happened just after the House utterly failed to pass a three-week funding measure. Representative Mike Simpson (R-ID) sent...

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Hundreds of Polish Farmers Block Roads in Protest of Monsanto’s GMO Crops

By CHRISTINA SARICH, Natural Society – More than 150 farmers blocked roadways and held numerous demonstrations in order to bring attention to the important issue of food sovereignty in Poland. Their focus is a ban on GMOs and a restoration of small-farmer’s rights after decades of oppressive health and safety regulations which take rights away from small farms and give them to mono-cropping, poisoning Big Ag mega-companies. The farmers have been stalwart – refusing to call off their demonstrations until their demands are met. Rallies and demonstrations have littered the country – in over 50 locations. Hundreds are picketing government offices in addition to the road blockades. In the largest organized farmer’s protest the country has likely ever seen, the farmers are demanding that legislators protect the small farmer from exploitation by monopolizing companies and refuse the sell off of their country’s land to these behemoths. As the farmers point...

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Greenpeace International Head Target of Surveillance Request Ahead of G20 Summit

Leaked documents revealed by Al Jazeera and the Guardian show Kumi Naidoo seen as ‘possible security threat’ by Andrea Germanos – The head of Greenpeace International was the target of a surveillance request ahead of the 2010 G20 Summit in Seoul, according to leaked documents revealed by Al Jazeera and the Guardian. Months ahead of the meet, South Korea’s National Intelligence Service (NIS) requested from South Africa’s State Security Agency (SSA) “any possible security threat against the president of South Africa during the G20 summit,” and asked for a “specific security assessment” on Greenpeace’s Kumi Naidoo, as well as two other South African nationals who had been jailed in Pakistan in 2004. Al Jazeera reports that these were just three of “a torrent” of requests to the SSA “for information on ‘rogue NGOs,’ politicians and exiled groups from intelligence agencies around the world—many of them declined as inappropriate by the South Africans.”...

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Uninsured, Bigoted Anti-Obamacare Sheriff Now Begging For Money To Pay Medical Bills

by VALERIE BEAUMONT – So-called “Constitutional Sheriff” Richard Mack, a vocal opponent of Obamacare who revealed that Bundy Ranch supporters were planning to use women as human shields to win the Right’s propaganda campaign surrounding the seditionist mob’s armed standoff with law enforcement, is ironically struggling to pay medical bills that he and his wife incurred after they became seriously ill. Mack and his wife do not have health insurance, and their son has started a GoFundMe campaign to ask family, friends, and complete strangers to pay their medical bills for them. “Because they are self-employed, they have no medical insurance and are in desperate need of our assistance, “Mack’s personal website explains. Dawn Mack was hospitalized in November with “serious medical issues,” the post explains. In January 2015, Sheriff Mack suffered a heart attack that, according to the GoFundMe has left him with “ongoing” issues. “Richard now needs some very special medical...

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New Beehive Extracts Honey Without Disturbing the Bees

By Mihai Andrei, ZMEScience – Beeekeeping can be quite difficult, but thanks to a new invention – it just got a lot easier. Stuart and Cedar Anderson, a father-and-son developed a tap system which allows the honey to be harvested without actually disturbing the bees. The Flow Hive not only reduces bee stress, but also eliminates one of the most laborious and unpleasant activities connected to beekeeping. It collects honey from a beehive with a novel spigot system that taps into specially designed honeycomb frames. Traditionally, this was done by removing the frames from the beehive, then opening them with hot knives and loading it into a centrifugal machine. Here’s how the Andersons explain their invention: “The Flow frame consists of already partly formed honeycomb cells. The bees complete the comb with their wax, fill the cells with honey and cap the cells as usual. When you turn the tool, a...

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Rick Perry Takes Blaming Obama For Stuff To A Ridiculous New Low

by NICOLE FLATOW – Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) blamed the largest chemical weapons mass killing in more than a decade on what he described as lax security at the U.S. Southern border, in remarks before a conservative audience Friday. Perry told attendees of the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) that “no one should be surprised” Syrian President Bashar al-Assad crossed President Obama’s so-called “red line” when he deployed chemical weapons because Assad “knows” Obama hasn’t secured the U.S.-Mexico border: Here’s the simple truth about our foreign policy. Our allies doubt us and our adversaries are all too willing to test us. No one should be surprised. No one should be surprised that dictators like Assad would cross the President’s red line because he knows the President won’t even defend the line that separates our nation from Mexico. Perry proceeded to say that “any conversation about comprehensive immigration reform must...

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The Supreme Court’s About To Hear A Case That Could Make Partisan Gerrymandering Even Worse

by IAN MILLHISER – After a GOP-led attempt to impeach one of Arizona’s chief legislative map drawers failed — former Gov. Jan Brewer (R) complained that the state’s redistricting commission tried to “elevate ‘competitiveness’ over other goals” — the Republican-controlled legislature has turned to one of the GOP’s most powerful allies: the Supreme Court of the United States. This fight between Arizona Republicans and the state’s redistricting commission is now before the Court in Arizona State Legislature v. Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission, a case the justices will hear on Monday. The GOP-controlled state legislature challenges a 2000 ballot initiative that empowers a redistricting commission — and not the state legislature itself — to draw Arizona’s congressional maps. This lawsuit follows another attack on the commission by state lawmakers and Brewer. In 2011, Brewer called a special session of the legislature to impeach commission chair Colleen Mathis. Although the state senate...

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Google Wants To Help You Buy Solar Panels For Your House. Seriously

by RYAN KORONOWSKI – If you to want to install solar panels on your roof but haven’t yet because it’s too expensive, Google really wants to help. The search giant, valued at $370 billion, is once again boosting its investment in SolarCity’s residential solar power model by $300 million, both companies announced Thursday. Combined with a new financing structure from SolarCity, the companies say this will result in a new fund worth $750 million to help install distributed rooftop solar on homes across the country. That’s the largest investment in such a fund ever, according to SolarCity. It means “roughly 25,000″ new solar households and about 500 megawatts of new capacity, SolarCity spokesperson Jonathan Bass said in an interview. “Whenever you have a company of Google’s stature get involved it’s significant,” Bass said. At the end of 2014, SolarCity had 190,000 customers and one gigawatt of deployed production, according to its...

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GOP Hopeful Slams Hillary For Clinton Foundation, Forgets To Mention Her Own Extensive Involvement

By KAY STEIGER, Think Progress – Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina had some harsh words for Hillary Clinton and her family’s foundation for allegations that it has accepted money from foreign governments at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Thursday. “Mrs. Clinton, name an accomplishment. And in the meantime, please explain why we should accept that the millions and millions of dollars that have flowed into the Clinton Global Initiative from foreign governments do not represent a conflict of interest,” Fiorina said at the event in the D.C. area, referring to a report published by the Washington Post on Wednesday evening. The report found that the Clinton Foundation had accepted millions of dollars from foreign governments for charitable causes while Secretary Clinton was at the State Department and such donations violate the State Department’s ethics agreement. “I will say this, if Hillary Clinton had to face me on a debate stage,...

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6 Facts About Black Americans for Black History Month

by JENS MANUEL KROGSTAD – Since 1976, Black History Month has been celebrated every February to commemorate the accomplishments of black Americans throughout history. In 2013, there were more than 38 million black Americans, a 74% increase since 1970, and the population is projected to grow to more than 55 million by 2060. Over the past nearly 40 years, blacks have made progress on several fronts, including educational attainment and voting rates, but large gaps by race persist in areas such as wealth and poverty measures. Here are some facts about black Americans: 1 High school dropout rates have declined faster among blacks ages 18 to 24 than the national average.Among blacks, the rate dropped from 24% in 1976 to 8% in 2013, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of Census Bureau data. Among all Americans, the rate also decreased, from 16% to 7% over this time period. At the same...

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Gaza Rebuild Effort Could Take 100 Years: Oxfam

‘Only an end to the blockade of Gaza will ensure that people can rebuild their lives.’ —Catherine Essoyan, Oxfam by Andrea Germanos – Despair and destruction continue to envelop the blockaded Gaza strip, where the rebuilding of vital structures could take up to a century, Oxfam International has warned. The organization’s statement comes six months after a ceasefire agreement ended Israel’s 50-day assault on Gaza, which left over 2,100 Palestinians dead, decimated thousands of structures, and weakened already damaged infrastructure systems. Oxfam is one of 30 international aid agencies that operate in Gaza, including the Norwegian Refugee Council and United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), to issue a joint statement Thursday expressing alarm at the slow pace of reconstruction and worsening living conditions for Gaza’s residents. Among the families hit by the destruction this summer was that of Abdel Momen Abu Hujair, who farms in Johr El-Diek. His wife, Um...

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Marco Rubio Tries To Lecture Obama On ISIS, Commits Epic Error

By IGOR VOLSKY, Think Progress – Potential 2016 presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) inexplicably told a conservative audience on Friday that President Barack Obama lacked a military strategy to confront ISIS because he feared upsetting Iran, a country that has actually committed itself to defeating the terrorist group. Speaking before the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Maryland, Rubio told radio and TV host Sean Hannity that “if we wanted to defeat them militarily, we could do it. doesn’t want to upset Iran.” Referring to the United States’ ongoing negotiations with Iran to contain that country’s nuclear program, Rubio continued, “In mind, this deal with Iran is going to be the Obamacare of the second term, and he doesn’t want them sending military to the region because they think the region belongs to them.” There’s just one problem: Iran has been fighting ISIS just like the United...

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Russian Opposition Leader Boris Nemtsov Murdered in Moscow

Former deputy prime minister shot numerous times in attack near Kremlin By Al Jazeera Staff Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov was shot dead in Moscow on Friday, government officials have confirmed. The former deputy prime minister was killed by an unidentified attacker close to the Kremlin, according to reports. He was shot numerous times, the Russian government told Interfax news agency in a statement. Nemtsov, 55, was a sharp critic of President Vladimir Putin, assailing the government’s inefficiency, rampant corruption and the Kremlin’s policy on Ukraine, which has strained Russia-West ties to a degree unseen since Cold War times. His death comes just a day before a planned protest against Putin’s rule. Russia’s Investigative Committee confirmed the death, saying it had opened a criminal probe. “According to preliminary information, an unidentified person shot at Boris Nemtsov no fewer than seven to eight times from a car as he was walking along...

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Damning Report Reveals Canada’s Indifference Toward Indigenous Women

‘How many Indigenous women and girls would have been found or would still be alive if governments had acted on more of these recommendations?’ by Deirdre Fulton – Over the course of two decades, dozens of human rights groups, First Nations advocates, and women’s organizations have issued more than 700 recommendations on how to stem the Canadian crisis of violence against Indigenous women and girls. But an “alarming” study (pdf) released Thursday shows that governments in Canada have repeatedly ignored those recommendations, lending credence to the claim that federal and provincial officials are dismissive of the risks Indigenous women face today. Indigenous women are three times more likely to be victims of violence than non-Indigenous women, according to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. The Legal Strategy Coalition on Violence Against Indigenous Women reviewed 58 reports dealing with aspects of violence and discrimination against Indigenous women and girls, including government studies, reports...

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On Stage at CPAC, Chris Christie is Grilled While Ted Cruz is Pitched Softballs

Two very different sessions for two very different GOP politicians by Peter Suderman – NATIONAL HARBOR, M.D.—Two very different GOP presidential hopefuls sat for two very different question and answer sessions in the 1 p.m. hour at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) just outside Washington, D.C., this afternoon. Up first was New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who was given a friendly but pointed grilling by conservative radio host Laura Ingraham. Ingraham started out by positioning Christie as a CPAC outsider, noting that he is not a regular on the conservative talk show circuit. At CPAC, this is the equivalent of raising an eyebrow and saying, “So, what are you doing here?” Ingraham’s questions continued in this vein, which was understandable. The average CPAC attendee is skeptical of Christie, who has not always gone out of his way to cozy up to the conservative base. Ingraham’s questions reflected this sense of...

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Dem Slams Climate Denying Colleague: You Can Believe Experts Or ‘Senator With Snowball’ (VIDEO)

by JAMESON PARKER – Just after Republican Senator Jim Inhofe packed all his idiocy into a tiny snowball and (literally) threw it at his colleague on the Senate floor, Democratic Senator Sheldon Whitehouse took the opportunity to brutally take down the stunt with a series of rhetorical questions that all center around the basic premise: “Who are you going to believe, people who know what they are talking about, or a politician with a snowball?” After some formalities, Whitehouse couldn’t help but bring up Inhofe’s snowball sideshow by asking people (but especially Inhofe’s ilk) to visit the Earth Now app for mobile devices that uses climate data from NASA to show the most up-to-date information on the Earth’s temperature, climate, and weather patterns. “And if you go to Earth Now it’s actually quite easy to load, and you can see how that polar vortex measurably brings the cold air down to New...

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US Effort to Crack Down on Terrorism Funding is Choking Humanitarian Lifeline: NGOs

New report outlines devastating blow in Somalia from remittances cutoff by Andrea Germanos – In the name of cracking down on terrorism funding, the U.S. imposed new regulations affecting banks that handle money transfers to Somalia. But that effort has dealt a devastating blow to ordinary people in the Horn of Africa country, a trio of nonprofit organizations has charged, as U.S. banks have stopped operating with Somali money transfer operators (MTOs), effectively severing a vital lifeline that funded the most basic necessities. In their new report, Hanging by a Thread: The ongoing threat to Somalia’s remittance lifeline, Oxfam, Adeso and Global Center on Cooperative Security outline the importance of the $1.3 billion in annual remittances the country receives. Somalia, the report states, “does not have a functioning commercial banking system,” and 40 percent of the population relies on these money transfers to meet their basic needs. “This is not just...

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