Carly Fiorina Vilifies Planned Parenthood And Liberals In Response To Terrorist Attack (VIDEO)

by STEPHEN D FOSTER JR – In response to the right-wing terrorist attack against Planned Parenthood on Friday, Carly Fiorina continued her effort to damage the women’s health organization. During an appearance on Fox News Sunday, host Chris Wallace asked Fiorina to react to the shooting in which Robert Lewis Dear killed three people and wounded nine others after barricading himself inside the Planned Parenthood in Colorado Springs. “This is a tragedy,” Fiorina said. “Nothing justifies this and presumably this man who appears deranged, if nothing else, will be tried for murder as he should be.” Wallace noted that Fiorina has been a particularly aggressive opponent of Planned Parenthood, pointing out that she repeatedly brought up debunked undercover videos heavily edited by the Center for Medical Progress allegedly showing Planned Parenthood officials talking about profiting off of selling fetal body parts. Rather than just address the connections between the nasty anti-abortion...

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Fearless Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards Shares Message With Supporters

by Leslie Salzillo – One day after the terrorist attack upon Planned Parenthood, that killed three people in Colorado Springs, Planned Parenthood President, Cecile Richards sent out this email message to millions of the organization’s supporters around the world. It is heartbreaking. Our thoughts are with the families of the three people whose lives were lost in yesterday’s attack at the Planned Parenthood health center in Colorado Springs. We wish those who were injured a quick and complete recovery. And, we are deeply grateful to the law enforcement officers who responded with courage to protect Planned Parenthood staff, patients, and community members. I want every Planned Parenthood patient to know: your safety is our top priority. Planned Parenthood health centers have extensive security measures in place, work closely with law enforcement agencies, and have a very strong safety record. Planned Parenthood health centers opened their doors again today, in Colorado and across the country. As always, patients were welcomed by...

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This is Why we Must not be Coerced Into War in Iraq and Syria

by Egberto Willies – The pressure continues to mount on President Obama to escalate his war efforts in Iraq and Syria. Even previous members of his administration are appearing on news programs criticizing his “lead from behind” policy. The media continues to parade them on their screens in order to tilt public opinion. If recent polls are to be believed, the media has been successful in lowering the president’s poll numbers on his handling of terrorism. The stooges of the defense industrial complex are partly successful. Every American must be concerned as to whether these polls will nudge the president into more than a nominal escalation toward yet another war. Colonel Jack Jacobs points out that in the immediate vicinity of Daesh (ISIS/ISIL), there are very large military powers that have a huge stake in the stabilization of the area. Turkey has the ninth largest air force in the world. Iran has a half a...

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After Shooting, Anti-Choice Rhetoric Denounced for Creating Culture of Hate

by Deirdre Fulton – “You are not free from the judgement of the consequences of your hate-filled rhetoric,” says NARAL leader after Colorado attack Words matter. That’s what women’s health and reproductive rights advocates are repeating in the wake of Friday’s shooting at a Planned Parenthood in Colorado Springs that killed three people and left nine others injured. “How we talk about abortion matters,” wrote columnist Jessica Valenti at the Guardian on Sunday. “We know it, and anti-choice extremists and politicians know it… Do we really think that there are no consequences to claiming that abortion is murder, or that Planned Parenthood is an organization of money-hungry monsters selling baby parts?” Those consequences, said Planned Parenthood Rocky Mountains president and CEO Vicki Cowart immediately after the attack, include the creation of “a poisonous environment that feeds domestic terrorism in this country.” As details trickle out about the man who opened fire on a...

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Thousands Defy French Ban on Public Protest – Demand Liberté and Action at COP21

by Joe Solomon – The day began at dawn, as Avaaz and their early-bird volunteers laid out a couple thousand pair of shoes in the Place de la République, in the shadow of the statue of Marianne. You’ve seen the statue of Marianne if you’ve seen any picture of people mourning in Paris: it’s where votive candles, French flags, and flowers surround a powerful woman holding out an olive branch. It’s the most iconic site of sorrow – where people rub their eyes and then, these days, whip out their cell. This woman, Marianne, is perhaps the French equivalent of our Statue of Liberty – with a dash of the Mockingjay mixed in. She is the symbol for French’s overthrow of its monarch-led past, and represents “an icon of freedom and democracy against all forms of dictatorship.” And so it had a degree of irony that, in the same park as...

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World Leaders Gather in Paris for UN Climate Talks

Negotiations over two weeks involving nearly 150 nations and 25,000 delegates aim to limit global warming to 2°C World leaders have begun addressing delegates at the UN climate conference in Paris known as COP21, aimed at forging a deal to limit global warming to 2C. One Minute Climate Change Both US president Barack Obama and Francois Hollande issued rallying cries to officials, urging them to commit to reducing emissions. Obama said his country recognised its role in contributing to the climate change crisis, and would take the lead in fighting against it. “Nearly 200 nations have assembled here this week, a declaration that for all the challenges we face, the growing threat of climate change could define the contours of this century more dramatically than any other. “Our nations share a sense of urgency about this challenge and a growing realisation that it is within our power to do...

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Kids At This School Will No Longer Be Allowed To Read A Book About Trans People

by ALAN PYKE – A right-wing anti-LGBT group succeeded this week in scaring a Wisconsin school district out of trying to help its elementary students better understand the experience of a classmate who was assigned male at birth and now identifies as female. The Mount Horeb Area School District announced Wednesday that it is canceling plans to have students at the Mount Horeb Primary Center read the book “I Am Jazz.” The school’s principal had previously sent a letter home to parents informing them their children would be assigned the book, which is “the story of a transgender child based on the real-life experience of Jazz Jennings, who has become a spokesperson for transkids everywhere,” according to Amazon. “We have been working with the family of a student on your child’s floor who identifies as a girl, but has male anatomy. We refer to this as having a girl brain...

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Watch: Ignorant GOP Voters Believe Literally EVERY LIE Donald Trump Has Blurted (VIDEO)

by BOB CESCA – Inside the GOP bubble, things like math, science, logic and, you know, reality doesn’t really exist as the rest of us know it. Inside the bubble, nearly unanimous climate science consensus is a hoax, and yet it’s somehow verifiably true that Noah’s Ark existed. Inside the bubble, it’s totally possible and practical to deport 12 million men, women and children. Inside the bubble, affordable and accessible birth control is evil despite the fact that it empirically prevents abortions. Inside the bubble, it’s totally possible to cut taxes without ballooning the federal budget deficit. Inside the bubble, George W. Bush kept us safe despite the existence of 9/11 and thousands of terrorist attacks against Americans abroad. Inside the bubble, Barack Obama exploded the deficit even though he cut it by an unprecedented $1 trillion. Inside the bubble, torture is effective; breathing causes global warming; Obama is a...

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Could Listening to Music Really Improve Your Health?

by JULIE FIDLER – Here’s one more reason to rock out: music isn’t just good for the soul, it’s good for the body. Patients who listen to music before, during, and after surgery may have less pain, anxiety, and blood pressure than patients who don’t, a new analysis suggests. Surgery patients who got to pick their own playlists fared even better, researchers found. Dr. Diana Vetter, of the University of Zurich, and her colleagues analyzed data from 47 studies, 26 of which examined the effect of music before surgery, 25 that looked at music in the operating room and 25 that studied music during recovery. The team found that, over all, music was linked to about 31% less pain, 29% lower odds of needed pain medication and 34% less anxiety. In addition, patients who listened to music had 40% lower blood pressure and 27% lower heart rate. Patients that...

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GOP Candidates Finally Comment On Shooting, Continue Attacks On Planned Parenthood

by KATIE VALENTINE – Republican presidential candidates Donald Trump, Carly Fiorina, and Mike Huckabee responded to the deadly shooting at a Colorado Planned Parenthood Sunday by reiterating false claims that the organization sells baby’s body parts. Trump said the attack was “terrible” and that Robert Lewis Dear, who allegedly killed two civilians and one police officer, was a “maniac.” But he didn’t directly comment on the potential political motives of the shooter, who, according to multiple outlets, said “no more baby parts” to law enforcement officials after the shooting. Instead, he referenced claims that Planned Parenthood sells fetal tissue. “I will tell you, there is a tremendous group of people that think it’s terrible, the videos that they’ve seen, with some of these people from Planned Parenthood talking about it like you’re selling parts to a car,” Trump said on NBC’s Meet the Press. “Now I know some of the...

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COP21: Humanity’s Last Chance Saloon

by Desmond Tutu, Mpho Tutu – We are in uncharted territory. Never before have representatives of the entire human family had the opportunity to sit down together and collectively change the trajectory of our species and our earth. Leaders of the world’s nations gathered for the 2015 Paris Climate Conference this week will (for the first time in 21 years of United Nations climate negotiations) seek to achieve a universal, legally binding and enforceable agreement on climate change. Their goal is to limit global warming to less than 2°C above pre-industrial levels. Should global warming exceed 2°C, many leading scientists and economists concur, mitigating the impacts will become unaffordable. Low-lying nations will disappear under rising seas, there will be more extreme droughts and storms, and up to 30% of species could disappear. We are already halfway to 2°C, and are already seeing the impacts in changing weather patterns and the first...

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Global Climate March 2015: Millions Take to Streets for Our Future

by Common Dreams staff – Millions expected to take to streets ahead of COP21 – the Paris climate summit Developing… Millions of people are joining in one of the biggest global days of climate change activism ever on Sunday, at more than 2,500 events all around the globe, using people power to put pressure on world leaders to unite in fighting global warming at the COP21 summit opening in Paris on Monday. Over 20,000 pairs of shoes were laid out in the Place de la Republique in Paris to symbolize absent marchers after France banned Sunday’s march that was meant to be at the heart of the global action. To find a Climate March event near you, click here. In Sydney, Australia over 45,000 people marched through the central business district towards the Opera House. Sydney’s Lord Mayor Clover Moore, who tweeted it was the largest climate march ever held in...

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Donald Trump’s 4 Brain Farts on Trade and Immigration

by Shikha Dalmia – The dangerous nonsense he’s peddling will pollute the GOP for years The lower Donald Trump sinks, the higher his poll numbers soar. Or so he seems to believe. Hence, he’s taken to Todd Krainin emitting broadsides in the same way as ruminants emit farts: Constantly, unabashedly and without any regard for those around them. Though his special stink bombs in recent trade days have been on the need for shutting down mosques and registering Muslims (which he’s now desperately trying to walk back), he’s fouled the air plenty on immigration and trade issues. And if the GOP wants to prevent Trump from totally poisoning the conversation before the general elections on these issues, it needs to fumigate four of them with facts pronto: 1. Restoring Operation Wetback The central plank of Trump’s campaign is his pledge to mass-evict 11 million undocumented immigrants. How will he accomplish this feat? Basically,...

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The GOP Nightmare Scenario

by Murfster35 – This is not going according to plan. After all, this was supposed to be the “Dream Team”, a field of Senators, Governors and former Governors that was supposed to be an abundance of qualified candidates to listen to in speeches and debates and to choose from. Granted, there were a smattering of wannabes, looking to inflate their egos and possible speech fees by running for President. And all of this abundance against an almost prohibitive front-runner on the Democratic side that they could demolish her by the legislative investigation process before they even got to the general election cycle. But then, a couple of funny things happened on the way to the White House. The presumptive “damaged goods” on the Democratic side ended up having more spine and chops than they thought she would, and your vaunted Special Select House Committee on Benghazi came off more like a...

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Meet The Anti-Abortion Christian Cop Who Died To Save Lives At Planned Parenthood

by JOHN PRAGER – On Black Friday, radical Syrian refugee crazed white terrorist with a gun Robert Lewis Dear, a North Carolina man who lived in a shack with a cross made of twigs on the wall, entered a Planned Parenthood facility in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Not much is known about Dear, who killed three — including a police officer — and injured nine others (including four police officers) as he rampaged through Planned Parenthood and the surrounding area. Dear, a Caucasian man who wore a “hunting-type hat” and a long coat while carrying a long gun of some sort — the type favored by right-wing open carry “activists” — is still a mystery at this point. On Friday, Colorado Springs police Lt. Catherine Buckley told reporters that not much is known about Dear’s motivations in the senseless killings. Dear also carried numerous “devices” into the clinic, but it is yet unknown if...

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An Officer Has Been Charged With The Murder Of Laquan McDonald. But What About The Cover-Up?

by ALAN PYKE – After the first murder charge against an active-duty Chicago police officer in over three decades, the city’s political establishment is eager to move on. But while Officer Jason Van Dyke could face 20 years or more in prison if convicted of killing 17-year-old Laquan McDonald over a year ago without apparent justification, the broader breakdown of the police department and city government’s responsibilities to McDonald and the broader Chicago community threatens to go unpunished. The whole ugly thing would likely have gotten swept under the rug if journalists had not exposed an autopsy report and video footage that contradict the official narrative about what happened to McDonald. One of those journalists is Jamie Kalven, who emphasized the extensive and toxic cover-up of the killing to the Chicago Reporter on Tuesday. Instead of taking statements from eyewitnesses, Kalven says, police moved people away from the scene of...

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Congressman Slams Planned Parenthood On Live TV During Active Shooting At Planned Parenthood Clinic

by JUDD LEGUM – A gunman at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs, Colorado left three people dead, including a police officer, and several others injured. The standoff lasted about five hours. While the shooter was active inside the Planned Parenthood clinic, Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) went on live TV and blasted the organization. “We saw these barbaric videos, and that was something that many of us have a legitimate concern about,” Kinzinger said. He was referring to highly-edited undercover videos that falsely claim Planned Parenthood was illegally selling body party from aborted fetuses. Kinzinger also criticized a statement from Planned Parenthood about the incident as “very premature.” He said that, if it was later discovered the shooter was not targeting Planned Parenthood he would “fully expect an apology.” (The statement, while criticizing “extremists” for “creating a poisonous environment that feeds domestic terrorism in this country,” acknowledged that “we...

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Comedians, Artists, Writers Warn Against Britain’s ‘Dangerous’ Rush to Bomb Syria

by Sarah Lazare – ‘Far from tackling terrorism, the last fourteen years of war have seen massively increased Jihadi terrorist organisation around the world’ Just days before a London anti-war march is expected to draw thousands, Scottish comedian Frankie Boyle united with artists, writers, and trade unionists on Thursday in an open letter denouncing the “dangerous” British rush to bomb Syria. “Far from tackling terrorism, the last fourteen years of war have seen massively increased Jihadi terrorist organisation around the world,” states the missive, whose 23 signatories also include Roxy Music star Brian Eno and writer, journalist, and filmmaker Tariq Ali. “The U.S. has been bombing Isis for a year and admits that Isis is as strong as ever and has continued recruiting,” continues the letter, which was organized by the London-based Stop the War Coalition. “The experience of the wars in Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya shows that Western military interventions lead to...

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US City Plans To Set Up Safe Houses For Heroin Users To Inject Drugs Under Supervision

by John Vibes – Heroin is one of the most hated drugs on the face of the planet, many of us have lost friends, loved ones and family members to heroin addiction, and it leads us to the conclusion that “something must be done” to stop it. Sadly, this “something” usually comes in the form of fines, arrests, prison time and other hardcore police state tactics. However, these tactics have proven that they do not work because it has been a serious issue for over 50 years and things have only gotten worse. The drugs have gotten dirtier and more dangerous, and the black market has gotten more violent, as the prison time associated with these drugs has continued to climb. Heroin addiction is a serious problem, but as counter-intuitive as it sounds, the best way to prevent heroin overdoses is to actually legalize it. Certain areas of the world, like...

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Those 100 Black Pastors Endorsing Donald Trump On Monday… Well, They’re Not (VIDEO)

by RANDA MORRIS – During a press conference on Wednesday, Donald Trump told the media that 100 Black pastors were expected to endorse him on Monday. It should come as no surprise by this point to learn that Trump was lying, again. Several members of the African-American pastor coalition that was scheduled to meet with Trump on Monday have made it very clear that are not endorsing Donald Trump. According to the Daily Beast, Trump issued an invite to members of the coalition, but they were not aware that the invitation was going to be promoted as an “endorsement of Trump.” Among those flatly rejecting the idea that they intend to endorse Trump is Los Angeles-based minister, Bishop Clarence McClendon. McClendon, who was invited to attend the meeting, wrote on Facebook: “I am not officially endorsing ANY candidate and when I do you will NOT need to hear it from...

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A Motive for the Colorado Springs Shooting? Do We Have to Ask?

by Leslie Salzillo – The gunman who gunned down 11 people on Friday, killing three at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs, is now in custody. Here is a recent press release from Vicki Cowart, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains: “Our top priority is the safety of our patients and staff. Our hearts go out to everyone involved in this tragic situation. Planned Parenthood has strong security measures in place, works closely with law enforcement agencies, and has a very strong safety record. We don’t yet know the full circumstances and motives behind this criminal action, and we don’t yet know if Planned Parenthood was in fact the target of this attack. We share the concerns of many Americans that extremists are creating a poisonous environment that feeds domestic terrorism in this country. We will never back away from providing care in a safe, supportive environment that millions of people rely on and trust.”...

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Yes, Donald Trump was Mocking Serge Kovaleski’s Physical Appearance. Here’s Proof…

by databob – I guess our wanna-be Dear Leader just can’t help himself. The more outrageous he gets, the more his rabid rabble of die-hard followers demands, and as a performer he can’t resist. You’ve probably seen his latest, but here’s a link to it just in case you haven’t. So what’s the proof that I offer? It’s what Trump says as he mimics Serge Kovaleski’s appearance: The poor guy. You’ve got to see this guy.  Ah, I don’t remember what I said!  I don’t remember! ‘The poor guy. You’ve got to see this guy.’ That’s not ambiguous at all, especially when he’s holding up his arms in a horribly gross imitation of Kovaleski’s medical condition. To make matters worse, in his statement the day after, Trump said this: If Mr Kovaleski is handicapped, I would not know because I do not know what he looks like. Excuse me, Mr. Trump?...

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Forget ISIS: Humanity is at Stake

by Ramzy Baroud – I still remember that smug look on his face, followed by the matter-of-fact remarks that had western journalists laugh out loud. “I’m now going to show you a picture of the luckiest man in Iraq,” General Norman Schwarzkopf, known as ‘Stormin’ Norman, said at a press conference sometime in 1991, as he showed a video of US bombs blasting an Iraqi bridge, seconds after the Iraqi driver managed to cross it. But then, a far more unjust invasion and war followed in 2003, following a decade-long siege that cost Iraq a million of its children and its entire economy. It marked the end of sanity and the dissipation of any past illusions that the United States was a friend of the Arabs. Not only did the Americans destroy the central piece of our civilizational and collective experience that spanned millennia, it took pleasure in degrading us in...

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None Of The 14 GOP Presidential Candidates Have Responded To The Planned Parenthood Shooting

by EMILY ATKIN – Approximately 10 hours after a gunman went on a shooting rampage at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs, Colorado, only two presidential candidates have issued statements expressing support for either the three victims or the women’s health organization. Of the 17 candidates, only former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) have put out public statements in response to the massacre, which lasted approximately five hours and resulted in the deaths of one police officer and two civilians. Hillary Clinton ✔@HillaryClinton Today and every day, we #StandWithPP. https://twitter.com/Newsweek/status/670341297601978369 … 5:36 PM – 27 Nov 2015 Bernie Sanders ✔@BernieSanders We proudly #StandWithPP of Colorado Springs and the brave law enforcement personnel who fought to protect it. 11:12 PM – 27 Nov 2015 As of Friday night, none of the 14 Republican candidates had mentioned the shooting. President Obama has also not issued a formal...

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Erdogan Says Syria’s Assad, not Turkey, Backing ISIL

Turkish president says Syrian regime buying oil from ISIL, after Russian claims that Ankara was funding the armed group Turkey’s president has said the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is funding the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), and denied that Ankara has bought any oil from the group. Speaking on Thursday, Recep Tayyip Erdogan also insisted Turkey’s fight against the group was “undisputed”. “Shame on you. Those who claim we buy oil from Daesh are obliged to prove it. If not, you are a slanderer,” Erdogan said, lashing out at charges from Moscow after the downing of a Russian warplane on the Syrian border on Tuesday. “ISIL sells the oil they drill to Assad. To Assad. Talk this over with Assad you support,” he said. Moscow is one of the few remaining allies of the Damascus regime. Russia, a major trade partner and Turkey’s second...

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21 Kids and a Climate Scientist Are Suing to Force Obama to Fight Climate Change

by John Light – When the young people working with Our Children’s Trust talk about their lawsuits to compel governments to act on climate change, they like to use a quote attributed to Mahatma Gandhi: “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.” This month, it looks like these young activists have made it to step three: On Nov. 12, three fossil fuel lobby groups asked a judge to let them join the federal case as co-defendants against the 21 children (and a climate scientist) who are suing the Obama administration and federal regulatory agencies to take serious, science-based action on climate change. Kelsey Juliana on Her Lawsuit Against Oregon The case is the culmination of a series of lawsuits brought by various groups of young people in all 50 states since 2011. Their argument is that the federal government is infringing on the constitutional rights of America’s youth...

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Daesh/ISIS Is Not Israel’s Problem — For Now

by Michael Winship – Maybe I didn’t get the memo, but I hadn’t heard the word “Daesh” used to describe ISIS until our recent trip to Israel and Jordan. Now, since the attacks in Paris, even President Obama and Secretary of State Kerry have been saying it. As The Guardian explained earlier this year, “The term is based on an Arabic acronym al-Dawla al-Islamiya fil Iraq wa’al Sham, which translates as Islamic State of Iraq and Sham (Syria), but is close to ‘Dahes’ or “one who sows discord.’” That wordplay has ISIS members threatening severe bodily harm to anyone who uses it, yet as Matt Iglesias and Zack Beauchamp pointed out at Vox, “Daesh” is useful in the West because, unlike ISIS or Islamic State, it neither directly suggests some sovereign territorial caliphate nor impugns the Islamic religion. My girlfriend, Pat, and I had left Tel Aviv at the end of...

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We Found Trump’s ‘Celebrating 9/11 Muslims’ — Except They Weren’t Muslims

by JOHN PRAGER – For some reason, a debate has raged over whether or not Muslims were celebrating in the streets of New Jersey after the attacks on our nation on September 11, 2001 ever since 2016 Republican hopeful Donald Trump mindlessly parroted the long-discredited internet rumors. While Trump’s assertions have not been in any way validated, the billionaire continues to stick to his story that he witnessed “thousands” of Muslims leave their homes and celebrate the attacks in the streets. After people with more than two brain cells questioned his spurious claims, Trump asserts that: “It did happen, I saw it with my own eyes. There were thousands of people that were cheering, on the other side of the river … I know it may not be politically correct to talk about, but there were people cheering as those buildings came down. And that tells you something. It...

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The Obama Family did More in One Night to Help Veterans than the Entire Republican Party

by CHRISTIAN DRAKE – President Obama, and the rest of the first family, were out helping homeless veterans on Thanksgiving eve. They stopped in at the Friendship Place Homeless Center in Washington D.C and spent the evening serving up meals for hungry, at-risk people. As you might have already guessed, no Republicans were seen helping homeless vets. Huge shocker, right? Republicans will go to any length to make political footballs out of our veterans by blaming Obama for every single problem that besets them, both at home and abroad. In the reality where everyone else lives, Republicans are the sole reason nothing gets done to help the veterans they created. Related: Support The Troops? The Top 7 Ways The GOP Has Turned Their Backs On Veterans Daily KOS user War On Error, came up with this great list of veterans’ legislation blocked by Republicans, and this was only up till 2012. There have been...

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EPA Turnaround on Toxic Herbicide ‘Huge Victory for Future of Food’

by Deirdre Fulton – Citing “new information” on the herbicide’s environmental toxicity, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Wednesday announced it will revoke its controversial approval of Dow’s Enlist Duo after determining that its combination of chemicals may be significantly more harmful than initially believed. “With this action, EPA confirms the toxic nature of this lethal cocktail of chemicals, and has stepped back from the brink,” said Paul Achitoff, managing attorney for Earthjustice, one of several groups that sued the EPA for its failure to consider the impacts of Enlist Duo on threatened and endangered plants and animals protected under the Endangered Species Act. As Common Dreams has reported, Dow AgroScience’s herbicide combines glyphosate, found in Monsanto’s Roundup, and 2,4-D, the key ingredient in Agent Orange. The EPA had approved its use in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Nebraska, Oklahoma and North Dakota,...

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Bill Clinton Sits Down with Neil deGrasse Tyson to Discuss Climate Change and Bill Levels Deniers

by Walter Einenkel – Neil deGrasse Tyson had former President Bill Clinton on his Startalk show for a conversation about science and politics. They discussed a variety of subjects from Clinton’s successes with getting funding for the Genome Project, to his regrets of losing the predecessor to the Large Hadron Collider. In the clip below, Neil deGrasse Tyson asks Bill Clinton about how one negotiates the politics of science between what is reality and what some people want reality to be. Clinton, using his almost peerless ability to articulate in layman’s terms, explains his newest way of testing people on science. I think with regard to science we have to at least get those people who have no interest in it to adopt what is now my mode of thinking—the grandparent test. That is, you name me one other risk-related decision, where if 95 percent of the experts were here and one to five percent...

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Sweet Karma: Obama-Appointed Judge To Hear Suit Against Trey Gowdy And The Benghazi BS

by CHARLES TOPHER – In case you missed it, there was thing that happened called “Benghazi.” A bunch of people were a**holes  and because of it 4 Americans died. Since that tragic day, Republicans of the ilk of Trey Gowdy and Darrell Issa have used the deaths of those men as a political tool to keep a scandal open “involving” the president. They also attempted to discredit then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her inevitable presidential campaign. It has been an all-out assault ever since, especially on Hillary Clinton, logic, and reason. Taxpayers are taking hit after hit for the costs of the “investigations” the Republicans are running as they look for “answers.” So far, every question that isn’t the subject of myth is the subject of emails Secretary Clinton herself turned over. While it was fun to watch her brush off the stupidity for eleven hours, in the end the...

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Marco Rubio Says ‘God’s Rules’ Trump Supreme Court Law, Advocates For Theocracy (VIDEO)

by STEPHEN D FOSTER JR – Marco Rubio is calling for conservatives to turn America into a theocracy. During an interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network, GOP presidential wannabe Marco Rubio pandered to conservative “Christians” by basically telling them that they can ignore any laws they don’t like as long as they can find a biblical reason to do so. Rubio specifically took aim at a woman’s right to choose, expressing his desire to see women lose their constitutional right to have an abortion. “It’s current law; it’s not settled law. No law is settled. Roe v. Wade is current law, but it doesn’t mean that we don’t continue to aspire to fix it, because we think it’s wrong.” Rubio said that “God’s rules” are higher than Supreme Court law, which somehow justifies his crusade to oppress women and discriminate against gay people. “In essence, if we are ever ordered...

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Scientists: Kindergartners Know More About Science Than This Candidate (Hint: It’s A Republican)

by JAMESON PARKER – How little do Republican candidates understand science? According to these experts, about the level of the average kindergarten student. In a scathing analysis conducted by the Associated Press, scientists were given statements made by all the major Republican and Democratic presidential contenders with their names obscured. The scientists, all top climate and biological scientists, then rated the statements based on a 0 to 100 scale of accuracy. When the results were revealed, the divide between the conservative and liberal candidates was stark. The Republicans weren’t even close. Hillary Clinton’s comments on science were rated to be nearly flawless. In fact, all of the Democratic candidates did extremely well. The most inaccurate Democrat was a whopping 23 points ahead of the closest Republican. At the very bottom of the spectrum were the top three highest polling Republicans: Donald Trump (15), Ben Carson (13), and – don’t laugh...

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Majority Of ISIS Suspects In U.S. Are American Citizens — Zero Were From Syria

by CASSANDRA FAIRBANKS – As politicians and pundits scrambled to stoke fears of Syrian refugees following the devastating attacks in Paris, the truth of the matter is that 81% of ISIS suspects charged in the United States have been U.S.-born citizens, and not a single one has been from Syria. So far, there have been 68 people indicted for their alleged involvement with the terror organization: 55 of them were U.S. citizens, and 44 were born in the United States, research published by the Center on National Security at Fordham University revealed. While the majority were born in the United States, six were born in Bosnia, four in Uzbekistan, three in Somalia, and two in Sudan. Yet, despite this misguided hostility towards people fleeing from the war-torn wreckage and violence of the Syrian civil war this week, not a single one of these suspects has been from Syria. The report...

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30 Seconds, 16 Shots, 400 Days: The Murder of Laquan McDonald

by Amy Goodman, Denis Moynihan – On the night of Oct. 20, 2014, Laquan McDonald, a 17-year-old African-American teenager in Chicago, was walking down the street when two police cruisers sped up to him. Officers jumped out, and at least one of them, Jason Van Dyke, began firing. Laquan fell to the ground, his final, painful moments caught on the dashboard video camera of a third police vehicle that had arrived just seconds before. Laquan spun as he was shot. Two bullets hit him in the back. As the video clearly shows, the bullets were pumped into him, evidenced by clouds of dust exploding off the pavement. This week, on the day the video was released to the public by court order, Officer Van Dyke was charged with first-degree murder—400 days after he killed Laquan McDonald. The official scenario that the Chicago Police Department (CPD) offered sounded like so many others:...

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Trump Adds Attacks on the Disabled to His Insult Repertoire (VIDEO)

by leevank – The thoroughly odious Donald Trump has now added belittling the disabled to his disgusting bag of tricks. Serge Kovaleski is a New York Times reporter, formerly with the Washington Post, who has a physical disability that causes him to have awkward arm movements. Back in 2001, when he was working for the Washington Post, he reported on the rumors about Muslims in Jersey City celebrating the events of 9/11, and debunked those reports. He recently repeated his recollection of the interviews that led him to the conclusion the rumors were false. That was enough for Donald Trump to attempt to mimic Mr. Kovaleski’s disability while he attacked his reporting: More than 45 years ago, in the summer after my freshman year in college, I was working in the mailing room of the University of Illinois College of Agriculture. The University of Illinois had a large program for physically...

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Facing A Budget Crunch, Alabama Cuts Voter ID Access While Keeping State Liquor Stores Open

by ALICE OLLSTEIN –   Demonstrators gathered on the steps of the Alabama state capitol in Montgomery this week pressure Gov. Robert Bentley (R) to reverse his decision to cut the hours of more than a dozen state DMVs — a move they say will make it much harder for many residents to get a voter ID. “This is not about budgets. This is about voting right,” state Sen. Hank Sanders (D-Selma) told ThinkProgress. “The governor, with a stroke of a pen, can change this. Our efforts are to enlighten him and pressure him.” Bentley had originally ordered 31 DMV offices — concentrated in rural, majority-African American counties — to be shut down entirely. After pressure from local officials and national civil rights groups, the state announced they would keep the offices open, but only one day per month. At the same time, the state will keep funding 25 liquor...

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Does Turkey’s Downing of Russian Warplane Portend Deeper Disaster To Come?

by Jon Queally – Though Tuesday’s incidents do not likely signal the start of War World III, experts say the deeper contradictions surrounding the war against ISIS in Syria cannot hold much longer Offering a dramatic window into the fractious and complex geopolitics that are now swirling around the war against the Islamic State inside Syria and Iraq, the downing of a Russian warplane by Turkey on Tuesday was also followed by the release of footage showing a Russian military helicopter being destroyed by Syrian rebel forces armed with U.S.-supplied anti-tank missiles. Even as some analysts were quick to tamp down assertions that Tuesday’s incidents would lead to an overt military conflict between Turkey and Russia or serve as the spark for “World War III,” other informed voices argue there are numerous reasons to be concerned over just how volatile the situation has become inside Syria, and regionally, as simmering tensions...

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Tackling the Islamic State Requires Realistic Goals

by Steve Chapman – No-fly zones and ground invasions aren’t the solution After a bloody series of terrorist attacks, the natural impulse is to respond with overwhelming force to make sure they never happen again. The 9/11 carnage prompted a U.S. invasion of Afghanistan to smash al Qaida, which carried out the attacks, and remove the Taliban, which furnished the plotters a safe refuge. The Paris attacks have spurred new calls for a change in U.S. strategy toward the Islamic State, also known as ISIS and ISIL, which occupies large sections of Iraq and Syria. But this is not a new American war; it’s one we have been pursuing since August 2014. And the group’s newly demonstrated ability to slaughter people well beyond the Middle East does not mean the options for fighting it have improved. The two main ideas coming from presidential candidates are a no-fly zone, championed by Hillary...

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‘More Questions Than Answers’: MSF Not Buying Pentagon Probe into Hospital Attack

by Lauren McCauley – What about the hour-long attempts to stop the bombing? Why is this damning report being released the day before Thanksgiving? And what does this say about the competency of the U.S. military? Doctors Without Borders is challenging the Pentagon over the findings of internal probes into the bombing of a hospital in the Afghan city of Kunduz on October 3, saying the military’s conclusions offer “more questions than answers” and that claims of “human error” simply don’t correspond to the available facts. The pair of investigations, which trickled out by way of the mainstream media, reduced the attack on the Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) hospital to series of human errors and technical glitches. The findings claim to show that despite the medical charity’s documented efforts to alert commanders to the onslaught, those signals did not reportedly reach the trigger team until it was “too late,” resulting in...

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America’s Scientists To House Science Committee: Go Away

by SAMANTHA PAGE – Seven major American scientific societies sent a letter to Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) on Tuesday, rebuking the congressman and defending a paper published in Science last year that Smith has been investigating in his role as chairman of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology. “Scientists should not be subjected to fraud investigations or harassment simply for providing scientific results that some may see as politically controversial,” wrote the scientists. The paper in question — “Possible artifacts of data biases in the recent global surface warming hiatus” — disputes the existence of a slowdown in global warming, a theory which has served as a popular talking point for people who do not accept the scientific consensus around climate change. Smith has subpoenaed scientists who worked on the paper at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for internal documents relating to the research and has...

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An Opportunity for Canada and Australia at the Paris Climate Summit

by Gwynne Taraska – On November 30, world leaders will meet in Paris for the 21st Conference of the Parties to the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change, or UNFCCC. If the Paris summit is successful, it will produce a strong international agreement to curb global carbon emissions and improve resilience to the effects of climate change. There is momentum building for events in Paris—with more than 160 countries submitting goals for post-2020 emissions reductions—but there are still hurdles to reaching an agreement that would advance these goals together as a concerted global effort. The role of finance in international climate cooperation International climate finance is of central importance to the Paris summit: It will take a marked shift in investments to adapt to a changing climate and steer the global economy toward clean energy. Finance is a particular priority for the most vulnerable developing countries, which have contributed little to...

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ISIL and the West: A Clash of Savageries

by Lamis Andoni – It is all deja vu; a repeat of the post-9/11 scenario that led to the bombing of Afghanistan in 2001 and the invasion of Iraq in 2003. Both interventions wreaked havoc and destruction and unleashed gross violations of human rights in the name of a “war on terror”. Once again, most Western governments are making use of the heart-wrenching scenes of loss and sorrow to serve this misguided war, which benefits only its military contracts and industries. Most observers lament the devaluation of Arab and Muslim lives, or the life of “the other”. What I see is a total devaluation of all human lives, including the bloodshed of innocents in Paris, to serve the purposes of Western governments. The inclusion of the Burj el-Barajneh massacre – mostly ignored by the Western media – and the downing of a Russian plane over Sinai in some Western statements after...

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Calling Out the Republican Party as a Hate Group

by Michael I. Niman, Truthout | Op-Ed – In October, about a week before Election Day, a Republican candidate running for a city council seat rang my doorbell in Buffalo, New York, with the hope of securing my vote. Despite a very well-funded campaign coordinated by a seasoned Republican strategist, the candidate, Peter Rouff, was still a long shot. The last time a registered Republican was elected to the Buffalo City Council was over a generation earlier, in 1981. Rouff seemed like an affable guy. He was a dinosaur, cut from a mold that his party threw away decades earlier, who suddenly found himself transported into the future. He was a liberal New York Republican, a species no one younger than a baby boomer could recognize or fathom, the ghost of John Lindsey or Jacob Javits. But this is 2015. So, after shaking hands and hearing him out on his...

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In Wake of Turkey Provocation, Putin Orders Anti-Aircraft Missiles to Syria

by Lauren McCauley – As NATO allies rush to Turkey’s defense, both experts and Russian officials are pointing to Ankara’s complicity in the growth of the Islamic State In addition to the S-400s, Russia has also ordered its missile cruiser Moskva with its long-range air defense system to move closer to shore, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said Wednesday, so that it may be “ready to destroy any aerial target posing a potential danger to our aircraft.” Shoigu told a meeting of military officials that Russian bombers will also now be accompanied by fighters during all combat missions in Syria. Amid these increasing military tensions, the United Nations and NATO both issued statements calling for restraint on Tuesday. NATO secretary general Jens Stoltenberg asked for “calm and de-escalation,” while maintaining that the alliance backs Turkey’s accounting of events. Because Turkey is a NATO member, if Russia were to retaliate, NATO would be...

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Kasich’s New Trump Ad Goes Full On Godwin and it’s a Doozy

by TrueBlueMountaineer  – John Kasich has released a devastating new ad that links Donald Trump with a version of the famous quote from German Pastor Martin Niemoller about the Nazis. My own (hopefully correct) transcription. On screen text identifies speaker as Col. Tom Moe, US Air Force, Vietnam POW. (dramatic music) I would like anyone who is listening to consider some thoughts that I’ve paraphrased from the words of German Pastor Martin Niemoller. You might not care if Donald Trump says Muslims must register with the government because you’re not one. And you might not care if Donald Trump says he’s going to round up all the Hispanic immigrants because you’re not one. And you might not care if Donald Trump says it’s OK to rough up black protesters because you’re not one. And you might not care that Donald Trump wants to suppress journalist because you’re not one. But...

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As Cameron Bangs War Drum, Voices for Peace Rally Around Corbyn

by Lauren McCauley – ‘Another destructive bombing campaign is no solution whatsoever,’ anti-war campaigners warn. ‘It risks intensifying and widening what is already a catastrophic war.’ As British Prime Minister David Cameron declared from Paris on Monday his desire to escalate the UK’s military campaign against the Islamic State (ISIS) in both Iraq and Syria, campaigners are looking to Jeremy Corbyn to see whether the Labour Party leader can temper the nation’s march to war. Cameron is trying to rally support for a pending parliamentary vote authorizing the Royal Air Force to bomb Syria, joining ongoing airstrikes by the United States, France, and Russia in that country, and the amplified regional onslaught against ISIS following the attacks in Paris earlier this month.Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has warned that following the Paris attacks it is “vital…not to be drawn into responses that feed a cycle of violence.” (Screenshot via BBC) “We must...

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What Ben Carson Just Said About The Constitution Should Disqualify Him (VIDEO)

by VERA – Republican politicians are infamous for misrepresenting facts, but some slip-ups are just plain shameful. GOP presidential candidate Ben Carson left us with yet even more doubts about his capacity to lead a country when he got one very important fact about the Constitution wrong. In an interview with C-SPAN, Carson was asked to speak about his book, A More Perfect Union, which is about the Constitution. Host Steve Scully asked Carson, “You talk a lot about the Founding Fathers. Do you have one that impressed you the most?” This is where Carson, who looked like he had just been woken up from a nap, answered that he admired Thomas Jefferson for helping to craft the Constitution – even though Jefferson wasn’t involved at all. Carson said: “I’m impressed by a lot of them, but particularly impressed with Thomas Jefferson, who seemed to have very deep insight into the way that people...

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‘Clear Flouting of Roe v. Wade’: Court Strikes Down Anti-Choice Bill in Wisconsin

by Lauren McCauley – Ruling could set important precedent for upcoming U.S. Supreme Court case Striking down a state effort to “politically interfere” with a woman’s right to choose, a federal appeals court on Monday declared a Wisconsin law unconstitutional in a ruling reproductive rights advocates say is both a “victory” and an important precedent for an upcoming Supreme Court decision. In his searing rebuke, Judge Richard Posner with the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, said the law was a “clear flouting of Roe v. Wade.” The ruling applied to a measure signed by Republican Gov. Scott Walker in 2013, known as a TRAP law—short for “targeted regulation of abortion providers.” It stipulated that an abortion provider must have admitting privileges at a local hospital, mirroring policies passed in 10 other states. In the opinion, Judge Posner echoed the concern of medical experts, who argued that the political maneuver both threatened...

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