12:44 PM, November 20th, 2013

The Youngs are revolting against Obama (and it’s not just because of Obamacare). 

2:46 PM, November 1st, 2013

This week’s ‘SNL’ opened with a blistering takedown of the Obamacare website catastrophe, complete with outlandish figures about enrollment. It turns out, those stats were… gulp… pretty much accurate

2:28 PM, November 1st, 2013
3:17 PM, August 21st, 2013

Syrians deal with the aftermath of a reported chemical attack.

More photos (Warning: graphic images). 

10:51 AM, July 3rd, 2013

Front page — July 3rd, 2013

  1. Snowden Flight Rumors Irk Bolivia: Bolivian President Evo Morales had to make an unscheduled stop in Austria after France, Portugal, and Spain denied his plane access to their airspace. It all began earlier this week in Moscow, when Morales offhandedly suggested that he might be willing to take in the fugitive American whistleblower Edward Snowden.
  2. Patients HIV-Free After Marrow Transplant: Researchers are celebrating what looks like a major step on the road to eventually finding a cure for the AIDS virus. At an international AIDS conference Wednesday, it was announced that following bone-marrow transplants for blood cancers, two HIV-infected patients in Boston are now virus-free and off their antiretroviral drugs.
  3. Morsi Defiant Ahead of Deadline: The clock is ticking on the Egyptian military’s threat to overthrow President Mohamed Morsi, but the stubborn leader is showing no signs of backing down. There are now only mere hours left until what looks slated to be a clash between the military and members of Morsi’s Islamist Muslim Brotherhood.
  4. Firefighter Memorial Draws Thousands: Thousands of people gathered at a high school in Prescott, Arizona, on Tuesday night to honor the 19 firefighters who were killed battling raging forest fires in the state. Nineteen purple balloons—one for each firefighter—were released during the ceremony, which had a notably religious tone.
  5. Tiffany Exec Accused of Stealing: Ingrid Lederhaas-Okun, vice president of product development for Tiffany & Co., was arrested in Connecticut on Wednesday morning and accused of stealing and reselling over $1.2 million worth of jewelry. Perhaps the most fascinating part of this story was that after 20 years of working for the ubiquitous high-end jeweler, Lederhaas-Okun had allegedly been pocketing bling for only two years.

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PHOTO: Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators flooded the streets of Cairo and cities across Egypt to protest against President Mohamed Morsi on June 30, the end of his first full year in office. (Amr Nabil/AP) Read more here.

2:52 PM, June 26th, 2013

The Supreme Court made a million new best friends Wednesday. See the best photos

10:38 AM, June 26th, 2013

Front Page — June 26, 2013

  1. Texas Abortion Bill Did Not PassIt might not have been easy to stand on the Texas House floor in those pink running shoes for over 10 hours, but it looks like Sen. Wendy Davis’s filibuster actually worked.
  2. SCOTUS Strikes Down DOMAIn a historic victory for same-sex marriage, the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act, the 1996 law that prevented the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriage.
  3. Bodies Recovered in India Chopper CrashThe bodies of 20 people were recovered Wednesday, one day after a helicopter carrying survivors of major landslides and flooding crashed into a hillside in northern India. Over 1,000 people have died and thousands of homes have been destroyed in the floods, which have ravaged the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand since the middle of June.
  4. Patriots Star Aaron Hernandez ArrestedAaron Hernandez was arrested at his Massachusetts home Wednesday morning, one day after his attorney unleashed an attack on the media for falsely reporting that the police had a warrant for the New England Patriot on an obstruction-of-justice charge.
  5. Markey Wins Mass. Senate SeatDemocratic Congressman Edward J. Markey is the new U.S. senator from Massachusetts, beating out Republican businessman Gabriel E. Gomez with 54 percent of the vote in a special election.

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PHOTO: In Rawalpindi, Pakistan, a child sits on the window of a train, while he and others try to escape the heat trapped inside the cabin, as temperatures reached 109.4 degrees Fahrenheit at Rawalpindi railway station. (Photo by Muhammed Muheisen/AP)

5:51 PM, June 25th, 2013

In Texas, a bill known as SB 5 is before the State Senate that would ban all abortions after 20 weeks. State Senator Wendy Davis is currently filibustering the bill— you can watch live here.

Davis began her filibuster at 11:18 am CDT. To derail the bill, she’ll have to make it to midnight CDT. She is not allowed to lean against something for support, or take breaks for the restroom or meals, for 13 hours. 

Above is a gif of a map of what the bill would do to abortion access for Texan women more than 20 weeks pregnant. Here is the full map

11:37 AM, June 25th, 2013

Front Page— June 25, 2013

  1. SCOTUS Strikes Down Key Section of Voting Rights ActIn a decision that will have major repercussions for future elections, the Supreme Court struck down Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act, which mandated which regions with a history of racial discrimination had to get federal approval for changes in election law.
  2. Defense: Block Zimmerman’s Calls: Prosecutors in George Zimmerman’s second-degree murder trial sought on Monday to have the self-appointed neighborhood vigilante’s previous calls to police be admitted into evidence, while the defense has tried to block them as irrelevant to the case at hand.
  3. U.S. to Russia: ‘Do the Right Thing’: Hope Edward Snowden is enjoying those long June nights in Moscow—Washington doesn’t want him to stay there much longer. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday urged Russia to “do the right thing” and return the fugitive leaker, who is believed to still be in Moscow despite rumors Monday that he had boarded a flight to Cuba en route to Ecuador.
  4. Gunmen Attack Afghan Palace: Gunmen attacked the Afghan presidential palace early Tuesday morning while reporters were present for a press event with President Hamid Karzai, according to Reuters. Explosions and gunfire reportedly shook the city center and debris was visible.
  5. Turkish Police Arrest 20 Protesters: Turkey on Tuesday cracked down on the widespread protests that have swept the country since May, detaining 20 people in Ankara. The protests began as demonstration against a planned development on a park in Istanbul, but turned into a massive statement against Prime Minister Tayyip Recep Erdogan—and there have been daily demonstrations in the capital since then.

PHOTO:  The season for pineapples (yakuza slang for hand grenades) may finally be over. Jake Adelstein and Nathalie-Kyoko Stucky on the bloody, seven-year battle between the Dojin-kai and the Seido-kai. Read more here.

5:56 PM, June 7th, 2013
We hadn’t even heard of PRISM before yesterday.
6:14 PM, June 6th, 2013
On the heels of reports that the NSA has been collecting meta-data about phone calls from Verizon, The Washington Post reports that the agency has far wider data-mining abilities on the Internet through a program called PRISM.
PRISM allows the NSA to search data from companies including Microsoft, Yahoo, Google, Facebook, PalTalk, AOL, Skype, YouTube, Apple. Above is a slide from the NSA’s explanation of the program. 
Article / NSA’s slideshow explaining PRISM.

On the heels of reports that the NSA has been collecting meta-data about phone calls from Verizon, The Washington Post reports that the agency has far wider data-mining abilities on the Internet through a program called PRISM.

PRISM allows the NSA to search data from companies including Microsoft, Yahoo, Google, Facebook, PalTalk, AOL, Skype, YouTube, Apple. Above is a slide from the NSA’s explanation of the program

Article / NSA’s slideshow explaining PRISM.

4:57 PM, June 6th, 2013
Within hours of the disclosure that the federal authorities routinely collect data on phone calls Americans make, regardless of whether they have any bearing on a counterterrorism investigation, the Obama administration issued the same platitude it has offered every time President Obama has been caught overreaching in the use of his powers: Terrorists are a real menace and you should just trust us to deal with them because we have internal mechanisms (that we are not going to tell you about) to make sure we do not violate your rights.
The New York Times editorial is NOT PLEASED about the news broken by The Guardian about the federal government’s data collection on phone calls through Verizon (essentially everything but the actual conversation). The anger in the editorial is visible and sharp, and is an excellent interrogation of the necessity and effectiveness, as well as the morality, of measures like this one.  (via thepoliticalnotebook)
Reblogged from The Political Notebook
11:32 AM, June 6th, 2013

The Front Page - June 6, 2013

1. Obama Defends Spying on Your Calls: Apparently, the Obama administration’s go-to response when it comes to scandals is simple: “We did this for you.”

2. Woman Rescued from Philly Rubble: A 61-year-old woman was pulled from the debris of a collapsed Philadelphia building, bringing the toll of survivors up to 14. 

3. West: Holder Scarier Than Al Qaeda: Who poses a bigger threat to U.S. security: Attorney General Eric Holder or Ayman al-Zawahiri, the current head of Al Qaeda? According to former congressman Allen West, the answer is easy. 

4. U.S. Condemns Syrian ArmyThe Syrian Army is wreaking havoc on a number of villages surrounding Qusair, a strategic border town it seized from rebels after two weeks of fighting that reportedly left no building undamaged. 

5. Girl, 10, Moved to Adult Transplant List: A 10-year-old girl dying of cystic fibrosis has been moved to an adult transplant list after a federal judge in Philadelphia granted the temporary request due to her severe condition.

Photo: Islamabad, Pakistan. Pakistanis are silhouetted against vehicle headlamps while walking on street darkened by power cuts, on the outskirts of Islamabad. By Muhammed Muheisen/AP. 

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