POLITICAL, SOCIAL ISSUES

The Borowitz Report: Congress Blocks Obama’s Attempt to Order New Office Supplies

newyorker:

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The House panel that mandated the office-supply freeze denied that it was politically motivated, citing “budgetary concerns.” “It’s time President Obama learned a tough lesson,” House Speaker John Boehner told reporters. “Being President does not entitle you to a spending spree at Staples.”

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Indeed, in all these wars, it has been clear from Israel’s military actions and the declarations of its political leaders at the time that the infliction of pain on civilians has been deliberate — usually in order to persuade the targeted population to rise up against the political group that is opposing Israel (though in 2002, the goal was more just to humiliate and tame rather than overthrow the Palestinian Authority). And though Israeli leaders claimed loudly that they warned civilians to get out of the way before launching these attacks, the issuance of such warnings does not exculpate Israel from the resulting fatalities. Plus in many cases, especially in Gaza, there has been no place safe where civilians could flee.

quickhits:

Yet it’s cars that are registered and heavily regulated. Golly, maybe strict laws do save lives, huh?

Indiana and Utah Enter the Gay Marriage Club
In a pleasing break from the typical Friday decision-announcement pattern, we have marriage equality news from two states on this wonderful Wednesday.
In Indiana, U.S. District Judge Richard Young has issued a broad ruling that strikes down that state’s marriage ban as unconstitutional. What’s more, the judge has declined to issue a stay on the ruling, meaning that same-sex couples in Indiana can begin marrying immediately—indeed, some already have….
Meanwhile, over in Utah, the 10th Circuit federal appellate court has agreed with a lower court ruling that that state’s ban is also unconstitutional. The 2-to-1 decision recognized that “those who wish to marry a person of the same sex are entitled to exercise the same fundamental right as it is recognized by persons who wish to marry a person of the opposite sex.” An earlier Supreme Court-issued stay on the district court’s original ruling will remain in place for now.

~J. Bryan Lowder for Slate; Read full story HERE

Indiana and Utah Enter the Gay Marriage Club

In a pleasing break from the typical Friday decision-announcement pattern, we have marriage equality news from two states on this wonderful Wednesday.

In Indiana, U.S. District Judge Richard Young has issued a broad ruling that strikes down that state’s marriage ban as unconstitutional. What’s more, the judge has declined to issue a stay on the ruling, meaning that same-sex couples in Indiana can begin marrying immediately—indeed, some already have….

Meanwhile, over in Utah, the 10th Circuit federal appellate court has agreed with a lower court ruling that that state’s ban is also unconstitutional. The 2-to-1 decision recognized that “those who wish to marry a person of the same sex are entitled to exercise the same fundamental right as it is recognized by persons who wish to marry a person of the opposite sex.” An earlier Supreme Court-issued stay on the district court’s original ruling will remain in place for now.

~J. Bryan Lowder for Slate; Read full story HERE

An environmental activist takes part in a rally demanding deputies of parliament to pass laws protecting ecology outside the parliament building in Kiev June 19, 2014. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko

An environmental activist takes part in a rally demanding deputies of parliament to pass laws protecting ecology outside the parliament building in Kiev June 19, 2014. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko

(Source: reuters.com)

cognitivedissonance:

Like a boss.

cognitivedissonance:

Like a boss.

nbcnews:

Bush 41 celebrates 90th birthday with skydive
(Photo: All Veteran Group)
Two years ago, George Bush Sr. made a promise that he aimed to keep: When he turned 90 years old, he’d take a plunge.
And he did: The 41st president celebrated by going skydiving one last time Thursday morning. 
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nbcnews:

Bush 41 celebrates 90th birthday with skydive

(Photo: All Veteran Group)

Two years ago, George Bush Sr. made a promise that he aimed to keep: When he turned 90 years old, he’d take a plunge.

And he did: The 41st president celebrated by going skydiving one last time Thursday morning. 

Continue reading and watch video of the jump

policymic:

World Cup protesters rally behind #NotGoingtoBrazil to air frustrations

Over the weekend, #NotGoingtoBrazil and #NoVoyABrasilPorque became populist hotbeds of anger and frustration at the Brazilian government. While these hashtags are certainly reminiscent of #SochiProblems, the tweets are less focused on unfinished hotels and toilet troubles and more on the underlying political and infrastructural problems that have plagued this World Cup.

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(Source: micdotcom)

opensecretsdc:

Money is on Kevin McCarthy to Replace Cantor
Who will fill Eric Cantor’s shoes as House Majority Leader? Based on dollars distributed to him by friends in high places, Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) is the heir apparent.
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opensecretsdc:

Money is on Kevin McCarthy to Replace Cantor

Who will fill Eric Cantor’s shoes as House Majority Leader? Based on dollars distributed to him by friends in high places, Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) is the heir apparent.

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Brat raised $200,000 in campaign funds compared to Cantor’s $2 million. Brat spent $122,000 to Cantor’s $5 million. Brat was so unknown that his Wikipedia entry was only two sentences before Tuesday night.