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Jacob Wilson Ex-Gay Therapy
CREDIT: Daniel Gonzalez After New Jersey passed its ban on ex-gay therapy for minors last year, two lawsuits were filed challenging the law, one by therapists wishing to continue to practice the harmful treatment and one by a family seeking to continue the treatment for their son. In November, a federal judge ruled against the therapists, and on Thursday, the same judge dismissed the family’s challenge, again upholding the ban. The ruling somewhat comes out of the blue. The case had been stayed back in March while the U.S. Supreme Court considered whether to take up an appeal in a similar case in California. Last month, the Supreme Court announced it would not be hearing the case, allowing the Ninth Circuit’s ruling upholding California’s similar ban on ex-gay therapy to...
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House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH)
House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) CREDIT: AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite Hours before Congress broke for the August recess, House Republicans claimed that the President could use executive action to fix the border situation with unaccompanied children fleeing violence in the Central American countries of Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala. In a press statement released Thursday, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and other House Republican leaders indicated that President Obama could address the crisis “without the need for congressional action,” a statement tinged with some irony given that just the day before, House Republicans had slammed the President with a lawsuit claiming executive overreach. “This situation shows the intense concern within our conference – and amo...
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CREDIT: AP Photo – Ted S. Warren Microsoft must hand over emails stored in its data center in Dublin, Ireland in accordance with a U.S. federal warrant, a judge ruled Thursday. The ruling, handed down by New York federal district court judge Loretta Preska, determined the government could seize emails regardless of where they are physically stored as long as the company is based in the United States. Thursday’s decision follows a months-long battle that started after a New York judge issued Microsoft a search warrant in December to submit copies of emails stored on its Dublin, Ireland servers. Microsoft contested the warrant with the support of other tech industry giants, arguing that search warrants for physical evidence could only be used within the United States borders. ...
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Putin and Lukashenko attend a flower laying ceremony in Minsk on the anniversary of Minsk's liberation from Nazi troops during WWII.
Will Freeman is an intern with Think Progress. Putin and Lukashenko attend a flower laying ceremony in Minsk on the anniversary of Minsk’s liberation from Nazi troops during WWII. CREDIT: AP Images Alexander Lukashenko, the authoritarian president of Belarus often referred to as Europe’s last dictator, announced Wednesday that he would host upcoming peace talks between Russia and Ukraine after being chosen by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). While picking Belarus makes diplomatic sense, as the nation is both a close ally of Moscow and sympathetic to Kiev, pro-democracy activists living under harsh repression are concerned the move grants Lukashenko more legitimacy. Like Ukraine, Belarus is a country torn between factions that want closer ties w...
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Heavy rain clouds slowly roll over the Organ Mountains on Monday, Dec. 10, 2007. Organ Mountains Desert Peaks is the newest national monument created by the Obama administration.
Heavy rain clouds slowly roll over the Organ Mountains on Monday, Dec. 10, 2007. Organ Mountains Desert Peaks is the newest national monument created by the Obama administration. CREDIT: AP Photo/Las Cruces Sun-News, Shari Viapando The House decided not to vote on its controversial border bill due to lack of support Thursday, a move that means that the public lands along the border are, at least for now, safe from the interference the bill would have allowed. House Republican leaders, however, said on Thursday evening that they would try again to vote Friday. The bill would have given Customs and Border Protection the authority to build roads, barriers, and surveillance equipment in national parks within 100 miles of the U.S. border with Mexico. Importantly, it contained a passage prohibi...
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Cynthia Coffman (R)
Colorado Attorney General Nominee Cynthia Coffman (R) CREDIT: Cytnhia Coffman for Attorney General Facebook page The campaign for the usually little-noticed position of Colorado Attorney General has been jolted with a stunning influx of outside money — a total one candidate says is more than quadruple the largest amount ever spent by a candidate for the position. The Republican Attorneys General Association (RAGA) has reportedly reserved a historic $2.6 million television ad buy in support of Colorado Republican attorney general nominee Cynthia Coffman. The group has received significant funding from the fossil fuel industry — and dark money groups backed by petrochemical billionaires Charles and David Koch. Probably not coincidentally, Coffman is a staunch supporter of the o...
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HOLD FOR STORY BY ROXANA HEGEMAN
CREDIT: AP/ Orlin Wagner An acid spill on Monday in rural Kingfisher County northwest of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma could turn out to be the largest spill “in relation to fracking materials” in the state according to an Oklahoma Corporation Commission spokesman. Spokesman Matt Skinner said 480 barrels of fracking-related hydrochloric (HCL) acid, nearly enough to fill an Olympic-sized swimming pool, emptied out of a tank where it was stored. Acid is used in the fracking process to both clean wells and stimulate the flow of oil and gas. The cause of the spill, which occurred in an alfalfa field, is under investigation. Skinner told ThinkProgress this is the largest frack-related spill he is aware of in the state’s history. He was unable to comment on the cause of the spill ...
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Sen. John McCain (R-AZ)
Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) CREDIT: AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite Two weeks after pro-Russia separatists apparently shot down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 as it flew over Ukraine, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) is calling on FIFA to move the 2018 World Cup out of Russia as a way to exert leverage on Vladimir Putin. McCain told the ESPN/ABC podcast “Capital Games” Wednesday that the U.S. should not act unilaterally but that there should be calls to move the tournament to a less controversial country. “It absolutely should be reconsidered, but I would hasten to add that a unilateral decision by the United States would not bode well,” McCain said. “I’d like to see the United States and others — say, the British perhaps and other countries — raise the issue in ordinary meetings, periodic meeti...
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At the first-ever White House Summit on Working Families in June, President Obama took the podium to raucous applause, which only got louder during his speech. “Many women can’t even get a paid day off to give birth,” he declared. “That’s a pretty low bar. That we should be able to take care of.” The crowd went wild, but he wasn’t done. “Child care…costs thousands of dollars a year,” he pointed out. “There are other countries that know how to do childcare well. This isn’t rocket science.” Cheers went up from the advocates, researchers, labor groups, and plenty of working mothers in the room. After describing our lack of paid family leave and universal child care policies, he said, “They shouldn’t be bonuses. They should be part of our bottom line as a society.” The applause in the room re...
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National Rifle Association board member Ted Nugent lashed out after the cancellation of an upcoming concert, claiming his critics are like Nazi chief propagandist Joseph Goebbels. On July 21 the Coeur d'Alene Tribe announced that Nugent will not perform at the tribe's Idaho casino on August 4, citing "Nugent's history of racist and hate-filled remarks." The Puyallup Tribe followed suit, cancelling two scheduled concerts at its Washington state Emerald Queen Casino because they didn't want their venue used "to promote his racism."    Nugent, who is also a spokesperson for Outdoor Channel, responded to his critics in his regular column for conspiracy website WND.com, comparing them to an infamous Nazi. While claiming that American Indians are his "BloodBrothers," Nugent wrote that those who ...
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Fox's Andrew Napolitano
By David EdwardsThursday, July 31, 2014 9:20 EDT   TweetFox News senior judicial analyst Andrew Napolitano on Thursday advised House Republicans to drop a lawsuit against President Barack Obama for abuse of power because he said that impeachment was the “only remedy” allowed by the Constitution. For months, Andrew Napolitano has suggested that the president deserves to be impeached for everything from so-called sequestration spending cuts to the release of U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl. In a co...
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A painting of President Ronald Reagan. Photo: Flickr user edalisse, creative commons licensed.
By Travis GettysThursday, July 31, 2014 9:18 EDT   TweetA half-cooked attempt to set up a conservative social network quickly collapsed into a heap of phony accounts, crude swearing, and pornographic GIFs. Ohio Republican Janet Porter pre-launched ReaganBook – “Facebook for Patriots” – in April, after employees from the more well-known social media site took part in a LGBT rights demonstration in San Francisco. After several left-leaning sites, including Raw Story, publicized the launch the fledgli...
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By Scott KaufmanThursday, July 31, 2014 9:08 EDT   TweetSpeaking with Katie Couric on Yahoo Global News, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said that five of her male counterparts on the court have “a blind spot” when it comes to women’s issues. After noting that all three female justices were in the minority in the recent Hobby Lobby decision, Couric asked Ginsburg whether she “believed the five male justices truly understood the ramifications of their decision.” Following a long pause, Gin...
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Yesterday we looked at how Steve Israel's "bipartisan" conservative group, the Center Aisle Caucus, so dear to the heart of Establishment imbeciles like David Broder, destroyed any chance the Democrats had to retake the House (in 2012 and again this year). So brilliant of Pelosi to appoint a bipartisan with his chains to so many vulnerable Republicans to head the post that should be the most partisan in the Democratic conference! Previously, we talked about Big Business shills Patrick Murphy and Kyrsten Sinema working with teabaggers to undermine Democratic values in Congress in their United Solutions caucus. That helps why Israel calls Murphy's race the top race in the country (even though Murphy has no plausible GOP opponent) and why Debbie Wasserman Schultz is already pushing Murphy for...
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Honduran migrants deported from the United States walk on a tarmac of Toncontin Airport in Tegucigalpa (AFP)
By ReutersThursday, July 31, 2014 8:44 EDT   TweetBy Joseph Kolb ALBUQUERQUE N.M. (Reuters) – U.S. border authorities have suspended the processing of undocumented immigrants at a center in New Mexico after one of the detainees was diagnosed with chicken pox, a spokeswoman for Immigration and Customs Enforcement said on Wednesday. The case was discovered earlier this week at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Artesia, where more than 600 people are being held for processing after enteri...
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An electron micrograph image of an Ebola virus virion (AFP)
By ReutersThursday, July 31, 2014 8:43 EDT   TweetBy David Lewis and Emma Farge DAKAR (Reuters) – Liberia will close schools and consider quarantining some communities, it said on Wednesday, rolling out the toughest measures yet imposed by a West African government to halt the worst outbreak on record of the deadly Ebola virus. “This is a major public health emergency. It’s fierce, deadly and many of our countrymen are dying and we need to act to stop the spread,” Lewis Brown, Liberia’s information...
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Video of bison fleeing Yellowstone National Park [YouTube]
By ReutersThursday, July 31, 2014 8:42 EDT   TweetBy Laura Zuckerman (Reuters) – New herds of genetically pure wild bison may once again roam vast expanses of the American West where the iconic animal has been absent since the end of the 19th century, under a tentative plan federal officials advanced on Wednesday. The proposal, for which Yellowstone National Park officials have begun seeking public comment, is almost sure to draw staunch opposition from ranchers concerned about disease, competition...
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The Tesla P85+ all electric car and its charging station are displayed at the North American International Auto Show (AFP)
By ReutersThursday, July 31, 2014 8:41 EDT   TweetBy Sophie Knight TOKYO (Reuters) – Panasonic Corp confirmed on Thursday it would invest in U.S. electric carmaker Tesla Motors Inc’s planned $5 billion lithium-ion battery plant in the United States, but said it had yet to decide on the size of its investment. The Japanese company, which already supplies batteries for Tesla, said it was gauging the demand for batteries before deciding on an amount. It had earlier said it would invest in stages and t...
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A man attends a hacking challenge in Paris on March 16, 2013 [AFP]
By ReutersThursday, July 31, 2014 8:40 EDT   TweetBEIJING (Reuters) – China’s foreign ministry accused Canada on Thursday of making irresponsible accusations lacking any credible evidence after Canada singled out Chinese hackers for attacking a key computer network and lodged a protest with Beijing. Officials said “a highly sophisticated Chinese state-sponsored actor” had recently broken into the National Research Council. The council, Canada’s leading research body, works with major companies such...
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By Scott KaufmanThursday, July 31, 2014 7:43 EDT   TweetLast night on The Colbert Report, Stephen Colbert went after corporations who “invert” their corporate structure in order to avoid paying U.S. taxes. He began by playing a clip of Obama discussing large companies that buy smaller companies overseas, “technically renouncing their citizenship, declaring their base some place else even though there operations are here — some people are calling these companies ‘corporate deserters.’” “‘Corporate d...
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Closeup of male worker's hands cutting fish with knife at table Shutterstock
By Travis GettysThursday, July 31, 2014 7:15 EDT   TweetAn eastern Ohio woman told police she was dreaming about filleting a fish when she awoke to find she had instead slashed her sleeping husband’s throat. Judy Jones, of Dillonvale, was charged with attempted murder and aggravated assault after badly injuring her husband in the attack, reported WTOV-TV. The couple’s 16-year-old daughter interrupted the attack early Saturday and called 911, and she later told police her mother had been threatening...
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By ReutersThursday, July 31, 2014 7:14 EDT   TweetThe Seattle Police Department has reassigned an officer who single-handedly issued about 80 percent of the marijuana tickets handed out in the city during the first half of this year, authorities said on Wednesday. Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole said staff reviewing data to prepare the department’s first biannual report on marijuana enforcement found that 66 of 83 citations for public pot use were given out by just one officer. “In some insta...
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Farmers stage a protest march during an anti-TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership) rally in Tokyo, on April 25, 2012. File photo via AFP.
By ReutersThursday, July 31, 2014 6:34 EDT   TweetA bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers on Wednesday said Japan’s refusal to drop all barriers to farm imports under a Pacific trade deal was unacceptable and urged the U.S. administration to cut Japan and Canada out of the talks if they did not give ground. In a letter to President Barack Obama, 140 House members, or nearly one-third of the chamber, expressed “deep concern” about the state of agriculture market negotiations in the Trans-Pacific Partne...
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Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon, during a press conference in this September 06, 2012 file photo in Santa Monica, California (AFP/File, Joe Klamar)
By ReutersThursday, July 31, 2014 6:31 EDT   TweetSeattle audio and video technician Todd Mueller showed up last year for what might have been a routine job except for one thing: Amazon.com Inc was taking notes. As he mounted a flat-screen TV on the wall, an Amazon employee studied how he covered his shoes and used a blanket to protect the hardwood floor. After at least two years of study, Amazon is ramping up efforts to offer repair, installation, and other services online, tackling a fragmented b...
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San Diego plane crash KTLA
By ReutersThursday, July 31, 2014 6:25 EDT   TweetA small plane crashed in the parking lot of a San Diego retail store on Wednesday, killing one person and injuring at least one other, according to officials and local media. The single-engine aircraft bounced while attempting to land at the Montgomery Field Airport around 5:25 p.m. local time, became airborne again and then crashed in a nearby Costco parking lot, said Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor. An NBC affiliate in San Die...
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By ReutersThursday, July 31, 2014 6:18 EDT   TweetFacebook Inc is launching a mobile app that gives users in Zambia free access to a handful of online services on mobile phones, broadening an effort to boost Internet usage in underdeveloped countries. The Internet.org app will offer, in partnership with wireless operator Airtel , more than a dozen services including online encyclopedia Wikipedia, websites devoted to weather, job listings and health information, as well as Facebook’s own social netw...
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Fox News chief intelligence correspondent Catherine Herridge recycled House Republicans' discredited, year-old allegation that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton signed off on reducing security at the Benghazi compound ahead of the 2012 attack there, scandalizing a State Department cable bearing her signature. Fox Resurrects Tired Hoax: Clinton's Signature Shows She "Personally" Approved Security Reduction Herridge: "Mrs. Clinton Personally Signed Off On Reducing Security" In Benghazi, According To Letter From House Republicans. On the July 31 edition of America's Newsroom, Herridge promoted House Republicans' accusation that Clinton's signature on an April 2012 State Department cable proves that the then-Secretary "personally signed off on reducing security" in Benghazi: HERRI...
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House Republicans pulled a bill which would increase funding for security at the southern border after conservative media and their allies voiced opposition to it. The bill, pushed by House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) was tabled after he and House Republican leadership faced "a rebellion among their most conservative ranks," according to the New York Times, who also reported that the failure to pass the bill "ensures that no legislation to address what both Democrats and Republicans call an urgent humanitarian crisis will reach President Obama's desk before the August break." After the measure failed, Republicans met to discuss whether they would bring up another bill before Congress goes into recess or to scrap the legislation entirely. Roll Call reported that "chaos reigned" as it became...
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Ben Stein is such a douchebag. He has a mental disease and definitely has a defect.

Well said. I couldn't have said it better myself. Keep the faith!

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