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CREDIT: AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato, File Using an unusual concoction of drugs this afternoon, Arizona attempted to execute a man on death row. One hour after he was supposed to have been lethally injected, however, Joseph Rudolph Wood was still alive, “gasping and snoring.” Wood’s lawyers filed an emergency request to stay the execution and give the man life-saving help, but it was too late: After two hours, he died. Wood’s execution almost didn’t occur today. Just three days ago, a federal appeals court put the lethal injection plans on pause, requiring the state to disclose “the name and provenance of the drugs to be used in the execution” and “the qualifications of the medical personnel” performing the execution. On Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme court reversed tha...
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CREDIT: Shutterstock/marekuliasz On Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Raymond P. Moore, an Obama appointee, issued a ruling declaring that Colorado’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. Moore stayed the decision, but only temporarily until August 25. State Attorney General John Suthers (R), who has been defending Colorado’s ban, made a strange tactical decision in this particular case. Though he argued that he believes the ban is constitutional, he still asked Moore to overturn it and then stay that decision. This, Suthers seemed to hope, would force Boulder County Clerk Hillary Hall to stop issuing licenses to same-sex couples. Since last month, when the 10th Circuit agreed with a lower court that Utah’s same-sex marriage was unconstitutional, Hall has been issui...
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Senate Candidate Marco Rubio Attends Election Night Event
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) accused advocates of same-sex marriage of intolerance during a speech at Catholic University on Wednesday afternoon and reiterated his support for marriage between one man and one woman. While recognizing that “our history is marred by discrimination against gays and lesbians,” Rubio argued that “traditional marriage has such an extraordinary record of success at raising children” and must be perpetuated to the exclusion of same-sex unions. “[T]oday, there is a growing intolerance on this issue, intolerance towards those who continue to support traditional marriage,” Rubio observed, citing the firing of the CEO of Mozilla, following revelations that he supported California’s campaign to ban same-sex marriage, and other inst...
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If you read DWT much, you know how much we distrust identity politics around here. Voting for someone because they are the same religion or ethnicity of gender, etc seems kind of primitive and politically immature. I always thought it should be about character and policy. I was very happy last week when People for the American Way endorsed Stanley Chang for the Honolulu-based congressional seat that Hanabusa gave up and I had been very happy a couple months before that to see the Congressional Progressive Caucus endorse him. Stanley is, hands down, the most progressive of the 7 Democratic candidates in the race. Stanley is a Chinese-American. I don't recall anyone being of Chinese ancestry on the PFAW Board and I'm willing to bet that he wasn't endorsed by the CPC because of his ethnicity ...
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Healthcare workers from Doctors Without Borders prepare isolation and treatment areas for their Ebola operations in Guinea
Healthcare workers from Doctors Without Borders prepare isolation and treatment areas for their Ebola operations in Guinea CREDIT: AP Photo/Kjell Gunnar Beraas, MSF The world is in the midst of the worst Ebola outbreak in history, as the deadly virus has claimed more than 600 lives in three African countries and continues to overwhelm the medical staff tasked with containing its spread. This week, there’s yet another concerning update to the unfolding public health crisis: the top doctor fighting Ebola in Sierra Leone has himself been infected with the disease. Sheik Umar Khan, a virologist who has treated more than 100 Ebola victims, has been on the front lines of the outbreak for the past several months. The Health Ministry in his home country of Sierra Leone hailed him as a natio...
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The Nanny State
CREDIT: AP Photo/Brennan Linsley Oregonians will vote on a ballot initiative this fall on whether to legalize and regulate recreational marijuana. The Secretary of State certified the initiative Wednesday, finding that the campaign turned in enough valid signatures. More than 88,000 people signed the petition. Oregon’s law would be similar to the regulate and tax models adopted in Washington and Colorado, which include systems for legalized sale and distribution with the intent of driving out black market cartels and violence. A 2012 ballot initiative failed in Oregon, but organizers say this year’s initiative includes more robust regulation, and is expected to ride on the success of Washington and Colorado’s initiatives thus far. Oregon’s initiative would allow ...
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An aerial view of a mining site for Canadian tar sands in Alberta, Canada.
An aerial view of a mining site for Canadian tar sands in Alberta, Canada. CREDIT: Josh Burstein/NextGen Climate Action Twenty-one activists in Utah were arrested Monday after they chained themselves to fences and equipment at a site planned to become the first to mine tar sands in the United States. The activists, who were released on bail after spending Monday night in jail, are facing possible charges of trespassing, conspiracy to escape, and interfering with arrest, the Salt Lake Tribune reports. The 21 arrested were part of a group of about 80 protesters with the Utah Tar Sands Resistance group, who set up a blockade at the PR Spring mine site. The activists say one protester was injured while he was being arrested and was targeted by sheriff’s deputies because he was filmi...
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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) CREDIT: AP Photo/Molly Riley The Federal Aviation Administration on Wednesday for the second day in a row warned airlines against flying into Israel’s only international airport due to security concerns. This has one Republican senator demanding answers and promoting a fact-free conspiracy theory that says the Obama administration is using the FAA to launch a unilateral economic boycott of Israel. A rocket launched from the Gaza Strip on Tuesday landed perilously close to Ben-Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv. This incident prompted a slew of airlines to announce that they were cancelling flights to Israel until the situation had calmed down some. The FAA soon thereafter announced that it was issuing a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) to U.S.-based airlines, info...
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Iceberg surrounded by sea ice in Antarctica
Iceberg surrounded by sea ice in Antarctica CREDIT: Eva Nowatzki, distributed via imaggeo.egu.eu A new study finds that the change in the trend of Antarctic sea ice growth over time is “not as extreme as the published literature indicates,” as one coauthor put it. The most important thing to know about Antarctica and ice is that a large part of the South Pole’s great sheet of land ice is close to or at a point of no return for irreversible collapse. Only immediate action to sharply reverse CO2 emissions could stop or significantly slow that. And that really matters since 90 percent of Earth’s ice is in the Antarctic ice sheet, and even its partial collapse could raise sea levels tens of feet (over a period of centuries) and force coastal cities to be abandoned. So ...
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A thunderstorm with heavy rains approaches downtown Chicago, Monday, June 24, 2013.
A thunderstorm with heavy rains approaches downtown Chicago, Monday, June 24, 2013. CREDIT: AP Photo / Scott Eisen Add sewage in homes and maggot infestations to the list of what climate change can bring to American life. A big report in the Washington Post on Wednesday laid out how Chicago’s aging infrastructure is intersecting with climate change’s tendency to drive heavier bursts of precipitation in some parts of the country, with some exceedingly unpleasant results. As in other older cities like Boston, the design of Chicago’s waste water system is 120 years old, and as a result handles both storm water and sewage. The city’s system was constructed for a much smaller population, on the assumption the biggest storms would hit once each decade. So when more than ...
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Sarah Palin speaks to NRA convention
By Tom BoggioniWednesday, July 23, 2014 15:07 EDT   TweetAlthough not mentioned by name on a recent episode of HBO‘s True Blood, which featured two lead characters attending a GOP fundraiser for Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, media personality Sarah Palin inserted herself into the discussion by criticizing the show for being part of the “real war on women.” In the episode, characters Eric Northman and Pam De Beaufort dress up to attend the  Cruz fundraiser in Dallas at the George W. Bush Library.  Admiring h...
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An injector pen that contains approximately a week's worth of HGH doses
An injector pen that contains approximately a week’s worth of HGH doses CREDIT: AP Photo/M. Spencer Green Use of human growth hormones (HGH) among U.S. teens has doubled in the past year, according to a study released by the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids on Wednesday, raising questions about the lack of effective regulation of the substance among parents, coaches, and school administrators. “It’s what you get when you combine aggressive promotion from for-profit companies with a vulnerable target — kids who want a quick fix and don’t care about health risk,” Travis Tygart, the CEO of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, told the Associated Press. “It’s a very easy sell, unfortunately.” HGH is a hormone that stimulates growth and cell reproducti...
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Palestinians inspect the home of Ziad Awad after its destruction
Palestinians inspect the home of Ziad Awad after its destruction CREDIT: AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed Amid its latest bid to end the threat that Hamas and its affiliates pose to Israeli civilians, Israel has resumed a long-dormant policy of demolishing the homes of militants’ family members as a method of deterrence, one that has drawn widespread international condemnation in the past. Nine years ago, the Israeli Defense Forces pushed to end the practice of bulldozing houses where family members related to members of Hamas and other Palestinian groups. There was no evidence that the destruction, the IDF said, had been having the desired effect. The Defense Ministry commission that recommended the shift in policy also noted that the destruction was “borderline” in terms of in...
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REUTERS DO NOT REUSE
By ReutersWednesday, July 23, 2014 14:37 EDT   TweetWASHINGTON (Reuters) – Bob McDonald, President Barack Obama’s choice to run the Veterans Affairs Department, looked set for an easy Senate confirmation after the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee unanimously approved his nomination on Wednesday. McDonald, the former chief executive of consumer products giant Procter & Gamble Co, pledged to senators on Tuesday to bring corporate-style discipline, accountability and efficiency to the troubled ag...
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New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) gives the State of the State address on Jan. 8, 2014 in Albany, New York [AFP]
By ReutersWednesday, July 23, 2014 14:36 EDT   TweetNEW YORK (Reuters) – New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office meddled with a commission he created to root out corruption in state politics, pushing back whenever it focused on groups tied to Cuomo, the New York Times reported on Wednesday. The commission that Cuomo established in July 2013 to investigate violations of campaign finance laws and other matters was hobbled almost from the start by demands from the governor’s office, despite a public p...
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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., center, speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., center, speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014. CREDIT: AP More than two years after President Obama called on Congress to curb corporate offshoring, the Bring Jobs Home Act will finally get a debate in Congress after the Senate voted 93-7 to advance the bill on Wednesday. If the bill were to become law, corporations would lose the ability to deduct the cost of moving overseas from their taxes and gain an equivalent write-off for the cost of re-shoring jobs from abroad to America. President Obama first called on Congress to pass such legislation in early 2012. Republicans blocked debate on the measure that year, saying that such piecemeal changes to tax rules should not come before wholesale corporate tax r...
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By ReutersWednesday, July 23, 2014 13:35 EDT   TweetBy Jonathan Kaminsky NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) – A group of charter schools, teachers and parents filed suit on Tuesday against Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, asserting that he overstepped his authority and has sown chaos by moving last month to ditch the Common Core education standards for teaching English and math which he helped usher in four years ago. Jindal’s move, which came amid a backlash against the multistate standards aimed at boosting c...
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CREDIT: Shutterstock A year ago this month, Texas approved a package of harsh restrictions that impose new requirements on abortion clinics, restrict the use of the abortion pill, and ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. Since then, the new legislation has wreaked havoc on reproductive health access in the state, and half of Texas’ clinics have been forced to shut down. That new landscape is having serious consequences for the women who may need to terminate a pregnancy, according to the first research to investigate women’s abortion options under the law. Researchers at the Texas Policy Evaluation Project, an initiative that’s been tracking the impact of Texas’ restrictions on reproductive health for the past several years, found that the new abortion law is...
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A Ukrainian SU-25 fighter jet takes part in military exercises near Mykolayiv (AFP)
By Agence France-PresseWednesday, July 23, 2014 13:34 EDT   TweetTwo Ukrainian fighter jets shot down Wednesday in the rebel-held area where Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crashed were hit by missiles fired from Russian soil, Ukraine’s military said. “According to preliminary information, the rockets were launched from Russian territory,” Kiev’s National Security and Defence Council said in a statement. The planes came down close to the village of Dmytrivka, some 45 kilometres (25 miles) south-east ...
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A traveller stands in front of a departure time flight board displaying various cancellations at Ben Gurion International airport (AFP)
By Agence France-PresseWednesday, July 23, 2014 13:33 EDT   TweetThe US Federal Aviation Administration on Wednesday renewed its ban on American flights to Tel Aviv for another 24 hours, citing the “potentially hazardous situation” in Israel and Gaza. It first imposed the ban on Tuesday, then renewed it at 1615 GMT with a Notice to Airmen, or NOTAM, that it said would be updated “within 24 hours.” In a press statement, the FAA added that it is “working closely” with the Israeli government “to revie...
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Toronto Mayor Rob Ford is surrounded by the media as he leaves his office at Toronto City Hall on Nov. 15, 2013 [AFP]
By Agence France-PresseWednesday, July 23, 2014 13:31 EDT   TweetToronto’s crack-smoking Mayor Rob Ford is in a dead heat with two other contenders in the Canadian city’s upcoming municipal election, according to a new poll released Wednesday. The latest survey of voters’s intentions by Forum Poll showed Ford has held onto his core support of 27 percent, despite revelations that he smoked crack while in office, and a two-month break from campaigning to enter rehab. Former Conservative leader of Ont...
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Crown Prince Emperor El Bigbay Bagby Wikipedia Commons
By Travis GettysWednesday, July 23, 2014 13:25 EDT   TweetA federal judge has ordered a New Jersey “sovereign citizen” to stand trial on a variety of criminal charges – regardless of whether he is, as he claims to be, the Crown Prince Emperor El Bey Bigbay Bagby. William McRae, of Ewing, asked a federal court to remove him from the criminal case filed in Bucks County, where he has been charged with using fake diplomatic tags, drunken driving, driving without a license, and failure to pay child supp...
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Monica McBride, mother of Renisha McBride, at a news conference in late November. Monica is testifying this week as her daughter's killer faces murder charges for shooting Renisha outside his home.
Monica McBride, mother of Renisha McBride, at a news conference in late November. Monica is testifying this week as her daughter’s killer faces murder charges for shooting Monica outside his home. CREDIT: AP Photo/Carlos Osorio The Detroit-area homeowner who shot in the head 19-year-old Renisha McBride faces murder charges this week, in the latest trial to test the role of expansive self-defense laws in racially charged deaths by gunfire. McBride was shot dead in the early hours of November 2 outside 54-year-old Theodore Wafer’s Dearborn Heights, Michigan, home. McBride’s family and police believe McBride was in a car accident, and knocked on Wafer’s door for help after her cell phone died. But Wafer’s lawyer told the press he shot McBride in self-defense. I...
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Russian President Vladimir Putin via AFP
By The ConversationWednesday, July 23, 2014 13:16 EDT   TweetBy Richard Connolly, University of Birmingham The downing of flight MH17 has caused attention to shift once again to the prospect of even harsher penalties being imposed upon Russia by Western countries. Up to this point, sanctions have been limited to individuals within or close to Russia’s ruling elite, as well as a few associated companies. While these sanctions may weaken support within Russia’s elite for the current course of foreign...
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William Gheen via Facebook
By Tom BoggioniWednesday, July 23, 2014 13:02 EDT   TweetAppearing on Tea Party News Network broadcast earlier this month, the head of the Americans for Legal Immigration PAC asserted that undocumented immigrants are more dangerous than “anything that Al Qaeda could blow up, short of a nuclear detonation,” according to Right Wing Watch. William Gheen, who recently urged followers to mail used underwear to undocumented immigrants, President Barack Obama, and House Speaker John Boehner, told host Lar...
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Yesterday I linked to a post at Salon by Tim Donovan, to help get a clearer picture of the next generation of Republicans, Clueless rich kids on the rise: How millennial aristocrats will destroy our future. And he quickly skips over the obvious Ivanka Trumps and Paris Hiltons, gets into some serious economic theory and winds up at electoral politics of the rich and clueless-- and they're certainly not all Republicans either... or at least many are from the Republican wing of the Democratic Party: "a fresh new wave of (many wealthy) millennial Congressional candidates. Enthusiastic and idealistic, these young Americans paradoxically promote a style of bland, Washington Consensus politics, what Pennsylvania House candidate (and proud millennial) Nick Troiano has billed 'radical centrism.' As...
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CREDIT: AP Michael Sam, the St. Louis Rams defensive end who is trying to become the first openly gay player in NFL history, was back in the news this week thanks to nothing of his own doing. Instead, Sam was garnering headlines because of the comments of former NFL coach-turned-NBC Sports analyst Tony Dungy, who said in a recent interview that he wouldn’t have drafted Sam because he would create distractions in the locker room. “I wouldn’t have taken him,” Dungy told the Tampa Tribune. “Not because I don’t believe Michael Sam should have a chance to play, but I wouldn’t want to deal with all of it. It’s not going to be totally smooth . . . things will happen.’’ After a day of backlash, Dungy tried to clarify those comments, saying that he believes the NFL is a place where spo...
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Ted Nugent yells at CBS News
By David EdwardsWednesday, July 23, 2014 12:49 EDT   TweetConservative rocker Ted Nugent on Tuesday responded to the news that an Idaho Native American tribe had canceled one of his upcoming concerts by lashing out at the “unclean vermin” who made it happen. “The Motor City Madman” had been schedule to perform for Couer D’Alene Casino in Worley, Idaho on Aug. 4 until the Southern Poverty Law Center caught tribal officials by asking for a comment on Monday. Later that day, the performance had been ...
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A Syrian doctor treats a wounded man across the border in Lebanon.
Will Freeman is an intern with Think Progress. A Syrian doctor treats a wounded man across the border in Lebanon. CREDIT: AP Images Chilling new findings released Wednesday reveal that May was the deadliest month yet for medical workers attempting to help the sick and wounded in Syria’s ongoing civil war. Along with revelations that Syria just experienced some of the bloodiest days of its conflict to date, with over 700 dead in just 48 hours, news that doctors are increasingly being targeted goes to show that the war tearing Syria apart is leaving no one unscathed. The nonprofit human rights organization Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) said that 30 health professionals were killed in May: the highest toll in any month yet in a war that has frequently seen doctors become the vi...
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CREDIT: Hice for Congress Facebook page Republicans in Georgia’s 10th Congressional District voted in Tuesday’s runoff election to nominate Baptist pastor and right-wing radio show host Jody B. Hice. While it will be difficult for run to the right of the seat’s outgoing occupant, Rep. Paul Broun (R), a review of Hice’s record and position suggest he may be uniquely positioned to do so. Broun, who has spoken out about the dangers of science and boasted of being “the first Member of Congress to call” President Obama “a socialist who embraces Marxist-Leninist policies like government control of health care and redistribution of wealth,” is generally considered one of the most conservative members of Congress. But Hice’s stated anti-women,...
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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!

O’Reilly is just one of the talking heads guarding the inhabitants of Bullsh*t Mountain from rejoini...