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shortformblog:

We’re still looking for more info on the story, but this is a pretty big deal guys. The decision reverses a combat exclusion policy passed back in 1994. source


OHSHIT

shortformblog:

We’re still looking for more info on the story, but this is a pretty big deal guys. The decision reverses a combat exclusion policy passed back in 1994. source

OHSHIT

Source: twitter.com

demnewswire:

113th Congress

demnewswire:

113th Congress

Source: thinkprogress.org

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A dentist acted legally when he fired an assistant that he found attractive simply because he and his wife viewed the woman as a threat to their marriage, the all-male Iowa Supreme Court ruled Friday.

The court ruled 7-0 that bosses can fire employees they see as an “irresistible attraction,” even if the employees have not engaged in flirtatious behavior or otherwise done anything wrong.

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- Not The Onion: This is the legal reality of fireable hotness in America today. (via motherjones)
Source: motherjones

"Last Tuesday, the President of the United States signed into law the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act. As President Obama was signing this bill into law, Bradley [Manning] and I were in the courtroom for [his trial]…How can you reconcile that? I don’t know the answer to that question."

- David Coombs, lawyer for Bradley Manning, the jailed soldier accused by the government of leaking national security information to WikiLeaks. (via motherjones)

(via motherjones)

Source: Mother Jones

"There’s no white resentment without white supremacy. If you take away the idea that America is first and foremost, and should always be run by white people, if you take that away, then white resentment doesn’t make any sense. You know, it immediately dissipates. And so I just don’t— this sounds like a strange defense of the Republican Party, but it’s like, there’s a market for this, and the market was created by history."

- The Atlantic’s Ta-Nehisi Coates on the politics of white resentment, from Saturday’s Up w/ Chris Hayes. (via upwithchris)

(via thepoliticalnotebook)

Source: upwithsteve

motherjones:

Extreme weather will drive up food prices and supercharge world hunger in the next two decades… unless we act fast on climate change.

motherjones:

Extreme weather will drive up food prices and supercharge world hunger in the next two decades… unless we act fast on climate change.

Source: motherjones

"Literally every day, someone is being arrested for doing nothing more than taking a photograph in a public place. It makes no sense to me. Photography is an expression of free speech.

Since 9/11, there’s been an incredible number of incidents where photographers are being interfered with and arrested for doing nothing other than taking pictures or recording video in public places.

It’s not just news photographers who should be concerned with this. I think every citizen should be concerned."

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Mickey H. Osterreicher, general counsel, National Press Photographers Association. New York Times Lens Blog, Criminalizing Photography

Professional and non-profressional photographers need to know their rights.

Here’s a brief primer from us.

If you want to jump straight into the details, the ACLU writes about photographer rights here.

(via futurejournalismproject)
Source: futurejournalismproject

"I should probably just shut up about Paul Ryan, because I believe there’s a federal statute requiring pundits to marvel at his “seriousness” and “courage.” I think there’s also a constitutional mandate enshrining him as a “deficit hawk,” even though he voted for the Bush tax cuts, the Bush military and security spending binge, the Medicare prescription drug benefit, the bank bailout and the auto bailout, and against the Bowles-Simpson deficit reduction plan. So I think for now I’ll just repost my screed about the Ryan plan from April 2011, suggesting that fuzzy math in the service of Tea Party ideology is not all that brave."

Source: motherjones

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Even with a persistent gender gap in a presidential election year, House Republicans have not given up on their campaign to narrow access to birth control, abortion care and lifesaving cancer screenings. Far from it.

A new Republican spending proposal revives some of the more extreme attacks on women’s health and freedom that were blocked by the Senate earlier in this Congress. The resurrection is part of an alarming national crusade that goes beyond abortion rights and strikes broadly at women’s health in general.

These setbacks are recycled from the Congressional trash bin in the fiscal 2013 spending bill for federal health, labor and education programs approved by a House appropriations subcommittee on July 18 over loud objections from Democratic members to these and other provisions.

The measure would bar Planned Parenthood’s network of clinics, which serve millions of women across the country, from receiving any federal money unless the health group agreed to no longer offer abortion services for which it uses no federal dollars — a patently unconstitutional provision. It would also eliminate financing for Title X, the effective federal family-planning program for low-income women that provides birth control, breast and cervical cancer screenings, and testing for sexually-transmitted diseases. Without this program, some women would die, and unintended pregnancies would rise, resulting in some 400,000 more abortions a year and increases in Medicaid-related costs, according to the Guttmacher Institute, a leading authority on reproductive health.

On top of that, the bill would prevent implementation of most of the Affordable Care Act, wiping out its numerous advances for women’s health. It would seriously weaken the requirement that employee insurance plans cover birth control and other preventive health services by allowing any employer to opt out based on personal religious beliefs or moral objections.

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Source: inothernews

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shortformblog:

  • 1.3 million requests sent to the “Big Four” mobile carriers source

» And at least one congressman is angry: “We cannot allow privacy protections to be swept aside with the sweeping nature of these information requests, especially for innocent consumers,” said Rep. Edward Markey, who released the data Monday.

Source: shortformblog

"Normally, these games are not played. You hand over discovery and let the facts speak. You don’t play hide the ball, and that’s what the government’s been doing."

- David Coombs, Attorney for Pfc. Bradley Manning • Accusing prosecutors not only of failing to disclose, but actively working to prevent the disclosure of information and evidence that could be vital to Manning’s legal team and defense. Yesterday, during a hearing at Fort Meade, military judge Colonel Denise Lind gave prosecutors until July 25 to provide Manning’s lawyers with a “due diligence statement” outlining the steps they’ve taken to disclose information over the last two years. In addition, Colonel Lind demanded that the CIA, FBI, Office of the National Counterintelligence Executive, state department, and other government agencies hand over any/all “damage assessments” related to the crimes Manning stands accused of.  source (viafollow)
Source: shortformblog

"One of the simplest stories for a reporter to tell is “An important idiot did something stupid”. This can take the form of “Senator is caught taking bribes”, “Movie star gets arrested driving drunk” or even “religious leader says something offensive to people of other religions.”

1000 years from now, assuming we are still around, we’ll still have these same headlines, just with different people.

Since there will always be important idiots in our population, these stories, as a collective, are not news. They do not express a new trend in idiot behavior, nor do they offer any context for how our view of the world should change simply because this particular important idiot did something stupid.

It is non-news masquerading as news. Unless it’s news that this person is capable of doing stupid things, it’s the telling of a story we already know…

Whenever you read the news, or watch Fox or MSNBC, please keep the idiot theory in mind. If the arguing is all about what some idiot did, and how much of an idiot they were or were not, engage your better half and move along."

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Scott Berkun, The Idiot Theory of News.

Bonus: See Jihii’s recent post on slow news and hyped scandal.

(via futurejournalismproject)
Source: futurejournalismproject

motherjones:

Missed Mitt Romney’s big immigration speech today? Adam Serwer breaks it down.

motherjones:

Missed Mitt Romney’s big immigration speech today? Adam Serwer breaks it down.

Source: motherjones

Supreme Court decisions on Arizona immigration law, corporate money in elections

think-progress:

think-progress:

We’ll have more details on the way.

More on Arizona from our Justice Editor Ian Millhiser: “The majority opinion also leaves open the possibility that a future challenge to this provision could succeed, including a claim that the law leads to unconstitutional racial profiling.”

Source: think-progress

"I just, ugh, God."

motherjones:

Quote of the Day: Gavin Newsom really doesn’t like being Lt. Gov. of California.

Source: motherjones