Sunday, March 1, 2015

LAPD Caught On Video Shooting Homeless Man To Death

LAPD Caught On Video Shooting Homeless Man To Death: "Los Angeles police fatally shot a homeless man on Sunday in a disturbing encounter that was caught on video.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the man, named by witnesses as "Africa," was pronounced dead at the hospital.

The incident, which occurred downtown in the city's Skid Row area, was captured on video and uploaded to Facebook. WARNING: content is disturbing." 'via Blog this'

Thursday, February 26, 2015

A Politician Threw A Snowball On The Senate Floor To Try To Disprove Climate Change - BuzzFeed News

A Politician Threw A Snowball On The Senate Floor To Try To Disprove Climate Change - BuzzFeed News: "Sen. Jim Inhofe, a Republican from Oklahoma, has taken a number of stands against the idea that human actions are dangerously changing the climate."

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GOP Hypocrisy in D.C.’s Pot Laws - The Daily Beast

GOP Hypocrisy in D.C.’s Pot Laws - The Daily Beast: "Congress has always run D.C. like a plantation. But now, GOPers want to jail the mayor over a law the voters overwhelmingly passed?
I’m desperately trying to understand how getting marijuana laws passed nationwide has become today’s Selma, but if there is one thing that is intolerable it’s the shameful way congressional Republicans are bullying the residents of Washington, D.C., to not blaze in the comfort of their homes.

Possessing marijuana in the nation’s capital became legal at midnight Wednesday, yet Utah Congressman Jason Chaffetz and his Republican compadres are literally threatening to jail D.C.’s elected leaders for implementing a law that was overwhelmingly approved at the ballot box by the residents of the District of Columbia."

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Obama just issued his third-ever veto. Don’t expect many more. - Vox

Obama just issued his third-ever veto. Don’t expect many more. - Vox: "Today, President Barack Obama vetoed a bill to fast-track construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. This was the third veto of Obama's presidency, and the first since 2010. With the GOP now in control of both houses of Congress, it might seem like the beginning of a new era, during which Obama will whip out his veto pen again and again." 'via Blog this'

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

There's A Startling North-South Divide When It Comes To Health Care

There's A Startling North-South Divide When It Comes To Health Care: "The good news is the uninsured rate in the U.S. has fallen to a record low. The bad news is the benefits of health care reform aren't reaching a large swath of the country.

Over the last year, the uninsured rate in the U.S. fell 3.5 percentage points, from 17.3 percent in 2013 to 13.8 percent in 2014, according to the latest data from Gallup. That's the lowest yearly rate that's been recorded by Gallup's Well-Being Index."

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Leaked cables show Netanyahu’s Iran bomb claim contradicted by Mossad | World news | The Guardian

Leaked cables show Netanyahu’s Iran bomb claim contradicted by Mossad | World news | The Guardian: "Binyamin Netanyahu’s dramatic declaration to world leaders in 2012 that Iran was about a year away from making a nuclear bomb was contradicted by his own secret service, according to a top-secret Mossad document.

It is part of a cache of hundreds of dossiers, files and cables from the world’s major intelligence services – one of the biggest spy leaks in recent times.

Brandishing a cartoon of a bomb with a red line to illustrate his point, the Israeli prime minister warned the UN in New York that Iran would be able to build nuclear weapons the following year and called for action to halt the process."
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Monday, February 23, 2015

Obamacare’s 32 million insured, in one giant chart - Vox

Obamacare’s 32 million insured, in one giant chart - Vox: "No one has tracked Obamacare enrollment as closely and comprehensively as blogger Charles Gaba. His spreadsheets have become gospel to reporters trying to follow the law's progress. His projections have been eerily accurate. And he's been utterly tireless in his efforts to collect, interpret, and understand the dozens of messy data sources that combine to offer a full picture of coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

Obamacare's 2015 open enrollment period ended on February 15. Since then, Gaba has been pulling the numbers, and on Monday, he released his results."

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DOJ Opens Civil Rights Investigation Into NYPD Shooting of Ramarley Graham - Civic Center - DNAinfo.com New York

DOJ Opens Civil Rights Investigation Into NYPD Shooting of Ramarley Graham - Civic Center - DNAinfo.com New York: "More than two and half years after unarmed 18-year-old Ramarley Graham was shot and killed by police in his own home, the Manhattan U.S. Attorney's office confirmed it has launched a civil rights investigation into the matter.

The news came as a relief to the boy's parents Constance Malcolm and Franclot Graham, who met with U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara Wednesday afternoon to urge the federal government to step in after a grand jury declined to re-indict officer Richard Haste on manslaughter charges last year."

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8 Questions for Constance Malcolm, Grieving Mother Turned Activist

Constance Malcolm stepped into the public eye three years ago after a white New York City police officer, Richard Haste, rushed into their bathroom and fatally shot her son, black, unarmed 18-year-old Ramarley Graham. A certified nursing assistant, Malcolm was not at the Bronx apartment at the time. But Graham’s grandmother and 6-year-old brother, Chinoor, were. Now, nearly three years to that February day—and after a second grand jury cleared Haste in 2013—New York City has settled with Graham’s family for $3.9 million. But Malcolm isn’t satisfied. She wants police accountability. She talked with Colorlines about her unexpected new life, faith, what it means to fight and of course, Chinoor.

Health Care Success for Midwest Co-op Proves Its Undoing - NYTimes.com

Health Care Success for Midwest Co-op Proves Its Undoing - NYTimes.com: "Her insurer, CoOportunity Health, was one of 23 nonprofit cooperatives created under the Affordable Care Act to generate more competition and choice in insurance markets dominated by huge for-profit companies. Many of these newcomers to the industry, seeded with hundreds of millions of dollars in federal loans, struggled to attract customers after the law’s online insurance exchanges opened in 2013. But CoOportunity had seemed to flourish, with over 120,000 customers in Iowa and Nebraska — far more than the 15,000 it had anticipated — by the end of last year."

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