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Sunday, September 21, 2014

MHP: If ‘angry white man’ was a caricature | MSNBC

MHP: If ‘angry white man’ was a caricature | MSNBC

Good news for Obamacare New numbers from a federal study found that the number of uninsured Americans fell by about 8%.

To all the haters Obamacare is working as all thinking people knew it would.


Melissa Harris-Perry on msnbc

Is war against ISIS growing in scope? Chantelle Bateman from Iraq Veterans Against the War and Iraq War veterans Earl Catagnus Jr. and Matt Southworth talk about the latest U.S. mission against ISIS, in what seems to be an “ongoing war growing in scope.”

We must stop this march towards a third war in Iraq. I know Colin Powell said to George W Bush if you break it you own it and of course Bush broke it killing over 100,000 civilians using conservative U.S. Military statistics but do we really think we can mend what Bush broke? I think not.

Melissa Harris-Perry on msnbc

Coming Soon, a Century Late: A Black Film Gem -

"For decades, the seven reels from 1913 lay unexamined in the film archives of the Museum of Modern Art. Now, after years of research, a historic find has emerged: what MoMA curators say is the earliest surviving footage for a feature film with a black cast. It is a rare visual depiction of middle-class black characters from an era when lynchings and stereotyped black images were commonplace. What’s more, the material features Bert Williams, the first black superstar on Broadway. Williams appears in blackface in the untitled silent film along with a roster of actors from the sparsely documented community of black performers in Harlem on the cusp of the Harlem Renaissance. Remarkably, the reels also capture behind-the-scenes interactions between these performers and the directors."

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Is this deja vu all over again? White House leaves Congress behind on war designation | MSNBC

White House leaves Congress behind on war designation | MSNBC

What does a victory against ISIS look like? | MSNBC

What does a victory against ISIS look like? | MSNBC

We know what Obama told us, but who told him? President Obama has a habit of explaining his decisions to the American public, and not always with success. As President Obama informs the American people about his strategy for defeating ISIS, who’s informing him and do those informers agree that ISIS is a real threat to the U.S.? Phyllis Bennis and Hillary Mann Leverett discuss.

Melissa Harris-Perry on msnbc

The Way to Beat Poverty -

"One reason the United States has not made more progress against poverty is that our interventions come too late. If there’s one overarching lesson from the past few decades of research about how to break the cycles of poverty in the United States, it’s the power of parenting — and of intervening early, ideally in the first year or two of life or even before a child is born."

Friday, September 12, 2014

George Zimmerman Allegedly Threatens To Kill Man In Road Rage Incident

"George Zimmerman is in legal trouble again.

WSVN reports that his latest brush with the law came on Tuesday when Zimmerman allegedly threatened to kill a man during a road rage incident in Lake Mary, Florida.

The man, whose name has not been reported, also told police Zimmerman was waiting for him at his work."

Sunday, September 07, 2014

Meet the Host: Defying the Rules -

"Chuck Todd was an imperfect host of “Meet the Press” on Sunday. And that’s perfect.

Sunday talk shows, and most particularly NBC’s “Meet the Press,” defy the normal rules of television news: spit-shine good looks and slick urbanity are unwelcome. Viewers don’t want anchors as hosts; they want hosts who don’t act like anchors.

That became obvious when the NBC anchor David Gregory took over “Meet the Press” in 2008 after the death of its revered host, Tim Russert, and sent the show spiraling down to third place in the ratings."

Inquiry Into Ferguson, Mo., Police Practices Is Just a Start -

"But the investigation should not be limited to Ferguson. News accounts and a recent study of court systems in neighboring towns strongly suggest that the police in St. Louis County may be systematically targeting poor and minority citizens for street and traffic stops (in part to generate fines), which has the effect of criminalizing entire communities. This history of discriminatory stops and abuse fueled the protests and violence that erupted after Mr. Brown was gunned down.

In 1994, Congress gave the Justice Department the power to restructure troubled or corrupt police departments, after Los Angeles police officers were captured on video three years earlier beating up a black motorist, Rodney King."

Foreign Powers Buy Influence at Think Tanks -

"More than a dozen prominent Washington research groups have received tens of millions of dollars from foreign governments in recent years while pushing United States government officials to adopt policies that often reflect the donors’ priorities, an investigation by The New York Times has found.

The money is increasingly transforming the once-staid think-tank world into a muscular arm of foreign governments’ lobbying in Washington. And it has set off troubling questions about intellectual freedom: Some scholars say they have been pressured to reach conclusions friendly to the government financing the research."

Thursday, September 04, 2014

BP May Be Fined Up to $18 Billion for Spill in Gulf -

"NEW ORLEANS — In the four years since the blowout on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig killed 11 workers and sent millions of barrels of oil gushing into the Gulf of Mexico, BP has spent more than $28 billion on damage claims and cleanup costs, pleaded guilty to criminal charges and emerged a shrunken giant.

But through it all, the company has maintained that it was not chiefly responsible for the accident, and that its contractors in the operation, Halliburton and Transocean, should shoulder as much, if not more, of the blame.

On Thursday, a federal judge here for the first time bluntly rejected those arguments, finding that BP was indeed the primary culprit and that only it had acted with “conscious disregard of known risks.” He added that BP’s “conduct was reckless.”

ISIS, Deep in the Heart of Texas -

"But through the anger we must still stay levelheaded, and not allow politicians and pundits to talk us into armed conflict without clarity of mission and scope. And we also mustn’t allow them to inflate the image of the enemy to such a degree that we feel that caution and patience are not options."

ISIS, Deep in the Heart of Texas -

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