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Five Businesses Who Say They Will Be Hurt By Taxes Going Up

Five Businesses Who Say They Will Be Hurt By Taxes Going Up

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1. Donald Fox, CEO of Firehouse Subs View this image › firehousesubs.com Donald Fox, the CEO of Firehouse Subs says he can afford to pay higher taxes himself, but some of the company’s franchise owners can not. “For those franchisees that are trying to save with the rise in taxes some of them won’t be able to,” Fox told BuzzFeed. The rise in taxes “is going to have a very real impact on those operators.” Fox was among a group of business owners who met with House Speaker John Boehner last week. He suggest letting the tax increase only hit those earning more than $1 million a year to not eff
Novelist Junot Diaz Endorses Bill de Blasio, Condemns Bloomberg’s “Racist” Comments

Novelist Junot Diaz Endorses Bill de Blasio, Condemns Bloomberg’s “Racist” Comments

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Mario Tama / Getty Images Leonardo Cendamo   In a radio ad set to air during the final two days of the New York City primary, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Junot Diaz endorses Bill de Blasio and takes aim at Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Diaz, a Dominican-American novelist and member of a number of New York City activist groups, recorded the ad for the city’s largest union, 1199 SEIU. The 60-second spot will air starting Monday m
One Year After Sandy, Plans To Protect NYC Take Shape

One Year After Sandy, Plans To Protect NYC Take Shape

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View this image › Burnt houses are seen next to those which survived in Breezy Point, a neighborhood located in the New York City borough of Queens, after it was devastated by Hurricane Sandy, Oct. 31, 2012. Adrees Latif / Reuters New York City doesn’t stay still. That’s not just sentimental boosterism for the city that never sleeps; it’s a matter of geographical fact. Long after streams were filled and coastline jags straitened, the five-borough map is again changing — and this time it’s a matter of survival for New York as we know it, with ramifications for oth
10 Iconic Moments of Margaret Thatcher’s Career

10 Iconic Moments of Margaret Thatcher’s Career

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Love her or loathe her, there’s no doubting Margaret Thatcher was one of the most iconic politicians of our times. When she left office in 1990, the Britain her successor inherited was almost completely different from the one she was first elected leader of—for better or for worse. In honor of her passing, here are the 10 most iconic moments of her premiership: When Thatcher came to power, Britain was the ‘sick man’ of Europe. Her term in office would be characterized by a steely determination to drag the UK back onto the world stage—deregulating finance, palling up with Ronald Reagan and involving herself in the endgame of the Cold War. But it’s easy to forget her election alone was a record-breaking achievement: for the first time in ever, a woman had been elected to lead a major West
Why Cable News Blew The Coverage Of Wendy Davis’ Filibuster

Why Cable News Blew The Coverage Of Wendy Davis’ Filibuster

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View this image › Eric Gay / AP We obsess in news about what viewers want. Will they respond to subtle wood notes in an otherwise sleek glass news set? Which would news viewers think is more suitably urgent, a blue or red graphics package? Producers and managers dissect the precise language in a news tease like a piece of critical, calculated poetry: Which words, in which order, said with exactly what kind of inflection, will get an audience to stay watching into the next quarter hour? And then there was last night. A Texas state senator, Wendy Davis, sparked a
Wisconsin Official Fired After Saying Undocumented Immigrants Remind Him Of “Satan”

Wisconsin Official Fired After Saying Undocumented Immigrants Remind Him Of “Satan”

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1. Steve Krieser (right) was fired by Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (left) after writing on Facebook that he sees Satan when he looks at undocumented immigrants. Scott Bauer / AP   Krieser was the third-highest ranking member in Wisconsin’s Department of Transportation. 2. The conversation was sparked when Gordon Hintz, a Democrat in the Wisconsin State Assembly, posted a photo
LAPD Spree Killer’s Supposed Full Manifesto Shows Support For Gun Control And President Obama

LAPD Spree Killer’s Supposed Full Manifesto Shows Support For Gun Control And President Obama

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View this image › LAPD Police Dept. / AP A photo released by the Los Angeles Police Department shows three images of suspect Christopher Dorner, a former Los Angeles officer. While the search for fired Los Angeles police officer Christopher Dorner continues, several versions of a manifesto believed to have been written by Dorner have been circulating around the Internet. Many of the versions are redacted to remove the names of Dorner targets. But a version that was originally posted on Fox’s Los Angeles affiliate KTTV also contai
The FBI Renews The Search For One Of Its Own

The FBI Renews The Search For One Of Its Own

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View this image › Via fbi.gov Ryan Moriarty wanted to propose to his girlfriend Sarah for two years but couldn’t. This hesitation wasn’t caused by nerves or fear of commitment; he just wanted to get her father’s approval before he formally bent down on one knee. But this was more complicated than merely mustering up the courage. No one knew where he was. Sarah’s father is Robert Levinson, the retired FBI agent who was kidnapped off the coast of Iran in 2007 and whose whereabouts remain unknown to this day
Mitt Romney Wants To Follow You On Twitter

Mitt Romney Wants To Follow You On Twitter

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View this image › Mitt and Ann Romney, in a photo posted to Mary Romney’s family blog. Has anyone ever shared more, and yet shared less, than the Romney family? Mitt Romney and his sons rarely get the credit they deserve for their fluency with new media: The five brothers maintained a blog in the old bloggy years of 2008. Three of them have Twitter feeds for the Social Web of 2012. One daughter-in-law, Mary Romney, even maintains a well-kept mommy blog, studded with images of a loose candidate, mussed hair and all, while her husband, Craig, blogged his way acros
Romney Slams Obama For Saying He Can’t Change Washington From Inside

Romney Slams Obama For Saying He Can’t Change Washington From Inside

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Video available at: http://youtube.com/watch?v=qi2HSk7csJs. SARASOTA, Fla. — An hour after President Obama said he couldn’t “change Washington from the inside” at a forum hosted by Univision in Miami, Mitt Romney took to the stage at an outdoor rally here Thursday afternoon and accused the president of “surrender” — an attack, his aides say, that will become a major part of his campaign’s message in coming days. “The president today threw in the white flag of surrender again,” Romney said. “He said he can’t change Washington from inside. He can only change it from outside. Well, we’re gonna give him that chanc
Meet The Trans Scholar Fighting Against The Campaign For Out Trans Military Service

Meet The Trans Scholar Fighting Against The Campaign For Out Trans Military Service

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View this image › Courtesy of Dean Spade WASHINGTON — In recent months, one of the key issues relating to transgender rights that has come up in public debate is that of out transgender military service. A leading trans legal scholar, however, tells BuzzFeed the focus is “likely to harm” other progress sought by the transgender community and is coming at “the whims of a few wealthy donors.” From the decision by former Navy SEAL Kristin Beck, to come out as trans to the announcement by Chelsea Manning that she also is trans, trans military issues have received mo
Waterboarding Is A Big Joke At Cheney Roast

Waterboarding Is A Big Joke At Cheney Roast

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View this image › The cover of the program at the Oct. 7 “Roast of Dick Cheney.” Dick Cheney is ready to laugh about waterboarding. Conservatives gathered at the Plaza Hotel in Manhattan Monday night to roast the former vice president at an event where many of the biggest laugh lines touched on the most controversial policies of a key architect of his administration’s war on terror. At the gathering, hosted by Commentary, figures including former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and former Attorney General Michael Mukasey drew a mix of chuckles and winces with
15 Notable Political and Military Misquotes

15 Notable Political and Military Misquotes

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Listverse has published a couple of fine lists on misquotes from Shakespeare, movies and other subjects. What follows is a list of 15 of the more notable political and military misquotes. Sources I used were some books from my shelves, Snopes.com, the New York Times and good ol’ Google. Quote numbers 15-11 are usually attributed to the correct person, but the words are different or twisted. Numbers 10-7 are correct attributions but the person in question didn’t coin the phrase. Numbers 6-1 usually are attributed to the wrong person entirely. Quote: “If nominated, I will not run. If elected, I will not serve.” What he actually said: “I will not accept if nominated and will not serve if elected.” It means exactly the same thing, but the actual language is less poetic than the misqu
Bill De Blasio, Confident But Cautious, Says He Expects A Run-Off

Bill De Blasio, Confident But Cautious, Says He Expects A Run-Off

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View this image › Spencer Platt / Getty Images When Bill de Blasio arrived at an Upper West Side grocery store for a meet-and-greet — his first of the day, and one of his last before polls open in New York City on Tuesday — he said he wanted just one thing: “to meet as many voters as I can.” But de Blasio, the late-breaking frontrunner in the Democratic mayoral primary, had trouble meeting more than a dozen Monday outside the Fairway on Broadway and West 74th Street — he had too many reporters around him. “Make a path, please!” a campaign staffer shouted. As ph
The Auto Bailout Mitt Romney Doesn’t Talk About

The Auto Bailout Mitt Romney Doesn’t Talk About

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Mitt Romney’s opposition to a bailout for the auto industry is a regular subject of Democratic attacks, but also a mark of his conservative consistency: The market, he’s said, would have done a better job of sorting out Detroit’s woes than the government did. But the line between the auto bailout, which he opposed, and the giant financial bailout known as TARP, which he’s supported, isn’t as clear as often advertised. In fact, TARP included a rescue of the car industry’s finance arm, the white collar counterpart to the blue collar industry itself. The beneficiary of the auto industry’s financial rescue was the General Motors Acceptance Corporation (GMAC), which was renamed Ally Financial in May 2009. The company had been the lending arm of Gener
Veterans Plot To Expand Revolt Against Government Shutdown

Veterans Plot To Expand Revolt Against Government Shutdown

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View this image › mtholyoke.edu WASHINGTON — Military veterans are declaring war on the government shutdown. After a group of veterans broke down the barricades at the national World War II Memorial Tuesday afternoon, organizers of one Hero Flight Network group told BuzzFeed it wasn’t the last Washington would hear from them. Veterans are plotting another protest at the same place Wednesday, and expressed interest in staging similar events at sites across the nation’s capital, including the Lincoln Memorial — an act of civil disobedience that would likely pour f
Mitt Romney Is Clutch

Mitt Romney Is Clutch

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View this image › Romney addresses supporters at his Michigan primary night rally in Novi, Michigan. REBECCA COOK / Reuters NOVI, Michigan — Delivering his victory speech to a crowd of supporters here Tuesday night, Mitt Romney laid out the theme of his up-and-down campaign so far. “We didn’t win by a lot, but we won by enough,” he said. If Romney becomes the nominee, that will likely be the description of his entire primary effort—and perhaps his political career. As BuzzFeed has noted before, Romney has a decidedly unimpressive win/loss record when it comes t
The Future Of The Republican Party Is By The Pool At The Biltmore

The Future Of The Republican Party Is By The Pool At The Biltmore

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View this image › John Gara CORAL GABLES, Fla. — As a teenager in the late 1980s, Marco Rubio’s favorite place to get drunk with his high school buddies was the golf course surrounding the Biltmore Hotel, a towering Mediterranean-style structure at the center of town. A decade later, the young lawyer and his wife Jeanette spent their wedding night in one of the Biltmore’s suites. On election night in 2010, Rubio celebrated his unlikely election to the United States Senate in one of the Biltmore’s ballrooms. And sometime this year, the swirling circle of donors,
Federal Officials Protect Transgender Student Against Discrimination

Federal Officials Protect Transgender Student Against Discrimination

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View this image › Education Secretary Arne Duncan Daily Herald/Rick West / AP WASHINGTON — School districts cannot discriminate against transgender students without violating federal law, Education and Justice department officials stated Wednesday in a settlement agreement resolving a complaint filed on behalf of a transgender student who faced discrimination in middle school. The agreement is the latest mark of a growing legal and administrative trend to interpret bans on sex discrimination as including discrimination based on gender identity and transgender s
Gerard Depardieu Loves Dictators

Gerard Depardieu Loves Dictators

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1. He collaborates on projects with the daughter of Uzbekistan’s dictator. Video available at: http://youtube.com/watch?v=B2yKoMt8xKo. Depardieu recorded a song with Gulnara Karimova, the daughter of Uzbekistan’s iron-fisted longtime president Islam Karimov. Karimova, who is launching a pop career as “Googoosha,” is being linked to a telecommunications fraud and corruption scandal currently under investigation by Swiss and Swedish authorities. Depardieu also agreed to play the role of a Byzantine emperor in a series written by Karimova. 2. He’s gone to Chechnya to publicly support the Chechen president
Top 10 Badasses of the World’s Special Forces

Top 10 Badasses of the World’s Special Forces

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In honor of a recent list of cheesy 80s actioners, here is a list for us James Bond wannabes. This list looks at 10 of the special forces from around the world that have the honor of being the most elite and – consequently – badass. Feel free to mention your own favorites in the comments which will no doubt include a lot that are not listed here. Whereas most of the training regimens of militaries around the world are designed to teach, Russia’s Special Purpose Regiments, equivalent to the U. S. Green Berets, endure punishment daily throughout their training. They may quit anytime they want. The Spetsnaz want only the best, pain-hardened, battle-loving killers. They spar with the express goal of injuring each other, breaking ribs, fingers, vertebrae, healing only l...
10 Arguments Against Gun Control

10 Arguments Against Gun Control

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This list serves as a rebuttal of the Listverse list “10 Arguments for Gun Control” by Morris M. This list is not intended to incite controversy, but to foster an even-sided debate. The issue of gun control is global, but since it is most controversial in the United States of America, that nation is referred to most in the following entries. The US Constitution’s Second Amendment reads: “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” 10 There Is Murder In The UK Almost all handguns are banned from civilian possession, ownership, purchase, or sale in the United Kingdom as a result of the Second Firearms Act of 1997. This was in response to the Dunblane Massac...
Health Care Day In Romneyland

Health Care Day In Romneyland

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View this image › Alex Wong / Getty Images WASHINGTON, D.C. — Eighteen hours before news that the Supreme Court had upheld the Affordable Care Act was splashed across cable news chyrons, Mitt Romney stood confidently in front of a crowd of roaring partisans at a Virginia electrical manufacturing warehouse, and winked at its coming demise. “My guess is they’re not sleeping real well in the White House tonight!” he said tauntingly, eliciting hearty cheers from his audience. “That’s the way it ought to be!” The room had the energy of a high school pep rally the n
Mitt Romney Finally Has The Campaign He Wanted

Mitt Romney Finally Has The Campaign He Wanted

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View this image › Brian Snyder / Reuters AMES, Iowa — It was mid-afternoon by the time Mitt Romney stepped up to an outdoor podium here Friday, but the temperature still hovered stubbornly below 40 degrees, keeping the crowd to a modest size. The lofty soundtrack that accompanied his arrival felt a bit over-the-top for the smallness of the setting. But Romney, in a white shirt, dark tie, and sporty black windbreaker, was all smiles. After a blistering primary campaign, a summer of distractions, and an early autumn of flailing, the Republican nominee has final
Obama Directs Federal Government To Give Gay Married Couples Equal Veterans’ Benefits

Obama Directs Federal Government To Give Gay Married Couples Equal Veterans’ Benefits

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View this image › J. Scott Applewhite, File / AP WASHINGTON — Attorney General Eric Holder announced Wednesday that President Obama directed the executive branch to stop enforcing two laws that prevented same-sex married couples from receiving the same veterans’ benefits as are available to opposite-sex married couples. The move is the latest fallout from the Supreme Court’s June decision in United States v. Windsor striking down the federal ban on recognition of same-sex couples’ marriages that was found in the Defense of Marriage Act. “This announcement means
Ted Cruz And Steve King Went Pheasant Hunting In Iowa

Ted Cruz And Steve King Went Pheasant Hunting In Iowa

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1. Sen. Ted Cruz went pheasant hunting in Iowa with Sen. Steve King Saturday. Steve King @SteveKingIA Follow Good hunting on opening day. BF_STATIC.timequeue.push(function () { if (bfjs.isMobile() || !isIE8()) document.getElementById("update_tweet_posted_time_1871143").setAttribute('title', 'Time posted: ' + UI.dateFormat.get_formatted_date('Sat Oct 26 15:30:12 +0000 2013', 'UTC') ); }); BF_STATIC.timequeue.push(function () { document.getElementById("update_tweet_posted_time_1871143").innerHTML = UI.dateFormat.get_formatted_date('Sat Oct 26 15:30:12 +0000 2013', 'tweet'); }); ...
Mormon Church-Owned Website Suspends Gun Sales

Mormon Church-Owned Website Suspends Gun Sales

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View this image › Bloomberg displays a confiscated AR-15 assault rifle above a table of illegal firearms sold to undercover officers. Mario Tama / Getty Images In the wake of the Newtown, Conn. shooting, a Mormon Church-owned company announced Tuesday night it was suspending all gun listings on its popular classifieds site. In addition to removing gun listings, KSL.com — the online hub for Salt Lake City’s NBC affiliate, which is operated by church-owned Deseret Digital Media — took down the “Firearms and Hunting” section from its website. A company statement th
Community Post: 14 Mitt Romney Jokes That Are Actually Pretty Funny

Community Post: 14 Mitt Romney Jokes That Are Actually Pretty Funny

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1. Video available at: http://youtube.com/watch?v=l3cvAjIdEy0. At a campaign stop in New Hampshire, Romney pretended that an unsuspecting waitress had grabbed his butt. Later clarified that he was “just teasing.” 2. Video available at: http://youtube.com/watch?v=Lb5vk-uHVqg. Romney was glitter-bombed at a rally in Minnesota in February, but reacted to his heckler like a true comedian: addressing him directly and spinning the incident in his favor (“This is confetti! We just won Florida!”).
Mike Lee Wants Conservatives To Get Wonky

Mike Lee Wants Conservatives To Get Wonky

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View this image › Joshua Roberts / Reuters WASHINGTON — In a lofty, agenda-setting speech at the Heritage Foundation Tuesday, Sen. Mike Lee called for conservatives to cease their frenzied campaign to purge “heretics” from the GOP, and enter instead into a productive, large-scale debate over what Republicanism should look like in the 21st century. Step one: Get wonky. “If our generation of conservatives wants to enjoy our own defining triumph, our own 1980 — we are going to have to deserve it,” the Utah senator said. “That means sharpening more pencils than k
BuzzFeed Veepstakes: So Who Didn’t Make The Cut?

BuzzFeed Veepstakes: So Who Didn’t Make The Cut?

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View this image › Welcome to BuzzFeed Veepstakes, your daily guide to Mitt Romney’s search for a running mate. Mitt Romney is in Boston this morning and begins his bus tour tomorrow in the Norfolk VA area. Pawlenty’s in New Hampshire today and tomorrow, Portman will be riding in the Pelotonia bike tour this weekend, and Ryan is heading off into the woods for a family camping trip tomorrow. All indications point to the VP announcement coming after Monday. On Tuesday Romney will be in Ohio - a perfect announcement spot - and the campaign hasn’t adv
10 Lesser Known Economic Issues

10 Lesser Known Economic Issues

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While not an economist in the traditional sense, I am very interested in the study of economics. While not everyone shares this level of interest, I believe people should have an understanding of economics as the field is so important to understanding the world that we live in. Though this list contains ideas that are controversial, it is not intended to promote anger or controversy. Rather, these entries were chosen to shed some light on lesser known, yet important economic issues facing our world, and give readers something to ponder. Please give your opinions on these issues in the comments. Also known as the Diamond-Water Paradox, the paradox of value is the contradiction that while water is more useful, in terms of survival, than diamonds, diamonds get a higher market price. The ar...
Russia’s Devastating Adoption Ban

Russia’s Devastating Adoption Ban

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View this image › Orphan children play in their bedroom at an orphanage in the southern Russian city of Rostov-on-Don. Vladimir Konstantinov / Reuters When I was eight years old, I remember wandering through a pre-9/11 Hartsfield -Jackson Airport in Atlanta with my sister, who is two years older. Our parents sent us to Miami to stay with family for several weeks while they traveled to Ust-Labinsk, a small Russian town a short drive to the Black Sea and a slightly longer drive in the other direction to Chechnya. The reason for their journey was to adopt my youn
37 Photos Of Presidents Bro-ing Out

37 Photos Of Presidents Bro-ing Out

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1. Harry Truman sunbathing on the presidential yacht during his vacation in Bermuda: View this image › 2. Harry Truman sightseeing while on his yacht during his Bermuda vacation: View this image › 3. Richard Nixon and Dwight Eisenhower sharing a moment at Camp David:
25 Amazing, Official White House Petitions

25 Amazing, Official White House Petitions

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Editors' Note: This post has been corrected to remove phrasing that was appears to have been copied from a government website. BuzzFeed takes its responsibility to readers very seriously, and plagiarism is a major breach of that responsibility. Please read our apology to readers here. BF_STATIC.timequeue.push(function () { document.getElementById("update_article_correction_time_3472405").innerHTML = UI.dateFormat.get_formatted_date('2014-07-26 00:35:26 -0500', 'update'); }); Our Right… The right to petition your government is enshrined in the First Amendment of the United States Constitution. The Obama Administration recently launched the “We the People” section of W
Welcome To Liberal America

Welcome To Liberal America

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View this image › John Gress / Reuters President Barack Obama’s sweeping victory in the 2012 election, his party’s wide win in the Senate, and the first ever triumph of marriage equality at the polls cemented the reality of a changed America that emerged in 2008. The shape of that changed country was obscured by the Republican revival of 2010, but the 2012 vote means both the survival of Obama’s policy project and the clear emergence of a new demographic picture and electoral map. The first post–baby boomer president was returned to the White House with the wid
GOP Rep. Roscoe Bartlett Laments Working Mothers

GOP Rep. Roscoe Bartlett Laments Working Mothers

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View this image › U.S. Rep. Roscoe Bartlett, R-Md., voting during the primary election in Ballenger Creek, Md., Tuesday, April 3, 2012. Luis M. Alvarez / AP Rep. Bartlett, 86, is the second-oldest member of the House of Representatives and is a founding member of the Tea Party Caucus. He has been serving Maryland’s 6th congressional district since 1993, but he is on shaky ground this election since his district has been redrawn. The Washington Post reports that despite his newfound Democratic constituents, Rep. Bartlett is is still willing to speak his mind – in
Top 8 Badass SAS Operations

Top 8 Badass SAS Operations

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The British SAS is one of the foremost military Special Forces in the world, and have gained a reputation for professionalism and efficiency. The SAS was first formed by David Stirling. He realized that small, self-sufficient and versatile groups of men could slip past German defenses to attack vital targets, such as airfields and equipment dumps, before slipping away. Since the Second World War, they have diversified to carry out many other operations, such as long-range reconnaissance, counter-terrorism and hearts and minds operations. Their success led to many countries setting up their own SAS-style special forces, such as Delta Force. This list looks at a few of these operations which show why the SAS is considered one of the best Special Forces in the world. They are not in any parti...
Tax Reform For Legal Pot Businesses Brings Together An Odd Group

Tax Reform For Legal Pot Businesses Brings Together An Odd Group

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View this image › Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, Rep. Earl Blumenauer, Americans for Tax Reform President Grover Norquist, and Aaron Smith from the National Cannabis Industry Association. Kate Nocera/BuzzFeed WASHINGTON — What is one way to get reporters to attend a sweltering outdoor press conference about a wonky provision in the tax code? Make it about weed. An exceptionally odd group showed up to talk about the unfair tax burdens on pot dispensaries in two dozen states. The issue brought together Grover Norquist of Americans for Tax Reform, a constant boogeyman of
Small Turnout For Anti-“Amnesty” Leaders In Congress

Small Turnout For Anti-“Amnesty” Leaders In Congress

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View this image › Rep. Steve King Pete Marovich / Getty Images As the Senate Judiciary Committee marks up the bipartisan “Gang of Eight’s” attempt to rewrite American immigration law, another gang across the Capitol — striking as much for its small numbers as for the intensity of its views — organized its own effort to stop the Senate bill. “You all know how badly I despise Obamacare. I have spent years of my life fighting against Obamacare,” the group’s leader, Iowa conservative Steve King, said. “It’s terrible, it diminishes the destiny of America. But if I h
Top 10 Controversial Topics About The US

Top 10 Controversial Topics About The US

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Anyone who has been following this site for any reasonable length of time knows just how controversial (or, at least, divisive) any U.S.-related list is bound to be (“Too American,” anyone?). This is because, by nature, the United States is a controversial country, one that most people seem to either strongly like or strongly dislike (something we will address very soon). But to what extent is its controversial nature based on misconceptions or one-sided arguments? In the spirit of creating healthy discourse, I’ve decided to compile ten topics related to the country that merit educated discussion. Note that not all topics worthy of discussion are here, nor are all topics here the most worthy of discussion. We’ll start off with a couple of light ones that shouldn...
The Idea For A March On Washington Began In December 1940

The Idea For A March On Washington Began In December 1940

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View this image › A. Philip Randolph Francis Miller/Time & Life Pictures / Getty Images WASHINGTON — When President Obama takes to the National Mall on Wednesday, he will likely invoke the moment made into history by Martin Luther King Jr. on Aug. 28, 1963. King, however, had taken cues from the example set by Bayard Rustin, who himself had taken cues from the leadership set by A. Philip Randolph, among others. Rustin, who reached his 18th birthday two months after King turned 1 year old, had met Randolph a decade later — when Rustin was 29 and Randolph was
Democrat Donor Under Fire for Gun Ties

Democrat Donor Under Fire for Gun Ties

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View this image › Leo Hindery Ted Richardson / Reuters A prominent Democratic fundraiser and progressive media executive is coming under fire from some shareholders for his company’s dealings with the National Rifle Association. Leo Hindery is a managing partner at InterMedia Partners LP and who has donated millions to Democratic campaigns, and was the top fundraiser for John Edwards’ 2008 presidential campaign. InterMedia owns Sportsman Channel, a hunting and fishing channel that frequently hosts NRA executives and is now in the process of merging with Outdoor
10 Arguments for Gun Control

10 Arguments for Gun Control

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There’s no doubt about it—we sure do love our guns. Last year, the small arms survey concluded that the United States has 88.9 firearms for every one hundred people. That’s more than Yemen, Mexico, Pakistan, and the West Bank/Gaza combined. Yet there’s a heck-load of research out there indicating that a pinch of gun control would keep us safer, and potentially even save our lives. After all: If you compared gun ownership levels with homicide rates, what would you expect to see? Fewer people willing to start a fight when everyone is armed? No correlation at all? Well, not exactly: according to decades of data analyzed by the Harvard School of Public Health, guns and homicides go together like Nicholas Cage and terrible movies. Put simply, if your fellow citizens h...
South Africans Hate Racism, Love Dogs

South Africans Hate Racism, Love Dogs

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View this image › Dineo Lusenga @DineoLusenga Just got off the phone with the bf. He's feeding his dogs & cats spending some quality time with them. *As I forward him that Zuma article* BF_STATIC.timequeue.push(function () { if (bfjs.isMobile() || !isIE8()) document.getElementById("update_tweet_posted_time_775816").setAttribute('title', 'Time posted: ' + UI.dateFormat.get_formatted_date('Thu Dec 27 19:24:51 +00
In Daytona, Romney Tries To Rise Above “Romnesia”

In Daytona, Romney Tries To Rise Above “Romnesia”

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View this image › U.S. Republican presidential nominee and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney arrives at a campaign rally in Daytona Beach, Florida, October 19, 2012. Jim Young / Reuters DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Appearing alongside his running mate at a beachside rally here Friday night, Mitt Romney dismissed President Obama’s recent stump speech punch lines as “silly word games” meant to distract from his failures in office. Romney sought to strike a tone of disappointment as he accused Obama of lacking a second-term agenda. “They’ve been reduced to petty
Why Everyone Hates The White House Beat Now

Why Everyone Hates The White House Beat Now

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View this image › The White House press corps is seen as Obama arrives to speak. Charles Dharapak / AP WASHINGTON — Freshly minted White House reporters these days are facing a surprising question from many of their fellow D.C. scribes: Why would anyone want that job? Although often thought of as the most prestigious beat in political journalism, the White House is increasingly seen as a newsless land of “stenographers” — a dead end for young, ambitious reporters hoping to carve out a niche, and a constant target of criticism by the partisan public. Veteran memb
10 Superhuman Feats of Political Oratory

10 Superhuman Feats of Political Oratory

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We have had two previous lists of great speeches and there is, inevitably, a little overlap between them all. This list looks at some of the most significant words in history (either spoken, as the title implies, or written). You can, of course, add your own favorites to the list via the comments if you think something has been left out. With a mere 9 months in office as the President of the United States, Barack Obama somehow managed to make the whole world pay attention to what was going on in the U. S. The Norwegian Nobel Committee awarded the prize to him “for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples.” It is a controversial decision, and detractors are still arguing that he did precisely nothing in terms of foreig...
Cerberus Private Equity Fund Silent On NRA Ties

Cerberus Private Equity Fund Silent On NRA Ties

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View this image › A screen shot from the front page of the Freedom Group, Inc., website. WASHINGTON — More than a week after Cerberus Capital Management announced that it would sell its stake in one of the world’s largest gun companies, a spokesman for the investment firm will not say how long the sale will take, what it will do with the company — or whether its brands will continue to donate to the National Rifle Association. “I don’t anticipate that they will comment beyond the press release issued last week,” Peter Duda, a spokesman for Cerberus, told BuzzFee
10 Oddities of the British Parliament

10 Oddities of the British Parliament

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The UK is currently undergoing its election process so it seemed appropriate that this list ought to be published now. The British parliamentary system is an interesting one and many other countries base their system on it. Hopefully this list will leave us all with a better understanding of that system. Or to be more accurate, there is no single document setting out how the country should be governed. The UK is one of only a handful of nations without a written constitution (the others being Israel, New Zealand and San Marino), it instead relies on a huge number of separate laws and traditions which evolved over hundreds of years. A surprising number of features central to the British political system are nothing more than convention. There is no constitutional requirement for there...
10 Amusing Ways People Have Mocked Dictators

10 Amusing Ways People Have Mocked Dictators

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Dictators are easily some of the most hateable people in the world, and why not? History has shown us that most dictators have a tendency to do crazy things that would land the rest of us in an insane asylum. Yet being evil and crazy are exactly the two qualities dictators need to make them the ideal fodder for mockery and ridicule. And as we’ll see, it’s very satisfying to know that dictators do get humiliated in spectacular fashion from time to time. 10Mao Zedong Made Fun Of Khrushchev’s Inability To Swim This seemingly petty feud between two dictators—which began in a swimming pool, of all places—would have been funny had it not almost caused a catastrophic war in the ’60s. Chinese Communist leader Mao Zedong, angered by the cold treatment afforded to him by Stalin an
Salt Lake Mayor’s Office Invites British PM To “Stop By Anytime”

Salt Lake Mayor’s Office Invites British PM To “Stop By Anytime”

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View this image › “(David Cameron) can stop by any time. We’d love to have him and are happy to send a map so he doesn’t run into any trouble locating the middle of nowhere.” — Spokesperson For Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker SALT LAKE CITY, Utah — The Salt Lake City Mayor’s office responded to a diss by British Prime Minister David Cameron, who snarked Wednesday that Utah’s 2002 Winter Olympics took place in “the middle of nowhere,” with the state’s signature friendliness — and a bit of passive agg
Montana Supreme Court Rejects Broad Equal Benefits Claim By Gay Couples

Montana Supreme Court Rejects Broad Equal Benefits Claim By Gay Couples

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View this image › Elaine Thompson / AP Gay and lesbian couples can marry in Washington and several other states, but Montana same-sex couples were dealt a setback in a Montana Supreme Court fight for equal benefits on Monday. Same-sex couples in Montana—which has a constitutional amendment prohibiting them from marrying—were denied a request for equal benefits by the state’s supreme court on Monday, although the court left open the possibility of a future ruling that could grant at least some of the sought benefits. The Montana Su
9 Passages From Terry McAuliffe’s Book That Might Make Virginia Voters Cringe

9 Passages From Terry McAuliffe’s Book That Might Make Virginia Voters Cringe

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1. Saying he felt like a “caged rat” when the 9/11 attacks prevented him from fundraising. “If not for September 11, Bush would have been gone politically. His approval ratings were sinking and his policies were hurting the country and the American people. He had nothing going for him after the attacks we knew he was going to get a huge bounce and it soon became clear that the press would come to see its role as making him look good and downplaying any criticism of his administration’s fixation on being fast and loose with the facts. I was one of our party’s most visible spokesmen and I had to keep a low profile after the attacks. I was like a caged rat. I couldn’t travel. I couldn’t make political calls. I couldn’t make money calls. I couldn’t do an
How A Coal Miner’s Autopsy Proved A Top Doctor Wrong

How A Coal Miner’s Autopsy Proved A Top Doctor Wrong

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After working underground in the coal mines of southern West Virginia for almost 35 years, Steve Day thought it was obvious why he gasped for air, slept upright in a recliner, and inhaled oxygen from a tank 24 hours a day. More than half a dozen doctors who saw the masses in his lungs or the test results showing his severely impaired breathing were also in agreement. The clear diagnosis was black lung. Yet, when I met Steve in April 2013, he had lost his case to receive benefits guaranteed by federal law to any coal miner disabled by black lung. The coal company that employed the miner usually pays for these benefits, and, ...
Andrew Cuomo’s Gun Genius

Andrew Cuomo’s Gun Genius

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View this image › Cuomo talks about the New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act in Albany on January 15. Hans Pennink / Reuters The gun safety package that passed the New York state legislature Tuesday does many things: tightens the state’s assault weapons ban, beefs up background checks, and requires 5-year re-certifications of gun licenses, to name a few. It also provides an incredibly clear example of how the state’s governor and aspiring president, Andrew Cuomo, operates – as well as what motivates him. More specifically, it reflects a seem
Activist Gives Speech Inside Mitch McConnell’s Office About Unemployment Benefits

Activist Gives Speech Inside Mitch McConnell’s Office About Unemployment Benefits

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WASHINGTON — Activists weaved through the basement of the Capitol, marched up stairs and squeezed through hallways to deliver more than 100,000 petitions to extend unemployment benefits to the offices of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker John Boehner. After a press conference with House and Senate Democrats, more than a dozen activists, organized by groups including the National Employment Law Project and AFL-CIO, carried two boxes filled with 60,000 petitions each, asking Congress to extend the benefits, which expired late last month — one for Boehner’s office and the other for McConnell’s. 2. Much to the surprise of the activists, Sen. Elizabeth Warren stepped o
Romney Sees Win/Win In Coming Obamacare Ruling, Regardless Of Outcome

Romney Sees Win/Win In Coming Obamacare Ruling, Regardless Of Outcome

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Video available at: http://youtube.com/watch?v=8KWM4I9xIMo. Mitt Romney is poised to take advantage of either the defeat or the survival of President Obama’s 2010 health care overhaul, he told a crowd in Virginia today. As the political world waits for a Supreme Court’s ruling on the Affordable Care Act expected Thursday, Romney laid out two different talking points in a Virginia speech: One to use if the law is overturned, and another if it’s upheld. “As you know, the Supreme Court is going to be dealing with whether or not Obamacare is Constitutional,” he said. “If Obamacare is not deemed Constitutional, t
Conservatives Take Aim At Democrats’ Marriage Embrace

Conservatives Take Aim At Democrats’ Marriage Embrace

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View this image › Charlie Neibergall / AP Brian Brown, executive director of the National Organization for Marriage, speaks during a “Let Us Vote” marriage rally sponsored by The Family Leader, Tuesday, March 20, 2012, at the Statehouse in Des Moines, Iowa. Although Mitt Romney’s response to Democrats’ move to include marriage equality in their platform may have been muted, social conservatives went on full attack. The National Organization for Marriage’s executive director, Brian Brown, said Democrats “hope to kill off the instit
10 Arguments For Legalizing Euthanasia

10 Arguments For Legalizing Euthanasia

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Euthanasia is an issue most politicians wouldn’t touch with a long pole. And with good reason: Any argument on the subject usually devolves into a series of complex, abstract questions about morality and freedom of choice and so on. But while these ideas do have their place in the debate, they usually serve only to eclipse the other, better reasons we have for considering legalization—reasons that involve evidence, lived experience, and hard statistics. 10It Doesn’t Shorten Life One of the big arguments against euthanasia is that it’s irreversible: Once the patient is gone, we’ll never know if their unexpected recovery was just around the corner, or if they might have gone on to lead full and happy lives despite their illness. However, this argument ignores the data so hard it basic
10 Of The Most Heavily Armed School Districts In The US

10 Of The Most Heavily Armed School Districts In The US

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On August 12, 2014, video footage emerged out of Ferguson, Missouri: American citizens were facing off against a small-town police department that looked more like an army unit launching a combat mission overseas. Following several days of unrest in the wake of a controversial police shooting, largely peaceful protesters were attacked by officers in military formation, dressed like commandos and armed with fully automatic machine guns. Rotating turrets, mounted on top of enormous armored combat vehicles, fired tear gas, rubber bullets, and flash grenades at unarmed citizens. In the ensuing days and weeks, the public would learn about the now-controversial government program that civil libertarians had been clamoring about for years—the US Department of Defense’s “Excess P...
Gun Control Legislation Isn’t Going Anywhere

Gun Control Legislation Isn’t Going Anywhere

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View this image › A police officer stands guard at the front gate of the Washington Naval Yard on Tuesday. Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press / MCT WASHINGTON — If Sen. Dianne Feinstein had any hopes Monday’s mass shooting at the Navy Yard would breath new life into her effort to pass new gun control legislation, they were dashed early Tuesday morning on the sidewalk outside her hair salon. “I’m going in to have my hair done this morning, and there’s somebody waiting outside who says, ‘Are you going to try and take away our guns again?’ It’s malevolence … [a] lack of.
Mitt Romney’s Blunt Talk On Venture Capital

Mitt Romney’s Blunt Talk On Venture Capital

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View this image › Romney was examined by Joseph Walsh, the lawyer for Maureen Sullivan-Stemberg, in a suit against her ex-husband, Thomas G. Stemberg. The judge rules for Thomas Stemberg, the founder of Staples. The testimony was given in Norfolk, Mass. Probate Court on October 7, 1991. View this image ›
10 Fiendish Stories About Asia’s Forgotten Dictator

10 Fiendish Stories About Asia’s Forgotten Dictator

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Ferdinand Marcos was the dictator of the Philippines for over two decades. His 21-year reign was marked with a vigorous campaign against communists inland and abroad, dark plots sanctioned by the CIA and US presidents, and martial law—under which repression, imprisonment, torture, and executions became the norm. Here are 10 stories about “Macoy,” his family and his henchmen, and their downright disturbing antics. 10 A Boy Genius On Death Row Marcos was said to be a genius with a photographic memory, able at a young age to recite the Constitution and even entire speeches dictated to him. He studied law at the University of the Philippines, topping the 1939 Bar Examinations with a score of 92.35 percent. When he was accused of cheating, he had to retake the exam—and got a perfe
Mitt Romney Has Complex History On Guns

Mitt Romney Has Complex History On Guns

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1. In 1994 Mitt Romney debate Ted Kennedy over guns, crime. Video available at: http://youtube.com/watch?v=q7altgu5jKo. youtube.com 2. Romney in 2002 supports tough guns laws, won’t chip away at them Video available at: http://youtube.com/watch?v=Kk1bJOpYUqE. youtube.com 3. Mitt Romney wanted federal ballistic fingerprinting in 2002 Video available at: http://youtube.com/watch?v=-4YOl

Top 11 Methods of Interrogation

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These are the approved methods of interrogation taught by SERE – U.S. military training program (survival, evasion, resistance, escape). The use of these techniques is highly controversial and many people say that they are essentially methods of torture and illegal under the Geneva Convention. 1. Isolation Isolation is the idea that a person should be left entirely without stimulation by another person. When left for the right amount of time in this state, it leads to a deep feeling of anxiety. The KUBARK document (1) states: “Little is known about the duration of confinement calculated to make a subject shift from anxiety, coupled with a desire for sensory stimuli and human companionship, to a passive, apathetic acceptance of isolation[...]“ The document recommends ...

How Gun Culture Won Over Liberals

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View this image › On a Sunday morning a couple years ago, Brooklyn journalist Foster Kamer and a few of his “particularly liberal” blogger friends decided to skip brunch and hit the shooting range instead. “We said, hey, let’s do something ridiculous,” he recalled. “Let’s go shoot guns.” They chose the nearest site they found, a range that operated out of a basement in midtown Manhattan. “The first thing that happened when we got there was we heard some guy hammering away at a target with what sounded like a cannon. It was just in such tight quarters. It kind
10 Pretty Stupid Business Moves

10 Pretty Stupid Business Moves

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We all know about “New Coke”, the Edsel, and Decca not signing the Beatles. But surely corporate stupidity like that is rare, no? Unfortunately, no – it is actually quite common. Many of the corporate blunders that occur remain secret to the outside world, but, fortunately for us at listverse, sufficient numbers have become public so we can read in shock and amazement. Mistake: Insufficient Diligence on Due Diligence In the 1990’s Quaker Oat Company was rolling in profits from their dry foodstuffs business, so they branched out and acquired the Gatorade sports drink franchise from Stokley. Flush with that success, they later acquired trendy bottled tea maker Snapple for $1.7 billion in a leveraged buyout. To their horror, Quaker soon learned that unlike all their oth
Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton Signs Marriage Equality Bill Into Law

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton Signs Marriage Equality Bill Into Law

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View this image › Via Twitter: @MN4allfamilies Governor Mark Dayton @GovMarkDayton Follow It's history #mnmarriage #mnleg #stribpol BF_STATIC.timequeue.push(function () { if (bfjs.isMobile() || !isIE8()) document.getElementById("update_tweet_posted_time_1174134").setAttribute('title', 'Time posted: ' + UI.dateFormat.get_formatted_date('Tue May 14 22:14:08 +0000 2013', 'UTC') ); }); BF_STATIC.timequeue.push(function () { d
Occupier Blames Movement’s Limbo On Anarchist Attrition

Occupier Blames Movement’s Limbo On Anarchist Attrition

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View this image › Occupy Wall Street activists rest during a protest at Zuccotti Park in New York July 11, 2012. EDUARDO MUNOZ / Reuters A longtime New York occupier blames the movement’s inability to hold on to top anarchist talent for its slow fizzling out over the last few months in an article on his website today. Chris Longenecker, an anarchist and member of Occupy Wall Street’s Direct Action working group, argues that Occupy failed as a radical anarchist movement because the best people left or were forced out. While Occupy tends to operate on core ana
Why I Am Leaving Restore Our Future

Why I Am Leaving Restore Our Future

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by Kelvin Nadden Today is my last day at Restore Our Future. After almost eight months at the Super PAC — first as an intern, then as an opposition researcher, then playing sinister music on an oboe, and finally editing the attack ads themselves — I believe I have worked here long enough to understand the trajectory of its culture, its people and its patented libel and defamation machines. And I can honestly say that the environment now is as toxic and destructive as I have ever seen it. In short, we’ve gotten too nice. The interests of our donors, who want simply to destroy any Republican who thinks of challenging Mitt Romney, continue to be sidelined in the way the SuperPAC operates and thinks about making television ads. Restore Our Future is
9 Times Putin Pwned Obama

9 Times Putin Pwned Obama

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After failing to sell Congress or the public on military strikes against Syria, President Obama has placed his faith in a negotiated “Russian option” to destroy Assad’s chemical weapons. View this image › Carolyn Kaster / AP But Obama’s encounters with Russia have tended to leave the White House the worse for wear. View this image › Via Getty
15 Genuinely Interesting Things About Rob Portman

15 Genuinely Interesting Things About Rob Portman

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1. He learned Spanish from Mexican cowboys while working on a border ranch. He worked on three cattle ranches in high school and college. View this image › 2. He wrote a chapter in the book “First Descents. In Search of Wild Rivers” about his experience smuggling a kayak into China in the 1980s to kayak the Yangtze River. View this image › 3. He has a t
A Timeline Of Barack Obama And Mitt Romney’s Positions On Guns

A Timeline Of Barack Obama And Mitt Romney’s Positions On Guns

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1. 1994:Mitt Romney debates Ted Kennedy over guns, crime. Video available at: http://youtube.com/watch?v=q7altgu5jKo. youtube.com 2. 1996:Obama questionnaire says he supports banning assault weapons, handguns. View this embed › 3. 2002:Romney in a debate says he supports tough guns laws, won’t chip away at them as Govenror Video available at: http://youtube.com/watch?v=Kk1bJOpYUqE. youtube.com
A Timeline Of Barack Obama’s Positions On Guns

A Timeline Of Barack Obama’s Positions On Guns

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1996: Obama questionnaire says he supports banning assault weapons, handguns. View this embed › 2001: Obama helps pass a law against forging gun ID cards and armor-piercing bullets. View this image › 2001: Obama helps defeat a concealed-carry law. View this image › 2004: Obama says the governme