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News articles selected, political and otherwise, reflect my own personal interests, not those of institutions I am affiliated with.
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Wealth Inequality in America

Infographics on the distribution of wealth in America, highlighting both the inequality and the difference between our perception of inequality and the actua...
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Americans Have No Idea How Bad Inequality Really Is

Americans Have No Idea How Bad Inequality Really Is | Current Events, Political & This & That | Scoop.it
If Michael Norton’s research is to be believed, Americans don’t have the faintest clue how severe economic inequality has become—and if they only knew, they’d be appalled.   Consider the Harvard Business School professor’s new study examining public opinion about executive compensation, co-authored with the Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok’s Sorapop...
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Naive? At a Jewish spiritual retreat center, I insist on talking about Gaza

Naive? At a Jewish spiritual retreat center, I insist on talking about Gaza | Current Events, Political & This & That | Scoop.it

"I'd come for the 'Mikwah' retreat, named after the purifying ritual immersion in water which is an integral part of Jewish practice...I'd also volunteered to lead some discussions on Israel/Gaza. Awful as Israel's previous assaults on Gaza had been, there was something qualitatively worse about this latest war. How could anyone remain complacent as the images of..."

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Why Democrats and Republicans don’t understand each other

Why Democrats and Republicans don’t understand each other | Current Events, Political & This & That | Scoop.it
Democrats are about policy, Republicans are about philosophy.
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'I'm tickled to death with it'

'I'm tickled to death with it' | Current Events, Political & This & That | Scoop.it
Just so we’re clear, this voter loves her new health care benefits. She also wants to vote for a politician who’s desperate to take her new health care benefits away.
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Boggles the mind to read about voters like these. 

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Republicans Unanimously Block Equal Pay Bill

Republicans Unanimously Block Equal Pay Bill | Current Events, Political & This & That | Scoop.it
After voting to move the Paycheck Fairness Act to debate, Republicans turned around and quashed it.
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Ted Cruz and the most cynical, despicable political stunt of the year

Ted Cruz and the most cynical, despicable political stunt of the year | Current Events, Political & This & That | Scoop.it
Aggressively supporting Israel is a political winner for conservatives. But when it comes at the expense of persecuted Christians who fear for their lives...
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9 questions about the ISIS Caliphate you were too embarrassed to ask

9 questions about the ISIS Caliphate you were too embarrassed to ask | Current Events, Political & This & That | Scoop.it

"What is a caliphate, why did ISIS declare one, and why is it so brutal?"

 

 

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On Facebook, Ezra Klein wrote that, "ISIS thinks they're recreating the Islamic Caliphate. But the real Islamic Caliphate was committed to scientific inquiry and minority rights." He is right. 

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Virginia's ex-governor was just convicted of 11 corruption counts

Virginia's ex-governor was just convicted of 11 corruption counts | Current Events, Political & This & That | Scoop.it
Bob McDonnell and his wife Maureen face up to 30 years in prison.
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Former Presidents Clinton and Bush to launch new initiative

Former Presidents Clinton and Bush to launch new initiative | Current Events, Political & This & That | Scoop.it
Washington (CNN) - Former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush are going to join forces for a new initiative aimed at helping to give leaders better skills to solve problems.

The presidents will appear together at an event in Washington on Sept.
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Satellite images show that Russia has been invading Ukraine for at least a week

Satellite images show that Russia has been invading Ukraine for at least a week | Current Events, Political & This & That | Scoop.it
NATO has released photos from August 21st showing Russian self-propelled artillery in Ukraine.
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The real threat from the Islamic State is to Muslims, not the west

The real threat from the Islamic State is to Muslims, not the west | Current Events, Political & This & That | Scoop.it
The rise of the Islamic State group is probably the worst event in recent Muslim history since 9/11.
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7 Marketing Lessons From The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

7 Marketing Lessons From The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge | Current Events, Political & This & That | Scoop.it
VideoThe ALS Ice Bucket Challenge demonstrates the power of social media to influence cause marketing on a national scale. The Challenge was a perfect storm of social media, celebrity and grass-roots philanthropy, producing hurricane-strength viral social engagement during the dog days of summer. Unlike a hurricane, the Challenge showed how social media can be harnessed, [...]
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Hong Kong's protesters are using the "hands up, don't shoot" gesture from Ferguson

Hong Kong's protesters are using the "hands up, don't shoot" gesture from Ferguson | Current Events, Political & This & That | Scoop.it
The symbol of protest has spread from Missouri halfway around the world.
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Muslim Scholars To Islamic State: You Don't Understand Islam

Muslim Scholars To Islamic State: You Don't Understand Islam | Current Events, Political & This & That | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON (RNS) More than 120 Muslim scholars from around the world joined an open letter to the “fighters and followers” of the Islamic State, denouncing them as un-Islamic by using the most Islamic of terms.

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Kurdish fighters from Turkey join battle to save Syrian Kurdish town from ISIS

Kurdish fighters from Turkey join battle to save Syrian Kurdish town from ISIS | Current Events, Political & This & That | Scoop.it
Hundreds of Kurdish fighters from Turkey have arrived in the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobani to join a Kurdish militia group battling ISIS, activists said.
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Saudi Clerics Cite Quran To Condemn Terrorism

Saudi Clerics Cite Quran To Condemn Terrorism | Current Events, Political & This & That | Scoop.it
RIYADH, Sept 17 (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia's top clerical council, the only body in the country authorized to issue fatwas or Islamic legal opinions, declared on Wednesday that "terrorism is a heinous crime" under Sharia, and perpetrators ...
Olgy Gary's insight:

This is good news. Religious terrorists, regardless of what religion we're talking about, are best contained by those in charge of that particular religion. The declarations noted in this article are strong. I hope they're not just words but that we see some teeth behind them. 

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Stunning before and after images of California's drought

Stunning before and after images of California's drought | Current Events, Political & This & That | Scoop.it
California is currently suffering its worst drought in at least a century.
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Ebola: Economic Impact Already Serious; Could Be “Catastrophic” Without Swift Response

A World Bank Group analysis of the Ebola epidemic released today finds that if the virus continues to surge in the three worst-affected countries – Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone – its economic impact could grow eight-fold
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We Already Knew That A Majority Of Americans Think Obama Is A Failure

We Already Knew That A Majority Of Americans Think Obama Is A Failure | Current Events, Political & This & That | Scoop.it
Only 42 percent of Americans think President Obama's presidency has been a success, according to an ABC News/Washington Post survey released Tuesday. Meanwhile, 52 percent called his presidency a f...
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The Senate just began debating a constitutional amendment to reverse Citizens United

The Senate just began debating a constitutional amendment to reverse Citizens United | Current Events, Political & This & That | Scoop.it
But it's almost certainly doomed.
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The class war in American politics is over. The rich won.

The class war in American politics is over. The rich won. | Current Events, Political & This & That | Scoop.it
That "class war" you've heard so much about? It's finished.
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The Daily Show - Race/Off - YouTube

The Daily Show - Race/Off - YouTube | Current Events, Political & This & That | Scoop.it
The shooting of an unarmed black teenager by the police in Ferguson, Missouri, strikes a racial nerve in the U.S., but Fox News manages to remain colorblind.
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"Do you not understand that life in this country is inherently different for white people than black people?...This isn't all about just one man killed in one town. It's about how people of color, no matter their socio-economic standing, face obstacles in this country with surprising grace. Race is there. It is a constant. You're tired of hearing about it? Imagine how f***g exhausting is living it" --Jon Stewart 

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ISIS is forcing a 'moment of truth' | General Wesley Clark

ISIS is forcing a 'moment of truth' | General Wesley Clark | Current Events, Political & This & That | Scoop.it
Wesley Clark says the U.S. can offer support to its Islamic friends in the region most threatened by ISIS, but it can't fight their war
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"The U.S. has learned the hard way that Western armies inflame extremists and serve as recruiting magnets for terrorists. Instead, other nations, and particularly Saudi Arabia and other Sunni states, must put their soldiers forward, and bear the brunt of the fighting. The U.S. can use diplomacy and economic assistance, and it can strike using airpower, or special forces, to reinforce the efforts of our allies, but we cannot fight a religious war as proxies for our Islamic friends in the region." --Gen. Wesley Clark

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Michael Brown didn't do anything as a teen that I didn't — but only one of us got killed

Michael Brown didn't do anything as a teen that I didn't — but only one of us got killed | Current Events, Political & This & That | Scoop.it
The absurdity of arguing that a teenager is "no angel" because he dabbles in drugs and alcohol.
Olgy Gary's insight:

"A lot of kids do dumb things when they're teenagers. I did dumb things when I was a teenager. The question is whether society forgives them, or ruins (or takes) their lives." --Ezra Klein

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WATCH: Iraqi Muslim Weeps Over ISIS Driving Out Country's Christians

WATCH: Iraqi Muslim Weeps Over ISIS Driving Out Country's Christians | Current Events, Political & This & That | Scoop.it
It's important to understand that not all Muslims in Iraq hate Christians. These 2 are standing in solidarity with believers.
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