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Mitt Romney Week From Hell Prompts Republican Freak-Out

Mitt Romney Week From Hell Prompts Republican Freak-Out | Current Events, Political & This & That | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON -– Republicans could use a bit of advice from an unlikely source right now: Obama adviser David Plouffe, who in 2010 told Democrats worried about the mid-term elections, "No bed-wetting."...
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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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Obamacare's price tag just got cut by $104 billion

Obamacare's price tag just got cut by $104 billion | Current Events, Political & This & That | Scoop.it
The health overhaul is expected to cover more people now at a slightly lower price.
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This List Reveals the Heartbleed-Affected Passwords to Change Now

This List Reveals the Heartbleed-Affected Passwords to Change Now | Current Events, Political & This & That | Scoop.it
By now you've probably heard about the massive Heartbleed security bug that may have compromised the majority of the world's web sites. Everyone should change their passwords on the affected sites--but only after those sites have patched the issue. Mashable is maintaining and updating a list of the most popular sites you should change your passwords for ASAP.
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Hello fruits and vegetables! “Junk food” banned from schools July 1

Hello fruits and vegetables! “Junk food” banned from schools July 1 | Current Events, Political & This & That | Scoop.it
INDIANAPOLIS -- School leaders are getting ready for a big change in school food service. The USDA's Smart Snacks in School rules go into effect July 1, 2014. In short, all "junk food" in vending machines, a la carte lunch, student stores and
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Good news for kids' health.

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How evangelicals won a culture war and lost a generation

How evangelicals won a culture war and lost a generation | Current Events, Political & This & That | Scoop.it
Opinion by Rachel Held Evans, special to CNN

(CNN) -- On March 24, World Vision announced that the U.S. branch of the popular humanitarian organization would no longer discriminate against employees in same-sex marriages.
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Salient quote from the article for me: "When Christians declare that they would rather withhold aid from people who need it than serve alongside gays and lesbians helping to provide that aid, something is wrong..." 

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Obamacare numbers coming in huge: Here's a guide to GOP excuse-making

Obamacare numbers coming in huge: Here's a guide to GOP excuse-making | Current Events, Political & This & That | Scoop.it
Against all odds and expectations, enrollments in health plans qualified under the Affordable Care Act are surging Monday toward -- and maybe beyond -- the 7-million figure projected by the Congressional Budget Office before Oct. 1, when the open-enrollment period began. The deadline for starting enrollment applications for 2014 plans is midnight Monday.
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Lawrence Lessig on How the Kochs Buy Democracy - YouTube

The Koch brothers are buying our democracy, preventing urgently needed environmental rules from being set. Harvard Law School Professor Lawrence Lessig break...
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Ford Just Absolutely Destroyed Cadillac's Ad Praising Rich Guys Who Work All The Time | Business Insider

Ford Just Absolutely Destroyed Cadillac's Ad Praising Rich Guys Who Work All The Time | Business Insider | Current Events, Political & This & That | Scoop.it
Ford is giving Americans a choice: Either you can be a self-absorbed Cadillac owner who spends his entire life working so he can buy expensive things, or a
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What do the bullies for Christ hope to gain?

What do the bullies for Christ hope to gain? | Current Events, Political & This & That | Scoop.it

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The bullies had to prove that they could control World Vision, because controlling World Vision helps them pretend that they can control the Bible. It’s just like why the same bullies are compelled to control women. Controlling women is another way of pretending that they can control the Bible. And as long as the bullies can pretend that they can control the Bible, they can pretend that they control God...." --Fred Clark

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White House Says 6 Million Now Signed Up For Health Insurance - NBC News

White House Says 6 Million Now Signed Up For Health Insurance - NBC News | Current Events, Political & This & That | Scoop.it
More than 6 million people have signed up for health insurance on the new exchanges, a number that signals a tremendous last-minute surge, the White Housesai...
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Obama Tells Francis He Is a 'Great Admirer' in 1st Meeting

Obama Tells Francis He Is a 'Great Admirer' in 1st Meeting | Current Events, Political & This & That | Scoop.it
It was the first meeting between the president and the pontiff.
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Starbucks CEO announces $30-million effort to help veterans

Starbucks CEO announces $30-million effort to help veterans | Current Events, Political & This & That | Scoop.it
Starbucks Chief Executive Howard Schultz has announced that he will donate $30 million to benefit the 2.5 million U.S. soldiers who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan.
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The Real Numbers On 'The Obamacare Effect' Are In-Now Let The Crow Eating Begin

The Real Numbers On 'The Obamacare Effect' Are In-Now Let The Crow Eating Begin | Current Events, Political & This & That | Scoop.it
After years of negative speculation on the part of the opponents of Obamacare, hard data is finally coming in with respect to the anticipated negative side-effects of the law. The results are guaranteed to both surprise and depress those who have built their narrative around the effort to destroy the Affordable [...]
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Job applicants for World's Toughest Job get a big shock

Job applicants for World's Toughest Job get a big shock | Current Events, Political & This & That | Scoop.it
Of 2.7 million people who saw a job posting by a Boston agency for a 'director of operations' position, just 24 applied. That's likely because of the brutal requirements.
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Can the government seize your tax refund to pay a relative's debt?

Can the government seize your tax refund to pay a relative's debt? | Current Events, Political & This & That | Scoop.it
Woman has $4,500 garnished because her family received too much money in death benefits decades ago - when she was five years old
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USDA's Smart Snacks in School Rules ➤ What You Need To Know

USDA's Smart Snacks in School Rules ➤ What You Need To Know | Current Events, Political & This & That | Scoop.it
Schools Must Comply With These "Smart Snacks In School" Rules By July 1, 2014 ★ What You Need To Know!
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Chris Christie Is Toast

Chris Christie Is Toast | Current Events, Political & This & That | Scoop.it
The good news for Chris Christie is that some of the country’s most prominent pundits believe that nearly three months after the George Washington Bridge scandal first broke, the New Jersey governor is in good shape. “You go around and you talk to Republicans, and they like Chris Christie more today than they did three months ago …...
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Old and Poor: America’s Forgotten

Old and Poor: America’s Forgotten | Current Events, Political & This & That | Scoop.it
While the Census Bureau’s official poverty measure shows 9 percent of seniors nationally live in poverty, the share climbs to about one in seven seniors (15 percent) under the Bureau’s alternative Supplemental Poverty Measure, which takes into account out-of-pocket health expenses and geographic differences in the cost of living. Produced by the Kaiser Family Foundation, Old and Poor: America's Forgotten provides a portrait of seniors who are living in poverty, in both urban and rural areas across the United States.
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Obamacare enrollment period ends with massive surge

Obamacare enrollment period ends with massive surge | Current Events, Political & This & That | Scoop.it
The first open enrollment season of Obamacare ended at midnight Monday, a day that saw millions of Americans click onto Obamacare sign-up portals, dial into call centers and stand in long lines at assistance sites nationwide. The huge surge made it increasingly likely that enrollment would hit 7 million, the finish line that seemed out of reach during...
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Ted Cruz Tries To Use Facebook To Prove No One Likes Obamacare And It Blows Up In His Face (IMAGES)

Ted Cruz Tries To Use Facebook To Prove No One Likes Obamacare And It Blows Up In His Face (IMAGES) | Current Events, Political & This & That | Scoop.it
Oops. Texas Tea Party Senator Ted Cruz asked people on facebook if they're better off, since the ACA took effect. He got the answer - not the one he wanted.
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Where are the positive stories about Obamacare?

Where are the positive stories about Obamacare? | Current Events, Political & This & That | Scoop.it
If there were fairness in this world, Rita Rizzo would be a media star.
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14-Year-Old Proves U.S. Can Save $370 Million by Changing Fonts

14-Year-Old Proves U.S. Can Save $370 Million by Changing Fonts | Current Events, Political & This & That | Scoop.it
Changing the standard typeface used by federal and state governments could save the United States roughly $370 million a year in ink costs, a teen found.
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NM Police Release HelmetCam Footage Of Homeless Man Shot For 'Illegally Camping' (VIDEO)

NM Police Release HelmetCam Footage Of Homeless Man Shot For 'Illegally Camping' (VIDEO) | Current Events, Political & This & That | Scoop.it
Critics are raising serious questions about the fatal shooting, some calling it murder. His last words were: “Please don’t hurt me anymore I can’t move.”
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Oh my God. Oh my God. OH MY GOD!!! NM police have gone crazy. The 4 min. video shows exactly how James Boyd, a homeless man, gets murdered by police officers. "Please don't hurt me" were his last words. Even for animals tranquilizer guns are used... not real bullets. This is murder. I hope they prosecute...but doubt they will.  :-(

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Let\'s end the student debt crisis!

Let\'s end the student debt crisis! | Current Events, Political & This & That | Scoop.it
Unlike almost every other type of loan, federal student loans are set in stone even if rates change for the better. That might not constitute a crisis if college cost what it did in the seventies. But with middle class wages flat for decades, the soaring cost of education has become a mammoth debt dilemma dragging down an entire generation.\n\nIn short, we are taking money from middle class students and handing it to the worst of the one percent. Sen. Warren\'s plan is to make up for lost revenue from student loan refinancing by making sure millionaires do not pay a lower tax rate than their assistants.\n\nShe is not the first to propose refinancing for federal student loans. Nor did she come up with the idea of the \"Buffett Rule,\" a minimum tax on millionaires that The Joint Committee on Taxation estimates would raise $47 billion over 10 years, or an average of just under $5 billion per year. President Obama first proposed the tax in 2011, naming it after the acclaimed Warren Buffett, who notes that many millionaires pay a lower tax rate than their assistants.\n\nSen. Warren\'s step forward was combining the two. Suddenly, members of Congress worried about lost revenue no longer have an excuse. And those who oppose fair taxes now have to explain why they care more about hedge fund managers than middle-class families trying to pay for college.\n\nWe can save Americans thousands of dollars. Put money back in the pockets of families who invested in education. Create jobs from the middle class out. And do it without adding a dime to the deficit -- simply by putting in place a fair tax code and then allowing people to refinance federal student loans.\n\nIf we can refinance a flashy new sports car at today\'s low rates, we should be able to do the same for our student loans. \n\nIn Solidarity,\nVan Jones
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A Startlingly Simple Theory About the Missing Malaysia Airlines Jet | Autopia | Wired.com

A Startlingly Simple Theory About the Missing Malaysia Airlines Jet | Autopia | Wired.com | Current Events, Political & This & That | Scoop.it
A pilot with 20 years of experience provides the best explanation yet on what happened to flight MH370.
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Improving Economic Opportunity for Women and Working Families | The White House

Improving Economic Opportunity for Women and Working Families | The White House | Current Events, Political & This & That | Scoop.it
President Obama travels to Orlando to talk about the importance of improving economic opportunity for America's women and working families.
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