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Romney’s nightmare scenario

Romney’s nightmare scenario | Current Events, Political & This & That | Scoop.it

"If things don’t start looking better for Mitt Romney soon, they’re going to get a lot worse for him, and very quickly..." --Ezra Klein

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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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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.
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"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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The Coming Race War Won’t Be About Race

The Coming Race War Won’t Be About Race | Current Events, Political & This & That | Scoop.it
Ferguson is not just about systemic racism—it's about class warfare, and how America's poor are held back
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MAP: Your State Lost Billions by Refusing to Expand Medicaid

MAP: Your State Lost Billions by Refusing to Expand Medicaid | Current Events, Political & This & That | Scoop.it
And here's exactly how much it lost.
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Autopsy: Michael Brown shot at least six times

Autopsy: Michael Brown shot at least six times | Current Events, Political & This & That | Scoop.it
Private autopsy finds Brown was shot more than police previously suggested.
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Howard University Students Take Powerful "Don't Shoot" Photo In Protest Of The Michael Brown Killing (PHOTOS)

Howard University Students Take Powerful "Don't Shoot" Photo In Protest Of The Michael Brown Killing (PHOTOS) | Current Events, Political & This & That | Scoop.it
Talk about powerful. On Saturday, August 9, an unnamed Ferguson, Missouri police officer shot and killed an unarmed black teen named Michael Brown. The 18-year-old's body was reportedly left in the...
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Sad and shameful that there is still a need in this country for such statements to be made.  :-(

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How to Fix It: Ending this war in Gaza begins with recognizing Hamas as a legitimate political actor | President Jimmy Carter

How to Fix It: Ending this war in Gaza begins with recognizing Hamas as a legitimate political actor | President Jimmy Carter | Current Events, Political & This & That | Scoop.it
Ending this war in Gaza begins
with recognizing Hamas as a legitimate political actor.
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A statement by Bethlehem Bible College regarding the current crisis in Gaza | Bethlehem Bible College

A statement by Bethlehem Bible College regarding the current crisis in Gaza | Bethlehem Bible College | Current Events, Political & This & That | Scoop.it
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A thoughtful article by a Christian Palestinian.

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PLO's Hanan Ashrawi: 'Deliberate Massacre' in Gaza - YouTube

On "This Week," PLO Executive Committee Member Hanan Ashrawi on the impact of the Israeli ground offensive and airstrikes on Gaza.
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Empowering Africa's Next Generation of Leaders | The White House

Empowering Africa's Next Generation of Leaders | The White House | Current Events, Political & This & That | Scoop.it
The U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit represents the largest gathering any American president has ever hosted with African heads of state and government. YALI is about capitalizing on the creativity and talent of Africa’s young leaders by empowering them with the skills, training, and technology necessary to make lasting change, and meaningful progress back home.
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"One of the single best measures of whether a country succeeds or not is how it treats its women." --President Obama

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Get ready for Generation Z

Get ready for Generation Z | Current Events, Political & This & That | Scoop.it
They’re smarter than Boomers, and way more ambitious than the Millennials. Brace yourselves for the ultimate generational divide.
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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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What was THAT? A guide to the military gear being used against civilians in Ferguson

What was THAT? A guide to the military gear being used against civilians in Ferguson | Current Events, Political & This & That | Scoop.it
Armored vehicles, tear gas, full combat gear, rifles — the military equipment being used in the streets of an American suburb?
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This can't be true... and yet it is. LRADS are being used on the protesters in Ferguson. LRADS are "Long Range Acoustic Device", "a sound cannon "powerful enough to cause severe physical pain...and cause permanent hearing loss"...and that's not all... MRAPs, armored vehicles meant to be used in war zones (think Iraq here) are also on the streets of Ferguson. Tear gas is banned in military combat internationally...but is being used in Ferguson...  :-(

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The Muslims who are condemning ISIS

The Muslims who are condemning ISIS | Current Events, Political & This & That | Scoop.it

"Faced with the unrelenting reports about the sufferings of Christians and other minorities in Iraq and Syria, even Christians who are friendly toward Muslims can be perplexed and ask, “Why aren’t Muslims speaking out against these atrocities?” The answer is: Muslims have been speaking out in the strongest terms, condemning the crimes against humanity committed by ISIS (or, as it is increasingly called, IS) and others in the name of Islam...So, why do we not hear more of this?..."


Read more: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/deaconsbench/2014/08/the-muslims-who-are-condemning-isis/#ixzz3AnL1MpeC

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Study Shows the Madness of States Refusing to Expand Medicaid | Blog | BillMoyers.com

Study Shows the Madness of States Refusing to Expand Medicaid | Blog | BillMoyers.com | Current Events, Political & This & That | Scoop.it
An ideological crusade against Obamacare is costing red states thousands of lives and billions of dollars.
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First they came for the Black people, and I did not speak out | Matt Stauffer

First they came for the Black people, and I did not speak out | Matt Stauffer | Current Events, Political & This & That | Scoop.it

"White America–and Asian America, and Latin (U.S.) America, and everyone else–this is the time to get upset. This is the time to find some piece of this insanity and allow yourself to see how wrong this is. Pick a piece. Government and media aren’t doing anything about it. Cops acting as military and disrespecting citizens. Intrusion of private space. Journalists locked up. Breaking the First Amendment. Racist cops. Dead innocent young boys. Whatever it is, let it get you riled up that you actually want to do something. "

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"We’re watching our brothers and sisters, our fellow countrymen, marched on by a militarized, First-Amendment-breaking attack force, and we’re doing nothing. Because it doesn’t affect us. It doesn’t unsettle us. It doesn’t make us imagine that happening in our neighborhood, because our neighborhood doesn’t have dark boys with sagging pants walking to decrepit apartments..." --Matt Stauffer

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Chart of the Week: The most liberal and conservative big cities

Chart of the Week: The most liberal and conservative big cities | Current Events, Political & This & That | Scoop.it
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Well, what do you know... Colorado Springs and Virginia Beach are two of the four most conservative cities in the country. 

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Video: Jorge Ramos: 'No Government Should be in the Business of Deporting Children'

Video: Jorge Ramos: 'No Government Should be in the Business of Deporting Children' | Current Events, Political & This & That | Scoop.it

"The following is commentary from Jorge Ramos that will appear on Tuesday's special edition of AMERICA set to air Tuesday, 10 p.m. EST."


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The transcript of the 1.5 min. clip is available on the page. 

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Joe Scarborough calls out Israel’s acts as ‘asinine’

Joe Scarborough calls out Israel’s acts as ‘asinine’ | Current Events, Political & This & That | Scoop.it
Joe Scarborough in no uncertain terms, calls out Israel's actions in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict as 'asinine'. He was harsher than one would expect.
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Boehner's lawsuit is great news for Obama

Boehner's lawsuit is great news for Obama | Current Events, Political & This & That | Scoop.it

"It's all about the zugzwang...Perhaps the strangest thing about John Boehner's lawsuit trying to rein in Barack Obama's use of unilateral executive authority is how plainly welcome the White House finds it."

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Meet Generation Z: Forget Everything You Learned About Millennials

Marketers have been focused on Gen Y (a.k.a. Millennials) for more than a decade. In fact, Millennials are the most researched generation in history! But Gen…
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But Gen Z (born 1995 to present) is different from the Millennial generation. In many ways, Gen Zers are the opposites or extreme versions of Millennials and marketers need to adjust to them. 

We are just beginning to understand Gen Z and its impact on the future, but this report explores what we know and foresee.

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An Idiot’s Guide to Inequality

An Idiot’s Guide to Inequality | Current Events, Political & This & That | Scoop.it
If you don’t have time for Thomas Piketty’s comprehensive best seller, here’s a quick five-point take on the gap between the rich and poor.
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Kristof writes that, "We know some of the tools, including job incentives and better schools, that can reduce this opportunity gap. But the United States is one of the few advanced countries that spends less educating the average poor child than the average rich one. As an escalator of mobility, the American education system is broken...There’s still a great deal we don’t understand about inequality. But whether or not you read Piketty, there’s one overwhelming lesson you should be aware of: Inequality and lack of opportunity today constitute a national infirmity and vulnerability — and there are policy tools that can make a difference."

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