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Sacrificial secrets of the Incas revealed in child victim's hair - The Independent

Sacrificial secrets of the Incas revealed in child victim's hair - The Independent | political sceptic | Scoop.it
The Independent Sacrificial secrets of the Incas revealed in child victim's hair The Independent It would be five long-centuries before her corpse – mummified by the intensely cold conditions of the mountain-top – would be found in 1999 by US,...
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Canada downgrades protections for humpback whales to clear way for Pacific Ocean pipeline

Canada downgrades protections for humpback whales to clear way for Pacific Ocean pipeline | political sceptic | Scoop.it
Environmentalist activists on Tuesday decried Canada’s downgrading of humpback whale protections, suggesting the decision was fast-tracked to clear a major hurdle to constructing a pipeline to the Pacific Ocean.
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Jon Stewart destroys anti-Clinton sexism: ‘It’s OK to be a p*ssy, as long as you’ve got a d*ck’

Jon Stewart destroys anti-Clinton sexism: ‘It’s OK to be a p*ssy, as long as you’ve got a d*ck’ | political sceptic | Scoop.it
Daily Show host Jon Stewart used a barrage of clips of preening lawmakers and posturing politicians to strike back on Tuesday against sexist commentary surrounding former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton now that she’s about to be a grandmother.
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Missouri Rep. With Agriculture Ties Hopes To Block Public Access To Animal Health Records

Missouri Rep. With Agriculture Ties Hopes To Block Public Access To Animal Health Records | political sceptic | Scoop.it
The Freedom of Information Act is widely viewed as a successful piece of legislation that helps increase government transparency. But if Missouri State Rep. Jay Houghton (R) has his way, residents of his state will soon have significantly less access to the financial and health records of Missouri’s meat and agriculture businesses.
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Air Force Captain's Career on The Line After Run-In With Cop on His Own Property

Air Force Captain's Career on The Line After Run-In With Cop on His Own Property | political sceptic | Scoop.it
An Air Force captain is banned from going back to grad school, his entire career jeopardized, because of pending charges against him of attempting to burgle his own home. Nicolas Aquino, an eight-year veteran of the Air Force, was tackled and nearly arrested in front of his own house by a Monterey County Sheriff’s deputy last December.

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Kenneth Weene's curator insight, April 22, 2:03 PM

Another example of police run amok. While the officer had probable cause to request identification, he certainly did not have any cause to assault this man. Is there no mechanism for policing the police?

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Russian politician orders aides to ‘violently rape’ pregnant journalist at press conference

Russian politician orders aides to ‘violently rape’ pregnant journalist at press conference | political sceptic | Scoop.it
A far-right Russian politician is facing legal problems after ordering two of his aides to ‘violently rape’ a pregnant Russia Today journalist in front of other reporters at a press conference.
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Desmond Tutu: Central African Republic ‘stands on the brink of genocide’

Desmond Tutu: Central African Republic ‘stands on the brink of genocide’ | political sceptic | Scoop.it
C.Africa on the ‘brink of genocide’, warns Tutu (via AFP) Nobel peace laureate Desmond Tutu warned Sunday that the Central African Republic was “on the brink of genocide”, as he urged warring sides to reconcile their differences and “re-learn to...
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Pipeline delay gives boost to Obama's political base - Reuters

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The party was stung by a shaky rollout last fall.
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Napster billionaire's next mission: Conquer politics - Politico

Napster billionaire's next mission: Conquer politics - Politico | political sceptic | Scoop.it
Politico Napster billionaire's next mission: Conquer politics Politico And this year, the 34-year-old co-founder of Napster is poised to bring his considerable fortune into the political world with fresh intensity, retaining advisers to bring new...
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Iranian President Rouhani insists women are not second-class citizens

Iranian President Rouhani insists women are not second-class citizens | political sceptic | Scoop.it
Rouhani says Iranian women not second class citizens (via AFP) Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani admitted Sunday that women in his country still face discrimination and cultural barriers but he insisted they are not universally treated as...
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Political Scene: Elizabeth Warren's Influence

Political Scene: Elizabeth Warren's Influence | political sceptic | Scoop.it
Jill Lepore and Evan Osnos discuss how Elizabeth Warren is changing the Senate and the country.

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But it’s undeniable that Warren is changing the Senate and, by extension, the country. “Left-wing populism is on the rise, and right-wing populism has been losing a fair amount of ground,” Lepore says of recent political trends. Moreover, she continues, “If the momentum is on Warren’s side, then everything shifts left.”

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Allen West: ‘Radical’ Muslims waging ‘jihad’ in U.S. — by voting and obeying election laws

Allen West: ‘Radical’ Muslims waging ‘jihad’ in U.S. — by voting and obeying election laws | political sceptic | Scoop.it
Former Republican Congressman Allen West (R-FL), who is currently employed as a Fox News contributor, on Thursday warned that Muslims were organizing to “destroy” the United States by exercising their legal right to vote.
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Nearly 100 recent homicides linked to users of Stormfront white supremacist site, SPLC says

Nearly 100 recent homicides linked to users of Stormfront white supremacist site, SPLC says | political sceptic | Scoop.it
A white supremacist charged with killing three people near two Jewish community facilities in suburban Kansas City this week posted more than 12,000 messages on a racist website which carries the slogan “No Jews, Just Right,” according to an...
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Restoring Louisiana’s Coast Will Require Restoring Its Democracy—Governor Jindal Is Trying to Undermine Both

Restoring Louisiana’s Coast Will Require Restoring Its Democracy—Governor Jindal Is Trying to Undermine Both | political sceptic | Scoop.it
Genuflecting to Big Oil's pressure, Governor Bobby Jindal is

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Greg Russak's curator insight, April 17, 12:40 PM

You can file this one under, "No Surprise!"

 

A Louisiana elected official once said “the flag of Texaco flies over the Louisiana State Capitol.” Right now that flag is flapping in the face of every citizen. Tax-hating governor Jindall now wants to spend tens of millions of dollars of tax payer money to plug oil canals which companies are required by law to plug themselves. That money pales beside to the $50 billion cost of the state’s master plan to protect the coast. Jindal’s funding proposal caper will protect his oil industry patrons and stick the public with the bill: taxpayers will cover the costs of damage caused by oil companies.

Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, April 18, 11:53 AM

I think politics should stay out of nature.

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Canada downgrades protections for humpback whales to clear way for Pacific Ocean pipeline

Canada downgrades protections for humpback whales to clear way for Pacific Ocean pipeline | political sceptic | Scoop.it
Environmentalist activists on Tuesday decried Canada’s downgrading of humpback whale protections, suggesting the decision was fast-tracked to clear a major hurdle to constructing a pipeline to the Pacific Ocean.
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Sean Hannity guest: Liberals inspired Kansas shooter, Obama causing ‘modern Holocaust’

Sean Hannity guest: Liberals inspired Kansas shooter, Obama causing ‘modern Holocaust’ | political sceptic | Scoop.it
David Horowitz, conservative activist and founder of TruthRevolt.com, agreed with radio host Sean Hannity on Tuesday that President Barack Obama’s support of Muslims was going to result in a modern-day Holocaust.
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Opposing Views | Issues, Experts, Answers

Opposing Views | Issues, Experts, Answers | political sceptic | Scoop.it
Experts discuss and debate current events and issues underlying news items. Sections include politics, society, health, money, and religion.
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Republicans have a major demographic problem. And it’s only going to get worse.

Republicans have a major demographic problem. And it’s only going to get worse. | political sceptic | Scoop.it
2016 will be a tough election for the GOP to win. 2024 might be impossible.

 

BY CHRIS CILLIZZA
April 22 at 2:56 pm

 

It's no secret that Republicans have a demographic problem when it comes to national elections.

 

In 2012, roughly nine in every ten people who voted for Mitt Romney were white --even as the white vote continued its steady decline as a percentage of the overall electorate.   He got crushed among Hispanics and African American voters.

 

Writing at Commentary magazine on Monday, former Bush Administration official Pete Wehner concludes:

It’s an undeniable empirical truth that the GOP coalition is shrinking, and it’s shrinking in the aftermath of two fairly decisive defeats, with the latter coming against a president whose policies were judged by many Americans to have been failures. Which means the Republican task isn’t simply to nominate a candidate who can fire up the base; it is to find principled conservative leaders who can win over voters who are not now voting for the GOP at the presidential level.


The problem Wehner -- and many other senior strategists and some elected officials within the GOP -- identify is not only incredibly serious as it relates to the party's ability to win national election but is also almost certain to get worse unless something big changes. As in, the 2016 presidential election will be a tough one for Republicans to win given the demographic changes in the country but it won't be nearly as difficult for them as the 2024 or 2028 elections could be.

 

Read more at

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2014/04/22/the-republican-demographic-problem-is-just-going-to-keep-getting-worse/

 


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Cardinal defending Hobby Lobby tells female reporter: Women can get birth control at 7-11

Cardinal defending Hobby Lobby tells female reporter: Women can get birth control at 7-11 | political sceptic | Scoop.it
Cardinal Timothy Dolan says that Christian businesses like Hobby Lobby should not be forced to obey government rules that require all health care insurance plans provide access to contraceptives because women can already buy birth control at 7-11.
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Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter, the wrongfully imprisoned boxer memorialized by Bob Dylan, dies at 76

Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter, the wrongfully imprisoned boxer memorialized by Bob Dylan, dies at 76 | political sceptic | Scoop.it
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'Quinnocchio' character latest example of trolling in Illinois politics - Chicago Tribune

'Quinnocchio' character latest example of trolling in Illinois politics - Chicago Tribune | political sceptic | Scoop.it
'Quinnocchio' character latest example of trolling in Illinois politics
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The moniker may be inspired by a fairy tale, but the constant presence on the campaign trail has been far from enchanting for Democratic Gov.
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Iraq's draft child marriage law seen as political stunt – and sign of ...

Iraq's draft child marriage law seen as political stunt – and sign of ... | political sceptic | Scoop.it
Iraq's own clerical establishment does not back the bill, making its chance of success very slim. Critics say the draft is all about short-term political advantage, as Shi'ite Islamist parties compete with each other for votes in the ...
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George Will: Supreme Court made Obamacare unconstitutional by not striking it down

George Will: Supreme Court made Obamacare unconstitutional by not striking it down | political sceptic | Scoop.it
Fox News contributor George Will on Sunday argued that the United States Supreme Court had inadvertently made President Barack Obama’s health care reform law unconstitutional when the justices ruled that it was not unconstitutional.
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OK, how does that work again?

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Fox’s Todd Starnes accuses college president calling for more diversity of ‘ethnic cleansing’

Fox’s Todd Starnes accuses college president calling for more diversity of ‘ethnic cleansing’ | political sceptic | Scoop.it
Fox News contributor Todd Starnes accused Western Washington University President Bruce Shepard of advocating for “ethnic cleansing” at the school after the official made a public statement calling for a more diverse student body.
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Ex-BP employee accused of insider trading sold $1 million in stock after Gulf oil spill: SEC

Ex-BP employee accused of insider trading sold $1 million in stock after Gulf oil spill: SEC | political sceptic | Scoop.it
Regulators Thursday charged a former BP employee who worked on the Deepwater Horizon oil spill with insider trading after he sold $1 million worth of BP stock days after the disaster.
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Mitt Romney returns to political stage as Republicans prepare for midterms - Washington Post

Mitt Romney returns to political stage as Republicans prepare for midterms - Washington Post | political sceptic | Scoop.it
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Mitt Romney returns to political stage as Republicans prepare for midterms
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One rainy morning this month, the man who thought he would be president boarded a train near his beach house in San Diego.
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