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Proposed ban on religious symbols in Quebec a 'violation of ...

Proposed ban on religious symbols in Quebec a 'violation of ... | political sceptic | Scoop.it
Quebec's proposed ban on religious symbols and clothing in public buildings “would be very vulnerable to a challenge” in the courts, says the Canadian Civil Liberties Association.
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Virginia state police tie up 75-year-old woman while they raid wrong apartment

Virginia state police tie up 75-year-old woman while they raid wrong apartment | political sceptic | Scoop.it
A 75-year-old Virginia woman said she was tied up while state police raided her apartment.
Virginia State Police said they executed a search warrant April 10 at the Henrico apartment of Ruth Hunter as part of a drug investigation.
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Federal judge denies Apple’s move to delay e-book antitrust trial

Federal judge denies Apple’s move to delay e-book antitrust trial | political sceptic | Scoop.it
NEW YORK (Reuters) – A U.S. federal judge denied a bid by Apple Inc on Wednesday to hold off a trial in a case brought by state attorneys general accusing the company of conspiring with five major publishers to fix e-book prices.
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The Perpetual Frustration of the Political Vanquishment Fantasy - Huffington Post

The Perpetual Frustration of the Political Vanquishment Fantasy - Huffington Post | political sceptic | Scoop.it
The Perpetual Frustration of the Political Vanquishment Fantasy Huffington Post The Buddha sat under the Bodhi tree and meditated on the meaning of life for 49 days, and after awakening, he reunited with his companions who would become his...
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Calif. developer finds, then paves over ancient Indian village to build $55 million project

Calif. developer finds, then paves over ancient Indian village to build $55 million project | political sceptic | Scoop.it
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The government is a protection racket for the 1 percent

The government is a protection racket for the 1 percent | political sceptic | Scoop.it
Government = Protection Racket for the 1 Percent (via Moyers & Company) The evidence of income inequality just keeps mounting. According to “Working for the Few,” a recent briefing paper from Oxfam, “In the US, the wealthiest one percent captured ...
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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, 11:03 AM

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

Pipeline delay gives boost to Obama's political base - Reuters | political sceptic | Scoop.it
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Pipeline delay gives boost to Obama's political base
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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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Georgia special ed teacher catches abuse of autistic kids on camera after complaints ignored

Georgia special ed teacher catches abuse of autistic kids on camera after complaints ignored | political sceptic | Scoop.it
A special education teacher in Georgia set up hidden cameras to prove her claims that teacher’s aides were mistreating disabled students.
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Jason Stanford: The dawn of new age in political lies - Janesville Gazette

Jason Stanford: The dawn of new age in political lies
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Politicians should have as many words for lying as Inuits have for snow.
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Veterans’ cemetery won’t allow ‘the ashes of a couple old lesbians’ to be buried together

Veterans’ cemetery won’t allow ‘the ashes of a couple old lesbians’ to be buried together | political sceptic | Scoop.it
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Should Supreme Court Justices Play Politics With Retirement? - New York Times (blog)

Should Supreme Court Justices Play Politics With Retirement? - New York Times (blog) | political sceptic | Scoop.it
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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
By Cameron French and Emily Flitter
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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
Chicago Tribune
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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