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NC State Rep Pushes Wrong Button, Overrides Veto
A North Carolina state representative says she voted mistakenly to override the governor's veto of a bill to allow the shale gas exploration called "fracking" but was told she couldn't change it because this would have altered the outcome. Democratic Rep.
Obama Administration Issues LGBT-Inclusive Rules Aimed at Eliminating Prison Sexual Assault - Poliglot
Today, the Obama administration announced that it has finalized regulations implementing the Prison Rape Elimination Act. According to an executive summary provided to members of the media and a conference call held with reporters, the regulations include provisions relating to "lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and gender nonconforming inmates" -- a development a leading LGBT advocate calls one of the most important LGBT advancements in the administration.
AP News: Donna Summer, Queen of Disco, dies at 63
MESFIN FEKADU Published: 10 minutes ago FILE - In this Jan. 12, 1979 file photo, singer Donna Summer poses with three awards she won at the American Music Awards in Los Angeles, Calif. Summer, the Queen of Disco who ruled the dance floors with anthems like "Last Dance," "Love to Love You Baby" and "Bad Girl," has died.
You Are Not Entitled To Your Dream Job
Richard Kim's article on an underemployed puppeteer with student loan debt has been widely mocked. Alex Tabbarok uses the story as further evidence that the young are picking degrees unwisely: What astounds me is not that someone could amass $35,000 in student loans pursuing a dream of puppetry, everyone has their dreams and I do not fault Joe for his.
Obama's Super Pac and America's dollar democracy
Obama's backing for Super Pac funding was controversial, but it's grassroots donors' best way to influence the 2012 election When Obama's re-election campaign announced that it would begin to play nice with Super Pacs - independent groups that can raise unlimited cash in support of a political candidate - many of Obama's progressive supporters cried foul.
News from The Associated Press
BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- The anti-abortion Susan B. Anthony List plans to endorse Rick Santorum for president. The group is announcing Friday it will back the former Pennsylvania senator over Mitt Romney and the other Republican hopefuls. It's the first time the group has endorsed in a presidential primary.
Tomgram: Ari Berman, The Politics of the Super Rich | TomDispatch
Tomgram: Ari Berman, The Politics of the Super Rich Posted by Ari Berman at 9:46am, February 16, 2012. America has a serious air pollution problem. Kathleen Hall Jamieson is hell-bent on fixing it. "Air pollution," in this case, doesn't mean CO2, methane, or anything else in the poisonous cocktail of gases helping warm our planet.
Awakenings: On Margaret Sanger | The Nation
Her origins were grimly ordinary. Born in 1879, the sixth child of eleven, Margaret Higgins saw her middle-aged mother die in 1899, debilitated by childbearing and the struggles of caring for a large family on the meager income of an irresponsible husband.