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Why Liberals Should
Oppose Chuck Hagel

Daily Beast, by David Greenberg

Original Article

Posted By:NorthernDog, 1/4/2013 6:59:06 PM

Ali Gharib mischaracterizes my piece in The New Republic in many ways while also avoiding the main question of whether a right-wing Republican former Senator would be a better Defense Secretary than Michèle Flournoy. He begins by using insulting phrases (“cobbles together,” “misguided”), then imputes to me positions I don’t hold, and then misrepresents what I said. I appreciate that he and Peter Beinart have offered me a chance to reply. I can’t take up every quibble I have—and anyway, these back-and-forth blogging exchanges grow tedious quite fast, for the writers as well

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Faux intellectuals are in a pillow fight over Hagel. Grab some popcorn and get ready for the show.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: GO3, 1/4/2013 7:28:23 PM     (No. 9099165)

Hagel is not right wing. A loony RINO, but definitely not right wing.



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Posted By: NorthernDog- 8/6/2013 8:42:12 AM     Post Reply
Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis, a rising star in the Democratic Party, confirmed on Monday that if she doesn´t run for re-election, she´ll run for governor. "I can say with absolute certainty I will run for one of two offices: either my state Senate seat, or the governor," Davis said at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. "I´m working very hard to decide what my next steps will be. I do think in Texas people feel like we need a change from the very fractured, very partisan leadership that we´re seeing in our statewide leadership right now."

Citing Obamacare, Employers Tell
Retirees To Seek Their Own Coverage
Forbes, by Bruce Japsen    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 8/6/2013 8:33:17 AM     Post Reply
Employer retiree health care coverage, which has been deteriorating for years amid high health care costs and waning employer interest, is headed for bigger changes thanks to the Affordable Care Act, a new study shows. More than 40 percent of employers have eliminated their traditional group health coverage for retirees over the age of 65 in favor of giving these former employees a defined amount of money for them to buy their coverage on the individual Medicare plan market, according to a new survey of more than 540 companies by employee benefits consulting firm Aon AON -0.22% Hewitt (AON).

Russia reportedly launches
criminal case against U.S. band
CNN, by Matthew Chance*    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 8/5/2013 8:44:46 PM     Post Reply
Moscow -- Russia has opened a criminal case on an American band after one of its members stuffed the Russian flag into his pants, pulled it out his backside and whipped it between his legs, state-run news agency RIA Novosti reported Monday. (Snip) A member of the band´s crew, who asked to not be named for security reasons, told CNN the band was attacked Saturday by Russian nationalists inside Anapa airport in Krasnodar Krai. The band members were "beaten up" by a crowd of men who punched and kicked them, the crew member said, adding that some of the attackers

Inmate who committed suicide didn´t
know about execution stay possibility
Columbus Dispatch [OH], by Alan Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 8/5/2013 4:17:53 PM     Post Reply
A last-minute appeal that could have stopped Billy Slagle’s execution — without opposition from state attorneys — was poised to be filed this morning with the Ohio Supreme Court. But the convicted Cleveland killer’s attorneys were unable to reach him over the weekend on Death Row at the Chillicothe Correctional Institution. Yesterday morning, they got the call: Slagle hanged himself in his cell about 5 a.m. and was declared dead about an hour later. Vicki Werneke and Joseph Wilhelm, Slagle’s federal public defenders, are left to wonder “what if?” “I don’t know what more we could have done,” Werneke said.

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CBC News [Toronto, Canada], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 8/5/2013 4:11:55 PM     Post Reply
Two children died after a python got into an apartment in Campbellton, N.B., RCMP say. "Police are investigating two sudden deaths of two young boys," Const. Julie Rogers-Marsh said Monday. It´s believed the snake escaped from a pet store called Reptile Ocean. The victims were boys aged five and seven. They were in the apartment above the store. "The preliminary investigation has led police to believe that a python snake escaped its enclosure in the store sometime overnight," the constable said. Rogers-Marsh said it went through the ventilation. "It´s believed the two boys were strangled by the snake," she said.

   

 

  


 
U.S. extends closure of some
embassies through August 10
Reuters, by Tabassum Zakaria    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 8/4/2013 5:32:52 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON - The United States extended the closures of some embassies and consulates in the Middle East - which had been closed Sunday due to an al Qaeda threat - through August 10 due to caution but not the emergence of any new threat, the State Department said. Other U.S. diplomatic posts, including in Kabul, Baghdad and Algiers, that had been closed on Sunday, will reopen on Monday, the State Department said. Posts in Abu Dhabi, Amman, Cairo, Riyadh, Dhahran, Jeddah, Doha, Dubai, Kuwait, Manama, Muscat, Sanaa, Tripoli, Antanarivo, Bujumbura, Djibouti, Khartoum, Kigali, and Port Louis will be closed through Saturday.

BYU prof: Sand dunes
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Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 8/4/2013 5:27:51 PM     Post Reply
PROVO, Utah — Time may be running short for hardcore "Star Wars" fans to see the real-life set used to portray Anakin Skywalker´s childhood home of Mos Espa on the planet Tatooine. Brigham Young University planetary scientist Jani Radebaugh said new research shows a fast-moving sand dune is spilling onto streets of the set in the Tunisian desert and will eventually bury buildings. The dune was measured at 20 feet tall and 300 feet wide in 2009, and it´s been moving toward the set about 50 feet per year since 2002, she said. Research by her and two colleagues

Al Qaeda embassy threats:
Sign of shrinking ambition?
Christian Science Monitor, by Mark Sappenfield    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 8/4/2013 11:38:12 AM     Post Reply
The closure of 19 embassies Sunday and the issuing of a month-long global travel alert for all Americans abroad shows how Al Qaeda´s threat to the United States has evolved since 9/11 – and how the US response has evolved, too. The closed embassies are all in an arc that runs from North Africa through the Middle East to Afghanistan, and the information suggests that the primary threat comes from Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula – the Yemen-based Al Qaeda branch that many experts say is now the movement´s strongest. Officials with knowledge of the intelligence

New jobs disproportionately
low-pay or part-time
Associated Press, by Paul Wiseman    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 8/3/2013 11:09:37 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON -- The 162,000 jobs the economy added in July were a disappointment. The quality of the jobs was even worse. A disproportionate number of the added jobs were part-time or low-paying — or both. Part-time work accounted for more than 65 percent of the positions employers added in July. Low-paying retailers, restaurants and bars supplied more than half July´s job gain. "You´re getting jobs added, but they might not be the best-quality job," says John Canally, an economist with LPL Financial in Boston. So far this year, low-paying industries have provided 61 percent of the nation´s job growth

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Everyone Must Be In
New York Times, by Robert H. Frank    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 8/3/2013 5:02:15 PM     Post Reply
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US band Bloodhound Gang
booted from Russia concert
Associated Press, by Lynn Berry    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 8/3/2013 4:00:26 PM     Post Reply
MOSCOW — The American rock group Bloodhound Gang was kicked out of a Russian music festival and pelted with eggs after videos emerged of its bass player shoving a Russian flag down his pants at a recent concert in Ukraine. Russian prosecutors are even considering whether to open a criminal case in the matter, which comes amid a rise in U.S.-Russian tensions. Videos posted online of Wednesday´s concert in the Ukrainian city of Odessa show bass player Jared Hasselhoff pushing the Russian white, blue and red flag down the front of his pants and pulling it out the back.

Aetna pulls out of Maryland´s
individual insurance exchange
Reuters, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 8/3/2013 8:23:14 AM     Post Reply
Aetna Inc has withdrawn its applications to sell insurance plans on Maryland´s individual health exchange after it was asked to lower its rates by up to 29 percent, according to the state´s department of insurance. In an Aug. 1 letter sent to the Department of Insurance, Aetna said the required rate modifications cut premiums too low on both its Aetna and Coventry products. Aetna closed on the acquisition of Coventry Health Care this spring. "Unfortunately, we believe the modifications to the rates filed by Aetna and Coventry would not allow us to collect enough premiums to cover the cost



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