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Protests for $15 fast food minimum wage fizzle

Posted by  ▪  September 5, 2014

Not exactly a mass national uprising.

Protests for $15 fast food minimum wage fizzle

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9/5/2014 at 8:30am
On Thursday, fast food and home healthcare workers across the country walked away from their jobs and joined the “Fight for $15,” an SEIU-backed movement demanding a $15 minimum wage and unabridged union rights for fast food workers. In the past, organizers and participants have largely avoided trouble with law enforcement. This…
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Democrat’s fat shaming ads backfire in key House race (#NY23)

Posted by  ▪  September 5, 2014

Growing local and national media coverage of Martha Robertson’s questionable attack ad strategy.

Democrat’s fat shaming ads backfire in key House race (#NY23)

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9/5/2014 at 7:00am
Media coverage of Martha Robertson’s fat shaming ads against Congressman Tom Reed in the swing NY-23 district continues to grow. The ads, which deliberately use old photos of Reed when he was very heavy, have received coverage from national outlets such as Buzzfeed and national Fox News. In addition, local WETN and Capital…
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Hot Car Toddler Death: Father Indicted

Posted by  ▪  September 4, 2014

Justin Ross Harris indicted on eight counts.

Hot Car Toddler Death: Father Indicted

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9/4/2014 at 7:00pm
The Georgia father whose 22-month old son died after being left in a hot car earlier this summer was indicted Thursday and charged with murder. A grand jury indicted Justin Ross Harris on eight counts including malice murder, felony murder, and cruelty to children in the first and second degree. In addition, the…
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Berkeley to Offer Free Medical Marijuana

Posted by  ▪  September 4, 2014

Oh, California.

Berkeley to Offer Free Medical Marijuana

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9/4/2014 at 6:25pm
Berkeley has gone full California with its latest decision requiring medical marijuana dispensaries to give away at least 2% of their product to low income patients making less than $32,000 a year. The ordinance passed last month, and barring any hurdles will go into effect in August 2015. Reactions have been…
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The Verdict is In: McDonnell Guilty of Influence Peddling

Posted by  ▪  September 4, 2014

Bad news for one of the GOP’s rising stars.

The Verdict is In: McDonnell Guilty of Influence Peddling

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9/4/2014 at 4:49pm
A federal jury has convicted former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell on eleven of fourteen counts of conspiracy, bribery, and extortion. The trial, which lasted more than a month and spurred 17 hours of jury deliberation, laid bare charges that Governor and First Lady McDonnell used their power and influence to promote…
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Hiding Sotloff’s Jewish Israeli Identity from ISIS

Posted by  ▪  September 4, 2014

“Sotloff would covertly pray toward Jerusalem by observing which way the Muslims were facing during prayer, and changing the direction slightly”

Hiding Sotloff’s Jewish Israeli Identity from ISIS

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9/4/2014 at 3:05pm
Steven Sotloff, the journalist whose beheading by the Islamic State was announced earlier this week, was not only Jewish, but an Israeli citizen. Apparently Sotloff became an Israeli citizen when he attended the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya. Given the ease with which one can gather information he understood the risks involved in reporting from…
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Is Kansas Senate race at risk?

Posted by  ▪  September 4, 2014

Pat Roberts proving to be a weak general election candidate, after barely winning the primary.

Is Kansas Senate race at risk?

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9/4/2014 at 1:37pm
Pat Roberts, not surprisingly given his primary performance, is proving to be a weak general election candidate, as the Rothenberg Report details, Pat Roberts is the Most Vulnerable Republican Senator in the Country: Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts survived a competitive Republican primary but it looks like his toughest race is still to…
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Fight academic BDS by expanding ties to Israel

Posted by  ▪  September 4, 2014

Building is the best revenge against those who seek to destroy.

Fight academic BDS by expanding ties to Israel

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9/4/2014 at 11:32am
In opposing the anti-Israel boycott, divest and sanctions (BDS) movement on campuses, it’s natural to frame the argument as opposition. Campus BDS is aggressive, and may get even more so this year (although there is one counter-indicator). Whether it’s divestment initiatives, or attempts at academic BDS, the campus war on Israel never…
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Just How Confidential IS Mike Brown’s Confidential Juvenile Record?

Posted by  ▪  September 4, 2014

Juvenile record confidentiality involves complex interplay of Constitutional law, MO statute, public policy, and politics

Just How Confidential IS Mike Brown’s Confidential Juvenile Record?

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9/4/2014 at 10:00am
A self-described “avid reader” of Legal Insurrection has asked us to address the issue of the confidentiality of Mike Brown’s juvenile criminal record (if any), and whether these are likely to be released to the press and public. Disclaimer: Neither I nor Legal Insurrection knows with certainty whether Mike Brown even has a…
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Americans: We’re heading in the wrong direction

Posted by  ▪  September 4, 2014

Thanks, Obama!

Americans: We’re heading in the wrong direction

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9/4/2014 at 8:30am
Rasmussen released a poll this week revealing that only 25% of likely voters believe that America is heading in the right direction. Just one year ago, this viewpoint was expressed by 30% of likely voters. Via Rasmussen: This is up two points from the week before which tied the lowest…
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Branco Cartoon – Not A Hard Choice

Posted by  ▪  September 4, 2014

Election Choices

Branco Cartoon – Not A Hard Choice

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9/4/2014 at 7:00am
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Rand Paul, war hawk ?

Posted by  ▪  September 3, 2014

The Kentucky Senator advocates for foreign intervention to destroy ISIS.

Rand Paul, war hawk ?

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9/3/2014 at 8:30pm
Advocating for foreign intervention is not something you usually hear from libertarian poster children like Senator Paul. And yet, that seems to be what he’s preaching. From WaPo: “If I were president, I would call a joint session of Congress,” Paul told the AP. “I would lay out the reasoning of why…
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Federal Judge Upholds Louisiana Same Sex Marriage Ban

Posted by  ▪  September 3, 2014

This is all probably heading to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Federal Judge Upholds Louisiana Same Sex Marriage Ban

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9/3/2014 at 6:57pm
A federal judge has rejected the reigning judicial trend and held that Louisiana has the right to define marriage as one man, one woman. This is the first time since the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act in 2013 that a federal judge has upheld a state-level ban. From the…
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San Diego Minimum Wage Petition Battle

Posted by  ▪  September 3, 2014

Petition Drive Drama Shows Voters Already Intense about 2014

San Diego Minimum Wage Petition Battle

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9/3/2014 at 4:21pm
Professor Jacobson just noted that voter intensity is likely to be a critical factor in the 2014 elections this November. However, I assert that a petition drive being held in San Diego, focused on revoking the City Council’s minimum wage mandate, shows that voters are quite intense right now.   Given the complete…
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Coup de grâce: Wendy Davis doesn’t really love the Cowboys claims Abbott campaign

Posted by  ▪  September 3, 2014

Game over?

Coup de grâce: Wendy Davis doesn’t really love the Cowboys claims Abbott campaign

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9/3/2014 at 1:09pm
She’s a football flip-flopper, professing love for the Cowboys only when convenient, via Houston Chronicle: The Abbott camp highlighted this KTCK-AM radio interview in which Davis said she grew up cheering for the Cowboys and will be doing so again this year: It contrasted that statement with Vogue interview in which Davis’ daughter described…
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Republican voter intensity could sway 2014 mid-term elections

Posted by  ▪  September 3, 2014

Remember November

Republican voter intensity could sway 2014 mid-term elections

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9/3/2014 at 10:08am
The Politico/GWU Battleground 2014 Poll has been released. Guy Benson at Hot Air has the details, including a 4 point Republican advantage on the generic ballot. But one particular aspect could be more important than any: Voter intensity, reflective also of a massive 16 point generic ballot lead in states with closely contested Senate…
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More U.S. Troops Heading to Baghdad

Posted by  ▪  September 3, 2014

Our troop count is growing.

More U.S. Troops Heading to Baghdad

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9/3/2014 at 7:27am
The White House has agreed to send 350 additional troops to Baghdad following a State Department request for more protection at the U.S. embassy and other installations. Via Time: “This action was taken at the recommendation of the Department of Defense after an extensive interagency review, and is part of the President’s…
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