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Paper Shows U.S.-Flagged Plane In Iran Has Ties To Ghana

Friday, April 18, 2014 - 10:59pm

New details emerged on Friday about an American plane, owned by a small community bank in Utah and mysteriously parked this week at Tehran’s airport, showing that it had been leased by a Ghanaian mining company owned by a brother of Ghana’s president.

Tom Cotton Wants to Make Medicare Doubly Dead... Attacks from Two Fronts

Friday, April 18, 2014 - 8:27pm

It is not on his website; it is not in his campaign platform. But, do not let this stealth candidate fool anyone: Republican Senate candidate Tom Cotton (R-AR) really wants to kill Medicare. So much so, that he attacks it on two different fronts.

First, by repeatedly voting to repeal Obamacare, he votes to make Medicare become insolvent in 2016, as it was destined to do.

SPLC Report: Stormfront Users Linked To Nearly 100 Racially Motivated Homicides

Friday, April 18, 2014 - 7:24pm

White supremacist website Stormfront has been linked to nearly 100 racist murders. Now, what are we going to do about it?

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Friday Talking Points -- Our 4/20 Acronym Contest Challenge

Friday, April 18, 2014 - 7:14pm

Three hundred of these columns? To coin a phrase... far out, man.

We'll get to patting ourselves on the back in a bit, but first we'd like to propose a party game for this weekend's big 4/20 festivities across the land. So put this in your (metaphorical) pipe and smoke it.

The Best Monetary Policy Is Strict Financial Regulation

Friday, April 18, 2014 - 6:11pm

On Wednesday, in her first speech on monetary policy, Janet Yellen, the new chairwoman of the Federal Reserve, pointed out a discouraging paradox: In recent years, private-sector forecasters have been surprisingly accurate at forecasting changes in the unemployment rate, but they have been equally inaccurate when forecasting changes in the federal funds rate, the baseline interest rate controlled by the Fed.

Good News For Obamacare Is Bad News For Conservative Pundits

Friday, April 18, 2014 - 5:40pm

Conservatives were sure at every turn that Obamacare would fail, but as the numbers roll in, those convictions are looking increasingly ideological.

The Affordable Care Act Gets Us a Step Closer to Equitable Health Care

Friday, April 18, 2014 - 5:33pm

As a person who has been living with what's commonly known as "a preexisting health condition," and one that can require expensive surgery and even result in emergency-room visits if it gets out of control, I consider the Affordable Care Act a lifesaver. It provides the most hope I have ever had for myself and my family when it comes to keeping us healthy and getting care when we need it most.

White House Won't Comment On Petition To Deport Justin Bieber

Friday, April 18, 2014 - 5:32pm

WASHINGTON -- Disappointing thousands of people who signed a petition to deport Justin Bieber, the White House announced Friday that it would not be taking a stand on the issue.

"Sorry to disappoint, but we won’t be commenting on this one," wrote the White House.

Salvation Gets Cheap

Friday, April 18, 2014 - 4:40pm

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which pools the efforts of scientists around the globe, has begun releasing draft chapters from its latest assessment, and, for the most part, the reading is as grim as you might expect. We are still on the road to catastrophe without major policy changes.

GOP Candidate Says He Donated To Pro-Obamacare Democrat To Defeat Nonexistent Health Law

Friday, April 18, 2014 - 4:14pm

Julio Gonzalez, a GOP candidate for the Florida state House, has come under fire by local Republican groups for a $500 contribution he made to Democratic Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (Fla.) in 2008, according to Federal Election Commission records obtained by Media Trackers.