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White House counselor John Podesta said Monday that attempts by congressional lawmakers to block the Obama administration's climate action plan will fail.News-That-Make-You-Think

Podesta told reporters during a briefing at the White House that President Obama is committed to moving forward with controversial Clean Air Act regulations to cut carbon dioxide emissions for all new coal and gas-fired power plants.

"So they may try, but I think that there are no takers at this end of Pennsylvania Avenue. And I think -- with respect to the commitment of Democrats to support a cleaner energy future, I think there’s a strong sentiment there," Podesta said.

Republicans have branded the president's climate plan as a "war on coal" and have sponsored legislation to roll back planned Environmental Protection Agency greenhouse gas standards they argue will harm the nation's economy.

"They’ll find various ways, particularly in the House, to try to stop us from using the authority we have under the Clean Air Act. All I would say is that those have zero percent chance of working. We’re committed to moving forward with those rules," Podesta said.

He cited an energy efficiency bill sponsored by Sens. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., as an example of bipartisan support for clean energy.

Some Republicans want to add an amendment to the bill approving the Keystone XL pipeline, leaving Obama with a more complicated choice, since large numbers of lawmakers in both parties are likely to favor the broader measure.

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An Alabama teen says she was suspended from school after refusing to take standardized tests aligned with national Common Core curriculum standards.

Alyssa McKinney, an 8th-grade student at Whitesburg Middle School in Huntsville, Ala., told WAAY-TV she was given two in-school suspensions after telling school officials that she didn't agree with the requirement and that she was opting out.

When she opted out the third day, she was given an out-of-school suspension.

School officials declined to comment to WAAY-TV, but the Alabama Department of Education said in a Facebook post that parents may submit their refusal in writing to school administrators. It was unclear if Alyssa's mother provided notice.

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An Indiana-based company has decided not to hire any homeschool graduates, withdrawing a job offer from one candidate after discovering he was home educated, according to the Home School Legal Defense Association.

That’s despite the fact that assessments and evaluations for homeschool students routinely run higher than for public-school students.

HSLDA spokesman Michael Donnelly said NiSource, an energy-distribution company, informed HSLDA it would not hire homeschool graduates.

The decision was based on the company’s interpretation of state law.

Donnelly said he was told by NiSource legal counsel Adele O’Connor that the company “disagrees with the conclusions in your letter as to the legal requirements regarding a diploma,” established in Chapter 3313 of the Ohio Revised Code.

Donnelly, argued, however, that the section applies to public and chartered private schools, not homeschools.

“NiSource is wrongly using Ohio law as an excuse to defend its discriminatory hiring policy,” Donnelly said. “There is simply no legal impediment to NiSource hiring a homeschool graduate – especially the one in question here.”

He said Ohio law “clearly recognizes homeschooling as a legal and valid educational option.”

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The House GOP leadership just announced that Rep. Trey Gowdy will head the newly announced special committee to probe what happened in Benghazi. Gowdy, as it happens, has already informed America that he knows that the administration is guilty of a serious cover-up, claiming he has “evidence” of a “systematic, intentional decision” to withhold untold numbers of Benghazi documents from Congress.

The question now is whether House Dems will boycott the proceedings. Over the weekend, Dem Rep. Adam Schiff suggested they should, on the grounds that this will be a “colossal waste of time” that doesn’t deserve to be treated with any “credibility,” given how much has already gone into investigating Benghazi. This provoked outrage from Republicans.

A House Dem leadership aide points out that there is precedent for such a boycott. Back in 2005, House Dem leaders declined to participate in GOP hearings into what went wrong with the Bush administration’s response to the Katrina disaster,arguing that Republicans had set up the committee in a way that ensured it would not conduct a serious probe into what happened.

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One man took it in his own hands to answer his son’s dreams by building a 180ft rollercoaster in his back garden.

This DIY project cost Will Pemble $3,500 and approximately 300 hours of tough work.

This project, other than impressing his son, has led to him setting up a popular blog, CoasterDad.com, detailing his efforts to bring the rollercoaster into reality.

Mr Pemble described the exact moment he began his impressive back garden amusement: ‘We were just back from one of many amusement park trips and Lyle asked a simple question, “Why don’t we build our own rollercoaster, dad?”

‘I couldn’t think of a single good reason to say no so Lyle and I headed off to the lumber yard for a few supplies.’

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Supreme Court Rules Prayers Before Town Meetings Constitutional

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A decision by the U.S. Supreme Court Monday deemed that prayers said before town meetings are not in violation of the Constitution, Reuters reports.

In a Rochester, New York suburb, a Jewish resident and an atheist resident filed a suit against the town of Greece stating they were made "uncomfortable" by town officials who "overwhelmingly" picked Christian members of the public to recite prayers before meetings, states the report. Despite this revelation, however, the town's policy is to not single out one religion over another.

The court maintained that prayer is fundamental and historical to America and in no way violates the First Amendment, even if it is exclusively one religion. The tight 5-4 decision indicates the conservative/liberal fault line within the court on the issue. Chief Justice John Roberts, Justices Samuel Alito Antonin Scalia, and Clarence Thomas joined the court's majority opinion Justice Anthony Kennedy in favor of the Christian prayers. Kennedy wrote:

The town of Greece does not violate the First Amend­ment by opening its meetings with prayer that comports with our tradition and does not coerce participation by nonadherents. So long as the town maintains a policy of nondiscrimination, the Constitution does not require it to search beyond its borders for non-Christian prayer givers in an effort to achieve religious balancing...That nearly all of the congregations in town turned out to be Christian does not reflect an aversion or bias on the part of town.

These ceremonial prayers strive for the idea that people of many faiths may be united in a community of tolerance and devotion. Our tradition assumes that adult citizens, firm in their own beliefs, can tolerate and perhaps appreciate a ceremonial prayer delivered by a person of a different faith.

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News-That-Make-You-ThinkA House subcommittee on military personnel is backing the Pentagon's request for troop cuts next year but is not on board with making retirees pay more for healthcare.

Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C., chairman of the House Subcommittee on Military Personnel, said any changes to retirement or healthcare benefits needs to wait until the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission submits a report next February.

For that same reason the subcommittee's budget also does not include a Pentagon requested cut inbasic allowance for housing, or BAH, which Wilson said would translate into a 5 percent increase in housing costs for service members.

Even where the subcommittee conceded to the Defense Department's request to reduce end strength of the forces, it was not without "serious reservations," Wilson said.

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Secretary of State John Kerry vowed the U.S. will help Nigerian officials in their hunt to find hundreds of Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by Islamic militants last month.

“The kidnapping of hundreds of children by Boko Haram is an unconscionable crime,” Kerry said Saturday, according to The Washington Post. “We will do everything possible to support the Nigerian government to return these young women to their homes and hold the perpetrators to justice.”

The mass kidnapping on April 14 and the massive explosion that killed 75 hours earlier in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, have fueled fears that the Islamic uprising is spreading and the military is unable to stop it.

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NEW YORK (AP) -- The first openly gay Episcopal bishop, who became a symbol for gay rights far beyond the church while deeply dividing the world's Anglicans, plans to divorce his husband.

Bishop Gene Robinson announced the end of his marriage to Mark Andrew in an email sent to the Diocese of New Hampshire, where he served for nine years before retiring in 2012.

Robinson would not disclose details about the end of their 25-year relationship but wrote Sunday in The Daily Beast he owed a debt to Andrew "for standing by me through the challenges of the last decade."

"It is at least a small comfort to me, as a gay rights and marriage equality advocate, to know that like any marriage, gay and lesbian couples are subject to the same complications and hardships that afflict marriages between heterosexual couples," Robinson wrote. "All of us sincerely intend, when we take our wedding vows, to live up to the ideal of 'til death do us part. But not all of us are able to see this through until death indeed parts us."

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A Democratic senator suggested Sunday that the Senate might have enough votes to pass a bill compelling the Obama administration to approve the Keystone XL pipeline.

Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., noting that 62 senators voted in favor of a Keystone measure last year, said: "I still think that vote is there. I really do."

Manchin discussed the prospects just days after his Senate colleagues introduced a bill to build the Canada-to-Texas pipeline. The difference between the measure approved last year and this one is that last year's was a nonbinding resolution with no real teeth to it.

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A division within the Department of Defense is investigating whether the digital currency bitcoin is a possible terrorist threat.

The Combatting Terrorism Technical Support Office is spearheading a program that will help the military understand how modern technologies could pose threats to national security, including bitcoin and other virtual currencies, the International Business Times reported.

A memo detailing some of the CTTSO projects states, “The introduction of virtual currency will likely shape threat finance by increasing the opaqueness, transactional velocity, and overall efficiencies of terrorist attacks,” as reported by Bitcoin Magazine, according to IBTimes.

One of the greatest concerns reportedly rests with the anonymity afforded bitcoin transactions. The transactions are public, but the people involved in the operations are unnamed.

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Hide your Big Gulps, again, New York.

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced this week his administration will pick up where former mayor Michael Bloomberg left off and will continue the battle to ban sodas larger than 16 ounces. The city will appeal a state court ruling that axed the ban last year.

City lawyers will argue the case at the Court of Appeals on June 4, the New York Daily News reported this week.

Former Mayor Michael Bloomberg got lots of headlines in 2012 when he declared war on Big Gulps and other large sugary drinks.

The much-discussed ban on sodas over 16 ounces was an edict issued by the city's Health Department and never got approval from city council. A state judge in

March 2013 blocked the ban and said Bloomberg overstepped his authority in issuing it without the city council's consent.

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Video: Watch Shocked Students React to Hillary Clinton’s Previous Position on Same-Sex ‘Marriage’

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1st openly gay Episcopal bishop to divorce husband

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The first openly gay Episcopal bishop, who became a symbol for gay rights far beyond the church while deeply dividing the world’s Anglicans, plans to divorce his husband.

Bishop Gene Robinson has never been fully accepted within the more than 70 million-member Anglican Communion, which is rooted in the Church of England and represented in the United States by the Episcopal Church.

Robinson announced the end of his marriage to Mark Andrew in an email sent to the Diocese of New Hampshire, where he served for nine years before retiring in 2012.

OK, first the pink elephant in the room. All of you “bigoted,” “homophobic,” “anti-gay” opponents of “marriage equality” who happen to live in “marriage reality,” please join me as we set aside, for the moment, the inescapable cognitive dissonance associated with the Huxleyan turn of phrase: “plans to divorce his husband.”

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NEWS THAT MAKES YOU THINK: 05.02.2014

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The job-creation engine kicked into higher gear as U.S. employers boosted payrolls in April by the most in two years and the jobless rate plunged to the lowest since the collapse of Lehman Brothers.

The 288,000 gain in employment was the biggest since January 2012 and followed a 203,000 increase the prior month, Labor Department figures showed today in Washington. The median forecast in a Bloomberg survey of economists called for a 218,000 advance. Unemployment dropped to 6.3 percent, the lowest level since September 2008.

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WASHINGTON – James Dobson, founder of Focus on the Family andFamily Talk Radio, a harsh critic of President Obama and an opponent in court, on Thursday described him as the “abortion president” during an address at the National Day of Prayer.

Dobson, whose organization recently won a court fight against Obama over a mandate in Obamacare that would have required his ministry to pay for abortion pills, has not been shy about challenging the president on his abortion agenda.

At one point during the fight over the imposition of the abortion mandate, he said to the president: “Come and get me. I will not yield to your wicked regulations.”

The fact that Obama is more supportive of abortion than any other chief executive in the U.S. was touted by none other than Planned Parenthood.

In a report on his 2013 keynote address to a gala by Planned Parenthood, the largest player in the nation’s abortion industry, Cecile Richards, chief of the organization, said: “President Obama has done more than any president in history for women’s health and rights. He understands that access to birth control and preventive health care are economic issues for women and their families.

“We fought alongside him to ensure that women’s health access was expanded in the landmark Affordable Care Act, and now we have to fight hard to ensure that the full promise of health care reform is realized for millions of women.”

At the prayer day event, where he was one of several speakers, Dobson described how Obama said he would become the abortion president.

“He has made it so that every American will have to pay toward the support of abortion,” he said, noting the $250 million in taxpayer funds that already goes toward Planned Parenthood’s funding.

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A Montana veteran died just hours after fulfilling his longtime dream of traveling to Washington, D.C., and visiting the National World War II Memorial.

Donald Buska, an 86-year-old Navy veteran who had been in hospice care since Feb. 12, passed away on Tuesday after returning from the trip with Big Sky Honor Flight of Montana, The Billings Gazette reported.

"He had the time of his life," Buska's son, Jeff, who traveled with him to Washington, told the newspaper. "What a way to go. He went out on a high note."

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A top military intelligence official at the time of the Benghazi attacks testified Thursday that U.S. personnel "should have tried" to help Americans under fire on Sept. 11, 2012, in an unprecedented public statement from a leading military officer.

Retired Brig. Gen. Robert Lovell, who at the time of the attacks was the deputy intelligence director at U.S. Africa Command, questioned the merits of the ongoing debate over whether U.S. military forces could have responded in time. Leading Pentagon and other military officials previously have argued that additional U.S. assets were not deployed to assist Americans under attack that night because they weren't close enough.

"The point is we should have tried," Lovell told the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, in his opening statement. "As another saying goes -- always move to the sound of the guns."

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Donald Sterling is planning to sue the NBA if the rest of the owners force him to sell the L.A. Clippers,according to a report from the New York Daily News. An anonymous NBA executive said that Sterling will fight the league however he can to hold onto the team.

Before the official announcement of his officially being banned from the NBA, Sterling made it clear the team isn’t for sale. It appears he is sticking to his guns, even as the NBA owners are set to soon vote on whether to force him to sell the Clippers. It’s expected the official vote will take place some time this month.

The same anonymous executive who spoke with the Daily News said if Sterling does sue, the legal battle will go on for a while ant it will “take years to settle.”

So far there have been rumors that Magic Johnson and Oprah Winfrey are separately considering bids for ownership.

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On Thursday, MTV announced that it would be launching a “Look Different” initiative designed to uncover “hidden racial, gender and anti-LGBT bias.” MTV will be creating a documentary on Millenials’ perceptions of race and fairness temporarily titled “Untitled Whiteness Project,” a public service announcement series, an “Implicit Bias Quiz” and a week-long “Racial Bias Cleanse” program to help re-educate young Americans about their bias. The campaign will be co-sponsored by the Anti-Defamation League, the National Partnership for Women & Families, The Trevor Project, the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, the Southern Poverty Law Center, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, National Council of La Raza, and the NAACP, among others. Read full story on truthrevolt.org/

My wife couldn’t survive without a stay-at-home husband

My wife couldn’t survive without a stay-at-home husband

A female neighbor tiptoed over, all pitying smiles, to show me, the hapless man, how to use the laundry room dryer. I’d been living in the building for six years, washing clothes once a week, which means I’d worked that dryer over 300 times. I am a spin-drying genius. “Thank you so much,” I smiled at her, swallowing back the words, “and you’re a sexist.”

Would I have preferred her to know who I am — a househusband, a homeboy, the man of the housekeeping? Or would I have found that emasculating?

My wife and I made a deal 12 years ago. I would leave my office job to pursue my dream of getting a novel published, taking on freelance work (I compile crosswords) while writing fiction. But I would be earning less than before. In return, I would look after the house.

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News That Makes You Think… 05.01.14

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News-That-Make-You-ThinkThe 63rd annual religious event is today, Thursday. The theme is, "One Voice, United in Prayer."

A factor behind this year's theme was a bus tour last year that included 34 states and 420 prayer events.

Dion Elmore of the National Day of Prayer Task Force was on that tour and says people were challenged to pray for our nation with one voice.

"Unity was the cry of the heart of the people that we encountered," she recalls. "It seemed like every city we went into people were crying out for unity within the body of Christ because they see the importance of it and see the word of God and what it says about unity."

The National Day of Prayer focuses on encouraging people to pray over the seven centers of influence as developed by Bill Bright and others.

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Thorn-coated bushes, rock-covered terrain, scorching temperatures. A hissing rattlesnake.

These are just few of the many perils Mexican migrants crossing the Southern Arizona desert encounter every day. And far more of them will attempt to cross this summer, the U.S. Border Patrol predicts.

The agency unveiled its plans Wednesday for dealing with the problem of immigrants dying in the desert, including 10 new beacons that allow migrants to call for help at the push of a red button. The agency is also adding new hoisting systems on helicopters to rescue immigrants.

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Houston police held a special news conference Wednesday to talk about two particularly clumsy criminals wanted for firing shots inside a north Houston lingerie business.

“I have to say that in the seven years that I’ve been investigating robberies, these are by far some of the clumsiest crooks that I’ve seen in a long time,” said Jeff Brieden, Houston Police Department.

The suspects were among three men who walked into a Katz’s Boutique in the 9800 block of the North Freeway on April 13. It was around 3 a.m. and surveillance cameras were rolling.

Police say two of the men had weapons. The suspect with the revolver apparently bumped into the suspect with the rifle, causing the rifle to discharge.

“Which then spooked both the suspects,” Officer Brieden said.

Both men began shooting, and police believe they thought they were being fired upon. Nearly a dozen rounds were discharged. In reality, all the gunfire was coming from them. Investigators say that is what makes them so dangerous.

“Because of how unpredictable they were during the robbery,” Brieden said. “And just discharging their weapons so freely in any direction; this case easily could have turned into a capital murder.”

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While millions of Jews and others around the world mournfully observed Holocaust Remembrance Day Monday, news erupted that Kerry, the White House's chief foreign diplomat, said the Jewish state could become an "apartheid state" if it doesn't allow for the creation of a Palestinian state.

Likening Israel's co-existence with terrorist-tied Palestinians to the decades-long conflict between native Africans and white Dutch in South Africa is absurd and highly offensive to politicians and leaders from every side.

"That was is an incredibly offensive comment, given the historical background of the modern state of Israel," Campaign for Working Families founder Gary Bauer says regarding Kerry's remark. "The modern Jewish state emerged in 1948 out of the ashes of the Holocaust – the horrific consequences of Adolf Hitler's 'apartheid state' in Nazi Germany."

Bauer contends that Kerry's apartheid comment was no mistake.

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Tennessee has become the first state in the nation to pass a law criminalizing women for their pregnancy outcomes. Republican Gov. Bill Haslam took the 10 days allotted to him to consider the advice of doctors, addiction experts and reproductive health groups urging him to veto the punitive and dangerous measure that allows prosecutors to charge a woman with criminal assault if she uses illegal drugs during her pregnancy and her fetus or newborn is considered harmed as a result. Haslam ignored these recommendations — and the recommendations of nearly every major medical association, including the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy  — and signed the measure anyway.

Opponents of the new law share a concern that a lack of access to health care and treatment facilities will result in the disproportionate targeting and jailing of poor mothers and mothers of color, particularly in rural districts throughout the state.

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News that makes you think… 04.30.14

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New polls continue to show the public is skeptical about the impact of ObamaCare, particularly when it comes to costs, something analysts have long warned about.

“New ObamaCare policies cost about 35 percent more and that increase can come in the form of higher premiums, higher deductibles or narrower networks," said Robert Laszewski of Health Policy and Strategy Associates.

In the latest Washington Post poll, 58 percent of consumers said the new law is causing higher costs while only 11 percent said it is reducing them.

That meshes with a new Kaiser poll that found the most common reason for remaining uninsured was not being able to find an affordable plan.

"They may be better off if they can get a subsidy, but the underlying costs are higher and they're going to be even higher next year," said John Goodman of the National Center.

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Oral arguments were heard Monday at the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in a lawsuit over a Mississippi law designed to protect women from "cut and run" abortionists. The law, being defended by Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood, requires abortionists to have admitting privileges at a local hospital where women can be treated if complications arise from an abortion.

Steven H. Aden, senior counsel withAlliance Defending Freedom, says a decision is expected in a couple of months.

"That decision will likely follow the contours of a decision that the same court of appeals has issued with regard to Texas' admitting privileges law where the court upheld Texas' law, even though it has operated to close over a dozen clinics in the state of Texas," Aden explains.

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The principal at Rocky Mountain High School in Fort Collins, Colorado, is facing a hailstorm of criticism from some very angry parents and residents.

The school recites the Pledge of Allegiance weekly, on Mondays. Last Monday, a member of their “Cultural Arms Club” led the student body in an Arabic version of the pledge, replacing the words “under God” with “under Allah.”

Principal Tom Lopez denies any attempt to push an Islamic agenda, saying, “These students love this country. They were not being un-American in trying to do this. They believed they were accentuating the meaning of the words as spoken regularly in English.”

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