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Ebola Cases Break 8,000 As Leaders Say Response Has Failed

The world health system, such as it is, has “failed miserably” in its response to the recent Ebola outbreak according to World Bank President Jim Kim. Kim also said that due to those failures the disease will continue to spread throughout the world. Ebola has already killed over 3,800 people in West Africa. Show More Summary

The Roundup

- The Pentagon does not believe airstrikes against the Islamic State will workand no quick victory as there are no real allies within Syria - John Pilger: "From Pol Pot to ISIS" - Trevor Timm: "The most important national-security secrets case you've never heard of"

“We cannot afford that!”

Hmmm, has a familiar ring (emphasis on “familiar”).

The Problem with CNN Hosts Talking About Islam Promoting Violence & Claiming “We’re Just Asking Questions”

For well over a month now, CNN has pushed a conversation about whether there is something inherently violent about Islam or whether the religion promotes violence. Conversation has been presented by anchors, particularly Don Lemon, as just hosts asking questions for the sake of some innocent and potentially educational discussion. Show More Summary

List of More Than a Dozen Marijuana Votes This November

This year the four biggest and most important marijuana elections in the country are the legalization initiatives in Alaska, Oregon and the District of Columbia as well as the medical marijuana amendment on the ballot in Florida. These aren't the only places where voters will get a chance to weigh in on the future of marijuana policy however. Show More Summary

Medical Marijuana Might be in Trouble in Florida

Efforts to to make Florida the first Southern state with a functioning medical marijuana system might fall short according to a new SurveyUSA poll for WFLA-TV.

Missouri Police Planning For Possible Riots If Officer That Killed Mike Brown Is Not Indicted

Darren Wilson, the police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, is not the only one whose fate may rest on the actions of a grand jury. According to Reuters, Missouri police are reaching out to the FBI and other police departments in preparation for possible riots if Officer Wilson is not indicted by a grand jury investigating the killing of Brown.

In Case of Palestinian American, Prosecutors Criminalize Political Activity and Create ‘Prejudicial Atmosphere’

A lawyer representing Palestinian American Rasmea Odeh, who is accused of immigration fraud, says the United States government's request for an "anonymous jury" in the case and the partial sequestration of jurors is all a part of prosecutors' efforts to create a prejudicial and fearful atmosphere.

South Dakota Senate Race Scramble: Independent Larry Pressler Gaining on Republican Mike Round

The the three way South Dakota Senate race might be very competitive according to a new Survey USA on behalf of the American News, KSFY TV of Sioux Falls and KOTA TV of Rapid City. It found Republican Mike Round leading with just 35 percent of the vote but Independent Larry Pressler right behind him with 32 percent of the vote. Show More Summary

Wal-Mart Kills Benefits For Part-Time Workers

America's largest employer, Walmart, has announced that it will no longer be providing benefits for many of its part-time employees. According to the Associated Press, Walmart will no longer offer health insurance to employees who work less than an average of 30 hours a week starting January 1st, 2015. Show More Summary

Government Claims Right To Create Fake Social Media Accounts From Stolen Identities

Is the government sending you a friend request? The DEA has claimed in court documents that it has the right to use information obtained from someone arrested to create a fake social media account in order to further a drug investigation.

The Roundup

- As journalist Patrick Cockburn explains to The Real News, airstrikes against the Islamic State are a failure and the organization continues to grow - Federal judges ruled the voter ID law in Wisconsin, which critics call restrictive, is constitutional - Jason Leopold: "Guantanamo's Controversial Force-Feeding Policies Go on Trial"

Meet the new holdouts…same as the old holdouts

One could say it is strange or funny that the same states holding out against marriage equality are the ones that generally hold the country back in general.

Late, Late Night FDL: People Have The Power

Patti Smith, Sheryl Crow, Michael Stipe, Joanne Osborne - People Have the Power Patti Smith will be celebrating her 40th anniversary of 'Horses' on the road...

Prediction Creep in Syria

If you don't think wars in the Middle East will take more resources, time, and effort than was originally promised you haven't been paying much attention the past decade.

Lil’ Jon Is Turning Out for Marijuana Legalization This November

Rock the Vote has a new music video featuring Lil’ Jon encouraging people to turn out to vote for issues important to them. From Rock the Vote: Lil’ Jon’s reason for turning out to vote this year is marijuana legalization. While his giant joint is a comical prop, it is actually one of the best [...]

War Industry Sees Profits Surge On Gaza, Ukraine, And Syria Conflicts

Global turmoil and bloody conflicts are not bad news for everyone. The defense industry has been enjoying a nice run in the stock market from armed conflict breaking out across the world from Gaza to Ukraine to Syria. Much of the upside comes from the use of weapons made by US multinational corporations in conflicts [...]

Very Few People Paying Close Attention to the Midterm Elections

A month out from the election and still only a small sliver of the population is paying close attention to it. According to Pew research, last week only 15 percent of Americans said they were following the midterm elections very closely. That makes it only the fourth most followed news story behind Ebola, Syria, and [...]

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