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Earthquake Storm Warns Big Quake May Soon Hit

Northern California suffered an “Earthquake Storm” on Sunday, as 60 smaller aftershocks rolled through Northern California following the magnitude 6.0 on the Richter Scale earthquake that struck Sunday at 3:20 a.m. Sunday’s earthquake is the 4th serious quake this year after a period of low activity. Show More Summary

Same-Sex Couples In Ecuador To Receive National Benefits

Activists celebrate "huge step forward" but caution that discrimination still persists. The post Same-Sex Couples In Ecuador To Receive National Benefits appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Paul Ryan Won’t Answer Questions From DREAMers He Voted To Deport

One DREAMer asked, "Why do you want to deport me and my sister?" The post Paul Ryan Won’t Answer Questions From DREAMers He Voted To Deport appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Everything Important That Happened At The MTV VMAs, Ranked

A comprehensive list from best to worst. Or, in VMA-speak, from Beyoncé's performance to Ariana Grande's ponytail. The post Everything Important That Happened At The MTV VMAs, Ranked appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Connie Bruck Whitewashes Schakowsky--and J Street--on Israel

The New Yorker's Connie Bruck tackles the question of whether the powerful pro-Israel lobby group AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee) is losing influence among American Jews. She frames the issue as if AIPAC is siding "with...Show More Summary

Lee Rigby Killer Mosque Tries to Distance Itself from Latest Jihadi

One London mosque that seems to be fast acquiring a reputation for producing Britain’s most ‘famous’ terrorists has taken steps to distance itself from a recent alumnus, who has demanded equal rights for Jihadists and said she wants to be the first female to execute a UK or US ‘terrorist’. Show More Summary

Sarah Palin’s Ice Bucket Challenge Is Funnier Than You Think

For the first time ever, a video of Sarah Palin is funny for the right reasons. Normally, we find ourselves laughing at a Sarah Palin video because she either hilariously bungles a softball question; or because she can’t describe the duties of the office for which she’s running; or because she totally botches a major [...]

Monday Morning Open Thread

This summer is going to be riveting in a @rickperlstein book someday. — Marc Lynch (@abuaardvark) August 19, 2014 And for something a little cheerful, here’s a genius example of popcult repurposing, as reported by the NYTimes: LOS ANGELES — For a second year in a row, Miley Cyrus hijacked MTV’s Video Music Awards on [Read more...]

Read Diana Wynne Jones

by Freddie deBoer I did not have a lonely childhood, although sometimes I remember myself as having one, in that way that you make your own childhood more like a story than it was. I had three siblings and lots of friends. But I also had books, and books were a kind of chosen loneliness– […]

After Challenge From Olbermann, ESPN Updates Policy, Says Announcers Don’t Have To Say ‘Redskins’ On Air

The day after one of its analysts says he'll avoid the name and Keith Olbermann calls on it to ban the word, ESPN tweaks its policy on "Redskins." The post After Challenge From Olbermann, ESPN Updates Policy, Says Announcers Don’t Have To Say ‘Redskins’ On Air appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Bring 'Ragin' Cajun' Lt. General Honoré to Ferguson

Lieutenant General Russel Honoré (retired) Like most of us, you've probably been watching events unfold in Ferguson, Missouri—precipitated by the killing of Michael Brown by police officer Darren Wilson—with increasing dismay and outrage. Show More Summary

"You oughta hear their version of 'Hey Jude.'"

Said Bob Dylan about Brave Combo, "a regional band out of Texas that takes regular songs and changes the way you think about them." Here's the "Hey Jude," with — of all people — Tiny Tim singing the lead. Here's Brave Combo doing my favorite Doors song. Show More Summary

Iceland’s Bárðarbunga Volcano Eruption Begins

The National Icelandic Broadcasting Service, Ríkisútvarpið (RÚV), is reporting that a small eruption has begun in Iceland's Bárðarbunga volcano. The Icelandic Meteorilogic Office (IMO) has raised the civil aviation alert color code from orange to red, and airspace over the volcano is now restricted. Show More Summary

Reading Your Way Through Life: Even More Readers Respond

by Matthew Sitman The popular thread continues, beginning with reader-love for one particular John Cheever short story: I have returned to the work of John Cheever—especially “The Death of Justina”—more than that of any other author in my reading life. He is so alert to the spiritual potentialities of life and yet so understanding of […]

Come Saturday Morning: Oh, Neil…

When watching the cop-exacerbated and cop-created violence in Ferguson, Missouri this past week, my mind keeps flashing back to a very nonviolent, honest, and fundamentally decent cop I knew, Neil Haugerud.

Rush Limbaugh: New Media Prevented Mainstream Media from Turning 'Gentle Giant' into Rodney King

Rush Limbaugh said the mainstream media, as desperately as they tried, could not turn "gentle giant" Michael Brown, who was shot and killed by police officer Darren Wilson after Brown allegedly charged and beat him, into Rodney King because of today's new media. Show More Summary

Drought is a Buzz Kill for California Honeybees

Honey bees have become the latest victim in the three-year drought in California, where more than 80 percent of the state is suffering from "extreme" or "exceptional" drought. According to Gene Brandi, vice president of the AmericanShow More Summary

Obama Administration Calls The Supreme Court’s Bluff In Hobby Lobby

The Obama Administration's new rules will likely put an end to the Supreme Court's game of continually moving the goalposts every time someone objects to birth control on religious grounds. The post Obama Administration Calls The Supreme Court’s Bluff In Hobby Lobby appeared first on ThinkProgress.

From Gaza to Ferguson: Exposing the Toolbox of Racist Repression

Mass incarceration and militarized police forces are two of the most potent tools in a panoply of repressive instruments of power used by Israel and the U.S. By Corinna Mullin and Azadeh Shahshahani From the death and destruction inShow More Summary

Videotaped Police Shooting Shocked The Nation, But These Experts Say It Was Justified

The video has put on full, unadulterated display what it looks like for cops to shoot a man down just seconds after arriving on the scene, without trying any other mitigating measures first. The post Videotaped Police Shooting Shocked The Nation, But These Experts Say It Was Justified appeared first on ThinkProgress.

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