From Associated Press:
WASHINGTON (AP) — If carbon dioxide emissions continue at their current pace, by the end of century parts of the Persian Gulf will sometimes be just too hot for the human body to tolerate, a new study says.
How hot? The heat index — which combines heat and humidity — may hit 165 to 170 degrees (74 to 77 Celsius) for at least six hours, according to numerous computer simulations in the new study. That's so hot that the human body can't get rid of heat. The elderly and ill are hurt most by current heart waves, but the future is expected to be so hot that healthy, fit people would be endangered, health experts say.
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From The Hill:
Ben Carson says he would not get rid of the Department of Education, a position contrary to several of his Republican White House primary rivals.
Instead, the retired neurosurgeon said the agency should be used to monitor America’s colleges and universities for “extreme political bias.”
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ATKINSON, N.H. – Businessman Donald Trump told a packed room that the United States should not use its resources to liberate woman from local requirements to wear burkas.
“They want to. What the hell are we getting involved for?” he asked the large crowd at the Atkinson Resort & Country Club.
He added that it’s easier for women when they do wear burkas, saying, “You don’t have to put on make-up. ...Wouldn’t that be easier?”
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Here we are – another presidential election season, with big choices to make. The battle is in full swing, with the candidates trying to build up support and solidify their positions. I am a #BlackBerner and I am with #Women4Bernie.
I sat down with the intention of writing a response to an article about why black people are not supporting Bernie. But I realized that what we really need is a conversation about how to engage in the political process this election season and beyond. Despite being a Black woman from a socially conscious family, I could not adequately articulate reasons for why Black people are reluctant to support someone whose platform coincides with many of the issues that have been long neglected in Black communities. To me, it is a no-brainer.
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From Jon Perr at Perrspectives:
During the 2012 Republican National Convention, Jeb Bush proclaimed of his brother George, "He is a man of integrity, courage, and honor, and during incredibly challenging times, he kept us safe." In the face of the inconvenient truth that Dubya presided over the slaughter of 3,000 Americans on U.S. soil on 9/11, deadly anthrax and ricin attacks, the needless Iraq war that killed 4,500 American soldiers, wounded 30,000 more, converted Baghdad into an Iranian satellite and birthed ISIS, Jeb hasn't stopped making the "he kept us safe" claims since.
But of all the national security failures that made the national headlines during Bush's 43's watch, one that didn't is among the most heartbreaking of all.
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From Jonathan Bernstein at Bloomberg:
Donald Trump is no longer winning everywhere. The new Bloomberg Politics/Des Moines Register poll has Ben Carson on top in Iowa, with a 9-percentage-point lead over Trump. Combined with another national survey released yesterday, the HuffPollster estimate now has Carson at 26 percent to Trump’s 20 percent in the Hawkeye State.
Yes, it’s still very early. We’re a bit more than three months from the Feb. 1 Iowa caucuses, and it would be a lot more surprising if today’s polls match the eventual results than if there are still plenty more major swings to come.
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From Ted McLaughlin at jobsanger:
Last month the most common thing the mainstream media was reporting was how much trouble the campaign of Hillary Clinton was in. They said her numbers were fading, and predicted that Joe Biden would cause her trouble by entering the race. It wasn't true of course (her numbers had remained firm), but the media didn't seem to be as concerned with the truth as creating a "horse race" in the Democratic primary contest.
But it's now a month later -- and things look very different. They look different because Clinton has had a very good month of October.
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A conservative argues that Democrats who decline to vote out of principle have also taken a vow of public silence.
From James Wigderson:
For giggles, I watched on Wisconsin Eye the “debate” in the state Assembly from Wednesday night about the campaign finance reform law changes. By now everyone is aware the Democrats took turns claiming they were recusing themselves. However, if they were seriously recusing themselves, they shouldn’t have spoken against the bill, yet several of them took the opportunity to do just that.
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Tommy Christopher, writing for Mediaite, challenges the notion that nobody could have predicted the 9/11 attacks of 2001 with several very public predictions. Actually, I don't think movies should count, but Donald Trump? Yeah. I suspect Tommy left out three dozen CIA warnings because, in fairness, they were not public.
Human Voices takes an all-sides-are-guilty approach to the gun safety debate. This time all the liberal sobbing about little kids being killed is manipulative and overblown because the number of little kids killed by bullets each year is holding fairly steady. So it's all good, and damn liberals are same as the NRA.
FYC: Best part is the final 30 seconds.
President Barack Obama on Thursday gave a strong defense of Black Lives Matter, arguing that the movement's concerns about racial disparities in the criminal justice system are legitimate. He also clarified that the cause doesn't claim, as some critics allege, that only black lives matter — but rather that black lives are emphasized in the movement's slogan because black lives aren't currently treated as equal to other lives.
Here's a transcript of Obama's remarks, made during a forum hosted by the Marshall Project:
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From NBC News:
Acting on a tip that dozens of ISIS-held hostages were about to be slaughtered, U.S. and Kurdish commandos stormed a prison in northeastern Iraq before dawn Thursday, rescuing the captives in a firefight that ended with an American soldier being shot to death, officials said.
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From the Maine Beacon:
At a town hall meeting in Auburn on Wednesday night, Governor Paul LePage once again lashed out against Question 1, a citizen initiative to increase election transparency and strengthen Maine’s Clean Elections Act.
“That’s like giving my wife my checkbook. I’m telling you, it’s giving your wife your checkbook,” said LePage.
LePage was referring to the part of the initiative strengthening Maine’s system of limited public financing.
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Among the donors to Gov. Christie's presidential campaign are individuals who work for companies in New Jersey that have been awarded more than $60 million in state and local government contracts, campaign finance records show.
Many of these firms are restricted by New Jersey pay-to-play laws in what they can contribute to state campaigns. Those rules do not apply to federal elections, such as the presidential campaign, however.
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From Jon Perr at PERRspectives:
Stung by Donald Trump's self-evident truth that history did not begin on September 12th, 2001 and end at noon on January 20, 2009, Jeb Bush asked, "Does anybody actually blame my brother for 9/11?" As it turns out, this is hardly the first time the former Florida governor complained about the unkindness the calendar has shown his brother. In August 2012, Jeb declared it was "unbecoming" for Barack Obama to continue to "blame others" for the economic calamity he inherited from George W., and went so far as to suggest the President should be "spanked" for pointing the finger at his brother. And in April 2009--just weeks after Obama entered the Oval Office in the midst of the greatest American economic calamity since the Great Depression--Jeb protested:
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It has been a season of conservative paradox. The old expression is about being called ugly by a frog.
I try to be fair. If every stray comment I made was noted for the record, if I was judged by the worst of the worst, I have no idea how long it would take me to to learn to think before exercising my voice. I can only imagine the sort of professional pressure that causes the occasional strange political outburst.
It is sometimes hard to fathom some of what floats by in politics.
It was an obvious question. The surprise was that a candidate for President, or some member of a campaign staff, would not anticipate it. The question to Jeb Bush was about the 9/11 attacks on the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center, on the Pentagon, on whatever unknown target was saved at the cost of another planeload of passengers and crew. The question was about the thousands of lives that had been lost.
The issue was the angry response to criticism of President Bush. The three pronged attack had come on his watch.
He was president. Blame him, or don't blame him, but he was president. The World Trade Center came down during his reign.
- Donald Trump, October 16, 2015
...if your brother and his administration bear no responsibility at all, at all, how do you then make the jump that President Obama and Secretary Clinton are responsible for what happened at Benghazi?
- Jake Tapper, CNN, October 18, 2015
In fairness to Jeb Bush, the parallel is not fair unless some of the questions he raises are examined. Were there differences in preparation? In taking reasonable efforts at awareness of danger?
Well, I -- it's -- the question on then Benghazi, which is -- hopefully we'll now finally get the truth to, is, was that -- was the -- was the place secure? They had a responsibility, the Department of State, to have proper security.
There were calls for security. It looks like they didn't get it. And how was the response in the aftermath of the attack? Was there a chance that these four American lives could have been saved?
- Jeb Bush, on CNN, October 18, 2015
When the same questions are asked about both tragedies, do the answers reveal moral differences? Could either of the attacks have been prevented? Was security reasonable? What was done in the aftermath?
was the place secure? Was the United States secure?
We have available 36 documented, now declassified, CIA warnings to President Bush and his closest advisors, and additional warnings from other national security experts within the administration. We have urgent warnings from the outgoing Clinton administration.
It does not take much word substitution to apply the same standards, to ask the same questions.
Well, I -- it's -- the question on then Benghazi, which is -- hopefully we'll now finally get the truth to, is, was that -- was the -- was the place secure? Was America secure in 2001?
There were calls for security. It looks like they didn't get it. The Bush administration dismissed those calls for security right up to 9/11.
Was there a chance that these four American lives could have been saved? Multiply those lives by many hundreds and ask the question again.
I am disinclined to go too far with the logic of blame. The dozens of frantic official warnings ignored by top officials in the Bush administration, ignored by the President, do take on amplified meaning in retrospect. But a backwards view is natures own amplifier. It is easier to be right about the known past than the unknown future, even in the face of warnings.
It was that perspective that seemed to guide Democrats in the months and years following the 9/11 attacks of 2001. There was little effort to look for ways to blame President Bush for his dismissive attitude toward the warnings before the attacks.
I sometimes wish the more rabid conservatives among my friends were capable of the same rational reserve. It is as unreasonable to attack Secretary of State Clinton for her lack of clairvoyance before a close friend and three other associates were murdered.
The admission by Congressional Republicans Kevin McCarthy and Richard Hannah combined with charges by a conservative former staffer cast a pall over the Benghazi committee. The barely hidden mission to seek out and selectively leak misleading bits of information to discredit Hillary Clinton have now gone blazingly overt.
Chairman of the Benghazi Committee Trey Gowdy reacted in frustration:
I would say in some ways these have been among the worst weeks of my life. Attacks on your character, attacks on your motives, are 1,000 times worse than anything you can do to anybody physically — at least it is for me.
- Trey Gowdy, House Benghazi Chairman, October 18, 2015
Congressman Gowdy speaks of his pain at attacks on his character, attacks on his motives, as he and members of his committee attack Hillary Clinton's character and motives.
Politics being what it is, life being fluid, this will not last. But right now, in this instant, those conservatives who have been throwing accusations are surprised, unbelieving as their shimmering target survives, still glaring back through the dark glass of Benghazi investigations. The dark glass has become a mirror.
The frog has been screaming "ugly" at what turns out to be a reflection.
From Max's Dad:
The Cubs are great! They can't lose! It's OUR year! How many times do we have to hear this? Goddamn, I love Chicago, I love Wrigley Field, and I love the fact the Cubs lose every freakin year! Even the losers that are the White Sox have a championship, no two, since the Cubs last won. And one of them came in 1917, when the Ottoman Empire still existed. Give it up Cubs fans. It's destiny.
And now the best reasons to root for the NY Mets.
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From conservative James Wigderson:
Marvel Comics has decided that conservatives are all banding together in terrorist organizations and that Captain America should beat them up in the name of “bringing people together.” This is why comic books really were much better in the 1970s and 1980s (and why DC Comics are better than Marvel).
Bill Osmulski at the MacIver Institute has a report on the “new direction” at Marvel Comics:
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