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Google and Microsoft and Netflix and other large, well-capitalized incumbents will pay for speedy service. Smaller companies that can't—or that ISPs just aren’t interested in dealing with—will get whatever plodding service is left for everyone else. ISPs won’t be allowed to deliberately slow down traffic from specific sites, but that’s about all that’s left of net neutrality.

Net Neutrality Finally Dies at Ripe Old Age of 45

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Seattle neighbors file lawsuit to stop 8-year-old girl from feeding crows that leave behind gifts in return + MORE

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Seattle neighbors file lawsuit to stop 8-year-old girl from feeding crows that leave behind gifts in return

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The neighbors of a Seattle girl who gained international media attention for feeding crows and collecting small objects they leave behind have filed a nuisance lawsuit against her parents, an attorney said on Wednesday. The lawsuit accuses the girl’s parents of running a large-scale feeding…

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California Becomes First State to Ban Grand Juries in Police Shooting Cases

– MotherJones.com

California this week became the first state to ban the use of secret grand juries when deciding whether to indict police officers in cases of deadly force. The bill, signed by Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday, was a response to the unrest that followed the grand jury decisions in Ferguson, Missouri, and in Staten Island, New York, not to indict the officers who killed Michael Brown and Eric Garner…

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Bill to Ban Travel for “Tax-Accused” Americans (Orrin Hatch, Senate GOPe’s latest RINO betrayal)

– FreeRepublic.com

Freedom to travel is a fundamental and internationally recognized human right. Article 13 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) states: Everyone has the right to freedom of movement and residence within the borders of each state. Everyone has the right to leave any country, including his own, and to return to his country…

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ISIS unleashes massive bombing in Baghdad

– WorldNetDaily.com

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A Baghdad market is in chaos after ISIS unleashed a truck bomb attack.
ISIS terrorists unleashed a massive bombing in a Shiite section in a Baghdad market, killing at least 62 and injuring at least 125.
The terror group posted a message on an affiliated Twitter account, taking responsibility and bragging about its targeting of the Shiite area, Fox News reported…

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Mike Huckabee Open to Use of Federal Troops to Stop Abortions + MORE

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Jon Stewart Announces Guests for Final Daily Show Episodes

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The Daily Show with Jon Stewart has just four episodes left and now we know who (some) of the final guests will be. During an interview with Judd Apatow last month, the host indicated that he would favor his comedian friends over esoteric authors for his final week, and that’s exactly what we are going to get…

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Mike Huckabee Open to Use of Federal Troops to Stop Abortions

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Amidst conservative outrage over a series of undercover videos shot at Planned Parenthood clinics, GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee announced during an Iowa campaign stop on Thursday that he would not rule out the use of federal troops and the FBI to stop American women from receiving abortions…

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Will the IRS Target Christian Colleges After Gay Marriage Ruling? Commissioner Responds

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IRS Commissioner John Koskinen made a pledge before the U.S. Senate’s Judiciary Oversight Subcommittee on Wednesday, saying that his agency would not go after the tax-exempt statuses of any religious colleges and universities that oppose same-sex nuptials.
“Will you commit to me that while you remain on as the commissioner … you will not in the absence of a directive by Congress or by the courts, that you will not take any action to remove the tax-exempt status from religious colleges and universities based on their belief that marriage is between a man and a woman?” Republican Sen…

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Four Years Ago Scott Walker Promised This Woman He’d Bust Wisconsin’s Unions

– MotherJones.com

The super-PAC backing Scott Walker has many wealthy backers, but its single biggest contributor is Diane Hendricks, who ponied up $5 million. A billionaire through the roofing supply business she and her late husband founded, Hendricks has been one of Walker’s top benefactors since he first ran for governor…

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Last week, a team of astronomers at the Gemini Planet Imager in Chile released the mysterious blue image above. That small bright dot in the lower right of the image is a planet—not a planet in our solar system like Mars or Neptune, but one 63 light-years away. It’s the planet Beta Pictoris b, which orbits the star Beta Pictoris in the southern constellation Pictor.

Planet Hunter: We’ll Find An “Earth 2.0” Within “10 or 15 Years”

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Sexually Repressed Free Beacon Lambastes Russ Feingold Fundraiser + MORE

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At first sight, you might think The Washington Free Beacon is like The Onion, it is not. The Free Beacon is a publication that kowtows to the whims of Bill Kristol’s son-in-law, who has been appointed editor-in-chief. Most of the writers, like head honcho, Matthew Continetti, come from privileged backgrounds, and contributor Brent Scher is equally dedicated to passing off conservative spin as fact…

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Five young Irish citizens dead after balcony collapses in Berkeley

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Five young Irish citizens were killed and at least eight other people were injured when an apartment balcony collapsed early on Tuesday in the Californian city of Berkeley, Ireland’s foreign minister said. Earlier, Berkeley Police Department spokeswoman Jennifer Coats said the…

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Marco Rubio Says Koch World Doesn’t Want Anything From Washington. Really?

– MotherJones.com

At the January meeting of the Koch brothers’ donor network, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) scoffed at the idea that the deep-pocketed contributors he had come to court for his presidential bid want anything in return for all the money they pump into politics. “I don’t know a single person in this room has ever been to my office,” he told ABC News’ Jonathan Karl, who was moderating a panel that included Rubio…

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Survey: Uninsured rate nears single digits for first time

– DailyKos.com

One new survey suggests that the uninsured rate in the nation is now just 10 percent, and is in single digits in states that have expanded Medicaid. The Urban Institute has been conducting its Health Reform Monitoring Survey of non-elderly Americans every quarter since September 2013, when Obamacare was implemented…

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‘Mad Max’: How MRAs Killed the World + MORE

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Here Are 13 Killings by Police Captured on Video in the Past Year

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Screenshot from police video of the shooting of Jason Harrison in Dallas on June 14, 2014. Harrison’s family obtained the footage in a civil rights lawsuit and chose to publicize it.

From Ferguson last summer to Baltimore this spring, police killings of unarmed black men under questionable circumstances have sparked outrage, civil unrest, and a heated national debate about policing in the United States…

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‘Ghost Hunters’ Facing Felony Charges After Breaking Into Historic Church To Film Paranormal Activity…

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‘Ghost Hunters’ Facing Felony Charges After Breaking Into Historic Church To Film Paranormal Activity…(Third column, 12th story, link)

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'Motorcycle Awareness Month'…

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‘Motorcycle Awareness Month’…(Third column, 11th story, link)Related stories:UPDATE: Deadly Texas biker battle was rooted in feud…Bulletin warned of ‘war’…Three accidentally released from prison…

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‘Mad Max’: How MRAs Killed the World

– thedailybeast.com

Men’s rights activists that think Mad Max: Fury Road is feminist propaganda are missing the point entirely. The Mad Max franchise is all about “macho” men destroying civilization.

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Tom Cotton: Threatening a quick bombing raid on Iran ‘always improves diplomacy’ + MORE

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Sandy Rios: ‘Evil’ Obama Wants Christians To Show Love To Gays

– RightWingWatch.org

On her radio program today, American Family Association governmental affairs director Sandy Rios joined in the right-wing outrage that President Obama dared say at an Easter breakfast that sometimes Christians use “less than loving expressions” that don’t reflect the love of Jesus Christ…

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Formerly Homeless Man Threatens Lawsuit Over St. Louis NFL Stadium Financing Plan

– ThinkProgress.org

A rendering of the proposed St. Louis stadium before Gov. Jay Nixon announced the plan to build it. CREDIT: (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) A St. Louis resident who was formerly homeless and wants to see the city devote more money to social services and homelessness this week threatened a lawsuit against the city of St…

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Tom Cotton: Threatening a quick bombing raid on Iran ‘always improves diplomacy’

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Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) said bombing Iran would be relatively quick, painless – and facilitate diplomatic negotiations. The freshman senator said Tuesday on the Family Research Council’s “Washington Watch” radio program that military action against Iran’s nuclear capabilities might be preferable to…

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White Police Officer Is South Carolina’s Third Charged in Past Year for Killing an Unarmed Black Man

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Michael Slager, the North Charleston police officer who on Tuesday was charged with the murder of 50-year-old Walter Scott, is one of at least three white officers in South Carolina over the past year to be charged in the shooting death of an unarmed black man. The South Carolina cases, all of which are ongoing, seem to stand in contrast to proceedings around recent high-profile killings by police in Ferguson, MO, New York City, and Cleveland, including the swift reaction by authorities in North Charleston to harrowing footage of Scott’s killing that surfaced Tuesday…

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Right Wing Bonus Tracks - 12/12/14 + MORE

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Right Wing Bonus Tracks – 12/12/14

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Scott Lively defends his assertion that homosexuality is worse than murder. Joseph Farah says that “maybe the people out protesting police shootings have no one to blame but themselves” when police officers kill an unarmed black man. NOM writes a letter from the future. Tim Brown has a warning: “When a nation forgets God, God brings judgment upon that nation and we are seeing it before our eyes… blasphemers, idolaters, homosexuals and other sins and crimes abound in our nation, and why? The Church has not been salt and light, but rather has pampered herself and whored herself out, despising the cross of Christ for the accolades of man…

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It’s time for John Boehner to go

– FreeRepublic.com

Since the Republicans regained control of the House of Representatives, we expected wonderful changes to come. We once again had control over the house along with having the ability to have some control over what was taking place to our Country. We knew that President Obama was a rogue President who had control over both houses…

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Rosie O'Donnell Selling Anti-Israeli Art

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Rosie O’Donnell, an outspoken critic of Israeli military action against Hamas, was reportedly selling custom art of her perspective on the Israel-Palestinian Conflict. The longtime co-host of The View created 30 pieces of “limited edition” art, in a collection she titled “Israel Begins Bombing Gaza…

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I Was There When an Undercover Cop Pulled a Gun on Unarmed Protesters in Oakland. Here’s How It Happened.

– MotherJones.com

Over the past 24 hours, photos showing a plainclothes police officer pulling a gun on unarmed protesters in Oakland have gone viral. Tens of thousands of people, and news outlets like Gawker, Buzzfeed, The Guardian, and NBC have shared them, often including outraged comments. But there have been few accounts of what exactly happened, and how the incident came to pass…

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