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Slavery better than welfare?

Slavery better than welfare?(Second column, 5th story, link)Related stories:NYT: BUNDY AND THE ‘NEGRO’…Rand Paul, Republicans — RUN!’OUT OF CONTEXT’…

CAIR Harasses Michigan Residents Opposed to Constr...

In 2012, residents in Pittsfield Township, Michigan objected to the increased traffic and other intrusions that would have descended upon their quiet neighborhood with the construction of a massive new Muslim community center and school. But after resi…

Super Bowl XIX Rematch: Football Giants Joe Montan...

In what will be the last football game at Candlestick Park, Hall of Fame quarterbacks Joe Montana and Dan Marino will face off in a flag football contest on July 12. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, “Montana will lead a team of former 49e…

Warren Ancestry Scapegoat Leads Back To Her

As Elizabeth Warren tells it in her new book, Fighting Chance, it all began with a single question from the press about a long-ago forgotten Harvard Crimson story. “It started in April with a question,” she writes. “Sixteen years earlier, in an interv…

Occupy Amazon: Elizabeth Warren, Thomas Piketty, M...

If Amazon’s top-sellers list is any indication, Americans are fed up with rising income inequality.

As of Thursday evening, Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s new memoir, A Fighting Chance, is the number two best-selling book on Amazon, trailing only Thomas Piketty’s Capital In The Twenty-First Century. Michael Lewis’ Flash Boys, which exposes the world of high-frequency traders, is number five. Both Capital and A Fighting Chance are also among Barnes & Noble’s top five sellers. Rounding out Amazon’s top five are John Green’s YA hit The Fault In Our Stars and an illustrated Little Golden Book adaptation of Disney’s “Frozen.” Both books are more representative of typical Amazon best-sellers, which tend to include popular fiction and self-help titles.

While the three works come at the issue from different vantage points, they all arrive at essentially the same conclusion: the game is rigged against the middle class.

Warren’s book, released Tuesday, traces the Massachusetts Democrat’s journey from law professor to U.S. senator. The book details how the struggles Warren’s middle class parents faced motivated her to work toward remedying income inequality — most notably, in her role in the creation of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

“This book is about how Washington is rigged to work for those who can hire armies of lobbyists and lawyers and make sure that everything that they want gets done in Washington,” Warren told ABC News earlier this week. “The game is rigged to work for those who already have money and power. I wrote this book because the way I see it, working families, they’re not looking for a handout. They’re not looking for some special deal. They just want a level playing field. They just want a fighting chance.”

Meanwhile, Piketty’s manifesto has become an unlikely hit. The nearly 700-page tome is currently sold out on Amazon, as Harvard University Press scrambles to print an additional 80,000 copies. In the interim, the French economist has been on a dizzying U.S. tour, meeting with the likes of Treasury Secretary Jack Lew, the Council of Economic Advisers and the IMF, in addition to giving dozens of interviews to major media outlets.

Based on analysis of over 200 years’ worth of economic data from 20 countries, Capital argues that unfettered capitalism will inevitably lead to extreme income inequality. If world leaders are unwilling to shrink the widening gap by, say, imposing a global wealth tax or other mechanisms, the rich will continue to grow richer, leaving the rest of society behind. As Piketty explained on HuffPost Live last week, this could cause capitalistic societies to revert back to the economic conditions of the 18th and 19th centuries.

Flash Boys, Lewis’ New York Times bestseller, sheds light on the predatory practices of high-frequency traders. According to Lewis, these traders are essentially able to front-run typical investors by using lightning-fast network connections to quickly buy stocks and sell them back. Lewis’ work was featured in a popular “60 Minutes” segment last month.

“It’s bigger than a scam,” Lewis said during the segment. “It’s the stock market.”

Watch HuffPost’s interview with Piketty below:

Another banker suicide…

Another banker suicide…(Third column, 15th story, link)

Oregon County Orders Incinerator: Stop Using Abort...

Marion County, Oregon commissioners approved an order Thursday to stop an incinerator from using aborted babies to generate power. The order states that the incinerator must stop accepting medical waste until procedures are in place to ensure aborted b…

Chris McDaniel’s Biloxi Barn Burner

BILOXI, Mississippi—”You feel it don’t you? The momentum is growing. The people are waking up again,”state senator Chris McDaniel told a crowd of about 150 Tea Party activists here. McDaniel was in his element at the event, part of the Tea …

Chain email: "The President wants the U.S...

The Truth-o-Meter says: False | Chain email says Barack Obama wants U.S. to join International Criminal Court

A reader recently sent us an email that had a meandering — but strongly critical — message of opposition to President Barack Obama. The email, which can be read in its entirety here, urges veterans and their families to vote in the 2014 midterm elections in order to send Obama a message. Here are excerpts: “The President, the Commander in Chief, has made the Rules of Engagement (ROE) so difficult, that our troops are often killed before they can even get permission to fight. Nothing has been done to stop our troops from being murdered by the Afghanis …

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In 2012, residents in Pittsfield Township, Michigan objected to the increased traffic and other intrusions that would have descended upon their quiet neighborhood with the construction of a massive new Muslim community center and school. But after resi… read more 00   
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In what will be the last football game at Candlestick Park, Hall of Fame quarterbacks Joe Montana and Dan Marino will face off in a flag football contest on July 12. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, “Montana will lead a team of former 49e… read more 00   
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As Elizabeth Warren tells it in her new book, Fighting Chance, it all began with a single question from the press about a long-ago forgotten Harvard Crimson story. “It started in April with a question,” she writes. “Sixteen years earlier, in an interv… read more 00   
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If Amazon’s top-sellers list is any indication, Americans are fed up with rising income inequality. As of Thursday evening, Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s new memoir, A Fighting Chance, is the number two best-selling book on Amazon, trailing only Thomas Piketty’s Capital In The Twenty-First Century. Michael Lewis’ Flash Boys, which exposes the world of high-frequency traders, is number five. Both Capital and A Fighting Chance are also among Barnes & Noble’s top five sellers. Rounding out Amazon’s top five are John Green’s YA hit The Fault In Our Stars and an illustrated Little Golden Book adaptation of Disney’s “Frozen.” Both books are more representative of typical Amazon best-sellers, which tend to include popular fiction and self-help titles. While the three works come at the issue from different vantage points, they all arrive at essentially the same conclusion: the game is rigged against the middle class. Warren’s book, released Tuesday, traces the Massachusetts Democrat’s journey from law professor to U.S. senator. The book details how the struggles Warren’s middle class parents faced motivated her to work toward remedying income inequality — most notably, in her role in the creation of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. “This book is about how Washington is rigged to work for those who can hire armies of lobbyists and lawyers and make sure that everything that they want gets done in Washington,” Warren told ABC News earlier this week. “The game is rigged to work for those who already have money and power. I wrote this book because the way I see it, working families, they’re not looking for a handout. They’re not looking for some special deal. They just want a level playing field. They just want a fighting chance.” Meanwhile, Piketty’s manifesto has become an unlikely hit. The nearly 700-page tome is currently sold out on Amazon, as Harvard University Press scrambles to print an additional 80,000 copies. In the interim, the French economist has been on a dizzying U.S. tour, meeting with the likes of Treasury Secretary Jack Lew, the Council of Economic Advisers and the IMF, in addition to giving dozens of interviews to major media outlets. Based on analysis of over 200 years’ worth of economic data from 20 countries, Capital argues that unfettered capitalism will inevitably lead to extreme income inequality. If world leaders are unwilling to shrink the widening gap by, say, imposing a global wealth tax or other mechanisms, the rich will continue to grow richer, leaving the rest of society behind. As Piketty explained on HuffPost Live last week, this could cause capitalistic societies to revert back to the economic conditions of the 18th and 19th centuries. Flash Boys, Lewis’ New York Times bestseller, sheds light on the predatory practices of high-frequency traders. According to Lewis, these traders are essentially able to front-run typical investors by using lightning-fast network connections to quickly buy stocks and sell them back. Lewis’ work was featured in a popular “60 Minutes” segment last month. “It’s bigger than a scam,” Lewis said during the segment. “It’s the stock market.” Watch HuffPost’s interview with Piketty below: read more 00   
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Marion County, Oregon commissioners approved an order Thursday to stop an incinerator from using aborted babies to generate power. The order states that the incinerator must stop accepting medical waste until procedures are in place to ensure aborted b… read more 00   
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BILOXI, Mississippi—”You feel it don’t you? The momentum is growing. The people are waking up again,”state senator Chris McDaniel told a crowd of about 150 Tea Party activists here. McDaniel was in his element at the event, part of the Tea … read more 00   
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The Truth-o-Meter says: False | Chain email says Barack Obama wants U.S. to join International Criminal Court A reader recently sent us an email that had a meandering — but strongly critical — message of opposition to President Barack Obama. The email, which can be read in its entirety here, urges veterans and their families to vote in the 2014 midterm elections in order to send Obama a message. Here are excerpts: “The President, the Commander in Chief, has made the Rules of Engagement (ROE) so difficult, that our troops are often killed before they can even get permission to fight. Nothing has been done to stop our troops from being murdered by the Afghanis … >> More read more 00   
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The American Enterprise Institute sponsored an expert panel Thursday titled “Getting it right: a better strategy to defeat Al Qaeda.” Al Qaeda is a radical Islamist terrorist group founded by the late Osama Bin Laden. AQ was responsible for… read more 00   
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Twenty years of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks have ended without “a document that contains any real Palestinian concession with [Palestinian President Mahmoud] Abbas’ signature.” According to Haaretz.com, there are no such documents, which … read more 00   
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Is the Cliven Bundy standoff a picture of the future? Goldwater Institute expert weighs in. read more 00   
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Tyler Cowen, Foreign AffairsEvery now and then, the field of economics produces an important book; this is one of them. Thomas Piketty’s tome will put capitalist wealth back at the center of public debate, resurrect interest in the subject of we… read more 00   
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President Obama told Moscow the US has prepared more sanctions to impose on Russia if the country does not alleviate tensions in Ukraine. The US, European Union, Ukraine, and Russia signed an agreement in Geneva to work together to the fighting between… read more 00   
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Eric Alterman, The NationIf you were among those who followed the reports on French economist Thomas Piketty’s US book tour in support of his university-press-published, 696-page, Marxism-tinged treatise on inequality, Capital in the Twenty-Firs… read more 00   
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. said Thursday it isn’t ready to write off Mideast peace negotiations as failed, even after Israel broke off talks with Palestinian leaders who are trying to create a coalition government with the Hamas terror group. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki refused to declare the negotiations over and said the U.S. is “still making the effort.” Psaki noted that both Israeli and Palestinian officials have each taken unhelpful steps and caused setbacks throughout nine months of negotiations. She said it’s ultimately up to both sides to decide if they want to continue the talks. “There have been many ups and downs in the process,” Psaki told reporters. “We’re seeking more information from the parties and we’ll see what transpires over the coming days.” She added: “There are many mechanisms for moving the process forward.” She said Secretary of State John Kerry spoke Thursday with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and expressed his disapproval of the plans to create a reconciliation government with Hamas, which is considered a terror organization by the U.S., European Union and other nations. Earlier, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he would never negotiate with a Palestinian government that includes people who have called for the destruction of Israel, as Hamas has. The negotiations began last summer with a goal to reach an agreement by April 29. Since then, talks have yielded so little progress that diplomats have been trying to create a framework by that date for the talks to continue for several more months. It was not immediately clear how long the U.S. is now prepared to let the latest impasse continue. U.S. negotiators will remain in the region for the time being, Psaki said. read more 00   
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Comedian Tim Allen slips in a conservative message or two on his ABC sitcom Last Man Standing. This week, he gave the audience at Jimmy Kimmel Live a taste of his ideological humor. The Golden State took the blow, and the audience howled right along. K… read more 00   
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How much more totalitarian would it be for Congress to force people to take jobs they don’t want? read more 00   
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At least 40 patients die while waiting for treatment, their names scrubbed from official waiting lists. read more 00   
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NBA referee Tim Donaghy went to prison for betting on NBA games that he officiated. A free man for more than four years, Donaghy now makes a living doing what destroyed his living: handicapping NBA games. Donaghy picks winners, and quite a few losers a… read more 00   
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Rare footage has emerged of British women who have moved to Syria with their husbands for fight for the rebel insurgency against President Bashar al Assad. The footage, shown on Britain’s Channel 4 News, was shot by Bilal Abdul Kareem, an American conv… read more 00   
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The editors of the Wall Street Journal gave me top billing in yesterday’s op-ed page: “At Last, a Better Economic Measure.” read more 00   
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