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Senate Could Follow House In Blocking DEA From Targeting Medical Marijuana

Thu, 2014-06-19 12:49
WASHINGTON -- The Senate could soon follow the House in banning the Drug Enforcement Administration from using its budget to crack down on states that have legalized marijuana for medical purposes.

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) has introduced a Senate amendment to the Justice Department budget bill that would restrict DEA agents and federal prosecutors from using allotted funds to pursue providers of and patients using medical marijuana in the 22 states and the District of Columbia that have legalized its use.

Just last month, the House took even longtime supporters by surprise when it voted 219-189 for a similar amendment, co-sponsored by Reps. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.) and Sam Farr (D-Calif.), that prevents federal agents from stopping the implementation of state medical marijuana laws. If both the Senate and House versions of the budget include the amendment, the final language of the budget bill is likely to include the ban when it emerges from a joint conference.

The DEA told HuffPost it does not comment on pending legislation.

"Our recent bipartisan victory in the House showed that elected officials are beginning to wake up to the fact that supermajorities of voters support letting states set their own marijuana laws without federal interference,” Marijuana Majority's Tom Angell told HuffPost. “Now that senators with clear presidential aspirations are getting on board, it's even more clear that savvy politicians are aware that this is a mainstream, winning issue they should support instead of run away from.”

Multiple sources close to the amendment told The Huffington Post that the announcement of a Senate Democratic co-sponsor is expected this afternoon.

Despite nearly half of all U.S. states having approved medical marijuana programs, the plant remains illegal under federal law. The DEA classifies marijuana as a Schedule I substance, along with heroin and LSD, with “no currently accepted medical use.”

During the Obama administration, the DEA and several U.S. attorneys have raided dispensaries that were acting in compliance with state laws. Those agencies have seemed less aggressive in their pursuit of medical marijuana providers in the 10 months since Deputy Attorney General James Cole issued a memo outlining specific federal priorities for marijuana enforcement.

Senate amendment text:

At the appropriate place in title II of division A, insert the following: Sec. __. None of the funds made available under this Act to the Department of Justice may be used, with respect to the States of Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Washington, and Wisconsin, to prevent such States from implementing their own State laws that authorize the use, distribution, possession, or cultivation of medical marijuana.

How to Choose Your Chicago Beach

Thu, 2014-06-19 12:39
Lay your towel on the Lake Michigan shore. Here's how to choose your Chicago beach:



Want to feel some sand between your toes? You don't have to go to the Caribbean, Rio or even South Florida (although all are wonderful!) Some 33 beaches dot Chicago's 26 miles of shoreline along Lake Michigan, so you don't have to even ask yourself "Should we take a city trip or a beach trip?" Here's the scoop on four top sandy spots in Chicagoland, organized for you by interest type:

For bird watching and canine companions:
Uptown's Montrose Beach is the city's largest, and one of the few where patrons can launch non-motorized watercraft, like kayaks and catamarans, into Lake Michigan. The 11-acre dedicated natural habitat known as the Montrose Beach Dunes is home to native plants and over 150 bird species. Animal lovers can pack their pooches and let them loose in the beach's dog-friendly area.

For people watching and volleyball fanatics:
The most popular stretch of sand in the city, North Avenue Beach is home to a 22,000-square-foot, ocean liner-inspired beach house, where patrons can rent sports equipment and grab a bite to eat and a cool drink at Castaways Bar and Grill. On sunny summer weekends you're sure to see hundreds of people serving and spiking on one of 50-plus beach volleyball courts.



For palm trees and triathletes:
With its turquoise blue water stretching far as the eye can see, it's easy to mistake Lake Michigan for the ocean--and even easier at Oak Street Beach, where seasonally placed palm trees sway next to the beach's restaurant. Home to the largest area of deep water swimming in the Chicago area, Oak Street serves as the training grounds for many local triathletes and distance swimmers.

For no fuss, no crowds:
63rd Street Beach, in the Jackson Park area, is home to Chicago's largest and oldest beach house, which was completed in 1919 and was renovated in 2000. The beach is rarely crowded, but the masses are missing out: In addition to being a prime place for shell collecting, 63rd Street offers grills, free parking, a floral courtyard, and a wheelchair ramp that leads to the water.

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Here's Where The Fights To Increase The Minimum Wage Are Taking Place Across The Country

Thu, 2014-06-19 11:28
Proposals to raise the minimum wage above the federal minimum of $7.25 an hour are increasingly divisive. In many states, the push is opposed by state officials concerned that local minimum wages could create a confusing patchwork. Opponents also say higher wages could force businesses to cut jobs or raise prices. Here's a look at some battlegrounds:

___ SEATTLE: The City Council voted this month to gradually raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour. Big businesses will get three or four years to phase in the increase; smaller employers get seven years. A federal lawsuit is challenging the increase.

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CHICAGO: City aldermen are calling for a $15 minimum wage; state lawmakers in Illinois have placed a vote on the fall ballot asking voters whether the state's $8 minimum wage should be increased to $10.

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SAN FRANCISCO: City voters will decide in November whether to raise the city's minimum wage to $15 an hour in 2018.

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NEW YORK CITY: Mayor Bill de Blasio had asked state lawmakers to raise the state's minimum wage from $8 an hour to $10.10, make future increases automatic based on inflation and allow cities to raise their starting wages up to $13.13. It appears state lawmakers will adjourn without voting on the measure.

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OKLAHOMA CITY: Workers and organized labor urged city leaders to consider raising the minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10, but state lawmakers blocked the proposal by passing legislation to prohibit cities from setting their own minimum wages.

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PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND — Workers at large hotels in the city pushed for a $15 minimum wage that would apply only to large hotels within the city limits. State lawmakers then passed legislation that will raise the state's $8 minimum to $9 next year, but also took away the authority of cities to set their own wage rules.

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HAWAII, MARYLAND, CONNECTICUT: Leaders in all three states have voted to gradually raise the minimum wage to $10.10.

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MASSACHUSETTS: Lawmakers have voted to raise the state's $8 per hour wage to $11 by 2017.

Not Another U.S. Bombing!

Thu, 2014-06-19 10:50
As more than a few anti-war voices have pointed out, U.S. government insanity is defined as repeating the same mistake over and over again while hoping for a different outcome each time.

President Obama appears set to start bombing Iraq -- again -- within hours of this message.


In so doing, he will be compounding the war crimes against Iraq committed by George W. Bush and Bill Clinton before him.

Whatever his rhetoric, Obama's real intent is not to save Iraqi lives, promote democracy, or any such noble-sounding purpose. After all, millions have died in the ongoing Congolese civil war without any U.S. threat to intervene. But when it comes to controlling Libyan or Iraqi oil, and other "strategic interests," military response is the U.S. government's first and only option.

Obama's real purpose is to restore U.S. "credibility," that is, to assert the notion that, despite the wishes of the inhabitants, the U.S. will dictate policy to smaller nations it deems valuable in rivalries with bigger powers like China and Russia. In the contemptuous words of George Bush, Sr. during the first U.S.-Iraq war, "What we say goes."

Here We Go Again


In his rush to prop up the flagrantly corrupt and sectarian Iraqi government, Obama's actions mirror the desperate measures U.S. presidents took more than a generation ago.

Presidents Richard "Peace with Honor" Nixon and his bumbling successor, Gerald Ford, attempted unsuccessfully to prop up the similarly venal and sectarian South Vietnamese government. The spectacularly rapid collapse of Iraq's Maliki government in the predominantly Sunni and Kurdish areas of Iraq, with soldiers abandoning their weapons and selling their uniforms in the face of far weaker opposition, echoed the popular bankruptcy of America's puppet government in Southeast Asia in the 1970s. Indeed, what's now happening in Iraq is precisely what inside-the-beltway theorists fear will befall their Afghan client regime in the next few years.

The Wall Street Journal has just reported that the Obama administration signaled that it was ready to cut lose Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.

This is not due to any heart-felt conversion to democratic rule by popular consent. Obama happily backed the wildly unpopular dictatorship of Egypt's Hosni Mubarek... until it looked like he could hang on no more. Then he later happily backed the coup against that country's first elected leader in favor of a new military dictatorship, that of Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.

The Root of U.S. Failure

That the brutal Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) could sweep through much of Iraq with such ease is testimony to how unpopular and unrepresentative the U.S.-backed government there is. That the brutal Taliban in Afghanistan could 13 years after the U.S. invasion still hold sway over large parts of the Afghan countryside shows how unpopular and unrepresentative the U.S.-backed government in Afghanistan is.

The root of U.S. failure to determine the destinies of these nations lies exactly in this very desire to control other people's destinies.

Any government perceived by its citizens as propped up by and beholden to outside forces, especially the U.S., is delegitimized in the eyes of that citizenry. Suppression of the right to control one's own national destiny sparks opposition, including open revolt and terrorism. Why is this so hard for the U.S. government to understand?

Prior to the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq, there was no al-Qaeda in Iraq. Half a decade later, it was hosting the largest al-Qaeda affiliate in the world. Today, the dominant radical force in Iraq, ISIS, is so brutal that even al-Qaeda disaffiliated from it.

Despite an estimated $6 trillion dollars cost of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, despite tens of thousands of U.S. casualties, and many times that of Iraqis and Afghans, Iraq "looks as fragile, bloody and pitiful as ever," said The Economist magazine.


In September 2001, anyone in the U.S. who pointed out that U.S. government actions in the Middle East had planted the seeds for al-Qaeda recruitment and the subsequent 9/11 attack, was shouted down. Anyone who pointed out that the half-century long U.S. project of controlling the region through coups, chosen despots and military "aid," was denounced as unpatriotic and denied access to the popular media.

Nonetheless, anti-war forces refused to be silenced and did not disappear, and they thus helped turn what began as an extremely popular war into a very unpopular one. In fact, the increasing unpopularity of both wars made it more and more difficult for Presidents Bush and Obama to pursue them.

But opposing wars that are against the interests of peoples abroad and most people in the U.S. is not enough. We must demand not only that the U.S. not bomb Iraq, but that U.S. military forces pull out of the region and allow the peoples of the region to determine their own destinies.

Until the people of the United States force our government to cease trying to control the lives and resources of other peoples in the world, our government will continue inflaming the violence that it claims to abhor. The U.S. bombing Iraq would only serve to pour gasoline on an already raging fire.

We must demand that the U.S. government refrain from bombing Iraq, and that U.S. military forces pull out of the region.

The Coolest Things to Do in Parks Around the World

Thu, 2014-06-19 10:50
By Amy Plitt, CNTraveler.com

Now that it's finally -- finally! -- warm enough to be outdoors, we want to spend all of our time hanging out in public parks. And at these green spaces, there's more to do than simply lay on the grass or go for a bike ride; we're talking hot-air balloon rides, dancing en masse, and sipping a beer in the sunshine.




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  • R. Kelly & Lady Gaga's 'Do What U Want' Video Was 'Literally An Ad For Rape' (UPDATE)

    Thu, 2014-06-19 10:30
    UPDATE: A clip of the video in question was leaked to TMZ and confirms many of the claims made by Page Six. Watch it above.

    EARLIER: Now it looks like a good thing that Lady Gaga and R. Kelly's "Do What U Want" music video was never released. Gaga scrapped the video for the duet earlier this year, claiming time constraints and "those who betrayed me" stopped it from going public. Page Six reported the disturbing details about the shoot and the context of the video.

    Directed by the now-infamous photographer Terry Richardson, the music video reportedly featured Kelly playing doctor to Gaga's patient. According to the reports, Gaga asked Kelly, “Will I ever be able to walk again?” and he replied, “Yes, if you let me do whatever I want with your body. I’m putting you under, and when you wake up, you’re going to be pregnant.” TMZ also alleges that viewers would see Kelly reach under a sheet as Gaga moans. Richardson was also apparently featured in the video, taking pictures of Gaga onscreen. As Jezebel so eloquently said, "ARE. YOU. KIDDING. ME."

    The video was originally intended for a December 2013 release, but Gaga sent out that message about delays on her website in January. Maybe not so coincidentally, the release would have come out at the asme time as Jessica Hopper's Village Voice interview with Jim DeRogatis, chronicling the "stomach-churning" accusations against R. Kelly as a sexual predator. Additional sexual misconduct allegations surrounded Richardson in the same time frame.

    One source told Page Six, "It was literally an ad for rape.” Lady Gaga and R. Kelly's representation did not immediately return HuffPost Entertainment's request for comment.

    [via Page Six]

    10 Things You Should Never Say to Sober People

    Thu, 2014-06-19 10:11
    Sober people can make drinkers feel uncomfortable, and sometimes they chime in with the most unusual comments. The following is a list I comprised of things you should really never say to sober people. Some have actually been said to me, others I just came up with. Drinkers, consider these next time you're around a Sober Sally.

    1. "You're not drinking? Ever?"

    Interrogation! When I first became sober, I always got real anxious when asked this question. Oh god, ever? That's a really long time. Um, do I have to make this decision right now? Can I get back to you tomorrow? Is it your business? Then when I did become sure that yes, I will not be drinking, ever, I still felt like it was kind of a dumb question. YES, I will not be drinking FOREVER. Shock ensues.

    2. "Shot, Shot, Shot!"

    This one is pretty self-explanatory. Alas, some people forget, or waiters at the bar just don't know. Shot, shot, shot, shut UP.

    3. "But red wine has antioxidants; it's good for you."

    Sure, let me break my sobriety because red wine has antioxidants... said no sober person ever. It doesn't matter if alcohol is healthy or not, that has nothing to with why I can't and don't want to drink it. Period.

    4. "You're not an alcoholic!"

    I think this comment comes from a good place most of the time, but it's unnecessary. Only I know if I'm an alcoholic or not, and either way, I stopped drinking for a reason. Does it matter what I call myself? Tomato, tomaTOE, I say.

    5. "Aren't you bored?"

    No, I'm not. I'm many things, but bored isn't one of them. I can have fun and not drink. I am actually enjoying life sober. I will remember all of this tomorrow and won't regret any decisions I make throughout the course of the night.

    6. "Hold my beer."

    I think I'll pass! I don't want to drink and I would prefer not to hold your smelly cup of beer while you go to the bathroom. It makes me feel weird.

    7. "I'm sober too. I only drink one or two drinks."

    Hate to burst your bubble, but if you are having one or two drinks you're not sober. I still think it's great you are successfully regulating your drinking, but you are only sober if you do not drink any alcohol. Come on over to the sober team whenever you'd like -- we're waiting!

    8. "I didn't think to invite you because you don't drink."

    Just because I don't drink doesn't mean I don't want to be included in social outings, club nights, or parties. Maybe I won't always want to go to the bar or club, but I don't mind going once in awhile for special occasions where all my friends will be. I can attend all these important events, I just won't be drinking. The best part is I will actually enjoy and remember them!

    9. "Let's go to the after-hours club!"

    Okay, I want to be invited everywhere, but not there. I used to be the queen of after hours, and now you're lucky if I make it out for a fun club night. Plus, nothing good happens at after-hours clubs! Real talk: I'm definitely not going to another bar after the bar.

    10. "You don't drink? I feel bad for you."

    Please don't feel bad for me! I made a healthy and amazing decision for my life, and it feels great. Being sober is what works for me, and I like it! Maybe I should answer with: You still get hangovers? I feel bad for you.

    This concludes my fun list of things you should never say to a sober person. I'm sure there are some I missed. Has anyone ever said something to you while sober that you felt was odd?

    Need help with substance abuse or mental health issues? In the U.S., call 800-662-HELP (4357) for the SAMHSA National Helpline.

    This post originally appeared on The Adventures of a Sober Señorita

    Celebrity Chef Art Smith Becoming A Father, Sparking Parents Equality Day In Chicago

    Thu, 2014-06-19 09:34
    A private conversation between Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and celebrity chef Art Smith has sparked something much larger.

    When Smith ran into Emanuel at a recent event and shared that he and his husband of almost five years, artist Jesus Salgueiro, were planning to adopt four siblings they have been fostering -- two girls and two boys, ages 5 to 11 -- the mayor asked what he could do for their family. Smith asked the mayor to acknowledge the city's LGBT families and Emanuel is coming through in a big way, proclaiming Friday, June 20 as Parents Equality Day in the city of Chicago.

    "Every child deserves to grow up in a loving home with parents who teach them the values of compassion, diversity, celebrating differences, and treating everyone with respect," the proclamation states. "No parent regardless of who they love, should ever be treated as second class citizens in a society that was founded on the fundamental principal of equality for everyone under the law."

    Smith, the chef behind Table 52 and LYFE Kitchen, told HuffPost the mayor's proclamation was meaningful considering that adoption for same-sex couples can still be tricky in some parts of the country -- including the state where he was born, where a ban on gay adoption was overturned in 2010, though same-sex marriages remain illegal there.

    "LGBT adoptions are still tough, my own home state of Florida doesn't recognize my marriage or my kids, but my adopted state does," Smith said.

    He hopes that Parents Equality Day will one day be observed nationally.

    Exclusive Reboot Illinois Poll: Who's Leading in the Race to Replace Dan Rutherford?

    Thu, 2014-06-19 08:03


    With Illinois State Treasurer Dan Rutherford running unsuccessfully for governor, the treasurer's race in Illinois is the only statewide race this year without an incumbent running.

    State Rep. Tom Cross, R-Oswego, and state Sen. Michael Frerichs, D-Champaign, both are seeking to trade their legislative seats for the Illinois State Treasurer's Office in November.

    Cross, 55, has served in the Illinois House since 1993, including more than a decade as House Republican Leader (2002-2013).

    Frerichs, 40, was elected to his east-central Illinois Senate district in 2006.

    Today, a Reboot Illinois poll, conducted June 17 by We Ask America, shows one of those candidates with a 7-point lead but with a large contingent of respondents undecided.

    Find out which candidate has the early lead by checking out the poll results on our website.

    As a reminder, we came out with an exclusive poll of the governor's race last week, and some of the numbers may surprise you.

    Americans Think It Should Be Illegal To Fire Someone For Being Gay, Don't Realize It's Not Already

    Thu, 2014-06-19 06:27
    Half of Americans support passing a law banning discrimination by employers against gays and lesbians, a new HuffPost/YouGov poll shows -- and even more Americans agree that it should be illegal to fire someone for being gay.

    The poll comes after President Barack Obama announced that his staff was drafting an executive order prohibiting job discrimination against LGBT employees of federal contractors. The Employment Non-Discrimination Act, a broader bill that would apply to most U.S. employers, has passed the Senate but not the House.

    In the new survey, 50 percent of Americans favored and 38 percent opposed legislation banning job discrimination against gays and lesbians. The poll found political division on the issue: 63 percent of Democrats and 52 percent of independents favored that kind of legislation, but only 34 percent of Republicans did.

    But on at least one major protection the legislation would provide, all three groups were united. Seventy-six percent of Americans, including 88 percent of Democrats, 74 percent of independents and 68 percent of Republicans, said that it should be illegal to fire someone for being gay or lesbian. Only 12 percent of Americans said it should be legal.



    The fact that far more Americans agree with the principle than with the legislation may be attributable to a common misconception: Sixty-two percent of Americans think it's already illegal to fire someone for being gay, while only 14 percent of poll respondents said that it's legal. In fact, it is still legal in 29 states to fire someone for being gay.

    Majorities of Democrats, Republicans and independents all think it's already illegal to fire someone for their sexual orientation.

    The HuffPost/YouGov poll was conducted June 16-18 among 1,000 U.S. adults using a sample selected from YouGov's opt-in online panel to match the demographics and other characteristics of the adult U.S. population. Factors considered included age, race, gender, education, employment, income, marital status, number of children, voter registration, time and location of Internet access, interest in politics, religion and church attendance.

    The Huffington Post has teamed up with YouGov to conduct daily opinion polls. You can learn more about this project and take part in YouGov's nationally representative opinion polling. Data from all HuffPost/YouGov polls can be found here.

    Community Colleges Don't Get Nearly the Attention They Deserve. These Are Illinois' 25 Best

    Wed, 2014-06-18 15:37
    For many students graduating high school in Illinois, four-year colleges and universities aren't a viable option for many reasons. But if the end goal for these students is to graduate from a four-year school, going to Illinois community colleges for the first two years makes a lot of sense. It allows the student the opportunity to take two years of college credits while saving money and living close to home, making the realization of eventually graduating with at least a bachelor's degree from a four-year school a possibility.

    Unlike with four-year schools, however, services such as U.S. News and World Report don't rank community colleges, so it is harder to quantify which Illinois community colleges are more successful than others. There is little standardized information about community colleges out there, but CNN Money has partnered with College Measures to rank community colleges across the country based on "success rate."

    College Measures, a joint venture of the American Institutes of Research and Matrix Knowledge Group, took a look at the success rate of community colleges in either graduating students with an associate's degree within three years or helping students transfer into a four-year university. We picked out the top 25 Illinois community colleges, based on their success rate as factored by College Measures, and ranked them below for you along with links to their homepage.

    With high school graduations taking place around the state as summer vacation begins, for students who can't attend a four-year school in the fall, it's time to take a look at these Illinois community colleges  as viable alternatives.
    Rend Lake College

    • Located in Ina

    • 68 percent success rate


    Kaskaskia College

    • Located in Centralia

    • 61 percent success rate


    Sauk Valley Community College

    • Located in Dixon

    • 60 percent success rate


    McHenry County College

    • Located in Crystal Lake

    • 57 percent success rate


    John Wood Community College

    • Located in Quincy

    • 57 percent success rate


    Parkland College

    • Located in Champaign

    • 55 percent success rate


    South Suburban College

    • Located in South Holland

    • 54 percent success rate


    Spoon River College

    • Located in Canton

    • 54 percent success rate


    Oakton Community College

    • Located in Des Plaines

    • 54 percent success rate


    Lake Land College

    • Located in Mattoon

    • 54 percent success rate


    Carl Sandburg College

    • Located in Galesburg

    • 51 percent success rate


    Kishwaukee College

    • Located in Malta

    • 51 percent success rate


    Highland Community College

    • Located in Freeport

    • 51 percent success rate


    Illinois Valley Community College

    • Located in Oglesby

    • 50 percent success rate


    John A Logan College

    • Located in Carterville

    • 50 percent success rate


    Danville Area Community College

    • Located in Danville

    • 50 percent success rate


    Harper College

    • Located in Palatine

    • 50 percent success rate


    Heartland Community College

    • Located in Normal

    • 49 percent success rate


    College of DuPage

    • Located in Glen Ellyn

    • 49 percent success rate


    Prairie State College

    • Located in Chicago Heights

    • 49 percent success rate


    Moraine Valley Community College

    • Located in Palos Hills

    • 48 percent success rate


    Elgin Community College

    • Located in Elgin

    • 47 percent success rate


    Rock Valley College

    • Located in Rockford

    • 47 percent success rate


    Waubonsee Community College

    • Located in Sugar Grove

    • 47 percent success rate


    Richland Community College

    • Located in Decatur

    • 47 percent success rate


    Along with being a great way to kick-start a college career, a degree from a community college can still help students land a good job in the state of Illinois.


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    Judge Tosses Copyright Lawsuit Against Lady Gaga

    Wed, 2014-06-18 15:25
    CHICAGO (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed a copyright lawsuit against Lady Gaga filed by a Chicago songwriter who accused her of stealing parts of one of her songs.

    Rebecca Francescatti filed the suit in U.S. District Court in Chicago in 2011, alleging that Lady Gaga had copied music and the title lyric from her 1998 song "Juda." Gaga's 2011 song is called "Judas."

    Judge Marvin Aspen ruled this week that the songs do not have common lyrics, have different themes and sound nothing alike musically.

    The judge also concluded there wasn't enough evidence that Gaga could have heard or known about Francescatti's song before publishing "Judas."

    Aspen writes that the songs "are so utterly dissimilar that reasonable minds could not differ as to a lack of substantial similarity between them."

    World Cup Specials

    Wed, 2014-06-18 15:10
    Hey World Cup fans! These games are getting exciting, aren't they? There's a sense of camaraderie in the air, reminiscent of the Olympics, bringing out the patriot in each of us. Even more exciting, are the amount of special foods and drinks found on restaurant and bar menus across the country. From soccer ball burgers, to Pele-themed drinks, and of course, Brazilian fare, the World Cup is definitely in the air. Here are just a few you'll find around the country, have you found any others?

    Hans Rockenwagner -- Los Angeles, CA

    Hans has created a special Brazilian World Cup Burger, which includes 100 percent grass-fed beef, lettuce, tomatoes and topped with pork belly and hearts of palm. The burger is served on a one-of-a-kind soccer ball brioche bun with a side of black beans. This special burger will be served in all three of Hans' Los Angeles-based restaurants, through Sunday, July 13th. Guests will also be able to enjoy the Brazilian World Cup Burger while watching the World Cup games on a 60-inch flat screen, specifically being brought into Café Rockenwagner for this event.



    The Brazilian World Cup Burger at Hans Rockenwagner.
    Credit: Marianne Broughton

    Antica Pesa -- Williamsburg, VA

    This Italian restaurant has created a Cachaça-based cocktail in celebration of the World Cup, called Coppa Vittoria (Victory Cup). It blends the Brazilian spirit with ingredients indigenous to different parts of the world, paying homage to the parade of nations that come together during this momentous event. It's made with Cachaça Leblon, passion fruit puree, vanilla syrup, fresh lime juice, yuzu juice, served over ice and garnished with fresh chili pepper, vanilla bark, mint and a touch of powdered sugar. Served inside a hollowed out New Zealand melon, this one-of-a-kind creation achieves an exotic visual appeal that pays tribute to the host country. It sells for $16, and is only available during the next month.

    Coppa Vittoria at Antica Pesa

    Credit: Courtesy Photos

    Puesto at The Headquarters -- San Diego, CA

    In San Diego, Puesto has unveiled a World Cup-themed cocktail menu, with each drink representing a country. A few include the Pele Playa; a caipirinha with chili around the rim, the Messi Cola, which combines Mezcal, Fernet Branca, and cane sugar sweetened Cola, and the Buffoni, which pairs equal parts Campari, tequila, and Carpano Antica. The cocktails are $6 each, and if patrons wear the jersey of a team that is playing that day, they'll enjoy $2 tacos and $3 cerveza cans.

    Warwick New York Hotel -- New York, NY

    The historic midtown hotel has partners with Leblon to create five cachaça cocktails that will be served for the duration of the World Cup. Guests of the hotel's Randolph's Bar & Lounge can cheer on their home team while enjoying Brazilian-inspired drinks such as; the Bossa Nova made with Leblon Cachaça, cucumber, fresh-squeezed lemon juice and agave nectar. The Açaí Caipirinha made with Leblon Cachaça, Cedilla Açai Liqueur, fresh-squeezed lime juice, sugar and a Classic Caipirinha made with Leblon Cachaça, fresh-squeezed lime juice, and sugar. In addition to these beverage offerings ($14 each), the hotel's Executive Chef Paul Joseph will create special dishes during the semi-finals inspired by each of the top 8 countries to be served on the night of their match ups.

    Hopsters -- Newton, MA

    Boston's first and only custom craft brewery and restaurant, Hopsters, will feature World Cup-themed beer for $7 a pint. They're offering a handful of special brews inspired by the participating countries; for Germany a Hefeweizen, Belgium a Belgian White, USA a Summer Ale, England a Session English Cask Ale and for Japan, a Sorachi Ace I.P.A.

    The Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa -- Hollywood, FL

    Rivals Waterfront Sports Grille at The Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa is celebrating the World Cup with new featured cocktails as a result of their partnership with Veev; an organic spirit made predominately out of Acai berries from Brazil. Named after the competing teams' famed athletes, the cocktails are $10 each, and will be served in custom mason jars with the restaurant's logo and the Brazilian 2014 logo. A few options will include; Ronaldo's Sling (Portugal) made with Veev Spirit, pineapple, soda and strawberry puree, Campos' Margarita (Mexico) made with Veev Spirit, tequila, lime juice, agave and a lime wedge, and Messi's Press (Argentina) made with Veev Spirit, soda water, tonic water and raspberries.

    House of Blues -- Las Vegas, NV

    The venue known for its rockin' tunes is also getting into the World Cup spirit. House of Blues in Las Vegas has an 'Around the World' menu, with food items representing different teams. Representing the USA is a smoked BBQ brisket sandwich ($13.99) for Mexico, there's chicken tacos for $2 each, Germany; bratwurst and German potato salad ($11.99), for Brazil there's beef skewers with chimichurri ($14.99) and for Portugal, pork and clams ($17.99). They also have three drinks specials; the Leblon Caipirinha, Leblon Breeze and Budweiser Gold Bottles for $8 each.



    Caipirinha at JW Marriott Chicago
    Credit: JW Marriott Chicago

    JW Marriott Chicago -- Chicago, IL

    Landmark luxury hotel, the JW Marriott Chicago will show the World Cup in their Lobby Lounge. Brazilian inspired specials include a Pão de Queijo (Brazilian Cheese Bread) $7, this gluten free dish uses parmesan and aged cheddar cheese served with a popular Brazilian dipping sauce similar to salsa called Malagueta made with roasted peppers, green onions, garlic, cilantro, red wine, vinegar and olive oil. Drink specials include The Host, a Caipirinha with Cachaca, sugar and lime or The Defenders, a Climocho made with red wine, cola, and cinnamon, both for $10 and served throughout the entire World Cup tournament.

    Illinois 'Microbeads' Ban Came With Industry Cooperation

    Wed, 2014-06-18 14:25
    TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Environmentalists in Illinois expected a battle royal over their call for a statewide ban on "microbeads" — tiny bits of plastic used in personal care products such as facial scrubs and toothpaste that are flowing by the billions into the Great Lakes and other waterways. Discovered only recently, scientists say they're showing up inside fish that are caught for human consumption.

    But instead of resisting, leading companies quickly collaborated on a ban that was enacted by the state legislature this spring. And with similar measures now pending in at least three other large states, the extinction of microbeads is taking shape as one of the unlikeliest events in the politics of nature: a low-stress compromise by interest groups that are often at each other's throats. "To have that happen in one year is rare," said Jen Walling of the Illinois Environmental Council, recalling the pessimistic response when she initially sought legislative sponsors. "I was not predicting we'd get it done at all."

    Don't get used to it, said Mark Biel of the Chemical Industry Council of Illinois, which represented the product manufacturers during three months of negotiations. The quick deal resulted from unique circumstances, he said, including the availability of substitute ingredients.

    "I just concluded that maybe this was one of those issues where it would be smart to try to work something out," he said.

    Disagreements over details are delaying similar bills in California and New York, while a measure in Ohio has gained little traction. Still, all sides expect deals in most cases, and that given those states' outsized place in the market, microbeads will disappear from U.S. products as the industry swallows the cost.

    Environmentalists hope the collaborative experience carries over to debates concerning the Great Lakes' other ills. Biel's group last year helped scuttle a proposal to restrict flame retardants, which some consider an emerging contaminant in the freshwater seas. Still, he says the microbead talks nurtured a better working relationship, as have negotiations over fending off invasive species like the Asian carp.

    "There is room for common ground," he said.

    It's been known for years that the world's oceans teem with masses of floating plastic. But microplastics in the Great Lakes were discovered only when scientists dragged the surface of all five lakes in 2012 and 2013 with specially designed nets and found the specks everywhere.

    Barely visible without a microscope, the bits flow through wastewater treatment plant screens and into the lakes. Sherri Mason, an environmental scientist with State University of New York-Fredonia who was a leader of the research team, said the beads are showing up the stomachs of Great Lakes perch and in fish-eating birds like the double-crested cormorant. Her group is studying whether the particles are absorbing toxins in the lakes.

    Because treated wastewater flows into so many waterways, Mason said, "Every river and every inland lake you look at is going to have some plastic in it."

    The plastic exfoliants apparently came into widespread use in the 1990s, preferred because they are smoother to the skin than natural ingredients. Laurent Gilbert, director of advanced research at L'Oreal, said they have "no proven environmental toxicity."

    Still, Procter & Gamble, Johnson & Johnson, Colgate, Unilever and L'Oreal are among the companies announcing plans to replace microbeads with natural substances such as ground-up fruit pits, oatmeal and sea salt.

    The industry has yet to endorse a California bill that wouldn't make an exception for biodegradable microbeads, which the industry says are on the drawing board. A ban has unanimously passed New York's state Assembly, but is awaiting Senate action while the industry pushes for a slower timetable. The measure would prohibit most cosmetics with microbeads by 2016. The Illinois phase-out is more gradual, running from 2017 to the end of 2019.

    The companies say that it can take years to develop new mixtures and get them to market.

    But with microbeads apparently on their way out, ban supporters say the lesson is that public pressure can pay off.

    "People say, 'Wait, there's plastic in my face wash? In my toothpaste?'" said Mason, who teamed with the California-based organization 5 Gyres on the research. "They understand innately that this isn't right and ... industry definitely responds. When we put our minds to something we can make it happen."

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    Pantene 'Not Sorry' Video Tells Women To Stop Apologizing So Much

    Wed, 2014-06-18 12:52
    Women: stop apologizing when you have nothing to apologize for.

    A new video from Pantene's #ShineStrong series shows a number of situations where women say "sorry" for things they shouldn't -- and the results will hit home with many viewers. Studies show that women apologize more than men, often for perfectly reasonable acts like, you know, taking up space. The scenes of women apologizing for asking a question, not immediately anticipating someone else's needs and asking for something they want or need are eerily familiar.

    In a March 2014 blog for The Huffington Post, Ani Vrabel nailed exactly what the problem is with women apologizing when there's no need to say "I'm sorry":
    At some point, I began using "sorry" as a synonym for "excuse me." It came to mean, "I didn't see you there and you startled me!" and "I have a question" and "I'm carrying so many things that I'm taking up more space on the subway than usual." It rarely meant, "I made a poor decision or did something wrong and it impacted you negatively. I recognize this and feel bad about it and would like to make things better between us."

    And in a February 2013 piece for Jezebel, Karyn Polewaczyk suggested that women over-apologize because they feel "undeserving." "Women are expected to be exceptionally grateful for the crumbs tossed our way," She wrote. "And so we show our gratitude by cushioning our wants with a series of, 'I know this is asking a lot, but...', 'I hate to ask, but could you...' and 'I might sound like an idiot for wondering, but...'-isms. "

    The Pantene commercial also shows what certain scenes look like without an apology -- encouraging women to #ShineStrong. While it's polite to apologize for, say, hogging the bedcovers, the commercial does a good job at unpacking something most of us are probably guilty of and encouraging us to change the habit.

    Amma's Seeds Thrive in Illinois

    Wed, 2014-06-18 12:41


    Amma, India's beloved hugging saint, is helping to set the tone for sustainable farming in Illinois.

    If you've not heard of Amma, her story begins simply. In rural Kerala, South India in 1953, Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi was born. She came out of the womb with an innate passion to ease suffering. When she was a young girl, she offered hugs to comfort people, and those she comforted responded by calling her Amma, or mother.

    Today she travels the world city to city offering thousands of hugs, setting an example of selfless giving that inspires others to give to each other and their communities, good deed by good deed.

    Amma will be making her annual visit to MA Center Chicago, in Elburn, June 23-25.

    "She believes in simple miracles, that hugs, a smile can change a person's attitude," says Shantamrita Chaitanya, who is resident swami, or teacher, at the Center.

    From that beginning, a global community has evolved that takes these simple miracles and makes them blossom in a big way.

    Much of Amma's work is undertaken by a global network of centers and community organizations that operate under an umbrella charitable organization, Embracing the World. This work -- some of it disaster relief, some of it housing, some of it healthcare --collectively adds up to millions of dollars and millions of man hours.

    Although I had heard of India's hugging saint in the early 2000s, I first heard about Embracing the World's relief work after the massive 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami. All told, Embracing the World responded with $46 million in relief. The response included construction of 6,200 tsunami-resistant houses in India and Sri Lanka, as well as providing 700 new fishing boats. Tsunami relief even included a public works project, construction of a multimillion-dollar bridge providing Alappad Panchayat, a peninsula community, an evacuation route to the mainland.

    Like her hugs, now numbering in the millions, Amma's lessons are intended to linger, heal and engender new action. That's how the Chicago area, after more than 25 years of well-attended visits by Amma held in suburban hotels, finally got its own Center in 2012. Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn attended the 2012 inauguration of the MA Center in Elburn.

    MA Center Chicago sits on 142 acres that was formerly a Seventh Day Adventist Boarding School. In addition to the main building, the Center includes 17 separate houses, a gymnasium, two warehouses, an industrial kitchen and two dormitories. In total, the Center has several hundred thousand square feet of floor space.

    A leadership role in regenerative agriculture
    Although MA Center Chicago was created to provide spiritual sustenance to the region and to provide a residential and retreat center, as important it is taking a leadership role in encouraging regenerative agriculture in Illinois. The work begins with sustainable farmland for the MA community and the intention is to help spread it to the larger community of the Midwest.

    MA Center Chicago currently has 60 acres of agricultural land committed to sustainable principles, totally non GMO and organic. A regional farmer is pitching in with the conversion to organic, while learning along the way himself.

    "Be like the honeybee who gathers only nectar wherever it goes. Seek the goodness that is found in everyone." Amma

    The Center is hosting classes on beekeeping and organic gardening for any who want to come - many are free. On Aug. 16 through 19, MA Center Chicago will host Darren Doherty, who will be teaching courses on permaculture theory and application. Permaculture is the development of agricultural ecosystems intended to be sustainable and self-sufficient.

    Through the GreenFriends project, MA Center Chicago plants, builds sustainable environments, educates others about soil, permaculture, pruning and other gardening techniques, and holds seasonal community events. GreenFriends also collaborates with affinity organizations, such as: Common Vision, Rodale Institute, BioLogic Systems, Savory Institute and Living Mandala, among others.

    MA Center Chicago's single starter bee hive has grown into three through the lucky old fashioned method of harnessing a swarm, says Nancy Phillips, beekeeper. Each hive has from 20,000 to 65,000 bees.

    This befits Amma's philosophy to serve and to have faith that what's needed will be provided. In Phillips case, she served the bees and they multiplied.

    Although MA Center Chicago is early in its history, its growth could very well take a cue from the Center's bees.

    "This place has a potential to be a huge sustainable village where people can absorb the energy but also facilitate healing within themselves," said Swami Chaitanya.

    Spiritual guidance and hugs
    Amma will be sharing spiritual guidance and giving hugs June 23-25 in Elburn. Her final program, Wednesday evening at 7 pm, will be a celebration of world peace.

    While at Amma's, a visitor may be introduced to traditions and practices that derive from Hindu origins. Amma embraces all traditions and religions and encourages all to honor their religious roots. "My religion is love" is like a mantra from Amma. There is no other definitive description of her beliefs.

    "She tells everybody to go deeper in their faith," said Swami Chaitanya, who was raised as a Presbyterian.

    Follow the development of the MA Center Chicago on Swami Chaitanya's blog.
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    This Is Why It's So Great To Be A Midwesterner, According To Science

    Wed, 2014-06-18 10:17
    Huzzah for America's Middle West! Its heartland. Its breadbasket. Home of open skies, neat rows of corn and more lakes than you can imagine.

    Yes, "science" is a loose term here. We merely jumped at the chance to explain precisely what makes the Midwestern region so wonderful, according to certain probably unbiased sources. Did we go overboard? Does it matter?

    Here are 12 reasons to love the Midwest even more.


    1. Its been *proven* that Midwesterners are super friendly.



    The stereotype, it turns out, is pretty accurate. Researchers from the University of Cambridge analyzed personality traits of 1.6 million Americans via Facebook, surveys and other data to find that the Midwest really is the most "friendly" and "conventional" region of the country. Tell us something we don't know, guys. (No offense.)


    2. They're eager to help out.

    In a 2009 study on Americans' volunteering habits, the Corporation for National and Community Service found Midwesterners to be most charitable with their time, a title they've held since 1989. The study found that 30.2 percent of people 16 and over in the Midwest region had volunteered in the past year.


    3. International tourists find them charming.



    Two University of Illinois professors who in 2012 surveyed nearly 600 international tourists along Route 66 -- the "Main Street of America" -- said many of them enjoyed Midwesterners' "friendly, easygoing and enthusiastic" attitude and willingness to share stories about their heritage.


    4. They have the most state pride.

    When Gallup polled Americans in 2013 to ask whether they thought their home state was a good place to live, a pattern formed. Residents of the Midwest and West spoke up most often saying their states were the best. Because they are.


    5. They're super Pinteresting.



    Whether this is one for the "pros" column is up to you, but Midwestern ladies -- particularly upper-income individuals between ages of 18 and 34 -- have helped fuel Pinterest's rapid growth in recent years. All those glorious pictures of Oreos tucked into globs of cookie dough and baked to golden perfection? Impossibly pretty lattice-crust pies? You're welcome.


    6. Everything's so cheap!

    They say price is all location, location, et cetera -- and yet for some reason the Midwest region is particularly affordable. According to data obtained by Forbes in March, 11 Midwestern metropolitan areas were shown to offer the best bargain on cost of living. The cities included Toledo and Cleveland in Ohio and the Detroit and Grand Rapids-Wyoming areas of Michigan.


    7. Midwestern air practically sparkles.



    Fiiine, we exaggerate. There's still some pollution (as there is everywhere) but the Midwest does have some of the best air quality in the whole U.S., according to a 2010 report by the American Lung Association. Indeed, a large chunk of the region seems pretty satisfied with their air quality.


    8. Midwesterners' kindness extends even to their cars.

    According to a recent Pew analysis of U.S. Census data, newly built homes in the Midwest are smaller overall but more likely to include a three-car garage. It might not be the most efficient or sustainable mode of transportation, sure, but you have to admire that dedication.


    9. They appreciate their teachers.



    At the end of the year, did you give your teacher a thank-you gift? It may depend on where you're from. A recent Gallup poll of at least 600 individuals in each state found that Midwestern residents thought most highly of teachers in their area.


    10. They're a thrifty bunch of people.

    According to a 2013 survey by Visa, Midwesterners spend less than others when they buy lunch. The report found that a typical American buys lunch about twice per week and spends about $10 each time. In the Midwest, however, lunch-goers spent a paltry $8.90 about twice per week. As an explanation, we refer you to item six.


    11. They're leading a pretty major linguistic change.

    Linguists have found that Midwesterners are most likely to believe (incorrectly) they speak a "standard," accent-less version of American English. Sorry to burst any bubbles by saying that everyone has some kind of accent, but according to recent analyses people in the Midwest are actually leading a linguistic change called the Northern Cities Shift with theirs. Make fun of these "nasally" pronunciations all you want, but evidence suggests they're spreading!


    12. Midwesterners value family, and keep them reeeally close.



    Yes, it's true what they say about family values in the heartland. At least according to a 2008 Pew survey and analysis of U.S. Census data that suggested about half of adult Midwestern residents have spent their entire lives in their hometowns. Why? Most had half a dozen or more relatives living not more than an hour's drive away. Aww.

    All photos via Getty.

    70 Years Later, Still Playing Politics With Freedom of the Press

    Wed, 2014-06-18 09:00

    It is sometimes forgotten that President Franklin D. Roosevelt once wanted to order marines to occupy the Chicago Tribune's tower, or that Nixon famously said "subpoena all those bastards" before sending a Harvard professor to jail for refusing to testify against the New York Times. Every few decades, the White House takes a swing at a criminal investigation of the press, and each time gets closer to the ball. When we forget episodes like these, they are bound to repeat.



    In fact, since the passage of the Espionage Act, the spy law passed in the anti-German frenzy of World War I, every espionage investigation carried out against a publisher by an administration has targeted a major political enemy of the president. In each case, the publication under investigation had openly and actively aired the president's dirty laundry. Roosevelt despised the Chicago Tribune -- his feelings were "long running and well known" against the paper that regularly attacked his New Deal policies. He called for a criminal investigation within days of the Tribune's publication of the 'Battle of Midway' story in June 1942. And Nixon ordered his administration to "destroy the Times" after the paper in 1972 published Daniel Ellsberg's Pentagon Papers to the embarrassment of the White House.



    Today we're in year four of the third spy investigation of a publisher in U.S. history. Since 2010 the Justice Department has investigated WikiLeaks, confirmed by court filings this April. Obama called the organization "deplorable" and continues to sponsor confining the organization's editor-in-chief, Julian Assange, to the Embassy of Ecuador in London. June 19th marks the two-year anniversary of Assange's entry into the Embassy. Public officials accused WikiLeaks of treason, called for Assange's assassination, and asked private companies to cut ties to the organization. Ecuador granted Assange political asylum owing to the credible risk of torture, inhumane treatment, and unfair trial he would face here.



    An outdated Espionage Act has enabled the Obama administration -- and the Roosevelt and Nixon administrations before it -- to play politics with freedom of the press. All three publishers were unfairly singled out and selectively investigated for doing what many others did. The Tribune story was carried by nearly thirty publications, including the Chicago Daily Times and the New York Times; the Pentagon Papers were in part published by the Washington Post; and WikiLeaks was joined by others including the New York Times, Guardian, and Der Spiegel.



    Things have gotten worse since 1942, when the Justice Department first tried to use the Espionage Act against the Chicago Tribune for running a front-page story suggesting that the US Navy had broken the Japanese naval code. Tribune reporter Stanley Johnston, the only reporter on the US fleet, was "good friends" with Commander Morton Seligman of the USS Lexington according to brilliant research published this March.



    Seligman "regularly showed classified messages to Johnston." Though the FBI and Navy had a witness, they never indicted Seligman, who claimed memory loss. His career was over, but instead of a criminal prosecution, he got a retirement pay raise.



    Nixon was more aggressive than Roosevelt -- he tried to criminally prosecute the Times in New York after the Supreme Court said his administration couldn't stop the paper from running the Pentagon Papers. The U.S. attorney there flatly refused, saying "not in this district." Most accounts end here, but Nixon didn't give up; he took the investigation up to the antiwar community in Boston.



    It was a fishing expedition. Prosecutors dragged the whole intellectual left community into court, hoping to get testimony on how the Times' Neil Sheehan got the Pentagon Papers story. The government wanted to indict Sheehan for complicity in a criminal conspiracy with Ellsberg. Investigators questioned Noam Chomsky, and they jailed Harvard professor Samuel Popkin for refusing to testify.



    Today, Commander Seligman's slap on the wrist for leaking documents to the Tribune is a stark comparison to the parallel case of Private First Class Chelsea Manning, who last year was sentenced to 35 years in prison for providing documents to WikiLeaks. Those documents exposed drone programs, revealed covered-up murders of civilians, and sparked the Arab Spring revolutions. The fact that Manning was punished for this public service shows that we've taken a giant step backwards in terms of freedom of the press and government accountability.



    The anti-war community refused to be a part of the attack on the press during the Nixon years, just as the hacktivist community stands behind the press now. A federal judge recently sentenced hacktivist Jeremy Hammond to ten years in prison for obtaining materials provided to WikiLeaks, and the WikiLeaks grand jury ordered for Twitter records of long-time supporter and security expert Jacob Appelbaum. In 1971 the Nixon administration called Boston anti-war activists into court. In the 2010s, the Obama administration drags hacktivists into court.



    Ultimately, the Tribune and Times investigations were dropped. But these first two swings came close. As a society we are veering dangerously close to full-scale criminal prosecutions of publishers that expose government misconduct. In forty years perhaps the WikiLeaks cables will be declassified and heralded in the same way that the Pentagon Papers were a few years ago. And by then, history will recognize the two years of imprisonment in an embassy that its editor-in-chief had to face, and the investigation into WikiLeaks will be seen as the selective political assault that it is. Whether dissenters are Vietnam War protesters or hackers fighting for digital freedoms, history will vindicate them.

    One Chart That Makes It Clear College Tuition Is Becoming Unaffordable

    Wed, 2014-06-18 07:59
    What makes college tuition more expensive? Americans' flatlining incomes.

    A new chart made by our friends at FindTheBest shows not only has college tuition grown significantly faster than inflation, health care costs or the price of food, but higher education has gotten much more expensive due to a stagnate median income in the United States.

    Tuition vs. Median Income Over Time | FindTheBest

    Using their historical tuition database, which was sourced from the National Center for Education Statistics, FindTheBest compared tuition growth with income data from the U.S. Census Bureau.

    All dollar amounts are inflation-adjusted and the tuition data is strictly based on four-year public colleges and universities.

    Couple this fact with federal Pell Grants already cover the smallest portion of the cost of college in the program's history, and declining support for public higher education, it's clear this issue isn't anywhere close to being solved.

    Jon Stewart To Donald Trump: 'What The F-ck Is Wrong With You?'

    Wed, 2014-06-18 07:57
    Donald Trump is in a battle with Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel over a new sign he put up in the city, and Jon Stewart thinks the whole thing is classic Donald Trump.

    Trump is putting the finishing touches on his hotel: a 20-foot tall "TRUMP" sign that lights up at night. The real estate mogul subsequently defended the sign against criticism on the "Today" show, and also blasted Chicago Tribune architecture critic Blair Kamin for his assessment of the sign.

    Stewart mocked Trump's response on Tuesday. "What the f-ck is wrong with you?" he asked. "Do you have to answer everybody? How much time is there in a day?... Is there no slight small enough for you to just f-cking let it go?”

    He also had some advice for Kamin, who had to defend himself as a Pulitzer Prize winner and Harvard fellow after Trump suggested that he had been fired from the Tribune.

    "Donald Trump isn't impressed by Harvard or Pulitzer!" he yelled. "The only name that impresses Donald Trump is his own name!"

    Finally, he had some sobering words for the city of Chicago: "Did you not think that Donald Trump was going to put his name on the building you let him build? It's what he does! Have you been to New York? Or as you think it might be called from the buildings, New Trump City?"

    Watch the segment in the clip above.

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