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If you’re a certain age, it’s likely that you’ve never given a second thought to buying a municipal bond or the process of bond buying, even if you’ve intuited, rightly, that’s it’s an intentionally opaque business. Yet there could be a bi

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Open thread for night owls: 'Green New Deal' activists want Dems to confront fossil fuel industry

Julia Conley at Common Dreams writes—As 'Green New Deal' Demand Grows, Democrats Have Choice: Confront and Defeat Fossil Fuel Industry or Take Credit for 'Doomed' Planet: Weeks after the UN released its report on the urgent need to reduce carbon emissio
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Open thread for night owls: 'Green New Deal' activists want Dems to confront fossil fuel industry

Julia Conley at Common Dreams writes—As 'Green New Deal' Demand Grows, Democrats Have Choice: Confront and Defeat Fossil Fuel Industry or Take Credit for 'Doomed' Planet: Weeks after the UN released its report on the urgent need to reduce carbon emissions in order to avoid «potentially irreversible» effects of the climate crisis, critics say Democrats have the opportunity to stand firmly on the side of progressives who are advocating for a Green New Deal in order to help save the planet—instead of continuing to rely on incremental measures aimed simply at «exploring» the climate crisis. This is just one (relatively brief) blueprint for a Green New Deal put together by Data for Progress. You can download it at tinyurl.com/... The Green New Deal is comprised of an ambitious set of proposals aimed at transitioning the U.S. to 100% renewable energy and employing millions of Americans to aid that transition. In The Guardian, journalist David Sirota noted that in order to take meaningful action to help stop the climate crisis, Democrats must fundamentally change their outlook on the oil and gas industries which poured $100 million into midterm campaigns. The fossil fuel sector, Sirota wrote, helped fund the fight against Proposition 112, aimed at keeping new oil and gas drilling operations away from schools, hospitals, and water sources in Colorado; an anti-carbon emissions measure in Washington; and a pro-solar energy proposal in Arizona.   The same industries were able to donate to Democratic candidates after a brief ban on such contributions was lifted by the Democratic National Committee was lifted after just two months—donating more than $4 million to party members in 2018. The campaign to defeat new climate policies, wrote Sirota, «was a shock-and-awe spectacle designed to intimidate any prospective campaigns, organizations and movements that want to challenge the political supremacy of oil and gas—and some prominent Democrats in Washington seem to be cowering in fear.» «Always nervous about the donor class and about electoral blowback from Republicans, some congressional Democrats now seem intent on avoiding any direct confrontation over climate change policy,» he added. [...] TOP COMMENTS • HIGH IMPACT STORIES QUOTATION «I am not fit for this office and never should have been here.» ~~Warren G. Harding, 29th president of the USA TWEET OF THE DAY xWe can confirm with absolute certainty that 340,134 voters were wrongly purged. We have their names and addresses. https://t.co/iiHdiFZTl9 #Georgia #StaceyAbrams #BrianKemp #Midterms2018— Greg Palast (@Greg_Palast) November 15, 2018 BLAST FROM THE PAST On this date at Daily Kos in 2002—Army fires gay Arab linguists: How can the US make any credible claims that it is fighting the terrorist threat with all available means when this sort of crap happens? Nine Army linguists, including six trained to speak Arabic, have been dismissed from the military because they are gay. The soldiers' dismissals come at a time when the military is facing a critical shortage of translators and interpreters for the war on terrorism. [...] The government has aggressively recruited Arabic speakers since the Sept. 11 attacks. «We face a drastic shortage of linguists, and the direct impact of Arabic speakers is a particular problem,» said Donald R. Hamilton, who documented the need for more linguists in a report to Congress as part of the National Commission on Terrorism. Crazy... On today’s Kagro in the Morning show: Facebook! Yikes! Trump! Yikes! OK, that's all bad. But it's the House leadership fight that occupies our time today. There’s lots going on and lots to say, about the «contestants,» the media coverage, and ourselves. It’s complex. It’s contradictory. Because Dems. x Embedded Content RadioPublic|LibSyn|YouTube|Patreon|Square Cash (Share code: Send $5, get $5!)

A historic 2,000+ women will be in office this coming year—almost entirely from one political party

When conservatives scoff at the progressive slogan “The Future is Female,” they are usually responding to the insecurity that comes with knowing, deep down inside, you are in the wrong. The strides that women, people of color, and the LGBT community have
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A historic 2,000+ women will be in office this coming year—almost entirely from one political party

When conservatives scoff at the progressive slogan “The Future is Female,” they are usually responding to the insecurity that comes with knowing, deep down inside, you are in the wrong. The strides that women, people of color, and the LGBT community have made in organizing around the 2018 midterm elections is staggering. It’s absolutely terrifying to the Right, and you are seeing desperate and craven attempts to bully and suppress the levels of democracy they’ve inspired. In January of the last two years, beginning on Donald Trump’s inauguration day in 2017, Women’s Marches have taken over the streets across not just the United States, but the world. These marches were not simply a public protest of our current misogynist in chief; they were a call to organize and take back our government. Women’s March The Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers compiled statistics on how historic the results of this election were and will continue to be for women. A tally by the Center for American Women in Government at Rutgers University shows at least 1,743 women won state legislative seats in last week's midterm elections. That number will grow; 185 races with at least one woman still in the running have yet to be called .

Spread the word: The clock is ticking on Affordable Care Act open enrollments

The first two weeks of open enrollment in Affordable Care Act in plans in 2018 lagged behind the first two weeks of last year, 1.2 million sign-ups now as opposed to 1.5 million sign-ups last year. It did include an extra day last year, but one day isn’
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Spread the word: The clock is ticking on Affordable Care Act open enrollments

The first two weeks of open enrollment in Affordable Care Act in plans in 2018 lagged behind the first two weeks of last year, 1.2 million sign-ups now as opposed to 1.5 million sign-ups last year. It did include an extra day last year, but one day isn’t going to account for 300,000 enrollments. Enrollments have just been happening at a slower pace than last year.  Since the first two weeks this year coincided with the last week of the midterm elections, it’s kind of understandable that people were distracted. But now that Democrats have won the House and saved the nation from more Obamacare repeal (provided Republicans don’t have one final “Fuck you” in them during the lame duck), it’s safe to sign up! There’s not a ton of time left, either. The deadline for most states is December 15. Please help get the word out. There are some great tools to help you or people you are helping figure out what options are available all across the country. Now that the election is done and the holiday rush hasn’t yet begun, it’s a great time to get out there and get people signed up for Obamacare. It’s your second chance to give Trump and the Republicans the finger. You know where to go, right? Healthcare.gov, because even Trump hasn’t been able to blow it up.

Private prison industry spent as much on the midterms as 2016's presidential, but it won't pay off

During the 2016 election, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called for the abolishment of private prisons. Noting the dropping prison population and an existential political threat, the GEO Group—the largest private prison company in the United Sta
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Private prison industry spent as much on the midterms as 2016's presidential, but it won't pay off

During the 2016 election, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called for the abolishment of private prisons. Noting the dropping prison population and an existential political threat, the GEO Group—the largest private prison company in the United States—doubled down on its support for President Donald Trump, giving his super PAC $225,000. In all, GEO’s spending on the 2016 election was greater than the sum of its spending over the seven years preceding. And it didn’t stop in November 2016. Following his election, GEO funneled another $250,000 to Trump’s inaugural committee. In 2017, GEO held its annual leadership conference at Trump’s Miami golf resort. The rewards of GEO & co.’s 2016 support were obvious: Trump’s administration reversed a move away from private prisons and scaled up practices that boost incarceration and detention.   Come 2018, private prison companies wanted to make sure that things stayed profitable. After all, ICE immigration detention funds made up one-quarter of GEO’s 2017 revenue. GEO spent almost as much on the midterm elections as it did the presidential: a staggering $1.6 million. Mind you, that’s only what’s publicly disclosed. Dark money contributions remain private. That’s three times more than private prisons have spent on any other midterm election. The prison industrial complex is a big fan of Republican candidates and officials, from federal to local. The federal piece isn’t mysterious. Beyond the major DOJ-level decisions that determine whether and how private prisons stay in play, GEO & co. target members of the Homeland Security appropriations subcommittee; it’s that subcommittee that oversees ICE’s detention budget. As Mother Jones reports: Members of the subcommittee are some of the top congressional recipients of private prison campaign cash. That includes Rep. John Culberson (R-Texas)—who received $44,000 in contributions from the industry this cycle, only to be defeated by Democratic upstart Lizzie Fletcher. Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas) won reelection after taking $36,400 from the prison industry, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Cuellar is perhaps the industry’s most vocal Democratic defender; in July he praised GEO for playing “an important role in maintaining our public safety,” adding that “without them, rapists, murderers, and other offenders would not be incarcerated.”

Now that election is over, Ted won't discuss his lie about Beto and the caravan

Now that the alleged Zodiac Killer has won re-election in Texas, slimy Ted Cruz doesn’t want to talk about a lie he told during the campaign: Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) brushed off questions Wednesday about his campaign claim that Rep. Beto O'Rourke (
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Now that election is over, Ted won't discuss his lie about Beto and the caravan

Now that the alleged Zodiac Killer has won re-election in Texas, slimy Ted Cruz doesn’t want to talk about a lie he told during the campaign: Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) brushed off questions Wednesday about his campaign claim that Rep. Beto O'Rourke (D) illegally funded a caravan of migrants approaching the U.S. border. [...] “I’m happy to talk about policy, but there’s no point in revisiting the campaign itself,” Cruz said during a brief interview in a Senate elevator, according to HuffPost. Well, sure. The campaign is over, so why bother talking about a vicious lie he peddled to whip up hate and fear? After all, no one sent Beto a pipe bomb so no harm, no foul. Right? 

Report says NRA is hurting so bad, it can’t even give employees free coffee and water anymore

The non-profit news site Trace, an organization that focuses on gun control and gun safety news, reports that NRA officials have begun implementing an “austerity campaign,” spearheaded by executive director for general operations Josh Powell. The news
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Report says NRA is hurting so bad, it can’t even give employees free coffee and water anymore

The non-profit news site Trace, an organization that focuses on gun control and gun safety news, reports that NRA officials have begun implementing an “austerity campaign,” spearheaded by executive director for general operations Josh Powell. The news organization says that free water-cooler access and free coffee have been done away with at the gun association’s Fairfax, Virginia, headquarters. “Josh is going to greatly reduce education and training and slash the number of the NRA’s publications down to one magazine,” said a source close to the gun group’s leadership. The group currently maintains six publications, including four print magazines. Powell is an unlikely budget hawk. A Trace investigation into his business history last month found a trail of defaulted debts, including 20 lawsuits for more than $400,000 from jilted vendors. Trace says that the NRA, when asked, did not deny the report, though it did not confirm it either. As the Washington Post pointed out earlier this year, the NRA—after boasting about rising membership numbers every time a child died by gunfire—had suspiciously boasted the same not-growing numbers for years.

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Oil rises on expected Opec supply cuts, but record US production drags

Opec's de-facto leader Saudi Arabia wants the cartel and its allies to cut output by about 1.4 million barrels per day
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Oil rises on expected Opec supply cuts, but record US production drags

Opec's de-facto leader Saudi Arabia wants the cartel and its allies to cut output by about 1.4 million barrels per day

Jet Airways makes a U-turn; rallies 11% after falling 7% in opening deals

Shares of Jet Airways on Thursday ended 24.5 per cent higher amid reports Tata Sons will acquire a controlling stake in the cash-strapped airline.
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Jet Airways makes a U-turn; rallies 11% after falling 7% in opening deals

Shares of Jet Airways on Thursday ended 24.5 per cent higher amid reports Tata Sons will acquire a controlling stake in the cash-strapped airline.

YES Bank falls 14% in two days following Ashok Chawla's resignation

The stock is down 7% at Rs 191, extending its previous day's 7% fall after former SBI chairman O P Bhatt resigned from the panel set up by Yes Bank to find a successor to its MD and CEO Rana Kapoor
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YES Bank falls 14% in two days following Ashok Chawla's resignation

The stock is down 7% at Rs 191, extending its previous day's 7% fall after former SBI chairman O P Bhatt resigned from the panel set up by Yes Bank to find a successor to its MD and CEO Rana Kapoor

Shankara Building slips on weak Q2 nos; down 64% from 52-week high

The stock hit a 52-week low of Rs 858, falling 17% in past one week, after reported 47% decline in net profit at Rs 91 million in September quarter.
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Shankara Building slips on weak Q2 nos; down 64% from 52-week high

The stock hit a 52-week low of Rs 858, falling 17% in past one week, after reported 47% decline in net profit at Rs 91 million in September quarter.

Shilpa Medicare gets tentative USFDA nod for multiple sclerosis drug

The company#39;s abbreviated new drug application (ANDA) for Dimethyl Fumarate delayed release capsules in the strengths of 120 mg and 240 mg has been granted tentative approval by the United States Food and Drug Administration (USFDA), Shilpa Medicare said i
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Shilpa Medicare gets tentative USFDA nod for multiple sclerosis drug

The company#39;s abbreviated new drug application (ANDA) for Dimethyl Fumarate delayed release capsules in the strengths of 120 mg and 240 mg has been granted tentative approval by the United States Food and Drug Administration (USFDA), Shilpa Medicare said in a BSE filing.

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A leaky database of SMS text messages exposed password resets and two-factor codes

A security lapse has exposed a massive database containing tens of millions of text messages, including password reset links, two-factor codes, shipping notifications and more. The exposed server belongs to Voxox (formerly Telcentris), a San Diego, Calif.-bas
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A leaky database of SMS text messages exposed password resets and two-factor codes

A security lapse has exposed a massive database containing tens of millions of text messages, including password reset links, two-factor codes, shipping notifications and more. The exposed server belongs to Voxox (formerly Telcentris), a San Diego, Calif.-based communications company. The server wasn’t protected with a password, allowing anyone who knew where to look to peek […]

Walmart and Target embrace in-store mobile checkout for the holidays

Two of the U.S.’s largest brick-and-mortar retailers, Walmart and Target, are launching new mobile checkout systems in their stores to accommodate the influx of shoppers expected during the 2018 holiday season. Walmart says it’s expanding its R
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Walmart and Target embrace in-store mobile checkout for the holidays

Two of the U.S.’s largest brick-and-mortar retailers, Walmart and Target, are launching new mobile checkout systems in their stores to accommodate the influx of shoppers expected during the 2018 holiday season. Walmart says it’s expanding its “Check Out With Me” service to every Supercenter by Black Friday, while Target’s recently launched “Skip the Line” mobile […]

Amazon launches ‘Alexa-hosted skills’ for voice app developers

Amazon on Thursday launched a new service aimed at Alexa developers that automatically provisions and helps them to manage a set of AWS cloud resources for their Alexa skill’s backend service. The service is intended to help developers speed the time i
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Amazon launches ‘Alexa-hosted skills’ for voice app developers

Amazon on Thursday launched a new service aimed at Alexa developers that automatically provisions and helps them to manage a set of AWS cloud resources for their Alexa skill’s backend service. The service is intended to help developers speed the time it takes to launch their skills, by allowing them to focus on their skills’ […]

NASA Receives Eighth Consecutive Clean Financial Audit Opinion

NASA has received an unmodified audit opinion on its Fiscal Year 2018 financial statements, marking the eight consecutive «clean» opinion from an external auditor – the highest opinion that may be received.
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NASA Receives Eighth Consecutive Clean Financial Audit Opinion

NASA has received an unmodified audit opinion on its Fiscal Year 2018 financial statements, marking the eight consecutive «clean» opinion from an external auditor – the highest opinion that may be received.

E3 slouches towards irrelevance again as Sony announces it’s skipping the show

I like E3. I really do. But it's also monumentally dumb: game companies spending millions to show off essentially faked content to an increasingly jaded audience. And it's increasingly out of step with how the gaming industry works. So it should come as no su
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E3 slouches towards irrelevance again as Sony announces it’s skipping the show

I like E3. I really do. But it's also monumentally dumb: game companies spending millions to show off essentially faked content to an increasingly jaded audience. And it's increasingly out of step with how the gaming industry works. So it should come as no surprise that Sony will be skipping the show more or less altogether this year, joining Nintendo in taking a step back from spectacle.

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FBI re-creates decoy heads Alcatraz inmates used in escape

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Half a century after a notorious prison escape from Alcatraz Island, the FBI has created replicas of decoy heads that inmates used to distract guards from a plan that still captivates researchers and tourists. Authorities on Thursday unve
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FBI re-creates decoy heads Alcatraz inmates used in escape

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Half a century after a notorious prison escape from Alcatraz Island, the FBI has created replicas of decoy heads that inmates used to distract guards from a plan that still captivates researchers and tourists. Authorities on Thursday unveiled 3D-printed copies of the decoys that inmates Frank ...

Apple Partners With Production Company to Make Original Films

Apple has its eye on the streaming space and its customers might have access to “Apple Original” films soon. The tech company entered a multi-year agreement with A24, a New York City-based entertainment […] The post Apple Partners With Produ
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Apple Partners With Production Company to Make Original Films

Apple has its eye on the streaming space and its customers might have access to “Apple Original” films soon. The tech company entered a multi-year agreement with A24, a New York City-based entertainment […] The post Apple Partners With Production Company to Make Original Films appeared first on Geek.com.

‘Pancake Batter’ Sea Creatures Are Thriving Near the Maine Coast

‘Pancake batter’ sea creatures are claiming marine territory off the Maine coast and prompting local scientists to study their habitats. Marine scientists said these ‘pancake batter’ sea creatures, also known as sea squirts, […]
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‘Pancake Batter’ Sea Creatures Are Thriving Near the Maine Coast

‘Pancake batter’ sea creatures are claiming marine territory off the Maine coast and prompting local scientists to study their habitats. Marine scientists said these ‘pancake batter’ sea creatures, also known as sea squirts, […] The post ‘Pancake Batter’ Sea Creatures Are Thriving Near the Maine Coast appeared first on Geek.com.

World’s First Underground Luxury Hotel Opens in China

China’s newest hotel is in the pits — literally. The InterContinental Shanghai Wonderland, which is built into the side of a formerly abandoned quarry and is considered the world’s first first underground hotel, […] The post World’s
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World’s First Underground Luxury Hotel Opens in China

China’s newest hotel is in the pits — literally. The InterContinental Shanghai Wonderland, which is built into the side of a formerly abandoned quarry and is considered the world’s first first underground hotel, […] The post World’s First Underground Luxury Hotel Opens in China appeared first on Geek.com.

Southwest announces 2 new nonstop flights from Omaha

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Southwest Airlines has announced two new nonstop flights from Omaha. The airline will begin offering daily nonstop flights to and from San Diego in June. Also starting in June, it will offer once-a-week nonstop flights to and from Nashville
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Southwest announces 2 new nonstop flights from Omaha

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Southwest Airlines has announced two new nonstop flights from Omaha. The airline will begin offering daily nonstop flights to and from San Diego in June. Also starting in June, it will offer once-a-week nonstop flights to and from Nashville. The Omaha World-Herald reports that Alaska Airlines ...

Death penalty sought in killing of Vietnamese tour leaders

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Prosecutors will seek the death penalty against a 31-year-old convicted felon accused of killing two Vietnamese tour leaders last June during a break-in robbery in their room at a Las Vegas Strip hotel. Julius Trotter's attorneys didn't immed
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Death penalty sought in killing of Vietnamese tour leaders

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Prosecutors will seek the death penalty against a 31-year-old convicted felon accused of killing two Vietnamese tour leaders last June during a break-in robbery in their room at a Las Vegas Strip hotel. Julius Trotter's attorneys didn't immediately respond to messages about the decision announced Thursday ...

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College football games of note: Week 12

It's surreal to be writing about one of the last two weeks of the college football regular season. “Damn the wheel of the world, why must you continually turn over?” Leslie Knope said that once in an episode of «Parks and Recreation,» but I li
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College football games of note: Week 12

It's surreal to be writing about one of the last two weeks of the college football regular season. “Damn the wheel of the world, why must you continually turn over?” Leslie Knope said that once in an episode of «Parks and Recreation,» but I like to think it applies to our current college football situation. Week 11 was very much the mullet of the season — all business up front when dealing with Playoff teams but a no holds barred party on the back end. Alabama had back-to-back shutouts for the first time since 2012 and is now allowing an average of just 12.7 points, which is tied for a national best with Clemson. The Tigers defeated a tricky Boston College squad, and both Notre Dame and Michigan won their respective bouts handily. Plus Georgia hung around, laying a significant smackdown over a ranked Auburn squad. Like I said, all business. But elsewhere the party raged — Washington State took down Colorado, and everyone was treated to a Mike Leach mustache moment. If you still don’t know about Gardner Minsh

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