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Veteran Republicans Say Right-Wing Media Is "A Big Problem For The Party" In New Harvard Report

GOP media problemsRepublican insiders are complaining that the right-wing media "is shaping the party's agenda in ways that are impeding Republicans' ability to govern and to win presidential elections," according to a new Harvard report.

New York Times reporter Jackie Calmes, a Joan Shorenstein fellow at Harvard's Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy, spent nearly four months researching how the conservative media is increasingly influencing the Republican Party.

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Alex Baer: Not T-Rex.

Donald RumpOK, I know I'm all done here, but I was just passing through, and I have a visual I simply have to share with you.

It's a tale of all the ugly Presidential ducklings fielded by the GOP -- one of them, anyway.  (There's not enough space for all their many misadventures, as the GOP has so darned many handbaskets, and duckings, all headed straight to Hell, and none of those ducks are all in a row.)

Anyway:  It was a recent photograph in the hopefully-terminal coverage of that quack, The Donald.  His picture was taken with him behind a podium of some sort, up on a dais.  The photographer was apparently below, aiming the lens upward, in order to have gotten that shot.

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A Dream Undone: Inside the 50-year campaign to roll back the Voting Rights Act

a Dream UndoneIn the morning of his wedding, in 1956, Henry Frye realized that he had a few hours to spare before the afternoon ceremony. He was staying at his parents’ house in Ellerbe, N.C.; the ceremony would take place 75 miles away, in Greensboro, the hometown of his fiancée; and the drive wouldn’t take long. Frye, who had always been practical, had a practical thought: Now might be a good time to finally register to vote.

He was 24 and had just returned from Korea, where he served as an Air Force officer, but he was also a black man in the American South, so he wasn’t entirely surprised when his efforts at the registrar’s office were blocked.

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Plane piece found on Reunion island investigated for link to missing Malaysia Airlines jet

plane wing foundAuthorities on the small Indian Ocean island of Reunion are investigating whether a piece of a jet that washed ashore is part of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, which disappeared 16 months ago.

No sign has been seen of the missing jet, or the 239 people aboard, since it took off March 8, 2014, from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, en route to Beijing. The plane is believed to have gone down in the southern Indian Ocean, far off of Australia's western coast, but 16 months of intensive searching has not yielded any evidence of a crash site.

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Faced with Defunding Threat from Senate, Planned Parenthood Fights Back

Planned ParenthoodAs Planned Parenthood grapples with a series of attacks against it by anti-choice forces, the political stakes are intensifying as the Republican-controlled U.S. Senate readies to vote on a measure that would strip all federal funding from the non-profit women's health organization.

Three covertly-filmed videos showing Planned Parenthood officials discussing fetal tissue donations have prompted some in Congress to renew the debate over the government's financial support of the organization. Senate Republicans are gearing up to vote on a bill that would cut off federal funding to Planned Parenthood, which already receives limited subsidies from the government and is prohibited from spending taxpayer money on abortions.

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Amnesty Says Israel Response to Soldier's Gaza Capture Was War Crime

Israel war crimes in GazaThe response of Israel’s military to the capture of an Israeli soldier during last summer’s Gaza conflict amounts to war crimes and crimes against humanity, Amnesty International said in a new report.

Following the capture into a terror tunnel of Lt. Hadar Goldin, who later was declared dead based on evidence at the scene of his capture, the IDF bombarded the southern Gaza city of Rahat for four days, killing at least 135 people, injuring hundreds and destroying homes.

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Philadelphia Rep. Charged With Corruption

Philly Dem indictedThe U.S. Department of Justice has indicted a sitting U.S. Congressman on charges of corruption.

Chaka Fattah, a Democratic congressman from Philadelphia, faces charges related to corruption and racketeering – known as a RICO case. Fattah has served in the House for 21 years.

Prosecutors say one of Fattah's schemes involved siphoning federal money to finance his losing bid for Philadelphia mayor in 2007.

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Alabama Denying Prisoner an Abortion

Alaba court denies abprtion to prisonerA fight over an incarcerated Alabama woman's ability to have an abortion took a strange turn as the state moved to terminate the woman's parental rights in order to prevent her from accessing the procedure.

The woman, who is referred to in court documents as Jane Doe, is seeking a temporary restraining order against the Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Office so she can be furloughed and transported 75 miles to the closest abortion clinic in Huntsville, Alabama. Rick Singleton, the local sheriff, told the inmate that since abortion is an "elective" medical procedure, rather than an emergency, she'd have to obtain a court order to leave the jail. Doe's pregnancy is in its first trimester.

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3-hour Canadian tornado likely one of world's longest

Canada tornadoThe massive tornado that roared across the Canadian province of Manitoba late Monday was on the ground for nearly 3 hours — likely one of the longest-lasting on record in Canada and perhaps the world. No injuries or deaths were reported.

The longest tornado recorded is the infamous Tri-State tornado that lasted for about 3.5 hours, ravaging the Midwest in March 1925 and leaving hundreds of people dead in its wake.

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