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Berkeley Students Rally To Remove Bill Maher As Commencement Speaker

Huffingon Post Politics - Mon, 2014-10-27 20:58
TV host Bill Maher’s controversial comments about Islam have sparked a petition to remove him as the December commencement speaker at the University of California, Berkeley.

The Change.org petition, which had gathered nearly 2,000 signatures by Monday afternoon, was authored by Marium Navid, a senator with the student government group Associated Students of the University of California, with the support of Khwaja Ahmed, a member of the the campus advocacy group Middle Eastern, Muslim and South Asian Coalition, the campus’ Daily Californian reported Sunday.

“Bill Maher is a blatant bigot and racist who has no respect for the values UC Berkeley students and administration stand for,” the petition reads. “In a time where climate is a priority for all on campus, we cannot invite an individual who himself perpetuates a dangerous learning environment. Bill Maher's public statements on various religions and cultures are offensive and his dangerous rhetoric has found its way into our campus communities.”

Navid said allowing Maher to speak at Berkeley, a campus made famous by 1964’s free speech movement, would give legitimacy to provocative comments he made earlier this month on his HBO show, "Real Time With Bill Maher," describing Islam as “the only religion that acts like the Mafia, that will fucking kill you if you say the wrong thing, draw the wrong picture or write the wrong book."

"People say he has the right to freedom of speech, and I agree with that," Navid told the San Jose Mercury News. “The problem is that when you bring him to the university, you're pretty much putting him into a privileged position. You're raising his voice."

This spring saw numerous student protests against commencement speakers at other colleges and universities, including successful campaigns to cancel Condoleezza Rice at Rutgers University, International Monetary Fund head Christine Lagarde at Smith College and former UC Berkeley Chancellor Robert Birgeneau at Haverford College.

Toronto Elects John Tory As Mayor, Ending Rob Ford Era

Huffingon Post Politics - Mon, 2014-10-27 20:50
ROB GILLIES, Associated Press

TORONTO (AP) — Toronto has elected a moderate conservative as mayor, ending the scandal-ridden Rob Ford era.

John Tory had 40 percent of the vote, compared to 34 percent for Doug Ford, brother of outgoing Mayor Rob Ford. Left-leaning Olivia Chow was third with nearly 23 percent. The results were announced Monday night with more than 90 percent of polling stations reporting.

Rob Ford's four-year tenure as mayor of Canada's largest city was marred by his drinking and crack cocaine use. He announced last month that he wouldn't seek re-election as he battles a rare form of cancer. His brother, a city councilor, ran in his place.

Despite the cancer, Ford opted to seek the City Council seat from the Etobicoke district where he launched his political career. He won his old seat in a landslide.

After months of denials, the mayor in 2013 acknowledged he had smoked crack cocaine in one of his "drunken stupors," but he refused to resign. The City Council stripped Ford of most of his powers but lacked the authority to force him out of office because he wasn't convicted of a crime.

Ford announced he was entering rehab for drugs and alcohol in April 2014 after newspaper reports detailed three nights in which he was extremely intoxicated. One report was about a video that appeared to show him smoking a crack pipe again — nearly a year after reports of a similar video first brought international attention.

The Ebola Vaccine, Traffic Congestion, and Global Warming

Huffingon Post Politics - Mon, 2014-10-27 20:44
With large numbers of people now shivering in fear over Ebola, it has occurred to many that it would be nice if we had a vaccine against the deadly virus. If we had a vaccine, people in the countries where the disease is prevalent and the health care workers who care for the sick could get the vaccine and quickly bring the disease under control. The threat of Ebola would soon be history.

The interesting part of this story is that we could have had a vaccine, if the government had been willing to put up the money. The New York Times reported last week about a vaccine that was developed nearly a decade ago with funding from the Canadian government. According to the article, the vaccine was 100 percent effective in protecting monkeys exposed to Ebola from contracting the disease.

However, it was never tested in humans. The cost of doing such testing would run into the hundreds of millions of dollars. It could be as high $1 billion. To put that in context, this would be roughly $3 per person in the United States, assuming that there was no international sharing of development costs. Over the course of a decade, that would be a bit more than 30 cents per person per year, or 0.003 percent of what the federal government has spent over the last decade.

But the government wasn't willing to spend the money. Undoubtedly politicians would have expressed outrage over spending hundreds of millions of dollars on a vaccine to prevent a disease that primarily affected people living in Africa.

The refusal to fund the development of an Ebola vaccine is not the only case where narrow-mindedness carries a high price. Another great example is the issue of traffic congestion. Many cities now sell access to traffic lanes that promise less congested travel. In some cases, drivers are willing to pay as much as $10 for a trip for a less congested route to their destination. This comes to $20 a day, or $5,000 for a full year of commuting.

Designated lanes for those willing to pay is one way to get a quicker ride to work. Another way is to have fewer cars on the road. And, a good way to have fewer cars on the road is to improve public transportation options. This can be done by having subsidies for bus or train travel. Maybe we could even make it free so that people don't have to fumble with change and slow down buses when they board.

But hey, why should people in cars pay for people who ride buses? It's much better for them to pay thousands of dollars a year to get access to special fast lanes.

While the spread of Ebola and needless traffic congestion are both areas where many have paid a price from their determination not to help others, the greatest cost comes in the context of global warming. The extent of global warming depends on the worldwide level of greenhouse gas emissions. This means that if we want to maximize the impact of spending to prevent global warming, we would spend the money wherever we could get the largest reductions per dollar.

As a practical matter, the cheapest reductions in emissions would be in developing countries like India and China, as well as sub-Saharan Africa. As these countries build up modern infrastructure, they could at a relatively low cost adopt greener technologies. However, even though the additional cost for clean energy in these countries may be relatively small for people in the United States, it would be large for countries in the developing world that still struggle to provide their people with food, medicine, and other essentials.

In this context, the logical path would be for rich countries like the United States to pay for developing countries to adopt clean technologies. (Yes, our economy is still weak, and it would be stronger if we paid for developing countries to use clean technology. But that is an economic lesson for another day.) Unfortunately, this route is not feasible politically because our politicians would scream about helping people in the developing world. They argue that it is much better to spend more to accomplish less so that we can keep our money at home.

There is a real cost of having determined selfishness as a fundamental political principle. Maybe it's too complicated for a typical politician to understand how supporting mass transit can help even people who don't take mass transit. It may require too much concentration for them to realize that paying to get India or China to reduce greenhouse gas emissions helps people in the United States.

But we should all be able to clearly see how much we benefited from not spending the money to keep Africans from getting Ebola. All the people across the country who are now terrified about getting the disease can at least be happy that their politicians in Washington kept them from wasting $3 on a vaccine that would help poor people in Africa.

University Of Maryland Hospital In Baltimore Assessing Potential Ebola Patient

Huffingon Post Politics - Mon, 2014-10-27 20:30
WASHINGTON, Oct 27 (Reuters) - The University of Maryland Hospital in Baltimore said on Monday it had admitted a potential Ebola patient for further assessment.

The facility said in a tweet the patient was transferred there at the direction of Maryland's Department of Health and was "appropriately isolated and receiving further assessment and care."

It gave no further details about the case. (Reporting by Peter Cooney; Editing by Sandra Maler)

Alaska Marijuana Legalization Would Generate Millions In Taxes

Huffingon Post Politics - Mon, 2014-10-27 20:26
If Alaska voters decide in next week's election to legalize marijuana, sales to adults will generate millions in state tax revenue.

That's according to a comprehensive report released Monday by the Marijuana Policy Group, an organization of Colorado researchers and economic consultants.

The first year of legal recreational marijuana sales would mean about $7 million in state taxes, according to Marijuana Policy Group, which previously analyzed the marijuana market in Colorado, one of two states where recreational sales are legal. Alaska's legal recreational marijuana sales would account for about 22 percent of total demand in that first year -- or about four metric tons, according to the research.

"Previous studies incorrectly assume that all demand will quickly shift to regulated markets," the researchers noted. "In our experience, such assumptions are naïve."

Adult Alaskans consume nearly 18 metric tons of marijuana, the researchers said. That demand is satisfied now through the black market, as well as the state's network of medical caregivers, home growers, and the diversion of medical marijuana to the black market.

By 2020, Alaska's legal retail marijuana market would grow to approximately 13 metric tons, adding $23 million in taxes to state coffers, according to the report. First-year legal sales are projected at $55 million, reaching $106 million by 2020.

The projections for the demand for legal marijuana depend on the retail price compared with black market channels, the researchers explained. "If retail prices increase significantly, then most heavy users
will avoid this supply mode and buy marijuana from black or grey market sources as possible."

Alaska's Department of Revenue has said it doesn't plan to forecast the state's marijuana market. Marijuana Policy Group researchers Miles Light and Adam Orens said in a press statement Monday that the report is offered "as a service to Alaska voters because there is no official tax revenue estimate supplied by the state." The group said it wasn't paid to do the study and neither supports nor opposes Alaska's Measure 2, the legalization initiative.

Under Measure 2, adults 21 and older would be able to possess up to one ounce of marijuana and grow up to six plants (with no more than three being mature) for personal use. The measure also would legalize the manufacture, sale and possession of marijuana paraphernalia, including devices for smoking or storing the plant. It's the state's third attempt to legalize recreational marijuana, with voters rejecting measures in 2000 and 2004. Alaska voters legalized medical marijuana in 1998.

If Alaska voters approve legalization, Marijuana Policy Group projects 2016 would be the first full year of legal sales. Both Colorado and Washington state, which legalized recreational marijuana in 2012, had delays between Election Day and retail sales as officials established a regulatory framework.

Oregon, Florida and Washington, D.C., also vote on some form of marijuana legalization in November.

The fate of Alaska's measure seems the most uncertain. Two polls released on the same day last month showed mixed reaction from voters, with one finding 53 percent opposed legalization, and the other showing 57 percent in favor.

Besides Colorado and Washington, 23 states and the District of Columbia have legalized marijuana for medical purposes. Still, marijuana remains banned by the federal government, which continues to classify the plant as a Schedule I substance, along with heroin and LSD.

Brooklyn Prosecutor Loretta Lynch Emerges As A Top Candidate For Attorney General

Huffingon Post Politics - Mon, 2014-10-27 20:10

By Aruna Viswanatha and Julia Edwards

WASHINGTON, Oct 27 (Reuters) - Loretta Lynch, the head federal prosecutor in Brooklyn, is emerging as a leading candidate to replace U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, according to people familiar with the matter, after another top contender withdrew her name from the running last week.

Lynch, Solicitor General Donald Verrilli, and Labor Secretary Thomas Perez are among those being considered, said the people, who declined to be named about the private deliberations.

Lynch, 55, has stirred little controversy during two tenures as U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York and supporters say she could be easily confirmed. She would also be the first black woman to lead the U.S. Department of Justice, which could help counter complaints that the Obama administration is dominated by men.

The White House declined to comment on the search to replace Holder, who announced on Sept. 25 that he planned to step down.

"We don't have any personnel updates, and are certainly not going to speculate on any decisions before the president makes them," White House spokesman Eric Schultz said.

Holder, the first black U.S. Attorney General who came into office in 2009, has said he will stay in the post until the Senate confirms a successor.

A spokeswoman for Lynch, Zugiel Soto, also declined comment.

The administration of President Barack Obama has considered multiple candidates and the White House is not expected to announce a nominee until after the midterm elections next week, so a dark horse candidate could still emerge.

Former White House counsel Kathryn Ruemmler pulled out of consideration for the job amid concerns that her involvement in controversial White House decisions could make it difficult to get her confirmed by the Senate.

Solicitor General Verrilli and Labor Secretary Perez both have an advantage of having had a working relationship with Obama. Lynch does not but she is one of several candidates Holder has encouraged the White House to look at, two sources said. Vetting inquiries into Lynch have been underway, sources said.

Lynch has developed a close relationship with Holder from the New York City borough of Brooklyn while keeping a much lower profile than her counterpart across the East River, Preet Bharara, the U.S. Attorney for Manhattan who built his name on a string of big insider-trading cases and prosecutions of politicians for corruption.

Lynch's office did indict Republican Congressman Michael Grimm in April for fraud, and has worked with Justice Department headquarters on several big cases. Her office helped investigate Citigroup Inc over shoddy mortgage securities the bank sold, which led the bank to enter into a $7 billion settlement in July. Her office was also involved in the December 2012 $1.2 billion accord with HSBC over the bank's lapses in its anti-money laundering controls.

Lynch, who grew up in North Carolina and attended Harvard University for college and law school, has chaired the attorney general's advisory committee since the beginning of 2013.

She served previously at the Justice Department, starting as a drug and violent crime prosecutor at the U.S. Attorney's office in 1990. She also previously headed the office in Brooklyn between 1999 and 2001, when she left for private practice at the law firm Hogan & Hartson (now Hogan Lovells) and then served as a board member of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

Holder had a rocky tenure as the nation's chief law enforcement officer. He has been one of Obama's closest allies and frequently battled with Republicans over gun control, same-sex marriage, and a desire to try terrorism suspects in civilian instead of military courts.

The next attorney general will likely serve a two-year term and would take over counter-terror initiatives aimed at Islamic State militants and challenges balancing privacy rights against government surveillance efforts. Holder's successor will also have to decide how far to continue pushing his priorities, including civil rights and fewer prosecutions of nonviolent drug offenders. (Additional reporting by Jeff Mason; Editing by Karey Van Hall and Grant McCool)

As Some Ferguson Protesters Turn On The Media, Others Cover Demonstrations Themselves

Huffingon Post Politics - Mon, 2014-10-27 20:02
FERGUSON, Mo. -- As demonstrations have dragged on in this suburb of St. Louis since a police officer killed Michael Brown in August, some protesters have begun focusing their anger not only at the police but also at members of the media they believe have misrepresented both the 18-year-old and their movement.

Tension over how the media has covered Ferguson isn't new. Supporters of officer Darren Wilson protested outside a local news station in August after the station aired footage outside Wilson's home, and looters and some aggressive demonstrators threatened reporters during the height of the protests that same month. One poll in September even indicated that one of the only things many black and white residents of St. Louis County could agree on was that media coverage had only made the Ferguson situation worse.

But in recent weeks, as outlets have published leaked information from the grand jury that is deciding whether to charge Wilson in connection with Brown's death, many protesters have turned their ire toward reporters both online and at the scene of demonstrations in Ferguson. In addition to being upset about the leaked information and what they say is an unfair portrayal of Brown, many demonstrators disapprove of how their actions have been portrayed in the news.

On one night, some protesters agreed not to talk to any members of the media because the protesters didn't think reporters should cover the arrest of a state senator. On another night, protesters yelled and chanted at camera crews from both CNN and a local television station until the crews moved away from demonstrations outside the Ferguson Police Department.

Given the large role social media played in focusing national attention on Ferguson, it's unsurprising that Twitter has become a top source for observers and supporters of protesters.

Several prominent demonstrators have gained a significant social media following through their coverage of the protests, even tweeting while in police custody and offering first-person perspectives from within the demonstrations. Several livestreamers often broadcast from the site of demonstrations. Two Ferguson protesters -- 29-year-old Deray McKesson of Minneapolis and 25-year-old Johnetta Elzie of St. Louis -- are publishing their own newsletter on the Ferguson movement.

"We have to be our own news," Elzie told The Huffington Post. "There's no St. Louis Post-Dispatch protester edition."

Elsie said she and other protesters have decided only to speak to certain news outlets and reporters who they believe have portrayed the demonstrations fairly. She said one CNN producer tried to arrange a sit-down interview with her and McKesson and other protesters so that protesters would continue to allow CNN to broadcast from outside the Ferguson Police Department. That didn't happen, because other protesters said they wanted to see CNN's coverage treat protesters more favorably. Elzie also said protesters told one St. Louis Post-Dispatch who tried to embed with a crowd of protesters that she wasn't welcome to walk with the group.

Elzie said protesters also are frustrated that media outlets automatically trust information, even anonymous information, when it comes from the police. It has become accepted as fact, she said, that several unknown black witnesses reportedly back up Wilson's account of the shooting, but protesters have a much higher burden of proof to demonstrate that they're telling the truth about what happens at protests.

"When something happens we have to have words, videos, photos, audio, satellite footage, like we've got to have everything in order to prove what happened, happened," Elzie said. "We have to have every form of media in order for something to be taken seriously."

Supporters of Brown also indicated they were much more willing to believe the firsthand accounts of protesters on the ground instead of media coverage. Some of those interviewed by The Huffington Post at protests outside the Ferguson Police Department over the weekend said they turned to St. Louis Alderman Antonio French to keep them informed on what was happening.

“He was the guy reporting the news. He was our journalist," said 32-year-old Sarah Thomas, a children’s therapist from St. Louis. "Then more and more jumped on Twitter and we followed them as well. If you’re not following @MusicOverPeople, what the heck is wrong with you? Twitter is our TV. If it weren’t for protesters we would never know what’s happening.”

Other Brown supporters said the coverage of Ferguson encouraged them to go see what was happening for themselves.

“I went to find out firsthand, and sure enough, the first night I was out, I came home and the media reported it as if it was nothing but a bunch of violent hooligans," said Darlene Hawkerself, a 43-year-old teacher from St. Louis.

"They totally took advantage of stereotypes about race and making any black person that shared emotion seem violent,” Hawkerself said. "They painted all these protests to be violent mobs of people terrorizing, and that’s absolutely not the experience I had. I’ve been around thousands of protesters, who’ve protested thousands of hours, and yeah I’ve seen a water bottle get thrown. It’s unreal how it’s magnified and made horrible."

Demonstrators have also encouraged those interested in Ferguson to watch livestreams of the protests rather than rely on media accounts. John Ziegler, a 35-year-old from northern Illinois, says he can provide his viewers with a different perspective.

“I see myself as an embedded journalist,” Ziegler said. "I’m able to tell a side of the story that the mainstream media can’t because I’ve gained trust and respect of the people in the movement."

Mariah Stewart reported from Ferguson, Ryan J. Reilly reported from Washington.

New software could get rid of EV range anxiety by making better estimates of range

TreeHugger Science-Tech - Mon, 2014-10-27 08:06
The new software takes more factors into consideration to make far more accurate estimates of how much farther you can drive before recharging.

Chinese, GOP Agree Non-Rich Shouldn't Vote

Huffingon Post Politics - Mon, 2014-10-27 05:23

Speaking just like an American Republican, the Communist Chinese-appointed leader of Hong Kong, Leung Chun-ying, said last week that if the state granted democratic rights to its poor and working class, they could dominate elections and choose leaders who would meet their needs.

If Hong Kong’s 99 percenters picked their leaders, Mr. Leung said, “Then you would end up with that kind of politics and policies.”  To ensure politics and policies favoring Hong Kong’s one percent, Mr. Leung insists that a committee appointed in Beijing approve all candidates to succeed him.  

Mr. Leung fears rule by the majority – just as U.S. Republicans do. It’s the reason the GOP has launched a massive voter suppression campaign across the country. Republicans believe in rule by and for the one percent. To accomplish that, they must do what Mr. Leung and the Chinese Communist party did: foil democracy. That’s the GOP goal when it subverts America’s precious one person-one vote equality. Every American who holds democracy dear must do whatever it takes to defy GOP attempts to deny them access to the ballot next week.  

Protesters demanding democracy in Hong Kong have thronged streets and faced down baton-wielding police for three weeks. Mr. Leung’s anti-democracy remarks further inflamed the demonstrators who live in a state with among the highest income inequality in the world. Mr. Leung said he could not allow the state’s majority – workers and the poor – to choose nominees because then those candidates would address the demands of the majority.

“If it’s entirely a numbers game and numeric representation,” Mr. Leung said, “then obviously you (candidates) would be talking to half of the people of Hong Kong who earn less than $1,800 a month.” 

That is exactly who Republicans don’t want to talk to – America’s middle class and working poor. The GOP presidential candidate, quarter-billionaire Mitt Romney, said that it was his “job not to worry about those people” who are elderly or too poor to pay federal income taxes. To make sure Republicans can focus on the rich and forget the rest, they’ve passed a multitude of laws to stop the working poor, seniors, people of color, women and students from voting. The intent is to prevent them from choosing who will run the government that, in a democracy, is supposed to represent them.

The Brennan Center for Justice calculated that if all the suppression laws passed by nearly two dozen states in the past five years took effect, 5 million citizens would confront new obstacles to exercising their right to vote. The laws would likely deny suffrage altogether to some citizens, such as those lacking birth certificates because they were born at home.

In addition to demanding specific ID, some states restricted early voting, ended same-day registration, purged voter rolls, and failed to process tens of thousands of registration forms collected by groups encouraging low-income and minority citizens to vote. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the NAACP and other voting rights groups challenged these schemes in court.

In recent weeks, the U.S. Supreme Court, dominated by Republicans, issued preliminary rulings approving voter suppression in three states for the Nov. 4 balloting.

In a fourth, Wisconsin, the court temporarily barred the voter ID mandate. The Supremes will hear the case later and may allow the state to demand specific identification. That would be ID requirements that Federal Judge Lynn Adelman determined could disenfranchise 300,000 Wisconsin voters, particularly poor and minority citizens, because they lack the requisite documents.

Judge Adelman, who ruled the law unconstitutional, concluded that in Wisconsin, there were no cases of the in-person voter fraud that Republicans claim the law is intended to prevent.

Texas was among the three states that Republicans on the Supreme Court granted permission to begin demanding specific voter identification. The court ignored the fact that Texas passed the law within hours after the Republican Supremes gutted the Voting Rights Act.

The court ignored the fact that the trial judge in that case, Nelva Gonzales Ramos, calculated that it could disenfranchise 600,000 voters, particularly black and Hispanic Texans. These are citizens who don’t have a gun permit or driver’s license allowed as voter identification by the law, but who do possess other ID, such as student cards, forbidden by the law.

The court ignored the fact that Judge Ramos found only two cases of in-person voter fraud out of 20 million ballots cast in Texas over 10 years.

Consider what red, white and blue-wearing, flag-waving, democracy-praising Republicans have said about their voter suppression campaigns.

Georgia state Rep. Fran Millar complained about a decision to allow Sunday voting in a location near a mall that, as he described it, “is dominated by African American shoppers and it is near several large African American mega churches such as New Birth Missionary Baptist.”

When accused of racism, he said, “I would prefer more educated voters than a greater increase in the number of voters.”

In other words, he only wants some people to vote, not all people.

That’s not democracy.

In Ohio, where Republicans tried to allow GOP-dominated counties to add hours for early voting but deny it in Democratic areas, Doug Priesse, the chairman of the Republican Party in Franklin County, where Columbus is located, said it was fine to make voting more difficult for black citizens:

“I guess I really feel we shouldn’t contort the voting process to accommodate the urban – read African-American – voter-turnout machine.”

That’s not democracy.

In Pennsylvania, the Republican House Majority Leader Mike Turzai shepherded voter ID through the legislature in 2012, then announced  to a GOP gathering: "Voter ID, which is going to allow Governor Romney to win the state of Pennsylvania: done." In other words, the law would stop voting by the working poor, minorities, student and others who tend to vote for Democrats.

That’s not democracy.

The ACLU got an injunction to stop the Pennsylvania ID law. President Obama won the state. And the state Supreme Court later ruled the law unconstitutional.

The rich are represented in government, and as a result, highly profitable oil companies get tax breaks. Wall Street gets bailouts. And one percenters get tax deductions for yachts. By contrast, no one bailed out underwater homeowners. Twenty-four states refused to expand Medicaid to millions of working poor citizens. And the federal minimum wage hasn’t been raised in five years.

In a democracy, there’s nothing more important to securing representation in government than the vote.  Don’t let Republicans take it from you.


Photo by Stephen Melkisethian on Flickr, taken Feb. 8 at Shaw University in Raleigh, N.C. during a Moral Monday Movement rally.

John Oliver Calls Out Sugar Industry, Demands They #ShowUsYourPeanuts

Huffingon Post Politics - Mon, 2014-10-27 04:45
How much sugar are you eating? Odds are you don't know, and as John Oliver pointed out Sunday on "Last Week Tonight," it's because food makers are doing their best to make sure you never find out.

For example, most cranberry products are packed with sugar, and for good reason.

"Cranberries are, I think we can all agree, nature's most disgusting berry. Cranberries taste like cherries who hate you," Oliver said. "Cranberries taste like what a raspberry drinks before its colonoscopy -- and the industry knows it."

That, he said, is why even cranberry companies are fighting against adding labels that would disclose added sugars.

"Which is tantamount to begging, 'Please don't make us tell everyone how much sugar we dump on our garbage bog-berry,'" Oliver said.

It's not just the cranberry industry, either. Most food and beverage makers are fighting the proposed inclusion of an added sugars label on food packages. And, if there is a label, they don't want sugars listed in teaspoons. They want it in grams, which Oliver says is because no one knows what a gram is.

So he's offering a better solution.

"We are proposing, in the spirit of Halloween, that product manufacturers express their sugar content in the form of candy," Oliver said. "Specifically, circus peanuts, the most disgusting of all the candies. They taste like an elephant ejaculated into a packet of Splenda."

Since there are more than 5 grams of sugar in each circus peanut, Oliver said food makers should put a picture of one circus peanut on the front of the package for every 5 grams of sugar in the product.

"Do it, food makers. Expose your peanuts to the world. Because if you're going to shove your peanuts in our mouths, the very least you can do is tell us what we're swallowing."

Oliver called on viewers to support this idea by tweeting food makers with the hashtag #ShowUsYourPeanuts.

Amanda v Goliath$

Huffingon Post Politics - Mon, 2014-10-27 03:34
American history is a story of profound conflict. There are those who believe that corporations and the wealthy few should control the rest of us. And there are those of us focused on the wellbeing of real people. Conflict is inevitable.

The corporatists want government to function solely to support their interests, arguing that if corporations and the rich thrive, everyone else will be just fine. This is self-serving nonsense.

These corporatists are spending obscene amounts of money trying to discredit any government functions which go beyond their narrow, parochial interests. They work nonstop to prevent qualified voters from voting or to convince them that government is so broken that voting is a wasted effort. They brainwash the oppressed and ill-informed into believing that government-for-all-of-us doesn't work. They also install incompetents and saboteurs in the government, performing their jobs really badly. The current Republicans in Congress are a prime example.

How do we overcome the money and misrepresentations of corporations and their overpaid retainers? How do we stop the peddling of America to the highest bidders? By electing people like Amanda Curtis. For me, she represents the track back to the People's business--one candidate at a time, one precinct, one governor's house, one Senate seat at a time.

Amanda's a 35 year old Montana high school math teacher. She's prepared to represent real people in the U.S. Senate because she is one. Amanda speaks for the vast majority of working, middle class women and men and their families. She sums up her vision for Montana as we must for America: "Us, Not Them". I read this as "People. Not Plutocrats."

There's no confusing her, and candidates like her, with Tea Party opponents. Hers is Steve Daines, a multi-millionaire with a focus-grouped slogan as vacuous as it is deceitful: "More Jobs, Less Government". He strongly supported closing down the U.S. government (so much for jobs) in a state that gets back $1.51 for every federal dollar it pays in.

Amanda is a true representative of "Us". Against staggering odds, through education and grit, Amanda worked her way into the middle class. Yes, she grew up poor, in a broken home and in a state with above average poverty. Yes, her father's union benefits were Amanda's lifeline. Her mother was ill and her brother died young.

But Amanda persevered. She knows how vitally important education and opportunity are to regular people and their families. Amanda and her husband are proud to be working class, living modestly in Butte where she teaches math to Montana high school students. Because she wants real kids and their families to flourish. She also figured out that the patriarchs and oligarchs do not care about us. We must speak up for ourselves. So she got herself elected to the Montana House of Representatives. Her legislative experience is entirely different from that of her opponent. While she was in the Montana House, connecting with her constituents on YouTube, Daines, an "ambitious amateur", was costing Montana alone $45,000,000 by supporting the government shutdown, excluding the ongoing costs of Congress' cynical sequestration.

Now take everything I've told you about Amanda, flip it 180 degrees to understand her opposition: Steve Daines. He's a stereotypical Tea Party candidate, aggressively threatening our national well-being. It's enough for me that he's so rabidly anti-woman that he co-sponsored the notorious "Life at Conception" or "personhood" Act. (Women and men who love them, take heed!) He's the carbon copy of any and all the corporate suits found among his Tea Party extremist crowd. And he's a salesman. Caveat emptor!

"Government" is a self-governing people's operating system. It makes it possible for us to live together under the law and, oh yes, get schools, roads and pollution control and a whole lot more in the bargain. It's US! And it's ruthlessly and relentless under attack from the rich and powerful. Montana has a long history of resisting corporate power. Montanans can show us yet again how it's done.

So VOTE! Then do whatever you do best to beat back corporations and those they've enriched. Ignore the polls*! We're changing them. Our tired feet and telephone-ear; the extra miles on the car (or bus or train or moped) getting people to polls, early if possible; nudges for the reluctant, encouragement for the discouraged; conversations in the checkout line, letters to the editor of your newspaper and tv station, funding pizza for volunteers -- that's how elections get won. Just Do It!

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*Nate Silver of FiveThirtyEight Politics. "It's reasonable -- indeed healthy -- to be skeptical about the polls. Many of the states on the ballot this year present unique polling challenges. Many have a large number of undecided voters. And the quality of the polling is mixed. Historically, the error in polls is considerably larger than their margins of error alone imply."

Darth Vader Not Allowed To Vote In Ukraine Elections

Huffingon Post Politics - Mon, 2014-10-27 02:28
Never underestimate the power of the Dark Side... except maybe in Ukraine, where it turns out being a Sith Lord isn't all that.

Darth Vader, a candidate running for a seat in the nation's parliament, was turned away at his polling place when he refused to take off his mask. Hours later, it looked like he had little chance of winning, according to exit polls.

Or as Dark Lord of the Sith might say: "NOOOOoooooooo!"

The candidate, who changed his name to Darth Alekseyevich Vader, turned up to vote on Sunday standing atop a black van decorated with symbols of the Galactic Empire and blaring "The Imperial March" from loudspeakers.

Once inside, Vader showed his passport to polling officials, but they asked him to take off his mask.

"Here is my face on the passport. Where does the law say that I have to take off my mask?" Vader said, according to The Telegraph.

"I thought this might happen," he told reporters afterward, according to AFP. "But I am still disappointed. My rights have been violated again."

Vader was one of six Darth Vaders running for seats in Parliament, along with Chewbacca, Princess Amidala and Yoda. As of this writing, it doesn't appear that any of them will win seats.

The Force may not be with them, but they sure do have the farce on their side.

(h/t Mediaite)

She Doesn't Belong to You

Huffingon Post Politics - Mon, 2014-10-27 01:03
I was pulling reliefs in those early days, assigned to East San Diego. The call came out as a "415 Family." Like most cops I wasn't overly fond of family beefs but I was a rookie, happy for anything that came my way.

The husband opened the door. It was the first time I'd heard it put so bluntly: "She belongs to me, dammit! Don't you understand?" As if the 13th Amendment had never been passed.

He was shorter but had a good fifty pounds on me and had been drinking, a lot. Beet-red, sputtering, fists clenched and ready to do battle in order to defend his right to beat his wife. The woman, sporting a swollen eye and cowering in the corner of their dining room, kept repeating in broken English and heavy accent, "I didn't call them, honey. Honest, I didn't--"

"Shut the f**k up!" he screamed at her. "Can't you see I'm conducting business here?" He turned back to me. "I mean, I own her, you understand? I bought her, she's mine."

I didn't remember hearing in the academy that a mail order bride from Eastern Europe was any different, in the eyes of the law, from a homegrown version. So I hooked him up, put him in the backseat of my cage car, and drove him downtown. Whereupon, after presenting my case to the patrol captain, I was gently lectured and told to return my prisoner to his home. "You're new, Stamper, you'll learn. Pinching these assholes is not the answer. You should have told him to go outside, take a walk, cool off."

It was too obvious, this case, bringing into sharp relief the too-common attitude that a man's home is his "castle," his wife his property.

Since those days we've come along way in the struggle to end family and intimate-partner violence: the Violence Against Women Act; a national domestic violence hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233); new laws, including provision for mandatory arrest of "primary aggressors"--which does not require a victim or survivor to press charges or testify against her (or his) batterer; improved training for cops, prosecutors, judges, and advocates; strengthened protection orders; legal sanctions for stalkers and abusers of the elderly, among other developments.

But we'll never get there until we capture the attention, coercively if necessary, of men who believe the women in their lives belong to them.

The woman that professional footballer Ray Rice knocked unconscious did not belong to him. Yet, like many men, he made the mistake of believing he had proprietary control over his partner.

But no woman is a man's personal possession. She is a sovereign human being with basic human rights. And no, Mr. Rice: marrying her doesn't change a thing.

What is it that leads some men to conclude that women are chattel, obligated to obey them? It's an important question. If we can answer it, with some reasonable degree of science, we just might find a path toward the eventual elimination of this insidious yet pervasive form of violence.

Nobel Peace Prize Winners Urge Obama To Release CIA Torture Report

Huffingon Post Politics - Sun, 2014-10-26 23:56
Twelve Nobel Peace Prize winners penned an open letter to President Barack Obama urging his administration to release the a U.S. Senate report on the CIA's use of torture.

In the letter, released Sunday night on TheCommunity.com, the laureates asked for "full disclosure to the American people of the extent and use of torture and rendition by American soldiers, operatives, and contractors, as well as the authorization of torture and rendition by American officials." The letter also pushed for a clear plan for the closing of Guantanamo Bay and other international sites where the U.S. has engaged in torture.

The letter was signed by José Ramos-Horta, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, F.W. De Klerk, Leymah Gbowee, Muhammad Yunus, John Hume, Bishop Carlos X. Belo, Betty Williams, Adolfo Perez Esquivel, Jody Williams, Oscar Arias Sanchez and Mohammad ElBaradei.

The laureates spoke out sharply against any use of torture, but said that the U.S.' tactics were particularly troubling.

"In recent decades, by accepting the flagrant use of torture and other violations of international law in the name of combating terrorism, American leaders have eroded the very freedoms and rights that generations of their young gave their lives to defend," they said. "They have again set an example that will be followed by others; only now, it is one that will be used to justify the use of torture by regimes around the world, including against American soldiers in foreign lands. In losing their way, they have made us all vulnerable."

Read the full letter here.

The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence has compiled a 6000-page report on the CIA's use of torture following the September 11th, 2001 attacks. Advocates have been urging the White House for months to no avail to make the report public.

President Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009 for his efforts in international diplomacy and nuclear nonproliferation.

Peace Prize Laureates Urge Disclosure On U.S. Torture - NYTimes.com

Huffingon Post Politics - Sun, 2014-10-26 23:22
WASHINGTON — A dozen Nobel Peace Prize laureates are urging President Obama to make “full disclosure to the American people of the extent and use of torture” by the United States, including the release of a long-delayed Senate report about the C.I.A.’s torture of terrorism suspects after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

Election Season: Time for GOP Halloween Masquerade Ball

Huffingon Post Politics - Sun, 2014-10-26 22:51
It's lucky for the Republicans that most general elections fall so close to Halloween. That gives them an excuse for their great bi-annual GOP Halloween Masquerade Ball.

This year the Republicans are doing their very best to prevent the voters from remembering who they really are and what they really stand for. They're putting on their "moderate masks" and the costumes of ordinary middle class Americans.

Why do they have to pretend to be something their not? Their problem is that most Americans disagree with their positions on just about every economic and social issue of the day. Voters disagree with Republicans on economic issues like:

  • GOP opposition to raising the minimum wage;

  • GOP refusal to renew unemployment benefits to the long-term unemployed;

  • GOP obstruction of Democratic proposals to lower payments and cut interest rates on student loans;

  • The incredibly unpopular GOP proposal to eliminate the Medicare guarantee and replace it with a voucher for private insurance;

  • The failed GOP proposal to privatize Social Security;

  • GOP opposition to making oil companies, CEO's of big corporations and Wall Street Banks pay their fair share of taxes;

  • GOP proposals to cut funding for public education;

  • GOP proposals to cut funding for medical and scientific research and development;

  • Republican support for eliminating and weakening regulations that limit the ability of Wall Street speculators to cause another financial collapse like the one that created the Great Recession;

  • Republican support for tax laws that provide an incentive for corporations to outsource U.S. jobs to other countries;

  • The Republican refusal to do anything that would address the fundamental economic fact that even though Gross Domestic Product per person in the U.S. has increased 80% over the last 30 years, all of that increase went to the top 1% and left everyone else with stagnating incomes.

Dressing up Republican candidates to disguise these positions is especially difficult because so many of their candidates personally embody these deeply unpopular stances.

Take the GOP candidate for Governor of Illinois, Bruce Rauner. Rauner made $61 million last year - that's $29,000 an hour. Yet he said he would like to abolish the minimum wage or at the very least get the Illinois legislature to cut the Illinois minimum wage from $8.25 to the national rate of $7.25 per hour.

Rauner made his money as a Wall Street speculator who basically took over companies and bled them of cash. Along the way his 200-facility nursing home chain was accused of malpractice for patient neglect. Rather than apologize and pay the claims, Rauner's investment firm sold the firm to a shell company that was actually owned by a nursing home resident and declared bankruptcy so Rauner's investment firm could dodge paying the claims of abused residents.

That's just one of many stories about how Rauner made his money. Rauner owns nine residences - including a penthouse on Central Park in New York and three ranches. Pretty tough to put a "middle class" costume on Rauner and pretend he has the interests of ordinary Americans at heart.

Or then there's the GOP Senate candidate in Georgia - David Perdue. Early in the campaign - and well before the GOP masquerade ball - Perdue actually admitted that he had "spent most of his career outsourcing" American jobs to other countries.

Those pesky electronic media that save comments like that make it awfully hard to dress up people like Perdue as a "neighborhood businessman" when elections come around.

The economy may be the issue that is most important to the majority of voters, but women's health isn't far behind. And there the GOP has candidates that look downright weird in their "hi, I'm a moderate" Halloween outfits.

Jodi Ernst, the Republican candidate for Senate in Iowa supports the "personhood" amendment. That's a proposal that would make most forms of hormonal birth control - like the birth control pill and the IUD - illegal.

Cory Gardner, the GOP candidate for Senate in Colorado also supports the "personhood" amendment.

Earth to Jodi and Cory- your positions are way out of the mainstream in the United States, since over 98% of American women use birth control sometime in their lifetime. If they really wanted to wear something appropriate to the GOP Halloween masquerade ball this year they would wear space suits - since their positions are pretty much in outer space. But in fact they have donned costumes aimed at making them look every so "mainstream." Don't bet on closing ads from these guys asking voters to support them because they would ban the most popular forms of birth control.

Then there are candidates like GOP House Members Tom Cotton and Bill Cassidy, running for Senate in Arkansas and Louisiana, respectively. These guys voted for the Ryan budget that would eliminate Medicare and replace it with a voucher for private insurance - costing seniors thousands per year in increased out of pocket costs.

They try to hide their positions behind a "Big Lie" mask that Democrats voted to "cut $700 billion" from Medicare with the Affordable Care act. In fact, far from cutting benefits for seniors, the Affordable Care Act closed the "donut hole" for prescription drug coverage and provided free preventive care to complement guaranteed Medicare benefits. It paid for these benefits partially by cutting subsidies to big insurance companies. Those are the "cuts to Medicare" Cotton and Cassidy are talking about. Not one senior had benefits cut. It's nothing but a big lie. But what do you do if your real position is as unpopular as their vote to eliminate the Medicare guarantee?

And we can't forget about Thom Tillis, the Speaker of the state house who is running for Senate in North Carolina. He led passage of an incredibly unpopular series of measures to curtail voting rights and also prevented the expansion of Medicaid that would provide health care to many in the state. Now he's trying to weave and bob to disguise his position on these and other way-out GOP positions.

And of course, there is the unpopular Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell who is running for his political life in Kentucky. He claims to want to rip out "ObamaCare root and branch" while maintaining he would support continuation of the very popular and effective Kentucky version of "ObamaCare" - "Kynect." This, of course, is an impossibility. Guess he's counting on a magician's costume to make the contradictions in his positions disappear.

These are just the highlights from the "red carpet" at the GOP Halloween Masquerade Ball. There are many other attendees:

  • Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin - now desperately trying to explain how his state's austerity program could have failed to produce its promised 250,000 new jobs, when neighboring Minnesota progressive policies have led to a much more robust recovery.

  • Governor Rick Snyder of Michigan - whose "emergency manager" program stripped democratic local government from much of the state's minority population.

  • Michigan Senate Candidate Terri Lynn Land, whose conservative economic policies are very popular among plutocrats on Wall Street, but have landed her well behind her Democratic opponent in the polls of ordinary citizens.

  • Governor Mike Rounds of South Dakota whose Wall Street-oriented economic policies have run into trouble among the prairie populists of South Dakota where he's now running for Senate.

  • Governor Sam Brownback of Kansas whose tax cuts for the wealthy have almost bankrupted the state government and are helping to drag down long-time Republican Senator Pat Robertson.

  • And there's Florida's multi-millionaire governor Rick Scott. Scott has dutifully taken the side of the oil industry and the billionaire Koch Brothers even though their opposition to proposals to curb carbon pollution could sink a good portion of Florida's most populous communities into the ocean.

  • And there are dozens of Republican House Members who are trying desperately to get voters to forget about their votes to shutdown the government, end the Medicare guarantee, and cut funding for education.

Of course economic, social and environmental issues aren't the only turf where the GOP has the low political ground.

Almost 90% of Americans support universal background checks when someone buys a gun. Not the Republicans.

Most Americans support campaign finance reform that would prevent a few dozen billionaires from dominating our elections. Not the Republicans.

Most Americans want us to invest more funds in health research to protect us from diseases like Ebola, cancer and the flu. Not the Republicans.

Most Americans support comprehensive immigration reform with a pathway to citizenship. Not the Republicans. This year, the GOP even prevented a vote in the House on a bill that overwhelmingly passed the Senate. House GOP Speaker Boehner wouldn't allow a vote because he knew it would pass. Basically he is thwarting the will of Congress.

Will the Republican Halloween Masquerade Ball deceive enough Americans into thinking the GOP represents them, instead of the coalition of Wall Street Bankers and radical extremists who want to ban birth control and scapegoat immigrants that provide the foundation for the Republican Party? Will their costumes and masks convince enough voters to allow them to gain control of the Senate, win more seats in the House and overcome Democratic leads for key Governor's mansions around the country?

We'll all know a week from Tuesday. But the truth is that there would not be a chance that their disguises would succeed if everyone in America went to the polls.

The truth is that, in the end, this election is all about who votes and who stays home.

The big Wall Street banks and CEO's don't want ordinary people to wake up. They want us to sleep through the election so they can elect Republicans who will allow them to siphon more and more of the fruits of our economy into their own pockets.

Don't let them steal your family's security while you sleep through the election. It's really up to us. Vote early. Vote by mail. Vote November 4.

But whatever you do, don't let them win their game of deception. Vote.

Robert Creamer is a long-time political organizer and strategist, and author of the book: Stand Up Straight: How Progressives Can Win, available on Amazon.com. He is a partner in Democracy Partners and a Senior Strategist for Americans United for Change. Follow him on Twitter @rbcreamer.

'Homeland' Season 4, Episode 5 Recap: About A Boy

Huffingon Post Politics - Sun, 2014-10-26 22:00
Well, if we weren't sure how far things got between Carrie and Aayan in last week's episode, we certainly do now. The two are naked and in bed together at the start of this week's "Homeland." Aayan is like a kid on Christmas morning when he wakes up and sees a naked Carrie next to him. He even goes as far as lifting the covers to sneak a little peek of her goods -- as if the previous night's escapades didn't provide enough of a glimpse -- before she wakes. She does wake up just as he puts the covers down and they share bashful smiles. Carrie dresses, kisses Aayan's arm, and leaves to get them pastries for breakfast. Is this "Homeland" or the start to a really cheesy rom-com?

Quinn and Fara finagle a new stakeout spot in the heart of the city, across from where Fara spotted Haqqani last week. She's feeling extremely uneasy with her new role as a real member of the team instead of merely just an assistant. Quinn provides assurance, as he is so good at doing, and the two embark on yet another watch. Fara uses the downtime during the stakeout to ask Quinn about his friendship with Carrie. The exchange provides this quote from Quinn: "Manipulating people and exploiting their weakness... it can get ugly sometimes." Fara doesn't know the layers to this sentiment, but the rest of us do. Quinn knows Carrie better than everyone and he knows exactly what she's capable of.

Carrie takes the breakfast break as an opportunity to chat with Saul before he leaves for the States. She insists that Saul relay the information about Haqqani and Aayan to Lockhart upon Saul's return, but warns that Lockhart must keep his mouth shut about it. Saul inquires about Carrie's progress with Aayan and she tells him she's got about three days to get information out of him before he starts wondering why they're not off to London yet. Saul isn't confident about the short period of time Carrie has to get information and makes a snarky remark about it. If only you knew, Saul, if only you knew.

Returning to the apartment, pastries in hand, Carrie finds Aayan readying his things to leave because he's "changed his mind." Carrie uses her crazy to spin a terrifying soliloquy about all the parties looking for and wanting to kill Aayan. She ultimately succeeds in scaring the shit out of him and convinces him to stay. They also discuss the sexual incident from the night before, which Aayan feels guilty about, because OH HEY HE WAS A BIG 'OLE VIRGIN. Carrie assures him it won't happen again. I don't believe her for a second but, whatever, let the boy believe what he wants.

Forced to stay in Islamabad, Professor Boyd concocts yet another lie to his wife, the ambassador, and tells her he's staying after all. Martha is fed up with her husband and knows he's been lying to her. This entire exchange really bothered me because it felt like I was watching a real relationship unravel. Martha is at her emotional wits end and she's trying to hold on for dear life, but Dennis is giving her no reason to trust what she's holding on to. It's all very depressing. Though not as depressing as Boyd is later on when he frantically tries to break into Carrie's apartment and fails. Hmm, suspicious.

In a somewhat unsurprising plot twist, we find out that the Pakistani woman, Nasneem, that confronted Boyd and the ISI member, Aasar Khan, that Saul met with are in cahoots with one another. When we see them, they are discussing Saul's delay in leaving. They have details on all of Carrie's and Saul's whereabouts, down to every minute and mundane detail. These guys do not mess around and it's not even a question that their intel is going to prove problematic very quickly.

Back with Carrie and Aayan, Carrie starts interviewing him for her fake newspaper piece -- her seemingly innocuous way of getting the information out of him that she wants. She dives right in and asks about his relationship with Haqqani, his uncle. The stories are full of merry nostalgia, tales of a quality uncle-nephew dynamic. Carrie shakes Aayan up when she suggests that Haqqani is still alive, forcing her to pause the interview.

On his way through security, Saul spots Farhad Ghazi in the airport. He calls Carrie only to reach her voicemail and proceeds to run through the airport to tail him. Apparently craving some duty-free goods, Saul follows Ghazi into a shop and then down a corridor to his gate. After Ghazi takes a seat at his gate, Saul calls Quinn and relays Ghazi's flight information so Quinn can have a team on his tail as soon as he lands.

Martha runs around the embassy looking for Quinn, who is still at the stakeout with Fara. Redmond catches her attention and says he'll help her with whatever she was looking for Quinn to help with. The look of mortification has settled on her face when she tells him that her husband is belligerent at a bar and she needs assistance in getting him. Redmond agrees and, yet again, I feel awful for Martha. Her marriage is not only a sham but an embarrassing one at that.

Aayan isn't really down to chat with Carrie after she alluded to his uncle still being alive so she shifts gears and tells him about Franny, her baby. The conversation shifts towards Brody and Carrie almost gets choked up talking about it. I really want to believe she's just airing out her bottled up emotions and not using her personal plight as a bonding mechanism with Aayan, but we all know that she's being her usual manipulating self. After Carrie "opens up," Aayan asks if they can have sex again and wants Carrie to teach him "how to give." Carrie Mathison: CIA agent AND sexual educator. Anyway, the two bone and in the middle of it, Carrie starts crying. Yes, Carrie, that's the way to teach a newly deflowered boy how to handle a woman: cry while he's penetrating you. I can't handle her sometimes. She needs to get it together.

At the bar, Redmond is drinking with Professor Boyd. Boyd is a hot mess, but Redmond's keeping it cool and asking him what's going on that he's so out of it. Just as Boyd is airing his frustrations - vaguely, but venting nonetheless - Nasneem from ISI comes over and greets Redmond. The run-in shakes up Boyd and drives him to leave while Redmond, supposedly unaware of her affiliation with his drinking buddy, is unfazed. Redmond and Martha put Professor Boyd down to sleep after bringing him home from the bar. Martha talks to Redmond about how different Dennis was when she met him and how he has deteriorated over time. She's clearly heartbroken and Dennis himself realizes this as he overhears everything from the couch they put him on.

Back at the airport, Ghazi gets up from his gate and heads to the restroom. Saul watches intently and, after some time, goes into the bathroom to confront him. Almost as soon as Saul enters the bathroom, he is stabbed in the neck with some sort of paralyzing drug and he passes out. (Side note: I'm also just going to say this now -- if they kill Saul, I'm giving up on this show. I can't handle that.) Ghazi pushes Saul out of the bathroom in a wheelchair, positioning him to look like a cripple, and he is taken away by Ghazi's people. Ghazi places a phone call, answered by the same Pakistani woman from ISI as before, and simply says: "It is done."

The stakeout continues and as the cleric they're watching leaves the apartment, Fara and Quinn follow him by car. In need of a drone to get this guy, Fara calls Carrie and, yet again, no one can get ahold of her. The two continue their car chase into Taliban territory, which scares Fara. Quinn scares her more when he asks her to get out of the car and put a tracker on the cleric's car. She fails at her task, forcing her and Quinn to head back to their stakeout quarters empty-handed. In the interim, a border officer checking cars checks the cleric's car and finds a gagged and bound Saul. The scene cuts away without revealing what happens next and I'M INTERNALLY SCREAMING.

Professor Boyd successfully enters Carrie's apartment on his second attempt, using the key Nasneem provided. Liquid courage is real, folks. She clearly wants all the dirt she can get on Carrie and isn't afraid to send this schlub to do it. Boyd photographs Carrie's meds thoroughly as well as other assorted other things. I officially hate Boyd.

The next morning, Quinn goes to Carrie's hideaway apartment with Aayan and gets her to come outside to talk. He berates her for missing his call about the cleric and Saul's call about Ghazi -- both Quinn and Carrie are still unaware of Saul's capture. He then yells at her for screwing a "child," and Carrie basically asks him to come out and just admit why that bothers him. Quinn doesn't placate her and the two leave each other in a huff. Upon returning to the apartment, Carrie finds Aayan on the roof, looking out pensively. He decides then to let his walls down and tells her that Haqqani is in fact still alive. She doesn't outwardly smug but you can just tell that, mentally, Carrie's telling everyone to suck it. The two embrace and, goddamn, Carrie, you crazy, crazy bitch, you got what you wanted.

Keep up with "Homeland" recaps here every week. "Homeland" airs on Sundays at 9 p.m. ET on Showtime.

In Cold War, U.S. Spy Agencies Used 1,000 Nazis - NYTimes.com

Huffingon Post Politics - Sun, 2014-10-26 21:57
WASHINGTON — In the decades after World War II, the C.I.A. and other United States agencies employed at least a thousand Nazis as Cold War spies and informants and, as recently as the 1990s, concealed the government’s ties to some still living in America, newly disclosed records and interviews show.

Georgia Senate Candidate David Perdue Wants To 'Prosecute' Democrats

Huffingon Post Politics - Sun, 2014-10-26 21:27
WASHINGTON -- If Georgia voters are looking for someone to cool the partisan rancor in Washington, Republican Senate candidate David Perdue served notice Sunday night that he’s not their man.

He’s more interested in attacking the other side, he said in a debate with Democratic contender Michelle Nunn and Libertarian candidate Amanda Swafford.

Perdue's admission was sparked in a portion of the debate in which candidates asked each other questions. Nunn asked what the others would do to end gridlock and dysfunction in Washington, and in the process accused Perdue of having no interest of working with members of the other party and perpetuating partisan gridlock.

“I just don’t believe that it’s one party or the other. I think it has to be both sides coming together,” Nunn said. “I think that we do have a very clear contrast in terms of how we see breaking through that dysfunction. I don’t think it’s about prosecuting the other party; I think it’s about problem-solving.”

“I disagree,” Perdue answered. “When you have a failed presidency, you have to prosecute it," he said.

"We deserve better than we’re getting right now," he added. “When we look at the direction of this country, we’ve got to make a hard right-hand turn. The direction of this country is failing.”

Perdue is narrowly leading Nunn in polls of the contest, with HuffPost Pollster’s Senate model giving him a 2-point lead.

Andrew Cuomo Defends Ebola Quarantines But Loosens Policy

Huffingon Post Politics - Sun, 2014-10-26 20:45
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) announced new quarantine guidelines on Sunday evening for patients who may have been exposed to Ebola.

The new guidelines will allow health care workers who have had contact with patients infected with Ebola to stay at home for 21 days, rather than at a medical facility. The health of those individuals would be monitored throughout that period. Healthcare workers returning from West Africa who had not had contact with Ebola patients would be monitored at a less rigorous level, Cuomo said.

Cuomo also defended implementing a mandatory 3-week quarantine after the practice came under fire from federal officials and a nurse who was detained. He said that the new protocol in New York would "probably be somewhat safer than what CDC comes up with."

"Some people say we're being too cautious, I'll take that criticism," Cuomo said. "If you want to call it a criticism that I want to be safer than CDC says, fine." He added that having the three week quarantine period was "better than the alternative" of having people get sick.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said on Sunday that the mandatory quarantines could actually make the Ebola epidemic worse by discouraging healthcare workers from traveling to West Africa to treat the disease.

Cuomo said that he had received no pressure from White House officials to end the state's quarantine. An anonymous administration official told the New York Times that the decision to implement a mandatory 21-day quarantine was “uncoordinated, very hurried, an immediate reaction to the New York City case that doesn’t comport with science.”

During the at-home quarantine, individuals will be allowed to have visitors, Cuomo said.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) said on Twitter Sunday evening that New Jersey residents who exhibited no symptoms of Ebola would be quarantined at home.

"New Jersey is not changing its quarantine protocol. The protocol is clear that a New Jersey resident with no symptoms, but who has come into contact with someone w/ Ebola, such as a health care provider, would be subject to a mandatory quarantine order, and a [sic] quarantined at home." Christie wrote on Twitter. "Non-residents would be transported to their homes if feasible and, if not, quarantined in New Jersey."