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Sarah Palin Searches for the Great Outdoors

Sarah Palin Searches for the Great Outdoors

By Alexandra Wolfe

The former VP candidate on politics and social media, running for office again, and her new TV show, 'Amazing America'

Crammed into two tiny rooms with eight other people—including her husband and two handlers—Ms. Palin doesn't want to be "burned" by unflattering photographs, which has happened in the past, she says. Wearing a V-neck shirt, black skinny jeans and a glittering "Girls with Guns" belt and buckle, she also doesn't want to wear the camouflage jacket that the photographer has brought for her, nor will she succumb to his French charm. She certainly doesn't want to perch on any furniture.

As the photographer clicks away, Jason Recher, a former George W. Bush aide and her longtime aide, tries to move things along. "Next frame, next frame, next frame," he says, glancing over the photographer's shoulder. Ms. Palin has a busy schedule this day. She has had back-to-back meetings and appearances, and over the course of the hourlong interview and photo shoot, she drinks several glasses of Diet Coke.

Obama Says G.O.P. Moves Will Limit Voting Rights

Obama Says G.O.P. Moves Will Limit Voting Rights


Appearing at the annual convention of the Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network in Manhattan, Mr. Obama accused Republicans of trying to rig the elections by making it harder for older people, women, minorities and the impoverished to cast ballots in swing states that could determine control of the Senate.

“The right to vote is threatened today in a way that it has not been since the Voting Rights Act became law nearly five decades ago,” Mr. Obama said in a hotel ballroom filled with cheering supporters, most of them African-American. “Across the country, Republicans have led efforts to pass laws making it harder, not easier, for people to vote.”

Is the tea party running out of steam?

 Is the tea party running out of steam?

 By Linda Feldmann

In Mississippi, the GOP Senate primary is a proxy for the national battle between tea party and establishment Republicans. But tea party favorite Chris McDaniel may be in trouble. 

Fairly or not, the outcome in Mississippi's primary will shape public views of the tea party nationally. If McDaniel beats Senator Cochran, it will be the third election cycle in a row in which a veteran Republican senator loses to a tea party upstart. The headline will read: "GOP establishment fails again to tame unruly hard-liners." If McDaniel loses, claims that "the tea party is fading" will only grow.

But five years after the movement burst onto the national scene, its reality is more complicated. Defying the GOP establishment, tea party muscle has sent some of this era's most charismatic Republican politicians to Washington, starting with Sens. Rand Paul of Kentucky and Ted Cruz of Texas. They have changed the debate in Washington, polarized their own party, and sharpened gridlock. House Speaker John Boehner (R) of Ohio and the tea party are openly at war.

John Kasich: The GOP’s Mystery Candidate

If Ohio’s Republican governor John Kasich wins reelection in November, expect the chatter about a possible White House run to increase. But could his support of Medicaid expansion sink him?

Finally, from an “inside” Washington perspective, I asked a former Congressman (name withheld by request) what he thought of Kasich’s presidential prospects since he knows Kasich well after serving with him for many years. His answer was, “He is a nice guy and has been a good governor, but he really is a total BS artist.”

To which I replied, “What could be a better skill for a president than BS artist?” And his reply was, “True, he fits the mold.”

Can Governor Kasich “mold” the conservative GOP base into supporting him using his “artistic” skills? If he is successful in that endeavor, John Kasich could be the most formidable 2016 GOP candidate you do not know—yet.

P. J. O’Rourke: Who Really Actually Wants This Bill of Rights?


Who Really Actually Wants This Bill of Rights?

P. J. O’Rourke

If the first 10 amendments to the Constitution went before today’s voters, how would they fare?
How to Survive an Internet Apocalypse


How to Survive an Internet Apocalypse

A simulated Internet apocalypse sought to teach participants what to do if external forces bring down our communications systems.

The goal was to create a “wireless mesh network”—a collective of radio nodes, each one equally responsible for routing the communications of connected users. The Practocalypse version of the network would be mobile and ad hoc, relying entirely on peer-to-peer connections between devices, rather than on centralized servers. It would be a bit like a neighborhood ham-radio club, except using cell phones, laptops, and other Wi-Fi-enabled devices. Guiding the attendees were software engineers from the Guardian Project, a not-for-profit that develops free apps for resisting censorship and surveillance, and Commotion, a project for building alternative networks, which is led by the New America Foundation’s Open Technology Institute. People have already deployed similar networks in places from Tunisia to India, Detroit, and Red Hook.

It’s comforting to know that someone is preparing for Internet Armageddon, given the events of recent years. In 2011, when Hosni Mubarak, then the President of Egypt, instituted a country-wide Internet and cell-phone blackout during that country’s revolution, the concept was relatively new. These days, stories of state-mandated Internet shutdowns have become almost commonplace, forcing us to rethink networks whose resilience we once took for granted. A series of Internet outages in war-torn Syria has coincided, according to critics, with the government’s major military offensives. In Turkey, where evidence of corruption circulated on the eve of national elections, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan blocked access to Twitter and then YouTube, painting social media as a menace, even as millions of citizens circumvented the ban. Even the United States has toyed with the idea of an “Internet kill switch”: the Department of Homeland Security has “a shutdown and restoration process for use by commercial and private wireless networks during national crises,” though when and how it would be implemented is unclear; when the Electronic Privacy Information Center requested documents detailing the process through the Freedom of Information Act, the papers were almost entirely redacted.

Everything You Need to Know About High-Frequency Trading

Everything You Need to Know About High-Frequency Trading

Matthew O'Brien

Why the algobots that rule Wall Street are good—and why they're evil, too.

 This rise of the robots certainly seems to have helped ordinary investors. Bid-ask spreads—the difference between what buyers want to pay and sellers want to be paid—have fallen dramatically the past 20 years. Part of this is because, since 2001, stock prices have gone from trading in fractions to pennies—which has allowed them to be increasingly precise. Another part is that electronic trading, though not super-fast, has made markets more liquid. And the last part is that HFT has added even more liquidity, eliminating bid-ask spreads that would have been too small to do so before. Indeed, researchers found that Canadian bid-ask spreads increased by 9 percent in 2012 after the government introduced fees that effectively limited HFT.

Ocean Shield, the Ship That Saved the Search for MH370

Ocean Shield, the Ship That Saved the Search for MH370

In 24 hours, the search area went from 18,000 square miles to 36 square miles all thanks to one piece of Aussie equipment.

Although the Ocean Shield belongs to the Royal Australian Navy, it’s crewed by civilian specialists. It only went into service in the summer of 2012. It was built in Norway and is classed as an offshore support vessel. The Australians intended to use it as part of a disaster relief task force but it turned out to be ideally suited to the challenge of finding Flight MH370: it has a massive 60-ton crane that would be able to raise wreckage from the water and was able to deploy both the ping detector and the Bluefin 21 robot submersible that would be the first device launched if the location of the flight data recorder was confirmed.

VC Investment Reaches Highs Not Seen Since Dot-Com Bubble

BY Kimberly Weisul

The first quarter of 2014 saw the most venture capital money invested since the second quarter of 2001, with $9.9 billion going into 880 deals. That dollar figure is up 44 percent compared to the same quarter last year. In March alone, VC investors poured $4.4 billion into young companies, which is easily more than any other quarter in the past two years.

Some $5.7 billion of the $9.9 billion total went to California-based companies, and $4.8 billion went to Silicon Valley alone.

A Mad Man, Indeed: The Psychology of Don Draper

A Mad Man, Indeed: The Psychology of Don Draper

By Jordan Gaines Lewis

We love him. We hate him. Mostly, we don't understand him. Who is Don Draper, and why is he the way he is?

Perhaps the strangest manifestation of Don’s childhood neglect came, unexpectedly, during his affair with neighbor Sylvia Rosen in the last season. Though we’ve seen Don with many women, he was uncharacteristically sadistic toward her, locking her up in a hotel room and telling her she existed “only for [his] pleasure.” Disgusted and humiliated, she finally broke it off, telling him: “It’s easy to give up something when you’re ashamed.” Don is positively dumbfounded, adopting countless tactics to get her back. But once again, just as Don seems to have complete control over a situation, he finds himself insecure, abandoned, and struggling with feelings of guilt.

Research over the past decade has begun to uncover how stress and maltreatment in childhood confers risk for depressionsmokingalcoholism, and many other physical and mental health disorders into adulthood. More recently, epigenetic markers, or heritable changes in genetic material that do not actually change the DNA sequence, have emerged as strong candidates that bring about these risks. Epigenetic changes are so powerful, in fact, that children of parents who survived the Holocaust have altered stress hormone functioning, suggesting that childhood trauma can even have effects across generations.

Four Steps to Raising an Honest Teen

Four Steps to Raising an Honest Teen

By Jeffrey Bernstein, Ph.D.

Parents have a big influence on how much their teens lie.

Did Putin Blow Up the Whole Polish Government in 2010?


Did Putin Blow Up the Whole Polish Government in 2010? A Second Look.

A plane crash at Smolensk in Russia four years ago wiped out the Warsaw leadership. It used to be seen as an accident. Now, after Putin’s games in Ukraine, people aren’t so sure.

 Four years ago this week, Polish President Lech Kaczynski was killed in a plane crash near the Katyn Forest in Russia where he was flying to honor the 22,000 Polish officers, lawyers, priests and professors slaughtered there by the Soviets 70 years before. Ninety-five other military, political and public figures including his wife died on that plane. One of the more heartbreaking details to emerge was that First Lady Maria Kaczynska’s body could be identified only by her nail polish and the inscription inside her wedding ring.

The plane’s black boxes, laptops, sensitive documents, mobile phones, address books, telephone numbers, correspondence, and the top-secret military, NATO and diplomatic codes on board were salvaged from crash site immediately by the Kremlin’s operatives in what was a “coup for Russia’s intelligence service” according to retired CIA analyst Gene Poteat. What Nowaczyk calls “years worth of work for security services” was completed in a single day by Russia’s OMON Special Purpose Police, which were immediately deployed to the site.

The airplane was a 20-year-old Russian Tupolev-154M that had been refurbished and upgraded in Russia four months before, a detail that has become the subject of considerable speculation on the many forums and groups dedicated to investigating the conspiracy theory surrounding the flight.

Botox and Depression: The Frownless Face of Happiness

Botox and Depression: The Frownless Face of Happiness

By Dr. Mark Borigini, M.D.

If you frown all the time, it is likely you feel a certain amount of pain, or at least discomfort; because, after all, you are using many more muscles to maintain that frown, compared to what is needed to light up the world with a smile. But is it the frown causing the depression? Or is it the depression causing the frown?

U.S. appealed to 100 nations after bank cyberattack

U.S. appealed to 100 nations after bank cyberattack

Ellen Nakashima 

In the spring of 2012, some of America’s largest banks were coming under attack, with hackers commandeering servers around the world to direct a barrage of Internet traffic toward the banks’ Web sites.

The assaults, believed to have been launched by Iran, were bringing the sites down for hours at a time and disrupting customer business — the first significant digital assault of its kind undertaken against American industry computers by a foreign adversary.

Wary of provoking even more intense attacks, the Obama administration rejected an option to hack into the adversary’s network in Iran and squelch the problem at its source. Instead, officials did something they had never tried on such a scale, appealing to more than 100 countries to choke off the debilitating computer traffic at nodes around the world, according to current and former U.S. officials.

Although the attacks did not end, they subsided, providing what officials have described as a template to respond in other such cases.

The response to the episode, which has not been previously detailed, reflected the difficult choices the Obama administration faces in the event of a cyberattack — assaults that constitute a new-generation threat to the nation’s financial and industry computer networks. In many cases, officials are still feeling their way in the dark, determined to protect U.S. computer networks but wary of an overly aggressive response that could invite escalatory attacks that might further paralyze the networks of American business.

Walking vs. Elliptical Training

Walking vs. Elliptical Training

According to a number of recent studies, elliptical training results in greater activation of muscles in the buttocks and thighs than walking does, and less activation of muscles in the calf. Elliptical training also places greater strain on the lower back than walking because of how the muscles fire, a consideration for people with back problems.

It also involves less weight bearing. According to a study published this month in The British Journal of Sports Medicine, walking causes 112 percent of someone’s body weight to strike the ground with every step, while only 73 percent does in elliptical training. This slighter jarring is an advantage for people with sore joints, but less so for those who hope that exercise will improve bone health.

Militias head to Nevada rancher’s standoff with feds

Krissy Thornton, right, looks at blood from a taser wound on Ammon Bundy near Bunkerville, Nev. Wednesday, April 9, 2014. Bundy was tasered by Bureau of Land Management law enforcement officers while protesting the roundup of what the BLM calls "trespass cattle" that rancher Cliven Bundy grazes in the Gold Butte area 80 miles northeast of Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Las Vegas Review-Journal, John Locher)

Militias head to Nevada rancher’s standoff with feds: We’re not ‘afraid to shoot’

By Cheryl K. Chumley - The Washington Times

Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy’s decades-long battle against the federal government over grazing rights has heated to the point where militia groups have joined in and taken up spots against the feds who’ve circled his land — and talk is, they’re not afraid to open fire.

Mr. Bundy’s view is that he owns his property — that it’s been in his family’s hands for centuries — and he doesn’t have to pay for his own 900-head of cattle to graze on the 600,000 acre Gold Butte property. The government, meanwhile, says the land belongs to it, and agents have swooped and circled, closing off roadway access to the property and flying helicopters overhead the family’s home.

Conservative Firepower Has Senate Democrats Playing Defense

Conservative Firepower Has Senate Democrats Playing Defense

Democrats in races that will help determine control of the Senate are rapidly burning through their campaign cash and seeing their advantage over Republican opponents whittled away as they fend off attacks from conservative groups, according to figures released through this week.

The spending on both sides underscores the critical role that outside conservative groups are playing as Republicans try to retake the Senate. In state after state, organizations like Americans for Prosperity, the nonprofit linked to David and Charles Koch, have kept Democrats on the defensive with a barrage of negative ads while establishment-backed Republican candidates raise money and navigate their way through primaries.

Democratic strategists say their candidates have faced a historic early onslaught of outside spending — about $33 million in all, most of it from Koch-linked groups — without squandering their coffers and while staying, for the most part, ahead of or even with their Republican rivals in the polls.

Rush Limbaugh: CBS ‘declared war on the heartland of America’

** FILE ** Rush Limbaugh.

Rush Limbaugh: CBS ‘declared war on the heartland of America’

By Cheryl K. Chumley - The Washington Times

Rush Limbaugh, conservative talk show giant, said CBS has just made a massive cultural statement that sets traditional, heartland America in its sights by hiring comedian Stephen Colbert as David Letterman’s “Late Show” replacement.

“What this hire means is a redefinition of what is ‘funny’ and a redefinition of what is comedy, and they’re blowing up the 11:30 format under the guise that the world’s changing, and people don’t want the kind of comedy that Carson gave us, or even Letterman.”

Short on accomplishments, Hillary leans on Bill, Barack to sell candidacy

Short on accomplishments, Hillary leans on Bill, Barack to sell candidacy

By Byron York

Last week Hillary Clinton gave what appeared at first to be a rambling and unfocused answer when asked to name the proudest achievement of her four years as Secretary of State. The short version is, she doesn't have one.

But in a larger sense, the "relay race" Image may turn out to be the key to Hillary Clinton's run for president. The campaign theme is pretty easy to sketch out. Her husband, President Bill Clinton, took the baton and ran with it, starting a period of great American progress. President George W. Bush dropped it, disastrously, but then Barack Obama picked up the Clinton baton and led America to recovery. Now it's time to pass the baton yet again. Should American voters give it to another Republican, who will surely mess things up like Bush, or should they hand it to Hillary Clinton, who will continue the magnificent work her husband began more than 20 years ago?

The "relay race" theme allows Hillary Clinton to surf on her husband's and her old boss' accomplishments, reaching many years into the past, without showcasing her own lackluster record. For Democrats, it will be a happy story. For everyone else, it could be a hard sell.

Panel blasts Eric Holder for acting on his own

The U.S. Sentencing Commission included a rebuke of Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. while approving reduced sentencing guidelines for certain nonviolent drug offenses. (Associated Press)

Panel blasts Eric Holder for acting on his own, OKs less time for nonviolent drug crimes

By Kelly Riddell and Kellan Howell - The Washington Times

The U.S. Sentencing Commission approved Thursday an amendment to reduce sentencing guidelines for certain nonviolent drug offenses, a unanimous decision that nonetheless included a sharp rebuke of Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr.

Kathleen Sebelius Leaves Obamacare Behind

Kathleen Sebelius Leaves Obamacare Behind

By Amy Davidson

Does the resignation of Kathleen Sebelius mean that Obamacare is succeeding or struggling—or even that it has failed?

But the very solidity of the numbers makes the problems with the rollout look even more painful. This was a good law, offering something that people wanted. The department Sebelius was in charge of was supposed to get it to them. Instead, what it presented to the world was a big mess. Obama was also humiliated when his assurances about people getting to keep their plans turned out to be false. From the perspective of the Obama Administration, the rollout—Sebelius’s rollout—made something majestic look grubby. Sebelius, for her part, told the Times that if she could take “all the animosity. If that could just leave with me, and we could get to a new chapter, that would be terrific.”

Colin Kaepernick, 2 other NFL players investigated in Miami sex misconduct case

  San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick

49ers QB Colin Kaepernick, 2 other NFL players investigated in Miami sex misconduct case

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and two other NFL players are being investigated by Miami police for possible sexual misconduct with a woman at a Brickell condo in early April.

Though no charges have been filed, the report indicates that a woman — who said she had a sexual relationship with Kaepernick in the past — told police April 3 that she passed out in Apt. 4710 in the Viceroy, 485 Brickell Ave., about midnight April 1.

She woke up in a local hospital the next morning, the report says, with no idea how she got there. The hospital and the woman were not named in the report.

Before she passed out, “They talked for a while and she mixed some drinks for all of them and gave them shots,” the incident report states. The report goes on to say “that they told her in order to drink the shots she had to ‘hit’ the bong, which contained marijuana.”

According to the police report, a Miami police sergeant called the Special Victims Office — a squad that deals with sexual battery and assault cases — to say a woman had come to the front desk of police headquarters on April 3 to file a report on “a suspicious incident that occurred in the Brickell area.”

The woman, who was interviewed by officers, said that at 9 p.m. April 1 she went to visit Lockette at his apartment and found Kaepernick and Patton there with him. After doing shots and bong hits, she said she began to feel lightheaded while they were watching a basketball game.

That’s when, the report says, the woman went to the bedroom to lie down, took off her jacket and jewelry, and was followed by Kaepernick, who began kissing her. He undressed her and left the room. They never had sex, she said. But before he returned, the woman told police, Patton and Lockette opened the door and “peeked” inside.

The woman told police she said, “What are you doing? Where is Colin? Get out,” to the two other football players, who left and closed the door.

“She can’t remember anything after that,” the report states. She did advise police “that she has had a sexual relationship with Kaepernick in the past.”

The woman underwent a rape test, sources said, and the results weren’t made public.

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Obama Throws Kathleen "Dead Weight" Sebelius Overboard

Kathleen Sebelius, the health and human services secretary, testified on Capitol Hill on Thursday.

Sebelius Resigns After Missteps With Health Law Website


Ending a stormy five-year tenure marred by the disastrous rollout of President Obama’s signature legislative achievement, the Affordable Care Act, Kathleen Sebelius is resigning as secretary of health and human services.

The resignation is a low point in what had been a remarkable career for Ms. Sebelius, who as governor of Kansas was named by Time magazine as one of the five best governors in the country and was even mentioned as a possible running mate for Mr. Obama in 2008. The two had bonded when Ms. Sebelius endorsed his presidential bid early in 2008, becoming one of the highest-profile Democratic women to back him over Hillary Rodham Clinton, and helping him deliver a big win in the Kansas caucus.

White House officials were quick to point out the many successes during Ms. Sebelius’s tenure: the end to pre-existing conditions as a bar to insurance, the ability for young people to stay on their parents’ insurance, and the reduction in the growth of health care costs. In addition, Ms. Sebelius helped push through mental health parity in insurance plans and worked with the Department of Education to promote early childhood education.

U.S. Navy to turn seawater into jet fuel

** FILE ** Capt. Philip Gunn participates in a flyover during the interment ceremony of retired Brig. Gen. Robinson Risner on Jan. 23, 2014, at Arlington National Cemetery. (Image: Air Force)

U.S. Navy to turn seawater into jet fuel

By Douglas Ernst - The Washington Times

The Navy just found a way to reduce its dependence on possible adversaries for oil — it’s converted seawater into jet fuel.

Navy researchers have announced a major technological breakthrough, saying that they have been able to convert seawater into CO2 and hydrogen, Defense One reported. By successfully clearing the chemical hurdle, scientists can now use another series of chemical processes to create a seawater-based fuel.

Kim Kardashian 'snubbed by President Obama during his re-election campaign'

'Political poison': Kim Kardashian, pictured at Marianne Williamson's fundraiser in LA on Tuesday, was apparently refused when she tried to help President Obama in his 2012 presidential re-election campaign

Kim Kardashian 'snubbed by President Obama who wanted nothing to do with her during his re-election campaign'

Kim Kardashian might be one of the sexiest, wealthiest celebrities around but when it comes to the political arena not everyone is a fan it seems. It's now come to light that the 33-year-old reality star's offer to help President Obama in his 2012 campaign for re-election was reportedly met with firm resistance.

They wanted nothing to do with her,' a source told Radar . 'She was not the young, cool image they wanted to portray at all.

'Even though she kept asking, the campaign would never let her do anything in an official capacity.'

Sexy vs serious: Sexy images like this Instagram of a swimsuit-clad Kim taking a selfie hasn't improved her relations among serious politicians

'Kim is political poison,' the source went on to reveal. 'Having her involved in a political event or with a candidate is the last thing people who are serious about getting elected want.'

The Border Towns the Constitution Forgot

The Border Towns the Constitution Forgot

One hundred miles inland from the U.S.-Mexico border, the ACLU says, border patrol agents are harassing American citizens with arbitrary search and seizure methods and even arrests.

 With nearly 21,000 Border Patrol agents plus 21,650 CBP officers at ports of entry, U.S. Customs and Border Protection is by far the largest law enforcement agency in the country, and one of the biggest in the world. Most of these problems have been blamed by watchdogs on hurried hiring and sloppy training. 

NATO not ruling out troop deployments – even from US – to Eastern Europe

NATO's top military commander says that he will present a package of measures next week laying out how the alliance will respond to the Russian buildup along Ukraine's borders.

To calm the fears of nervous Russian neighbors, NATO deployed reconnaissance aircraft over Poland and Romania in early March. The US has also sent fighter jets, fighter bombers, and transport aircraft to Poland, where it has a base. A US missile destroyer will arrive in the Black Sea soon, according to Agence France-Presse.

American Jihadist Who Fought in Syria Dies of an Overdose in Arizona

American Jihadist Who Fought in Syria Dies of an Overdose in Arizona

The Eric Harroun I knew wanted to fight for justice in Syria, but went into combat alongside Al Qaeda. The United States jailed him as a potential terrorist, and now he has died.

On the afternoon of April 8, Harroun was found unconscious in his father’s home. Cari Gerchick, a spokesperson for Maricopa County, confirmed his death and announced that the Office of the Medical Examiner would begin an autopsy on today. Eric is survived by his father Darryl, his mother Shirley Ann, and his sister, Sarah Harroun.

Why Do We Eat, and Why Do We Gain Weight?


Why Do We Eat, and Why Do We Gain Weight?

We eat because we want to eat; not because we need to. Understanding that can transform the way we think about.

Here are a few of the things that can make you hungry: seeing, smelling, reading, or even thinking about food. Hearing music that reminds you of a good meal. Walking by a place where you once ate something good. Even after you’ve just had a hearty lunch, imagining something delicious can make you salivate. Being genuinely hungry, on the other hand—in the sense of physiologically needing food—matters little. It’s enough to walk by a doughnut shop to start wanting a doughnut. Studies show that rats that have eaten a lot are just as eager to eat chocolate cereal as hungry rats are to eat laboratory chow. Humans don’t seem all that different. More often than not, we eat because we want to eat—not because we need to. Recent studies show that our physical level of hunger, in fact, does not correlate strongly with how much hunger we say that we feel or how much food we go on to consume. 

Opposing Gay Marriage Is Not Like Racism

Opposing Gay Marriage Is Not Like Racism

By Conor Friedersdorf

The shortcomings of stigma in political discourse

 Liberals generally think of themselves as proponents of tolerance, pluralism and diversity. Some liberals are also eager to stigmatize and punish opponents of gay marriage. Is that a betrayal of their values? If so, these liberals tend to argue, it is no more problematic than the decision to exclude white supremacists from polite society.

The White House Broke Its Promise to the Victims of the First Fort Hood Shooting.

Ever since Nidal Hasan's rampage, survivors have struggled for medical care and benefits.

Just after last week's shooting rampage at Fort Hood, President Barack Obama made a simple promise to survivors: "We are going to do everything we can to make sure the community at Fort Hood has what it needs to deal with the current situation, but also any potential aftermath." For victims of the previous attack on Fort Hood in 2009, these words were a bitter reminder of the empty assurances they received from the Army and Obama administration officials, who pledged to take care of them and their families after the shooting. Retired Army Staff Sgt. Shawn Manning, who was shot six times and nearly suffocated on his own blood, recalls then-Secretary of Defense Robert Gates handing his wife a business card and saying, "If you ever need anything, call me." And yet, in the years since Maj. Nidal Hasan opened fire in a crowded medical center, leaving 13 people dead and 32 wounded, survivors have struggled to obtain medical care, psychiatric treatment, and financial benefits. "Five years later, we're still fighting," Manning says. "Every time we get our hopes up, we run into another road block." 

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