Survey: Most Americans want their employer to provide insurance coverage for contraception

Posted by on Jun 3, 2014 in News, Politics | No Comments

via Salon   A new survey out Monday reveals that most Americans still don’t want your boss to be able to pick and choose what kind of medical care should be covered under your insurance. (A similar survey in 2012 came to the same conclusion.) According to data from the Public Religion Research Institute, around 60 percent […]

Pirate Bay founder arrested

Posted by on Jun 2, 2014 in International News, News, Politics | No Comments

via Euronews One of the founders of the file-sharing website The Pirate Bay, who was on the run for nearly two years, has been arrested in Sweden. Peter Sunder was wanted by Interpol since 2012 when he was sentenced for breaching copyright laws. He has been sentenced to eight month is prison and a fine […]

Russia police detain gay-rights activists at Moscow mayor's office

Posted by on Jun 2, 2014 in International News, News, Politics | No Comments

via Euronews Russian police detained two gay rights activists who tried to protest outside the Moscow mayor’s office on Saturday. Human rights groups say a law banning so-called gay propaganda among minors has fuelled attacks on gay people in Russia. The law has become a focal point of criticism by the West which says it […]

Egypt sets jail penalty for dishonouring flag

Posted by on Jun 2, 2014 in International News, News, Politics | No Comments

via Al Jazeera The decree says the flag and the national anthem are symbols of the state that must be honoured [AP] Egypt’s outgoing interim president has issued a decree making dishonouring the Egyptian flag or not standing for the national anthem a criminal offence, punishable by sentences of up to one year in prison and a fine […]

DEA Can't Go After Medical Marijuana, Says Congress

Posted by on Jun 2, 2014 in News, Politics | No Comments

via SFist AP Photo The House voted late Thursday night to stop allowing the Drug Enforcement Administration to spend money going after medical marijuana producers and sellers in states where medicinal mary jane is legal. An appropriations amendment that contained the new rule passed 219-189, reflecting a sea change in national attitudes toward medical and […]

Four years on Turkish Flotilla raid fueling diplomatic spat with Israel

Posted by on Jun 2, 2014 in International News, News, Politics | No Comments

via Euronews Four years ago 9 Turkish activists died in an incident that severed diplomatic relations between Israel and Turkey. A Turkish flagged flotilla was heading for Gaza to deliver aid in breach of an Israeli embargo. Israeli commando’s then stormed the lead vessel in a bid to stop it making port. Just recently a […]

Report: EPA To Seek 30 Percent Carbon Emissions Cut By 2030

via TPM News by Caitlin MacNeal The Environmental Protection Agency on Monday will propose a draft rule that would seek to cut power plant carbon emissions by 30 percent by 2030, the Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday. The rule would give flexibility to states on how to meet that goal and percentage cut will […]

Thai military leader says no elections until 2015

Posted by on Jun 2, 2014 in International News, News, Politics | No Comments

via Euronews The leader of Thailand’s military coup has said no elections will take place for at least 15 months to allow time for the country to implement reforms. General Prayuth Chan-ocha expressed his intention to focus on reconciliation in the country. A new draft constitution and cabinet would also be put in place.

Vote June 3

Posted by on Jun 2, 2014 in Local News, News, Politics | No Comments

via Mission Loc@l By Mark Rabine An unusually compact gaggle of candidates and ballot measures awaits your vote on next Tuesday, June 3rd. For state and federal candidates, it’s an open primary so you can vote for serious candidates and certified nut-jobs whatever party, they, or you, belong to, or not. Top two vote-getters duke […]

Jay Carney Stepping Down As White House Press Secretary

Posted by on Jun 2, 2014 in News, Politics | No Comments

via TPM News President Barack Obama announced Friday that White House Press Secretary Jay Carney was stepping down. “Jay has become one of my closest friends and is a great press secretary and a great adviser,” Obama said during the daily press briefing. “He has good judgement, good temperament and he’s got a good heart. […]

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