The Missouri House of Representatives approved a bill Tuesday that would require women to wait 72 hours before having an abortion, The Associated Press reports. If the proposal is passed by the Senate and later becomes law, Missouri would become the third state after Utah and South Dakota to require a three-day waiting period before the procedure.
“If you are going to make a decision about life or death, shouldn’t it take more than three days to think about it?” Rep. Tim Jones, a Republican, asked at a rally in the state Capitol rotunda, according to the AP.
Militants in the Gaza Strip fired dozens of rockets Wednesday into southern Israel, sending civilians rushing into bomb shelters but causing no casualties. The Israeli military said it was the largest rocket barrage since 2012, when it launched an eight-day air campaign in Gaza it said was aimed at stopping the attacks.
The Israeli military said its aircraft targeted “29 terror sites in the Gaza Strip” in retaliation late Wednesday.
Gaza health official Ashraf Al Kedra said nobody was hurt in the Israeli strikes that he said targeted training sites used by the Islamic Jihad and Hamas militant groups.
Israel’s military said Gaza militants fired more than 40 rockets at Israel in two hours, with three intercepted by its “Iron Dome” missile defense system and eight hitting populated areas. The others fell in open areas. The barrage set off air-raid sirens in southern communities within range of the rockets.
This week Dobson and Joshua Campbell, a Ph.D. candidate who is now a geographer for the State Department in Washington, D.C., published a study called “The Flatness of U.S. States” in Geographical Review, a peer-reviewed journal published by the American Geographical Society. In it they listed the top five flattest states.
Kansas wasn’t one of them. The flattest state is Florida. The most mountainous state? Well, it isn’t Colorado. It’s West Virginia.
The inspiration for Dobson’s research came as he drove across Kansas with a GPS transmitter on his dashboard. “The first 300 miles [480 kilometers] is hilly, and the last 150 miles [240 kilometers] is truly flat,” he said, with a caveat: “You are on an interstate and highway planners tend to choose the flattest land.”
he far-right is ready to run jointly in the European elections, but only up to a certain point. At a press conference in Strasbourg, anti-EU MEPs, Marine Le Pen, Franz Obermayr and Philip Claeys, announced they would not choose a common candidate for the European elections.
Under the umbrella of the European Alliance for Freedom, the French National Front (FN), the Austrian Party for Liberty (FPÖ) and the Belgian Vlaams Belang (VB) hope to lay the foundations for the creation of a far-right grouping at the EU level.
“We thought about the possibility of presenting a candidate for the European elections,” MEP Franz Obermayr from the FPÖ admitted at the press conference, saying there was no lack of “charismatic leaders” in far-right parties in Europe, such as Marine Le Pen in France and Dutch Geert Wilders in the Netherlands.
However, “we will not do it for democratic reasons,” the Austrian MEP claimed.
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Syria’s parliament on Thursday approved a new election law which for the first time in decades allows multiple candidates to run for president, just months before the war-torn nation heads to the polls.
However the new law prevents exiled opposition leaders from running against President Bashar al-Assad, as it stipulates candidates must have lived in Syria for 10 consecutive years.
Damascus has not officially announced a presidential election but Assad is expected to seek a new seven-year term in the middle of this year despite a raging conflict that has killed more than 140,000 people and displaced millions in three years.
Ukraine began mobilizing its new National Guard on Friday as tension over the fate of Crimea heightened. Street violence flared again and Russia warned that it “reserves the right to take people under its protection.”
More than 600 men and women turned up near the city’s Independence Square on Friday morning to volunteer for the force, which was formally created by parliament on Thursday. With fists pumping in the air and many making the ‘V’ for victory sign, the recruits boarded buses and headed off to a military base about 50 kilometres away for two weeks of training. Most were already wearing military-type uniforms, which they had bought at local stores.
“We want to go to Crimea and keep our territory all Ukraine. If Russians want to get our territory, we’re going to fight,” said one volunteer Max Mazur.
Since the death of George Tiller, the third-trimester abortion provider who was killed in Wichita in 2009, former abortion doctor Ann Kristin Neuhaus has been fighting Operation Rescue—one of the country’s most radical anti-choice groups—alone. As part of their effort to oust “Tiller the Killer,” Operation Rescue lodged frequent accusations of medical misconduct with the Board of Healing Arts, the state medical licensing board, against Tiller and his colleagues. After his murder, Operation Rescue turned the full force of its ire on Neuhaus, who had worked on and off as a consultant for Tiller in the early 2000s.
Appeals to the Board of Healing Arts hadn’t worked in the past, but the 2010 elections swept in Sam Brownback, a virulent opponent of abortion, as governor. Brownback had the power to select new members for the board, and he immediately made it clear how he’d use that power: His first choice was Richard Macias, a lawyer for Operation Rescue. Over the following months, Brownback continued to appoint members with nakedly anti-choice leanings. In 2012, prompted by an Operation Rescue complaint, the Board of Healing Arts revoked Neuhaus’s license and handed her the bill for the proceedings—more than $90,000.
“I’d have to file for bankruptcy to pay what they said I owed. But losing my license was even worse. Thirty years of work were gone. I was back to square one.”
“It was so demoralizing,” Neuhaus says. “I’d have to file for bankruptcy to pay what they said I owed. But losing my license was even worse. Thirty years of work were gone. I was back to square one.”
On Tuesday, former Washington Post pundit (and Prospect alum) Ezra Klein sent a shock wave through the gay community by announcing he had hired gay anti-gay apologist Brandon Ambrosino to join him at Vox Media, the much-hyped digital venture that’s aiming to remake journalism for the Internet age. Liberal watchdog group Media Matters was the first to sound the alarm, but within a day, gay-rights supporters—from Mark Stern at Slate to John Aravosis at AmericaBlog—had joined the chorus of voices asking Klein: What were you thinking?
The problem with hiring Ambrosino is not that Klein isn’t entitled to bring someone on board whose views the gay community finds distasteful. It’s that Ambrosino’s quick rise to notoriety—and now, his ticket aboard the profession’s hottest new upstart—is an object lesson in the way new media equates click-bait contrarianism with serious thought and gives hacks a platform in the name of ideological balance.
A 23-year-old graduate of Jerry Falwell’s Liberty University, Ambrosino has earned his name as a journalist—and his coveted spot at Vox Media—by being the gay writer who comes to the defense of gay-rights antagonists. He most recently stirred up a storm by proclaiming, at The New Republic, that homosexuality is a choice and that he has chosen to be gay. Time magazine gave him space to call gays the real bigots for piling on Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson, who had equated homosexuality with bestiality and said gays weren’t going to heaven (still, Ambrosino says he wouldn’t mind going fishing with the guy).
Fox Business host Stuart Varney on Thursday asserted that paying overtime could stifle companies like Google, and that a proposed White House change to overtime rules was essentially “buying votes.”
Bloomberg News reported this week that the Obama administration was considering directing the Labor Department to make more American workers eligible for overtime pay. The rule change was expected to target fast food and retail companies which often label workers as “supervisors” or “managers” so they do not have to be paid for more than 40 hours of work.
The Washington-based Economic Policy Institute has said it supports the rule change for workers who make less than $50,000.
“It changes your quality of life when you know you can’t be required to work an extra 20 hours a week without being paid for it,” Economic Policy Institute Vice President Ross Eisenbrey told Bloomberg. “The restaurant industry is famous for doing this, for calling people assistant managers.”
But in an appearance on Fox News on Thursday, Varney said the Obama administration was trying “dictate income in the private sector.”
“This is redistribution by executive order,” the Fox Business host complained. “The president is buying votes. He is commanding higher salaries for millions of people. Right before an election. Don’t you think that those millions of people will be grateful and say, ‘Thanks for the pay raise, Mr. President. I’m voting Democrat.’ Don’t you think that’s in there?”
Fox News host Bill Hemmer agreed that Varney had “an interesting point,” and wondered if the rule change would be a “continued drag” on the economy.
“Let me take you back to Google,” Varney opined. “In the earlier days of Google, they had all kinds of youngsters, up and coming strivers, who would work day and night. That’s how they built the company. Tech startups with really a drive to succeed and climb that food chain.”
“Now if you bring this in, those high tech workers who started all these brilliant companies, they’ll be on the clock,” he insisted. “Instead of these overnight creative meetings, they’ll be saying, ‘Oh, I just exceeded my 40 hours, I’m due overtime. And if I don’t get it, I’m going to sue.’”
“Can you imagine the number of retroactive lawsuits from all kinds of people who were eligible for overtime, didn’t get it, and now say, ‘Come on, pay up’?”
I have been “salaried, exempt” my entire career except for a contract assignment at Ford from 1998-1999, doing production support and Y2K prep. It was a UAW shop and everyone who put in overtime, got paid overtime. I made a shitload of money that year but missed my kids birthdays and my own anniversary dinner.
At my current assignment, we get paid overtime if the extra hours are approved by management. On, a holiday like MLK Day or Christmas Eve or New Year’s Eve, the facility is open on those days and we can choose to take the day off, or come in to work and receive holiday pay.
And yeah I think high-tech creatives who have to participate in overnight bullshit meetings should get paid for their talent.
Fuck you Varney.
The still-emerging drought in California and the American west may become the biggest climate story of the decade. I interviewed a number of scientists, in California, and across the country, on how climate change can effect drought, and atmospheric cycles in general.