Personal experience overrides ideological preferences, with 66 percent of Tea Party members who report personal harm from the sequester opposing the cuts. Overall, 56 percent of Americans oppose the cuts and 35 percent support them.
eople in the U.S. are growing less likely to call themselves economically conservative, according to new data from Gallup.
In all, roughly four in 10 now say they’re economic conservatives, down from 51 percent in 2010 - a high water mark for the Tea Party movement.
That drop, Gallup found, has coincided with slight increases in people calling themselves economic moderates and liberals.
According to Gallup, 37 percent of people now say they’re moderates, up from 30 percent in 2009 and 33 percent in 2010. Nineteen percent say they’re liberals, roughly the same as 2009’s 18 percent but also up from 15 percent in 2010.
Gallup said those economic figures came as the number of people calling themselves social liberal reached a new peak.
The new poll figures come months before Democrats and Republicans in Washington will negotiate over how to raise the debt ceiling
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Yale Professor Akhil Amar gives us a quick background of why our founders were interested in creating an “indivisible union,” and why the “United States” instead of the Articles of Confederation.
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On May 14, as Washington officialdom was transfixed by the IRS scandal, the Congressional Budget Office announced that the budget deficit will shrink this fiscal year to $642 billion, or just 4 percent of gross domestic product. It’s the smallest deficit since 2008, and less than half 2009’s record $1.4 trillion shortfall. Since February, the CBO has cut $200 billion off its deficit projection for 2013 and $618 billion off its cumulative estimate for the next decade. Thanks to higher tax revenues and deep spending cuts, the deficit has been shrinking by about $42 billion a month for the past six months. The CBO projects that the deficit will fall to $342 billion by 2015, or only 2 percent of GDP.
Even so, the country’s improving finances haven’t lowered the din of partisan bickering over U.S. fiscal policy. Keynesian economists say that the deficit is narrowing too quickly, curtailing growth and threatening to derail an economy that grew a tepid 2.5 percent in the first quarter. Republican deficit hawks are unimpressed by the short-term reductions and want more cuts to head off exploding long-term debt driven by rising spending on Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security.
The Department of Justice’s claim that Apple led a conspiracy to raise e-book prices is on the verge of going to trial. It will be decided by a judge without the help of a jury—and that judge is already leaning toward ruling against Apple.
“I believe that the government will be able to show at trial direct evidence that Apple knowingly participated in and facilitated a conspiracy to raise prices of e-books, and that the circumstantial evidence in this case, including the terms of the agreements [between Apple and publishers], will confirm that,” US District Judge Denise Cote said during a pretrial hearing yesterday, according to Reuters.
The US government accuses Apple of being the “ringmaster” in a conspiracy with e-book publishers to fix the standard prices of e-books at $12.99 and $14.99, above Amazon’s typical rate of $9.99. Book publishers HarperCollins, Hachette, Simon & Schuster, Macmillan, and Penguin have already settled and promised to repay consumers a total of $164 million.
Apple denies being part of any conspiracy. Cote said her statement about the strength of the government’s evidence is her “tentative view.” Reuters called the judge’s statement “an unusual move before a trial” which “could add to pressure on Apple to settle the lawsuit.”
Five years ago, an Air Force airman grudgingly married his pregnant girlfriend but began lacing her food with ground up abortion pills. She miscarried in her second trimester, after consuming a deviled egg.
Caylinn Young, 25, of Oklahoma felt isolated in her experience until she read recently about a Lutz woman named Remee Lee, 26, who miscarried in March, reportedly under similar circumstances.
The two haven’t been in contact. But their lost pregnancies link them in a debate about when it’s appropriate for government to protect an unborn child.
They appear to be the only two surviving women in the nation whose circumstances have led federal prosecutors to charge someone under the 2004 Unborn Victims of Violence Act.
The law punishes the killing of an unborn human in any stage of gestation during the commission of a separate federal crime.
America’s prenatal policy is usually defined by Roe vs. Wade, the landmark Supreme Court decision that banned states from barring early-stage abortions.
The coexistence of those two positions confuses some people and enrages others. Abortion rights advocates fear that one could undermine the other by establishing the “personhood” of a life not yet viable.
British counter-terrorism police arrested a man, who said he was a friend of a suspect in the Woolwich soldier killing, after he gave an interview to the BBC Friday night, the British broadcaster said.
The man, Abu Nusaybah, was arrested on suspected terrorism offenses after telling on air how his friend had been approached by Britain’s domestic intelligence service, known as MI5, according to the broadcaster.
A BBC staffer, who did want to be named, told CNN that police were inside the BBC Broadcasting House building in central London waiting for the interview to conclude before they made the arrest.
Friends, acquaintances and British media identified 28-year-old Michael Adebolajo, a British national of Nigerian descent, as the suspect seen in a gory video from the scene of the Woolwich killing.
Prosecutors say a teen accused of bringing a bomb to his high school in Lafayette earlier this month poses a “future threat.”
“We’re very concerned about the intent of this young man and his ability to cause harm,” Deputy District Attorney Jenny McClintock told a judge Friday morning.
The 16-year-old, Andrew de Bartolome, was charged as an adult Friday with five felonies including attempted murder, using an incendiary explosive device, possession of an incendiary device and two counts of felony menacing.
He’s accused of bringing a bomb to Centaurus High School in Lafayette on May 13. The device was found in a paper bag by a teacher. The teacher took it outside and the bomb squad later detonated it. No one was hurt.
I won’t be shedding a tear over this but here’s a reminder of where far right hate originates from.
While prejudice and bigotry are a part of every country, in the US organized extreme right philosophy originated in Europe. Even in the Neo-confederate South the roots of their philosophies descended from France’s proto-fascist colonialism, which is why the tribal nationalist Napoleon III lent unofficial support to the South even while he never officially recognized the Confederacy’s sovereignty officially.
Police confirmed the man’s identity as Dominique Venner, 78, an essayist and activist linked with France’s far-right and nationalist group.
They said he had shot himself with a pistol shortly after 4pm (2pm GMT) and that the cathedral, which at the time contained about 1 500 people, was then evacuated without incident. Venner left a message, which was read out by a friend after his death on the conservative station Radio Courtoisie, and a final essay on his website.
They denounced both the recently passed law legalising gay marriage and immigration from Africa. “I believe it is necessary to sacrifice myself to break with the lethargy that is overwhelming us,” he said in the message read out on the radio. “I am killing myself to awaken slumbering consciences.”
Venner’s suicide was hailed by Marine Le Pen, leader of the far-right Front National (FN), as a political gesture. “All respect to Dominique Venner whose final, eminently political act was to try to wake up the people of France,” Le Pen said on Twitter, though she added later that “it is in life and hope that France will renew and save itself”.
Cathedral rector Monsignor Patrick Jacquin told AFP that Venner had laid a letter on the altar before killing himself. A police source said the letter contained similar writings to those on Venner’s website.
“We did not know him, he was not a regular at the cathedral,” Jacquin said, adding that he believed it was the first time anyone had committed suicide inside the cathedral.
Jacquin said masses had been cancelled and that church officials would hold a vigil.
“We will pray for this man, as for so many others at their end,” he said. “This is terrible, we are thinking of him and his family.”
What’s black, white and flat all over? iOS 7, if rumors prove correct. Anonymous sources in touch with 9to5Mac claim to know details about what’s shaping up to be Apple’s most radical iDevice update thus far: a flattened, minimalistic, anti-skeuomorphic UI poured uniformly atop its next-gen mobile OS.
Apple’s iOS GUI shake-up is largely attributed to Jony Ive, a sort of industrial design rockstar at Apple. Ive’s legacy includes the design of the original iMac, and those of Apple’s iPods, iPhones, iPads and Macbooks. Ive and Jobs were famously close. In fact, Jobs’ Biographer Walter Isaacson labeled them as “soul mates,” even though Ive admittedly cringed when Jobs sometimes received credit for his design work.
Past hearsay already suggested a flat look was imminent for iOS 7, but a mostly black and white interface represents an even larger change still.
9to5Mac’s sources claim home screen icons will lose their shadows and gloss in favor of flatness. Meanwhile, apps like Game Center and Notes will lose metaphorical (i.e. skeuomorphic) elements borrowed from their real-world counterparts — things like a game table-inspired green felt, leather-like trim, wood-grained shelves and college-ruled yellow notebook paper — in favor of a decidedly modern look filled more with broad swaths of solid color and less with overt stylism.