Archive for October 15th, 2014

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#Fantrum

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Oct
14

The Serious And The Funny

This is not just about conservatives. There are self-proclaimed liberals that this study applies to.

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Support among white Americans for voter ID laws increases when that question is asked alongside of a photo of African Americans voting, according to a new study. The new University of Delaware study found that 67 percent of white Americans supported voter ID laws after the question was posed to them with text only or accompanied by a photo of white people voting. But that number increased to 73 percent when the same question is asked with an accompanying photo of African-Americans voting.

“Our findings suggest that public opinion about voter ID laws can be racialized by simply showing images of African American people,” David C. Wilson, who helped supervise the study, said. “The resulting increase in support for the laws happens independently of —even after controlling for— political ideology and negative attitudes about African Americans.” The spike, from 67 percent to 73 percent, may not be huge but it’s still statistically significant, The Washington Post noted. While there was an increase among white Americans who were asked about their support for voter ID laws, an accompanying picture of black people voting did not cause African Americans or Hispanic voters to show stronger support for voter ID laws.

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Oct
14

A Tweet Or Two

Honesty, fact-checking, and truth-telling from a reporter? Pigs must be flying.

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Ben responded with this tweet, then deleted it.

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Oct
14

At the gates of St. Peter

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Even at a ripe 45, I have some of the sense of invulnerability that I had at 25. There is no good reason for me to be so confident; I have the physicals and admonitions from my doctor to prove so. But, I guess it’s better than being like some people, who treat every errant mole as a sign of the Grim Reaper’s impending visit.

However, everything ends. The one surety in life is that your time on Earth is short an precious. Would we appreciate life if we somehow discovered the fountain of youth? I don’t know. But the short lives we have now make every moment unique, of a singular nature, whether in joy or sorrow.

As life is short, something which always informs my decisions is the question: Am I making the world a better place. I’m not talking about great, macro-historical acts. I’m talking about the little things, the everyday kindnesses, the quotidian miracles which will not make it to the history books, but which may change a person’s life in innumerable ways for the better.

It’s a question by which I try to live. But it’s also a question which too few of our fellow citizens ask.

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15
Oct
14

The First Lady Campaigns for Tom Wolf

11:15 AM EDT (approx)

Streaming of the rally has started here – and NBC Philly are promising live coverage too

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Oct
14

Rise and Shine

On This Day: A woman embraces President Barack Obama following the town hall meeting at the University of New Orleans, Oct. 15, 2009, in New Orleans, La (Photo by Pete Souza)

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Today (all times Eastern)

11:0: The President participates in a video conference with his British, French, German, and Italian counterparts; The Situation Room

12:30: White House Press Briefing

3:05: The President departs the White House

4:10: Arrives Newark, New Jersey

5:0: Appears at a fundraiser for Senate Democrats, Union, New Jersey

6:05: Departs Newark

6:40: Arrives Bridgeport, Connecticut

8:05: Delivers remarks at a campaign rally with Connecticut Democrats featuring Governor Dan Malloy; Central High School

9:30: Departs Bridgeport

11:0: Arrives White House

10:45 AM EDT (approx): Live here

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Thursday: The President will travel to Rhode Island to deliver remarks on the economy.

Afterward, he will travel to Long Island, New York, to attend a DNC event.

Friday: The President will attend meetings at the White House.

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On This Day

President Obama applauds a student who had just sung a song to him at Dr. Martin Luther King Charter School in New Orleans, La., Oct. 15, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama has a discussion with students during a visit to the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Charter School in New Orleans, La., Oct. 15, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)

Students gather to see President Obama during his visit to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Charter School in New Orleans, La., Oct. 15, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)

Students hold out their hands to greet President Obama during his visit to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Charter School in New Orleans, La., Oct. 15, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama holds House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s granddaughter, following the Democratic National Committee dinner at the Westin St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco, Calif., Oct. 15, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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The First Lady casts her absentee ballot, October 15, 2012

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President Obama, with Vice President Joe Biden, conducts a conference call with Rob Nabors, Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to discuss the federal government shutdown and debt ceiling, in the Oval Office, Oct. 15, 2013 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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MoooOOOooorning!

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Oct
14

Early Bird Chat

On This Day: Students show their excitement at meeting President Barack Obama during his visit to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Charter School in New Orleans, La., Oct. 15, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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MoooOOOooorning – Happy Wednesday!




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