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    Quickies: Protests in Puerto Rico, Deadly Anti-vaxxer, Border Patrol agent opens up…

    It’s Friday and I’m jetting off to yet another conference today (gotta hustle for that tenure) but I’m stopping in quickly to share a few stories that have been of interest this past week. Thanks to the folks joining us over at Discord for helping, especially on weeks like this when I’m not paying the best attention to the world!…

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    Rep. Steve King: Proud White Supremacist

    On Sunday, US Congressman Steve King (R-IA) retweeted the anti-immigrant fake news account Voice of Europe, adding his own white supremacist take on the original tweet: @SteveKingIA: “Wilders understands that culture and demographics are our destiny. We can’t restore our civilization with somebody else’s babies.” @V_of_Europe: “Hundreds of Islamists shouting ‘Allahu Akbar’ in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Wilders is right for…

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    Bad Chart Thursday: GOP Obamacare Chart Makes Case for . . . Obamacare

    Last week, Politico shared the internal GOP policy brief for repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare), a brief that inadvertently makes a pretty good case for not repealing the ACA at all. No where is this better illustrated than in this chart: The source is given as the Council for Affordable Health Coverage, a group lobbying for…

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    ACA Replacement Plans: Your Money or Your Life, Part 1

    GOP replacement plans for Obamacare do not live up to claims of protecting people with pre-existing conditions, prohibiting health status discrimination, prohibiting lifetime or annual limits, reducing costs for consumers, and many other promises. This is true for every plan proposed so far, but in this article, I focus on the bill introduced in the US Senate on Monday, January…

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    The History of American Women in Congress and Widow’s Succession

    In only one week, the US could be electing into office our first woman president but also our second Clinton president. Going all the way back to Hillary Clinton’s first presidential run in 2008, people have been casting doubt as to whether we should be worried about the fact that electing another Clinton to the presidency would be strengthening a trend…

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    Cross Post: Science Education – An Endangered Species?

    This post was originally posted on School of Doubt on 1 May 2013. I can’t even begin to wrap my brain around the attacks on science and science education that have been dog-piling on since the sequester began. It is as if everyone has just lost it all at once. What’s going on? Phil Plait does a nice job of…

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  • Reading is Fundamental–Deceased?

    In a time when fewer Americans read than ever, Bush has eliminated funding for RIF (Reading is Fundamental) from the 2009 budget. This site has a form for contacting your congressperson and telling them to put it back. Why is this post tagged “anti-science”? From the National Institute for Literacy: By age 17, only about 1 in 17 seventeen year…

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