Rubio Clarifies Whether He Thinks Bill Clinton Is Responsible For 9/11 – TPM( 23 )

“Well, I believe that if Osama bin Laden had been killed, Al Qaeda as an organization would not have grown to the point where it could have conducted 9/11,” Rubio said. “And my argument was, no, the responsibility of 9/11 falls on the fact that Al Qaeda was allowed to grow and prosper and the decision was not made to take out the leader when the chance existed to do so.”

Todd asked him if that meant he was not blaming Clinton for 9/11.

“No, he made a decision not to take out its leader, which I think ended up being there, the situation that happened with 9/11. And as this was a response to an attack, that the reason why 9/11 happened was because of George W. Bush,” Rubio said. “And my argument is, if you’re going to ascribe blame, don’t blame George W. Bush, blame a decision that was made years earlier, not to take out bin Laden when the opportunity presented itself.”

“So I’m actually still not quite clear,” Todd said. “Are you putting 9/11 on Bill Clinton?”

“No, I’m putting it on his decision not to take out bin Laden, absolutely,” Rubio said. “This is what happens when you have a chance to take out the leader of a terrorist organization, and you failed to do so. And the results are something like 9/11.”

Rubio Clarifies Whether He Thinks Bill Clinton Is Responsible For 9/11 from Talking Points Meme

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Alligator OK to eat on Lenten Fridays, archbishop clarifies – CNA( 22 )

New Orleans, La., Feb 15, 2013 / 04:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Alligator is permissible to eat on Fridays of Lent, the archbishop of New Orleans assured a conscientious parishioner, and his approval has been backed by the national bishops’ conference.

“Concerning the question if alligator is acceptable to eat during the Lenten season…yes, the alligator is considered in the fish family,” Archbishop Gregory M. Aymond wrote in a 2010 letter provided to CNA by the New Orleans archdiocese Feb. 15.

The archbishop said he agreed with the parishioner that the alligator is a “magnificent creature that is important to the state of Louisiana” and which is also “considered seafood.”

From: Alligator OK to eat on Lenten Fridays, archbishop clarifies :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

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Josh Marshall: Playthings – TPM( 15 )

But I think I know why McConnell is right out of the gate with a principle he seemingly has no need to explicitly invoke: to normalize the behavior, to stake out the maximalist position early in order to allow it time to become accepted as a given. And more than this, it makes sense for him to do so while the White House is bound by normative rules of propriety and decency to focus on statements and gestures of mourning rather than political brinksmanship.

As I said, there’s no debate here. It’s just a power-play, a refusal to fulfill a straightforward constitutional duty, which no one, not the President or anyone else, has the power to prevent. Let’s not pretend otherwise.

From Playthings: Josh Marshall, Talking Points Memo

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One Crazy Hour With Buddy Cianci | Rolling Stone( 0 )

Cianci was a larger-than-life character. This was a man who had been re-elected mayor after pleading no-contest to beating his wife’s lover with a fireplace log. He had his own line of pasta sauce. The judge who sentenced him on federal corruption charges, Ernest Torres, had compared him in court, with equal parts admiration and revulsion, to Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.

There were two Ciancis, Torres said. One was the most talented politician the state had ever seen, a legendary wit who could enthrall audiences. The other had turned the entire machinery of city government into a criminal enterprise. ‘My job is to sentence the second Buddy Cianci, because the first Buddy Cianci couldn’t be here,’ he said

From: One Crazy Hour With Buddy Cianci | Rolling Stone

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Bernie Sanders Intrigues South Carolina Town That Loves Hillary Clinton – The New York Times( 0 )

Mrs. Clinton has long looked forward to the Feb. 27 Democratic contest in South Carolina, the first state where blacks will make up a dominant part of the primary vote. African-Americans accounted for more than half the voters in the 2008 Democratic primary, and she has been counting on them as a bulwark, not just in South Carolina but also in the so-called SEC primary in six Southern states March 1.

But a flurry of endorsements and appearances has made it clear that both candidates are avidly courting blacks and neither can assume their support.

From: Bernie Sanders Intrigues South Carolina Town That Loves Hillary Clinton – The New York Times

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Zenefits Software Helped Brokers Cheat On Licensing Process – BuzzFeed News( 9 )

Zenefits, the $4.5 billion startup whose CEO resigned this week, created a secret software tool to let California sales reps fake the completion of an online training course that health insurance brokers must take before getting a license, according to an email sent to staff on Thursday.

The program, known as a macro, made it appear that aspiring health insurance brokers were completing a mandatory online course, while in fact allowing them to spend less than the legally required 52 hours on the training, said David Sacks, who took over as Zenefits CEO this week, in the staff email.

After they faked the training course, sales reps were directed to sign a certification, under penalty of perjury, that they had spent the required 52 hours doing the work, a lawyer for Sacks told BuzzFeed News.

Source: Zenefits Software Helped Brokers Cheat On Licensing Process – BuzzFeed News

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Senior U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia found dead at West Texas ranch – San Antonio Express-News( 150 )

Associate Justice Antonin Scalia was found dead of apparent natural causes Saturday on a luxury resort in West Texas, federal officials said.

Scalia, 79, was a guest at the Cibolo Creek Ranch, a resort in the Big Bend region south of Marfa.

According to a report, Scalia arrived at the ranch on Friday and attended a private party with about 40 people. When he did not appear for breakfast, a person associated with the ranch went to his room and found a body.

From: Senior U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia found dead at West Texas ranch – San Antonio Express-News

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Against Endorsements – The Atlantic( 50 )

The idea that anyone would cast a vote because of how I am casting my vote makes my skin crawl. It misses the point of everything I’ve been trying to do in my time at The Atlantic. The point is to get people to question, not to recruit them into a religion. Citizens are not sheep. They do not need shepherds, and even if they did I would be poorly qualified. […] I voted for the first time in 2008, following years of skepticism about electoral politics. Whatever. The point is that this is not the record of someone who should be telling other citizens how to vote.

From: Against Endorsements – The Atlantic

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Jullette Saussy Resignation Letter( 5 )

The Department refuses to measure true performance, beginning with response times. They persist in providing complete measurements and elaborate graphs resulting in inaccurate and flawed information creating a “feel good” atmosphere that is not based on reality. You cannot fix what you cannot measure honestly and this is one of the main reason the system continues to fail the people we are here to serve.

A lack of accountability at all levels has created a workforce that is undisciplined and unchecked. Major infractions result in virtually no discipline and the “practice of medicine” is “overseen” by people with no authority, no medical expertise or teeth to drive change. Yet, it is that very “practice of medicine” for which this Department is so infamously known to be deficient.

From: Jullette Saussy Resignation Letter

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Bill Kristol is wrong about things | Idiot Joy Showland( 9 )

The respected American political commentator Bill Kristol is consistently wrong about things, and it’s funny, until you start seeing dead bodies on your lawn. This week, he predicted that Marco Rubio would win the New Hampshire Republican primary. He did not. Last year, he predicted that Joe Biden would be seeking his party’s nomination for President. He would not. Ten years ago, in the run-up to the 2008 Democratic race, he predicted that Barack Obama would lose in every single state. He did not. During the scheduled pregame session for the 2003 invasion of Iraq, Kristol predicted that American forces would be welcomed as liberators. They were not. (Later he added that the war would ‘clarify who was right and who was wrong about weapons of mass destruction.’ It did, but only in the same way that Croesus’s invasion of Persia resulted in a stunning military success.) In 1998, he predicted that ‘a year from now, Clinton will be gone.’ He was not. In 1993, he predicted that that year would be the ‘high-water mark’ of the gay rights movement, which would afterwards collapse. It did not. In 1914, he advised the Tsar of Russia that war against Austria-Hungary would unite the population and smother any internal strife. It did not. In 1202, he predicted that the departing Crusaders would conquer Jerusalem within the year. They did not. Fourteen billion years ago, he whispered in the ear of the lion-headed snake-demon Ialdaboath, and predicted that the creation of the Universe would be ‘if nothing else, a vast improvement on current conditions.’ It was not.

From: Bill Kristol is wrong about things | Idiot Joy Showland

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P. G. Wodehouse Interview( 6 )

When I first went to see him, I telephoned P. G. Wodehouse and asked for directions from New York to his house on Long Island. He merely chuckled, as if I had asked him to compare Euclid with Einstein or attempt some other laughably impossible task. “Oh, I can’t tell you that,” he said. “I don’t have a clue.”

From P. G. Wodehouse, The Art of Fiction No. 60Interviewed by Gerald Clarke — The Paris Review

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Erica Garner’s Commercial Endorsing Bernie Sanders for President( 4 )

The Senator didn’t reach out to me all of a sudden because he needs help with Black people. He didn’t put out a press conference announcing that we would be working together. He didn’t force me to frame my support of him around a subject matter that special interest groups that support him can get behind. They said we are glad to have your support, how do you want to plug in. You will see a lot of Black leaders handing out endorsements, think to yourself, have they historically been a rubber stamp for the establishment? I hope this expresses why I think Bernie is our guy!

From: Erica Garner’s Commercial Endorsing Bernie Sanders for President – Erica Garner

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How Google Searches Pretty Much Nailed the New Hampshire Primary – Bloomberg( 8 )

Google’s ability to look into the future of political contests just notched another win: New Hampshire.

Searches of presidential candidates conducted by Google users in New Hampshire on Feb. 9 corresponded closely with the voting results of the state’s primary. The top-searched Democratic candidate was Bernie Sanders, who won with 60 percent of the vote in New Hampshire, according to the Associated Press. He got 72 percent of the searches, according to Google, while Hillary Clinton got 28 percent of the queries and 38 percent of the vote.

From: How Google Searches Pretty Much Nailed the New Hampshire Primary – Bloomberg Business

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A New Advocacy Group Is Lobbying for the Right to Repair Everything | Motherboard( 26 )

“That problem—that manufacturers of everything are trying to control the secondary repair market—has two main sources, Gordon-Byrne said. First, manufacturers use federal copyright law to say that they control the software inside of gadgets and that only they or licensed repair shops should be allowed to work on it. Second, manufacturers won’t sell replacement parts or guides to the masses, and often use esoteric parts in order to specifically lock down the devices.

These problems have been well known in the smartphone, computer, and consumer electronics for years, and it’s why groups like iFixit and the Electronic Frontier Foundation have been able to mount successful challenges to the DMCA in recent years. Increasingly, however, these problems are spilling over into just about every other industry.”

From: A New Advocacy Group Is Lobbying for the Right to Repair Everything | Motherboard

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Flint: 50 Years In the Making( 0 )

Among the many forces behind Flint’s economic plunge were two migrations, both government sanctioned. Following World War II, GM, like other American companies, took advantage of local, state and federal subsidies that encouraged the relocation of industry from cities to suburbs and rural areas. Over the same period, the home mortgage insurance programs implemented by the Federal Housing Administration and the Veterans Administration enabled millions of white Americans — including tens of thousands of Flint residents — to relocate from central cities to racially homogeneous suburbs.

Because lenders and government officials largely excluded African Americans from participating in such programs and categorically refused to issue mortgages in many urban neighborhoods, federal housing policies contributed to increasing levels of racial segregation. These policies also deepened the economic chasms between majority-black cities such as Flint and the predominantly white suburbs surrounding them.

“Flint’s toxic water crisis was 50 years in the making” by Andrew R. Highsmith in the Los Angeles Times, January 28, 2016.

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Revolution in physics as gravitational waves seen for first time | New Scientist( 3 )

“It’s a runaway process,” says Frans Pretorius, of Princeton University in New Jersey. “The closer they get, the faster they spin.” Near the end, they were whirling so fast that each orbit lasted just a few milliseconds.

When they eventually merged, the single black hole that remained was 62 times the mass of the sun – three solar masses lighter than the two original black holes combined. That missing mass all went into creating gravitational waves that fluttered space-time like a sheet.

“The total power output of gravitational waves during the brief collision was 50 times greater than all of the power put out by all the of the stars in the universe put together,” said Kip Thorne of Caltech, one of LIGO’s founders. “It’s unbelievable.”

From: Revolution in physics as gravitational waves seen for first time | New Scientist

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Inside Hillary Clinton’s Massive Foreign-Policy Brain Trust | Foreign Policy( 2 )

[F]ree advice isn’t the only advantage to having a big foreign-policy team. One expert said the system helped ensure loyalty for Clinton by creating “the illusion of inclusion.”

“Even though you’re one of hundreds, you feel like you’re part of the team,” said one prominent think tank scholar.

It’s the type of dynamic that can make an outside expert think twice before tweeting a snarky reaction to a Clinton gaffe or offering a less-than-flattering quote to a reporter.

From: Inside Hillary Clinton’s Massive Foreign-Policy Brain Trust | Foreign Policy

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David Harsanyi: The Unmaking Of Marco Rubio – The Federalist( 1 )

In the Obama/Tea Party era, you can be a principled senator who attempts to get things done (and Rubio was almost certainly a sincere believer in immigration reform), or you can try to be president. You can’t do both. For many conservatives, immigration is the most pressing economic, political, and cultural issue the nation faces. They can absolve you of wrongdoing if you were a tepid supporter of amnesty; not if you’re part of the gang trying to push through the bill. Robot or not.

In his New Hampshire concession speech, Rubio showed some humility, admitted he had a bad debate, and promised that it would never happen again. Then he launched into another prefabricated, message-heavy speech, because that’s what good politicians do. They’re disciplined. But if Rubio has a chance — and it’s a long shot — he’ll have to alter the perceptions about his messaging. It’s the difference between ending up as Dan Quayle or President George W. Bush. But even if he accomplishes that, it seems unlikely he can overcome his history and the country’s mood. Not in 2016.

From: The Unmaking Of Marco Rubio {via Roland Dodds}

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Two Prominent Black Intellectuals Just Delivered More Bad News for Clinton | Mother Jones( 143 )

Coates and Alexander are by no means the first black intellectuals to express skepticism of Clinton and endorse Sanders. Princeton University professor Cornel West, for example, has campaigned with Sanders. On Wednesday morning, Sanders traveled to Harlem to have breakfast with the Rev. Al Sharpton.

Meanwhile, on Tuesday, the Washington Post reported that Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.), the most prominent black politician in South Carolina, is considering endorsing Clinton. She still has plenty of backing in the black political establishment. But the comments from Coates and Alexander Wednesday are a sign that the degree of support Clinton is counting on from the black community might be slipping away, and that she may not be able to sew up the black vote in South Carolina, as her supporters have long predicted.

From: Two Prominent Black Intellectuals Just Delivered More Bad News for Clinton | Mother Jones

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Ezra Klein: The rise of Donald Trump is a terrifying moment in American politics – Vox( 3 )

Ezra Klein: The rise of Donald Trump is a terrifying moment in American politics - Vox

Trump lives by the reality television trope that he’s not here to make friends. But the reason reality television villains always say they’re not there to make friends is because it sets them apart, makes them unpredictable and fun to watch. “I’m not here to make friends” is another way of saying, “I’m not bound by the social conventions of normal people.” The rest of us are here to make friends, and it makes us boring, gentle, kind.

This, more than his ideology, is why Trump genuinely scares me. There are places where I think his instincts are an improvement on the Republican field. He seems more dovish than neoconservatives like Marco Rubio, and less dismissive of the social safety net than libertarians like Rand Paul. But those candidates are checked by institutions and incentives that hold no sway over Trump; his temperament is so immature, his narcissism so clear, his political base so unique, his reactions so strange, that I honestly have no idea what he would do — or what he wouldn’t do.

From: The rise of Donald Trump is a terrifying moment in American politics – Vox

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David Frum: Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders, and Democracy Won in New Hampshire – The Atlantic( 4 )

Republicans, it turns out, also worry about losing health care. They also want to preserve Social Security and Medicare in roughly their present form. They believe that immigration has costs, and that those costs are paid by people like them—even as its benefits flow to employers, investors, and foreigners. They know that their personal situation is deteriorating, and they interpret that to mean (as who wouldn’t?) that the country is declining, too. “Hope,” “growth,” “opportunity,” “choice”—those have long since dwindled to sinister euphemisms for “less,” “worse,” and “not for you.”

More than $110 million was invested in a single campaign to silence all those internal doubts. Between them, the so-called “establishment lane” candidates spent a combined $81.8 million of campaign and super PAC funds in New Hampshire alone. And what did it all buy? Everything that was supposed to be out is suddenly in. Everything that was supposed to be silenced is suddenly being said.

…Amid all the shocked headlines, the most important news of the night may be: For once, the system worked.

From: Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders, and Democracy Won in New Hampshire – The Atlantic

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Ignatieff and Wieseltier: Enough is enough — U.S. abdication on Syria must end – The Washington Post( 11 )

The conventional wisdom is that nothing can be done in Syria, but the conventional wisdom is wrong. There is a path toward ending the horror in Aleppo — a perfectly realistic path that would honor our highest ideals, a way to recover our moral standing as well as our strategic position. Operating under a NATO umbrella, the United States could use its naval and air assets in the region to establish a no-fly zone from Aleppo to the Turkish border and make clear that it would prevent the continued bombardment of civilians and refugees by any party, including the Russians. It could use the no-fly zone to keep open the corridor with Turkey and use its assets to resupply the city and internally displaced people in the region with humanitarian assistance.

If the Russians and Syrians sought to prevent humanitarian protection and resupply of the city, they would face the military consequences.

From: Enough is enough — U.S. abdication on Syria must come to an end – The Washington Post

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Noah Rothman: Time to Panic – Commentary( 41 )

Donald Trump is back in the pole position. His commanding performance across almost all demographics and voting blocs in New Hampshire is staggering. Worse, Hillary Clinton’s disastrous performance among both swing and core Democratic voters in the Granite State suggests that the flamboyant, vulgar, intemperate businessman may be electable in November.

Donors and endorsements will be harder to find for Rubio, and he’ll run out of money eventually. Cruz will not experience similar adversity, nor will Trump. Bush, Kasich, and Rubio have every reason to stay in the race as long as possible. There are no party elders or establishment figures of prohibitive stature that can impose some discipline on this motley lot. If their wing remains fractured into March, the prospect of a Trump nomination – and, unthinkably, a Trump presidency – grows exponentially.

It should, indeed, be time for the party’s moderate voters to panic. The candidates who are most acceptable to the party’s moderate wing, however, all seem disinclined to call a truce in their Mexican standoff for the good of their party. If that dynamic prevails for much longer and the Trump juggernaut persists, the worst possible scenario for the GOP could come within an ace of being played out.

From: Is It Time to Panic? – Commentary

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New Hampshire Hates That It Loves Donald Trump( 2 )

Clearly the fears about a Trump victory in New Hampshire go beyond wounded pride. The alarming version is that a Trump win would pose a kind of existential threat to “New Hampshire” as a political phenomenon. That’s no small worry to a state whose identity is profoundly wrapped up in its distinctive political traditions — the diner visits, the house parties, the town hall meetings, the “Politics and Eggs” breakfasts.

Some fret it would imperil the state’s status as the first primary state in the nation, a position that one 2000 estimate found was worth more than $250 million to the state economy. A state law is meant to guarantee its position indefinitely, but staying there also depends on tolerance by the national party and the candidates themselves. One of New Hampshire’s main selling points has always been that voters here are supposedly more perceptive than the average American, a premise that a Trump victory would presumably weaken.

From: New Hampshire Hates That It Loves Donald Trump

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David Brooks: I Miss Barack Obama – The New York Times( 4 )

People are motivated to make wise choices more by hope and opportunity than by fear, cynicism, hatred and despair. Unlike many current candidates, Obama has not appealed to those passions.

No, Obama has not been temperamentally perfect. Too often he’s been disdainful, aloof, resentful and insular. But there is a tone of ugliness creeping across the world, as democracies retreat, as tribalism mounts, as suspiciousness and authoritarianism take center stage.

Obama radiates an ethos of integrity, humanity, good manners and elegance that I’m beginning to miss, and that I suspect we will all miss a bit, regardless of who replaces him.

From: I Miss Barack Obama – The New York Times

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This Is How Hillary Clinton Gets the Coverage She Wants – Gawker( 9 )

Hillary Clinton’s supporters often argue that mainstream political reporters are incapable of covering her positively—or even fairly. While it may be true that the political press doesn’t always write exactly what Clinton would like, emails recently obtained by Gawker offer a case study in how her prodigious and sophisticated press operation manipulates reporters into amplifying her desired message—in this case, down to the very word that The Atlantic’s Marc Ambinder used to describe an important policy speech.

The emails in question, which were exchanged by Ambinder, a former Atlantic contributing editor, and Philippe Reines, Clinton’s notoriously combative spokesman and consigliere, turned up thanks to a Freedom of Information Act request we filed in 2012 (and which we are currently suing the State Department over). The same request previously revealed that Politico’s chief White House correspondent, Mike Allen, promised to deliver positive coverage of Chelsea Clinton, and, in a separate exchange, permitted Reines to ghost-write an item about the State Department for Politico’s Playbook newsletter. Ambinder’s emails with Reines demonstrate the same kind of transactional reporting, albeit to a much more legible degree: In them, you can see Reines “blackmailing” Ambinder into describing a Clinton speech as “muscular” in exchange for early access to the transcript. In other words, Ambinder outsourced his editorial judgment about the speech to a member of Clinton’s own staff.

From: This Is How Hillary Clinton Gets the Coverage She Wants

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Brian Beutler: Will Marco Rubio’s Fragile Appeal Be Shattered in New Hampshire? | New Republic( 2 )

Rubio alone proposes reforms (zeroed-out investment taxes, zeroed-out inheritance taxes, significantly reduced corporate taxes) designed to minimize (and in many cases eliminate) the tax liabilities of members of the Republican donor class. Though Rubio now disclaims his own immigration reform and amnesty legislation, he continues (when pressed firmly enough) to support eventually legalizing undocumented immigrants. He also wants to send ground troops into Syria and to generally reprise the country’s George W. Bush-era foreign policy doctrine.

If the GOP’s George W. Bush-era agenda no longer commands majorities, but Rubio is the electable Republican primary candidate, then his value proposition lies exclusively in his suddenly imperiled reputation as a messenger. Six years ago, Rubio described himself to Mark Liebovich of The New York Times Magazine in precisely those terms—as “a messenger for a set of ideas.” The content of those ideas has changed since then, asymptotically approaching the path of least resistance to the presidency, but until Saturday, the effectiveness of the message had only improved.

The question now is whether Rubio has fatally undermined his most compelling virtue as a candidate.

From: Will Marco Rubio’s Fragile Appeal Be Shattered in New Hampshire? | New Republic

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The Rent-Seeking Is Too Damn High | FiveThirtyEight( 73 )

Occupational licensing is just one example of rent-seeking. For another, see this Aruna Viswanatha story in The Wall Street Journal on the rise of noncompete agreements in fields such as journalism and fast food. Yes, fast food: The sandwich chain Jimmy John’s has had some employees sign contracts barring them from working at any other sandwich shop near its locations. University of Maryland economist Evan Starr has found that such policies inhibit workers from changing jobs, hurting their bargaining power and thereby benefiting companies at the expense of their employees.

There is evidence that rent-seeking, in various forms, is becoming more common in the U.S. economy. In a recent paper, economist Dean Baker argued that rent-seeking has driven much of the recent increase in income inequality. And while Baker is a liberal, conservatives are also concerned about rent-seeking, such as land-use restrictions that make it hard to build housing in high-priced coastal cities. The White House is worried about occupational licensing, but it was Mike Lee, one of the Senate’s most conservative members, who called Tuesday’s hearing.

From: The Rent-Seeking Is Too Damn High | FiveThirtyEight

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A meteorite may have killed someone for the first time in nearly two centuries – Washington Post( 3 )

Local authorities in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu are investigating whether the death of a man at a college campus over the weekend was the result of a falling meteorite.

A blast at Bharathidasan Engineering College left a crater in the ground and blew out glass windows in nearby buildings. A bus driver who was standing close to the site perished; a number of others, including a gardener and a student, were injured.

After investigators couldn’t find any evidence of explosives, some concluded that the cause of the blast could have been extraterrestrial. According to reports, a blue stone the shape of a diamond was found near the scene.

From: A meteorite may have killed someone for the first time in nearly two centuries – The Washington Post

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Mollie Hemingway: Activists React To Doritos Ad About Babies With Twitter Rants – The Federalist( 65 )

Chip maker Doritos’ Super Bowl ad portrays a mother and father at their unborn child’s ultrasound. You can watch it here.

Some pro-choice activists were upset by the ad. This is not a satirical tweet but a real thing that a mainstream, pro-abortion group called NARAL Pro-Choice America (formerly National Abortion Rights Action League) wrote in response:

This is what hating babies and the scientific technology that allows us to see them in utero looks like, I guess. Others similarly tried to show their dismay at the ad. Huffington Post’s headline was “Doritos’ Super Bowl Ad Is Making Us Rethink Ever Eating Doritos Again.” Adweek had the utterly bizarre headline: “How Doritos’ Super Bowl Ad Kicked Off a Twitter Conversation About Birth Control” followed by a deranged subhead: “‘Ultrasound’ got consumers talking about abortion.”What the hell? Aborting a baby who just exited the womb in order to have a Dorito chip is called infanticide, Adweek. Also, stop being scared of babies. The Daily Mail showed how much of a bubble it is in with the headline “Super Bowl 2016 viewers slam Peter Carstairs’ Doritos ad on Twitter.” The entire world doesn’t abhor depictions of life in the womb, Daily Mail.

From: Activists React To Doritos Ad About Babies With Twitter Rants

UPDATE: Frito-Lay has shut down the Youtube version of its ad: The following embed was still working as of Monday afternoon, PDT, February 8, 2016:

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Bill Curry: It’s almost over for Hillary  – Salon.com( 4 )

In Thursday’s MSNBC debate Rachel Maddow, having raised the specters of George McGovern and Barry Goldwater, briefly acknowledged Sanders’ general election lead (“I know you have good head to head polling numbers… right now”) before asking, “but do you have a general election strategy?” Sanders might have referred all Goldwater questions to Hillary, who after all worked on Barry’s famed `64 race, or asked Maddow why the guy leading every general election poll would need a new general election strategy, but he did neither.

There is no Clinton firewall.At most, ten states are out of Sanders’ reach and public opinion is never static. Nor does she have a better “ground game.” Real grass-roots organizations like The Working Families Party, MoveOn.org and Democracy for America let members guide endorsements. (Sanders’ support in each of those groups was at or above 85%) Such groups are building the movement Sanders speaks of in every speech. Building a movement is like wiring a house for electricity. You can buy the most expensive lamps in the store but with no electricity, when you hit the switch the lights don’t go on. It takes real conviction to fuel grass-roots politics. In Iowa, Sanders ran five points ahead of late polls. It won’t be the last time it happens.

From: It’s almost over for Hillary: This election is a mass insurrection against a rigged system – Salon.com

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‘These Are People’s Lives You’re Playing With:’ The Fight To Curb Debt Collector Lies | ThinkProgress( 0 )

Most consumers who run afoul of a foreclosure mill don’t have the wherewithal to find a lawyer who can effectively slow the sprint toward a collections judgment. Even if they know something’s fishy about the amount they’re being told they owe, they may either be unfamiliar with their rights or unsure how to enforce those rights effectively.

But when Steven Psaros of Hawthorne, New Jersey, sought out Denbeaux & Denbeaux to help save his house from foreclosure, it quickly became obvious to his lawyers that the court filings against Psaros included an illegally inflated dollar value.

The mortgage servicer seeking the foreclosure had taken out an insurance policy on the home even after Psaros provided proof that he had his own insurance policy for the home and was current on his premiums. The cost of that redundant insurance policy got tacked onto what lawyers were telling a judge Psaros owed. Denbeaux’s team pounced, ultimately convincing a federal judge that Psaros was being billed incorrectly.

From: ‘These Are People’s Lives You’re Playing With:’ The Fight To Curb Debt Collector Lies | ThinkProgress

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Teens as Young as 13 Rescued From Super Bowl Sex Trafficking – ABC News(Comments Off)

Sixteen teenagers ranging in age from 13 to 17 were recovered by law enforcement in a crackdown on child trafficking surrounding the Super Bowl last weekend. The FBI said the teens included high school students and young people reported missing by their families.

“It is the most significant operation we’ve had around a big event,” Michael Osborne of the FBI’s Violent Crimes Against Children Unit told ABC News. “This is the most recoveries we’ve had at one time.”

Officials said the vast majority of the rescued teens were girls.

Osborne said he calls taking the young people off the street “recoveries,” because the children are not charged. In child exploitation cases like this, law enforcement officials said operations are designed to remove the young victims from a life of exploitation and abuse.

From: Teens as Young as 13 Rescued From Super Bowl Sex Trafficking – ABC News

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Super Bowl 50 Has a Sweet App and Crazy-Fast Internet( 0 )

Down on the field at Levi’s Stadium, the Packers and 49ers are doing battle. It’s a sticky October Sunday and too early in the season for Niners fans to have given up, so the crowd of 70,799 is buzzing. But John Paul (everybody calls him JP) isn’t watching the game. Instead, VenueNext’s gray-haired and affable founder-CEO is standing in front of an array of televisions on a wall in a conference room high above the field, staring intently.

All over the stadium, thousands of people are using an app his team built. They’re using it to scan their tickets into the game, using funky kiosks VenueNext also built. They’re using it to find their way through the stadium to their seats. They’re ordering hot dogs and foam fingers, and having them delivered to their laps. They’re watching replays. They’re ordering another beer, barkeep. And Paul is watching it all happen live. Well, not literally. He’s not looking at the cameras stationed all over the building. He’s watching the charts and graphs.

From: Super Bowl 50 Has a Sweet App and Crazy-Fast Internet

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A Paris butcher offers a lesson in interfaith ties – Religion News Service( 0 )

“We work well together,” says Philippe Zribi, a Tunisian-born Jew whose family runs the butcher’s store that employs eight people: three Jews, three Muslims and two Catholics.

In a city still recovering from last year’s deadly extremist terror attacks, where national news is dotted with reports of anti-Semitism, the store tucked next to an abandoned railroad track offers a more positive face of interfaith relations.

With an estimated 30,000 to 40,000 Jews living in the 19th arrondissement, the district is home to one of the largest Jewish neighborhoods in Europe, according to local Deputy Mayor Mahor Chiche. It also includes a sizable Muslim population that mostly hails from North and sub-Saharan Africa.

From: A Paris butcher offers a lesson in interfaith ties – Religion News Service

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