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Frankly, I think they’re misleading their followers. I think they’re pushing our members into places where they don’t want to be. And frankly, I just think that they’ve lost all credibility.
— House Speaker John Boehner, making public his frustration with Heritage Action, the Club for Growth, and other powerful right right wing groups.
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The Boeing Company and the Machinists are once again at the bargaining table, trying to hammer out an agreement that would ensure the 777X is manufactured in Washington.
# (Wednesday, December 11, 2013)
Every transit tunnel we build changes mobility in the city, permanently, in a way that no other mode can. There are no bridge openings, no hills to navigate around, no permanent environmental impact to neighborhoods, and no surface delays. The only problem with them is their cost. If we can afford a subway that serves a huge number of people, it’s worth the cost, and we should build it.
— David Lawson, making the argument for subterranean high capacity rail transit on Seattle Transit Blog.
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If you throw something up without fact-checking it, and you’re the first one to put it up, and you get millions and millions of views, and later it’s proved false, you still got those views. That’s a problem. The incentives are all wrong.
— Ryan Grim of the Huffington Post, speaking with the New York Times’ Ravi Somaiya and Leslie Kaufman (If a Story Is Viral, Truth May Be Taking a Beating)
# (Tuesday, December 10, 2013)
Federal officials have unsealed several grand jury indictments and a criminal complaint alleging that eighteen employees of the Los Angeles County Sheriff mistreated inmates who were incarcerated in county jails. U.S. Attorney Andre Birotte Jr. described the illegal and inappropriate behaviors documented by his office’s investigation as institutionalized.
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Well-known technology blog and webzine Ars Technica has asked its readers to share stories of mistreatment by telephone and cable companies. Many people responded. These tales are worth reading!
# (Sunday, December 8, 2013)
The task at hand on will not be easy. But you have mandated us to change South Africa from a country in which the majority lived with little hope, to one in which they can live and work with dignity, with a sense of self-esteem and confidence in the future.
— Excerpt from Nelson Mandela’s inaugural speech, delivered May 9th, 1994 (via Wikiquote)
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The Washington Post reports that the National Security Agency is collecting almost five billion records every day pinpointing where mobile phones are being used on practically every continent on the globe.
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