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pritheworld:

Political cartoonists take pot shots at the Sochi Olympics. Favorite targets: the cost, the security and the czar of the event: Vladimir Putin.

pritheworld:

It was Yosemite National Park’s 123rd anniversary Tuesday. But, barring a Google doodle, there was little to celebrate as all national parks were closed following the government shutdown.

Visitors have been turned away, while the others already camping have been asked to leave and make alternative arrangements. The potential financial loss incurred by these institutions could potentially be huge. And it’s not just the loss of revenue from domestic visitors, there is a large proportion of international tourists that visit the national parks across US annually.

election:

An interesting snapshot of who actually voted in the last Presidential election. Not a lot surprising here - older, richer, married better educated folks turn out in the highest numbers. Oh, and women. But you may be surprised to see what states had the highest and lowest turnout.

Just 54 days til Election Day. What, if anything, do you think will be different about these numbers come November?

via votifi

(via gov)

theatlantic:

FLOTUS Like a Butterfly, Sting Like a Bee

Combining the star wattage of a wildly popular first lady, the skills of a now-seasoned political pro, and the carefully curated stories of real people, Michelle Obama on Tuesday knocked it out of the park during her Democratic National Convention speech.

Those who are fans of the first lady will doubtless spend the next few days dissecting her patterned silk Tracy Reese frock, or her very high pink heels, or how she made them feel.

But the first lady is no Barbie doll.

What she is is a Harvard Law School-educated attorney playing dress up in America’s most old-fashioned White House position. She took the stage on the exceedingly well-programmed opening night of a political convention designed to reelect her husband — and used the opportunity to deliver a series of devastating contrasts with the Romney family and policy agenda, cloaked in the bromides of wifely love.

Read more. [Image: Reuters]

pol102:

Via newsweek:

Apple keeps rejecting Drones+ from its App Store. Why? 

This poses a number of interesting questions: What does it mean (morally or ethically) that military technology has become so automated? What does it mean that individual citizens can track it? Should we (citizens) be able to? How does such information change our perception of national security strategy? Plus numerous others.

pol102:

Via newsweek:

Apple keeps rejecting Drones+ from its App Store. Why? 

This poses a number of interesting questions: What does it mean (morally or ethically) that military technology has become so automated? What does it mean that individual citizens can track it? Should we (citizens) be able to? How does such information change our perception of national security strategy? Plus numerous others.

futurejournalismproject:

(In)tolerance

poll released today by the Arab American Institute explores attitudes Americans have toward Arabs and Muslims. 

“The data extracted,” the Institute writes, ”indicates that anti-Arab and anti-Muslim political rhetoric has taken a toll on American public opinion, especially along age and party lines.”

Takeaways from the report:

1. Arabs, Muslims, Arab Americans, and American Muslims have the lowest favorable/highest unfavorable ratings among the groups covered.

2. Muslims were the only group with a net unfavorable rating.

3. Note that one in five Americans were either unfamiliar with or not sure of their attitudes toward these communities.

4. Sikhs and Mormons also fare poorly, but in the case of Sikhs, one in four Americans are “unfamiliar” or “not sure”.

5. There is a deep generational divide, which is reflected in a partisan divide.

6. Younger Americans (18-25) rate Arabs and Muslims up to 17 points higher than the older generation. They also rate Arab Americans and American Muslims higher as well.

7. Younger Americans rate Catholics and the various Protestant denominations covered in the survey almost 20 points lower than do older Americans (65+). The younger group also rates Mormons 15 points lower.

8. This is reflected in a deep partisan divide and even more so in a division between those who describe themselves as Obama or Romney voters. For example, note how the ratings given to Arabs and Muslims by Obama and Romney voters are mirror reflections of each other. While Obama voters give Arabs a net 51%/29% favorable rating and Muslims a net 53%/29% rating; Romney voters give Arabs a 30%/50% net unfavorable rating and Muslims a 25%/57% unfavorable rating.

9. Democrats and Obama voters give no group a net negative rating. Republicans and Romney voters only give strong negative ratings to Arabs, Muslims, Arab Americans, and American Muslims.

Image: Detail from The American Divide: How We View Arabs and Muslims.
Select to embiggen.

sunfoundation:

100 Years Of Immigrants In America, In Two Graphs

Immigrants make up roughly the same share of the U.S. population today as they did a century ago.

But changes in the global economy, and in U.S. immigration law, have dramatically shifted where U.S. immigrants are coming from.

Track all immigration related issues coming through our government using Scout.

(via npr)

thenationmagazine:

“We’re all Pussy Riot now.” Across the globe, protesters respond to the guilty verdict in the Pussy Riot case.

sunfoundation:

The True Identity Behind SuperPACs

Our second infographic in the Capital in the Capitol series explains why Super PACs are super powerful this presidential election, and tells you who really holds that power—26 individuals. 

Some of their names have appeared here and there in the news, but their collective identities tell a more impressive tale. What do all of these people have in common? While a large pocket of Romney supporters seem to be financial tycoons, and another subset of Obama supporters are Hollywood elite, altogether what unites these folks is their wealth—and the shared belief that it can win an election.

thesmithian:

President Lyndon Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act on this day—August 6—in 1965. On the occasion he said:

…let me now say to every Negro in this country: You must register. You must vote. You must learn, so your choice advances your interest and the interest of our beloved Nation. Your future, and your children’s future, depend upon it, and I don’t believe that you are going to let them down. This act is not only a victory for Negro leadership. This act is a great challenge to that leadership. It is a challenge which cannot be met simply by protests and demonstrations. It means that dedicated leaders must work around the clock to teach people their rights and their responsibilities and to lead them to exercise those rights and to fulfill those responsibilities and those duties to their country. If you do this, then you will find, as others have found before you, that the vote is the most powerful instrument ever devised by man for breaking down injustice and destroying the terrible walls which imprison men because they are different from other men.

more.

thesmithian:

President Lyndon Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act on this day—August 6—in 1965. On the occasion he said:

…let me now say to every Negro in this country: You must register. You must vote. You must learn, so your choice advances your interest and the interest of our beloved Nation. Your future, and your children’s future, depend upon it, and I don’t believe that you are going to let them down. This act is not only a victory for Negro leadership. This act is a great challenge to that leadership. It is a challenge which cannot be met simply by protests and demonstrations. It means that dedicated leaders must work around the clock to teach people their rights and their responsibilities and to lead them to exercise those rights and to fulfill those responsibilities and those duties to their country. If you do this, then you will find, as others have found before you, that the vote is the most powerful instrument ever devised by man for breaking down injustice and destroying the terrible walls which imprison men because they are different from other men.

more.