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Tea Party Lawsuit Against IRS Tossed

Because it’s old news.

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The GOP’s Favorite New Red State: Canada

America’s conservatives are swooning anew over Prime Minister Stephen Harper, now for his tough talk on terrorism.

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Call to scrap term-time holiday ban

Council leaders call for a more “common-sense approach” to term-time holidays.

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This is what happens when you crowdfund an awesome marine park

The island nation of Palau may be small — 177 square miles, to be exact — but it is not afraid of making big unprecedented moves when it comes to its fish. In February, the Micronesian country banned all commercial fishing in its waters, a major first for marine sanctuaries. The resulting protected area is about the size of France, and encompasses some of the more pristine oceans in the world. The only problem: How to fund it? You probably know that marine protected areas are great, but they cost a lot of money up front. And when Palau President Remengesau announced the reserve, the country had exactly one boat with which to patrol the 230,000 square-mile-wide swath of sea. So the Palauans did what all spunky and cash-strapped creators are doing these days — they started a crowdfunding campaign. The Indiegogo project, dubbed “Stand with Palau,” was launched in July and wrapped up this month, having exceeded its goal of $100,000 with some 583 total donors pitching in. The money will be spent on more boats, monitoring drones and buoys, and the staff to run them. As marine biologist David Shiffman points out at Scientific American, this is a big and weird first for ocean conservation: “This is the first time a nation-state has started a marine conservation crowdfunding campaign,” says Daniel Kachelriess, the outreach coordinator for Stand with Palau. “The money raised through the campaign will directly support the implementation of the [Palau] National Marine Sanctuary. It is really about fleshing out the next steps — especially in regard to data collection, monitoring and enforcement framework — and making sure the marine sanctuary is implemented in a way that is on the medium term economically and environmentally sustainable,” he says. Who knows if this is a viable funding option for other aspiring marine sanctuaries. It might be the Potato Salad of crowdfunded conservation projects — a unrepeatable miracle. Or it might be that the day is near when, in addition to funding indie documentaries and slick eco-gadgets, you can back Yellowstone’s new kickstarter initiative and get that sick grizzly poster as a bonus. If nothing else, Palau just proved that, under the right conditions, private citizens can scrape together some serious cash for the cause.Filed under: Climate & Energy, Food, Living

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Why D.C. Wants an Election About Nothing

This midterm election matters. But until we demand better from our politicians, they’ll keep pretending that nothing serious is at stake.

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Jerusalem car ‘attack’ kills baby

A baby girl is killed and eight others injured after a car hits pedestrians in Jerusalem in what police are suggesting was a terrorist attack.

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Blackwater Guard Convicted of Murder

For killing Iraqis in 2007.

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GOP Rep. Blames Suicide Victim’s Friends

At high school Q&A.

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Mentally ill put in police cells

Too many people in the middle of a mental health crisis end up locked in police cells after being turned away from hospitals, says a report.

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US $7bn fails to stop opium growth

US counter-narcotics efforts costing $7.6bn fail to stop production of opium poppies in Afghanistan reaching an all-time high, a new report says.

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Dems: Vote to ‘Prevent Another Ferguson’

Tells blacks in Georgia.

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Christie ‘Tired’ Talking Minimum Wage

Obamacare is “fiction,” too.

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Canada car killer’s passport seized

Man who attacked two Canadian soldiers in deadly hit-and-run was radical who had had passport seized, police say.

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8 officers investigated over death

The death of a woman following reports of domestic abuse sparks an investigation into the conduct of eight police officers.

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John Kasich’s Unforgivable Truth

Ohio governor and smart money 2016 GOP hopeful just complimented Obamacare, and said a repeal isn’t happening. Can the Republican base ever get over this moment of honesty?

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The Self-Segregation of Partisan Media

We’re two weeks from Election Day, and you can feel political debates turning bitter, more personal.

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The Self-Segregation of Partisan Media

We’re two weeks from Election Day, and you can feel political debates turning bitter, more personal.

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Alabama Rep. Faces 23 Felony Charges

For misuse of power.

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VIDEO: Mental health and motherhood

Ruth Eglin, Abi Sherratt and Natalie Nuttall, who all suffered mental health problems related to their pregnancies, spoke to the BBC about their experiences.

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Life inside a Taliban stronghold

Rare glimpse of militants’ camp at the gateway to Kabul

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