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Jindal Blurs the Lines With Prayer Rally This Weekend

So much for separation of church and state…

TIME

It is no secret that Bobby Jindal is praying very seriously about a run for the White House. This weekend, his prayer will look a lot like a giant evangelical rally in Baton Rouge.

The governor of Louisiana is keynoting a six-hour worship gathering on Saturday called “The Response: A Call To Prayer For a Nation In Crisis” at Louisiana State University. The event, sponsored by the conservative and controversial American Family Association, aims to spiritually reawaken America in light of “unprecedented struggles” the country is facing: “financial debt, terrorism, and a multitude of natural disasters … fatherless homes, an epidemic of drugs and crime in our inner cities, a saturation of pornography in our homes, abortion, and racism.” The American Renewal Project, a non-profit spearheaded by conservative political operative David Lane that aims to get more Christians involved in politics, is also behind the event. Lane hopes to recruit…

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BIG NEWS: President Obama Proposes Making 2 Years Of Community College Free (DETAILS)

Good idea therefore Republicans will surely block it:(.

Global Grind

President Obama Makes Statement On U.S. Cuba Policy

Here’s some positivity.

President Obama proposed two years of free community college for American workers late Thursday. Earlier that day, the president announced the proposal would be coming in a video uploaded to Facebook.

“Put simply, what I’d like to do is to see the first two years of community college free for anybody who’s willing to work for it,” he said. “It’s something we can accomplish, and it’s something that will train our workforce so that we can compete with anyone in the world.”

Obama said a world-class education starts with children, but that adults need training, too. “It’s not just for kids, we also have to make sure that everybody has the opportunity to constantly train themselves for better jobs, better wages, better benefits.”

The America’s College Promise proposal could save eligible students $3,800 a year in tuition, the White House said.

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The Most Troubling Statements From Bob McCulloch’s Ferguson Press Conference On Darren Wilson (LIST)

Troubling indeed!

Global Grind

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Today marks continued moments of unrest, frustration, and disappointment for the family of Michael Brownand their supporters who learned last night that Darren Wilson wouldn’t be charged in the teen’s murder.

St. Louis County Prosecutor, Bob McCulloch, delivered the news on a heavy silver platter to the press and the millions of people watching via cellphones, laptops, and television sets. While some praised McCulloch for his detailed announcement, it’s hard not to notice the constant underlying shade towards the media and the witnesses whose testimonies didn’t perfectly line up with the scientific evidence presented to the jury.

During his announcement before the people, McCulloch managed to play the blame game and make a mockery of the witnesses who came forward to discuss how they watched a murder unfold before their very eyes. McCulloch was able to explain why verbal testimonies didn’t matter much…

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EXCLUSIVE AUDIO: Mitch McConnell at the Koch Brothers Donor Summit

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AUDIO OBTAINED FROM SOURCE WHO WAS PRESENT.

AFTERNOON SESSION

June 15, 2014

SPEAKERS:

KEVIN GENTRY, EMCEE

MARK HOLDEN, GENERAL COUNSEL – KOCH INDUSTRIES,

SENATOR MITCH MCCONNELL

“Free Speech: Defending First Amendment Rights”

P R O C E E D I N G S

KEVIN GENTRY: All right. So to round out this afternoon, I have Mark Holden, who is the General Counsel of Koch Industries. He presented to us last time on a lot of the threats we’re facing from this Administration, government over, over-reach, the IRS, and uh, this deals with, uh, First Amendment rights. So, Mark, take it away.

MARK HOLDEN: Good afternoon, everybody. Happy Father’s Day. Um, it is my privilege to introduce our next speaker, Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky. Senator McConnell is the Senate Republican Leader. He was elected to that position when (inaudible) in 2006. He’s the 15th Senate Republican Leader and only the…

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Jon Stewart explains how to make GOP senators care about climate

Grist

There’s no better evidence of how much the Republican Party has changed on the environment than this: The fact that Environmental Protection Agency administrators who served under Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, and George W. Bush all think global warming is real and we should do something about it.

On Wednesday, this quartet — William Ruckelshaus, who served under both Nixon and Reagan; Lee Thomas, who served under Reagan; William Reilly, who served under George Bush Sr., and Christine Todd Whitman, who served under George W. Bush — testified before a U.S. Senate subcommittee. But as the Huffington Post’s Kate Sheppard reports, the Republican senators present “mostly ignored” their testimony.

The whole spectacle was enough to inspire a Jon Stewart rant, one that is truly priceless. Watch:

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Effort to approve Keystone collapses in Senate

CNN Political Ticker

(CNN) — A bipartisan Senate effort to approve the controversial Keystone XL pipeline collapsed Monday making it unlikely a politically potent vote on the project will take place before November’s midterm election.

A vote on Keystone was tied to the fate of an unrelated energy efficiency bill that has support in both parties. But that measure failed to get the 60 votes it needed to move forward after getting bogged down in partisan fighting over whether GOP amendments would be allowed.

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Vermont expands solar net metering, gives finger to ALEC

Thank you, Vermont!

Grist

Bad news for the polluter-funded American Legislative Exchange Council, but wonderful news for the planet.

In 2012 and 2013, ALEC tried to roll back states’ renewable energy standards, and failed. Now it’s trying to roll back solar net-metering programs, which let homeowners sell electricity from their rooftop panels into the grid, and that campaign isn’t going so well either.

Case in point: In Vermont, Gov. Peter Shumlin (D) just signed a bill that will expand the state’s net-metering program, allowing solar panel owners to sell more of their clean electricity into the grid.

The bill will nearly quadruple the size of a cap on the amount of solar power that utilities must be willing to buy from their customers. It also creates pilot projects that could allow for solar projects as large as 5 megawatts to be built under the scheme. The AP reports:

Alternative energy proponents pushed for the increased cap…

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