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It's the Racism, Stupid: Meet the Press's Epic NCAA Fail

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  • It is March Madness, after all, when the NCAA makes 90% of its billion-dollar budget. As the business of college football and basketball expands, and as more and more players find themselves used up and spit out with neither compensation nor education to show for their time, this is the moment to talk about the future of the so-called "student-athlete."
  • How the NCAA Endangers Women

Dave Zirin, TheNation.com

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Reggie Love, Mark Emmert and Arne Duncan debate the paying of student-athletes on NBC's Meet the Press. (Courtesy of NBC News)

March 23, 2014 | I will say this for the much-maligned David Gregory era of Meet the Press: the weekly program, with the tenacity of a twitter-troll, remains pugnaciously beltway-centric in its perspective. This was seen in Sunday's "debate" about the state of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). Their timing was certainly spot-on. It is March Madness, after all, when the NCAA makes 90% of its billion-dollar budget. As the business of college football and basketball expands, and as more and more players find themselves used up and spit out with neither compensation nor education to show for their time, this is the moment to talk about the future of the so-called "student-athlete."

To discuss this issue, Gregory secured three people for the Meet the Press table, including NCAA President Mark Emmert. That's good start! Mark Emmert, is a man who makes a $2 million annual salary defending the status quo. The people Emmert could have been in discussion with is tantalizing. Maybe we would see civil rights author Taylor Branch, whose piece on the NCAA rocked the sports world. Perhaps one of the other guests would be New York Times columnist William Rhoden, whose book $40 Million Slaves examined the social position of African-American athletes. Or we could get USA Today's Christine Brennan, who has written extensively about equity for women in college athletics.

Dave Zirin, The Nation’s sports correspondent, is the author, most recently, of Game Over: How Politics Has Turned the Sports World Upside Down. Named one of UTNE Reader’s “50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Our World,” Zirin is a frequent guest on MSNBC, ESPN, and Democracy Now! 

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How the NCAA Endangers Women, Jessica Luther, Atlantic

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'The Things They Carried' is a Vietnam-era soldier's somber look at war

  • Stephen D’Ambrose is superb in an emotional one-man show based on the Vietnam-era stories of Tim O’Brien.
  • 'Lonely Soldiers' gets combustible staging at History Theatre.

John Townsend, Minneapolis (MN) Star Tribune

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Stephen D'Ambrose in Tim O'Brien's "The Things They Carried at History Theatre. Photo: Scott Pakudaitis

March 18, 2014 | Minnesota native Tim O’Brien is a preeminent author of the Vietnam experience. His semi-autobiographical story collection, “The Things We Carried,” portrays a platoon under constant deadly threat and the emotional struggles that spring from that.

Jim Stowell has adapted the stories into a one-character play featuring Stephen D’Ambrose which opened Saturday at the History Theatre in St. Paul. It runs in repertory with “Lonely Soldiers: Women at War in Iraq” by Helen Benedict.

John Townsend writes about theater.

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'Lonely Soldiers' gets combustible staging at History Theatre, Rohan Preston, Minneapolis (MN) Star Tribune

Helen Benedict's play about women soldiers in Iraq gets a combustible staging by Austene Van at History Theatre.

Shana Berg in a scene from "Lonely Soldiers: Women at War in Iraq." Photo: Scott Pakudaitis

Tuesday March 18, 2014 | A soldier yells “Incoming!” then dives to safety. Lights blink on and off as the boom of an exploding mortar round rocks the theater. Eerie, held-breath silence follows as soldiers pat themselves to make sure arms and legs are still there.

Still in one physical piece, even as their insides are fractured, they resume their activities.

Rohan Preston writes about theater.

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Special Project | Have They No Shame?: Week Ending March 16, 2014

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  • And so, let me echo the attorney Joseph N. Welsh, in his famous rebuke of Sen. Joe McCarthy: Have you no sense of decency, sir? At long last, have you left no sense of decency?"
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    • Michele Bachmann Claims Gay People Have 'Bullied The American People' 
    • Ann Coulter likens U.S. demographic shift to ‘being raped’
    • Elijah Cummings erupts at Darrell Issa over ‘one-sided, un-American’ IRS probe
    • Hey Mitt Romney... Shut the @*#% Up
    • Mom Writes Horrifying Response To Birthday Party Invite From Kid With Gay Dads
    • 18 Disgusting Responses To Michael Sam, Gay Football Star, Coming Out
    • Sam Wheeler, Kent State Wrestler, Suspended For Anti-Gay Tweets About Michael Sam
    • How Ronald Reagan Wrecked The American Middle Class

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Michele Bachmann Claims Gay People Have 'Bullied The American People' Mollie Reilly, Huffington Post

  • Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) is still not pleased with Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer's (R) decision to veto SB 1062 late last month.
  • In an interview with conservative radio host Lars Larson during last week's Conservative Political Action Conference, Bachmann said the downfall of the bill, which would have allowed businesses to refuse service to gay individuals on religious grounds, illustrated how LGBT activists have "bullied" voters and politicians. 

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Ann Coulter likens U.S. demographic shift to ‘being raped,’ blames Democrats, David FergusonRaw Story

  • She alleged that Democrats have been intentionally bringing more legal immigrants into the U.S. since 1965 in a long-term plot to gain electoral supremacy.
  • Michele Bachmann Claims Gay People Have 'Bullied The American People' 

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Elijah Cummings erupts at Darrell Issa over ‘one-sided, un-American’ IRS probe, David Ferguson, Raw Story 

“I am a member of the Congress of the United States of America! I am tired of this,” he said. “You cannot just have a one-sided investigation. There is absolutely something wrong with that and it is absolutely un-American,” Cummings shouted.

 

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Hey Mitt Romney... Shut the @*#% Up, newinfluence, Daily Kos

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  • Go away, Mitt. Go to one of your many homes, and play with your beautiful grandkids. Go skiing, take a boat ride, or fly around the world. Ride that car elevator if it's finished, and enjoy the life that you "worked" so hard to steal from all the pensions of hard working Americans.
  • But please, whatever you do... Shut the eff up.

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Mom Writes Horrifying Response To Birthday Party Invite From Kid With Gay Dads, James Nichols, Huffington Post 

  • This awful response to a child's birthday invitation is making its rounds on the Internet after a two gay dads living in Baldwin, N.Y., submitted it to their local radio station.
  • Originally posted on the K-98.3 Facebook page, the heartbreaking note allegedly written by a disapproving mother on an invite to a birthday party for a 7-year-old is certainly a testament to the work that still has to be done to overcome homophobia in our society.

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18 Disgusting Responses To Michael Sam, Gay Football Star, Coming Out, James Nichols, Huffington Post 

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Sam Wheeler, Kent State Wrestler, Suspended For Anti-Gay Tweets About Michael Sam, James Nichols, Huffington Post

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How Ronald Reagan Wrecked The American Middle Class, And Came Out Smelling Like A Rose, Elisabeth Parker, Addicting Info

(1) Supply-side “Reaganomics” widened the gap between rich and poor.

(2) Ronald Reagan ushered in the rise of the Christian right.

(3) Ronald Reagan’s military armed and trained what would become Al Quaeda.

(4) Ronald Reagan helped create the homeless problem.

(5) Reagan put us in debt to ‘starve the beast,’ and George W. Bush did the same.

(6) Reagan allowed HIV and AIDS to spread.

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Ann Coulter likens U.S. demographic shift to ‘being raped,’ blames Democrats

  • She alleged that Democrats have been intentionally bringing more legal immigrants into the U.S. since 1965 in a long-term plot to gain electoral supremacy.
  • Michele Bachmann Claims Gay People Have 'Bullied The American People' 

David FergusonRaw Story

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callitout.jpg Tuesday, March 11, 2014 | In the video embedded below, arch conservative pundit Ann Coulter likened the shift in U.S. demographics to “being raped” as a room full of attendees of the 2014 Conservative Political Action Conference guffawed and applauded.

Coulter was appearing at a private gathering of conservative and Republican bloggers and media representatives held across the street from CPAC 2014. She alleged that Democrats have been intentionally bringing more legal immigrants into the U.S. since 1965 in a long-term plot to gain electoral supremacy.

David Ferguson is an editor at Raw Story. He was previously writer and radio producer in Athens, Georgia, hosting two shows for Georgia Public Broadcasting and blogging at Firedoglake.com and elsewhere. 

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Michele Bachmann Claims Gay People Have 'Bullied The American People' Mollie Reilly, Huffington Post

  • Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) is still not pleased with Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer's (R) decision to veto SB 1062 late last month.
  • In an interview with conservative radio host Lars Larson during last week's Conservative Political Action Conference, Bachmann said the downfall of the bill, which would have allowed businesses to refuse service to gay individuals on religious grounds, illustrated how LGBT activists have "bullied" voters and politicians. 

Elijah Cummings erupts at Darrell Issa over ‘one-sided, un-American’ IRS probe

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“I am a member of the Congress of the United States of America! I am tired of this,” he said. “You cannot just have a one-sided investigation. There is absolutely something wrong with that and it is absolutely un-American,” Cummings shouted.

David Ferguson, Raw Story 

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Cummings-protests-Issa-hearing-Mar-5-615x345.pngElijahCummings (D-MD) protests Issa hearing.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014 | On Wednesday, Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) exploded during one of Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA)’s ongoing hearings about purported anti-conservative malfeasance at the Internal Revenue Service.

According to Talking Points Memo, Issa had summoned former IRS director Lois Lerner before the Congressional committee. Lerner pleaded the Fifth Amendment, declining to comment for the investigation, which has dragged on for months, in spite of a complete lack of evidence to indicate that conservative groups were being targeted by the tax agency.

David Ferguson is an editor at Raw Story. He was previously writer and radio producer in Athens, Georgia, hosting two shows for Georgia Public Broadcasting and blogging at Firedoglake.com and elsewhere. He is currently working on a book.

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