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Stanford Accused of Destroying the Environment to Water Golf Course

American Rivers, a staunchly environmentalist group, is accusing Stanford’s Searsville Dam of being the culprit in the endangering of San Francisquito Creek, writes Carolyn Lochhead of the San Francisco Chronicle. The dam was built in 1892, and has been used to irrigate the lawns and the golf course of Stanford University. American Rivers is focused on the Creek, saying it "is unique because it remains one of the only San Francisco Bay streams that is not confined to a concrete channel." The group is concerned because the dam blocks the migration of native steelhead trout. Apr 10, 2014 4:56 AM PT

Boehner Teary-Eyed over Taco Bell Foundation Donation to Teens

House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, found another reason to shed tears on Tuesday, this time to acknowledge the generosity of the Taco Bell Foundation’s gift of $30 million to help adolescents successfully graduate from high school. The event on Capitol Hill featured the Taco Bell Foundation for Teens and the Boys & Girls Clubs of America – and a cameo by Boehner. Apr 8, 2014 7:23 PM PT

Republican Jewish Coalition Blasts Kerry's Statements Blaming Israel

The Republican Jewish Coalition has released a statement “strongly criticizing” Secretary of State John Kerry for blaming Israel for the impasse in talks between the Israeli government and the Palestinians, calling Kerry’s statements “outrageous.” Apr 8, 2014 3:15 PM PT

Ted Kennedy, Jr. to Run for Connecticut State Senate

Ted Kennedy, Jr., son of the late Senator Ted Kennedy, has told sources that he is going to run for the Connecticut state Senate’s 12th district seat to replace Democrat Ed Meyer, who is retiring. Apr 8, 2014 7:53 AM PT

Is The Computer Engineering World Sexist?

According to the New York Times, the world of computer engineering is a sexist one, where women are disparaged and made to feel like pariahs. Apr 6, 2014 8:00 AM PT

75% of Americans Believe Politicians are Corrupt

A new Reason-Rupe poll reveals that Americans believe that 75% of politicians are “corrupted” by the money given to them by special interests. Further, the poll indicated that the respondents felt 70% of politicians use their influence to give aid to their friends and hurt those opposing them. Apr 6, 2014 7:54 AM PT

Gay Remarks Prompt Backlash for Oregon Business Owner

An Oregon woman planning on opening a grocery store has apologized for saying on her Facebook page, “Yes, of course a business owner should have the right to refuse service to gay people.” Apr 6, 2014 7:34 AM PT

CA Gas Prices Set to Spike to $4.25

The average gasoline price in California may hit $4.25 per gallon in the next week. The ostensible reasons given are lower supplies and the increase in crude oil costs. Because corn prices are rising along with the increase in rail shipping, the cost of ethanol has risen almost 60% this year. Apr 6, 2014 7:22 AM PT

George Soros Funding Pot Legalization Push

George Soros has poured more than $80 million into the drive toward marijuana legalization since 1994. His partner in this effort was the late Peter B. Lewis, the former head of Progressive Insurance, a pot smoker himself, who added $40 million to the cause. Apr 4, 2014 3:51 PM PT

Democrat Jim Moran: Congressmen Underpaid

Virginia Democrat James P. Moran is claiming that members of Congress, who collect an annual salary of $174,000, are underpaid. Moran stated to CQ Roll Call, “I think the American people should know that the members of Congress are underpaid. I understand that it’s widely felt that they underperform, but the fact is that this is the board of directors for the largest economic entity in the world.” Apr 4, 2014 4:42 AM PT

Big Three TV Networks Rejected Covering Obamacare Victory Lap Speech

Buzzfeed reports that the top television networks refused to grant access to the White House for Barack Obama’s Tuesday night address in which he bragged about the supposed 7 million people who signed up for Obamacare. Unlike the prime-time announcement of the killing of Osama Bin Laden, Obama had to interrupt the daytime show Ellen and other daytime programs. Apr 4, 2014 3:46 AM PT

Mississippi Governor Signs Law Protecting Religious Institutions

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant ignored political correctness and immediately signed a bill called the Mississippi Religious Freedom Restoration Act on Thursday. The bill, which becomes law July 1, states that the state government cannot make the practice of religion unreasonably burdensome. Apr 3, 2014 6:53 PM PT

John Edwards Turned Away at Donor's Funeral

John Edwards’ shamelessness led to an embarrassing moment at the funeral of former donor Bunny Mellon's funeral: he and his daughter Cate were not allowed inside the church. Apr 3, 2014 1:13 PM PT

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