motherjones:

This year’s Black Friday records show a whoooole lotta people are buying guns for the holidays.

hypervocal:

Maybe not the best place for a HUGE gun ad, directly next to your story on the Newtown shooting. They did apologize — read it here

icaredribbon:

Participate in Day With(out) Art on World AIDS Day by submitting photos of your red ribbons by using the tag #ICARedRibbon, through ICA Red Ribbon tumblr or Twitter #ICARedRibbon. Help create an online mosaic of red ribbons in honor of raising awareness of the present crisis of HIV/AIDS. ICA Red Ribbon will be reblogging your red ribbon photos on tumblr. 
ICA Red Ribbon is dedicated to the observance of the 23rd Day With(out) Art, taking place on World AIDS Day, December 1, 2012, by Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) in Philadelphia.
icaredribbon:

Participate in Day With(out) Art on World AIDS Day by submitting photos of your red ribbons by using the tag #ICARedRibbon, through ICA Red Ribbon tumblr or Twitter #ICARedRibbon. Help create an online mosaic of red ribbons in honor of raising awareness of the present crisis of HIV/AIDS. ICA Red Ribbon will be reblogging your red ribbon photos on tumblr. 
ICA Red Ribbon is dedicated to the observance of the 23rd Day With(out) Art, taking place on World AIDS Day, December 1, 2012, by Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) in Philadelphia.
icaredribbon:

Participate in Day With(out) Art on World AIDS Day by submitting photos of your red ribbons by using the tag #ICARedRibbon, through ICA Red Ribbon tumblr or Twitter #ICARedRibbon. Help create an online mosaic of red ribbons in honor of raising awareness of the present crisis of HIV/AIDS. ICA Red Ribbon will be reblogging your red ribbon photos on tumblr. 
ICA Red Ribbon is dedicated to the observance of the 23rd Day With(out) Art, taking place on World AIDS Day, December 1, 2012, by Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) in Philadelphia.

icaredribbon:

Participate in Day With(out) Art on World AIDS Day by submitting photos of your red ribbons by using the tag #ICARedRibbon, through ICA Red Ribbon tumblr or Twitter #ICARedRibbon. Help create an online mosaic of red ribbons in honor of raising awareness of the present crisis of HIV/AIDS. ICA Red Ribbon will be reblogging your red ribbon photos on tumblr. 

ICA Red Ribbon is dedicated to the observance of the 23rd Day With(out) Arttaking place on World AIDS Day, December 1, 2012, by Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) in Philadelphia.

thepoliticalnotebook:

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Photo: Cairo. An anti-Morsy protester in Tahrir Square throws a tear gas cannister back towards police. Asma Waguih/Reuters.


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Photo: West Bank, outside of the Israeli military prison Ofer, near Ramallah. A Palestinian protester demonstrating against military operations in Gaza runs from clouds of tear gas. Thursday. Majdi Mohammed/AP. More photos of the escalating operations between Israel and Gaza here at The Sacramento Bee.

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Photo: Athens, Greece. A Molotov cocktail explodes on a street near a group of police during anti-austerity protests. Aris Messinis/AFP/Getty.

storyboard:

Faces of the Voted: The Rockaways, Queens
“People are voting in the dark. There are no lights, there is no heat.”
It was how NPR’s Robert Smith described the situation at the polls early this morning, in the Rockaways, Queens, which is in one of the regions hardest hit by Hurricane Sandy’s wrath. Of the 38 polling stations that had to be relocated in the borough, 23 are here — in tents, outdoors, running on generators, and some without heat at all.
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storyboard:

Faces of the Voted: The Rockaways, Queens
“People are voting in the dark. There are no lights, there is no heat.”
It was how NPR’s Robert Smith described the situation at the polls early this morning, in the Rockaways, Queens, which is in one of the regions hardest hit by Hurricane Sandy’s wrath. Of the 38 polling stations that had to be relocated in the borough, 23 are here — in tents, outdoors, running on generators, and some without heat at all.
Read More
storyboard:

Faces of the Voted: The Rockaways, Queens
“People are voting in the dark. There are no lights, there is no heat.”
It was how NPR’s Robert Smith described the situation at the polls early this morning, in the Rockaways, Queens, which is in one of the regions hardest hit by Hurricane Sandy’s wrath. Of the 38 polling stations that had to be relocated in the borough, 23 are here — in tents, outdoors, running on generators, and some without heat at all.
Read More
storyboard:

Faces of the Voted: The Rockaways, Queens
“People are voting in the dark. There are no lights, there is no heat.”
It was how NPR’s Robert Smith described the situation at the polls early this morning, in the Rockaways, Queens, which is in one of the regions hardest hit by Hurricane Sandy’s wrath. Of the 38 polling stations that had to be relocated in the borough, 23 are here — in tents, outdoors, running on generators, and some without heat at all.
Read More
storyboard:

Faces of the Voted: The Rockaways, Queens
“People are voting in the dark. There are no lights, there is no heat.”
It was how NPR’s Robert Smith described the situation at the polls early this morning, in the Rockaways, Queens, which is in one of the regions hardest hit by Hurricane Sandy’s wrath. Of the 38 polling stations that had to be relocated in the borough, 23 are here — in tents, outdoors, running on generators, and some without heat at all.
Read More
storyboard:

Faces of the Voted: The Rockaways, Queens
“People are voting in the dark. There are no lights, there is no heat.”
It was how NPR’s Robert Smith described the situation at the polls early this morning, in the Rockaways, Queens, which is in one of the regions hardest hit by Hurricane Sandy’s wrath. Of the 38 polling stations that had to be relocated in the borough, 23 are here — in tents, outdoors, running on generators, and some without heat at all.
Read More

storyboard:

Faces of the Voted: The Rockaways, Queens

“People are voting in the dark. There are no lights, there is no heat.”

It was how NPR’s Robert Smith described the situation at the polls early this morning, in the Rockaways, Queens, which is in one of the regions hardest hit by Hurricane Sandy’s wrath. Of the 38 polling stations that had to be relocated in the borough, 23 are here — in tents, outdoors, running on generators, and some without heat at all.

Read More

yahoonews:

Barack Obama wins election for second term as president

President Barack Obama handily defeated Gov. Mitt Romney and won himself a second term Tuesday after a bitter and historically expensive race that was primarily fought in just a handful of battleground states. Networks project that Obama beat Romney after nabbing the crucial state of Ohio.

Photo: President Obama embraces the First Lady at an Iowa campaign rally Monday night. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

bindersfullofburgers:

Who actually votes?
bindersfullofburgers:

Who actually votes?
bindersfullofburgers:

Who actually votes?
bindersfullofburgers:

Who actually votes?
bindersfullofburgers:

Who actually votes?
bindersfullofburgers:

Who actually votes?
bindersfullofburgers:

Who actually votes?

theatlantic:

No One in America Should Have to Wait 7 Hours to Vote

No matter who wins the presidential race, no matter which party controls Congress, can we at least agree as reasonable adults that when it comes to voting itself the election of 2012 is a national disgrace? We ask our sons and daughters, our husbands and wives, to give their lives abroad for noble concepts like “freedom” and “democracy.” And yet we are content as a nation, and as a people, to tolerate another cycle of election rules that require our fellow citizens to sacrifice a measure of basic human dignity simply to exercise their right to vote. […]

This is happening not because of a natural disaster or breakdown in machinery. It is happening by partisan design. Alarmed by the strong Democratic turnout in early voting in 2008, Republican lawmakers, including Governor Rick Scott, reduced the number of early voting days from 14 to eight. When the restrictions were challenged in federal court under the Voting Rights Act, a three-judge panel said they would have a discriminatory impact upon minority voters. But only five of the state’s 67 counties are covered by the federal civil rights law.

Read more. [Image: Michael Finnegan/Twitter]

With Election Day now upon us, it’s worth weighing the impacts of a Mitt Romney win on reproductive rights and healthcare. In general, Romney seems likely to cater to the extreme anti-choice faction of his party. 

Here’s a sneak preview of possible scenarios:

  1. The Supreme Court gets more anti-choice. All of the abortion-related decisions on the court in recent history have been a 5-4 (or 4-5) split, with Justice Anthony Kennedy as the swing vote. The court has four justices in their 70s right now, which means that the next president could have one or more opportunities to appoint new members. Romney has made it clear that he would like to see Roe v. Wade overturned, and would appoint federal judges and Supreme Court justices that feel that way, too. Even if those appointees don’t get to throw out Roe (at least, not right away), they could still make important decisions on state laws currently caught up in the court system, like laws requiring a sonogram before an abortion and other laws that ban abortions after 20 weeks. A Supreme Court ruling upholding those laws could set new precedents for the burdens states are allowed to impose on women seeking an abortion.
  2. Planned Parenthood loses federal funding. One of the first things a new president gets to do is write a budget, and Romney has pledged to eliminate federal funding for Planned Parenthood providers immediately. “It will not be part of my budget,” he has said. And it’s not just Planned Parenthood. A Romney-Ryan administration would take away Title X family planning funds from any healthcare provider that also provides abortions.
  3. Healthcare reform gets overturned. Romney says he wants to toss out “Obamacare”—except for the parts that people like, such as making it illegal to deny coverage to someone because of a preexisting condition. The problem is, the parts Romney doesn’t like are required to make the other parts work. There are a lot of provisions in healthcare reform that are particularly helpful for women. For one, I’ve known women who were told that heavy periods or cramps qualified as a “pre-existing condition,” which the reform bill would outlaw. More broadly, under Obamacare, insurance companies can no longer charge you more just because you’re a woman—a practice known as “gender rating.” Birth control and other preventative care are now available without a co-payment. You can stay on your parents’ healthcare until you’re 26, which is particularly useful for women, who go to the doctor more often than men.
  4. There’s no more co-pay-free birth control. Even if Romney doesn’t succeed in overturning healthcare reform, he has singled out the requirement that insurers cover contraception as an “assault on religion” that “will end” if he becomes president. Paul Ryan has promised that the birth control mandate “will be gone” on “day one” of their administration.
  5. There are stricter limits on federal funding for abortions. Last year, GOP House members—including Paul Ryan—tried to pass a law that would have redefined rape as only including “forcible rape”—which would likely exclude statutory rape and possibly date/drugged/drunk rape. This is important, because federal laws dealing with the use of government funds for abortions have typically included exemptions for pregnancies resulting from rape or incest. The No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act also includes other new limits, like barring tax credits for employers who choose to offer a health plan that covers abortion and making it illegal to use your own tax-exempt health savings account to pay for an abortion.
  6. The Global Gag Rule returns. Romney has said he will reinstate this rule, also known as the “Mexico City Policy,” that bars any US-funded organization working abroad not only from providing abortions, but from offering referrals or even discussing abortion as an option.
  7. Parental consent laws are federalized. In 2005, 2007, and 2011, Paul Ryan cosponsored the Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act, a bill that would make it illegal to take a minor to another state to avoid parental notification and consent laws for an abortion in her home state. Under the bill, a minor’s parents must be notified in writing at least 24 hours before she can have an abortion.
     
  8. Hospitals are allowed to deny women access to abortion, even if their lives are in danger. Under current law, any hospital accepting Medicare or Medicaid and affiliated with a religious institution that refuses to provide abortion care under any circumstance is legally required to transfer a woman who needs a live-saving abortion to a hospital that will. But last year, the House passed another bill that Ryan cosponsored, the Protect Life Act, which, if passed, would allow hospitals to refuse to “participate in” or “provide referrals” for abortions.

ourtimeorg:

“When someone tells you they’re not voting, what is your reaction? If you need any pointers, I’m sure these three voters have your back. By Oscar winning director Errol Morris.”  — Watch the videos here: http://ourtime.upworthy.com/how-you-can-cancel-someone-elses-vote-2

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Photo: Hamas security checkpoint, Gaza. The kitty and the Kalashnikov. Bernat Armangue/AP.