Michelle Obama’s Pro-Water (Soda Silent) Campaign Makes Waves

Michelle Obama’s Pro-Water (Soda Silent) Campaign Makes Waves
“I’m confident that in the coming months and years we will see people across the country drinking more and more water.' First Lady Michelle Obama devoted Tuesday afternoon to telling Americans to drink less sugary soda, without actually saying anything bad about sugary soda. It’s been nearly a year since the First Lady launched the “Drink Up” campaign, a subset of the ...

U.N. Rights Chief: Strong Possibility of Gaza Crimes

U.N. Rights Chief: Strong Possibility of Gaza Crimes
The U.N.’s top human rights official warned all sides in the two-week war in the Gaza Strip to not indiscriminately attack civilians, and that violations may amount to war crimes. U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said Wednesday that around three-quarters of the 650 Palestinians and around 30 Israelis killed in the conflict were civilians, and thousands more have ...

Over 1,000 StubHub Accounts Reportedly Hacked

Over 1,000 StubHub Accounts Reportedly Hacked
Cyber-thieves fraudulently bought tickets Cyber thieves accessed more than 1,000 customer accounts last year at the online ticket marketplace StubHub and fraudulently bought tickets for events, according to the Associated Press. San Francisco-based StubHub said thieves accessed account holders’ login and password information, capitalizing on data breaches at other websites and from malware on the customers’ computers, the AP reports. The company ...

Congress Probably Won’t Address the Border Crisis Until After Summer Recess

Congress Probably Won’t Address the Border Crisis Until After Summer Recess
It’s becoming increasingly clear that Congress won’t address the border crisis until sometime after its upcoming August recess. The gulf between the House and Senate border crisis proposals is too great and the timeline too short, members and congressional aides indicated this week. “I think that if you are focusing on the House, they’re going very bad over there because the ...

Governor Rick Scott Shows What a Real Scandal Looks Like

Governor Rick Scott Shows What a Real Scandal Looks Like
The Florida governor has been questioned about his investment in a natural gas company and his aide's involvement in a rail project A few months ago, I wrote about an epidemic of fake Republican scandals that Democrats were hyping for 2014, starting with a nothingburger of a whatever-gate involving Florida Governor Rick Scott. My point was that political scandals rarely get ...

President Obama Plans to Act as Mentor in ‘My Brother’s Keeper’ Initiative

President Obama Plans to Act as Mentor in ‘My Brother’s Keeper’ Initiative
Said he'd help connect with as many young men of color as he could, in an event to mark a new round of private sector investment in his signature program President Barack Obama will be spreading himself awfully thin if he takes on a commitment he announced Monday at a town hall for his “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative. Instead of just ...

Russian Television Under Spotlight After Malaysia Airlines Crash in Ukraine

Russian Television Under Spotlight After Malaysia Airlines Crash in Ukraine
The crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 exposes the truth about RT, the Russian English-language propaganda outlet In late 2009, the British journalist Sara Firth became a Russian propaganda mouthpiece. The decision seemed to make sense at the time. Firth had just earned a postgraduate diploma in investigative journalism when she was offered a role as on-air-correspondent for RT, a Russian television ...

Nintendo’s ‘Wii U to Wii U’ Transfer Feature Doesn’t Go Far Enough

Nintendo’s ‘Wii U to Wii U’ Transfer Feature Doesn’t Go Far Enough
Nintendo adds a system-to-system transfer option, but Wii U owners still can't backup save files or move data around conveniently. I’m not sure it’s the feature that’ll motivate fence-sitters off their palisades to buy one, but if you already own a Wii U — or better still, two — the latest system update finally adds the option to run a full ...

GOP Lawsuit Over Obamacare ‘Loophole’ for Congress Dismissed

GOP Lawsuit Over Obamacare ‘Loophole’ for Congress Dismissed
Sen. Ron Johnson's claim related to the law's stipulations for members of Congress and their staffs was tossed out by a federal judge Monday A Republican senator’s challenge to the part of President Barack Obama’s healthcare law involving members of Congress and their staffs was dismissed Monday by a federal judge. Sen. Ron Johnson (R—Wisc.) filed the suit related to the Affordable ...

Obama Contends with Congressional Backseat Drivers on Ukraine

Obama Contends with Congressional Backseat Drivers on Ukraine
Congress again threatens to push Obama foreign policy with legislation A Malaysia Airlines jet is shot down over the Ukraine and Congress is, of course, full of back-seat foreign policy advice for President Obama. The problem is when they start passing some of this advice to be signed into law. Some say Obama has already been too aggressive. “he crisis in Ukraine ...