Insanity plea OK’d in theater shootings


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The judge in James Holmes’ murder trial accepted his plea of not guilty by reason of insanity Tuesday.

The suspect in last summer’s shooting spree that killed 12 people and wounded dozens at an Aurora, Colorado, movie theater will be taken to the Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo for evaluation.

He’s expected to be returned to the Arapahoe County Jail on August 2.

Judge Carlos Samour Jr.’s ruling Tuesday came about a month after Holmes’ attorneys asked to change his plea from a standard not guilty. The original not-guilty plea was entered by a judge on Holmes’ behalf in March, over his objection, his defense team said.

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“Young voters call GOP ‘closed-minded,’ ‘racist,’ and ‘solely for the rich’


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By Morgan Whitaker

“Solely for the rich.”

“Lacking in diversity.”

“Closed-minded.”

“Racist.”

Old-fashioned.”

This is how younger voters characterized the Republican party, according to a 95-page study released Monday by the College Republican National Committee. The report’s authors had an equally blunt assessment: “dismal present situation.”

Voters under 30 criticized the party for its stance on issues like same-sex marriage and contraception, while the report’s authors blamed what they describe as “errant Republicans’ voices.”

But like the Republican National Committee’s own autopsy from earlier this year, the report gives few suggestions for policy changes that might win over the youth vote, focusing instead on messaging. The report does suggest that the party be “open to debate” on marriage equality.

Minority voters present an especially significant challenge for the GOP.

“[Republicans have] that mentality that you’re born like royalty and the peasants stay peasants,” a young Hispanic voter said, according to the report. “I don’t think that is the view that America was founded on. This is supposed to be a land of opportunity.”

Another young Hispanic voter blasted the party over the defunding of Planned Parenthood. “I think Romney wanted to cut Planned Parenthood. And he supports policies where it would make it harder for a woman to get an abortion should she choose, even if it were medically necessary. That goes…with redefining rape,” she said.

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Voters under 30 criticized the party for its stance on issues like same-sex marriage and contraception, while the report’s authors blamed what they describe as “errant Republicans’ voices.”

But like the Republican National Committee’s own autopsy from earlier this year, the report gives few suggestions for policy changes that might win over the youth vote, focusing instead on messaging. The report does suggest that the party be “open to debate” on marriage equality.

Minority voters present an especially significant challenge for the GOP.

“[Republicans have] that mentality that you’re born like royalty and the peasants stay peasants,” a young Hispanic voter said, according to the report. “I don’t think that is the view that America was founded on. This is supposed to be a land of opportunity.”

Another young Hispanic voter blasted the party over the defunding of Planned Parenthood. “I think Romney wanted to cut Planned Parenthood. And he supports policies where it would make it harder for a woman to get an abortion should she choose, even if it were medically necessary. That goes…with redefining rape,” she said.

Voters under 30 criticized the party for its stance on issues like same-sex marriage and contraception, while the report’s authors blamed what they describe as “errant Republicans’ voices.”

But like the Republican National Committee’s own autopsy from earlier this year, the report gives few suggestions for policy changes that might win over the youth vote, focusing instead on messaging. The report does suggest that the party be “open to debate” on marriage equality.

Minority voters present an especially significant challenge for the GOP.

“[Republicans have] that mentality that you’re born like royalty and the peasants stay peasants,” a young Hispanic voter said, according to the report. “I don’t think that is the view that America was founded on. This is supposed to be a land of opportunity.”

Another young Hispanic voter blasted the party over the defunding of Planned Parenthood. “I think Romney wanted to cut Planned Parenthood. And he supports policies where it would make it harder for a woman to get an abortion should she choose, even if it were medically necessary. That goes…with redefining rape,” she said.

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“Domino’s ‘DomiCopter’ drone can deliver two large pepperonis”


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By Nidhi Subbaraman, NBC News

On a lunch break last month, a small custom-built octacopter made a 10-minute flight through the city of Guildford, outside of London. Its special cargo: two large pepperoni pizzas.

The delivery was masterminded by a T + Biscuits, an English creative agency that was hired by Domino’s to test prototypes.

“We’re looking at making flying pizzas a possibility,” Tom Hatton, Master Brewer and founder of T + Biscuits, told NBC News.

A pizza delivering drone smells deliciously similar to the fabled TacoCopter — a taco delivery app which, to the Internet‘s disappointment, ended up being just a concept design — but Hatton insists the “DomiCopter” is the real deal. “We’re serious about it,” he said.

Still, don’t hold your breath for a local copter-powered delivery system coming anytime soon. The daily business of T + Biscuits has more to do with mobile apps than logistics and safety regulations, and while the video certainly demonstrates that the pizzas did fly, the firm and its client likely did it more for publicity than for revolutionizing the delivery game, at least for now.

The agency hired custom drone makers in the U.K. and tested a few prototypes until they found the best. “Domino’s said: ‘Right, that’s the one. Let’s make a video and get it out there,'” Hatton said.

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“A Failure To Hold Congress Accountable”: Economic Policy Is Largely Being Driven By Obstructionism, Not Economic Advisers


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President Obama is reportedly planning to nominate economist Jason Furman to replace Alan Krueger as the head of the Council of Economic Advisers. Like Krueger and, for that matter, Austan Goolsbee and Christina Romer who previously served this administration in the same capacity, Furman boasts an impressive resume, with a Harvard economics doctorate as well as stints at the Brooking Institution, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP), and the CEA under President Clinton, among others. If you’re still of the incorrect belief that tax cuts largely pay for themselves (looking at you, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell), do yourself a favor and read his CBPP report explaining the mechanics and empirics of “dynamic scoring” (pdf) and why invoking it as a talisman doesn’t mean one can claim anything one finds politically expedient.

The Beltway coverage of this news is overly focused on the inside baseball…

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Dunkin’ Donuts’ Doughnut Bacon Sandwich Isn’t As Bad As You Think


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The most surprising thing about Dunkin’ Donuts’ forthcoming paean to doughnut-bacon confectionary amour? It’s only 360 calories, which, it turns out, is 30 calories less than the breakfast chain’s healthier-eating-angled turkey sausage sandwich. Go figure.

(MORE: ‘Cronut’ Craze Creates Black Market for Tasty New Treat)

Yes, the Doughnut Bacon Sandwich is officially a thing: mounds of fried eggs and slices of lightly salted, cherrywood-smoked bacon gathered into the sweet, sweet embrace of a “light and fluffy” split glazed doughnut. Dunkin’ Donuts says it’ll roll the sandwich out nationwide at participating stores this Friday, June 7 (“nationwide” meaning mostly east of the Mississippi, where the majority of Dunkin’ Donuts stores exist, of course). Until now, the sweet innovation had only been available in a few stores in eastern Massachusetts since April. The rollout coincides with National Donut Day, though fear not — the Glazed Donut Breakfast Sandwich isn’t a limited-time item…

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How Drugs Created Superbugs


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  1. You’re Being Bugged

    Among some lawmakers and medical experts there’s an increased urgency to create a new line-up of antibiotics that can take on antibiotic-resistant superbugs. What created the superbugs? As the NYT’s Barry Meier explains, it’s the antibiotics that we’ve all been ingesting (one way or another) over the years: “The overuse of antibiotics in people and animals, often for conditions for which the drugs are ineffective or not needed, is seen as a driving force in the development of resistant bacteria.” We need take more drugs to cope with the threats posed by our current overuse of drugs. That’s a tough pill to swallow.

  2. You Can Be Sampled

    The Supreme Court split along unusual lines in ruling that police can take DNA samples from arrestees (like they already take fingerprints). Antonin Scalia sided with the dissent: “Make no mistake about it: Because of today’s decision, your DNA…

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Don’t think Ted Cruz understands government


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Senator Cruz has not exactly endeared himself to his fellow Senators in the short time he has been there.  Even those in his own party.  He has been entertaining in a scary kind of way.  It’s hard to believe that he was only elected last year.  I’ve thought for awhile that he didn’t understand governing – and that that is what Senators do after all – and now maybe I understand why:  He doesn’t understand the basics of government.  Here is Ezra Klein.

Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz knows how to deal with the Internal Revenue Service: Get rid of it!

We ought to abolish the IRS and instead move to a simple flat tax, where the average American can fill out our taxes on a postcard. Put down how much you earn. Put down a deduction for charitable contributions and home mortgage. And put down how much you owe.

OK.  But…

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Today in History, June 4


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MAKE  A  DIFFERENCE TODAY!

Why are you letting Republicans neglect our roads, bridges and other infrastructure? Stop them now!


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Our national media – the Fourth Estate – has failed to report on the dark agenda of the Republican party which is selling our assets to China, concentrating wealth and power into the hands of the Top 1%, turning their backs on the morals and Christian values of the men who formed and fought and died for our country. Sons and daughters of immigrants have become wealthy and powerful over generations and now satisfy some sinister purpose by fighting to deny civil rights, “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” for today’s poor, unfortunate and immigrant.  Instead, the media is all up in arms when one of them is caught endangering the safety of life and prosperity of the American people all to gain fame or notoriety that comes with a hot news story or a shocking headline.  The media aided Republican Senator Mitch McConnell in his war on America’s first black president.  With House Speaker, John Boehner, as his second-in-command, McConnell led a campaign in which Republicans, sent to DC to do the people’s business, abrogated their responsibilities passing only a few laws renaming a lot of post offices, and refusing to negotiate with sincerity with Democrats to work as true U.S. Senators and U.S. Representatives.  Did the media call them out on their dereliction of duty?  Did they report the real news and hold the feet of our politicians to the fire? No!  Yet, they are all excited by the fake and so-called “scandals” that are rooted in the Republicans’ refusal to accept that Barack Obama beat them and won re-election in spite of all their dirty tricks and several efforts at voter suppression.  IMHO, the media will be complicit with Republicans when historians recount the fall of the United States of America. Everyday America diminishes more and more.  But, it is not too late. Stand with elected Democrats and our grassroots movements to take our country back. [Excuse the tired phrase.]  We get the government we fight for.  And…if we don’t fight:  We get the government we deserve!  —GoodOleWoody

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