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Iran Court Sentences ‘Happy’ Dancers to 6 months and 91 Lashes

thedailybeast.com — It's been a tense, worrying time for Iran's "Happy" group, the seven young men and women arrested in May for posting their version of Pharrell Williams' music video on YouTube. Over the last few days, they've been pacing up and down the hallways of the Tehran courthouse where their trial was due to take place, making sure all their legal papers were in order.
Sep 17, 2014

Not very #happy, is it? MT @KenRoth: #Iran's "Happy" dancers sentenced to 6 months, 91 lashes. Suspended for now. trib.al/fWaoOnQ

Sep 17, 2014

So much for being Happy in Iran -- A Court Sentences ‘Happy’ Dancers to 6 months and 91 Lashes thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/…

Sep 17, 2014

RT @weddady: And business as usual in "reformed" Iran "@OsloFF: Iran court sentences ‘Happy’ dancers to 6 months and 91 lashes: thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/…"

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Maureen Dowd: 'I Love' Pot Billboard Using My Image, Will Use It for Christmas Card

thedailybeast.com — As the Internet buzzes about a new Maureen Dowd-themed billboard highlighting the dangers of consuming too many marijuana edibles, the New York Times columnist is grinning. "I love the billboard," she says in an email. "I'm going to make it my Christmas card."
Sep 17, 2014

Always a good sport, @nytimesdowd says she loves her #marijuana billboard, will use it for her Christmas card. thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/…

Sep 17, 2014

RT @abbyhaglage: @NYTimesDowd said she ‘loves' her pot billboard & thinks @billmaher’s advice to her from a dispensary is funny/great http:…

Sep 17, 2014

RT @abbyhaglage: @NYTimesDowd said she ‘loves' her pot billboard & thinks @billmaher’s advice to her from a dispensary is funny/great http:…

Sep 17, 2014

RT @abbyhaglage: @NYTimesDowd said she ‘loves' her pot billboard & thinks @billmaher’s advice to her from a dispensary is funny/great http:…

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NFL Puts Convicted Abuser on Leave

thedailybeast.com — Greg Hardy still getting paid.

Okla. Republican Calls Muslims ‘Cancer’

thedailybeast.com — Refuses to apologize.
Sep 18, 2014

IDIOT ALERT "@thedailybeast: Oklahoma Republican:Muslims are a "cancer that must be cut out of the American society" thebea.st/1uJ28vK"

Europe’s Secession Panic

thedailybeast.com — Should I Stay or Should I Go? As the world waits to see how Scotland votes on Thursday, more than a few European regions are watching very closely indeed. If Scotland chooses independence, many regions with highly organized separatist movements like the Catalans in Spain and the Flemish in Belgium will be bolstered in their own fight for autonomy.

Scotland’s ‘Yes’ Campaign And The Myth Of Scottish Equality

thedailybeast.com — "I see us entering a world divided not just between the haves and have-nots, but also between those countries that do nothing about it, and those that do"- Joseph Stiglitz, writing in the New York Times, October 13, 2013.

Cameron: Assassination Would Be Welcome

thedailybeast.com — After Scotland secession drama.

Teacher Punished for Banning ‘Redskins’

thedailybeast.com — A Pennsylvania school district has suspended one of its English teachers for not stopping students from banning the word "Redskins" in the high-school newspaper. Tara Huber, faculty adviser to The Playwickian, was suspended for two days this week because she let the students decide how to handle a letter to the editor that referenced the Neshaminy High School nickname several times.
Sep 18, 2014

RT @thedailybeast: A Pennsylvania school district has suspended a teacher for not stopping students from banning the word "Redskins" thebea.st/1ubfFtw

Iran’s Proxies Warn Obama to Stay Out of Iraq

thedailybeast.com — Finally there is something President Obama and the Shiite extremists can agree on: no ground forces in Iraq.

No Labels’ Bid For The Big Time

thedailybeast.com — Can No Labels influence the 2016 election? The much-hyped centrist organization didn't make much of an impact in 2012 but, undeterred, the group held a major meeting in Washington on Wednesday to begin building a political platform.
Sep 17, 2014

So I went to #NoLabels today. They had pretty decent roast beef sandwiches thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/…

A Ghostwriter Steps Out of the Shadows

thedailybeast.com — A book tour can't be all work and no play. So when my current tour landed me in Cincinnati on my way from Atlanta to Detroit, I made time for a side trip a few miles up the Ohio River to the hamlet of New Richmond.
Sep 17, 2014

Fine piece on the prolific Lonnie Wheeler, the ghost writer who casts a shadow. Also, my best man. goo.gl/DzoyNg

Gloria Allred Sacks the NFL, Suing Another Player for Domestic Abuse

thedailybeast.com — Late Wednesday morning, attorney and feminist Gloria Allred announced her plans to reveal "two individuals" who would speak about acts of violence allegedly committed by an National Football League player. A few hours later, she appeared at a press conference in Atlanta with Kristeena Spivey and Clarence Watley to announce that Chicago Bear Brandon Marshall was the NFL player in question.

Cary Elwes, aka Westley, Shares Inconceivable Tales From the Making of ‘The Princess Bride’

thedailybeast.com — "It really was like a traveling circus," Cary Elwes says of filming one of the most beloved movies in the history of cinema, The Princess Bride . Elwes, of course, portrayed the iconic, Zorro-like hero Westley in the Rob Reiner epic-a swashbuckling fantasy/adventure/romance replete with a giant, a six-fingered man, Rodents of Unusual Size, the Cliffs of Insanity, the list goes on.
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(Miss) American Values

thedailybeast.com — Hours after being crowned Miss America, Kira Kazantsev was called a "slut," "bitch," "bimbo," "crazy," "dumb" and "retarded" on social media. What had this mind-bogglingly accomplished woman - Kazantsev, 23, speaks three languages, was a triple major in college, was accepted to one of the nation's top law schools, and still finds time for public service - done to provoke this vitriol?

Stop the ISIS War Before It Gets Worse!

thedailybeast.com — Too many times in recent history the United States has responded militarily to provocations and threats in ways that have resulted in spiraling war and violence at great long-term cost to the American people. We believe that the latest escalation of US attacks on ISIL (also known as Islamic State or ISIS) threatens such an open-ended, costly and ultimately unsuccessful path.
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