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Dreamers heckle Clinton in Maryland

COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Hillary Clinton was heckled repeatedly during a rally Thursday in potential 2016 rival Martin O’Malley’s home state of Maryland, when more than a dozen pro-immigrant activists staggered their protests so they lasted throughout most of her speech.

The rolling protests by members of the group United We Dream came during a rally at the University of Maryland for Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown. They also came nearly a week after so-called Dreamers interrupted Clinton’s speech in North Carolina, where she was campaigning for Sen. Kay Hagan; the activists reportedly said they were mishandled by officials at that rally when they were being led out.

 
I don't want my kid to marry a Republican

Confessions of a ‘Partyist’: Yes, I Judge Your Politics

By Jonathan Chait

How would you feel if your child married a supporter of the opposing party? I’ll admit it: I wouldn’t like it very much. Partisan affinity is not the only, or even the most important, quality in my children’s prospective future mates. I would certainly prefer a kind, well-adjusted Republican over an angry, emotionally unstable Democrat. Still, all things being equal, I'd rather not greet my child's future spouse with a copy of Bill O'Reilly's latest tucked under his or her arm. Does that make me a bigot?

Cass Sunstein and David Brooks seem to believe it does. Indeed, in keeping with our culture’s addiction to grievance, they have taken up a new term to express their disapproval of my preferences: “partyism.” This new term of art transforms the act of judging a person’s political beliefs into a kind of prejudice, and therefore to render it disreputable. “The destructive power of partyism,” laments Sunstein, “is extending well beyond politics into people's behavior in daily life.” Brooks goes even further. “To judge human beings on political labels is to deny and ignore what is most important about them,” he argues. “It is to profoundly devalue them. That is the core sin of prejudice, whether it is racism or partyism.

Brooks and Sunstein (who published his column a month ago) both cite the same two pieces of social-science research. The first is a study by Shanto Iyengar and Sean J. Westwood that found that respondents to various psychological tests display deep, implicit distrust for members of the opposing party. The second is a 2010 poll finding that 49 percent of Republicans, and 33 percent of Democrats would feel “displeased” if their child married a supporter of the opposite party, up from 5 percent and 4 percent in 1960.

 
Jennifer Lawrence and What It Means to Be Hollywood’s Top Female Star

Jennifer Lawrence and What It Means to Be Hollywood’s Top Female Star

By Bilge Ebiri

As we revealed on Monday, Jennifer Lawrence topped Vulture’s Most Valuable Stars List this year, and although we only started compiling these lists in 2012, the fact that a woman has topped it for the first time this year seems like cause for rejoicing. How often has an actress been perceived as the biggest star in Hollywood? Not that often. Look to a more established metric: The Quigley Publishing Co. has been publishing its Motion Picture Exhibitors’ Poll of the Top 10 Box-Office Draws since the early 1930s. Since 1967, a woman has topped it only three times — Lawrence in its most recent poll, Sandra Bullock in 2009, and Julia Roberts in 1999. That’s a lot of dudes.

Of course, once upon a time, actresses were typically bigger ticket-sellers than men: In the 1930s, Shirley Temple regularly topped the Quigley poll, while Julie Andrews and Doris Day pretty much split the 1960s between themselves. But that was a different Hollywood, one driven for decades by female moviegoers. Today’s movie industry is slowly (sloowly) starting to rediscover the power of the female viewer, and several stars still in their prime could be positioned to take advantage of it, from relative newcomers like Shailene Woodley, Emma Stone, Melissa McCarthy, and a Star Wars–bound Lupita Nyong’o, to relative veterans like Scarlett Johansson, Angelina Jolie, Zoe Saldana, and Anne Hathaway (not to mention Bullock and Lawrence themselves).

Not all of those actress will be No. 1 someday, but I wouldn’t be surprised if a couple of them made it to the top spot in the coming years. But for now, Lawrence rules the land, and she has earned it, through sheer talent and some smart choices. The film industry today is increasingly divided into two kinds of movies: blockbusters and awards bait (or, as filmmakers like to call them, “passion projects”). At the age of 24, Lawrence has mastered both. She already has three Oscar nominations and one win under her belt. She’s also the lead of one of the world’s biggest action franchises (The Hunger Games) and a major player in another (X-Men). Meanwhile, her more serious movies make money, too: Last year’s American Hustle was a huge hit, as was Silver Linings Playbook the year before it.

As an actress, Lawrence’s versatility is astounding. Remember that her first Oscar nomination came for the gritty, Ozarks-set indie drama Winter’s Bone, in which she brought to the part of a troubled rural Missouri teen a desperate, survivalist drive as well as a real sense of fear and danger. I still remember the electricity around that performance at the film’s Sundance premiere. She virtually carried the entire movie on her back; you sensed that this was not only an actress of incredible skill, but great intuition. When I interviewed Winter’s Bone director Debra Granik a few weeks ago, she recalled how Lawrence was deeply intimidated by the far more Method style of co-star John Hawkes, and that the actress chose to use that to feed her own performance. She was just 18 years old at the time of filming.

 
Suspected cop-killer Frein taken into custody

Undated file photo provided by the Pennsylvania State Police shows Eric Frein. (AP Photo/Pennsylvania State Police)

Suspected cop-killer Frein taken into custody

Eric Frein, the suspected cop-killer who for six weeks has been the target of a Poconos manhunt involving more than 1,000 law-enforcement officers, surrendered Thursday without incident, officials said.

Frein, accused of killing one trooper and wounding a second, was captured north of Tannersville in the Poconos region, said Edward Hanko, special agent in charge of the Philadelphia division of the FBI. He was unarmed and no shots were fired as he was taken into custody, Hanko said.

State Police spokeswoman Trooper Connie Devens confirmed that Frein was in custody, but said no further information would be released at this time.

The self-described survivalist allegedly killed State Police Cpl. Bryon Dickson and wounded Trooper Alex Douglass in an ambush attack outside the state police barracks in Blooming Grove on Sept. 12.

The attack set off a laborious - and expensive - search in the Pocono woods, costing several million dollars and disrupting daily routines and crippling the tourist business during the peak fall-foliage season.

Police said they found proof Frein had planned such an attack and retreat for years, adding that they found a book on sniper training in his bedroom.

Documents they filed also showed that Frein allegedly searched the Internet in 2012 and 2013 for information on police raids, cellphone tracking, and manhunt tactics.

Two weeks ago, officials said they had recovered journal pages handwritten by Frein at a campsite that they said reinforced their resolve to find him.

"I will tell you, after reading this cold-blooded and absolutely chilling account, I can only describe Eric Frein's actions as pure evil," Col. George Bivens of the state police said at the time.

 
The Cultural Impact of Tim Cook's Announcement

The Cultural Impact of Tim Cook's Announcement

Some gay workers still face a stigma in the workplace. Human Rights Campaign’s Jeff Krehely discusses how Tim Cook’s essay on being gay could help further civil rights.

 
How to Back Hillary Into a Corner

How to Back Hillary Into a Corner

By MAGGIE HABERMAN and GLENN THRUSH

A report from the secret race to answer 2016’s most pressing question.

Over the next couple of hours, Plouffe told Clinton and two of her closest advisers—longtime aide Cheryl Mills and John Podesta, Bill Clinton’s chief of staff and now Obama’s White House counselor—what she needed to do to avoid another surprise upset. His advice, according to two people with knowledge of the session, looked a lot like Obama’s winning strategy in 2012: First, prioritize the use of real-time analytics, integrating data into every facet of her operation in a way Clinton’s clumsy, old-school campaign had failed to do in 2008. Second, clearly define a rationale for her candidacy that goes beyond the mere facts of her celebrity and presumed electability, rooting her campaign in a larger Democratic mission of economic equality. Third, settle on one, and only one, core messaging strategy and stick with it, to avoid the tactical, news cycle-driven approach that Plouffe had exploited so skillfully against her in the 2008 primaries.

In Plouffe’s view, articulated in the intervening years, Clinton had been too defensive, too reactive, too aware of her own weaknesses, too undisciplined in 2008. His team would goad her into making mistakes, knowing that run-of-the-mill campaign attacks (like Obama’s claim she merely had “tea,” not serious conversation, with world leaders as first lady) would get under her skin and spur a self-destructive overreaction (Clinton responded to the tea quip by falsely portraying a 1990s goodwill trip to Bosnia with the comedian Sinbad as a dangerous wartime mission). She was too easily flustered.

 
Apple CEO Tim Cook comes out: ‘I’m proud to be gay’

Apple CEO Tim Cook comes out: ‘I’m proud to be gay’

Cook acknowledged in the essay published on Thursday that while his sexual orientation has not been a secret to many people at Apple (and has long been discussed and debated by outsiders, too), he has never before spoken publicly about the issue.

“While I have never denied my sexuality, I haven’t publicly acknowledged it either, until now,” Cook wrote for Bloomberg Businessweek. “So let me be clear: I’m proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me.”

Cook took the helm of one of the world’s most successful companies after the death of its founder, Steve Jobs, in 2011.

The scrutiny that constantly follows the company inevitably centered on Cook. In profiles, Cook never explicitly addressed his sexual orientation, despite the sea change in public attitudes across the country about the issue of gay marriage. Same-sex marriage is now legal in 32 states and the District of Columbia.

 
Ted Cruz draws line from Jeb Bush to Hillary Clinton

Ted Cruz, Jeb Bush and Hillary Clinton are pictured in this composite image. | AP Photos

Ted Cruz draws line from Jeb Bush to Hillary Clinton

By JONATHAN TOPAZ 

Sen. Ted Cruz on Thursday took a thinly veiled shot at Jeb Bush, saying that Republicans will ensure a Hillary Clinton presidency if they run a more moderate candidate in 2016.

Appearing on CNBC, the Texas Republican and tea party favorite was asked about Bush and said that presidential candidates from the party’s establishment wing — like Arizona Sen. John McCain in 2008 and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney in 2012 — consistently fail to turn out millions of voters.

“[I]f we run another candidate in the mold of a Bob Dole [in 1996] or a John McCain or Mitt Romney, we will end up with the same result, which is millions of people will stay home on Election Day, which is what happened for all three of them,” the senator said. “And if we run another candidate like that, Hillary Clinton will be the next president.” Clinton, the former secretary of state, is widely considered to be the front-runner for the Democratic nomination if she chooses to run.

 
Why Hollywood Loves Christopher Nolan

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Matthew McConaughey in director Christopher Nolan’s ‘Interstellar.’

Why Hollywood Loves Christopher Nolan

By Ben Fritz

In an age of franchise films and hired-hand directors, few filmmakers are still treated with the deference of a Steven Spielberg or a James Cameron—except Christopher Nolan.

For a big-ticket movie, the science-fiction epic “Interstellar” is highly unusual. It cost a hefty $165 million budget to make, but is also wholly original—that is, not based on a comic book, TV show, or young-adult novel. Amid much hoopla, it opens across the country on Nov. 7, after two days of special showings in 250 theaters.

The last time a studio made a movie that cost so much and wasn’t part of a “franchise” was 2010’s “Inception.” Like “Interstellar,” it was directed by Christopher Nolan, one of the very few directors to whom Hollywood issues a virtual carte blanche—along with extreme veneration.

Mr. Nolan’s ability to combine box-office success with artistic ambition has given him an extraordinary amount of clout in the industry. Studios pay him as much as they do elite stars. Warner Bros. provides him with all the benefits of a studio deal with no strings attached. They indulge his personal passions—his love for traditional celluloid over digital technology, his fondness for IMAX big screens, his penchant for extreme secrecy. And they leave him alone, letting him go away and make his movies with little interference.

 
Time Is Running Out for Obama on Syria

Time Is Running Out for Obama on Syria

The idea that U.S.-backed Syrian rebels defeat ISIS and force Assad to the negotiating table has absolutely nothing to do with what’s happening on the ground.
 
Quarantined Nurse Takes Defiant Bike Ride

Kaci Hickox and her boyfriend, Ted Wilbur, were followed by a state trooper as they cycled on Thursday morning in Fort Kent, Maine.

Credit Robert F. Bukaty/Associated Press

Quarantined Nurse Takes Defiant Bike Ride

By JESS BIDGOOD and DAVE PHILIPPS

Kaci Hickox, who treated Ebola patients in Sierra Leone, may be heading for a legal challenge to the confinement ordered by officials in Maine.

 
Rupert Murdoch urges media firms to unite to fight Amazon and Netflix

Rupert Murdoch speaks at the WSJD Live conference in Laguna Beach.

Rupert Murdoch urges media firms to unite to fight Amazon and Netflix

Dominic Rushe in New York

“As an industry, we need a competitor - a serious competitor - to Netflix and Amazon,” Murdoch told the Wall Street Journal’s WSJ.D conference in Laguna Beach, California.

21st Century Fox, which he chairs, is one of the partners in Hulu, a Netflix rival to Netflix, alongside Disney and NBCUniversal. The relationship has been a fraught one. Jason Kilar, Hulu’s CEO, left abruptly last year. His new video startup, Vessel, is backed by Amazon’s Jeff Bezos.

But Murdoch said the companies were now working together. “I think we’re all on the same page,” Murdoch said.

His comments come after Time Warner announced it would launch an internet-only version of HBO, the popular cable channel that is home to Game of Thrones, Girls and True Detective. The move has shaken up the cable industry, where HBO is one of the primary drivers of new subscriptions.

 
Alibaba’s Jack Ma Romances Hollywood

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Jack Ma, executive chairman of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holdings Ltd.

Alibaba’s Jack Ma Romances Hollywood

By Ben Fritz

Jack Ma’s tour of Hollywood this week is taking him to studio lots and an NBA game, but he isn't just sight-seeing.

The executive chairman of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holdings Ltd., which also has film and video-on-demand businesses, is meeting with the heads of several Hollywood studios, including Sony Corp. Sony Pictures Entertainment, Comcast Corp., Universal Pictures, 21st Century Fox Inc.'s  Twentieth Century Fox, Viacom Inc., Paramount Pictures, and Lions Gate Entertainment Corp., according to knowledgeable people.

A spokesperson for Alibaba declined to comment.

At a meeting with Sony executives Tuesday, Ma discussed his desire to make more culturally significant films in China. He also raised the possibility of the two companies working together to co-finance upcoming releases, said a person familiar with the discussion.

Ma is expected to discuss similar topics, as well as his company’s VOD platform, with other studio executives. Alibaba’s VOD service can show movies even if they didn’t make it past China’s import quotas onto movie screens. In July, Lions Gate announced a deal to offer its movies via a new subscription streaming service on Alibaba set top boxes in China.

The Lions Gate-Alibaba venture is one of several VOD businesses in China already streaming Hollywood movies and television shows.
 
The Stigma of Masculinity

The Stigma of Masculinity

By Aqualus M. Gordon, Ph.D.

Many men struggle to define their masculinity and themselves as men in a culture that increasingly stigmatizes things like sexuality, aggressiveness, and competitiveness.

 
The Mother Jones Guide to Evil NBA Owners

NBA owners matrix

 
How Technology Is Killing NFL Defenses

The Steelers’ Ben Roethlisberger threw for 522 yards on Sunday, one of the best passing days in league history.

How Technology Is Killing NFL Defenses

Kevin Clark

What Once Was a Fair Fight Now Favors the Offense; Roethlisberger’s Big Day

Until now, the chess match before the snap had always been a fair fight. Offenses get to come out in a set formation and can make minor tweaks—a different route here, an adjusted blocking assignment there. But defenses can change their whole scheme based on what they see from the offense. They have always had the element of surprise, the ability to disguise a blitz or sneak up on an unsuspecting lineman, all at a moment’s notice, just by pointing or hollering to a teammate to make the switch.

But then technology intervened. For about the last four seasons, players have had tablets to watch film on. This year, the effects are being felt for perhaps the first time. “Things that used to be subtle, like a safety lining two yards outside of a hash mark, is now a dead giveaway,” said former NFL lineman Shaun O’Hara, now an analyst at the NFL Network.

This has created a world in which players could watch significantly more game film than they could be before. They could watch their opponents’ third-down plays at the grocery store, or, some players admit, in the bathroom. It is a world in which everyone knows everything about everyone. Players have watched game film for decades, but they never had this much information.

And that, according to Cleveland Browns coach Mike Pettine, favors the offense.

“We have to tell our guys, ‘Don’t be that guy, don’t be the sucker on the tape,’ ” Pettine said. “You can’t tip off anything anymore, whether that’s a stance or even the eyes. There are so many little things they can find now, and all they need to do is find one.”

As a result, coaches say, getting to the quarterback has never been harder. Offenses can adjust quickly once they identify a blitzer, leaving more guys in to block on a given play and completely stopping the opposing pass rush.

“Access to video is the best thing we have,” said New Orleans Saints offensive-line coach Bret Ingalls. “We get to say, ‘Hey, every time a guy on this team points to the guard, it means he’ll try this or that.’ ”

 
Woman Hears Over 100 Cat Calls Walking Through NYC

Woman Hears Over 100 Cat Calls Walking Through NYC

Hollaback!, a harassment awareness group, released a short film of a woman walking solo throughout New York City and being cat called over 100 times in a day.

 
Y Combinator's Sam Altman on Funding Startups

Y Combinator's Sam Altman on Funding Startups

Y Combinator President Sam Altman discusses funding startups at the WSJD Live conference in Laguna Beach, Calif.

 
How to Keep Running Strong at 70 and Beyond

Hernán Barreneche Rios in 2012, on the day that the canceled New York City Marathon would have taken place.

How to Keep Running Strong at 70 and Beyond

By Matthew Futterman

Studies show that peak heart rates begin to diminish after ages 25 to 30, limiting how much blood and oxygen the body pumps through the system. Also, muscle mass deteriorates with age.

With age comes wisdom, though, and an improved ability to pace, said Luke Bongiorno, a physical therapist at NYSportsMed & Physical Therapy, a Manhattan treatment center. But even elite runners in their late 30s and early 40s realize that they are going to lose some of their speed, and that they must try to minimize the damage.

Deena Kastor, a 2004 Olympic marathon bronze medalist who at 41 is shooting for 2:25 in New York, said she has cut her weekly mileage to 100 miles from 140. Instead, she focuses more heavily on her Tuesday speed sessions, her Saturday mid-distance run at near race pace and her weekly long run. Staying fast also has been about “eating better or sleeping better or getting a nap in or getting to bed a half-hour early,” she said.

 Barreneche at the World Masters Athletics championships in Sacramento, Calif., in 2011.

It is a safe bet that no 75-year-old is working as hard to maintain his speed as Barreneche, who was on the Colombian Olympic team in 1968 and 1972. He ran a 3:01 marathon at age 70 and a 3:19 in Boston in 2013.

Barreneche spent four decades as an engineering professor, had three children and has been married for 44 years. He supports his racing with his savings and the occasional assistance of Colombia’s national sports federation or a local sponsor near where he is competing.

He is still fast because he practices running fast. On Tuesdays and Thursdays he does speed repetitions—10 sets of 800 or 1,000 meters at near-maximum speed, or three 3,000-meter runs. Other speed workouts might include an increasing series of distances between 400 and 3,000 meters. He rests 3 to 5 minutes between each interval. Or, he might mix fast intervals with distance. A 10-mile run might alternate between one mile at 50% effort and 400 meters at 80%.

Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays are for long distance on running trails through Pereira’s mountainous countryside, which is about 5,000 feet above sea level and rises to more than 7,500 feet.

Sundays focus on volume, as Barreneche runs about 20 miles. For the week, he averages about 75 to 80 miles. He rests on Saturdays and dials back the workouts in December. When the New Year arrives, he maps out his racing calendar, sets his goals and plans his training accordingly.

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Prostate cancer treatment ups heart-related deaths: study

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Prostate cancer treatment ups heart-related deaths: study

BY Meredith Engel

Some treatments for prostate cancer may do more harm than good.

Androgen deprivation therapy, which lowers hormones in the body, could lead to death in men who already have heart problems. 'For men with significant heart problems, we should try to avoid ADT when it is not necessary,' one researcher said.

 
Missing Colorado man found - 110 miles from stadium

FOUND: Paul Kitterman (second left) was last seen on Thursday when he disappeared during halftime at the Broncos game. Denver Police announced Tuesday night that he had been found alive and unharmed in Pueblo, Colorado. Also pictured are his stepson Jarod (far right), friend Tia Bakke (second right) and her boyfriend Jay Yust (left)

Found - 110 miles from stadium

By Ashley Collman and Martin Gould and Snejana Farberov for MailOnline

The Colorado father who was found safe in Pueblo Tuesday, five days after he went missing during a Denver Broncos game, is now staying with friends and catching up on his sleep, it was revealed today.  

At around 10.50pm Eastern time, the Denver Police Department tweeted that 53-year-old Paul Kitterman had been found alive more than 110 miles south of Denver in the City of Pueblo, and that no foul play is suspected. 

Reached by phone, Kitterman's father, Allen, told MailOnline: 'He's back home with his friends. We have not spoken to him but we are glad he's OK.

'We are trying to let him sleep, he's catching up on his sleep. I appreciate your concern.' 

Pueblo Police said they found Kitterman coherent outside a Kmart store near Highway 50 and Elizabeth Street after a citizen spotted him, Fox Denver reports. 

He reportedly told police that he wanted to escape to some place warm. Police there said he appeared to be in good health, and has been put up in a hotel to await the arrival of his grown stepson, whom he had left alone during halftime at Mile High Stadium five days earlier. 

According to police, they got a call from a family friend Tuesday saying they had picked up Kitterman at a Salvation Army and took him to a Rodeway Inn in Pueblo, but by the time officers arrived at the motel the man was gone.

Soon after, police received a call from the owner of Benfatti Furniture who spotted Kitterman and recognized him as the missing man from news reports. The 53-year-old was picked up next to a Kmart store near the Pueblo Mall.

Kitterman, who had no car and no cellphone on him, revealed that he walked and hitchhiked from Denver to Pueblo located 112 miles away because 'he'd had his fill of football,' reported USA Today. 

The father also allegedly told police that he enjoyed taking walks, reported the station KOAA.

According to police in Pueblo, the divorced construction worker was surprised to learn that his disappearance has made national headlines.

Kitterman, who had been described by his family as someone who is not comfortable with technology, told officers that he had not seen any television since he took off from the stadium. 

Earlier in the day Tuesday, Kitterman's family had a scare when police found the body of a middle-aged man near train tracks in the vicinity of the football stadium, but it was quickly determined that it was not the missing dad.

Paul Kitterman's family have released a statement on Facebook thanking everyone for offering them support and asking the public and the media to respect their privacy.

'The family is happy to report Paul has been found and they are now with him and he is safe,' read the status update posted Tuesday night. 

Denver Police Sgt. Steve Warneke said that no criminal charges are expected.

'All we were trying to do was make sure he was unharmed, and he was,' Warneke said. 'So at that point, we're finished." Police referred all other questions to Kitterman's family. 

Kitterman was last seen on Thursday when his stepson left him at halftime to use the restroom. 

 
Food 'Out of Sight' is Food 'Out of Mind'

Food 'Out of Sight' is Food 'Out of Mind'

By Sylvia R. Karasu, M.D.

Why does our willpower fail so frequently when we are in a supermarket or restaurant or even our own kitchen? Maybe it’s not our fault but rather how our environment conspires against us and sabotages our best efforts. Brian Wansink’s new book "Slim By Design" offers some delicious strategies to work with our human nature rather than against it. 

Wansink has discovered that people will eat fewer chicken wings if the plates of half-eaten wings are left piled on the table rather than removed by a waitress. He has also designed the “bottomless soup bowl” in which he found that people seem to keep eating, regardless of how full they may be or how much they have actually eaten, if the soup bowl, for example, never empties. In other words, many people still take quite literally the “clean your plate” dictum from childhood.

 
U.S. Military ordered to hide identities, change routines to avoid Islamist attacks

Emergency personnel tend to a soldier shot at the National Memorial near Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Wednesday Oct. 22, 2014. The soldier standing guard at the National War Memorial was shot by an unknown gunman and people reported hearing gunfire inside the halls of Parliament. Prime Minister Stephen Harper was rushed away from Parliament Hill to an undisclosed location, according to officials. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Adrian Wyld)

  - The Washington Times

The agency in charge of protecting the Pentagon has sent out a warning that “ISIL-linked terrorists” want to attack employees and is urging them to change routines and mask their identities.

The Pentagon Force Protection Agency, citing intelligence reports, says the attackers may use knives, guns or explosives.

“Attacks would most likely involve edged weapons, small arms, or improvised explosive devices (IEDs), and could be perpetrated with little-or-no advanced warning, says the Oct. 24 two-page warning. “In light of these threats and recent attacks in the United Kingdom, France, and Canada, remaining vigilant is paramount.

“It is important that you ensure all members of your family are made aware of this valuable information so they not only protect themselves, but also become an integral part of the overall community antiterrorism effort.”

 
'Game of Thrones' George R.R. Martin on Success and Failure

'Game of Thrones' George R.R. Martin on Success and Failure

“Game of Thrones” author George R.R. Martin, who is out with a new book, “The World of Ice & Fire,” discusses how the commercial failure of his fourth novel opened his career in Hollywood.

 
Recent college graduates are pushing lower-income African Americans out of cities

Recent college graduates are pushing lower-income African Americans out of cities

How do we make sense of the fact that America’s most progressive cities, the ones that cherish diversity, are losing African Americans? And that the most conservative places are doing the opposite?

Between 2000 and 2010, cities like Austin, Chicago, Washington D.C., San Francisco—places that vote majority Democrat, consider themselves socially and culturally progressive, and boast racial diversity—all lost unprecedented numbers of African Americans. San Francisco, for instance, saw a staggering 20.4 percent loss in its African American population between 2000 and 2010. Chicago and Washington D.C. also experienced double-digit losses.

During that same decade, the only three major cities (populations over 500,000) that voted Republican in the 2012 presidential election— Phoenix, Fort Worth, and Oklahoma City—all saw significant increases in African American numbers; their African-American populations grew by 36.1 percent, 28 percent and 11.4 percent respectively.

Rebecca Diamond, an economist at Stanford University, offers one salient explanation.

Her research points to how cities such as Chicago, New York, San Francisco and Washington D.C. have over the past three decades attracted ever-larger numbers of college graduates. Using Census data, Diamond shows that as college graduates occupied larger shares of these cities’ work forces (while avoiding other cities they deem less attractive) income inequality in these cities grew.

Urban industries and amenities catered to the higher-waged worker, making these cities more expensive to live in. Lower-wage workers (those with only a high school diploma) also desired the enhanced quality of life offered by these cities—better food and air quality, lower crime rates—but they couldn’t afford to live in them. Simply put, as college grads arrived, lower-waged workers were driven out.

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After cargo rocket explodes in Va., old Soviet engines come under scrutiny

Rocket minutes before the launch Tuesday. (NASA TV)

After cargo rocket explodes in Va., old Soviet engines come under scrutiny

Terrence McCoy

The engines were in hibernation for decades before Orbital Sciences started using them.

The tale of the engines that propelled the Antares rocket, which exploded in a spectacular ball of flame in Virginia Tuesday night, begins four decades ago, thousands of miles away, in the land of communism and Sputnik. There, in the Soviet Union, rocket scientists conceived and built dozens of rocket engines meant to power Russian astronauts into the cosmos. But it didn’t work out that way.

Instead, all four launches of the mighty N1 Soviet rocket, which used an earlier iteration of the first-stage engines used in Thursday’s launch, failed between 1969 and 1972. And as the Soviet Union abandoned the idea of putting cosmonauts on the moon, those engines languished in Russia “without a purpose,” reported Space Lift Now.

That was until they were snapped up by Dulles-based Orbital Sciences, which built the rocket that exploded. It uses two modified versions of those Russian engines to propel missions to the International Space Station, according to the company’s user’s guide. To be clear, investigators say they do not know what caused Tuesday’s explosion, which destroyed hundreds of millions of dollars worth of equipment. But some observers are questioning those Soviet-era engines.

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In May, one of its refurbished Soviet engines failed at the Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. “Sources claim the engine ‘exploded,’” reported NASA Space Flight. “The failure is currently under evaluation.”

Elon Musk, the chief executive of Orbital’s competitor SpaceX, has long warned against using such decades-old technology. Calling it one of the “pretty silly things going on in the market,” he told Wired last year some aerospace firms rely on parts “developed in the 1960s” rather than “better technology.” He called out Orbital Sciences in particular. It “has a contract to resupply the International Space Station, and their rocket honestly sounds like the punch line to a joke,” he said. “It uses Russian rocket engines that were made in the ’60s. I don’t mean their design is from the ’60s — I mean they start with engines that were literally made in the ’60s and, like, packed away in Siberia somewhere.”

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Why Middle-Class Americans Can't Afford to Live in Liberal Cities

Why Middle-Class Americans Can't Afford to Live in Liberal Cities

Blue America has a problem: Even after adjusting for income, left-leaning metros tend to have worse income inequality and less affordable housing.

Derek Thompson

On April 2, 2014, a protester in Oakland, California, mounted a Yahoo bus, climbed to the front of the roof, and vomited onto the top the windshield.

If not the year's most persuasive act of dissent, it was certainly one of the most memorable demonstrations in the Bay Area, where residents have marched, blockaded, and retched in protest of San Francisco's economic inequality and unaffordable housing. The city's gaps—between rich and poor, between housing need and housing supply—have been duly catalogued. Even among American tech hubs, San Francisco stands alone with both the most expensive real estate and the fewest new construction permits per unit since 1990.

But San Francisco's problem is bigger than San Francisco. Across the country, rich, dense cities are struggling with affordable housing, to the considerable anguish of their middle class families.

Among the 100 largest U.S. metros, 63 percent of homes are "within reach" for a middle-class family, according to Trulia. But among the 20 richest U.S. metros, just 47 percent of homes are affordable, including a national low of 14 percent in San Francisco. The firm defined "within reach" as a for-sale home with a total monthly payment (including mortgage and taxes) less than 31 percent of the metro's median household income.

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There is a deep literature tying liberal residents to illiberal housing policies that create affordability crunches for the middle class. In 2010, UCLA economist Matthew Kahn published a study of California cities, which found that liberal metros issued fewer new housing permits. The correlation held over time: As California cities became more liberal, he said, they built fewer homes.

"All homeowners have an incentive to stop new housing," Kahn told me, "because if developers build too many homes, prices fall, and housing is many families' main asset. But in cities with many Democrats and Green Party members, environmental concerns might also be a factor. The movement might be too eager to preserve the past."

The deeper you look, the more complex the relationship between blue cities and unaffordable housing becomes. In 2008, economist Albert Saiz used satellite-generated maps to show that the most regulated housing markets tend to have geographical constraints—that is, they are built along sloping mountains, in narrow peninsulas, and against nature's least developable real estate: the ocean. (By comparison, many conservative cities, particularly in Texas, are surrounded by flatter land.) "Democratic, high-tax metropolitan areas... tend to constrain new development more," Saiz concluded, and "historic areas seem to be more regulated." He also found that cities with high home values tend to have more restrictive development policies.

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How Can Dems Be Losing to These Idiots?

How Can Dems Be Losing to These Idiots?

Today’s GOP is the most anti-idea party in the history of parties. Beating them shouldn’t be this hard. So why is it? Well, let me tell you.

Republicans know the truth about these proposals deep down, or I think most do (I suppose some actually are that dumb). But they keep peddling them like a costermonger selling rotten fruit. Why? At least in part because they also know deep down that things like an infrastructure bank are what will really create jobs. I mean, it’s the very definition of creating jobs. But they can’t be for that, because it would be a vote for Obama, and Party Chairman Limbaugh would call them mean names.

Not a single constructive idea. Oh, they put out these things they call “ideas,” so they can sound like they have ideas, but they’re not meant for actual implementation. They’re just meant to exist so candidates can campaign saying, “See? I have ideas!”

And then, of course, there are a few actual ideas they do have, like the Ryan Budget, but those are deep-sixed at campaign time, because the Republicans know that it would indeed force seniors to pay more out-of-pocket for their Medicare—I mean, as far as Paul Ryan is concerned, that’s the point!—and they’d much sooner not have to answer such questions at election time.

So they’ve got nothing. Not on the economy. Not on immigration reform. Not on health care—ah, health care. Think back with me now. In the first half of this year, there were a lot of news stories that got pumped out through Speaker John Boehner’s office about the Republicans working on a plan to replace Obamacare. Oh, it’s coming along, he said in summer. And the media scribbled down stories: Lookout, Obama! Republicans coming with alternative proposal!

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The GOP has absolutely nothing of substance to say to the American people, on any topic. The Republicans’ great triumph of this election season is their gains among women, which have happened because (mirabile dictu!) they’ve managed to make it through the campaign (so far) without any of their candidates asserting that rape is the will of God. All these extremists who may be about to win Senate seats are winning them basically by saying opponent, opponent, opponent, Obama, Obama, Obama.

And the Democrats can’t beat these guys? This should not be hard. But it is hard. Why? There’s the “who votes” question. There’s money, especially the outside dark money I wrote about last week. And there’s the GOP skill at pushing the right fear buttons. And there’s the fact that the president happens to be, well, you know.

But the underlying reason is this: The Democrats don’t have the right words for attacking the Republicans’ core essence and putting Republican candidates on the defensive. When Republicans attack Democrats, the attacks quite often go right to the heart of Democratic essence, and philosophy. “My opponent is a big-government, big-spending, high-taxing” etc. That gets it all in there in a few short words. Every Republican says it, and the fact is that it’s typically at least sort of true, because Democrats do believe in government and spending and taxes.

As a result, in almost every American election, the Democrat is instantly put on the defensive, while the Republican is playing offense. Of course that’s going to be truer in a sixth-year election of an incumbent Democratic president. But it’s usually more true than not. The Democrat, who is for things, who wants to do things besides cut budgets and taxes, carries the burden of explaining why those things will be good.

In fairness to the Democrats, they’re a little boxed in, because they can’t respond to the above attack by saying, “Well, my opponent is a small-government, low-spending, low-taxing” etc., which wouldn’t sound like much of an attack to most people.

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Mexico’s First Lady of Murder Is on the Lam

Mexico’s First Lady of Murder Is on the Lam

In a city where murderers tortured and killed with seeming impunity, Maria de los Angeles Pineda Villa was ‘the key operator’—and allegedly sealed the fate of 43 student teachers.

Tuesday saw Mexican security forces digging near a garbage dump, excavating yet another unmarked grave with the hope of finally finding the missing 43 student teachers.

And the hunt was continuing for the most wanted woman in Mexico, the woman said to have given the Iguala police chief a fateful order when she mistakenly imagined the students might disrupt a party she was throwing in honor of herself.

“Teach them a lesson.”

The order purportedly came from Maria de los Angeles Pineda Villa, wife of the mayor of Iguala and by numerous accounts the person really in charge.

“The key operator,” Sidronio Casarrubias Salgado of the Guerreros Unidos gang recently said of her status in the town’s underworld.

The purpose of the party was to celebrate Pineda’s many good works as the head of the town’s social-welfare agency and to kick off her campaign to succeed her husband, Mayor José Luis Abarca Velazquez.

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One thing the Iguala police are said to have ensured was that a good-size crowd gathered by 6 p.m. on Sept. 26 in the town’s Plaza of the Three Guarantees. The plaza is named after the Army of Three Guarantees that achieved the break with Spain, pledging to keep Mexico independent, unified, and loyal to the Catholic Church. Pineda stepped before the assemblage in a pink dress, holding a microphone and gazing upon them as if the fourth guarantee were fealty to her.

Pineda was just about to deliver her big speech extolling herself, to be followed by a big dance, when she was told that some outsiders were approaching. She apparently assumed they were protesters like the activists who had visited the town the year before.

In fact, the outsiders were student teachers who are said to have first gone to a nearby town, hoping to commandeer some buses in advance of a trip to Mexico City at the start of October for the annual remembrance honoring the hundreds of students massacred there in 1968.

After being thwarted in the other town, the student teachers had come to Iguala, and they had managed to secure a number of buses for the few days before the remembrance. They were rumbling past the square on their way back to their college when Pineda is said to have given her order.

By one account, the student teachers were on the road out of Iguala when their way was blocked by a pickup truck. Some of them are said to have gotten out and were pushing it aside when the police appeared, perhaps in those new patrol cars, directed by a special radio code used to signify that the order came from the mayor and his wife, “A-5.”

A female police officer is said to have shot a student in the head, and there was more gunfire in which a half-dozen innocents were killed. The police reportedly took the student teachers into custody and drove them away as instructed by the chief hitman of Guerreros Unidos, who is nicknamed Chucky.

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Conservatives are finally right: Obama is not a dictator. He’s a bystander.

Conservatives are finally right: Obama is not a dictator. He’s a bystander.

In July, when House Republicans voted to sue the president, they spoke of the urgent need to stop “tyranny” at the other end of Pennsylvania Ave. “Our freedom is in peril,” warned Rep. Tom Rice (R-S.C.), the man behind the lawsuit. “We cannot stand by and watch the president shred our Constitution.”

Well, it turns out they can stand by. Three months later, no lawsuit has been filed. Politico’s Josh Gerstein, citing “lawyers close to the process,” reported that they don’t expect any legal action before the election.

Apparently, the Obama dictatorship is not such a threat, after all. Conservatives have, in recent weeks, done a 180 in their attack on the president. They have, for the most part, dropped their accusations that he is an out-of-control, overreaching autocrat. Instead, they are calling him a weak and passive leader, nothing more than a bystander.

My colleague Charles Krauthammer captured the revised consensus when he wrote on Friday that with “a sense of disorder growing — the summer border crisis, Ferguson, the rise of the Islamic State, Ebola — the nation expects from the White House not miracles but competence. At a minimum, mere presence. An observer presidency with its bewildered-bystander pose only adds to the unease.”

I don’t get to say this very often, so let me seize the opportunity: I agree entirely with Krauthammer. And I welcome conservatives to their new and more accurate critique of Obama. The real problem with Obama is not overreach but his tendency to be hands-off.

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Senate Democrats' Last Bastion: Single, College-Educated Women

Senate Democrats' Last Bastion: Single, College-Educated Women

By Ronald Brownstein

In the key battleground races, the marriage gap is shaping up to be more decisive than the gender gap.

The party needs to hang onto their strong support to counteract the GOP's strong performance with working-class whites and married women.

Socially liberal white-collar and single white women look like the fragile last line of defense for Democrats hoping to avoid a Republican sweep in next week's election, according to detailed results from a broad array of new polls.

For the third consecutive election, congressional Democrats are facing the prospect of a decisive rejection by most white voters, including not only white men but also white women who are either married or lack a college degree. But in surveys of both individual Senate races and national preferences on the generic congressional ballot, Democrats are showing stubborn strength with college-educated and single white women.

That performance—combined with preponderant leads among minority voters in almost all surveys—represents the Democrats' best chance of overcoming gaping deficits with the remainder of the white electorate in the key contests. Yet in a measure of the party's vulnerability, even that advantage rests on an unsteady foundation: National Pew Research Center and ABC/Washington Post polls conducted in October found that college-educated white women, though strongly preferring Democrats on issues relating to women's health, actually trust Republicans more on both managing the economy and safeguarding the nation's security.

Both the national surveys and recent polls in the key Senate races display strikingly consistent patterns of support that transcend state boundaries—and follow deep grooves of the parties' recent competition. They reinforce the portrait of a modern Democratic coalition that is demographically and geographically better positioned to compete for the White House than to consistently control majorities in Congress—and a Republican coalition that faces the opposite problem.

This year, Democrats continue to post big advantages among minority voters in both the national polling (where the Pew and ABC/Washington Post surveys each show them leading Republicans in the generic congressional ballot by just over 4-to-1) and the state surveys (where African-Americans are providing the party lopsided margins in Arkansas and North Carolina.) But minorities are relatively less numerous in many of the states that will decide Senate control.

With whites, the results are also following familiar patterns. One revealing way to analyze the preferences of white voters is to divide them into a quadrant of four groups that combines race and education: white men and women with and without a four-year college degree.

On Sunday, the NBC/Marist Poll released results in five hotly competitive Senate races: Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, North Carolina, and Iowa. (NBC and the Marist College Institute for Public Opinion also surveyed South Dakota, but the poll found that Republicans have reestablished a wide lead there.)

In all five of those races, the Democratic (or in the case of Kansas, independent) candidate ran better, usually much better, with college-educated white women than with any of the three other groups of whites.

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