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November 5, 2013

Texas town to vote on most expensive high school stadium in the country

  • $69.5M could be spent on a new high school football stadium in the city of Katy, Texas, if a new ballot measure is approved by voters on Tuesday, though it doesn’t actually say that anywhere on the ballot. Registered voters in the town of approx. 15,000 will be asked to vote yes or no on an all-or-nothing bill — that also includes $4.5 million for a new science, technology, engineering and mathematics center — that would see nearly 70 million dollars set aside for the “construction, acquisition and equipment of school buildings in the district.” The new facility would seat roughly 14,000 and be built next to the town’s existing high school stadium, which only seats ten thousand. source
16:46 // 11 months ago
Adherence to a new approval process implemented by Sen. Paul will ensure proper citation and accountability in all collaborative works going forward.
Doug Stafford, senior adviser to Sen. Rand Paul • Making clear that his boss will be taking a closer look at his speeches going forward, in a written statement given to The Hill, after both The Rachel Maddow Show and Buzzfeed spotted evidence of plagiarism in some of Sen. Paul’s recent remarks. That’s a pretty big 180, considering Sen. Paul remained defiant on the matter just a few days ago, even going so far as to say he’d like to duel some of his critics.
14:43 // 11 months ago

Early figures from the first and next month of Healthcare.gov

  • 800k users were expected to register for healthcare coverage using the website set-up to access the nation’s health insurance exchange, according to new information from the U.S. Centers for Medicaid and Medicare. That averages out to just under 27 thousand people per day, a mind-boggling low prediction given the millions who flooded the site at launch on October 1..
  • 17k registrations can now be processed each hour, according to CMS head Marilyn Tavenner, and the pages have been altered to make usage less confusing/time-consuming for those trying to register. Official numbers, on the total number of Americans who successfully registered for health insurance on the site during October, are expected sometime next week. source
14:12 // 11 months ago
November 4, 2013
14:46 // 11 months ago
It disturbs me, and it should disturb every American, that I told them exactly where bin Laden was in 2003, and they let him live another eight years.
Tom Lee, from Michigan, claims he told the United States where al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was back in 2003. He is now suing the U.S. for not having given him the famed $25 million reward. 
14:05 // 11 months ago
There already is some talk about this event being a “random” one. But it is not. These things are becoming as regular as rain, as predictable as the summer heat.
Charles Pierce of Esquire Magazine says Friday’s LAX shooting was nothing random, even when many across America are starting to call these shootings “random.” They’re absolutely not. The shooting was a political one and there is nothing random about terrorism. 
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November 3, 2013
12:51 // 11 months ago
I no longer love blue skies. In fact, I now prefer gray skies. The drones do not fly when the skies are gray.
This week, drone victims from Waziristan spoke about their experiences with drone attacks in a United States lawmaker session. However, only five lawmakers attended. Another person affected by drone usage said, "We hear the noise 24 hours a day."
11:00 // 11 months ago
Another year of the daylight savings time debate… Economist online magazine Quartz poses the solution of splitting the United States into two time zones as the United States (or just all of North America) is the largest continent that practices the time change. And interestingly, Arizona opts out of the daylight savings time change, I didn’t know that. 
From all of us at shortformblog: If you didn’t already, here’s a friendly reminder to set your clocks back an hour!

Another year of the daylight savings time debate… Economist online magazine Quartz poses the solution of splitting the United States into two time zones as the United States (or just all of North America) is the largest continent that practices the time change. And interestingly, Arizona opts out of the daylight savings time change, I didn’t know that. 

From all of us at shortformblog: If you didn’t already, here’s a friendly reminder to set your clocks back an hour!

10:37 // 11 months ago