I don’t know a lot about McAuliffe, but I do know a lot about Cuccinelli, and I don’t want him to win.Mickey, a Virginian voter not affiliated with any party. This pretty much sums up the Virginian gubernatorial race, in which Democrat Terry McAuliffe is on track to crush Republican Ken Cuccinelli, despite the fact that McAuliffe isn’t particularly well-liked himself. Cuccinelli rose to prominence along with the Tea Party in 2009 and was considered an early favorite for this race, but his hard-right positions on social issues—particularly abortion—have resulted in a collapse in support, with women voters in particular going for McAuliffe by 24 (!) points. This article also says that Cuccinelli, at a recent rally, “used playful voices to encourage supporters," which is something we’d really like to know more about. source
In what is an unusual occurrence given today’s political climate, people with vastly different views about the role of government marched in solidarity on Saturday against a common foe: Domestic spying by our government.
Protesters marched on Capitol Hill in Washington on Saturday to protest the U.S. government’s online surveillance programs, whose vast scope was revealed this year by former spy agency contractor Edward Snowden.
People carried signs reading: “Stop Mass Spying,” “Thank you, Edward Snowden” and “Unplug Big Brother” as they gathered at the foot of the Capitol to demonstrate against the online surveillance by the National Security Agency.
…The march attracted protesters from both ends of the political spectrum as liberal privacy advocates walked alongside members of the conservative Tea Party movement in opposition to what they say is unlawful government spying on Americans.
Although many of these activists were probably unaware of it, they were all marching against the unchecked power of big government. And that’s good to see.
His right leg was severed. I watched him bleed out from his femoral artery. It was shocking. It’s pixelated, and it doesn’t really look real. But it was real.You’re still in the war zone and regardless of whether you’re physically there or not. America wants an antiseptic war… The reality is that nothing is clean. There’s a level of intimacy that goes with every action in war. It’s completely psychological. You hear the hum of a computer. You don’t feel the missile coming off the rail; you watch it. All the drone operators, they get a bad rap. It’s not a video game… It is real life, and these people need just as much help.Ex-drone operator Brandon Bryant shares with CNN his experience of being ordered to conduct a drone attack for the U.S.