Coffee, Tea Or Revolution?

With all the subtlety of Lou Dobbs taking on illegal immigration, the ad-hoc Tea Party movement will reach a climax tomorrow with a slurry of protests--2,007 at the time of writing--to decry the emergence of big government and rising taxes. But what are they protesting exactly?

Taxed Enough Already, one of the many online organizing arms of the movement, pays homage to the revolutionary America bringing Thomas Paine back from the dead to school listeners on the evils of taxation, federal largess, and the need for a "national discussion of values and principles." The guy playing Paine is not happy clearly and proposes a scrappy resistance movement to take on Uncle Sam.

Though reportedly non-partisan, tea parties have attracted a number of (living) conservative backers including Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul, but the right-wing populist tone of the movement seems hardly substantiated in the GOP's overall health at the moment.

As one San Francisco Chronicle writer clarifies, "Conservatives lost. American voters elected a big spender and, one way or another, Americans will have to pay for his agenda. The Obama tax hikes on Americans earning more than $250,000 have yet to materialize - but when they do, they'll be taxation with representation."

Why a federal judge ordered White House to restore Jim Acosta's press badge

A federal judge ruled that the Trump administration likely violated the reporter's Fifth Amendment rights when it stripped his press credentials earlier this month.

WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 16: CNN chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta (R) returns to the White House with CNN Washington bureau chief Sam Feist after Federal judge Timothy J. Kelly ordered the White House to reinstate his press pass November 16, 2018 in Washington, DC. CNN has filed a lawsuit against the White House after Acosta's press pass was revoked after a dispute involving a news conference last week. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Politics & Current Affairs
  • Acosta will be allowed to return to the White House on Friday.
  • The judge described the ruling as narrow, and didn't rule one way or the other on violations of the First Amendment.
  • The case is still open, and the administration may choose to appeal the ruling.
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How to split the USA into two countries: Red and Blue

Progressive America would be half as big, but twice as populated as its conservative twin.

Image: Dicken Schrader
Strange Maps
  • America's two political tribes have consolidated into 'red' and 'blue' nations, with seemingly irreconcilable differences.
  • Perhaps the best way to stop the infighting is to go for a divorce and give the two nations a country each
  • Based on the UN's partition plan for Israel/Palestine, this proposal provides territorial contiguity and sea access to both 'red' and 'blue' America
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Water may be an inevitable result of the process that forms rocky planets

New research identifies an unexpected source for some of earth's water.

Surprising Science
  • A lot of Earth's water is asteroidal in origin, but some of it may come from dissolved solar nebula gas.
  • Our planet hides majority of its water inside: two oceans in the mantle and 4–5 in the core.
  • New reason to suspect that water is abundant throughout the universe.
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