The Oregon Massacre Won’t Shake NRA Stranglehold

President Obama, stern and visibly shaken by the Oregon massacre, lambasted the NRA yet again for its suffocating grip on Congress. An equally shaken Democratic presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton, said that she was sickened by the sheep-like willingness of Congress to do the bidding of the NRA. Obama didn’t single out Congressional Republicans as the prime culprits, but it was strongly implied that he meant them in the congressional genuflection to the NRA. Clinton, however, did finger Republicans as the culprits and vowed to go after the GOP if elected. Clinton and Obama are right, but both left this out in their targets. In 2010, 53 Democrats took tens of thousands in campaign cash from the NRA. In 2012, a presidential election year, 16 House Democrats and 4 Senate Democrats were back at the NRA’s cash trough. Now four years later, and despite near weekly gun shootings and massacres, the NRA is unfazed. It wasted no time in plopping down more than $1 million for an ad than ran on Fox News, CNN and on local television in Iowa, New Hampshire and Nevada during the first GOP presidential debate in August. These are the three early presidential primary or caucus states and an NRA digital ad ran in South Carolina, the other early primary state

This Vaccine May Save The Tasmanian Devil From Extinction

Twenty captive-bred devils just were released into a national park, where it’s hoped a new vaccine will help to save the species. — This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

Supreme Court To Decide On Hearing Texas Abortion Case

Supreme Court justices will meet behind closed doors Monday to start the process of deciding which cases to take up this term, with all eyes on a challenge to a Texas abortion law that could roil the presidential race just months before voters go to the polls. — This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

New York Jets Find the Winning Formula in 2015

Photo Credit: (Aug. 12, 2015 – Source: Leon Halip/Getty Images North America) via The New York Jets are flying out of the gate in 2015, making the hire of Todd Bowles look like the best hire the franchise has made since Bill Parcells. They opened with a 31-10 victory over the Cleveland Browns from MetLife Stadium, and a 20-7 victory over Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts. They spent the majority of the first two games dominating their opponent. How have they done it? It’s actually pretty simple. The formula in the NFL has been the same for as long as anyone can remember. Win the battle at the line of scrimmage and win the turnover battle, and you will win more games than you lose. The New York Jets have forced ten turnovers in the first two games, a franchise record. Five have been forced in each of the games, and their turnover ratio is +8. That has been unheard of for the Jets lately

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Tony Romo Leaves Game With Collarbone Injury

Tony Romo has a broken left collarbone and is out of the game for the Dallas Cowboys. Romo has fractured clavicle. — Derek Eagleton (@derekeagleton) September 20, 2015 Romo was sacked and his left shoulder was slammed into the turf late in the third quarter. X-rays on the shoulder revealed the broken collarbone. He was down for several minutes before he sat up and eventually walked off the field. The Cowboys took no chances and sent Romo straight to the locker room. Philadelphia’s Jordan Hicks sacked and stripped Romo of the ball. The Eagles took over trailing 13-0

Wade To Your Very Own Private Island Paradise

NAME: Happy Island, Thailand SCENE: The stuff screensavers are made of — a can’t-possibly-be-real limestone karst topped with peach-fuzz foliage and surrounded by luminous water. ROUTE: Get yourself to Krabi Town (there’s an airport if flying from Bangkok), then catch one of the taxi-truck songtaews for the quick drive out to Ao Nang. Here, you’ll hop on a longtail boat to Phra Nang Beach, part of the Railay peninsula. Boats from Ao Nang typically stop at the beach Railay West first so hang tight. Once on Phra Nang, all that stands between you and Happy (both the place and the state of mind) is a shallow channel that’s wadeable in low tide, swimmable in high. PAYOFF: The chance to stretch out on a deserted scoop of sand, look back on Phra Nang, and laugh at the suckers too timid to cross the channel. From the team at . Discover more at and follow our adventures: Instagram Facebook Pinterest Twitter Also on HuffPost: — This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

It’s Time for Obama to Confront Xi on Tibet and Human Rights

(Feng Li/Getty Images) Chinese President Xi Jinping will be in the U.S. for his first official state visit later this month. As President Obama prepares to receive him at the White House with a state dinner and a 21-gun salute, Xi’s regime is carrying out an unprecedented attack on Tibetans and civil society in China. After the U.S. spent decades pursuing a failed ‘quiet diplomacy’ approach to promoting rights and freedom in Tibet and China, now is the time for the President to turn up the volume and speak out publicly. Since taking over as President in 2013, Xi Jinping has targeted everyone who is likely to have an alternative opinion to the Chinese Communist Party – this means lawyers and rights advocates, civil society leaders, journalists, academics, Tibetans, Uyghurs, Christians and anyone else who may be attempting to practice religion, protect culture, defend the environment, promote rights, or push for more political openness. This past summer alone, at least 323 Chinese lawyers and rights defenders working for human rights, religious freedom, environmental protection, labor rights, etc., were disappeared, detained, tortured or harassed. And as this crackdown was underway, one of the most high profile Tibetan political prisoners, 65-year old Buddhist monk and revered social activist, Tenzin Delek Rinpoche, died in a Chinese prison after 13 years of torture. Protesters in his home region were shot at for demanding the return of his body and now thousands in the area are living under military lockdown. Xi Jinping’s hardline approach surprised many. When he first took power, observers speculated that this modern Chinese leader, who had even spent time in his youth studying agricultural technology in Iowa, might usher in a new era of openness and liberalization.

Lighting Africa’s Solar Revolution

After two days of driving across the vast, roadless interior of Chad, we stumbled upon a remarkable sight: two men on camels, wrapped in robes and navigating by the sun and wind. They dismounted and offered us camel’s milk, despite the fact that they were carrying almost no food or water for themselves. But tradition dictated a gift upon greeting strangers, so they offered what they had. We politely declined and gave them extra supplies before they continued on their way. It was my first time encountering people who have never had access to any kind of modern infrastructure. It was 2010, and I was a member of a rock-climbing expedition to the Ennedi desert in the remote Northeastern corner of Chad. The three days spent driving across the Sahel were my first time experiencing anywhere so remote. So when we met the local people living in huts in the Ennedi and herding goats, much as they had for thousands of years, it was quite a shock for someone who grew up in suburban California.

Reflections on Planned Parenthood, Clinton and ACORN

Hannah Giles, James O’Keefe, Peter Schweizer, and David Daleiden: These are names the American public should know. Their writing, which thrives on catchy headlines and specious content, has embodied modern-day yellow journalism. Their investigations have masqueraded as a “public service”. But in reality, they have aimed to eviscerate political enemies, regardless of whether their targets have committed any wrongdoing. In fact, time after time, these hatchet jobs against Planned Parenthood, Hillary Clinton, and Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) have been debunked by federal investigations. Our demand for accountability of our politicians and national institutions has been poisoned by a failure to demand the same from our media and liars operating under the façade of journalism. In 2009, Fox News and released videos secretly recorded by Hannah Giles and James O’Keefe at the offices of ACORN. ACORN had in the past done noble work for the public, registering hundreds of thousands of voters , providing relief for Katrina victims , and fighting predatory lending . The videos purported to show ACORN’s employees intentionally assisting clients’ activities in underage sex trade and prostitution. Soon after, ACORN lost its partnership with the US Census Bureau , along with other government institutions , and it was barred from federal funding . Even President Obama called for an investigation into its activities . When private funding dried up, the organization disbanded.

Is America Ready for Climate Change Refugees?

Right after the government of Iceland announced to accept only 50 refugees in 2015, more than 10,000 Icelanders offered on Facebook to take them in their own houses this week. If Iceland would have as many inhabitants as the U.S. the number would be more than 1 million. The number of refugees coming to Europe this year is the highest on record . But Europeans just as Americans have to ask themselves: Will the number of refugees go up even more when climate change goes beyond 2 degrees? And are the American people ready for that? Already in 2008 Srgjan Kerim, president of the United Nations General Assembly, warned global warming could cause up to 200 million refugees worldwide — per year. Droughts, rising sea levels and super-storms are just some examples how climate change curtails people from their livelihoods. The goal of the climate talks in Bonn is a climate treaty by the end of the year in Paris.