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Survey Says?

We're hearing from our clinician readers and we seem to have a clear verdict. 'Encouraging' female medical/medical technicians to have transvaginal ultrasounds as part of the learning experience is probably not legit.

From TPM Reader CL

I’m a neurologist with a Masters of Public Health, and I spend a fair amount of my time in both clinical research and teaching of medical students, residents, and other trainees.

The article about Valencia State College is disturbing on a number of levels, so thanks for bringing this up. Clearly, whatever was happening there was terrible. In analyzing it, several points strike me.

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Good Question, Ed

Ed Kilgore asks: Why on earth is Chris Christie still pretending he's running for President?

Alt history reading: if only Christie hadn't embraced Obama, gotten involved in the Bridgegate fiasco and seen his in-state approval ratings plummet he could be perfectly positioned to take advantage of Jeb Bush's stumbles.

One Reason I'm Skeptical

This is one of the many reasons I'm skeptical about the many hopeful signs on criminal justice reform. Fox and much the right is now lining up behind the idea that President Obama's new ban on transferring military grade weaponry to local police departments is a new "war on the police."

The Deeper Fox Effect

I did not realize there were academic studies demonstrating that the advent of Fox News - and particularly in districts where it first went live - pushed both Republican and Democratic members of Congress to embrace more Republican policies. Fascinating stuff.

A party owning its own cable news network has big implications.

The Engineered Ignorance of Fox News

You probably saw this story yesterday about a failed GOP congressional candidate from Tennessee who was arrested and charged with conspiring to lead a militia attack - using the assistance of an existing 'militia' which goes by the initials OAF - on a Muslim community in Hancock, New York. "We shall be Warriors who will inflict horrible numbers of casualties upon the enemies of our Nation and World Peace,” he wrote in a Facebook post. And in a call intercepted by federal investigators, he told one woman “When we meet with this state, the people that we will seek will know who we are. We will be cruel to them. And we will burn down their buildings."

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