Today, we added the CKEditor to the body section of the blog post submission page. This was done to make posting a blog with customization easier and nicer looking. The type of things you can do is add images inside your post, change the font type, realign text and much more.
For example, lets talk about how to add an image to a post. First write your whole post in the body section. Add any text formats you like, i.e font type, color, bold, etc. Then on the top row of the CKEditor look for the icon that looks like an "image". It should be on the top right side of the CKeditor. Click on it and a box will appear. In the "URL" section you will put the image URL.
The UN General Assembly meetings this week offer President Obama a chance to capitalize on recent diplomatic developments with Syria and to extend a hand to new Iranian president Hassan Rouhani in the hopes of launching renewed negotiations on Iran’s nuclear program. In an op-ed in the Washington Post last week, Rouhani urged other leaders “to respond genuinely to my government’s efforts to engage in constructive dialogue.” It is critical for Obama to show that his administration is willing to answer Iranian concessions with some relief of sanctions that Rouhani can bring to the Iranian people.
Iran is Ready for Talks
A prominent adviser to the Iranian leadership, Amir Mohebbian, explains that Iran’s leaders see the next six months represent the best opportunity to reach an agreement, before campaigning for parliamentary elections begins in March. This is a window the US cannot afford to miss. It is time for the US to offer a reasonable deal that would signal to the Iranian people that the West is willing to work towards a larger agreement. Read more
The U. S. government’s warm relationship with the self-described “neo-Ottoman” and D. C. friendly regime of Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan is no secret. But emerging details on the classified Operation Nomad Shadow seem to involve the U.S. taking sides in yet another foreign entanglement - this time in a raging Kurdish sectarian conflict near the Turkish-Iraqi border.
As the Washington Post describes,
“the U.S. Air Force (since 2011) has been flying unarmed drones from Incirlik Air Base in Turkey in an attempt to suppress a long-simmering regional conflict. The camera-equipped Predators hover above the rugged border with Iraq and beam high-resolution imagery to the Turkish armed forces, helping them pursue PKK rebels as they slip back and forth across the mountains.”
If the Defense Department’s own service medal eligibility requirements are accurate, Nomad Shadow’s covert existence may stretch back at least as far as November 2007. Read more
THE POLITICUS invites YOU to participate in our 3rd annual user generated college writing challenge. Contestants are asked to create smart, sophisticated and topical articles about our favorite subject politics!
The articles can cover a broad array of subject matter related to politics and news (for example education, gay rights, environment, energy, government reform, etc.).
Contestants are encouraged to submit multiple articles if they like.
Contest will start September 3rd 2013 and end December 31st 2013. We will pick THREE winners each month for the next FOUR months. Please see the monthly cash prizes below:
Winners will be announced on the 5th of each month, starting 10/5/13. Payout will be sent on the 15th of each month starting 10/15/13.
- 1st Place: $100
- 2nd Place: $50
- 3rd Place: $25
Freelance journalist and former Political Reporter for ABC News and Politico Read more
From Egypt's Arab Spring to Morsi's sudden fall, peaceful possibility turned to clash & confrontation as democratic dreams are dashed by death & devastation.
Momentum on immigration reform hit a stalemate, talks of job creation turned to threats of a shutdown & while Obamacare rolls out to boost health coverage, the GOP continues to vote to repeal it.
Post-election promises of cross-partisan collaboration turned to divisive legislation from Texas to North Carolina curbing voting rights, reproductive rights & workers rights.
We started this season with summer hopes, but are reminded again that some are hopeless.
Raise your spirits as your raise a pint, with seasoned conversation on a summer night at your local progressive social club.
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“No country has ever become rich without 100 years of low population growth. The more growth, the more capital goes to provide for survival of new citizens rather than improvement of life.”
– Lester Thurow, economist, Dean Emeritus,
MIT Sloan School of Management
Today is World Population Day, an annual event begun by the United Nations to build awareness about population growth and its impacts. The news in this 25th year of the event is discouraging.
The UN last month announced upwards revisions of earlier growth projections made just two years ago. In only a dozen years, world population – now at 7.1 billion – is estimated to reach 8.1 billion. The prior projection was 8 billion. For perspective, adding another 100 million people to the planet is equivalent to adding the current population of the Philippines.
In other words, it’s a whole lot of people.
By 2050, the estimate is 9.6 billion people – up from 9.3 billion – and by 2100, the world population is expected to reach 11 billion – up from the prior projection of 10.1 billion. Read more
Ok. Snowden is on the run.
“It’s espionage!” “He’s a traitor!!”.
Yeegads. All for telling us that our government is listening to us and wants to listen to the globe.
“We have warrants!” shouts Obama,
And then in a whisper “from that secret FISA Court” that nobody knows anything about because it’s a secret. National security you know.
Google moved today for a declaratory judgement in Federal Court (the REAL court!) to be allowed to disclose the warrants it received from the NSA through the FISA Court (not to be taken as an admission that there are any warrants of course - they are secret), arguing that it’s business has been irreparably damaged.
Now suppose the security state can’t catch Snowden? Suppose he gets asylum? How would you feel if Obama put him on the drone list over a Tuesday afternoon coffee at the White House?
Nah. Of course he wouldn’t. Would he? He can. Maybe after getting a secret warrant from FISA Court so it’s all nice and legal. Read more
Busy #opengov week here in NYC. I’m pleased to be attending the following events on behalf of PPF: Read more
It’s Monday April 8th! Do you know where your podcast is? On this day in history back in 1935, Congress established the Works Progress Administration program, and FDR signed the Emergency Relief Appropriation Act. Not too shabby considering they were in the depths of The Great Depression, eh? It makes you wonder. We were able to find money to help people during the time in America’s history when we were as broke as broke can be. We were able to create jobs, invest in the country, and work together towards what would become America’s golden age. We were able to pass The Social Security Act and form unemployment insurance delivering a New Deal for Americans. This only happened because enough people decided that helping people was the right thing to do. They realized we were stronger together. They were right. Read more
Writing from the plane headed to the National Conference on Media Reform in Denver, CO, organized by the terrific folks at PPF’s longtime friends at Free Press. My first time in Denver, look forward to seeing the mountains. Read more
Update, Friday March 29th: This “feedback” phase of the Knight NewsChallenge ends at 5pm ET today, so please help now. Let’s bring We The People style petitions to every U.S. city government for accountability and engagement.
The OpenCongress team has submitted a proposal to the Knight Foundation NewsChallenge for open-government projects:
OpenGovernment.org – a version of “We The People” for state, city, and local governments
… thanks to mentions from friends-of-PPF like Chris Hayes, Zephyr Teachout, Reihan Salam, and others, as of this writing we’ve risen in the ranks to the bottom of the first page of most-viewed projects overall. Currently ranked 20th (Monday 3/25/13 update: 16th!) most-viewed of 825 proposals, not too shabby – and we’re sixth most-applauded overall, which is awesome popular support. Lots of great #opengov submissions, more on that below. (Right: a sample of our new, clean design for Q&A on OG.) Read more
Our tiny non-profit team was plainly excited when we heard that the Knight Foundation NewsChallenge had an #opengov theme, viz.: How might we improve the way citizens and governments interact? Good Q! Read more
I consider it a great shame to this nation the United States, being the most prosperous country on the earth, that for decades, our health care system has been so Continue Reading →
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