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Climate change could shrink glaciers in the Mount Everest region by 70 percent, study finds
The iconic Mount Everest could see a major loss of its glaciers over the course of this century, according to a new scientific study that its chief author calls the "the first detailed modelling study of all glaciers in the Dudh Koshi basin in the Everest region of Nepal."
Path to presidency for Gen X hopefuls rooted in hip-hop, 'Simpsons' culture
Declaring Tupac Shakur superior to The Notorious B.I.G. Naming favorite episodes of "The Simpsons." Explaining how one found meaning at a foam party.This could be a scene from a mid-1990s dorm room - or the recent musings of men who are vying to be the leader of the free world.
Chris Christie planning fresh primary state swing
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) will travel to five states next month as he moves closer to launching a presidential bid, according to an itinerary obtained by The Washington Post.Included are June stops in Iowa and South Carolina, as well as three separate trips to New Hampshire, where Christie's advisers believe his hawkish fiscal pitch and loquacious style at town-hall meetings could revive his wilting prospects.
Runner-up Rick Santorum is running again
If the last several presidential cycles were an accurate predictor of the future, Rick Santorum would be the 2016 Republican nominee.Yet when the 2012 GOP runner-up announces Wednesday that he's officially running again, it will be met with the same collective shrug it got four years ago.
Carly Fiorina aims to show up Clinton with press conference outside Clinton event
Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina and Democratic front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton will cross paths Wednesday in South Carolina. And the Republican -- the only woman among the vast GOP field -- will try to show up Clinton by holding a regular old press conference.
Militants storm upscale area in Kabul
KABUL - Heavily armed militants stormed an upscale Kabul neighborhood Tuesday night, resulting in a fierce gun battle and a series of explosions that continued until dawn. Police said the attack took place in the city's Wazir Akbar Khan area, at the base of a large hill that overlooks central Kabul.
The Fix: The Clintons' finances are way too complex for the average person. That's a problem.
The AP reported late Monday that Bill Clinton has a limited liability corporation -- called WJC, LLC -- that serves as a "pass through" entity designed to "channel payments to the former president."If you have no idea what the heck the sentence above means, you are not alone. And therein lies the problem for Hillary Clinton as she seeks to sell herself as the voice of everyday Americans in her bid for the White House in 2016.
Federal Eye: Meet a federal phased-retirement pioneer
Ford Peatross has cut back to working only 20 hours a week for the next 12 months, not much time to pass on a lifetime of experience in how to acquire, organize, preserve, appraise, lend and publish historic architectural and engineering documents.
The Fix: Why aren't millennials running for office? It's not because they're turned off. It's age.
There's no question that young people are not terribly enamored of politics. No one is terribly excited about politics/politicians. Approval of Congress remains near all-time lows, trust in government is nearly the same -- and millennials are at the leading edge of the push to partisan independence. (An aside: If you are using Google Chrome and haven't yet installed this plug-in that replaces the word "millennial" with "snake people," it is highly recommended and will make this post even better.)
GovBeat: Obesity and well-being: Why diet and exercise alone may not be enough to slow America's growing weight problem
America's obesity epidemic is getting worse and it appears to be tied up with a poorer overall sense of well-being.The obesity rate rose last year, to 27.7 percent, according to a massive Gallup and Healthways survey of more than 175,000 Americans nationwide. That rate is 2.2 points higher than where it was in 2008, when the survey was launched, with higher rates associated with lower well-being scores overall, Gallup and Healthways found.
Path to presidency for Gen X hopefuls rooted in hip-hop, 'Simpsons' culture
Declaring Tupac Shakur superior to The Notorious B.I.G. Naming favorite episodes of "The Simpsons." Explaining how one found meaning at a foam party.This could be a scene from a mid-1990s dorm room - or the recent musings of men who are vying to be the leader of the free world.
Path to presidency for Gen X hopefuls rooted in hip-hop, 'Simpsons' culture
Declaring Tupac Shakur superior to The Notorious B.I.G. Naming favorite episodes of "The Simpsons." Explaining how one found meaning at a foam party.This could be a scene from a mid-1990s dorm room - or the recent musings of men who are vying to be the leader of the free world.
Rand Paul: GOP hawks to blame for the Islamic State
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said Wednesday that the Islamic State flourished because of hawks in the Republican Party."ISIS exists and grew stronger because of the hawks in our party who gave arms indiscriminately and most of those arms were snatched up by ISIS," Paul, using an acronym for the Islamic State, said on "Morning Joe."
Are black voters 'fired up' for Hillary Clinton?
Edith Childs is the Greenwood, S.C. city council woman credited with giving Barack Obama his signature call-and-response chant used during his historic 2008 presidential campaign.The question facing Hillary Clinton's campaign eight years later -- one whose answer may define the margin between success and failure: are Childs, and voters like her, now "Fired up! Ready to go!" for Obama's primary opponent in 2016?
Carly Fiorina aims to show up Clinton with press conference outside Clinton event
Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina and Democratic front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton will cross paths Wednesday in South Carolina. And the Republican -- the only woman among the vast GOP field -- will try to show up Clinton by holding a regular old press conference.
Carly Fiorina aims to show up Clinton with press conference outside Clinton event
Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina and Democratic front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton will cross paths Wednesday in South Carolina. And the Republican -- the only woman among the vast GOP field -- will try to show up Clinton by holding a regular old press conference.
Afghan forces repel guest house attack as residents cower in fear
KABUL - Afghan President Ashraf Ghani praised security forces on Wednesday for repelling a Taliban assault on a Kabul guesthouse, which sparked a six-hour gun battle that kept nearby residents cowering until dawn.
Iran envoy: Nuclear talks possible beyond June 30 deadline
Negotiations seeking to reach a nuclear deal between Iran and world powers could extend beyond a self-imposed June 30 deadline and are not bound by a "specific time," a senior Iranian envoy said Wednesday.
WorldViews: In Iceland, it's no longer legal to kill Basques on sight
In late April, one of the world's strangest laws was quietly revoked. Authorities in Iceland's Westfjords district, the scenic northwestern corner of the Scandinavian island nation, repealed a 400-year-old decree ordering the death on sight of any Basque person found in the region.
WorldViews: Map: The epic and horrific sea journeys made in the Southeast Asian migrant crisis
The illegal journeys made across the sea by migrants are invariably arduous and dangerous. For example, in the first few months of this year alone, thousands have died as they attempted to cross the Mediterranean from North Africa, seeking a better life in Europe.
With rural Japan shrinking and aging, a small town seeks to stem the trend
KAMIYAMA, Japan - At first glance, Kamiyama looks like any other rural town in Japan: shuttered stores on the main street, a gas station unencumbered by customers, hunched-over old ladies tending rice fields.
WorldViews: Meet the Nigerian senator who may have been an inspiration for 'Orange is the New Black'
NAIROBI - After U.S. prosecutors accused him of being a drug kingpin, he could have gone underground. Instead, he ran for the Nigerian senate - and he won.Now, that decision appears to be backfiring. In the past week, Buruji Kashamu was placed under house arrest and faced an extradition hearing. It's still unclear, though, whether he'll lose his freedom.
Post reporter's 'espionage' trial adjourns; it's unclear if it will resume
Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian went on trial Tuesday on espionage and other charges in a closed Tehran courtroom more than 10 months after he was imprisoned, but the proceedings were adjourned without any indication of when they would resume.
Iraq opens operation to choke off Islamic State lifelines in Ramadi
BAGHDAD - Iraq's Shiite militias launched an offensive Tuesday intended to put a stranglehold on Islamic State fighters in Ramadi, taking the lead from Iraqi security forces that lost the western city to the extremists just over a week ago.
Microsoft will release its Cortana voice-control app for iOS and Android, too
Do you have room in your heart for more than one smartphone voice assistant? How about just on your phone?Microsoft announced Tuesday that it will be giving Apple's Siri and Google's, um, Google,  some competition on their home turfs by building iOS and Android versions of its own Cortana assistant.
The Darth Vader of telecom is back
An original pioneer of cable, John Malone, is back. And at 74 years old and with a vast fortune, he's poised to position himself at the center of the cable industry's painful and dramatic transition to the Internet.
Air Force certifies Elon Musk's SpaceX to launch national security missions
It took a court case, tens of millions of dollars and some heated words, but Elon Musk's quest to be able to launch satellites for the Pentagon finally concluded Tuesday.The Air Force announced that SpaceX, Musk's California-based company, won its long-awaited certification from the Pentagon.
Government investigation finds companies are not overcharging troops on student loans
Government officials say they have found little evidence of  student loan servicers, the middlemen who collect and apply payments to debt, unlawfully charging active-duty service members high interest rates on student loans.
On Leadership: But really, what kind of leader doesn't have a six-story gold and marble statue?
On Monday, people in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan gathered to celebrate a new 69-foot monument of the country's president, Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov, ensconced in 24-carat gold leaf and sitting on top of a massive cliff of white marble. The new statue looks a little like the Bronze Horseman, a monument in St. Petersburg that honors Peter the Great.
 stateline.org - State and Local Issues

Latest state and local issue stories and analyses from stateline.org and the Pew Center on the States.

States move slowly toward digital textbooks
Despite enthusiasm for digital textbooks at the national level, states have been slow to get on board. But the movement is gaining strength.
Indiana gov squashes vp speculation
TODAY'S TAKE: Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels is the latest GOP governor who says he's not interested in becoming Mitt Romney's running mate.
Note to readers: A new Stateline is coming soon
Stateline and the Pew Center on the States are launching a new website at Pewstates.org
AZ: Arizona's immigration law gets its day in U.S. Supreme Court
When Paul Clement walks into the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday he's going to try to convince at least five justices that Arizona has an inherent right to enforce federal immigration laws.
NC: North Carolina judge vacates death penalty under racial justice law
In a landmark ruling, a North Carolina judge on Friday vacated the death penalty of a black man convicted of murder, saying prosecutors across the state had engaged in deliberate and systematic racial discrimination when striking black potential jurors in death penalty cases.
NJ: New Jersey drops out of lawsuit against EPA over ozone
New Jersey has dropped out of a lawsuit challenging the White House decision to bypass strict ozone standards that the EPA had recommended as necessary to protect human health.
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 Governing.com - State and Local News
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The Way We Tax: A 50-State Report
The vast majority of state tax systems are inadequate for the task of funding a 21st-century government. Most of those tax systems are also unfair. They break the golden rule of tax equity: collect the lowest possible rates on the widest possible base of taxpayers.
Governing February Issue
Articles:
  • Assessments: Alan Ehrenhalt on living with "lifestyle centers"
  • Potomac Chronicle: Donald F. Kettl on the states as beggars
  • Technology: Thomas R. Davies on outside resources for new IT leaders
  • Tax Talk: David Brunori on the principles of sound tax policy
  • Economic Development: William Fulton on how a city's size affects its competitiveness
  • Environment: Tom Arrandale on the risks of weakening longstanding laws


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