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When organized interest groups or economic elites want a particular policy passed, there’s a strongly likeli

hood their wishes will come true. But when average citizens support something, they have next to no influence.

That’s according to a forthcoming article in Perspectives on Politics by Martin Gilens of Princeton University and Benjamin I. Page of Northwestern University. The two looked at a data set of 1,779 policy issues between 1981 and 2002 and matched them up against surveys of

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Security Agency may be getting out of the business of sweeping up and storing vast amounts of data on people’s phone calls.

The Obama administration this week is expected to propose that Congress overhaul the electronic surveillance program by having phone companies hold onto the call records as they do now, according to a government official briefed on the proposal. The New York Times first reported the details of the proposal Monday night. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to discuss the plan.

The White House proposal would end the government’s practice of sweeping up the phone records of millions of Americans and holding onto those records for five years so the numbers can be searched for national security reasons. Instead, the White House is expected to propose that the records be kept for 18 months, as the phone compa

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How fitting it was that Ken Hayes, the founder of Gathering Of The Vibes, took stage between acts on Saturday evening at the Deep Banana Blackout andKung Fu show at The Capitol Theater in Port Chester in NY to announce the lineup for his 19 year old summer festival. Announcing in that forum makes sense considering that both bands will be on this year’s lineup, and along with those two he called out the names of several other legends, fellow festival staples and new artists alike. Widespread Panicmoe.John Fogerty,Umphrey’s McGee, and tons more.

After just recently announcing that they will be taking the year off from their own beloved summer festival (Camp Bisco), the jamtronica heroes Disco Biscuits will headline accompanied by the Grateful Dead

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Updated: Friday, March 21 2014, 05:26 AM EDT Rochester, N.Y. – State Sen. Ted O’Brien (D-Irondequoit) has voiced his support for the Compassionate Care Act, becoming the fourth local senator to back it. The Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester (BCCR) called O’Brien’s support a major victory for medical marijuana in New York state. “If this bill makes it to the senate floor for a vote, there are enough votes to have it pass,” said Holly Anderson, BCCR executive director. “We have enough support across the state that this will pass.” Advocates for medical marijuana, like Rachel Burke, a breast cancer survivor, said it’s a good and necessary option to have. “With chemo, you’re putting such a toxic poison in your body, and then you’re putting more toxins in your body,” said Burke. Burke added the medication was also very harsh, which is one of the reasons she chose to support the Compassionate Care Act. “To b

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 Head turn: DeepFace uses a 3-D model to rotate faces, virtually, so that they face the camera. Image (a) shows the original image, and (g) shows the final, corrected version.
Advances in the relatively new artificial-intelligence field known as deep learning could fundamentally reshape what computers can do.
Asked whether two unfamiliar photos of faces show the same person, a human being will get it right 97.53 percent of the time. New software developed by researchers

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On the heels of November’s three hugely successful SOLD OUT Dylan Fests in New York and San Francisco, The Best Fest Sponsored by Jameson Irish Whiskey, is proud to announce Petty Fest 2014, the annual tribute to Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers.  This April Petty Fest will hit Los Angeles at The El Rey Theatre on April 3, Seattle at The Showbox April 9 and Chicago at The Metro April 23. The star-studded events, backed all night by the legendary Cabin Down Below Band, bring together the top musicians, actors, and comedians working today.  All involved will be performing their favorite Petty classics. As is tradition at the Fests, these shows are sure to offer a handful of very special surprise guest stars. Once again, 100% of the ticket sale proceeds will go to benefit Sweet Relief and the Sweet Relief Musicians Fund.

 

On April 3, Petty Fest will headline the El Rey Theatre. Confirmed guests will include: Flea, Albert Hammond Jr., The Walking Papers, Brendan Benson, Nik

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No additional east coast dates
will be announced this summer or fall.

As always, we’re never exactly sure what that means but we’re hopeful we’ll see a slew of West Coast shows announced some time after summer begins and we’ll have a chance to catch the band a few times this year. Here are the full set of dates:

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Phish 2014 Tour Dates

7/1 XFINITY Center, Mansfield,MA
7/3 Saratoga Performing Arts Center,Saratoga Springs,NY
7/4 Saratoga Performing Arts Center,Saratoga Springs,NY
7/5 Saratoga Performing Arts Center,Saratoga Springs,NY
7/8 Mann Center for the Performing Arts,Philadelphia,PA
7/9 Mann Center for the Performing Arts,Philadelphia,PA
7/11 Randall’s Island,New York,NY
7/12 Randall’s Island,New York,NY
7/13 Randall’s Island,New York,NY
7/1

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The Rolling Stones have called off the rest of their Australia and New Zealand tour dates following the death of Mick Jagger’s longtime girlfriend L’Wren Scott. The band are planning to res

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chedule the shows for a later date, though those details have not yet been determined. The show promoters have asked that ticket holders keep their tickets until further notice.

A statement from the band reads:



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