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This week in progressive state blogs is designed specifically to focus attention on the writing and analysis of people focused on their home turf. Let me know via comments or Kosmail if you have a favorite state- or city-based blog you think I should...
From: Daily Kos | By: Meteor Blades | Sunday, April 26, 2015
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If only these things worked./ Dana Milbank says the TPP is just as bad as you think it is. And Elizabeth Warren? Well... No, President Obama, Elizabeth Warren isn’t wrong. Obama told MSNBC’s Chris Matthews on Tuesday that the populist Democratic...
From: Daily Kos | By: Mark Sumner | Sunday, April 26, 2015
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A rising tide will lift my yacht. Charles Koch is not a scientist, but he has a mountain of money and a controlling share in the Republican Party so to hell with the scientists. For the record, Koch says this of climate change: "You can plausibly say...
From: Daily Kos | By: Hunter | Saturday, April 25, 2015
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Suit, flag, and original thoughts paid for by Airlines For America. Please have them back by Thursday. The news that House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee chairman Rep. Bill Shuster (R-PA) is dating Shelley Rubino, a vice president for lobbying...
From: Daily Kos | By: Hunter | Friday, April 24, 2015
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A mine owner in Oregon was having a dispute with the Bureau of Land Management over his paperwork. His solution? Summon the ready nationwide movement of heavily armed "patriots" that so deftly protected Cliven Bundy from having to follow the same laws...
From: Daily Kos | By: Hunter | Monday, April 27, 2015
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In the United States the definition of high-speed rail ranges from 90 mph to 150 mph. The average speed of the the fastest train currently running in the United States, the Acela Express, is 68 mph. While the Acela Express is capable of higher speeds,...
From: Daily Kos | By: Mark E Andersen | Monday, April 27, 2015
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America survived for almost 200 years without the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA). Somehow, we muddled through all of those years without this expensive boondoggle of an agency. Richard Nixon was the force behind our current drug war, riding into office...
From: Daily Kos | By: Susan Grigsby | Sunday, April 26, 2015
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President Obama’s personal and post-college history enforces the belief that he has always been a champion of the poor and the middle class. He has displayed a certain pragmatic reality while in office that upset most liberal and progressive purists,...
From: Daily Kos | By: Egberto Willies | Sunday, April 26, 2015
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I solemnly swear that I am up to no good. And not in the fun way, like in Harry Potter. Bobby Jindal wants to be relevant. Yes, he wants to be president, but given where the soon-to-be former governor of Louisiana stands in recent polling, Jindal needs...
From: Daily Kos | By: Ian Reifowitz | Sunday, April 26, 2015
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Sorry. Can't let you get married because straight people won't feel superior any more. This upcoming Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on whether it is constitutional for states to ban same-sex marriage. Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio,...
From: Daily Kos | By: Dante Atkins | Sunday, April 26, 2015
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For four decades, American public opinion on the issue of abortion has been largely unchanged. As the numbers from Gallup, the Pew Research Center, and other polls show, roughly half of Americans have identified themselves as "pro-choice" even as consistent...
From: Daily Kos | By: Jon Perr | Sunday, April 26, 2015
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(click to enlarge) The New York Times's Upshot released a fascinating piece of data journalism this week, which you may have already seen: the case of the "1.5 million missing black men." They aren't actually "missing," to the extent that we know where...
From: Daily Kos | By: David Jarman | Sunday, April 26, 2015
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As a youngster, I built and flew model aircraft, similar in principle to the one above, but we didn't call them drones. We called them radio-controlled airplanes and if you have a son or daughter with a flair for building things and an interest in flight,...
From: Daily Kos | By: DarkSyde | Sunday, April 26, 2015
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Cartoon decrying the Hamburg massacre of July 1876 As people raise a hue and cry, for a media minute, about yet another police murder of an unarmed black man—this time Walter Scott in North Charleston, South Carolina, who was riddled with bullets by...
From: Daily Kos | By: Denise Oliver Velez | Sunday, April 26, 2015
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Last weekend, 19 prospective Republican candidates for president descended on New Hampshire for the latest in a never-ending series of cattle calls. Technically speaking, the "Live Free or Die" state holds the first-in-the-nation primary; but, in reality,...
From: Daily Kos | By: Silly Rabbit | Sunday, April 26, 2015
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What's coming up on Sunday Kos ... A drone too far, by DarkSyde Now they just kill us one by one, by Denise Oliver Velez Japan laps the U.S. with new high speed train, by Mark E Andersen How anti-abortion intensity wins in pro-choice America, by Jon...
From: Daily Kos | By: Barbara Morrill | Sunday, April 26, 2015
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Rep. Gwen Moore House and Senate conferees are meeting to reconcile the two chambers' budgets, and one Democratic member, Rep. Gwen Moore (WI-04) has one mission. "Not to cut anymore out of SNAP," the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, better...
From: Daily Kos | By: Joan McCarter | Sunday, April 26, 2015
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There are 61,000 structurally deficient bridges in the United States, and this is what congressional Republicans want to do to transportation funding: The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities' Robert Greenstein has more: The House and Senate budgets...
From: Daily Kos | By: Laura Clawson | Saturday, April 25, 2015
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Allen West was at one point a genuine congressman from the unfortunate state of Florida, aka Future Atlantis, but he lost his seat after he proved too embarrassing to be even a Republican member of House, which is saying something. Undaunted, however,...
From: Daily Kos | By: Hunter | Saturday, April 25, 2015
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If creationism is the zombie lie behind all biology and geology, the Governor's Mansion in Louisiana might stand in for the castle ruins where the burnt and battered monster is reanimated and sent off to terrorize the countryside again. There's certainly...
From: Daily Kos | By: DarkSyde | Saturday, April 25, 2015
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Looks like the Apocalypse to me. Former Rep. Michele Bachmann is very excited that the world may be coming to an end. Iran may be getting the bomb, and gay people are getting married these days, and all of this is wonderful news because it means Israel...
From: Daily Kos | By: Hunter | Saturday, April 25, 2015
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'Oh spirit of Reagan, I summon thee and bind thee to my will.' Ted Cruz, the presidential candidate for people who never learned to use their inside voices: “Obama is not a disaster because he was a senator,” said Cruz. “Obama is a disaster because...
From: Daily Kos | By: Hunter | Saturday, April 25, 2015
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This week we found out that Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, a fervent defender of "traditional marriage," is courting gay donors in Manhattan Penthouses. Meanwhile, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, an avowed true believer in border security first, is wooing pro-immigration...
From: Daily Kos | By: Kerry Eleveld | Saturday, April 25, 2015
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A New York teacher has written a remarkable letter to Diane Ravitch explaining how the focus on standardized testing is hurting her students. Her first-grade students. Even though these kids won't be taking Common Core tests for two years, she writes,...
From: Daily Kos | By: Laura Clawson | Saturday, April 25, 2015
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Right now, on an uneven playing field. Where the rules are different. And that’s why America has to write the rules of the global economy – so that our workers can compete on a level playing field. President Obama made his case for the controversial...
From: Daily Kos | By: Susan Gardner | Saturday, April 25, 2015
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Will the real Mike Rogers (R-AL) please stand up? Because there's a fire and brimstone Mike Rogers who hates him some commie leader and likes to wax elegantly on a certain president who purportedly cowers most cowardly before Putin's manliness: "[Putin]...
From: Daily Kos | By: DarkSyde | Saturday, April 25, 2015
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The Nation: A piece today in Bloomberg View headlined the fight between the Israel lobby and the Republican über-hawks as "Aipac vs. Pro-Israel Republicans." But it would more accurately be called "AIPAC vs. the Neocons." And we shouldn't forget for...
From: Daily Kos | By: Greg Dworkin | Saturday, April 25, 2015
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The current military pension system, in which you get a generous pension after 20 years of service but have no retirement plan if you serve 19 years, could use an overhaul. That doesn't mean that dumping the military into the kind of privatized, vulnerable...
From: Daily Kos | By: Laura Clawson | Saturday, April 25, 2015
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Click to enlarge. Kansas Governor Sam Brownback recently signed sweeping welfare "reforms" into law. They're ostensibly supposed to curb welfare fraud, but in reality they create even more hurdles for the poor, much like how voter ID laws exist to keep...
From: Daily Kos | By: BrianMcFadden | Friday, April 24, 2015
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Today's comic by Mark Fiore is Death & Destruction, Inc. What's coming up on Sunday Kos ... A drone too far, by DarkSyde Now they just kill us one by one, by Denise Oliver Velez Japan laps the U.S. with new high speed train, by Mark E Andersen How...
From: Daily Kos | By: Barbara Morrill | Friday, April 24, 2015
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Gov. Paul LePage (R-ME) Here we go again. Maine Gov. Paul LePage is the latest to push for harsher limits on what foods people can buy with food stamps. Because it's not enough that people have tiny food budgets and periodic humiliation in the grocery...
From: Daily Kos | By: Laura Clawson | Friday, April 24, 2015
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Oh no! Obama just cost himself Iowa's electoral votes! Whew! Thank the maker for the paper of record! The New York Times wisely recognized that it's vital to the future of our country that we learn about how Jeb Bush is trying to control his weight via...
From: Daily Kos | By: David Nir | Friday, April 24, 2015
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The national media appears committed to embarrassing itself with a barrage of speculation-driven stories drawing on an error-laden book by Peter Schweizer, a Republican operative with a long history of retractions. Outlets like the New York Times and...
From: Daily Kos | By: Laura Clawson | Friday, April 24, 2015
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Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI) Republicans have been itching to show how much better they could do with the American economy than President Obama has done. But Republican governors have had the chance to show what they can do with their own states' economies,...
From: Daily Kos | By: Laura Clawson | Friday, April 24, 2015
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Oh, noes. Trouble in Bushland? Jeb Bush thought he was going to shock and awe his Republican presidential primary opponents by raising soooooo much money for his "Right to Rise" Super PAC that everyone's shoulders slumped and their heads bowed and they...
From: Daily Kos | By: Laura Clawson | Friday, April 24, 2015
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Now that the defense industry in the United States has taken a bit of a budgeting hit at home, they’re getting more aggressive overseas. Defense contractors are opening satellite offices and selling arms as fast as they can into the chaos of the Middle...
From: Daily Kos | By: Mark Fiore | Friday, April 24, 2015
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The NRSC is hoping they can land Rep. Joe Heck Leading Off: • NV-Sen: Rep. Joe Heck has repeatedly said that he doesn't want to run for Harry Reid's open Senate seat next year, but national Republicans have never given up hope that they can change...
From: Daily Kos | By: Jeff Singer | Friday, April 24, 2015
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We begin today's roundup with The Courier-Journal's take on the confirmation of Loretta Lynch as attorney general: Loretta Lynch made history Thursday by becoming the first African-American woman to lead the U.S. Justice Department as the nation’s...
From: Daily Kos | By: Georgia Logothetis | Friday, April 24, 2015
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