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Today’s comic by Mark Fiore is The math of Democracy:  • Conrad Burns, former Montana senator, dead at 81: The three-term Republican raised cattle and built a radio empire (by Montana standards) before winning election to the Yellowstone County...
From: Daily Kos | By: Meteor Blades | Friday, April 29, 2016
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It's Friday, April 29, and Day 76 since Justice Antonin Scalia died and Mitch McConnell laid down his Supreme Court blockade: No meetings, no hearings, no votes on his replacement. It's also Day 46 since President Obama named Merrick Garland to be Scalia's...
From: Daily Kos | By: Joan McCarter | Friday, April 29, 2016
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Nine Republican senators are going to be feeling a lot of heat over the coming weeks for their continued blockade of President Obama's Supreme Court nominee, Merrick Garland. As the window for action by the Senate before November narrows—they're taking...
From: Daily Kos | By: Joan McCarter | Friday, April 29, 2016
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The always thought-provoking Rebecca Solznit at Harper’s magazine writes The Habits of Highly Cynical People. An excerpt: We live in a time when the news media and other purveyors of conventional wisdom like to report on the future more than the...
From: Daily Kos | By: Meteor Blades | Friday, April 29, 2016
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Today’s comic by Ruben Bolling is Nate the Right Pundit, in 'Skeptic Shock':  • Obama administration pressures states to reduce use of solitary confinement: The Obama administration is pressing individual states to join its mission to cut back...
From: Daily Kos | By: Meteor Blades | Thursday, April 28, 2016
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As if it just occurred to him, Sen. Chuck Grassley is admitting that the whole blockade of President Obama's Supreme Court nominee for the duration of his last year in office might have a bit of a downside: the Republican front-runner. "If Trump's elected...
From: Daily Kos | By: Joan McCarter | Thursday, April 28, 2016
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Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) isn't taking anything for granted in her run for the Senate against the most vulnerable of the Republicans up for re-election this year, Mark Kirk. She's also doing her job, a refreshing thing for a member of Congress. This...
From: Daily Kos | By: Joan McCarter | Saturday, April 30, 2016
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This week at 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 | Saturday, April 30, 2016
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If you thought North Carolina GOP lawmakers might balk at the economic calamity known as HB2 that is slowly draining their state dry, you were sadly optimistic.  The NCAA Board of Governors may threaten to pull 20-some scheduled championship events...
From: Daily Kos | By: Kerry Eleveld | Saturday, April 30, 2016
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It’s another Saturday, so for those who tune in, welcome to a Saturday Diary of Nuts & Bolts of a Democratic Campaign. Each week, we discuss issues that help drive successful campaigns, and once a month we look into “Horrible mistakes you should...
From: Daily Kos | By: Chris Reeves | Saturday, April 30, 2016
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x YouTube Video It’s now been 45 days since I nominated Judge Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court. Judge Garland is a man of experience, integrity, and unimpeachable qualifications. Judge Garland is someone who Senate Republicans are on record saying...
From: Daily Kos | By: Susan Gardner | Saturday, April 30, 2016
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Welcome to the latest edition in our war on voting series, a joint project of  Joan McCarter and Meteor Blades. U.S. District Court Judge Thomas D. Schroeder, a George W. Bush appointee, ruled in favor of North Carolina’s new voting law Monday, prompting...
From: Daily Kos | By: Meteor Blades | Saturday, April 30, 2016
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Politico: In the swing states that matter most in the presidential race, Donald Trump doesn’t have a prayer against Hillary Clinton in the general election. That’s according to top operatives, strategists and activists in 10 battleground states who...
From: Daily Kos | By: Greg Dworkin | Saturday, April 30, 2016
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Jake Johnson at Common Dreams writes—As Millions of Workers Face Pension Cuts Thanks to Wall Street Greed, Executive Benefits Remain Lavish: In October of 2008, while the economy was in the early stages of what the IMF called "the worst recession...
From: Daily Kos | By: Meteor Blades | Saturday, April 30, 2016
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A group of the nation's most important defenders of LGBT rights have written to ask the Obama administration to pull federal education funding from states that pass laws legalizing transgender discrimination in their schools. It was sent by the American...
From: Daily Kos | By: Hunter | Friday, April 29, 2016
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C'mon, everybody! Let's auger this baby right into the ground! The Republican Party’s image, already quite negative, has slipped since last fall. Currently 33% of the public has a favorable impression of the Republican Party, while 62% have an unfavorable...
From: Daily Kos | By: Hunter | Friday, April 29, 2016
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In 2014 President Obama issued an executive order barring gender identity discrimination both in the federal government and in businesses contracting with the government. Now the Republican House is doing something about it. The Republican-majority House...
From: Daily Kos | By: Hunter | Friday, April 29, 2016
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Wow. Two days ago, had you asked anyone if the game-changing momentum from Ted Cruz’s bold pick of the-second-most-hated-person-in-America as his running mate could ever be topped, they would have responded with an emphatic “No way!”  Well,...
From: Daily Kos | By: Barbara Morrill | Friday, April 29, 2016
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Bring it on, jackass: With the nation on the verge of a presidential election between the first woman to lead a major party and an opponent accused of misogyny, Hillary Clinton and Donald J. Trump are digging in for a fight in which he is likely...
From: Daily Kos | By: Barbara Morrill | Friday, April 29, 2016
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x Vimeo Video As the major presidential candidates are biting and scratching their way to get a majority of the delegates, let’s take a closer look at how those delegates are doled out. Simply put, a presidential candidate has to get a majority of...
From: Daily Kos | By: Mark Fiore | Friday, April 29, 2016
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Leading Off: ● CO-Sen: Hoo boy. Colorado's just been a GOP killing field this past week. On Thursday, the secretary of state's office announced that the final two Republicans hoping to get on the June primary ballot, rich guy Robert Blaha and former...
From: Daily Kos | By: Daily Kos Elections | Friday, April 29, 2016
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We begin today’s roundup with Joan Walsh at The Nation who looks at the Cruz-Fiorina gambit: OK, let’s get some things straight: Senator Ted Cruz won’t have an actual “running mate,” because he won’t have a presidential candidacy...
From: Daily Kos | By: Georgia Logothetis | Friday, April 29, 2016
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The National Republican Congressional Committee is very put out by 60 Minutes' ability to sneak a hidden camera into their super-secret lawmaker fundraising suites. Oh, there will be consequences. The "60 Minutes" piece, which aired Sunday, had hidden-camera...
From: Daily Kos | By: Hunter | Friday, April 29, 2016
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Here's a little preview of what we can expect from now to November, presuming the Republican Party's five remaining non-lunatics don't manage to somehow pry Trumpism off of the party's radiator grill. Bob Sutton, chairman of the Broward County GOP Executive...
From: Daily Kos | By: Hunter | Thursday, April 28, 2016
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Protesters seeking the firing of San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr began their second week of a hunger strike at a police station in the city’s Mission District Thursday. What started as a protest by five people—who some are calling the #Frisco5—has...
From: Daily Kos | By: Meteor Blades | Thursday, April 28, 2016
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The state of the presidential contest is … not close.  General election 2016: Clinton v Trump Conventional wisdom is that general election polling this far out is suspect at best—the candidates might not be fully introduced to the general public,...
From: Daily Kos | By: kos | Thursday, April 28, 2016
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Beyond recent national polling that is just devastating for the GOP in 2016, we now have evidence that Hispanic voter registration is “skyrocketing,” reports Rafael Bernal:  Arturo Vargas, executive director of the National Association of Elected...
From: Daily Kos | By: Kerry Eleveld | Thursday, April 28, 2016
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Donald Trump began pressing a line of attack this week that’s deadly for his candidacy—that the ladies won’t vote for Hillary Clinton ‘cuz she’s playing the “woman card.” Brilliant, Trump, take it straight to your opponent among a voting...
From: Daily Kos | By: Kerry Eleveld | Thursday, April 28, 2016
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The Obamacare headlines that make news continue to be the ones that aren’t very good: United Health leaves the marketplace, premiums go up by double digits, etc. You rarely see the flip side—United Health wasn't a very big player in the exchanges,...
From: Daily Kos | By: Joan McCarter | Thursday, April 28, 2016
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Former U.S. House Speaker John Boehner sat down with students at Stanford University for an in depth, no holds barred interview about his time in office. When it came to the topic of current presidential candidates, Boehner was unusually frank about...
From: Daily Kos | By: Jen Hayden | Thursday, April 28, 2016
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From: Daily Kos | By: RubenBolling | Thursday, April 28, 2016
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Leading Off: ● MD-01: Forget any clever ledes—we're just going to give this one to you right up front: Republican pollster Gravis Marketing blew a race by 96 points on Tuesday night. Yep, 96 points. It's by far—by far—the biggest polling disaster...
From: Daily Kos | By: Daily Kos Elections | Thursday, April 28, 2016
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Well, that was a newsy Wednesday. Trump, figuring he needs to look Presidential gives a mess of a speech with a TelePrompter, the usual Republicans clap, and the foreign policy experts scratch their head. Let’s start with that. x Embedded Content Fred...
From: Daily Kos | By: Greg Dworkin | Thursday, April 28, 2016
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If you're concerned about climate change and the environment while others around you seem less so, might you able to chalk it up to a greater tendency to dwell in systems thinking? Past research has highlighted that those who care about the environment...
From: Daily Kos | By: Hunter | Thursday, April 28, 2016
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