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Secretary Kerry Shakes Hands With hard-nosed Saudi Interior Foreign Minister Mohammed bin Nayef in February 2014. Bin Nayef is now deputy crown prince, third in line to the throne of the kingdom. Marcy Wheeler (emptywheel) discusses the Saudi succession....
From: Daily Kos | By: Meteor Blades | Tuesday, January 27, 2015
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This week, the expanded House Republican majority marked the 42nd anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision by comically failing to pass a 20-week abortion ban contained in the so-called "Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act."...
From: Daily Kos | By: Jon Perr | Sunday, January 25, 2015
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Today's comic by Tom Tomorrow is Science stuff: What you may have missed on Sunday Kos ... Perhaps "no-go" Jindal would like to discuss ethnic enclaves in the U.S., by Denise Oliver Velez Does the Equal Protection Clause apply to women, by Jon Perr The...
From: Daily Kos | By: Meteor Blades | Monday, January 26, 2015
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Rep. Renee Ellmers (R) If you told me back in January of 2011 that North Carolina Rep. Renee Ellmers—Renee Ellmers!—would not be crazy enough for the GOP in just four years time ... well, there's just no way to finish that sentence, because my head...
From: Daily Kos | By: David Nir | Monday, January 26, 2015
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Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) Until last week, the Senate Judiciary Committee had a subcommittee on "the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights." Now, it just has a Subcommittee on the Constitution. Because screw civil rights and human rights. Republicans...
From: Daily Kos | By: Laura Clawson | Monday, January 26, 2015
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Republicans are working hard to make the general public and the U.S. Supreme Court believe that Congress intended to cut millions of people out of getting subsidies to buy insurance under Obamacare. That's to prop up the argument of the plaintiffs in...
From: Daily Kos | By: Joan McCarter | Monday, January 26, 2015
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Not according to Michael R. Strain. Making the case that it's okay if repealing Obamacare kills people appears to be the new front in pro-repeal arguments. The American Enterprise Institute's Michael R. Strain takes that one to the op-ed pages of the...
From: Daily Kos | By: Laura Clawson | Monday, January 26, 2015
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Rep. Renee Ellmers has gone from a tea party success story to an ideological heretic Leading Off: • NC-02: If you told me back in January of 2011 that Renee Ellmers—Renee Ellmers!—would not be crazy enough for the GOP in just four years time ......
From: Daily Kos | By: David Nir | Monday, January 26, 2015
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On Thursday, January 22, having failed to win a pardon from the El Salvadoran justice system, a young woman won her freedom after a pardon was granted by El Salvador's Parliamentary Assembly, according to Amnesty International. The young woman, "Guadalupe,"...
From: Daily Kos | By: Susan Grigsby | Sunday, January 25, 2015
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Senate Democrats are setting the terms of the debate on the funding bill for the Department of Homeland Security. They don't want any of the anti-immigrant riders that House Republicans attached to that bill, reports Seung Min Kim. In a letter to be...
From: Daily Kos | By: Kerry Eleveld | Tuesday, January 27, 2015
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Today's comic by Jen Sorensen is Useful tips from Joni Ernst: NY Democrats agree to ask Speaker Sheldon Silver to step down: The [state Assembly] Democrats reached the decision in a closed-door meeting that stretched for hours, rebuffing a bid by Mr....
From: Daily Kos | By: Meteor Blades | Tuesday, January 27, 2015
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Think he'll be able to stay awake for that one? House Speaker John Boehner may be getting plastered even by the conservative press for the stunt of inviting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to speak to the House on the "dangers" posed by Iran,...
From: Daily Kos | By: Hunter | Tuesday, January 27, 2015
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Much of the northeast is snowed in by Winter Storm Juno, but—as we've seen in the wake of other storms, like Hurricane Sandy—not all people are snowed in equally. Low-wage workers, who have little or no paid time off, may lose a day of pay or be...
From: Daily Kos | By: Laura Clawson | Tuesday, January 27, 2015
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House Speaker John Boehner is quickly becoming a poster boy for American litigiousness. Boehner is once again planning to sue President Obama, this time over immigration: Boehner told his conference at a closed-door meeting Tuesday morning that he has...
From: Daily Kos | By: Laura Clawson | Tuesday, January 27, 2015
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Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), and obedient little Koch head. The Koch brothers held their winter seminar last weekend and lifted the veil of secrecy they are accustomed to a tiny bit. This was possibly an effort to make them appear less evil, or maybe it...
From: Daily Kos | By: Joan McCarter | Tuesday, January 27, 2015
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The Washington Post demonstrates, in less than a sentence, the hilarity at the core of Mitt Romney's plan for 2016: If he runs again in 2016, Romney is determined to re-brand himself as authentic, warts and all ... Authentic is something you are supposed...
From: Daily Kos | By: Laura Clawson | Tuesday, January 27, 2015
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Benghazi committee chair Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) The super-special House select committee investigating #Benghazi has been something of a fizzle, with little to show despite (or because of?) the several investigations that preceded it. Now the select...
From: Daily Kos | By: Laura Clawson | Tuesday, January 27, 2015
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(Click to enlarge) Freshman Senator Joni Ernst's rebuttal to Obama's State of the Union address provided me with some much-needed comic relief after the turbulent news of the past few weeks. Of course, it's only funny until she starts doing the things...
From: Daily Kos | By: Jen Sorensen | Tuesday, January 27, 2015
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Eric Roston at BusinessWeek examines the issue of climate change and the politics behind it all: The political patter during blizzards has long been predictable. Here's what's interesting these days. As climate science becomes more confident, it may...
From: Daily Kos | By: Georgia Logothetis | Tuesday, January 27, 2015
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The union of politics and music has a long history. It works on a multiple levels too. Associating a campaign with a popular song is the equivalent of having a good jingle for a product, and it helps to get the crowds going. For example, Jimmie Davis...
From: Daily Kos | By: Doctor RJ | Tuesday, January 27, 2015
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Don't be fooled by a winter blizzard this week! The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) rated 2014 as the hottest year in the global temperature record and NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) promptly chimed in with the...
From: Daily Kos | By: DarkSyde | Tuesday, January 27, 2015
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Laura Clawson wrote earlier about the farce that is new Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's "open amendment" process for the Keystone XL bill. She included a snippet of video from the floor "debate" in which Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) repeatedly tried...
From: Daily Kos | By: Joan McCarter | Monday, January 26, 2015
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Once again, House Republicans pulled a bill that they couldn't agree on—this time on border security, reports Jamie Dupree. With looming questions about internal support for a limited border security bill amongst House Republicans, GOP leaders bumped...
From: Daily Kos | By: Kerry Eleveld | Monday, January 26, 2015
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Massachusetts State Police have a sense of humor. Expert predictions of the Nor'easter storm call it "historic" and "life-threatening." Meteorologists are saying the Northeast, including Boston, Philadelphia, Providence, and New York City will get two,...
From: Daily Kos | By: Meteor Blades | Monday, January 26, 2015
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Red meat abounded at Rep. Steve King's Iowa 'freedom'* summit over the weekend (*excepting gays, immigrants, and women—no freedom for them). The people who had the most to lose were likely New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker,...
From: Daily Kos | By: Kerry Eleveld | Monday, January 26, 2015
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From: Daily Kos | By: Tom Tomorrow | Monday, January 26, 2015
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E.J. Dionne Jr. at The Washington Post discusses The new culture wars: House Republicans were able to pass without much difficulty a remarkably restrictive bill that would overturn Obama's executive actions on immigration. It was aimed not only at his...
From: Daily Kos | By: Meteor Blades | Monday, January 26, 2015
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Leticia Miranda at Pro-Publica writes Obama Wants You to Have Cheap, Fast Internet, But Many Cities Aren’t Allowed to Provide It. An excerpt: Although there are about 300 municipal broadband networks across the country, laws in about 20 states create...
From: Daily Kos | By: Meteor Blades | Monday, January 26, 2015
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Latest look at Ceres, captured by Dawn's long range framing camera on 19 Jan 2015 from a distance of 238,000 miles courtesy of NASA/JPL After traveling three billion miles for seven years with a stopover at Vesta, NASA's Dawn spacecraft is closing in...
From: Daily Kos | By: DarkSyde | Monday, January 26, 2015
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President Obama was interviewed by three popular YouTube video bloggers (vloggers) on Thursday, Hank Green, GloZell Green, and Bethany Mota. They received almost one hour of the president’s coveted time. Who are these vloggers that merited such distinction?...
From: Daily Kos | By: Egberto Willies | Monday, January 26, 2015
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What is the value of an hour's worth of one's labor? What makes an hour of labor more or less valuable? Is it the task? Is it the perception that the task is simple, or less valuable in the eyes of another? Why is the value of a waiter or waitress set...
From: Daily Kos | By: Mark E Andersen | Sunday, January 25, 2015
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Much has been made of the disparities between presidential and midterm electoral turnout as of late, especially given the twin collapses that have been visited upon the Democratic Party in the past two midterms. A great deal of the focus, with justification,...
From: Daily Kos | By: Steve Singiser | Sunday, January 25, 2015
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Apparently, John Boehner doesn't want to see how this plays out. Barack Obama won his two elections for president, as he reminded the American people (and congressional Republicans) during Tuesday night's State of the Union address. Additionally, his...
From: Daily Kos | By: Ian Reifowitz | Sunday, January 25, 2015
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A tax cut for these guys? That's a tax cut. A tax cut for the middle class? "Washington spending." It's a foundation of American political debate: Republicans love tax cuts. It's almost an addiction, like catnip for felines. Economic conditions are irrelevant...
From: Daily Kos | By: Dante Atkins | Sunday, January 25, 2015
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After embarrassing himself spouting Faux News propaganda about "no-go zones" (which even Fox disclaimed), Bobby Jindal, governor of Louisiana, home to ethnic enclaves of Creoles, Cajuns and ethnic celebrations like Mardi Gras, needs a brief American...
From: Daily Kos | By: Denise Oliver Velez | Sunday, January 25, 2015
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A funny thing happened on the way to the State of the Union address— President Obama stopped giving a fuck about what his Republican and/or mainstream media critics think, and started getting real. With no more campaigns to run, Obama returned to...
From: Daily Kos | By: Silly Rabbit | Sunday, January 25, 2015
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What's coming up on Sunday Kos ... Perhaps "no-go" Jindal would like to discuss ethnic enclaves in the U.S., by Denise Oliver Velez Does the Equal Protection Clause apply to women, by Jon Perr The future of the news media is mostly you, by Egberto Willies...
From: Daily Kos | By: Barbara Morrill | Sunday, January 25, 2015
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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, January 25, 2015
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Wage theft can take many forms, but if you're in any doubt that it's not some fringe practice, that in fact major companies practice it, check out these two stories. A lawsuit involving workers misclassified as independent contractors by Lowe's is being...
From: Daily Kos | By: Laura Clawson | Saturday, January 24, 2015
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As Rick Santorum contemplates whether or not he will again run for president, he looks back on on all that "crazy stuff" he said: Santorum's campaign in 2012 was largely defined by his anti-abortion stances and statements regarding contraception and...
From: Daily Kos | By: Hunter | Saturday, January 24, 2015
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