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Elaine Weiss at the Campaign for America's Future writes—Can the 2016 Election be About Making it Work for American Families? Millions of parents in states across the country work jobs that provide no time off at all to take care of their new babies....
From: Daily Kos | By: Meteor Blades | Monday, July 6, 2015
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You know where I'm going with this, right? We keep on fighting, that's what. We've won some very important victories in the past few months, in particular on the minimum wage. We've won at the ballot box, where voters and/or legislators—including in...
From: Daily Kos | By: Ian Reifowitz | Sunday, July 5, 2015
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Linda Greenhouse on the politics of fear, and what happens when people stop being afraid. When he ran for president the second time almost half a century ago, Richard M. Nixon made Earl Warren’s Supreme Court a target of his campaign. It was a brilliant...
From: Daily Kos | By: Mark Sumner | Sunday, July 5, 2015
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From the MASSACHUSETTS-ANNEXED FRONTIER TERRITORY OF MAINE... Happy Birthday 'Murica! Lest we forget from whence we cometh'd, a classic history lesson---rated "Mostly True" by PolitiFact and "Ten Hallelujahs!" by the Texas School Board---from Michele...
From: Daily Kos | By: Bill in Portland Maine | Friday, July 3, 2015
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Donald Trump celebrated the Fourth of July by retweeting, then deleting, an anti-immigrant attack on Jeb Bush. Media Matters' Angelo Carusone grabbed a record of Trump's tweet that "#JebBush has to like the Mexican illegals because of his wife." Is Trump...
From: Daily Kos | By: Laura Clawson | Monday, July 6, 2015
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Check out my first-ever Kickstarter: 25 YEARS OF TOMORROW, a two-volume, hardcover, thousand-page compilation of every cartoon I've ever done! It's a dream project, compiling a quarter-century of my life's work, and the only way it can become a reality...
From: Daily Kos | By: Tom Tomorrow | Monday, July 6, 2015
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Paul Krugman at The New York Times writes—Ending Greece’s Bleeding: But the campaign of bullying — the attempt to terrify Greeks by cutting off bank financing and threatening general chaos, all with the almost open goal of pushing the current leftist...
From: Daily Kos | By: Meteor Blades | Monday, July 6, 2015
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Teammates bury Carli Lloyd in a hug after she scored one of her three goals within the first 15 minutes of play. The U.S. women's soccer team won its third world cup Sunday, beating Japan 5-2. The U.S. women dominated, scoring four of their five goals...
From: Daily Kos | By: Kerry Eleveld | Monday, July 6, 2015
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The Kingwood Area Democrats had secured a prime spot at the early voting location.There were balloons, coffee, donuts, and trinkets for kids. There was even some music. Throughout the day many people stopped by to get some coffee. In this seemingly dark...
From: Daily Kos | By: Egberto Willies | Sunday, July 5, 2015
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John Steinbeck “Socialism never took root in America because the poor see themselves not as an exploited proletariat but as temporarily embarrassed millionaires.” That quote reminds me of a guy I knew when I first got out of the Army. We both worked...
From: Daily Kos | By: Mark E Andersen | Sunday, July 5, 2015
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President Obama giving the State of the Union in the House chamber. It is very difficult to call the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors a "representative body." After all, LA County is home to roughly 10.4 million residents, and has just five county...
From: Daily Kos | By: Steve Singiser | Sunday, July 5, 2015
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Last week I wrote about the truth behind the Southern heritage that comes proudly wrapped in a battle flag which, for some reason, is often displayed as a decal on the rear window of a pick-up truck. The reality of that heritage is one of white supremacy...
From: Daily Kos | By: Susan Grigsby | Sunday, July 5, 2015
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President Barack Obama delivers the eulogy at the funeral of Reverend Clementa Pinckney  in Charleston, S.C., June 26, 2015 Last week I was caught up in the moment watching President Obama deliver his eulogy for South Carolina state senator and Rev....
From: Daily Kos | By: Denise Oliver Velez | Sunday, July 5, 2015
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If you're surprised by the fact that Donald "Trump" Trump is now a leading contender for the GOP nomination for president, well then, clearly, you haven't been paying attention. Trump is, without a doubt, the biggest, richest, fastest, classiest, most...
From: Daily Kos | By: Silly Rabbit | Sunday, July 5, 2015
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What's coming up on Sunday Kos ... The Southern heritage that Lost Causers would like us to ignore, by Susan Grigsby The legitimate, though unpopular, case for more politicians in Washington, by Steve Singiser The powerful politics of Barack Obama's...
From: Daily Kos | By: Barbara Morrill | Sunday, July 5, 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, July 5, 2015
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President Obama's announcement that his administration plans to expand overtime protections was very good news for workers. Raising the amount under which all salaried workers are eligible for overtime pay from less than $24,000 to more than $50,000...
From: Daily Kos | By: Laura Clawson | Saturday, July 4, 2015
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"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." —The Declaration of Independence I have...
From: Daily Kos | By: Mark E Andersen | Saturday, July 4, 2015
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The laundry at the Colorado State Industrial School for Boys. It still looked like that when I did time there. In August 1959, I emerged a free person from the Industrial School for Boys in Golden, Colorado, after 23 months of incarceration. I was 12...
From: Daily Kos | By: Meteor Blades | Saturday, July 4, 2015
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$76 billion in tax havens around the world. Underpaid American workers. Way to go, Walmart!...
From: Daily Kos | By: Laura Clawson | Saturday, July 4, 2015
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See Ocean Diver's post here. Many environmentally related posts appearing at Daily Kos each week don't attract the attention they deserve. To help get more eyeballs, Spotlight on Green News & Views (previously known as the Green Diary Rescue) normally...
From: Daily Kos | By: Meteor Blades | Saturday, July 4, 2015
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The immigration group America's Voice started a countdown clock this week measuring how long it would take the GOP candidates to denounce Donald Trump's abhorrent comments about Mexican immigrants being "rapists" and "drug dealers" and "murders." Last...
From: Daily Kos | By: Kerry Eleveld | Saturday, July 4, 2015
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I always enjoy reading Meteor Blades' post about July 4, which centers on Frederick Douglass's iconic speech, "The Meaning of July 4th for the Negro," delivered in Rochester, New York, in 1852. The speech described the alienation slaves and African Americans...
From: Daily Kos | By: Ian Reifowitz | Saturday, July 4, 2015
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Different versions of this post have appeared at Daily Kos since 2008. We do too much "heroification" in America, according to James W. Loewen, author of Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong (one of his several...
From: Daily Kos | By: Meteor Blades | Saturday, July 4, 2015
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Every once in a while, when the temperature stays in triple digits well into September or October, I remember the autumns of my childhood in Chicago—sweaters and jackets and kicking a pile of dead leaves. And I miss the seasonal changes that the desert...
From: Daily Kos | By: Susan Grigsby | Saturday, July 4, 2015
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Do you have big plans to celebrate America's birthday? Talk about it—or whatever you want—in the comments. Have a happy and safe Fourth of July. (And be careful if you're setting off your own fireworks!)...
From: Daily Kos | By: Barbara Morrill | Saturday, July 4, 2015
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Pluto shows two remarkably different sides in these color images of the planet and its largest moon Charon taken by New Horizons on June 25 and June 27 from a distance of about 11 million miles. There has been an assumption made from time to time that...
From: Daily Kos | By: DarkSyde | Saturday, July 4, 2015
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How can Kristol even think to say that? What really happened at Gettysburg? An explanatory from the Atlantic (great read): Hundreds of black veterans made the journey to Gettysburg to mark the 50th anniversary. They greeted the reenacted rebel yells...
From: Daily Kos | By: Greg Dworkin | Saturday, July 4, 2015
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Blast from the Past. At Daily Kos on this date in 2011—Grand corruption: When former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich heard the verdict last week in his corruption trial, he reportedly turned to his lawyers and asked "what happened?" Blagojevich later...
From: Daily Kos | By: Meteor Blades | Saturday, July 4, 2015
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Before he became one of the senators from Minnesota, Al Franken wrote a book in which he described the difference between "mommy love" and "grown-up love." Some people define their patriotism the same way a superfan roots for a sports team or a child...
From: Daily Kos | By: Doctor RJ | Saturday, July 4, 2015
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(click to enlarge) The terrific map above comes from a German government agency known in suitably lengthy Teutonic fashion as the Federal Institute for Research on Building, Urban Affairs and Spatial Development (but mercifully shortened as the BBSR...
From: Daily Kos | By: David Nir | Saturday, July 4, 2015
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Looks like Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell isn't bowing to the wishes of Scott Walker and Jeb Bush on ending the Senate's filibuster rule in order to ease the path to repealing Obamacare. Alexander Bolton has the details: Sources close to Senate...
From: Daily Kos | By: Kerry Eleveld | Saturday, July 4, 2015
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Click to enlarge. I have yet to see any of this year’s big summer movies, but I will be attending a theatrical re-release of Jaws this weekend. I guess that’s what happens when you age out of Hollywood’s beloved 18-35 demographic. The Supreme Court’s...
From: Daily Kos | By: BrianMcFadden | Friday, July 3, 2015
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Friends in low places. Don't you worry, ya losers, Donald Trump and the world's most prominent platform for job-related swimsuit competitions will land on their feet. With a little help from their friends. On Thursday, the relatively obscure independent...
From: Daily Kos | By: Hunter | Friday, July 3, 2015
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Today's comic by Mark Fiore is Scalia’s poetry slam: What's coming up on Sunday Kos ... The Southern heritage that Lost Causers would like us to ignore, by Susan Grigsby The legitimate, though unpopular, case for more politicians in Washington, by...
From: Daily Kos | By: Meteor Blades | Friday, July 3, 2015
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(click to enlarge) In the 1750s, an American physician-cum-botanist named John Mitchell, despite living in Britain at the time and possessing no training as a geographer, nevertheless produced one of the most important maps of the colonial era, on that...
From: Daily Kos | By: David Nir | Friday, July 3, 2015
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David Fahrenthold has compiled a list of all the things Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee has denounced over the years. Let's take a look, shall we? 1.) Dancing, in general. “Christian teens stay away.” (1973) 2.) Twerking, by Miley...
From: Daily Kos | By: Hunter | Friday, July 3, 2015
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This map shows a few of the nearly 200 schools named for prominent leaders of the Confederacy. An interactive version is available here. More public schools are named after Confederates than after the former slaves and abolition activists Frederick Douglass...
From: Daily Kos | By: Meteor Blades | Friday, July 3, 2015
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An invented 'heritage' At the Washington Post, Prof. James Loewen writes that the reason so many people believe false things about the Civil War and the Confederacy is because many of our textbooks teach those wrong things to this day. Teaching or implying...
From: Daily Kos | By: Hunter | Friday, July 3, 2015
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