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MQ-9 Reaper drone. Tom Englehardt writes The Senate Drone Report of 2019: Looking Back on Washington's War on Terror. An excerpt: It was December 6, 2019, three years into a sagging Clinton presidency and a bitterly divided Congress. That day, the 500-page...
From: Daily Kos | By: Meteor Blades | Friday, December 19, 2014
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The dumbest man on television? The neoconservative uberpundit Bill Kristol continues to have theories on why he continues to find an American program of torturing detainees untroubling. [Bill Kristol told] Newsmax TV host Steve Malzberg today that Republicans...
From: Daily Kos | By: Hunter | Thursday, December 18, 2014
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Today's comic by Matt Bors is The justice system works! 111 years ago today, the Wright Brothers made front-page news. Greenpeace activists may have permanently damaged ancient sacred site in Peru: The organization has been taking major knocks after...
From: Daily Kos | By: Meteor Blades | Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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Under increasing pressure and scrutiny as the public learns that St. Louis prosecutor Bob McCulloch knowingly called a witness to testify on behalf of Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson who was actually never even at the scene of the shooting, McCulloch...
From: Daily Kos | By: Shaun King | Saturday, December 20, 2014
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Journalist Charles C. Johnson (center), seen here signing the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution We generally ignore the exploits of conservative "journalists" here, but when last we saw Charles C. Johnson I believe he was being arrested for his bold invasion...
From: Daily Kos | By: Hunter | Saturday, December 20, 2014
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From the GREAT STATE OF MAINE… Late Night Snark: "Mr. Obama, Tear Down This Embargo!" "President Obama announced that he's going to reopen diplomatic relations with Cuba. He wants to act before Seth Rogen makes a movie about Castro." ---Conan O'Brien...
From: Daily Kos | By: Bill in Portland Maine | Saturday, December 20, 2014
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On Friday afternoon, President Obama held a press conference and discussed Cuba, North Korea, Keystone XL, race relations in America ... but the really big news to come out of it? All of the reporters who asked questions of the President today were women...
From: Daily Kos | By: Barbara Morrill | Friday, December 19, 2014
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Today's comic by Mark Fiore is Citibank democracy: What's coming up on Sunday Kos ... Ignoring torture here at home, by Denise Oliver Velez We are no better than our enemies, by Mark E Andersen You won't believe what happens in a manual recount, by Dante...
From: Daily Kos | By: Meteor Blades | Friday, December 19, 2014
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Hey look, the Republican primaries have started. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio isn’t mincing words when it comes to his Republican colleague Sen. Rand Paul’s support for the U.S.’s new Cuba policy. “Like many people who have been opining, he has no...
From: Daily Kos | By: Hunter | Friday, December 19, 2014
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This is what success looks like for Planned Parenthood in 2014: the spending bill passed by Congress included several restrictions on abortion funding ... but it didn't include any new attacks on choice, so it was a win. Passing a short-term bill to...
From: Daily Kos | By: Laura Clawson | Friday, December 19, 2014
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Thanks to a last-minute scramble to pass some bills, the 113th Congress managed to dodge the title of "least productive." That title will stay with the 112th Congress: GovTrack's Josh Tauberer says that the House and Senate ran up the tally in the final...
From: Daily Kos | By: Laura Clawson | Friday, December 19, 2014
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Now that the secret back room dealings are done and the latest budget bill passed Congress (of course, at the 11th hour), we can see the thumbprints of Wall Street once again. Actually, more than thumbprints, Citigroup actually wrote part of it. They...
From: Daily Kos | By: Mark Fiore | Friday, December 19, 2014
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Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is among the senators bringing lobbyists into government at high levels. The revolving door between lobbying and government work has been set to spinning by the Republican takeover of the Senate. Lobbyists are taking big pay cuts...
From: Daily Kos | By: Laura Clawson | Friday, December 19, 2014
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Republican Rep. Blake Farenthold Leading Off: • TX-27: On Tuesday, the news broke that Republican Rep. Blake Farenthold's former communications director was suing her former boss for sexual harassment. It also doesn't help Farenthold's situation that...
From: Daily Kos | By: Jeff Singer | Friday, December 19, 2014
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The New York Times editorial board takes on the latest developments in the Sony hack: Even a movie studio aware of Mr. Kim’s megalomania could not have fully anticipated this crime and the threats that followed. Unfortunately, Sony’s capitulation...
From: Daily Kos | By: Georgia Logothetis | Friday, December 19, 2014
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I had an idea once. It was awful. To understand the Republican position on Cuba all you need to know is that whatever Obama does is wrong. That's all. Sen. John McCain, please demonstrate. Yesterday, for example, McCain issued a joint press statement...
From: Daily Kos | By: Hunter | Friday, December 19, 2014
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"Hi, I'm China." "And I'm Saudi Arabia (and china)." Selective outrage: Republicans loudly protested President Barack Obama's historic detente with Cuba on Wednesday, arguing that diplomatic relations with a nation with a history of human rights abuses...
From: Daily Kos | By: Barbara Morrill | Friday, December 19, 2014
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From: Daily Kos | By: MattWuerker | Thursday, December 18, 2014
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Today's comic by Ruben Bolling is The top secret files of Dick Cheney: These Daily Kos community posts were the most shared on Facebook December 17: The Frankenstein We Have Created (Police rep speaks to MSNBC), by JoanMar POTUS Permanently Protects...
From: Daily Kos | By: Meteor Blades | Thursday, December 18, 2014
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A Cuban American celebrates the Obama announcement. Every serious Republican candidate for president will be against normalizing relations with Cuba. That's a given. In order to win the nomination, you’re going to need the support of lots of older...
From: Daily Kos | By: Hunter | Thursday, December 18, 2014
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Dark days for Congress There's general agreement that the past two years has represented the worst Congress ever. (Though the next Congress has a fighting chance to be worse.) But what does that mean, beyond the rock-bottom popularity? Jonathan Topaz...
From: Daily Kos | By: Laura Clawson | Thursday, December 18, 2014
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Great news: New federal government data shows the percentage of Americans without health insurance was at or near historic lows this year following the roll-out of the Affordable Care Act, and appears certain to fall to record levels next year. [...]...
From: Daily Kos | By: Barbara Morrill | Thursday, December 18, 2014
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Oh, hey, look. The media is noticing that President Obama has had a good month-plus, despite the horrors of early November. Chuck Todd et al at First Read describe him as "an active-duck president" and continue: Despite the controversy and gridlock,...
From: Daily Kos | By: Laura Clawson | Thursday, December 18, 2014
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Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) tweeted this photo of Alan Gross arriving in the United States after being released from Cuba. The big news that the Obama administration is moving toward normalizing relations with Cuba, including easing travel and trade restrictions,...
From: Daily Kos | By: Laura Clawson | Thursday, December 18, 2014
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From: Daily Kos | By: RubenBolling | Thursday, December 18, 2014
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Republican Rep.-elect Martha McSally Leading Off: • AZ-02: The writing has been on the wall for a long time here, but on Wednesday Republicans officially got their final pickup of the 2014 election cycle. Last month, Republican Martha McSally held...
From: Daily Kos | By: Jeff Singer | Thursday, December 18, 2014
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NY Times: President Obama’s decision on Wednesday to radically shift United States policy toward Cuba is the latest and most striking example of a president unleashed from the hesitancy that characterized much of his first six years in office. The...
From: Daily Kos | By: Greg Dworkin | Thursday, December 18, 2014
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George Stinney's mugshots. Normally, I don't put a news excerpt from The New York Times in Night Owls, but I'm making an exception tonight to ensure that this awful story gets attention. Jesse Wegman writes: Seventy years after he was executed in South...
From: Daily Kos | By: Meteor Blades | Thursday, December 18, 2014
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From: Daily Kos | By: BrianMcFadden | Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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This infographic is included in a new fracking report from the Natural Resources Defense Council. A larger version can be viewed by clicking here. Citing health concerns, New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced at a cabinet meeting Wednesday that his...
From: Daily Kos | By: Meteor Blades | Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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I'll put you down as a "no." How do Cuban Americans feel about Obama's plans to begin normalization of relations with Cuba? It depends on who you ask. Some Cuban exiles rejoiced at the prospect of easier access to their relatives. Some swelled with guarded...
From: Daily Kos | By: Hunter | Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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Sen. Marco Rubio is making a play at heading the Republican response to Obama's Cuba moves. He's the son of Cuban immigrants, after all, though he was caught severely fudging the history on even that. He based much of his angry statements condemning...
From: Daily Kos | By: Hunter | Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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Aid worker Alan Gross arrives in Maryland after being released from Cuban imprisonment as part of a deal loosening trade and diplomatic between Cuba and the United States. With news that the president has brokered detente with Cuba, expect the crazy...
From: Daily Kos | By: kos | Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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President Obama has not only had 305 district and circuit court judges confirmed over the past six years, he has added significant diversity to the courts through his choices: Among the 12 confirmed in the final hours of the Senate's session, Robert...
From: Daily Kos | By: Laura Clawson | Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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On Wednesday, shortly after 12 ET, President Obama will announce major changes in U.S. policy towards Cuba. From a White House release: The President has instructed the Secretary of State to immediately initiate discussions with Cuba on the re-establishment...
From: Daily Kos | By: Barbara Morrill | Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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Filibuster reform did its work Tuesday night (with an assist from Sen. Ted Cruz), leading to the Senate confirming 12 of President Obama's judicial nominees to district courts. Obama has now had 305 district court and circuit court judges confirmed,...
From: Daily Kos | By: Laura Clawson | Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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Judy Gross, wife of U.S. aid contractor Alan Gross who was released from a jail in Cuba, shows their family picture. U.S. Agency for International Development contractor Alan Gross, imprisoned in Cuba for five years on charges of trying "to promote destabilizing...
From: Daily Kos | By: Laura Clawson | Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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Ohio State Senate by current membership (map by Stephen Wolf) Leading Off: • OH Redistricting: On Friday, the Ohio Senate passed a law that would change how the state handles legislative redistricting from now on. The state House is expected to easily...
From: Daily Kos | By: Jeff Singer | Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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WaPo: Putin remains tremendously popular in Russia, but his rule has long been predicated on a basic bargain with voters: They gain economic prosperity and stability in exchange for acquiescence to a political life devoid of real opposition. His half...
From: Daily Kos | By: Greg Dworkin | Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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