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Progressive Caucus Statement on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Payday Loan Proposal

WASHINGTON— Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) Co-Chairs Reps. Raúl M. Grijalva… Go to Source : Progressive Caucus Statement on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Payday Loan Proposal

The Walker National Security Doctrine: It It Bleeds, It Leads

Believe it or not, there was something in that Hugh Hewitt interview with Scott Walker that’s more disturbing than his claim that service as a county executive is a better qualification for leadership on international affairs than knowledge of and experience in foreign policy or nat [...]

Give Up, Evangelicals. The Republican Party Isn’t Going to Help You.

Evangelicals are not thrilled about a third coming of Bush. Concerned that former Florida Governor Jeb Bush will receive the GOP nomination thanks to his credit with the party establishment, Evangelical leaders around the country are in talks “to coalesce their support behind a sing [...]

Midday open thread: Piece of TPP pact revealed, ND to challenge fracking rule, Bolton says bomb Iran

Today’s comic by Ruben Bolling is Super-Fun-Pak Comix – Percival Dunwoody and more: Wikileaks releases piece of secret Trans-Pacific Trade Partnership pact expanding corporate power: The TPP Investment Chapter, published today, is dated 20 January 2015. The document is clas [...]

Indiana is turning into the battle over religious freedom that Arizona never was

In 2014, Arizona’s so-called religious freedom bill never stood a chance. The bill sought to give individuals and businesses exemptions from laws that burdened their religious beliefs, but was criticized for being too broadly worded — with all sorts of legal loopholes and the  [...]

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson on Thursday rejected the idea that Deputy DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas should be fired for help [...]

INDIANAPOLIS (TheBlaze/AP) — Indiana Gov. Mike Pence signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act into law during a private ceremony on Thu [...]

Germanwings Wasn’t the First Mass-Murder Plane Crash. Here’s What Investigators Learned About the Others.

On Tuesday, Germanwings flight 9525 crashed into the French Alps, killing 150 people. Today, French prosec Go to Source : Germanwings Wasn’t the First Mass-Murder Plane Crash. Here’s What Investigators Learned About the Others.

In announcing his presidential candidacy, Sen. Ted Cruz painted a bleak picture of “economic stagnation” and “record numb [...]

Scott Walker flip-flops on immigration, saying privately he now backs a path to citizenship

Fool you once, shame on me. Fool you twice, shame on you. Scott Walker, the Republican governor of Wisconsin and 2016 presidential hopeful, has flipped yet again, only not publicly. At a private dinner in New Hampshire, Walker told a group of Republicans that all that stuff he’s s [...]

The 13 words you can’t write about Hillary Clinton anymore

Hillary Clinton has been in the public eye for a very long time, which means much has been written about her — including quite a few adjectives. But some of these adjectives are now off-limits. That’s according to the Clinton “Super Volunteers,” who have promised t [...]

Walker’s "Think Locally, Act Globally" Standard of Foreign Policy Experience

Conservative gabber Hugh Hewitt interviewed Scott Walker on foreign policy issues yesterday, and the ensuing headlines involved Walker’s commitment to nullify any U.S.-Iran nuclear deal “on day one” if he is elected. But a different item caught my attention: the Wiscon [...]

Journalist Who Favors Same-Sex Marriage Delivers Tough Message in Defense of Christian Bakers Who Refused to Make a ‘Support Gay Marriage’ Cake

A bakery in Northern Ireland is facing a legal battle over its refusal to put the words “support gay marriage” on a cake last year, with a columnist who favors same-sex nuptials publicly coming out in support of the company in a recent op-ed that touted free speech and conscie [...]

Making Deserts Bloom

Robert Leonard Reid Editor’s Note: As politicans and CEOs persist in denying the reality of climate change and Californians face a dire water shortage, we found this July 1981 archival piece particularly sobering reading. While Californians have made strid [...]

A video showing an SUV repeatedly ramming a van on a Detroit street is going viral — but it’s apparently who the drivers are and how  [...]

Walter Frick writes in the Atlantic about recent research which suggests that a strong social safety net increases entrepreneurship. For ex [...]

Facebook To Use Metadata From Chats To Alter News Feed

Facebook Messenger is a News Feed signal: — Todd Olmstead (@toddjolmstead) March 26, 2015 Social media monopoly Facebook recently held its developers conference called F8 where it talked about a series of new products it was int [...]

Congress just had a Kumbaya moment. Here’s how rare that is.

Something unexpected and unusual happened in the House on Thursday: The two parties agreed. On two votes, H.Res 173 and H.R. 2 — the so-called “doc fix” — an overwhelming majority of the House voted in support. It’s not uncommon that the House votes unanimously on an iss [...]

Wondering What Happens in the Cockpit of a Crashing Plane? Read This Story.

An international airliner falls out of the sky, seemingly for no reason. A cryptic recording from the cockpit voice recorder. The crash of Germanwings flight 9525 on Tuesday has, at least in the early going, left investigators with a lot of puzzling questions. It’s also drawn obviou [...]

CREDIT: AP Photo/Stephan Savoia In his first year in the Senate, Rand Paul (R-KY) introduced a budget that called for a $164 billion cut  [...]

Human Rights Campaign hopes to fight Arkansas’ religious freedom bill by scaring away Silicon Valley

The Human Rights Campaign is planning an end run around the Arkansas legislature. In its fight against a bill that it argues would endorse discrimination against the gay, lesbian, queer and transgender community, HRC plans to hit the state where it hurts: its attempts at recruiting busine [...]

Aaron Schock says goodbye to Congress with ‘sadness and humility’ and a nod to Abe Lincoln

Days ahead of his planned resignation from Congress, embattled Rep. Aaron Schock (R-Ill.) delivered a farewell address on the House floor Thursday afternoon in which he said he was departing with “sadness and humility” and he vowed to “work tirelessly” to make it u [...]

Pence Signs "Religious Liberty" Bill, Says Everybody’s Doing It

To no one’s surprise, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence signed into law a “religious liberty” bill that has spurred threats of convention boycotts, including one from the sponsors of GenCon, the largest “gamer” convention in the country, and another from the Indiana-ba [...]

A member of the Army National Guard was arrested at a Chicago airport Wednesday evening as he tried to leave the country for Egypt where he [...]

Indiana now a ‘right to discriminate’ state—and what that means

Indiana has the distinction of becoming the first state this year to enact a “right to discriminate” law, otherwise known as a religious “freedom” law, after Republican Gov. Mike Pence signed the legislation in a private ceremony Thursday. It’s only fitting  [...]

The best congressional acronym ever — well, at least of this week

Congress loves acronyms. Coming up with those catchy short titles for massive bills is one of the few creative and fun things for congressional staffers to do in the otherwise dreary world on Capitol Hill. It’s become something of an art form.Read full article >> Go to Source  [...]

Elias Marzeleno and his girlfriend were driving past a McDonald’s in Glendale, Arizona, when they noticed the flag outside the restau [...]

The Long, Ugly History of Racism at American Universities

Demands to rename Tillman Hall at Clemson University, the circulation of a video showing a racist chant at the University of O Go to Source : The Long, Ugly History of Racism at American Universities

The House legislates! Passes bipartisan Medicare ‘doc fix’ bill

The House passed a permanent payment formula fix for Medicare Thursday, 212-33 392-37. That sounds like a totally mundane sentence, but it is a remarkable achievement. The legislation is the result of direct negotiations between House Speaker John Boehner and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi [...]

Nancy Pelosi turns 75 today. She’s still the most effective leader in Congress.

Here’s a little secret about Congress: Nancy Pelosi remains the leader that inspires the most fear among her colleagues. It’s worth thinking about Pelosi’s current role in Congress — and her legacy in that chamber — as she celebrates her 75th birthday today. She’s  [...]