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Cruz vows to filibuster any Obama nominee to replace Scalia

Ted Cruz vowed Sunday to filibuster any nomination made by President Obama to replace the late Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia. “Absolutely,” he said on ABC’s “This Week” when asked if he would block any nominee named by Obama this year. “This  [...]

U.S. military to assess and manage risks of climate change

Back in the early 80s there was a breeding colony of least terns, near the mouth of the Santa Margarita River, that occasionally hosted the endangered Western snowy plover. During the nesting season, Marines were unable to access the Pacific Ocean in their amphibious vehicles from the san [...]

Antonin Scalia’s Death Is a Huge Opportunity for Hillary Clinton

Antonin Scalia is dead. The conservative majority on the Supreme Court is broken, at least for the moment—a rare opportunity for the United States, and an even a bigger opportunity for Hillary Clinton.  Clinton has been painted by opponents, both among Republicans and those in her o [...]

Why USPS doesn’t celebrate rare net profit; and a big service-cut plan dies

After years of singing the blues, postal officials had reason for a praise song. For the first time in almost five years, they reported a U.S. Postal Service quarterly net profit. The $307 million in net income for the first quarter of fiscal year 2016, which ended Dec. 31, is a $1.1  [...]

After Scalia Death, Ted Cruz Says 2016 Election Should Be ‘A Referendum On The Supreme Court’

Cruz has promised to create the most right-wing Supreme Court in history if elected. The post After Scalia Death, Ted Cruz Says 2016 Election Should Be ‘A Referendum On The Supreme Court’ appeared first on ThinkProgress. Go to Source : After Scalia Death, Ted Cruz Says 2016 El [...]

Where’s Our Damn Parade?

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Duplicitous Diplomacy: Ambassador Reflects on American Respect for Real Democracy

Go to Source : Duplicitous Diplomacy: Ambassador Reflects on American Respect for Real Democracy

He holds my heart: Frederick Douglass

I was about five or six years old when my mom told me the story of Frederick Douglass. In my memories, his history was woven into her tales of my enslaved ancestors, which were lovingly and proudly passed down to me. The first time I saw a portrait of him, he reminded me of a fierce and p [...]

Get Well, Michael Moore

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With Justice Scalia dead we have to elect a democrat in November

Go to Source : With Justice Scalia dead we have to elect a democrat in November

On SCOTUS, Pressure Falls on Endangered GOP Senators

All corners of the Republican Party have made themselves very clear: they intend to, in Donald Trump’s words, “delay, delay, delay” the confirmation of Antonin Scalia’s replacement on the Supreme Court until after the 2016 election. Ted Cruz has signaled his intent [...]

Hillary Clinton can’t make you love her if you don’t

Lots and lots of artists have covered “I can’t make you love me” since Bonnie Raitt made the song famous in the early 1990s. Now you can add Hillary Clinton to that list. Kate McKinnon as Clinton sang that tune while a handful of voters discussed how they were going  [...]

Over the past few weeks I’ve written five posts making the following points: The acting Oscars are not really all that white. Flint  [...]

Donald Trump’s defensive, angry debate night [Video]

If Donald Trump, up by almost 20 points in the South Carolina polls, wanted one thing from Saturday’s GOP debate in Greenville, S.C., it was for everything to go smoothly. If he can keep that double-digit lead for another week, he’ll dominate a second-straight primary state and further ce [...]

Abbreviated Pundit Round-up: Ennobled Edition

When actual news happens, writing APR can be a bit frustrating. Like posting a set of Superbowl predictions the morning after the big game, reading the columns put together by the, ahem, cream of beltway journalism several days before the world takes a lurch, offers little more than a for [...]

What that Cruz-Rubio ‘He doesn’t speak Spanish’ thing was about

There is a dark period in American history. It’s one to which some Americans seem eager to return. It’s one when people were barred, shamed or even punished for speaking languages other than English. That was especially true outside the home. Speaking a foreign language or [...]

This New Film Will Change the Way You Think About the Black Panthers

Stanley Nelson had just returned from a screening of his new documentary “Black Panthers: Vanguard of a Revolution” at the Apollo Theatre, when he saw her—Beyoncé—backed by dancers adorned in jet black outfits, berets and blown out hair, dancing with authori [...]

Back in 2002, the government funded a study that showed there was no evidence that abstinence programs increased a kid’s likelihood o [...]

Does South Carolina really care that Donald Trump swears?

The Republican presidential contest is being conducted by a group of six men, all of whom are above the age of 11. As such, each is familiar with the English language’s various swear words and vulgarities, and each, we can assume, has at some point deployed one or all of those words h [...]

Saturday’s GOP debate turned into a brawl. And that’s not a bad thing.

Watch almost any hockey fight, and you’ll notice a referee standing off to the side, watching — making no attempt to break things up. He’ll let the combatants trade blows for a while, tire themselves out a bit, then finally step in. It’s part of the spectacle of a hockey game, after all.  [...]