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Late, Late Night FDL: Anarchy In The U.K.

The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain – Anarchy In The U.K. As an Uke afficionado, I’d been following this British High Court case… The Ukulele Orchestra Of Great Britain (UOGB) has won a High Court ruling against a rival group which it accused of trading off its rep [...]

The Queen of American Gothic

“Let me tell you about this girl,” a fourteen-year-old declares breathlessly, “she’s prettier than I am, but she’s my best friend. … Her name’s Hilda. … I try to do a lot of the things she does, but of course she’s always better.” The main thing Hilda and her friend do together, Go to Sou [...]

The Story of the Only Irishman Ever Deported From Ireland

Jimmy Gralton is not a household name, but as the only Irishman ever deported from Ireland, he’s certainly an intriguing candidate to receive movie treatment. An early Irish communist, Jimmy’s life and times are the subject of <em Go to Source : The Story of the Only Irishman Ever Depo [...]

Open thread for night owls: Naomi Klein speaks on Pope’s eco-encyclical

Below is an excerpt from Naomi Klein’s remarks delivered at a press conference introducing “People and Planet First: the Imperative to Change Course,” a high-level meeting being held at the Vatican this week to explore Laudato Si’, Pope Francis’ encyclical letter on ecology: I have [...]

Pew: Party and ideology matter a lot on climate and energy but not as much on other science issues

A study and statistical modeling of a previous survey by the Pew Research Center concludes that Americans are much more likely now than a few decades ago to line up on scientific issues according to their ideological leanings and party identification. But this alignment is not uniform an [...]

West Wing Week: 07/03/15 or, “Amazing Grace”

This week, the President signed a bipartisan trade deal, welcomed the President of Brazil to the White House–and showed her one of our national treasures–hosted 50 girls in green on the South Lawn for a campout to celebrate the great outdoors, answered questions about healthca [...]

WikiLeaks Performs Valuable Service By Liberating Key Documents from Lesser-Known But Still Major Trade Deal

In the past two days, WikiLeaks has released drafts from a lesser-known trade agreement being negotiated between 52 nations called the Trade in Services Agreement (TISA). The publication comes just before the next round of negotiations, which will begin on July 6. The “Core Text [...]

Mexican Laborer Delivers Devastating Response To Donald Trump In 58 Seconds — And Never Stops Working

After leading Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump disparaged Mexican immigrants as “killers and rapists” in his campaign launch last month, the backlash has been widespread. NBC and Univision both cut ties with the embattled businessman, as have a number of companie [...]

Walmart gets caught claiming Chinese imports were made in the USA

These may be made in America, but you can’t believe everything Walmart tells you. Happy Fourth of July! If your celebration involves any American-made goods from Walmart … well, you might want to double and triple check that. Truth in Advertising caught Walmart saying on its [...]

Mike Huckabee: Marriage equality isn’t a true civil right. ‘What an insult to African-Americans’

Maybe just don’t talk for a while, please. Just throwing this out there, but maybe the whitest man alive should not be telling black Americans what things should or should not insult them. Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee said Tuesday that calling same-sex marriage  [...]

Obama Just Came Out Hard Against the Washington Football Team’s Racist Name

In an irony that will surely be lost on team owner Dan Snyder, the Washington football team is being kicked off their land (sort of). From the Washington Post: Interior Secretary Sally Jewell told D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser this spring that the National Park Service, which owns the land [...]

Rick Perry: It’s the GOP’s duty to reach out to black voters

WASHINGTON – Former governor Rick Perry took his case for the GOP presidential nomination to the nation’s capital Thursday, arguing that it is the Republican Party’s moral and historical duty to court black voters. “For too long, we Republicans have been content to lose the black vote bec [...]

‘Love triumphed': Celebrating equality

In the wake of the Supreme Court extending marriage equality across the entire country, we’ve heard some of the worst Republican politicians—and Supreme Court justices—had to say about why they oppose equality. As we head into a long weekend that’s supposed to be a celebratio [...]

OPM breach revealed one month ago, but the wound for feds remains raw

It’s been a month since the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) announced a massive hack on federal employee records, but that has not been enough time for the wound to heal. “My primary concern is what will now be done with the personal information that was breached?”  [...]

Why aren’t more Republicans condemning Donald Trump?

Over the past week, Donald Trump’s inflammatory remarks about Mexican immigrants have enraged the Hispanic community, cost him million-dollar business contracts and dominated media coverage of the 2016 presidential race. But the overall reaction from much of the rest of the Republic [...]

Cartoon: Changing times in America

Click image to enlarge. Fighting mainstream social progress has never ultimately proven to be a good look, and it’s bad for business to look a fool. Thus, one of the most reliable events following progress’ acceptance is that business (or at least, smart business – I [...]

Day’s End and Holiday Watch

Tomorrow is the Independence Day Federal Holiday, so we’ll be on a Major Holiday Mini-Blogging Schedule. Hope most of you have the day off. After commemorating the imaginary revolutions of the 1960s, it’s appropriate to honor the real one in 1776. Here are some remains of t [...]

John Boehner: "I’m Sorry, But A Gun Is Not a Disease"

Last week, after a shooter killed nine parishioners at a historic black church in Charleston, South Carolina, the House Appropriations Committee quietly voted on a bill to effectively block any funding for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to research the causes of gun violen [...]

As Obama visits his state, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker slams him on Twitter

As President Obama arrived in Wisconsin on Thursday, Gov. Scott Walker warmly welcomed him with applause, a friendly smile and some laughing banter. Don’t be fooled. These two are not as chummy as they briefly appeared. Walker spent the rest of the day essentially trolling the presi [...]

Should Women Have as Much Protection Against Activist Meddling As States Trying to Execute Prisoners?

Largely lost in the glare of publicity over last week’s two big landmark decisions–and some others like the congressional redistricting case that got a lot of attention–was an Eighth Amendment decision, Glossip v. Gross, that upheld the right of states to use a controver [...]