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Late Night FDL: Basket Case

Green Day – Basket Case Ahead of Green Day’s HoF induction this weekend in Cleveland… Green Day played a club show at Cleveland’s House Of Blues ahead of their induction into the 2015 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in the city on Saturday. The band delivered a marathon 3-h [...]

Open thread for night owls: Can new populist agenda harness passions, create movement from below?

Switching to sustainable green architecture and infrastructure means good jobs and a better future. Joe Queally writes, Can New Populist Agenda Harness Passions, Create Movement From Below? An excerpt: Hoping they can drive a revamped public conversation and fuel a populist counter-move [...]

The plot thickens on ‘Orphan Black’

Maria Doyle Kennedy in BBC America’s ‘Orphan Black’ About two years ago, the United States Supreme Court ruled unanimously biotech companies could not patent human genes. However, the court made a distinction between DNA that occurs in nature and synthetic DNA created  [...]

Congress nearing agreement on Patriot Act reauthorization legislation

Some provisions of the Patriot Act, including Section 215 which the FISA court has interpreted to allow the government to collect the phone records of virtually every person in the United States, are up for renewal this spring with a June deadline. Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Rep. Jim  [...]

Live from New Hampshire: They’re all here

This story has been updated. And will be updated some more… A stampede of GOP presidential hopefuls descended on New Hampshire Friday for the First in the Nation Republican Leadership Summit, a political cattle-call that formally kicks off the 2016 presidential primary in the early- [...]

The Murderers of Kiev

Late last night I’d quipped; “Tell me Nuland’s minions aren’t hard at work…” in sharing this LA Times report, Third pro-Russia activist found dead in Ukraine capital this week. Today, b @ Moon of Alabama posted this eye-opener… Ukraine: “Both Sides Touched& [...]

Mike Huckabee Has Launched a 2016 Exploratory Committee. Read These 6 Stories About Him Now.

On Friday, Mike Huckabee, the Baptist preacher and former Republican governor of Arkansas, let it slip that he recently formed an exploratory committee in anticipation of a potential presidential bid. He followed up by appearing on Bret Baier’s evening Fox News show to announce that [...]

President Obama Welcomes Italian Prime Minister Renzi to the White House

President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Matteo Renzi of Italy participate in a press conference in the East Room of the White House, April 17, 2015. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza) Earlier today, President Obama hosted Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi at  [...]

Hillary Clinton walks fine line on free-trade proposal

Hillary Rodham Clinton stepped gingerly into one of the Democratic Party’s most divisive debates Friday, staking out a carefully balanced position on new legislation granting sweeping presidential authority to negotiate free-trade deals. The granting of “trade promotion author [...]

Recent poll shows more people support sentencing Tsarnaev to LWOP than death in the Boston area

In a simple and eloquent letter published on the front page of the Boston Globe today, Bill and Denise Richard, parents of Martin Richard, the eight-year-old boy who was killed by the bomb that exploded in front of the Forum Restaurant near the finish line of the Boston Marathon two years [...]

Where’s the Real Drought Solution?

I’ve been very busy of late without a chance to stay up on events. Nonetheless, let me throw out two short items for discussion over the weekend. Hillary and the GOP Pack It truly helps Hillary to have the likes of Chris Christie and Scott Walker attacking her for foreign policy and othe [...]

Cartoon: Overdue police reforms

Click to enlarge. I drew this after video of Officer Slager gunning down Walter Scott in North Charleston, SC came out, but before video of Reserve Deputy (Kind of like a police cosplayer, but given an all-too-real firearm.) Robert Bates shooting Eric Harris in Tulsa County, OK was made  [...]

Rand Paul is always on brand. Even when he goes running.

I went on a great monument run today in my 'live free or die' t-shirt. Getting pumped for my visit to #NH tomorrow! pic.twitter.com/Seip3r64mM — Dr. Rand Paul (@RandPaul) April 17, 2015 Rand Paul tweeted a photo of himself going on a run by the monuments in Washington on F [...]

State tax revenue up, but experts worry growth isn’t enough

State governments have seen tax revenues grow for a fourth consecutive year, led by rebounding sales taxes and a booming oil economy. But some budget experts worry that growth isn’t rebounding fast enough to cover rapidly rising costs associated with health care and pensions. The Ce [...]

Jeb Bush Came So Close to Acknowledging Climate Change Today

At an event in New Hampshire on Friday, presidential hopeful Jeb Bush did something exceedingly rare for a Republican to do these days: openly acknowledge carbon pollution. “The climate is changing, and

Life’s Just Unfair to Jeb Bush

Unless he walks it back directly, I suspect Jeb Bush’s reckless foray into cautious messing around with Social Security will soon raise comparisons with his older brother’s post-re-election Waterloo, his Social Security “partial privatization” proposal. Maybe repo [...]

Obama asks court to lift block on immigration actions

The Obama administration on Friday asked a federal appeals court to lift a judge’s order blocking the president’s executive actions on immigration.  The 5th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in New Orleans held a rare oral argument session in…

Jeb Bush: Maybe Medicare recipients should be required to sign advance directives

This story has been updated. MANCHESTER, N.H. — Former Florida governor  Jeb Bush on Friday once again defended his decision to intervene in the case of Terri Schiavo, a Florida woman whose death capped an intense national debate about ethics and politics, but also suggested that Medicare [...]