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Capitol Police to undergo additional bathroom training

Raise your hand if you found someone else’s gun in your bathroom. After incidents in which various members of the Capitol Police left their loaded guns in public bathrooms (one in House Speaker John Boehner’s offices, but don’t worry—a visiting kindergartner soon found [...]

Memorial Day 2015: Honoring Our Soldiers Who Paid the Ultimate Sacrifice

This Memorial Day morning, President Obama traveled to Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia to pay solemn tribute to the men and women of our armed forces who have made the ultimate sacrifice. President Barack Obama participates in a Memorial Day wreath laying at t [...]

Midday open thread: Middle East needs imperialism? Emissions controls to slash coal; Kincannon flips

Today’s comic by Tom Tomorrow is The bad intelligence: What you may have missed on Sunday Kos … Do not call me girl: Women in the workforce, by Susan Grigsby Memorial Day and Flanders Fields, by Mark E Andersen How did you begin to unlearn racism, by Denise Oliver Velez The [...]

Holiday Roundup

We’ll be back to our regularly scheduled blogging tomorrow. But here are some of the scattered news/views items that emerged on this Memorial Day: * Final numbers for Irish marriage equality referendum show an astonishing 62% voting “yes.” * GOP presidential hopefuls no [...]

Hollow Words in Airports

I don’t know exactly when the habit of civilians publicly thanking uniformed military personnel “for your service” caught on. But as a painful but very informative feature story by David Zucchino and David Cloud of the L.A. Times on the increasing rift between military  [...]

Teachers of the Year tell us what’s holding students back and where they’d spend education money

President Obama with 2015 teacher of the year Shanna Peeples. Every year, each state chooses its teacher of the year. This year, the Council of Chief State School Officers and Scholastic surveyed those outstanding teachers about their jobs, and it’s worth paying attention to what  [...]

Conservative Political Correctness

E.J. Dionne hit an important nail on the head in a column today about the timorous nature of “reform conservatism.” With occasional exceptions, [reformicons] have been far more interested in proving their faithfulness to today’s hard-line right than in declaring, as con [...]

U.S. is paying the price for not investing in trains, and it’s stupid

House Speaker John Boehner may think it’s “stupid” to suggest that the recent fatal Amtrak crash had anything to do with lack of funding, but the evidence keeps piling up that Boehner’s the stupid one here. The United States spends far less than its peers on rail, [...]

Obama at Arlington on Memorial Day pays tribute for a ‘debt we will never repay’

President Obama marked Memorial Day by laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery and thanking American soldiers and their families for sacrifices made from World War II through the war in Afghanistan. Obama said it was “a debt we will never repay.”  [...]

Governor Goldilocks

There was another big GOP presidential cattle call this weekend, at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference in Oklahoma City. The ostensible star, because he won a straw poll among about a thousand or so of the attendees, was Dr. Ben Carson (achieving a tactical victory over the ot [...]

Pentagon Document Shows US Knew Syria Strategy Would Aid Rise Of ISIS

After takeover of Palmyra, ISIS has executed hundreds, including about a dozen children — CNN Breaking News (@cnnbrk) May 25, 2015 A newly declassified document from the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) from 2012 reveals the US go [...]

Remembering War

One of the unfortunate things about war memorials–whether they involve a day set aside for observances, or depictions in popular culture, or even physical monuments–is that they tend to be captured by jingoists who seek to project the glories of past wars into a justification  [...]

What a waste … Memorial Day (a short story)

This short story was previously published on Monday, May 28, 2012, as “Memorial Day (a Short Story).” The grizzled old man arrived at his destination, his back hunched over and using a cane. He surveyed the scene before him with what combat veterans describe as the thousand-y [...]

2015 Memorial Day: Praying for Peace While Waging Permanent War?

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Cartoon: The bad intelligence

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Whatever Happened to Antitrust?

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Melissa McCarthy and Fat Fuck Nation

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China Lobby Pre-WWII, Israel Lobby Pre-WWIII

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Remembering soldiers of color on Memorial Day

United States Army Private First Class William K. Nakamura, U.S. Medal of Honor recipient, awarded posthumously. In “The Memorial Day history forgot: The Martyrs of the Race Course,” I wrote last year about the not very well known African-American roots of Memorial Day. In r [...]