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Here’s why the Senate stalemate over the human-trafficking bill is so complex

“Just to refresh everybody’s memory: Since 1976, all funding, all appropriations bills, and many authorization bills, including the Affordable Care Act and the Defense authorization bills, have been subjected to a limitation on the use of tax dollars for abortions.” –Sen. John Corny [...]

I’m a European Jew—and No, I’m Not Leaving

Europeans, especially European Jews, are used to being treated as museum pieces and historical relics by Americans. We are the object of extensive commentary but rarely regarded as possessing any living voice worth engaging with. I recently had the strange experience of listening to mysel [...]

Reacting to the U.S. Army’s decision to charge Bowe Bergdahl with desertion, one of the controversial figure’s former platoon members issue [...]

No Murder Charges in Death of Baby After Pregnant Woman Had Infant Cut Out of Her Stomach

Murder charges won’t be filed against the woman accused of attacking a pregnant woman and cutting her baby out of her stomach, officials said Thursday. Boulder County, Colorado, prosecutor Stanley Garnett said late Thursday night that murder charges would not be filed against 34-yea [...]

Late Night FDL: Working In The Coal Mine

Lee Dorsey – Working In The Coal Mine Aloha, Firepups…! Since I was quickly hired after my interview yesterday, I will be unavailable to host y’all tonite, I do expect to be available for the weekend LN’s. Be nice to one another and the liquor cabinet is open to [...]

Open thread for night owls: Ice shelves could be gone within lifetime of people reading this story

Ross Ice Shelf at the Bay of Whales Katherine Bagley at InsideClimate News writes Antarctica’s Melting Edges Bad News for Sea Level Rise. “Within a lifetime of people who read this story many of these shelves will be gone … This is real rapid environmental change,̶ [...]

Legendary College Coach Who Passed Away in February Left Behind Special Gift to His Former Players

North Carolina basketball coach Dean Smith passed away in February, but left behind a gift to all his former players. “Each player was important and special to Coach Smith,” a letter to the players read, “and when he prepped his estate plan, Coach wanted to reach out to each of his letter [...]

Actor Ashton Kutcher went back to his prankster roots for a new ad for Lenovo in Sydney, Australia, tricking customers into believing he wa [...]

Ted Cruz is just like Galileo

Galileo discovered evidence to support Copernicus’ heliocentric theory when he observed four moons in orbit around Jupiter. Beginning on January 7, 1610, he mapped nightly the position of the 4 “Medicean stars” (later renamed the Galilean moons). Over time Galileo deduced that the “stars [...]

Rep. Gohmert Absolutely Unloads on FCC Chief: ‘You’re Playing God With the Internet!’

Rep. Louie Gohmert unloaded on Federal Communications Chairman Tom Wheleer Wednesday during a Judiciary Subcommittee Hearing on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet. “You’re playing God with the Internet,” the conservative firebrand shouted at the FCC chief, re [...]

The President’s Trip to Birmingham

  This afternoon, President Obama traveled to Birmingham, Alabama to highlight new actions the Administration is taking to protect you, the American consumer. While in Birmingham, the President hosted a roundtable on the economy and delivered remarks at Lawson State Community Colleg [...]

After the U.S. Army announced Bowe Bergdahl would be charged with desertion on Wednesday, actor Gary Sinise demanded said the Obama adminis [...]

In preparation for presidential run, Ted Cruz surrounds self with jerks

Go figure. Try to act surprised as we learn that Sen. Ted Cruz tends to surround himself with sleazy people that even other Republicans are loathe to associate with. By last summer, [Cruz] was making key hires for his campaign crew. And this included recruiting a controversial Missouri- [...]

[Editor’s Note: Below is an account of proceedings in the trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on March 24.] Proceedings began on March 24 with [...]

Rubio: Give the Pentagon a Blank Check

This is one reason why the GOP contest for president in 2016 will be so much fun to watch: the opportunity to see competing Senate Republicans trash each other on fiscal austerity and defense spending. Marco Rubio, Lindsey Graham, and Ted Cruz all agree that we should spend whatever is n [...]

They’re called “thru-hikers” — folks who, for reasons all their own, decide that the next thing to do with their lives is [...]

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) told The Hill Thursday that he is weighing a run for president in 2016. When asked by the political news websi [...]

NYC Building Collapse Was Probably Gas-Related

An apparent gas explosion caused two New York City buildings to collapse on Thursday, injuring at least a dozen people, with at least three in critical condition.  #BREAKING: Aerial view of building collapse @NYPD9Pct. Numerous rescue units on scene #SOD #ESU #K9 #Avi [...]

In Pictures: The First Lady’s Trip to Japan and Cambodia

As part of the “Let Girls Learn” initiative to open the doors of education for girls around the world, First Lady Michelle Obama traveled to Tokyo, Japan; Kyoto, Japan; and Siem Reap, Cambodia from March 18 to March 22, 2015. Take a look at her trip in pictures: “Educati [...]

Grover Norquist, the president of Americans for Tax Reform, appeared on The Glenn Beck Program Thursday to defend himself against accusatio [...]

Ted Cruz raised more than $1 million for his presidential bid in first day, says his campaign

Sen. Ted Cruz’s presidential campaign had a goal after it officially launched Monday: raise $1 million in a week. Turns out it only took a few hours. The Texas Republican’s campaign says it met its fundraising goal at 2:30 a.m. Tuesday — just a little more than 24 hours  [...]

Should we give fetuses painkillers before we abort them?

If you poke a fetus of a certain gestational age, it might recoil. Its body might release stress hormones. Its neural pathways might sputter. But is it in pain? Antiabortion advocates say yes. For years, they’ve used the pain claim to justify bans on abortions beyond 20 weeks after concep [...]

Should we give fetuses painkillers before they’re aborted?

If you poke a fetus of a certain gestational age, it might recoil. Its body might release stress hormones. Its neural pathways might sputter. But is it in pain? Antiabortion advocates say yes. For years, they’ve used the pain claim to justify bans on abortions beyond 20 weeks after concep [...]

CHICAGO (AP) — An Illinois Army National Guard soldier vowed to bring “the flames of war to the heart” of America if he w [...]

This story first appeared on the TomDispatch website. Have you ever undertaken some task you felt less than qualified for, but knew that s [...]

If You Are Going To Sabotage U.S. Diplomacy, Do It On Your Own Dime

Check out this pertinent amendment being offered by Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) in response to the Cotton Letter to Iran (per TPM’s Caitlin MacNeal): Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) would like to prevent Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) from sending any more letters to Iranian leaders about the n [...]

Cartoon: Taking liberty with liberties at Liberty

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Could a Pilot Be Locked Out of a Cockpit in the Skies Over the United States?

On Tuesday morning, Germanwings flight 9525, en route from Barcelona to Dusseldorf, crashed in the remote southern French Alps. All 150 passengers and crew are presumed dead. Thanks to the quick recovery of one of the plane’s flight recorders, some details of the final moments  [...]

Ben Affleck drops obligatory ‘Batman’ reference during Congressional testimony

Ben Affleck was on Capitol Hill on Thursday to testify in front of the Senate State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs Subcommittee. His wife, Jennifer Garner, pictured in the blurry background of the photo above was also in attendance as was Bill Gates, who also testified. During A [...]

We lose too many of our fellow Americans to drug overdoses. Especially alarming is the high rate of prescription drug overdose and the ris [...]