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Donald Trump’s preparation for the upcoming Republican presidential primary debate is “low key, absolutely low stress,” a [...]

Obama tells liberals: I can't carry Iran deal on my own

 The White House is mounting a vigorous push to convince liberals to back the Iran deal. In recent days, President Obama, Vice President Biden and other top officials have made a number of outreaches to persuade Democrats — especially in… Go to Source : Obama tells liberals: I can&# [...]

University of Cincinnati Police Officers Eric Weibel and Phillip Kidd corroborated Officer Ray Tensing’s seemingly false account of w [...]

Fumes From Iowa Hog-Manure Pit Kill Father and Son

Here’s another reason why Americans should think twice about how the United States is emerging as the globe’s hog farm: concentrating thousands of hogs in one place means concentrating huge amounts of their shit, too; and that shit puts off gases that are so noxious that they  [...]

The Voters That Really Matter

There’s invariably a big debate every four years in political circles about which indicators really matter in the Invisible Primary that occurs before the presidential nominating process begins (and is usually quickly ended). You’ve got your game-change fans who follow every d [...]

Originally published at MintPress News. SANAA, Yemen — Five months have passed since Saudi Arabia declared war on Yemen, and for all its mi [...]

Dems now support rights for VA staff after voting for earlier law that undercut protections for VA senior executives

Persistent congressional efforts to cut back workplace protections for federal employees advanced when the House voted to dilute due process rights for Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) employees. Wednesday’s debate was similar to one last year when Congress approved a law that incl [...]

Cartoon: See no, hear no, speak no

Click image to enlarge. Nothing to see here. Move along. See more snark: www.rebeccahendin.com Follow on Twitter @hendinarts Go to Source : Cartoon: See no, hear no, speak no

Angry About Cecil the Lion’s Death? Take It Out on the Republican Congress

As outrage spread online over a Minnesota dentist’s alleged poaching of a beloved lion in Zimbabwe, Democratic Representative Raul Grijalva saw a convenient political opportunity. “This sort of incident is why we have endangered species laws and why Republicans need to start taking their  [...]

Obama taps former congressman for Labor post

President Obama on Thursday tapped former Rep. Mike Michaud (D-Maine) to lead the Department of Labor’s veterans’ employment services division.  Michaud served six terms in the House, including a brief stint as the top Democrat on the… Go to Source : Obama taps former congress [...]

Max Fisher argues that the social media jihad against Walter Palmer, the Minnesota dentist who killed Cecil the lion, is wildly out of cont [...]

Good Job Saving Water, California! Now Don’t Get Cocky.

California’s State Water Board announced some good news today: As the state’s historic drought continues through its fifth hot summer, conservation efforts resulted in a reduction of urban water use of more than 59 billion gallons—six times the amount conserved during th [...]

Saving That "Worthless" Medicaid

As noted earlier today, it’s the 50th anniversary of the enactment of Medicare and Medicaid. I strongly suspect the former will get more attention, because it’s a non-means tested program with an extremely powerful bipartisan constituency (despite constant GOP efforts to scre [...]

Bush 41: ‘Who knew jumping out of planes was safer than getting out of bed?’

Former president George H.W. Bush thanked his well-wishers Thursday for their support as he recovers from a recent fall in his home. And to show that he is in good spirits, he posted a picture of himself and made a joke. Who knew jumping out of planes was safer than getting out of bed? Th [...]

Democrats have a plan for August: Talk more like the GOP

Democrats are self-aware about their trouble articulating a concise, consistent message. What they’ve learned from watching Republicans these past few years is that repeating the same lines over and over again works as Pavlovian conditioning. Simple and digestible beats detail a [...]

Hogan ‘disgusted’ FEMA won’t declare Baltimore riots an emergency

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan said Thursday that he was “disgusted” by the Obama administration’s decision to deny Maryland federal aid to help cover the cost of the Baltimore riots in April, which erupted after the arrest and death of Freddie Gray. Go to Source : Hogan ‘disgusted’ FE [...]

Hogan ‘disgusted’ White House won’t declare Baltimore riots an emergency

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan said Thursday that he was “disgusted” by the Obama administration’s decision to deny Maryland federal aid to help cover the cost of the Baltimore riots in April, which erupted after the arrest and death of Freddie Gray. Go to Source : Hogan ‘disgusted’ Wh [...]

Senate Republicans congratulate themselves for doing things, despite ongoing failure

With a nauseating display of self-congratulation, the Senate passed two highway funding bills on Thursday. The first is the six year bill (that’s only actually paid for through three years) that the House has repeatedly rejected. The second was the short-term bill sent over from th [...]

Amid presidential campaign launch, Clinton Foundation reports rising donations

Charitable contributions to the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation rose in the first half of 2015, as Hillary Clinton launched her presidential campaign and foundation operations faced intense scrutiny, officials with the charity said Thursday. According to the foundation, o [...]

Donald Trump releases his immigration plan: deport everyone, then let them back in

The Donald Trump healthcare plan—”Repeal and replace with something terrific“—has now been joined by an even more depthy and wonkish immigration policy. “I would get people out and I would have an expedited way of getting them back into the country so that they can be legal,” [...]