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With GOP field growing, Jeb Bush sharpens critique of would-be opponents

With the field of Republican presidential contenders expanding quickly, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush sought to cast himself as a seasoned leader while faulting other candidates for shifting course to fit public opinion. Bush is not yet an official presidential candidate, but he suggested  [...]

Jeb Bush’s favorite author pens book asking rich Americans to nullify U.S. laws

Jeb Bush is a “total nerd” for Charles Murray. ThinkProgress is the latest to review Charles Murray’s new book. Yes, that Charles Murray. The one who wrote The Bell Curve and other pseudoscientific efforts supposing that white menfolk have better genes and are therefor [...]

Enough Already! Reform Activists Blast Additional Funding for Wisconsin Prisons

Bill Lueders Members of a faith-based group that advocates for prison reform are upset by the Wisconsin Legislature’s approval of additional funding to accommodate an increase in the state’s prison population. “Over the last two years we have been talking to the [...]

Vander Plaats won’t require 2016 Republican candidates to sign another ‘Marriage Vow’

This is bad news for Rick Santorum In the wake of a 2012 Republican campaign season that did not go off as planned, the anti-LGBT religious conservative group run by noted crackpot and birther Bob Vander Plaats is not planning to require conservative presidential candidates to sign an o [...]

The Nutrition Gap

One early spring morning in 2009, Helen set off from the starting line of Boston’s Run to Remember, an annual half-marathon held each year. She jogged alongside the Charles River, through the public gardens, across the bridge into the city of Cambridge. The weather was cool and sere [...]

By Bill Moyers This post first appeared on BillMoyers.com. The following remarks were made by Bill Moyers at the presentation of the Helen  [...]

"You Cannot Claim to Have Any Ideas About Family Values Unless You Value Fathers"

It’s a strange season in America, at least if you care about feminist social policies that have for decades felt wholly out of reach. It’s not just Kirsten Gillibrand and Rosa DeLauro and Hillary Clinton advocating for paid family leave; Barack Obama discussed it in the State of the Union [...]

Jade Helm conspiracy theorists are kind of dumb. Who knew?

F-35 fighters over Texas. Because they were built there. The Boston Globe went to Texas to find out why a large segment of the American population has gone insane, or more specifically, why they are convinced that a military training exercise named Jade Helm is in fact an Obama plot to  [...]

On Wednesday, the US Department of Justice dropped the hammer on FIFA, the world governing body of soccer, indicting nine senior FIFA offic [...]

Spotlight on green news & views: Shooting a black rhino for fun; extreme rainfall; protesting Shell

Check out OceanDiver’s post. Many environmentally related posts appearing at Daily Kos each week don’t attract the attention they deserve. To help get more eyeballs, Spotlight on Green News & Views (previously known as the Green Diary Rescue) normally appears twice a week [...]

Nebraska’s abolishing the death penalty means a lot more for politics than it does for prisoners

On Wednesday night, the Nebraska legislature overrode the governor’s veto of a bill banning the death penalty in the state. The decision will probably have a much bigger effect outside the state’s borders. Since the death penalty was relegalized by the Supreme Court in 1976, t [...]

Nebraska Becomes First Conservative State in 40 Years to Repeal the Death Penalty

Nebraska legislators on Wednesday overrode the Republican governor’s veto to repeal the state’s death penalty, a major victory for a small but growing conservative movement to end executions. The push to end capital punishment divided Nebraska conservatives, with 18 conservati [...]

Memo to US Attorney General Loretta Lynch: More Indictments Like FIFA Please

[Skip the first minute which is a pitch to renew the Patriot Act] Our new Attorney General of the United States, Loretta Lynch, made a big announcement today and I am not talking about another agreement with a criminal bank that agrees to pay a pithy multi-millio-dollar fine without admi [...]

Cartoon: Ireland’s rainbow

Ireland’s Same Sex Marriage vote this weekend was historic and happy news for gays & lesbians on the Emerald Isle. I believe the Supreme Court will decide this summer that a little rainbow in our lives is not a threat to anyone’s marriage in the USA. Go to Source : Ca [...]

Legal setback clouds fate of Obama’s immigration actions

The fate of President Obama’s controversial deportation-relief program has been thrown into question following a legal setback that has pro-immigration groups increasingly nervous. In a split decision earlier this week, a three-judge panel from the… Go to Source : Legal setback clou [...]

Rick Santorum just announced that he’s running for president

LOL. Go to Source : Rick Santorum just announced that he’s running for president

Is Jim Webb Still Running for President?

Amidst all the hub-bub over Bernie Sanders’ “launch” yesterday and Martin O’Malley’s announcement coming up on Saturday, it occurred to me that I had not heard anything about Jim Web for a good while. Then I saw this Jennifer Jacobs item at the Des Moines R [...]

Clinton Foundation donors included FIFA, Qatar host committee

Former President Bill Clinton served as the honorary chairman of the U.S. committee that worked unsuccessfully to win the right to host the 2022 World Cup. The surprise winner that year was Qatar–and it turns out that the Qatari committee now planning the massive event has been a ma [...]

Obama administration won’t seek emergency stay from Supreme Court on immigration injunction

The Obama administration announced Wednesday that it will not seek an emergency stay from the Supreme Court to immediately lift an injunction on President Obama’s deferred action program for undocumented immigrants. Instead, the Department of Justice will focus on an appeals court h [...]

Obama holds off on immigration appeal to the Supreme Court

The Department of Justice on Wednesday said it will not make an emergency request to the Supreme Court to lift an order blocking President Obama’s executive action on immigration.Instead, the administration will focus on the appeal of the injunction… Go to Source : Obama holds [...]