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Open thread for night owls. Isaacs: ‘Fighting for an Alternative to Big Banks’

Katherine Isaacs at Inequality.org writes—Fighting for an Alternative to Big Banks: […] For many, traditional banks are out of reach geographically. Bank deserts exist in both rural and urban areas. One reason is that banks are abandoning low-income communities. Since 2008, 93 perc [...]

Who holds the title of being the worst leader in history?

In an election year where significant segments of the population seem dissatisfied with the status quo, there is talk of revolutions and making things great again, and fears of fascism and authoritarianism are running rampant, the most important qualities which people look for in choosing [...]

NASA is no danger of being overcharged for Russian rocket engines

Between a missing commuter jet, shots fired near the White House, and the inexhaustible stink of campaign shenanigans left and right, it would be easy to miss a critical debate affecting everything from NASA to national security. But that is exactly what is unfolding in Washington. At iss [...]

Conservatives Win Pyrrhic Victory in Facebook War

Facebook has caved in to conservative demands that it revamp its Trending Topics feed. Brian Fung describes how the algorithm works: To be considered for a place in the Trending Topics portion of the site, a topic must generally be mentioned 80 times per hour or more. Facebook takes step [...]

Game of Thrones recap 6.5—’The Door’

Timing is everything. It’s what turns a joke from a groan to a grin. It’s what makes drama … dramatic. Tension lives in the moment that’s held out just long enough, and dies when it’s held a moment too long. It’s sort of important. Handling a multi-viewpoint storyline adds an extra twist  [...]

The event, which requires a $10,000 donation, is being hosted by Kevin R. Daniels, the owner of a funeral services company and promin [...]

Trump tries cozying up to Senate Republicans with Supreme Court list

There’s no question that Donald Trump’s proposed Supreme Court picks would be a nightmare for jurisprudence. What we’re now finding out about that list is how Trump is trying to gain leverage over Republicans in the Senate with these picks. Nearly everyone on Trump’s lis [...]

An army of Hillary Clinton’s surrogates in battleground states will blast Donald Trump on Tuesday over his past statements about the  [...]

Bernie Sanders Officially Admits He Lost

Bernie Sanders gets tossed a bone today: Top Bernie Sanders supporters Dr. Cornell West and Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) will be among those on the Democratic Party’s important Platform Drafting Committee after the Vermont senator won a key concession as he looks to leave his mark  [...]

Trump chooses climate change hard-liner for energy advisor

Coming on the heels of a giant spike in average global temperatures, the Trump campaign has chosen a climate change skeptic, Rep. Kevin Cramer of North Dakota, to serve as energy advisor should the former New York City liberal win in November. Actually, climate change skeptic is just the  [...]

Hillary Clinton’s campaign said on Monday that she will not participate in a California debate against Bernie Sanders before the  [...]

Sanders barnstorms California with little to say about Clinton

LOS ANGELES — Thirty-two minutes into his speech to a large and slightly sunburned crowd, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) finally did it. He mentioned that he was running against someone. “We don’t hang out in fancy mansions raising millions of dollars,” Sanders said. “ [...]

Democrats vow to take on GOP House members who switched votes to target LGBT workers

Four House Republicans who made a last-minute vote switch last week in order to ensure passage of an anti-LGBT provision are now in the crosshairs of the Democratic leadership. It’s just one example of the many ways in which Democrats are advancing an incredibly pro-LGBT platform in an el [...]

Submitted by Rachel Diaz on Mon, 05/23/2016 – 5:03pm Rachel Diaz Photos by Rachel Diaz. Cariocas, as Rio d [...]

Quote of the Day: The Conservative Fight to Become First Gnat

From conservative Jim Geraghty on the ongoing spat between right-wingers about who’s selling out to whom in the great Facebook War of 2016: I’m pretty darn sure that throwing around accusations of gutlessness and useful idiocy are far more about deciding who should be deemed  [...]

On a spring afternoon in 2014, Brisha Borden was running late to pick up her god-sister from school when she spotted an unlocked kid’ [...]

The Great Debate About Polls

Whenever people try to explain away polling results that they don’t like, I get nervous. That’s because in 2012 we all witnessed the great unscewing of polls that led Republicans from Romney to Rove to be so terribly wrong in forecasting the results of that election. What we a [...]

We understand that Mitt Romney almost certainly won’t run for president as an independent this year. There are a lot of rea [...]