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Walk Away From the Talks

As much as the public may support a deal with Iran over lifting the sanctions in exchange for monitoring of its nuclear program, President Obama should be prepared to walk away from the now-extended negotiations if Tehran refuses to allow the IAEA access to military sites and scientists.  [...]

Ultimately, it’s about pride. By John Kiriakou Greece is in dire straits. As a Greek American, it hurts to watch. Without emergency loans f [...]

Pro-Bobby Jindal PAC invites Twitter to #AskBobby. It doesn’t go well.

How are you still unaware how these things work out? #askBobby At some point in the distant future, widely unpopular political candidates will realize that soliciting feedback from the good and gentle people of the internets will never, ever go well. We have not yet arrived at that day. [...]

Donald Trump Goes to War With George Pataki on Twitter

As a steady stream of companies dissociate themselves with Donald Trump over his recent comments accusing Mexican immigrants of being “rapists” who bring drugs and crime to the United States, the real estate mogul and GOP presidential candidate has taken to Twitter to lash out [...]

Spotlight on green news & views: More on the Pope’s encyclical and more on carbon-cutting pledges

See Wood Gas’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, on We [...]

The United States and Cuba may be opening embassies in Havana and DC by end of July

The United States and Cuba are going to open embassies in Havana and Washington D.C., possibly before the end of July, as they seek to normalize relations after a 60 year trade embargo by the United States failed to topple Fidel Castro’s regime. His brother Raul has been running the [...]

Cartoon: Down and out in the South

Social change has come fast and hard to the U.S. lately, especially the approval of same-sex marriage in all 50 states. And in the South, the Confederate flag went down fast in many public places, and won’t be sold at Wal-Mart or flown at NASCAR. But not everyone in the South was c [...]

Did You "Melt Down" Over Bristol Palin’s Pregnancy? I Didn’t.

Every political writer occasionally gets lazy and fails to identify specific examples of a phenomenon she or he is noting, praising, excoriating, or distinguishing from some other phenomena. But sometimes the omission seems to be deliberate, so that the phenomenon in question can be attri [...]

Confederate flag backers confront Obama in Tennessee

President Obama was greeted by supporters of the Confederate flag during his visit to Nashville on Wednesday. Several people waved the Confederate battle flag outside Stratton Elementary School in the suburb of Madison, Tenn., where Obama… Go to Source : Confederate flag backers con [...]

Obama Just Gave the World the Perfect Guacamole Recipe

The internet freaked out this afternoon after the NYT suggested we put peas in our guacamole. What is this Soviet Russia? Then IJR‘s Justin Green tweeted at President Obummer about it and he answered!   respect the nyt, but not buying peas in guac. onions, garlic, hot peppe [...]

U.S.-Cuba Relations Normalized

It’s official (per NBC’s Halimah Abdullah): President Barack Obama announced Wednesday that the United States and Cuba have struck a deal to open embassies in each other’s capitals and re-establish diplomatic relations for the first time in half a century. “The pro [...]

Maine legislature opens investigation of LePage’s threat to cut off charter school funds

Maine Gov. LePage (R) The Paul LePage situation has quickly ramped up to ludicrous speed. As you may know, Maine’s Republican governor threatened to cut off half a million dollars worth of funding for a charter school for at-risk youth if they didn’t rescind an offer they ma [...]

This 22-Year-Old Really, Really, Really Wants Donald Trump to Be Our Next President

Donald Trump is loud, rude, insincere; he’s already had three fake runs for president; he’s selling himself as a business genius but has declared bankruptcy four times; his three marriages have been tabloid fodder; he once <a href=" [...]

Jeb Bush’s education foundation releases donor list a day after his tax returns

A nonprofit education foundation established by Jeb Bush has released a full list of donors dating back to its founding in 2007. The list comes a day after the former Florida governor released 33 years of tax returns. The Foundation for Excellence in Education was established by Bush afte [...]

America’s politicians take courageous, bipartisan stand against peas in guacamole

An outrageous proposition was lodged Wednesday: Put peas in guacamole, exhorted The New York Times. Nope. That’s how you feel, right? It’s a very easy position to take, if you ask me, and it’s one your elected representatives and political parties — Democrats and R [...]

The KKK Understands Exactly What the Confederate Flag Symbolizes: White Power

The controversy over the Confederate flag keeps threatening to devolve into a seminar in semiotics. What does the flag really symbolize—racism or “Southern heritage?” Should we be fighting over symbols or is that a diversion from real issues, like actual, institutional racism? “Quit looki [...]

Here are 12 other times Donald Trump vilified illegal immigrants in no uncertain terms

Lately, Donald Trump has not been on immigrant advocates’ good side. Since announcing he’s running for president, the real-estate mogul has managed to call illegal immigrants “rapists” — “Some, I assume are good people,” he caveated — and dr [...]

FCC Republican doesn’t think the internet is all that necessary

Unless you are Amish or a hermit, the internet really is a necessity Someone drag this jackass into the 21st century, please. Federal Communications Commission member Michael O’Rielly yesterday argued that “Internet access is not a necessity or human right” and called this o [...]

Why You Couldn’t Care Less About the Greek Crisis

Greece’s euro crisis is back in the headlines. After missing the payment deadline on its $1.8 billion debt on Tuesday, the struggling European nation is scheduled to vote in a referendum on Sunday on whether it will accept further austerity or default on its debt—a choice widely billed as [...]

Are European Authorities Trying to Force Regime Change in Greece?

Mark Weisbrot Photo by Kristoffer Rolle It’s ironic but not surprising that the European Central Bank decided Sunday to limit its credit to Greece by enough to force Greek banks to close. This has pushed Greece closer to a more serious financial crisis than the  [...]