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Ben Carson and the Conservative Grift Machine

In the LA Times today Joseph Tanfani and Maloy Moore have a great piece about the American Legacy PAC and its 2014 Save Our Healthcare campaign. It was fronted by Ben Carson, who starred in a video denouncing Obamacare and telling viewers, “If you want to hold Washington accountable [...]

This week at progressive state blogs: Can Roy Blunt change his spots? MT bedwetters report for duty

This week in progressive state blogs is designed specifically to focus attention on the writing and analysis of people focused on their home turf. Let me know via comments or Kosmail if you have a favorite state- or city-based blog you think I should be watching. Inclusion of a blogpost d [...]

For Obama, a new shopping haunt: Upshur Street Books

President Obama, a diligent Small Business Saturday shopper, patronized Petworth’s Upshur Street Books for the first time this afternoon. The uber-local independent bookstore, which opened just over a year ago, highlights the city’s “past and present, and work from l [...]

Vigils to be held for victims of Planned Parenthood shooting, authorities search for motive

Two vigils will be held Saturday to mourn the victims of a shooting at a Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood Friday that left three people dead and nine injured. One vigil will take place at 11:30 a.m. at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church, and the other at 7 p.m. on the local Univer [...]

Emma’s World: Part III

As I continued to read about nineteen-year-old Emma Parkinson and her recovery from being shot in the Paris terror attacks, I was fascinated by the irony of her being a native of Tasmania, Australia–a region that experienced one of the world’s most horrific acts of gun violenc [...]

When I went to bed last night, none of the Republican presidential candidate had said anything about the horrific shootings at a Planned Pa [...]

The Most District: The bluest congressional district in America? New York’s 15th, in the South Bronx

Of the nation’s 435 congressional districts, none favored Barack Obama more than New York’s 15th Congressional District. This seat supported the president by a extraordinary 97-3 margin, and interestingly, Obama’s second-best district in the country also happens to be right next door (New [...]

In wake of Colorado shooting, Obama calls for more gun controls

President Obama on Saturday called for additional gun control measures in the United States, after the slaying of three people Friday at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado. In a written statement, Obama said that regardless of the motive, it was unacceptable that these sort of ma [...]

Saturday College Football Open Thread

Here’s how my CFB year has gone – I could hit all 19 games I picked today and I’d still be under .500. I’m a bit better on the money side as I’ve done decently with my larger plays, but basically a disaster. But bowl season comes soon and a winning… [[  [...]

Why The Sharing Economy Is Harming Workers — And What Must Be Done

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Things I’m Thankful For, and Things I’m Not

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This week in science: 21st century space race heats up

It’s not easy to land a rocket vertically on Earth. Just ask SpaceX, the company co-founded by Tesla and Paypal zillionaire Elon Musk, that has tried twice to stick a vertical landing on a floating barge without success. But this week, another, less well-known player in the private space- [...]

Word Games: False Premises Fuel Bogus Debate on Bombing Syria

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Emma’s World: Part II

As I read more about the brave young Australian woman who was among the survivors of the November 13 attacks in Paris, I was moved by this passage: Friend Kate Rees, 22, said she received an emotional three-minute phone call following the shooting where Emma begged her to call her mother  [...]

Terrorism on American Soil

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Who Will Fight ISIS?

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How will ‘Anonymous’ wage war on the Islamic State? One of its own tells us.

Anonymous, the hacker collective known for Guy Fawkes masks and controversial activism, declared war on the Islamic State following the Nov. 13 attacks on Paris. But what does that even mean? How can a bunch of computer nerds fight an international terrorist group? The Fix put those quest [...]

A Waroholic Wishes You Peace on Earth

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Abbreviated Pundit Round-up: Post Thanksgiving state of play

One’s volatile, the other not so much.  That’s the state of play with the primary polls, as per Huffington Post pollster which includes Morning Consult, Ipsos/Reuters and other online tracking polls (RCP does not, by the way; they have Donald Trump at 27. Online polls favor the Donald, an [...]