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The Targeted Killings of the Al Harzi Brothers in Iraq and Syria

On June 23, the Pentagon announced Tunisian Ali al Harzi, who was a suspect in the 2012 Benghazi embassy attack, was killed in an airstrike in Mosul, Iraq on June 15. Yesterday, the Pentagon announced his brother, Tariq al Harzi, (pictured above)… [[ This is a content summary only.  [...]

Cannot find a picture of just the right side painting, sorry. (Picture courtesy of Philadelphia Museum of Art at wikipedia commons.) The b [...]

Sanders draws more than 2,500 to Iowa stop — tops for this presidential cycle so far

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa — Another day on the presidential campaign trail, another crowd of eye-popping size for Bernie Sanders. The independent senator from Vermont attracted more than 2,500 people to a convention center here on Friday night as part of his continued quest to lead a “po [...]

Open thread for night owls: Time-lapse fireworks over San Francisco

Blast from the Past. At Daily Kos on this date in 2011—Grand corruption: When former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich heard the verdict last week in his corruption trial, he reportedly turned to his lawyers and asked “what happened?” Blagojevich later told the press he was & [...]

What are the best and worst expressions of patriotism in pop culture?

Before he became one of the senators from Minnesota, Al Franken wrote a book in which he described the difference between “mommy love” and “grown-up love.” Some people define their patriotism the same way a superfan roots for a sports team or a child relates to th [...]

This remarkable map shows Europe’s population growth in amazing detail

(click to enlarge) The terrific map above comes from a German government agency known in suitably lengthy Teutonic fashion as the Federal Institute for Research on Building, Urban Affairs and Spatial Development (but mercifully shortened as the BBSR in its native language). For the first [...]

Ted Cruz continues to defend Donald Trump on immigration

Sen. Ted Cruz continues to defend Donald Trump on immigration. Cruz (R-Tex.), in an interview with “Meet the Press” praised Trump for talking about immigration. Trump has made inflammatory comments about Mexican immigrants, leading Macy’s and Univision to sever ties with [...]

McConnell not nuking the filibuster despite pleas from Bush, Walker

Looks like Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell isn’t bowing to the wishes of Scott Walker and Jeb Bush on ending the Senate’s filibuster rule in order to ease the path to repealing Obamacare. Alexander Bolton has the details: Sources close to Senate Majority Leader Mitch M [...]

Cheers and Jeers: Mutton and Hard Cider FRIDAY!

From the MASSACHUSETTS-ANNEXED FRONTIER TERRITORY OF MAINE… Happy Birthday ‘Murica! Lest we forget from whence we cometh’d, a classic history lesson—rated “Mostly True” by PolitiFact and “Ten Hallelujahs!” by the Texas School Board—fro [...]

Cartoon: 2015’s summer blockbusters

Click to enlarge. I have yet to see any of this year’s big summer movies, but I will be attending a theatrical re-release of Jaws this weekend. I guess that’s what happens when you age out of Hollywood’s beloved 18-35 demographic. The Supreme Court’s term was an historic one and I’m surp [...]

Our 3 Favorite Moments from the President’s Speech in Wisconsin

Today, the President spoke at the University of Wisconsin in La Crosse, reflecting on the great strides America has made in the past six years in economic reform. With over 64 months of private sector job growth and the lowest uninsured rate ever, the United States had made great progress [...]

Jeb Bush to meet with Mitt Romney in Kennebunkport

HANOVER, N.H. — Chris Christie and Marco Rubio are not the only presidential candidates catching up with Mitt Romney in New England. Romney and his wife, Ann, plan to meet this coming week with former Florida governor Jeb Bush for lunch at Walker’s Point, the Bush family compo [...]

Clinton warns that a Republican president would repeal Obamacare

HANOVER, N.H. — Hillary Rodham Clinton sharpened her partisan rhetoric to appeal to Democratic primary voters here Friday by issuing a dire warning: President Obama’s health care law would disappear if a Republican wins the White House in 2016. Celebrating last month’s S [...]

Democrats and Republicans are headed in opposite directions

Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump are improving in the polls while everyone else appears to be treading water. Sanders has been drawing large crowds with his common sense populist message and he has raised $15 million in the past two months. The Huffington Post is reporting that he is risin [...]

Trump’s Miss USA pageant gets thrown a lifeline by conservative media owner

Friends in low places. Don’t you worry, ya losers, Donald Trump and the world’s most prominent platform for job-related swimsuit competitions will land on their feet. With a little help from their friends. On Thursday, the relatively obscure independent cable channel Reelz s [...]

Holiday Roundup

We sorta get two Independence Day holidays this year, though here in California state and local government workers do not get today off, and obviously a lot of private sector folk everywhere are working today. It’s good to take a slight break from political junkie frenzy between las [...]

Midday open thread: Don’t endorse candidates Trumka tells state labor leaders; carbon capture mirage

Today’s comic by Mark Fiore is Scalia’s poetry slam: What’s coming up on Sunday Kos … The Southern heritage that Lost Causers would like us to ignore, by Susan Grigsby The legitimate, though unpopular, case for more politicians in Washington, by Steve Singiser The p [...]

Almost 200 years ago, Michigan and Ohio fought a war—and Wisconsin lost

(click to enlarge) In the 1750s, an American physician-cum-botanist named John Mitchell, despite living in Britain at the time and possessing no training as a geographer, nevertheless produced one of the most important maps of the colonial era, on that would ultimately bear his name, the [...]

Romney to host the Christies, Rubios at his New Hampshire home

This post has been updated BEDFORD, N.H. — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s comeback journey begins here in New Hampshire, so the Republican presidential candidate is paying a visit to the last winner of the state’s first-in-the-nation primary and one of its most famous summer [...]

Leave Joe Biden Alone, Please

Yesterday I made the case that Bernie Sanders’ maximum role–by no means probable, just possible–in the 2016 presidential nominating process is to become a sort of Gene McCarthy figure who could if he keeps making strides open the field to additional, more electable figur [...]