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Fox Unfair! Imagine That!

Today’s most improbable story (per Paul Singer at USAToday) involves an effort by a marginal GOP presidential candidate to get the Federal Election Commission–you know, that agency which is powerless do much of anything because Republicans think campaign finance regulation is  [...]

The cover of a report by a cybersecurity firm that identified Black Lives Matter organizers as “threat actors.” ZeroFox Docum [...]

Gage Skidmore/Flickr Back in April, when protests against police tactics in Baltimore turned violent, I expressed the fear that instead o [...]

Can Fox News exclude candidates just because they aren’t mentioned in polls?

Former IRS commissioner Mark Everson (R) filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission on Monday morning, arguing that Fox News has unfairly excluded him from participation in the candidate forum that will precede Thursday night’s debate. The complaint asks that he be a [...]

Senate kicks off 2016 War on Women with a vote to defund Planned Parenthood

The Senate will take its first vote Monday afternoon to defund Planned Parenthood. That will be a procedural vote to move to debate on the bill and it’s highly unlikely to receive the 60 votes it needs. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell would have to get every Republican and  [...]

364 bills that have been introduced in Congress, ranked by acronym quality

On Friday, in the grand tradition of politicians seeking to capitalize on a cultural moment, Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) introduced a bill aimed at reducing the number of “trophy killings” of African wildlife. This, of course, was in response to last week’s news that  [...]

President Obama Just Finalized His Plan to Fight Climate Change

President Barack Obama has been more vocal than any previous president about the need to combat climate change, and on Monday his administration is releasing a package of rules that will likely be the most important—and most controversial—piece of his climate legacy. R [...]

Cartoon: Things Trump could do…

LAST CHANCE: My Kickstarter for the hardcover, two-volume, thousand page 25 Years of Tomorrow ends Tuesday, Aug. 4 at 4 p.m! Go to Source : Cartoon: Things Trump could do…

Kochs Rebrand Themselves As Champions Of Poor, Fight To Slash Wages And Eliminate Their Health Care

Over the weekend, at a political conference organized by the Koch Brothers where mega-donors and Republican presidential candidates rubbed elbows, Charles Koch compared his network’s influence over U.S. elections to past “freedom movements.” “Look at the American r [...]

The Psychological Necessity of "Draft Biden"

You had to figure it was going to happen thanks to a combination of factors: * Brief panic among some Democrats at one set of three-state polls from Quinnipiac indicating a plunge in HRC’s support and a spike in indies opining she’s untrustworthy * A small but intensely loyal  [...]

Meet the teenage girls whose 2016 candidate selfie project is very un-Kardashian

@PrezSelfieGirls Nice to meet you today. Keep up the good work. pic.twitter.com/5EYCi096Rv — Roger Goun (@sskennel) July 25, 2015 This summer, between stuff like, oh, building robots, training for swim team and High School-Musical-themed sing-offs, Addy Nozell, 17, and Emma Nozell,  [...]

The Revolt Against the Ruling Class

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The Last Defining Court Battle of Obama’s Presidency

President Barack Obama Obama will unveil his most ambitious climate change plan to date on Monday, setting off perhaps the last defining legal battle of his administration. As with Obamacare, his plan is opposed by most Republicans and likely to be challenged all the way to the Supreme Co [...]

Jimmy Carter Is Correct that the U.S. Is No Longer a Democracy

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Watch John Oliver Explain Why Washington D.C. Should Be the 51st State

On Sunday, Last Week Tonight took on the issue of restricted voting rights for Washington D.C. residents, despite the fact they pay federal taxes and have a larger population than some entire states such as Vermont and Wyoming. Even the Dalai Lama once called the situation “quite s [...]

Tomgram: Karen J. Greenberg, The Mass Killer and the National Security State

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Chicago’s unknown hero of peace

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Rick Perry has always enjoyed the finer things in life. From his $25 million renovated Governor’s Mansion to his nearly $1 million annual s [...]

Rick Perry has always enjoyed the finer things in life. From his $25 million renovated Governor’s Mansion to his nearly $1 million annual s [...]

John Oliver comes out in favor of D.C. statehood (Video)

“It is not good when a guy from Tibet says, ‘Wow, this is really un-democratic. Someone should do something about it. Does Richard Gere know about this? Someone should tell him.'” (Warning: Some crude references and bleeped vulgarities.)   Go to Source : Joh [...]