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Freshman GOP senator uses tweetstorm to nominate a new Speaker of the House

Through no fault of his own, Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) has been a relatively obscure member of the GOP’s 2014 Senate class. He replaced a Republican, the forgettable Mike Johanns, so he did not get the media coverage afforded to challengers going after Democratic seats. He ran a s [...]

​Soon after the school year started in September 2000, a police officer working at McNary High in Keizer, Oregon, got a [...]

On April 20, 1999, two teenage boys fatally shot 13 people and injured 24 others at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado. A Mother  [...]

Abbreviated pundit round-up: Gun laws; Planned Parenthood fights back; new smog law not tough enough

E.J. Dionne Jr. at The Washington Post writes—The conservative evasion on guns: President Obama spoke some of the most important words of his tenure last week in response to the mass shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Ore. “This is something we should politicize,” the presi [...]

Will the Supreme Court’s New Term Deliver the Next Great Dissent?

On Monday, the marshal of the United States Supreme Court will ask everyone in the courtroom to rise and, as the justices file in through the maroon curtains and take their seats, ask God to “save the United States and this honorable Court.” Before the Court adjourns at the end of the fol [...]

The Case Against Free College

In the United States, as in much of the rest of the world, college students receive three kinds of public benefits: tuition subsidies, living grants, and public loans. Through various combinations of this benefit troika, almost all students are able to finance their college education. Som [...]

Here’s a way the government can easily get your phone records without even asking a judge — and few people know about it

It is a way for the federal government to easily obtain your phone and other records. Few people know about it. And when you get one, there’s not much you can do to fight it. The administrative subpoena is a tool that lawyers and former government officials say federal agencies  [...]

Bikini KillRevolution Girl Style Now Bikini Kill Records Loud, surly and thrilling, Revolution Girl Style Now reissues the raw 1991 demo [...]

The Bottle RocketsSouth Broadway Athletic Club Bloodshot Utterly familiar yet amazingly fresh on every album, Brian Henneman and company [...]

In November 1981, early in what would become a 12-year civil war, Lt. Colonel Sigifredo Ochoa Pérez led an estimated 1,200 Salvadora [...]

Obama’s claim that ‘states with the most gun laws tend to have the fewest gun deaths’

  “We know that states with the most gun laws tend to have the fewest gun deaths. So the notion that gun laws don’t work, or just will make it harder for law-abiding citizens and criminals will still get their guns is not born out by the evidence.” —President Obama, remarks [...]

Martin O’Malley, citing his record in Maryland, asserts himself on gun control

ROCHESTER, N.H. — Former Maryland governor Martin O’Malley on Sunday touted a package of gun-control measures passed during his tenure and challenged his two leading rivals for the Democratic presidential nomination to embrace several initiatives on the national level. O’Malley’s comm [...]

Open thread for night owls: ‘Carried interest’ loophole widely hated, but Congress won’t touch it

At In These Times, Jim Hightower writes—Even Donald Trump Wants To Eliminate This Tax Loophole for the Rich, Yet Congress Won’t Do It: With the 2016 presidential campaigns in full swing the burdens of the working middle class have taken center stage. And believe it or not, there is bipar [...]

We collectively are answerable for the demise of the America we thought we had

The President exasperatedly addressed the shooting massacre at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon with a passionate press conference. He made one statement that should be burned into every American’s psyche. He said, “We collectively are answerable to those families [...]

The great drying: Mars as it may have appeared billions of years ago on the left, and Mars as it appears today on the far right. Source: W [...]

Georgie Porgie

Yesterday, we marked the fifteenth anniversary of the first debate between Al Gore and George W. Bush, and the mainstream media’s refusal to state the obvious—that Gore kicked Bush’s rear end in that debate. You’d figure that fifteen years later, the country would  [...]

Corporate criminals cheat because they don’t fear jail time. That must change. Now.

We can’t let them get away with it any longer. There’s been no shortage of reactions to the Volkswagen cheating scandal. One proposal called for the deployment of already existing technology to do emissions testing out on the road, as opposed to in a lab or in some kind of a [...]

Planned Ignorance

Two stories today highlight another common theme in conservative American politics: the intentional withholding of information in order to prevent people from making proper decisions on public policy. First is the continued attempt by (mostly Southern) Republicans to whitewash American hi [...]

Rep. Jason Chaffetz launches bid for House speaker, shaking up GOP leadership race

The Republican chairman of a high-profile House committee on Sunday shook up the race to succeed outgoing Speaker John A. Boehner, launching a challenge to the heavy favorite, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy. The bid by Rep. Jason Chaffetz (Utah), chairman of the Oversight and Governme [...]