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Report finds large gap in satisfaction between top-level feds and other workers

A new report shows that top-level federal civil servants are happier in their jobs than those with less pay and power. That might not be a surprise, but it can be a problem. The Partnership for Public Service drilled into data from the Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey and found that “sen [...]

How Donald Trump Epitomizes The GOP’s Failure To Connect With Latino Voters

Real estate mogul and presidential candidate Donald Trump touted his business and dealmaking expertise in his campaign launch speech last month, saying, “I did a lot of great deals and I did them early and young, and now I’m building all over the world.” But remarks he made in [...]

Why President Obama will get credit — deserved or otherwise — for gay marriage

Kim Kardashian is pleased with the Supreme Court’s ruling on same-sex marriage last week. In an interview with the Daily Beast published Monday, she said she was”proud to be an American” — which makes sense — and “proud of Obama” — which mak [...]

Abbreviated Pundit Round-up: Of vaccines and resistance

Reuters: Opponents of California’s new law tightening school vaccination rules said on Wednesday they had put together a team of attorneys to challenge the measure, which was prompted by a measles outbreak at Disneyland that sickened more than 100 people. The lawyers are strategizi [...]

OPM plans to release more information about data breach

Office of Personnel Management Director Katherine Archuleta plans to release the number of people whose information was targeted in a cyberattack on security clearance records and to begin notifying them next week, according to employee organization leaders who met with her Monday. Archul [...]

Gerrymandering didn’t make politics this vicious. But vicious politics will soon make gerrymandering so much worse.

It is endlessly suspicious when politicians control the process by which they and their allies are elected. Yet Arizona lawmakers had been battling their own citizens for precisely this power, in a lawsuit that culminated Monday in a 5-4 Supreme Court decision upholding the right of voter [...]

Did Republicans jump the gun on the Confederate flag?

Politicians were tripping over themselves to call for the Confederate flag to be taken down in the wake of the Charleston shootings. But a new poll found Americans weren’t quite so decisive. In fact, for once, politicians might actually have gotten out ahead of public opinion. The S [...]

After court ruling, gay veterans get marriage benefits they were denied

Days after the Supreme Court ruled that the right to marry must be open to gays, the Department of Veterans Affairs has moved immediately to extend marital benefits to same-sex couples who were denied them — even in states where they were available to other federal retirees. The new [...]

The US Government Spent Hundreds of Millions on Afghan Health Clinics. Now It’s Not Sure It Can Find Them.

The US government is spending hundreds of millions of dollars on heath care facilities in Afghanistan as part of its efforts to rebuild the war-torn country. The problem is that two government agencies involved with the project can’t seem to agree on whether they know where the faci [...]

It’s Time for the Black Rights Movement to Finally Embrace Gay Rights

Last Friday’s Supreme Court ruling to legalize same-sex marriage nationwide was a milestone for the LGBT rights movement. While it didn’t give gay Americans complete equality in every aspect of their lives, the decision provided a long-sought-after victory: an acknowledgement  [...]

Are there hundreds of thousands of sex-trafficked runaways in the United States?

“In the United States, more than 800,000 children are reported missing every year, and nearly half end up living on the streets. Seventy percent will become sex trafficking victims, most within their first 72 hours of living on the street.” — Defiance College news release, June 15, 2015 “ [...]

Open thread for night owls: NPS shuts down District effort to woo NFL team with the racist name

Sorry, Dan Snyder. The District of Columbia has been attempting to woo back a certain NFL franchise by proposing a shiny new stadium on their old stomping grounds, the spot where Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium stands today. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, however, has told them tha [...]

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 [...]