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Open thread for night owls. De Blasio pushes economic and eco justice in sustainability plan

Katherine Bagley at Inside Climate News writes NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio pushes environmental and economic justice in sustainability plan: Environmental justice advocates may have found a climate champion in Mayor Bill De Blasio, who this week made income equality the centerpiece of his s [...]

Late Night FDL: Big Shot

Billy Joel – Big Shot Billy will be playing his 32nd gig at Nassau… New York’s famed Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum will soon undergo a major renovation to update its facilities, but before that happens, it’ll get one final concert—from Billy Joel. Joel will play the col [...]

Which movies and TV shows would you recommend to a friend?

Naomi Watts and Ben Stiller in Noah Baumbach’s ‘While We’re Young’ Instead of just focusing on one issue, movie or TV show, I’m going to open up the floor and ask a question. If a friend asked for a recommendation of a movie or TV show, what would you tell  [...]

Baltimore city officials call for calm, urge citizens to ‘stand up’ for their neighborhood

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake Just a little before 8:00 p.m. eastern Monday, the mayor of Baltimore, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, addressed reporters about the violence that had taken hold of her city. “What we see tonight that is going on in our city is very disturbing. I [...]

Monday Night Open Thread

After spending my non-working hours today reading and and writing about death penalty trials and riots, I'm switching gears. Unimas tonight begins re-airing El Cartel de los Sapos aka Cartel of Snitches — the Narcodrama that started the… [[ This is a content summary only. [...]

Deal With It

If you only casually follow politics, you probably don’t know much about Senator Patty Murray. She’s rarely on TV or in the headlines. She’s not inclined to tear into her Republican colleagues or give floor speeches that go viral, like Senator Elizabeth Warren does. But Murray has b [...]

Baltimore facts and a message from ‘The Wire’ creator David Simon

A Baltimore resident trying to restore order in his neighborhood speaks to a protester during clashes in Baltimore, As the city of Baltimore erupts into chaos tonight, here are a few facts about the city of Baltimore: The population is 622,793. There are approximately 16,000 abandoned h [...]

O’Malley cutting short trip to Ireland amid unrest in Baltimore

Amid the unrest in Baltimore, former Maryland governor Martin O’Malley is cutting short a planned series of paid speeches in Ireland and returning home Tuesday morning, an aide said. The Democrat, who has been aggressively positioning himself for a White House bid, had been scheduled to g [...]

Multiple whistleblowers in the US Marshals Service have informed Republican Senator Chuck Grassley’s office that leadership is allege [...]

"The Wire" Creator David Simon to Baltimore Rioters: "Turn around. Go home. Please."

As tensions escalate between residents and police on the streets of Baltimore, David Simon, a former crime reporter for the Baltimore Sun and showrunner for the critically-acclaimed show The Wire, took to his personal site to call for an end to the protests.   First things firs [...]

Riots in Baltimore After Freddie Gray Funeral

Baltimore was in chaos today when riots erupted after the funeral of Freddie Gray, a young African American who died in police custody. Gray's family was shocked by the violence… they hoped to organize a peace march later in the week, said… [[ This is a content summary on [...]

President Obama Meets with U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch

President Barack Obama meets with Attorney General Loretta Lynch in the Oval Office, April 27, 2015. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza) At the Department of Justice this morning, Vice President Biden swore in Loretta Lynch as the newest Attorney General of the Un [...]

It has come to this. There is a self-help guides from the ACLU on what to do if you think you are on the U.S. government’s no-fly list. Oh, [...]

Big Oil to Pope Francis: We Know What’s Best for the World’s Poor

Over the course of this year, Pope Francis will ramp up his foray into the politically charged debate for action on climate change. It begins unofficially with Tuesday’s Vatican sum Go to Source : Big Oil to Pope Francis: We Know What’s Best for the World’s Poor

Baltimore erupts into chaos: Governor activates National Guard

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has declared a state of emergency and activated the National Guard as protests and confrontations with the police have swept through the city today in the wake of the funeral for Freddie Gray, according to the Baltimore Sun, and unrest is anticipated throughou [...]

America’s Response to the Earthquake in Nepal: What We Can Do to Help

“To the people in Nepal and the region affected by this tragedy, we send our heartfelt sympathies. The United States stands with you during this difficult time.” — Secretary of State John Kerry On April 25, 2015 — at 2:11 a.m. ET — an earthquake struck a [...]

Video: Protestors Clash With Police as Baltimore Demonstrations Turn Violent

Clashes between Baltimore Police and protesters turned violent Monday afternoon following the funeral of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old black Baltimore resident who died in police custody earlier this month. Baltimore Police say that at least seven officers were wounded when groups of people [...]

Columba Bush takes the microphone, stirs donors at Miami meeting

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. — A gathering of about 350 donors to the prospective Jeb Bush presidential campaign finished up a two-day conference here Monday listening to a rare public statement from the candidate’s media-shy wife, Columba. “It was touching and emotional,” sa [...]

Hawaii may be the first to raise its smoking age to 21 if the governor says yes

Alarmed at the growing popularity of e-cigarettes among high school students, Hawaii lawmakers approved a bill Friday preventing anyone under 21 from buying tobacco products or using them in public places. The measure would make Hawaii the first state in the nation to raise the smoking ag [...]