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The Nuance of Climate Change Denialism

Recently Jeb Bush said this: “The climate is changing. I don’t think the science is clear on what percentage is man-made and what percentage is natural. It’s convoluted,” he told roughly 150 people at a house party here Wednesday night. “And for the people to [...]

This week in science: two in the Bush

Well worth a few minutes of three-day weekend Zen Former Florida Governor and presumed current front runner in the 2016 GOP primary, Jeb Bush, spoke on climate change this week. In just a couple of sentences, he managed to confuse everyone: First, Jeb Bush said he was “not a scientist” wh [...]

Finding What You Love

It’s the season of commencement speeches. One of my favorite authors – Jonathan Odell – has written what he would tell graduates if he were ever asked to give one. Never get good at doing what you hate. If you do, you will be asked to do more of it. And for more money. I [...]

Abbreviated Pundit Round-up: Republicans and their base

WaPo: Democrats say they are happy to see Republicans race to the right, since they believe it will put the eventual GOP nominee out of step with the general electorate. Some Republicans are nervous about that possibility. “You have to be careful when you are doing this — that you don’t s [...]

Henri Camille, Chevalier de Berenghen by Oudry Misse and Latine by Oudry A painter known best for his portrayal of animals, Oudry studi [...]

Obama commemorates troops lost in line of duty

President Obama on Saturday used his weekly address to commemorate Memorial Day, calling this year’s holiday “especially meaningful” because it is the first since the end of major combat operations in Afghanistan.  Obama said he plans to… Go to Source : Obama commemorates troops los [...]

Weekly Address: Honoring Our Fallen Heroes this Memorial Day

President Barack Obama tapes the Weekly Address in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, May 22, 2015. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson) In this week’s address, the President commemorated Memorial Day by paying tribute to the men and women in unifor [...]

ABC News GoPro videos are cool. Fighter jets (that aren’t the F-35) are cool. GoPro videos from fighter jets are unsurprisingly coo [...]

Late Night FDL: Amused to Death

Roger Waters – Amused To Death Roger will be headlining this year’s Newport Folk Festival… Roger Waters will headline the opening night of the 2015 Newport Folk Festival on Friday, July 24. Waters says he plans to deliver “an intimate appearance specifically craft [...]

Open thread for night owls. OECD: Growing global inequality gap ‘has reached a tipping point’

Nadia Prupis at Common Dreams, writes Growing Global Inequality Gap ‘Has Reached a Tipping Point’:  With the gap between the rich and poor growing worldwide, a new study by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) published Thursday suggests that  [...]

Obama hails Senate passage of trade package

 President Obama on Friday hailed the Senate’s passage of a trade package that is at the top of his second-term agenda.  Obama said in a statement the bipartisan vote is an “important step toward ensuring the United States can… Go to Source : Obama hails Senate passage o [...]

When is a campaign not a campaign? When it’s Jeb Bush’s!

The chair of the Federal Elections Commission has crying “uncle” in the face of a deadlocked commission. Which is really too bad, because 2016 is shaping up to be one long exercise in candidates skirting the edge of campaign finance laws, such as they are. As the 2016 campaig [...]

As Patriot Act Expiration Looms, Critics Hope for Sunset on Mass Surveillance

With a deadline for the USA Patriot Act fast approaching, Congress has little time to decide how to proceed—but the call to ‘sunset’ the law is growing. (Photo: Dan Cook/flickr/cc/with overlay) ‘Together we will end the Patriot Act, and the sun can rise on a new day fi [...]

Obamacare got 12 million insured, now Congress has to fix the system for all the underinsured

Healthcare reform is not done. Not by a long shot. While Obamacare has gone a very long way toward getting people insured, and in creating some good reforms and regulations on private insurance, private health insurance can still be pretty sucky. And according to a new report from the Co [...]

Pauline Kael’s First Film Review for The New Republic

The most revolutionary thing about Pauline Kael was her voice: wild, undisciplined, impassioned, and, above all, personal. And for that reason, she didn’t last long at the comparatively rigorous New Republic. “[The readers] thought of me as an impertinent snip,” she later said. Sh Go to S [...]

West Wing Week: 05/22/2015 or, “@POTUS”

This week was National Police Week, and the President honored fallen officers at the National Peace Officers Memorial Service; celebrated the reform efforts of police officers in Camden, New Jersey; signed the National Blue Alert Act to help protect police officers; and congratulated the  [...]

Holy Shit. This Is How the Duggars’ Homeschooling Curriculum Allegedly Dealt With Sexual Abuse.

All I can tell you about this tweet is that the Duggars are/were fans of Bill Gothard and that this sexual abuse “lesson” does appear to have been a part of his curriculum at one time. The Duggars use Bill Gothard’s Advanced Training Institute for homeschooling. This is [...]

Shameful Texas Court of Criminal Appeals wimps out in Keller day care case

The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals embarrassed itself recently by refusing to find Dan and Fran Keller innocent of charges that they sexually molested children in their Austin day care center in 1992. Fortunately for the Kellers, however, the court finally did overturn their wrongful con [...]

Paid Leave This Week: Breastfeeding Models, Pregnant Marines, and the Worst States for Working Moms

The best and worst states for working mothers: Thinking of having kids? You might not want to move to Indiana, Utah, or Montana, according to a new report by the Institute of Women’s Policy Re Go to Source : Paid Leave This Week: Breastfeeding Models, Pregnant Marines, and the Worst State [...]