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Make soup out of me? I don’t THINK so! Greetings! Well, it was a great 4th here…unless you were a pet. A nearby display drov [...]

couldihavelupus.gov, and other great moments in weird government URLs (Video)

To celebrate Independence Day weekend. Comedy Central’s “@midnight” looked back at some of the American government’s great Internet moments, like this tweet about working at USA.gov… I am working at USA.gov — USA.gov (@USAgov) March 3, 2008 …and u [...]

Great moments in weird government URLs

To celebrate Independence Day weekend. Comedy Central’s “@midnight” looked back at some of the American government’s great Internet moments, like this tweet about working at USA.gov… I am working at USA.gov — USA.gov (@USAgov) March 3, 2008 …and u [...]

Abbreviated pundit round-up: Greeks declare a loud ‘no'; liberation and the black church

Paul Krugman at The New York Times writes—Ending Greece’s Bleeding: But the campaign of bullying — the attempt to terrify Greeks by cutting off bank financing and threatening general chaos, all with the almost open goal of pushing the current leftist government out of office — was a shame [...]

Music Review: "Up in the Pine" by Heather Woods

TRACK 1 “Up in the Pine” From Heather Woods Broderick’s Glider WESTERN VINYL Liner notes: Prepare for liftoff (or vertigo) on this shimmering fusion of visceral, ethereal sounds, featuring acoustic guitars, murmuring synths, and swirling voices. Behind the music: A memb [...]

Tom Tomorrow The average lifespan of an Antarctic emperor penguin is 15 to 20 years. The average lifespan of an American comic strip is p [...]

Guitarist and Songwriter Richard Thompson’s ‘Still’ Got It

Richard ThompsonStill Fantasy Richard Thompson’s latest album closes on an uncharacteristically sweet note with “Guitar Heroes,” a jaunty, nearly eight-minute ode to the players who initially inspired him, namely, Chuck Berry, Django Reinhardt, Les Paul, James Burton,  [...]

You may have recently seen a TV ad about the “most common eating disorder in US adults”: Binge Eating Disorder. The spot featu [...]

How Motor City Came Back From the Brink…And Left Most Detroiters Behind

On August 30, 2013, a billionaire businessman named Dan Gilbert arrived at the White House to discuss the future of Detroit. Gilbert, founder and  chairman of Quicken Loans and owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers, had already invested heavily in the city; in 2010 he moved Quicken’ [...]

There Are 447 People With a Better Chance of Being Elected President Than Donald Trump

When New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie formally entered the presidential race last week, many news outlets (this one included) said he was the 14th Republican to enter the fray. Actually, he was the 101st. As of July 2, there were 100 Republicans officially running for president, but techni [...]

The most popular fact checks of June

By a wide margin, the most popular fact check of June is a Four-Pinocchio ruling concerning an oft-told tale by Sen. Rand Paul about an elderly man imprisoned for having “dirt on his land.” Little of Paul’s account turned out to be true. Readers also flocked to our fact check of claims ma [...]

Open thread for night owls: Making the 2016 election work for families

Elaine Weiss at the Campaign for America’s Future writes—Can the 2016 Election be About Making it Work for American Families? Millions of parents in states across the country work jobs that provide no time off at all to take care of their new babies. It is hard to fathom how this l [...]

The Wrong Way to Stop Prostitution

Are sex workers who engage in prostitution criminals? Technically, yes: In most of the United States, prostitution is considered a crime, and workers who sell sexual services—even, in many states, <a href="http://www.newrepublic.com/article/120418/underage-sex-trafficking-victims- [...]

Still Waiting for USS Liberty’s Truth

During the Six-Day War in 1967, Israeli warplanes and warships tried to sink the USS Liberty, killing 34 of the spy ship’s crew. Afterwards, U.S. and Israeli officials excused the attack as an unfortunate mistake and covered up evidence of willful murder. By Ray McGovern Israel’s chokeho [...]

U.S. women take the world cup!

Teammates bury Carli Lloyd in a hug after she scored one of her three goals within the first 15 minutes of play. The U.S. women’s soccer team won its third world cup Sunday, beating Japan 5-2. The U.S. women dominated, scoring four of their five goals in the first 16 minutes of pl [...]

Being a liberal in Texas is not all that bad

The Kingwood Area Democrats had secured a prime spot at the early voting location.There were balloons, coffee, donuts, and trinkets for kids. There was even some music. Throughout the day many people stopped by to get some coffee. In this seemingly dark red suburban town, many people who [...]

Access to Iranian sites continues to be a thorny issue and the Americans may be playing a dirty game in the media (photo:PressTV) By Gareth [...]

What’s Up Next for the Obama Administration?

As we await word on whether or not there will be an agreement with Iran about their nuclear weapons program, we’ve seen a burst of activity recently from the Obama administration on things like diplomatic relations with Cuba and a new overtime rule for workers. But what’s next [...]

The GOP’s latest ethnicity and inclusion challenge. His name is Donald Trump.

A few weeks after Republican presidential contenders struggled to find their footing on the Charleston shooting and then seemed to decide almost all at once that the era of public Confederate displays had reached its just end, candidate Donald Trump has become the latest in a series of ch [...]

Temporarily embarrassed millionaires

John Steinbeck “Socialism never took root in America because the poor see themselves not as an exploited proletariat but as temporarily embarrassed millionaires.” That quote reminds me of a guy I knew when I first got out of the Army. We both worked at a lumberyard: I worked the lumber  [...]