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Progressive Caucus on Leaked ISDS Provisions in the Trans-Pacific Partnership

WASHINGTON – Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) Co-Chairs Reps. Raúl M. Grijalva… Go to Source : Progressive Caucus on Leaked ISDS Provisions in the Trans-Pacific Partnership

Police investigators say a white male was riding a St. Louis MetroLink train on Monday night when he was approached by a group of black men [...]

Known oil and gas fields in the Levant Basin US Energy Information Administration/Wikimedia This story first appeared on the TomDispatch  [...]

Ellen Pao Verdict (Temporarily) Thrown Out Because Jury Has Math Fail

This is a breaking news story. We’ll be updating this post regularly. Ellen Pao’s $16 million lawsuit against her former employer, venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins, has captivated Silicon Valley for the past month. Pao, now the interim CEO of Reddit, sued her former employ [...]

BREAKING: Italian Court Reaches Verdict In Amanda Knox Case

AFP has the breaking news: Italy’s top court on Friday cleared Amanda Knox of the 2007 murder of British student Meredith Kercher, bringing a sensational end to an eight-year legal drama. Judges at the Court of Cassation also cleared Knox’s Italian ex-boyfriend Raffaele Solle [...]

Day’s End and Weekend Watch

My church is having a “Silent Retreat” tomorrow where attendees “fast from speaking” for eight hours. Don’t know if I’ll make it this year. After a week in front of the computer, the doctor would probably order some social interaction. Here are some r [...]

Tsarnaevs: Why did they murder the innocent?

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev wrote a note in pencil on an interior wall of a trailered boat in which sought refuge after the Watertown shootout. He attempted to justify killing innocent people with the following words, “The U.S. Government is killing our innocent civilians but most of you already k [...]

Italy’s Highest Court Overturns Amanda Knox Murder Conviction, Closing Legal Saga

Story by the Associated Press; created by Oliver Darcy. — ROME (AP) — Italy’s highest court overturned the murder conviction against Amanda Knox and her ex-boyfriend Friday, bringing to a definitive end the high-profile case that captivated people on both sides of the Atlantic. R [...]

Sen. Ted Cruz cited a 1975 Newsweek article on “global cooling” to question the evidence of global warming, and in the process  [...]

Cartoon: Death penalty dissonance

Click to enlarge. Since lethal injection drugs are becoming scarce and no longer efficient at the whole “lethal” thing, Utah’s getting ready to bring back the firing squad, while other states are dusting off their electric chairs and gas chambers. Somehow thes [...]

Audio and video has emerged showing Indiana state Rep. Vanessa Summers (D-Indianapolis) going after one of her Republican colleague’s 18-mo [...]

North Dakota this week became the 27th state to call for a constitutional convention that would propose an amendment to the Constitution re [...]

James Baker: Not a Republican Any More

So this is an understatement, I’d say, from Peter Baker in the New York Times: When former Secretary of State James A. Baker III accused Israel’s leader this week of undermining the chances of peace in the region, he said nothing more than the kinds of things he had said at ti [...]

Two states join Colorado as it defends its marijuana law against suit

Washington and Oregon on Friday joined Colorado in defending its recreational marijuana law against a suit brought by two of its neighboring states. In a filing, Colorado asked the Supreme Court to dismiss the lawsuit — filed by Nebraska and Oklahoma — arguing that it makes a “dange [...]

Lena Dunham’s Jewish Jokes Aren’t Offensive. They’re Just Stale.

The sun rose today, which means that there’s a new outrage cycle inspired by something Lena Dunham has written, said, or done. (This piece moves beyond Dunham, but bear with me.) <a href=" [...]

Woman who cut baby from womb potentially faces more than 100 years in prison, DA says

Dynel Lane, the Colorado woman accused of attacking a pregnant woman and removing a 7-month-old fetus from her body, was charged with eight felonies by the Boulder County District Attorney’s office on Friday, including attempted murder and the unlawful termination of a pregnancy. La [...]

Week in Review: 5 Years of the ACA, Our Fifth Science Fair, and a Talk About the War on Drugs

This week, the President celebrated the fifth anniversary of the Affordable Care Act becoming law, hosted students at the fifth-annual White House Science Fair, sat down with the creator of “The Wire” to discuss criminal justice policy, and traveled to Birmingham, Alabama to h [...]

A new change to the AP Stylebook, a style and usage guide used by news organizations, allows the terms “global warming” and “climate change [...]

Chuck Schumer formally enters race to succeed Reid, appears to have the support to win

This story has been updated. Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) is formally entering the race to succeed Senate Minority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.), with allies suggesting he already has enough support to win what could turn into an uncontested race. According to a person familiar with h [...]

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid got a surprise call from President Barack Obama during his interview on Nevada public radio shortly after [...]

Weekends are always better when they start with koalas. This Koala Is So Cute You’ll  [...]

19 states that have ‘religious freedom’ laws like Indiana’s that no one is boycotting

Indiana has come under fire for a bill signed Thursday by Gov. Mike Pence (R) that would allow businesses to refuse service for religious reasons. The NCAA has voiced its concern ahead of Final Four in Indianapolis next week, there are calls to boycott the state, and Miley Cyrus has even  [...]

Outlet Creek watershed in Northern California’s Mendocino County. Scott Bauer Northern California pot farmers are using up all of t [...]

Hasan Edmonds (left) and Jonas Edmonds (right) accused of plotting attack on US military installation The FBI announced in a press releas [...]

Forget Elizabeth Warren. Another Female Senator Has a Shot to Fill the Senate’s New Power Vacuum.

In the nanoseconds after Democratic Senate leader Harry Reid announced Friday morning that he will give up his leadership post and retire in 2016, liberal groups raced to promote their go-to solution for almost any political problem: Sen. Elizabeth Warren. Much like the movement to draft  [...]

Secretary of State John Kerry has asked his inspector general to review the way department employees archive their emails, and to recommend [...]

Former Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is claiming he abandoned his base in Afghanistan in 2009 in order to travel to the nearest military outpost  [...]

Reid and the Federal Judiciary

I mentioned this morning that Harry Reid could well be remembered as the man who finally reversed the arrows on what had become a suffocating expansion of the filibuster. At the New Yorker, Jeffrey Toobin explains what that meant in practice: When Barack Obama took office, in 2009, he ha [...]

Your clip-n-save guide to likely 2016 candidates’ Senate ‘vote-a-rama’ votes

There’s a tradition in the Senate that the passage of the annual budget will be accompanied by a slew of votes on amendments either somewhat or not-at-all related to the content of the full bill. Often, it’s a way for members of one political party to put the screws to members [...]

The 10 most competitive Senate races in 2016

It’s easy to conclude that Democrats are actually in better shape to hold the Nevada seat in 2016 after Sen. Harry Reid’s (D) decision not to run for another term. Reid, after all, had rarely won his races by anything but the skin of his teeth and his role as the leading natio [...]