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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 [...]

Cartoon: America’s rapidly rising faiths

Click to enlarge. A Pew survey came out last week showing that the ranks of Christians are declining in America, while the unaffiliated and other faiths are growing. Of course Christianity will remain a super-majority in the U.S. for decades to come, but it offers some hope that in the d [...]

Young Clintonistas Fired Up, Ready To Go

No matter how much we read, think and talk to other people, it’s impossible entirely to remove the impact of personal (which mean generational) experience in perceiving events as they happen and people as we encounter them. That’s why I found Suzy Khimm’s TNR piece on a  [...]

As California endures its fourth year of grueling drought, officials are getting more serious about mandatory water cuts. Gov. Jerry B [...]

Fast Track Really Comes Down to the Filibuster

This thought has been nagging the back of my mind for a while, so I’m glad Greg Sargent has clarified it for me. In a detailed discussion of what will happen to TPP (and future trade agreements) if Trade Promotion Authority (a.k.a. “fast-track”) is passed, Greg reaches  [...]

Clinton says she’s not running for a ‘third term’ of her husband or Obama

EXETER, N.H. — Hillary Rodham Clinton on Friday sought to distance herself somewhat from both her husband, a previous president, and Barack Obama, the current White House occupant who defeated her in 2008. “I’m not running for my husband’s third term and I’m  [...]

Pew poll: 75 percent of Republicans want their party to challenge Obama ‘more often’

Not satisfied. According to a new Pew poll, the Republican base isn’t too happy with their leaders. Today, just 41% of Republicans approve of the job their party’s leaders in Congress are doing. […] And just 37% of Republicans say their party’s leaders are keeping their camp [...]

The Republican National Committee thinks it has the smoking gun that proves Hillary Clinton used “multiple secret email addresses” as secre [...]