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Actual Senator Rand Paul says he knows a ‘secret’ that will doom Hillary, but he’s not telling

For almost two weeks now, presidential candidate Rand Paul has been assuring audiences that something big will be coming out “in the next couple of weeks” to doom the Hillary Clinton campaign. Oh, he knows what it is. But he’s not telling, because that would ruin the su [...]

Side Effects: Popping Pills and Pop-Up Politicos

Religion and Bigotry: Like Talking to a Post

Chipotle Week: How Bad Can Campaign Coverage Get?

Obama in weekly address: ‘No greater threat to our planet than climate change’

This is an issue that’s bigger and longer-lasting than my presidency. It’s about protecting our God-given natural wonders, and the good jobs that rely on them. It’s about shielding our cities and our families from disaster and harm. It’s about keeping our kids healthy a [...]

How a $15 Minimum Helps All Workers

Anti-Vax Parents Should Be Wary of the State’s Compelling Interest in Their Education

If anything proves that stubborn, anti-science recalcitrance isn’t just the province of conservatives, it’s the debate over vaccination. A coalition of far left and far right libertarians, conspiracy theorists and superstitious extremists have joined forces to upend what was o [...]

How Growers Are Gaming the California Drought

How Ukraine Commemorates the Holocaust

A couple of hours with Joe Biden, sketched

On Friday, Vice President Biden addressed the New Democrat Coalition Political Action Committee in Cambridge, Md. Here’s a look at the event through the eyes of someone who cut his teeth in U.S. politics a decade ago when he obsessively binge-watched “The West Wing.” Ric [...]

This week in science: pinko-world

Dwarf planet planet Pluto and its largest moon, Charon, acquire a pinkish hue as seen by New Horizons’ color camera recently. Click image for more on mission and timeline Do you think scientists go into science for the money? Have you often wondered if NASA faked the moon landings [...]

Is Al Qaeda Waxing or Waning?

Washed Up

Didn’t Jeb Bush ever hear the saying, “Better to keep your mouth shut and be thought of as a fool, then to open your mouth and remove all doubt?” Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush acknowledged on Friday that he’s “concerned” about climate change, but argued [...]

Abbreviated Pundit Round-up: Christie under a shadow

WaPo: “When I took over as governor of New Jersey, my predecessor, Governor Jon Corzine, had left us a mess — record deficits . . . the highest top tax rates and overall tax burden in America,” the Republican governor said. “People said New Jersey could never be turned around. But we took [...]

Why more Republicans should go on Adam Carolla’s podcast

Comedian/podcaster/bestselling author Adam Carolla is cool with Ted Cruz. Carolla interviewed the Texas Republican on Friday for his popular podcast. He praised the senator for wanting to eliminate the IRS and for being described by the New York Times as unable to win “because the W [...]

No Wonder Teens Are Huffing Nicotine

You thought Big Tobacco was on the wane in the United States? (Insert cartoon villain voice:) “Mwa-ha-ha-ha-haaaaa!” Not. Friggin’. Likely. In fact, the domestic tobacco industry is on the rebound thanks to its heavy investment in smoking “alternatives”&mdash [...]

Weekly Address: Climate Change Can No Longer Be Ignored

President Barack Obama tapes the Weekly Address in the Roosevelt Room of the White House. April 16, 2015. (Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon) In this week’s address, the President spoke about his commitment to combatting the threat of clima [...]

  The Banjo Player by Thomas Eakins In the early 20th century, Thomas Eakins took the course of realism and produced a body of work  [...]

Late Night FDL: Basket Case

Green Day – Basket Case Ahead of Green Day’s HoF induction this weekend in Cleveland… Green Day played a club show at Cleveland’s House Of Blues ahead of their induction into the 2015 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in the city on Saturday. The band delivered a marathon 3-h [...]

Open thread for night owls: Can new populist agenda harness passions, create movement from below?

Switching to sustainable green architecture and infrastructure means good jobs and a better future. Joe Queally writes, Can New Populist Agenda Harness Passions, Create Movement From Below? An excerpt: Hoping they can drive a revamped public conversation and fuel a populist counter-move [...]