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James Holmes Trial Begins Over Aurora Theater Shootings

There will be two people fighting for their lives in court this week: James Holmes, the Aurora Shooting suspect who has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity, and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, whose defense team will start their case for life. Both begin… [[ This is a content summary only. [...]

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By Reid Wilson — The Week Ahead: The Senate will take up Sen. Bob Corker’s (R-Tenn.) proposal to give Congress a vote on any eventual diplomatic deal with Iran this week, and Corker is near a veto-proof majority. They’ll begin debate on Tuesday, with hopes of taking a fi [...]

The most amazing political stat you’ll see this week

Want to know how badly gerrymandered American politics is? Take a look at the Georgia general assembly. There are 236 seats in both the state House and the state Senate. Precisely three of those 236 seats are held by people not of the party that won the most votes there in the 2012 presid [...]

As USPS slows down mail delivery, some letters are taking even longer to arrive than the new rules allow

The U.S. mail is slowing down. In January, the Postal Service eliminated overnight delivery for local first-class letters that used to arrive the next day. Anywhere from 20 percent to half of the rest of the first-class mail sent every day now takes an extra day of delivery time. Service  [...]

The Science of How Gay Marriage Will Destroy America

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the case that could legalize same-sex marriage in every state by the end of the court’s term in June. To stop that from happening, supporters of the state-level bans that could be in jeopardy have filed 66 friend-of-the-court [...]

Bringing Down Gaddafi By Andrei Netto PALGRAVE MACMILLAN Andrei Netto snuck into Libya in 2011, during the heady days of the Arab Spring,  [...]

Alexei Vella Junk-food giant PepsiCo is preparing to make the biggest change to its Diet Pepsi brand in three decades, Bloomberg News rep [...]

Carly Fiorina’s claim that not ‘a single regulation’ has ever been repealed

“It’s not hard in the technology age. Let’s put every regulation out on the Internet for anyone to see. By the way, can you name me a single regulation that has ever been repealed — ever? I can’t. There isn’t one.” –Former business executive Carly Fiori [...]

As promised, the Day +3 cake arrived today, produced with a mother’s love along with an assist from Duncan Hines. That’s the ch [...]

Late Night FDL: G.I. Blues

Elvis Presley – G.I.Blues R.I.P. Sid Tepper…! Sid Tepper, who famously co-wrote more than 40 songs for Elvis Presley, is dead at age 96. His daughter Jackie confirmed that Tepper died on Friday (April 24) of natural causes, the Miami Herald reports. By the time he began work [...]

Jeb Bush tells his donors they’ve helped make history

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. — Jeb Bush told about 350 of the top donors to his super PAC on Sunday evening that the organization has raised more money in its first 100 days than any other Republican operation in modern history, according to several people in attendance. Bush did not say how m [...]

Open thread for night owls: Militia movement finds new ‘patriot’ to defend

A mine owner in Oregon was having a dispute with the Bureau of Land Management over his paperwork. His solution? Summon the ready nationwide movement of heavily armed “patriots” that so deftly protected Cliven Bundy from having to follow the same laws as everybody else. What [...]

carnival float depicting US president Barack Obama, left, putting whistleblower Edward Snowden on an electric chair during the traditiona [...]

Quote of the Day: George Bush Still in Foreign Policy Denial

From Bloomberg’s Josh Rogin, after reading a transcript of George W. Bush’s remarks on the Middle East to a closed-door meeting with Jewish donors this weekend: For George W. Bush, the remarks in Vegas showed he has little respect for how the current president is running the  [...]

Elite Universities Are Turning Our Kids Into Corporate Stooges

Duke University, where I graduated in 2002, was as lenient about student infractions—underage drinking, excessive noise, hazing—as most private universities. But there was a limit to its paternal forgiveness: on-campus interviews with company representatives. Miss one, and you’d hav [...]

Japan laps US with new high speed train

In the United States the definition of high-speed rail ranges from 90 mph to 150 mph. The average speed of the the fastest train currently running in the United States, the Acela Express, is 68 mph. While the Acela Express is capable of higher speeds, and while it does run at 150 mph on  [...]

Is Hillary Clinton a Real Populist? It Doesn’t Matter.

Progressive distrust of Hillary Clinton goes back a long way. Much of it stems from her husband’s centrist presidency, and still more of it from her own record as a senator, which included early and sustained support for President George W. Bush’s invasion and occupation of Iraq (she has  [...]

Obama, Corporate “Free Traitors” and You!

President Obama standing with U.S. Trade Representive Michael Froman outside the White House in June of 2013. Froman was nominated by the president for the top position and is now among the key targets of protests and critics who are decrying the administration’s trade policy. By  [...]

Five ways the DEA is redundant

America survived for almost 200 years without the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA). Somehow, we muddled through all of those years without this expensive boondoggle of an agency. Richard Nixon was the force behind our current drug war, riding into office in 1969 on a wave of Southern racism [...]

Especially early on, a lot of liberals got frustrated with President Obama because they thought he didn’t throw enough punches (figur [...]