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Spotlight on green news & views: Obama in Alaska; wildfires in the West; otters on the boat

See Allen Insight’s post. Spotlight on Green News & Views (previously known as the Green Diary Rescue) appears twice a week, on Wednesdays and Saturdays. The most recent Spotlight can be seen here. More than 23,420 environmentally oriented diaries have been rescued for inclusi [...]

Donald Trump: Jeb Bush should ‘set the example by speaking English’

It’s Trump vs. Bush, round — well, we’ve lost track. The Republican presidential contenders continued their weeks-long feud on Wednesday as Donald Trump responded to Jeb Bush’s recent bilingual attacks on his conservative bona fides by suggesting that the forme [...]

Anti-Choicers Pulling the Punch on Planned Parenthood?

Assuming Ben Domenech knows his right-wingers, which I would guess is the one thing he does infallibly know, he’s solved a big mystery for us in a column yesterday. A few weeks ago the whole hep conservative world was aflame with promises and threats about defunding Planned Parenth [...]

Rand Paul: Troll Me, and I’ll Track Your Phone

Rand Paul’s campaign established itself as the cool internet campaign early when it hired Austin-based GOP digital hipster Vincent Harris to run a small social media empire heavy on memes. But the campaign’s latest effort to appeal to the youth seems mostly like an invita [...]

Kermit Has a New Girlfriend? Good. His Last One Was a Domestic Abuser.

Kermit the Frog is moving on. After 40 years with Miss Piggy, he’s got a new, svelter, blander, girlfriend named Denise—who is, somewhat improbably, also a pig. Reaction to the news has been mixed. < Go to Source : Kermit Has a New Girlfriend? Good. His Last One Was a Domestic Abuser.

A speech. A party fundraiser. In Florida. Clinton? Sanders? No, Joe Biden.

MIAMI — Rarely has a speech on the importance of community colleges been more closely scrutinized. That was the central theme of remarks delivered by Vice President Biden on Wednesday at one of the nation’s largest universities — at least, the stated theme. The other, wh [...]

Biden, weighing a 2016 run, delivers a campaign-style speech in Florida

MIAMI — Rarely has a speech on the importance of community colleges been more closely scrutinized. That was the central theme of remarks delivered by Vice President Biden on Wednesday at one of the nation’s largest universities — at least, the stated theme. The other [...]

Defending the God-Given Liberty of County Clerks to Ignore Duties They Don’t Like

It’s sometimes easy to forget with all the presidential campaign stuff going on, but there will be gubernatorial elections in two states this November, Kentucky and Louisiana. And while the latter may really amount to a bipartisan celebration that Bobby Jindal’s finally leavin [...]

Today, we were lucky enough to spend a beautiful summer morning with 65 fourth-grade students from West Preparatory Academy, a Title 1 [...]

Mike Huckabee offers support to Kentucky clerk who refuses to issue gay marriage licenses

Mike Huckabee called a Kentucky clerk who is refusing to issue gay marriage licenses Wednesday to offer his prayers and support for “not abandoning her religious convictions.” The Supreme Court turned away a request by Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis to be excused from issuin [...]

Donald Trump says Jeb Bush should ‘set the example’ by speaking English only

Donald Trump professes he can’t quite figure out why white supremacists, neo-Confederates and others in America’s rich tapestry of overt and non-overt racist bastards are flocking to Donald Trump. He just happens to be saying the things modern Republicans want to hear. “I lik [...]

Trump Tells Jeb Bush To Speak English

Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump slammed his favorite punching bag, Jeb Bush, for speaking Spanish on the campaign trail. “I like Jeb,” Trump told Breitbart News on Wednesday. “He’s a nice man. But he should really set the example by speaking English while in the United S [...]

Scott Walker: Border wall with Canada? What wall? Did I say anything about a wall?

Remember clear back to Sunday when Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI) said that having a big border wall between us and Canada is a “legitimate issue” and should get real consideration? On TV? With people watching? Never happened says Walker now. This is just a joke in terms of how peo [...]

Right on Banks, Wrong on Schools: “No Child Left Behind Wasn’t Designed for the Types of Realities in my School”

Jeff Bryant Progressive Democrats are right to hail the new populism in their party driving the debate about the nation’s economic policies and the atrocious inequality those policies have created. Heartened by the bold leadership of Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth [...]

Here’s your daily Donald Trump interview, annotated

Donald Trump did a phone interview — natch — on Tuesday night with one of his preferred TV hosts: CNN’s Don Lemon. Amid the media maelstrom that Trump creates every day via his various interviews, tweets and Instagrams, it’s easy to lose your sense of wonder at [...]

Rand Paul has an app where you can create a selfie with him. What could go wrong?

Rand Paul can’t be everywhere while he’s running for president. So the Republican Kentucky senator’s team built an app that allows you to #StandWithRand — in photo form at least — any time you want. Download our new app in the App Store and use the selfie [...]

Rad Paul has an app where you can create a selfie with him. What could go wrong?

Rand Paul can’t be everywhere while he’s running for president. So the Republican Kentucky senator’s team built an app that allows you to #StandWithRand — in photo form at least — any time you want. Download our new app in the App Store and use the selfie [...]

Rick Santorum made two false claims regarding the scientific consensus on climate change: He said 57 percent of climate scientists “ [...]

South Carolina Governor Insists Confederate Flag Lovers ‘Are Not Racist’

When South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley was 10 years old, she watched shop owners in rural South Carolina call the police on her father, an immigrant from India, just because he was wearing a turban. Haley told the story of how this discrimination made her feel shamed and silenced in a s [...]

Hillary Clinton Announces Support to Ban Wall Street Bonuses for Government Officials

On Monday, Hillary Clinton came out in support of legislation seeking to end the so-called “golden parachute” payouts that traditionally benefit private sector executives who take on jobs within the federal government—a practice long criticized by Wall Street reformers s [...]