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Spotlight on green news & views: Climate protesters arrested in Paris; water wars in Detroit

See more snowy photos in johnnygunn’s Wyoming post here. OUTSTANDING GREEN STORIES  Climate Hustle Film A Welcome New Genre of Escapism Fantasy written by KGrandia: “ While on one hand, I expect right-wing spindoctor turned corporate think tanker Marc Morano’s latest project Climate Hustl [...]

This week in the war on workers: Rising federal taxes aren’t the problem for the middle class

Turns out, federal taxes on the middle class aren’t so high these days: Note that the figure includes all federal taxes—the income tax rate faced by these households, meanwhile, is much, much lower. In 2011, for example, the total federal tax rate for the lower-middle fifth of households [...]

Suspected Colorado Springs shooter had history of run-ins with neighbors, women

Police have yet to name a motive behind Friday’s Colorado Springs shooting spree at a Planned Parenthood clinic that claimed three lives and wounded nine. But the suspect, Robert L. Dear, 57, had a history of disputes with his neighbors and women. In 2002, in Walterboro, S.C., Mr.  [...]

She’s back—Liz Cheney weighs congressional run in Wyoming

GOP Wyoming Rep. and “Freedom Caucus” member Cynthia Lummis has said that she won’t be seeking re-election, which leaves a new opening for Liz Cheney to snag the state’s sole congressional seat. Not that she’s been all that concerned in the past about waiting for her fellow Republic [...]

Emma’s World: Part IV

On November 18, investigative journalist Brad Friedman recounted a series of horrifying attacks on Muslims in the wake of the Paris terror attacks. The raw hatred directed towards peace-loving Muslims in the days following the peril in Paris is an international disgrace, every bit as immo [...]

What are your favorite political slogans of all time?

New York Gov. Al Smith got absolutely obliterated in the 1928 presidential election, losing in a massive 58-41 landslide to Republican Herbert Hoover—who would, of course, go on to lose to FDR in a similar tsunami four years later. Quite the ignominious distinction for Smith, but his camp [...]

Trump: I won’t apologize to the New York Times for mocking its reporter — the paper ‘should give me an apology’

SARASOTA, Fla. — Republican front-runner Donald Trump on Saturday repeated his call for the New York Times to apologize over accusations that he mocked a disabled reporter at a rally earlier this week. “I think the New York Times, frankly, should give me an apology,” he  [...]

Ben Carson and the Conservative Grift Machine

In the LA Times today Joseph Tanfani and Maloy Moore have a great piece about the American Legacy PAC and its 2014 Save Our Healthcare campaign. It was fronted by Ben Carson, who starred in a video denouncing Obamacare and telling viewers, “If you want to hold Washington accountable [...]

This week at progressive state blogs: Can Roy Blunt change his spots? MT bedwetters report for duty

This week in progressive state blogs is designed specifically to focus attention on the writing and analysis of people focused on their home turf. Let me know via comments or Kosmail if you have a favorite state- or city-based blog you think I should be watching. Inclusion of a blogpost d [...]

For Obama, a new shopping haunt: Upshur Street Books

President Obama, a diligent Small Business Saturday shopper, patronized Petworth’s Upshur Street Books for the first time this afternoon. The uber-local independent bookstore, which opened just over a year ago, highlights the city’s “past and present, and work from l [...]

Vigils to be held for victims of Planned Parenthood shooting, authorities search for motive

Two vigils will be held Saturday to mourn the victims of a shooting at a Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood Friday that left three people dead and nine injured. One vigil will take place at 11:30 a.m. at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church, and the other at 7 p.m. on the local Univer [...]

Emma’s World: Part III

As I continued to read about nineteen-year-old Emma Parkinson and her recovery from being shot in the Paris terror attacks, I was fascinated by the irony of her being a native of Tasmania, Australia–a region that experienced one of the world’s most horrific acts of gun violenc [...]

When I went to bed last night, none of the Republican presidential candidate had said anything about the horrific shootings at a Planned Pa [...]

Cartoon: Animal Nuz – Murdoch the Menace Edition

from inclusiveheart in the comments: You might want to include some excerpts from this article in your diary in order to give backstory and context to these cartoons: Vice News: I Helped Conduct ‘The Sun’ Newspaper’s Poll on Muslims and Was Shocked  [...]

The Most District: The bluest congressional district in America? New York’s 15th, in the South Bronx

Of the nation’s 435 congressional districts, none favored Barack Obama more than New York’s 15th Congressional District. This seat supported the president by a extraordinary 97-3 margin, and interestingly, Obama’s second-best district in the country also happens to be right next door (New [...]

In wake of Colorado shooting, Obama calls for more gun controls

President Obama on Saturday called for additional gun control measures in the United States, after the slaying of three people Friday at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado. In a written statement, Obama said that regardless of the motive, it was unacceptable that these sort of ma [...]

Saturday College Football Open Thread

Here’s how my CFB year has gone – I could hit all 19 games I picked today and I’d still be under .500. I’m a bit better on the money side as I’ve done decently with my larger plays, but basically a disaster. But bowl season comes soon and a winning… [[  [...]

Why The Sharing Economy Is Harming Workers — And What Must Be Done

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