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Why Ron Paul’s big showing in Nevada may have made it harder for Rand Paul to do the same

Republican presidential politics in Nevada — a key early-voting state — have been chaotic in recent years, thanks in large part to former congressman and two-time GOP White House contender Ron Paul. Now his son, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) is running for the office — and the  [...]

QUIZ: Who was this White House Correspondents’ Dinner joke about?

The annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner will be Saturday. ICLt’s the one night a year Washington can come together and laugh at itself (or scowl at whoever’s making the joke, in the case of Donald Trump). Can you tell who these White House Correspondents’ Din [...]

  Drakes Well by Edward Kuhlmann A community with the interesting history of having the first producing oil well in the U.S., develo [...]

Bali 9 Duo Get 72 Hour Execution Notice

Bali 9 inmates Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan have received their official notification that they will be executed imminently — as soon as Tuesday. Indonesian law requires they be notified at least 72 hours before the killings. Another inmate… [[ This is a content summary on [...]

Weekly Address: Fighting for Trade Deals that Put American Workers First

President Barack Obama tapes the Weekly Address in the Map Room of the White House, April 24, 2015. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy) In this week’s address, the President laid out why new, high-standards trade agreements are important for our economy,  [...]

Bruce Jenner said he’s Republican. Only 21 percent of LGBT Americans are.

In an interview with ABC Friday, Bruce Jenner said he is transgender, and also Republican. “I’ve always been on the more conservative side,” Jenner said when asked by Diane Sawyer his thoughts on President Obama being the first president to say the word “transgende [...]

Late Night FDL: Losing My Religion

R.E.M. – Losing My Religion Live @ MTV HD Good news for R.E.M. fans… REM By MTV will also get US cinema release A documentary charting REM’s career via years of appearances on MTV is to be issued on DVD and Blu-ray. REM By MTV was originally released as part of last  [...]

Open thread for night owls: ‘No evidence’ climate change will be ‘catastrophic’, opines Charles Koch

A rising tide will lift my yacht. Charles Koch is not a scientist, but he has a mountain of money and a controlling share in the Republican Party so to hell with the scientists. For the record, Koch says this of climate change: “You can plausibly say that CO2 has contributed̶ [...]

The military retirement system may need reform, but is privatization the best way?

The current military pension system, in which you get a generous pension after 20 years of service but have no retirement plan if you serve 19 years, could use an overhaul. That doesn’t mean that dumping the military into the kind of privatized, vulnerable to stock market crashes,  [...]

Senator calls for independent investigation of the vastly over-budget $1.7 billion Denver VA hospital

As the members of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee toured the half-finished VA medical center in Aurora, Colo., Friday, one of them called for an independent investigation of the $1 billion in cost overruns at the $1.7 billion hospital. Sen. Richard Blumenthal (R-Conn.)  sugge [...]

Hillary Clinton trolls PETA

Hillary’s new bumper sticker advert…or her ominous future as a cat lady? — Brandon Morse (@TheBrandonMorse) April 24, 2015 Hillary Clinton’s campaign wants to give you a free bumper sticker. It’s free (except for your first and last name, e-mai [...]

Fracking and Mining Whirl: Everyday Is Earth Day

By KateCA Sacred water __Confluence Partners’ plans to build a $1million mall and I don’t know what-all on the Grand Canyon rim, with the support of some Navajo leaders. Special election in the Navajo Nation will impact this project. Update: election results. Check out “Save the Conflue [...]

Drop the Death Penalty Against Tsarnaev

Enough with the hypocrisy. Drop the death penalty against Tsarnaev, now. As of January 30, 2013, according to the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, our country killed 82 children in Pakistan with drones (12 were 10 years old or younger) and 25 in Yemen (17 were 10 years old or younger). [...]

Cartoon: The personal shopping assistant

Click to enlarge. Kansas Governor Sam Brownback recently signed sweeping welfare “reforms” into law. They’re ostensibly supposed to curb welfare fraud, but in reality they create even more hurdles for the poor, much like how voter ID laws exist to keep the poor and mino [...]

"Fixing" the "Nerd Prom?" How About Ending It?

Given my habit of not paying attention to politics on weekends if I can help it, I might have made it through this weekend blissfully unaware of tomorrow night’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner. But I ran across Patrick Gavin’s piece at Politico Magazine deploring the [...]

Week in Review: A Conversation About Our Environment

From an Earth Day trip to a 1.5-million-acre wetland ecosystem to a trade deal that protects endangered species, this was a week of conversation about how we can protect our environment. President Obama traveled to the Everglades in southern Florida to discuss how climate change is affect [...]

After entering relationship with lobbyist, Rep. Bill Shuster pushed for one of firm’s key priorities

Suit, flag, and original thoughts paid for by Airlines For America. Please have them back by Thursday. The news that House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee chairman Rep. Bill Shuster (R-PA) is dating Shelley Rubino, a vice president for lobbying group Airlines For America and [...]

The government can kill all cell service in a designated area of its choice during “emergencies,” and does not want to disclose any details [...]

Jindal’s Grover-Centric Budget "Solution"

Like me, some of you probably noticed when reading about Bobby Jindal’s fiery New York Times op-ed yesterday attacking the business community for its hostility to “religious liberty” laws (like the one he’s pushing in Louisiana) that at the very same time LSU was s [...]