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Progressive Caucus Applauds President’s New Overtime Rule

WASHINGTON—Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) Co-Chairs Reps. Raúl M. Grijalva (D-AZ)… Go to Source : Progressive Caucus Applauds President’s New Overtime Rule

Here’s how much swagger Chris Christie had when New Jersey liked him

The story of Chris Christie’s governorship is a story often told through his New Jersey approval rating. He was riding high in 2012. After opting not to launch a late bid for the presidency (despite much urging), he strode confidently on to the Republican National Convention stage ( [...]

Are Bush/Rubio Business Records a Problem For Republicans?

So it seems the Washington Post is conducting a pretty serious examination of the personal business and financial records of leading GOP presidential candidates. Over the weekend Robert O’Harrow, Jr. and Tom Hamburger shone a spotlight on Jeb Bush’s history of being a politica [...]

The NSA Just Got Six More Months of Unlimited Snooping in Your Phone Data

Almost as soon as Congress passed the USA Freedom Act earlier this month, which ended the National Security Agency’s mass collection of phone records under the Patriot Act, the government moved to keep that program around for as long as it could. Administration lawyers went before t [...]

NSA bulk collection of phone records to continue during ‘transition’ period

We wouldn’t want to be too hasty here: A federal court has revived the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of Americans’ phone records, a program that lapsed earlier this month when sections of the Patriot Act briefly expired. The Foreign Intelligence Surveillanc [...]

The Supreme Court Isn’t Afraid to Mess With Texas

In the span of a few days, Texans’ worst fears of federal overreach came true. No other state in the nation felt as much of an impact from Supreme Court decisions this season.The most far-reaching decision of the term—SCOTUS’ ruling that same-sex marriage is protected by the 14th Amendmen [...]

Chris Christie’s top 4 confrontations (Video)

Chis Christie ain’t afraid of nobody. Or at least, that’s what a reasonable person could surmise from the string of straight-up confrontations Christie has had with folks around New Jersey. We won’t even get into that run in on the Jersey Shore or the many ways he’ [...]

Today, Harold Pollack wins the award for….um, something. Best geek-obsessive amateur polling and chartmaking of 2015? Whatever, it [...]

Your online guide to Chris Christie

Part 17 in a series: Your online guide to the presidential candidates. Each time someone decides to run, we’ll do something similar, helping you navigate the online world around each candidate. (Part 1: Ted Cruz. Part 2: Rand Paul. Part 3: Hillary Clinton. Part 4: Marco Rubio. Part  [...]

For Obama, rainbow White House was ‘a moment worth savoring’

For Obama. seeing the White House illuminated in rainbow colors Friday night “was a moment worth savoring.” Speaking at a joint news conference Tuesday with Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, Obama made a point of saying just before leaving that one of the best aspects of las [...]

Amid heavy pushback from anti-vaccine groups, California Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation today officially putting an end to the per [...]

Who Owns Most of the Guns? "The Base!"

It’s a research finding that is startling but not really surprising (per a report from NBC’s Maggie Fox): A new study aimed at figuring out who owns gun in the United States and why suggests that about a third of Americans have at least one. Most are white males over the age o [...]

Obama: No 'major shock' to US from Greece crisis

 President Obama on Tuesday said Greece’s debt crisis poses little threat to the U.S. financial system. “In layman’s term for the American people, this is not something that we believe will have a major shock to the system,” Obama said… Go to Source : Obama: No 'major shock [...]

Science wins as Jerry Brown signs California vaccine bill

Gov. Jerry Brown (D-CA) California’s broad personal belief exemption for vaccinations shouldn’t be a contributing factor in future measles outbreaks, because that exemption is being closed. Gov. Jerry Brown has now signed into law legislation requiring children to be fully v [...]

Chris Christie Announces Presidential Bid, Doesn’t Break Internet

On Tuesday morning, Chris Christie, the brash and gruff scandal-tainted governor of New Jersey, announced he was officially entering the GOP race for president. Flanked by his wife Mary Pat Foster and his four kids, Christie hit the stage at his high school alma mater to Bon Jovi’s  [...]

Black Voices: Reasons for Hope in South Carolina

Darryl Lorenzo Wellington Photo by eyeliam Last week, I returned to Charleston, S.C., where President Obama gave his beautiful eulogy for slain state Sen. Clementa Pinckney. To me, the tragedy wasn’t just another news story. I was raised in nearby Savannah and l [...]

Child Models Deserve Worker Protections, Too

When I was 16 years old, I was brought to Mexico, given drugs, and was coerced into being photographed topless. I had been hired to model for a successful tanning product company called California Tan. I was a teenager alone in a foreign country. I arrived with the rest of the photoshoot  [...]

Bon Jovi and Chris Christie: It’s Complicated

When Chris Christie took the stage at his high school alma mater to announce his presidential run, he entered and left to the music of a New Jersey rocker. Not Bruce Springsteen—Christie is a fanatic Boss devotee—but Jon Bon Jovi. It was no surprise a Springsteen tune wasnR [...]

Editor’s Note: The following is a recounting of how the sentencing of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev unfolded last week in a federal court in Bost [...]

Elizabeth Warren Won’t Rule Out Campaigning for Bernie Sanders

The activist liberal wing of the Democratic Party was heartbroken when Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren decided to pass on running for president in 2016. Since then, some hard-core lefties have shifted their attention to Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who has been drawing massive crowds  [...]