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Sunday Talk: The GOP’s id, personified

If you’re surprised by the fact that Donald “Trump” Trump is now a leading contender for the GOP nomination for president, well then, clearly you haven’t been paying attention. Trump is, without a doubt, the biggest, richest, fastest, classiest, most elegant star i [...]

Open thread: Southern heritage, powerful politics and displaced millionaires

What’s coming up on Sunday Kos … The Southern heritage that Lost Causers would like us to ignore, by Susan Grigsby The legitimate, though unpopular, case for more politicians in Washington, by Steve Singiser The powerful politics of Barack Obama’s eulogy for Clementa Pi [...]

This week at progressive state blogs: AL giveaway to private schools; CT Dems making budget worse

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 diary doe [...]

Ted Cruz: ‘Asinine’ to pull reruns of ‘The Dukes of Hazzard’

GREENVILLE, S.C. – Sen. Ted Cruz said Saturday that it is “asinine” that TV Land pulled “The Dukes of Hazzard” after widespread calls for the Confederate flag to come down. “I think the cancellation of ‘The Dukes of Hazzard’ is utterly asini [...]

This week in the war on workers: Here’s why expanding overtime is so important

President Obama’s announcement that his administration plans to expand overtime protections was very good news for workers. Raising the amount under which all salaried workers are eligible for overtime pay from less than $24,000 to more than $50,000 means that workers will either g [...]

All men are created equal

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” —The Declaration of Independence I have often wondered what was  [...]

Clinton campaign gives new meaning to the term ‘rope line’ at New Hampshire parade

It wasn’t like A-list celebrities or pro ballers were being hounded by the paparazzi at Friday’s Independence Day parade in Gorham, N.H. It was just Hillary Clinton and the workaday press corps that regularly follows her around. So why did the Democratic presidential candidate [...]

There is no #$!@%^&*#¡@# excuse for incarcerating juveniles in adult prisons. But we do it anyway

The laundry at the Colorado State Industrial School for Boys. It still looked like that when I did time there. In August 1959, I emerged a free person from the Industrial School for Boys in Golden, Colorado, after 23 months of incarceration. I was 12 years old. It was a grim, crumbling  [...]

July 4th Tip o’ the Day

I’m going to close up shop a little early today because you’re probably all busy firing up the grill anyway. But before I go, here’s my tip o’ the day: When they start playing this song, the fireworks big finale is about to begin. So get your “oohs” and [...]

We’re less and less ‘proud be be an American’

It’s a day on which Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless the USA” is probably second only to the National Anthem, but it seems Americans haven’t been less “proud to be an American” since before Sept. 11, 2001. A new Gallup poll shows 54 percent of Americans [...]

Past and Present: Celebrating July 4th at the White House

"It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more." —John Adams, 1776 read more Go to Source : Past and Present: Celebrating Ju [...]

Happy Fourth of July to Walmart’s overseas tax shelters

$76 billion in tax havens around the world. Underpaid American workers. Way to go, Walmart! Go to Source : Happy Fourth of July to Walmart’s overseas tax shelters

We must rely on science to inform us about climate change and its causes

The existence or non-existence of climate change and global warming can only be determined by empirical observation and interpretation of data. These activities are scientific in nature, not religious. Scientists have been collecting and interpreting the data for many years. Studies analy [...]

Bush: ‘Absolutely’ offended by Trump’s comments on Mexicans

MERRIMACK, N.H. — Jeb Bush says he’s “absolutely” personally offended by Donald Trump’s recent incendiary comments about Mexico and immigrants coming from the country. Bush, the former Florida governor whose wife is from Mexico, made his comments about Trump  [...]

Spotlight on green news & views: Smarter farming; wildfires raging; ALEC still undermining solar

See Ocean Diver’s post here. Many environmentally related posts appearing at Daily Kos each week don’t attract the attention they deserve. To help get more eyeballs, Spotlight on Green News & Views (previously known as the Green Diary Rescue) normally appears twice a wee [...]

Iowa Catholics Want to Talk About Climate Change

As 2016 candidates criss-cross Iowa these days, Catholics are being encouraged to talk to them about climate change. This week Bishop Richard Pates wrote an op-ed in the Des Moines Register. The pope repeatedly calls for dialogue about how we can come together to act on climate change. He [...]

View from the left—the GOP gets Trumped

The immigration group America’s Voice started a countdown clock this week measuring how long it would take the GOP candidates to denounce Donald Trump’s abhorrent comments about Mexican immigrants being “rapists” and “drug dealers” and “murders.& [...]

The politics of the Greece referendum, explained

If you’re just tuning into all of this, you should know that Greece is broke. And on Sunday, Greek voters have one of the most consequential decisions of their modern history to make about how to proceed next: Do they stay in the euro zone and risk tough austerity from the rest of E [...]

The Greece referendum, explained for people who don’t follow European politics

If you’re just tuning into all of this, you should know that Greece is broke. And on Sunday, Greek voters have one of the most consequential decisions of their modern history to make about how to proceed next: Do they stay in the euro zone and risk tough austerity from the rest of E [...]