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Isis killer Mohammed Emwazi had link to 2005 London bomb plot

The Guardian reports key figure in Mohammed Emwazi terror cell talked to 21/7 attacker who was later jailed for life over failed attack at tube station. Mohammed Emwazi, the Islamic State extremist known as “Jihadi... Read More
CPAC speaker calls Hillary Clinton and Elizabeth Warren ‘old, rich, white, males’

CPAC speaker calls Hillary Clinton and Elizabeth Warren ‘old, rich, white, males’

Raw Story has the details of the stupid… C saved for Saturday morning one of its rising stars, 22-year-old South Dakota TV host Tomi Lahren, who spent part of her speech addressing complaints about the... Read More

Elizabeth Warren and others smack down Scott Walker for equating labor unions to ISIS

Raw Story explains… Ealier this week, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) told CPAC 2015 that he has the guts and experience to take on the Islamic State (ISIS) because he faced down public employee unions... Read More
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Scott Walker calls Reagan’s bust of air traffic controller strike ‘most significant foreign policy decision’

The Washington Post explains… PALM BEACH, Fla. — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) was wrapping up 45 minutes of talking to the Club for Growth here about economic growth and fiscal reform Saturday morning when a humbling question came... Read More
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Great work! Texas hold ‘em win probabilities in one photo

FlowingData.com has the story… Software engineer Chris Beaumont visualized the strength of opponent hands in Texas hold ‘em, given any other hand. This is based on counting about 1.3 trillion possible combinations. Simply enter a... Read More
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The US Helped Create International Law, Now We Just Ignore It

Mother Jones explains the real American exceptionalism. “The sovereign is he who decides on the exception,” said conservative thinker Carl Schmitt in 1922, meaning that a nation’s leader can defy the law to serve the... Read More
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Inside New York’s Biggest Chinese Restaurant

LuckyPeach.com takes us inside New York’s biggest Chinese Restaurant… It’s a Sunday morning in the dead of winter, and there’s already a crowd outside Jing Fong, New York’s biggest Chinese restaurant. Groups of all sizes... Read More
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What would happen if an 800-kiloton nuclear warhead detonated above midtown Manhattan?

TheBulletin.org explains the real carnage… Russian intercontinental ballistic missiles are believed to carry a total of approximately 1,000 strategic nuclear warheads that can hit the US less than 30 minutes after being launched. Of this... Read More

The Disturbing Way Some Teens Are Really Using Instagram

mic.com has the details… Jessie discovered it accidentally. “It was on the popular page,” he told me. “I thought it was just a hot guy with his shirt off.” Jessie, a 20-something male in New... Read More
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China’s Great Firewall is demolishing foreign websites—and nobody knows why

Quartz explains… Software designer Craig Hockenberry noticed something very strange was happening to his small corporate website The Iconfactory one morning last month: traffic had suddenly spiked to extremely high levels—equivalent to more than double the amount of... Read More
House of Cards 3: Why Meechum Should Have Ended Frank Underwood

House of Cards Season 3: Why Meechum Should Have Ended Frank Underwood

This is The Monday Line by Denis G. Campbell Fans, like me, of the original BBC produced House of Cards loved how the Kevin Spacey Netflix creation stayed closely to the original 12 episodes’ themes... Read More
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Days before apparent suicide, potential Missouri governor agonized over alleged anti-Semitic remarks

The Washington Post explains… For days, Missouri state auditor Tom Schweich had been growing outwardly agitated, those close to him noted, over remarks that were made about his religion. He also seemed upset about a... Read More
(And is anyone surprised?) Sean Hannity Said Some Something Really Creepy at CPAC

(And is anyone surprised?) Sean Hannity Said Some Something Really Creepy at CPAC

Mother Jones reports… In his speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference this morning, Fox News’ Sean Hannity had some downright creepy things to say about the “young, good-looking crowd:” I can look out in the... Read More
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We Won on Net Neutrality! FCC Designates Internet as a Public Utility

Alternet explains that years of activism and mobilization overcome telecom monopolies… The Federal Communications Commission made history today by legally reclassifying the Internet as a public utility. Its action prohibits a shrinking number of companies... Read More

California’s 3-Strike Prison Reform Is Working

Mother Jones explains… California’s three-strikes law used to mean that all third-time felons had to spend at least 25 years behind bars—pretty harsh, considering that the third strike could be the result of stealing a... Read More
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Paul Krugman: How Austerity Madness Was Dealt a Crucial Blow this Week

Alternet explains: “The Greek government didn’t succumb to the bum’s rush, and that in itself is a kind of victory.” Paul Krugman takes a contrarian view of the deal the new Greek government reached with... Read More
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Uncompromising Reid still in command

Politico explains ‘He is controlling the agenda,’ one Republican senator complains. (Waaah, nor eally… waaah.) He only controls 46 seats, but Harry Reid is acting like he has 60. Reid’s uncompromising posture during the flap over... Read More
5 Absurd Right-Wing Moments: Sarah Palin Hawks Christmas Book in Negligee

Sarah Palin’s inaccurate claim about suicides of veterans of the ‘war on terror’

The Washington Post explains the wild CPAC week just ended by fact checking Sarah Palin. “How many have done more than this generation in uniform? The war on terror is the longest military engagement in... Read More
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GOP Pollster Explains Why Republicans Need Record Minority Support To Win In 2016

The Huffington Post explains… WASHINGTON — The American electorate is more diverse than ever, which means Republicans will have to attract a record percentage of minorities to win the presidency in 2016, a GOP pollster... Read More
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Norquist: Democrats Only Support Criminal Justice Reform ‘Because All Their Relatives Are In Prison’

ThinkProgress explains… At this week’s Conservative Political Action Conference just outside DC, Grover Norquist with Americans for Tax Reform told a packed room that lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are now embracing changes... Read More
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Marco Rubio Has a Peculiar Idea of How to Defeat ISIS – Exactly what The President is Already doing?

Mother Jones and Maddowblog explain… Steve Benen points me to Marco Rubio today. Here is Rubio explaining how his ISIS strategy would be different from President Obama’s: “ISIS is a radical Sunni Islamic group. They... Read More
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Rick Perry Takes Blaming Obama For Stuff To A Ridiculous New Low

ThinkProgress reports… Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) blamed the largest chemical weapons mass killing in more than a decade on what he described as lax security at the U.S. Southern border, in remarks before a... Read More
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Shutting Off Tap Water – Revenge of the Rainforest

by Robert Hunziker Imagine this scenario: The following is a Public Service Announcement by the New York Department of Environmental Conservation, Division of Water, July 4, 2015: Because of low water levels in state reservoirs,... Read More
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Critics of Westminster politics are wrong to say things couldn’t be worse

The Guardian explains it’s good to hear bright-eyed idealists such as Douglas Carswell thinking outside familiar boxes but we should not ignore more experienced voices. Jack Straw was already going. Now Malcolm Rifkind is leaving... Read More
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Jeb Bush was very, very good at CPAC today (Friday)

The Washington Post reports… Did people walk out when Jeb Bush started speaking at CPAC today in Maryand? Sure. Did he get heckled and booed at times during his q and a with conservative commentator... Read More
‘Young Turks’ roast CPAC and ‘queen clown’ Sarah Palin: ‘They’re giggly over World War II’

‘Young Turks’ roast CPAC and ‘queen clown’ Sarah Palin: ‘They’re giggly over World War II’

Raw Story and The Young Turks report… Young Turks host John Iadarola was visibly frustrated after watching former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) boast — incorrectly — that U.S. troops had wiped out the Nazis... Read More
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Dumb Things Donald Trump, Fake Presidential Candidate, Has Said Just This Week

Alternet explains this is just a tiny sampler of all the ludicrous things The Donald has said in the past few days. Congratulations, America!: Donald Trump says he might run for President again. Or rather,... Read More
Kimmel And These Physicians Have A Subtle Message For Anti-Vaxers

Kimmel And These Physicians Have A Subtle Message For Anti-Vaxers

Brilliant video on vaccination. The Point is made!
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Three Apparent Whoppers Bill O’Reilly Has Told About His Career

Alternet explains that the FOX blowhard has a, shall we say, shaky relationship with the truth. Bill O’Reilly is consistently the most-watched opinion news pundit. But despite bringing in enormous ratings, O’Reilly has gotten himself... Read More
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The Next Attack on Voting Rights

Slate has the depressing news… The last round of voter restrictions came after the 2010 Republican wave, when new GOP majorities passed voter identification laws and slashed ballot access in states like Pennsylvania, Ohio, and... Read More