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In the wee hours of the morning of March 9, 1892, the three owners of the People’s Grocery Store, a market catering to the black community of Memphis, TN, were removed by a mob from the city’s ...
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Wade Goodwyn reported on Morning Edition today about the debate brewing in Moore, Oklahoma over whether the town should mandate storm shelters in the aftermath of this week's deadly tornado. Mayor ...
|Lynch sleaze continues
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|Democrats, Republicans, and Zionist fanatics
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Via a friend on facebook, I see that our old friend, the Iraqi anti-war blogger Riverbend, has broken her long silence . In the early days of the Iraq war, she provided a literate and articulate ...
|I will once again walk upon the bloody streets of Santiago
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|False equivalency takes another hit
In its lead article today, in what promises to be the first of a series, the Boston Globe calls out GOP obstructionism in the Senate, with particular emphasis on the broken judicial nomination ...
|Mass Teachers recommend Markey
The Massachusetts Teachers Association and the National Education Association announced somewhat surprisingly today that they are recommending Congressman Ed Markey in the Democratic primary in the ...
|Hugo Chávez recovering
The Venezuelan government issued a communiqué today indicating that Hugo Chavez has recovered from the respiratory complications of his most recent surgery to treat his cancer. For the first time ...
|Lynch's trial balloon made of lead
Although boston.com reported earlier today Turncoat Stephen Lynch (D?-MA) ("turncoat" because he voted against the Affordable Care Act) was going to run for John Kerry's Senate seat, it didn't take ...
|Victor Jara's killers brought to justice
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|My school has a Resource Officer
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|Sign the petition
Do it now : WE PETITION THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION TO: Immediately address the issue of gun control through the introduction of legislation in Congress. The goal of this petition is to force the ...
|Notes from the GOP Civil War: Report from MA
The Boston Globe is reporting this morning (paywall) on the internecine warfare that has already begun inside the Massachusetts GOP in the wake of last Tuesday's stunning defeats. Kossacks are ...
|House of Representatives roundup: we friggin kicked tail on Tuesday
I was just perusing pollster's breakdown of the current state of the House of Representatives in the incoming Congress, and in light of comments coming from the GOP that the elections changed ...
|Chavez reelected in Venezuela
With 90% of the votes counted, the Venezuelan Electoral Council is reporting that President Hugo Chavez wins reelection with 54% of the vote. His challenger Henrique Capriles received 45% of the ...
|No tossups left on Pollster
The most recent iteration of Pollster's Electoral College projections, as posted today on Huffington Post, eliminates the last remaining tossup states (NC and NH) by assigning them to Barack Obama. ...
|Gallup Tracker: No Convention bounce
We've seen from PPP that the Republican National Convention registered no bounce for Romney-Ryan in Florida and North Carolina, and we've also seen that Romney's convention speech drew the worst ...
|Mason-Dixon confirms Ras: Akin down by nine
TPM is reporting this morning that a new Mason Dixon poll has Missouri Republican Todd Akin down by nine points, 41-50, to Democratic incumbent Claire McCaskill. This confirms the Rasmussen poll ...
|A pig in a poke
For my money, Gary Wills is a conservative . I know, I know, the guy has evolved a lot over the years, even endorsed Barack Obama back in 2008, but for Chrissakes he started public life as a ...
|Voter Fraud discovered!
The Boston Globe reports this morning on a suspected case of voter fraud in East Longmeadow, MA, a suburb of Springfield in Hampden County on the Connecticut border. While the facts of the case are ...
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According to his high school classmates: Tweeted by Ryan Lizza , based on Lizza's reporting in ...
|Ryan doesn't have to give up his House bid
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|Nobody's saying Romney killed his wife
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|The Beat Goes On: Romney aide to reporters, "Shove it."
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|Update: It Gets Better! In the wake of London, just the headline Mitt wanted to see
See update with WaPo's take on the flip! Romney Remark on Israel’s Economy Irks Palestinians That's from Business Week, a Bloomberg property. And the article itself gets even better: Mitt ...
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Via TPM , CNN yesterday introduced a segment yesterday on Sarah Palin's visit to a Chick Fil A by playing the song Stupid Girls by Pink. CNN now claims it was a mistake and has apologized : "The ...
|Your turn, Mitt. President calls for gun control
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Washington Post "fact checker" Glenn Kessler, noted water carrier for Republicans, is up to his old tricks. In today's column , he assigns Obama campaign spokesperson Stephanie Cutter one "pinocchio"
|This is Mitt Romney's call
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|Mitt Romney will say anything
Via TPM , the new video by the Obama campaign, mashing up Romney's speech on infrastructure with Obama's. Despite Romney's lying attacks, it turns out of course they said (and believe) almost ...
|Romney won't release taxes because he's scared of Obama
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|Fallows changes a headline. Good move?
James Fallows has a piece up on the Atlantic's website today under the headline: "5 Signs of a Radical Change in US Politics ." The meat of his piece is summed up by the following points: - First, ...
|Crummy polling day
First we get David Nir's frontpage report that Scottie Walker has reached the fifty percent mark in a PPP poll when matched up against both frontrunning Dem Tom Barrett and his closest competition ...
|George Zimmerman might have a case
Zimmerman, of course, is the guy who killed Trayvon Martin. According to the known facts, there's little doubt that he profiled Trayvon because of his race, age, and dress, that he stalked Trayvon, ...
|Will the GOP bail on Rush this time?
Evan McMorris Santoro over at TPM enumerates some of the high-profile GOPers who have criticized Limbaugh's comments about Sandra Fluke. While I think he's stretching the point a little (he ...
|April starts on Tuesday
unless Mitt Romney flip-flopped again... Mitt Romney says he'...
|US Troops in Libya?
The Cuban news website cubadebate.cu put a story up yesterday sourced back ...
|A million signatures to recall Walker?
According to a facebook post , citing a local television report, the Recall Walker campaign is preparing to hand over one ...
|Paul Ryan vulnerable
Madison, WI alternative newsweekly The Isthmus has a piece up this week speculating that Congressman Paul Ryan (R-WI) might ...
|Rumsfeld on Obama's National Security Team?
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|It Started in Wisconsin
but through the Occupy movement it is spreading throughout the United States and it offers a real opportunity finally to turn the tables on the rightwing drift that has characterized our politics ...
|Wisconsin Dems to recall Walker
I just received a fundraising email from the Democratic Party of Wisconsin announcing that the Recall Walker petition drive will begin on November 15. Mike Tate, state party chair, will make the ...
|GOTV in Whitefish Bay, WI
A quick report from the frontlines in the battle to roll back Scott Walker's reactionary agenda in Wisconsin, where the elections to recall six state Senate Republicans will take place a week from ...
Derek Thompson over at the Atlantic posted yesterday on the US's "two-speed recovery." ...
|Jim Jordan "confident" Boehner doesn't have the votes
The Wall St. Journal is reporting that the GOP House caucus is more divided than ever. Jim Jordan (R-OH), ...
|A few right wing nutters
Via Ewan MacAskill of the UK Guardian , the following assessment by the Liberal Democrat Business Secretary in ...
|GOP in disarray: Brooks attacks Tea Party
We've been predicting major splits in the GOP for some time now, given the open contradiction between the Tea Party's willingness to play Russian roulette with the full faith and credit of the ...
|Michele Bachmann: Foreigners have noticed
I came across this blog post through a link ...
|WI Supreme Court: 10,000 petition Prosser to resign
One Wisconsin Now , a political action group in the Badger state,
|WI Recall: Nygren loses court challenge, Hansen to face Vanderleest
|Israeli threat to journalists rescinded
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|WI Recall and Voter ID
Voter ID laws are back in the news today, as Ohio moves forward on implementing its own new law -- over the ...
|Israel Threatens Journalists Who Participate in Gaza Flotilla
That's the headline today on a wire item distributed by ...
|WI Supreme Court: Prosser and Bradley make statements
Yesterday's blockbuster headline that rightwing WI Supreme ...
News item in today's Boston Globe : A woman in a Quincy ...
|Terry Jones is coming, and he's got his gun!
Via Eric Lach at TPM, we learn this morning that Terry Jones, he of ...
|We need a budget
So, I want to start this diary under the presumption that we got taken to the cleaners last night, and that we'll continue getting taken to the cleaners as the budget fight proceeds throughout the ...
|Fond du Lac (Hopper's hometown) runs out of ballots
Short diary as we're waiting for the polls to close and the early returns in the WI judicial race, but the Fond du Lac Reporter has ...
|Is Scott Walker's bill a law?
It depends on who you ask. WI GOP Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald harbors no doubt, with the wispolitics.com budget ...
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Apparently seeking to burnish her tarnished diplomatic credentials, Sarah (I can see Russia) Palin ...
|French overflights of Benghazi have begun
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|WI Recall: Hopper's vulnerability leaps
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|Walker flunky compares Dem walkout to Holocaust
Sometimes stuff gets so weird you just can't make it up. The Democratic Party of ...
|WI GOPer Schultz faces the voters... and it's not pretty
Via the Atlantic comes this report of a town meeting held by ...
|Egypt to lift Gaza blockade?
Filed within the last hour on the AP wire, a possible early outcome of the democratization ...
|Is the Walker-Hitler comparison justified?
Tobin Harshaw in the newspaper of record today offers that people who dare compare Wisconsin's ...
|Funniest violation of Godwin's Law -- Ever
making the rounds on Facebook and youtube:
|Photo Diary from Boston Rally to Save the American Dream
Today's rally at the Boston State House may have been a tad smaller than Tuesday's Support Wisconsin rally, but the character was entirely different. Tuesday's had been called by the unions, and ...
|We Are Wisconsin
Videographer Finn Ryan put together this three and a half minute video of interviews with some of the participants in the Madison protests, including police officers, firefighters, and current and ...
|Republican WI Senators wavering?
There's a rumor going on facebook that Senators Olsen, Schultz, and Hopper are wavering in their support for the governor's union-busting bill. Schultz, it will be remembered, is the senator who ...
I know, I know, it's way too early to be thinking about this, but the path he's on Scott Walker is almost certainly looking at a recall election -- perhaps as soon as next January, which would be ...
|Support rally for WI in Boston (pics)
About 2000 people rallied today at the State House in Boston to support the Wisconsin protests. Sponsored by my union the Massachusetts Teachers Association (NEA), AFSCME, the Firefighters, and ...
|New Polling Data From Wisconsin: We're Winning
Via TPM and Mark Blumenthal at HuffPo come the results of a new poll conducted ...
|DKos meetup at Boston support rally?
I assume that most of us in the area are going to make our way down to the State House in Boston tomorrow afternoon to show support for the Wisconsin workers. I'm a transplanted Badger myself, so I ...
|Recall possibilities in WI
Rick Ungar at Forbes reports : Of the eight GOP state senators who would be subject to a recall action, ...
|Teacher schools WI's Walker; Packer Woodson backs protests! (with pics)
Blogging in The Nation, John Nichols quotes WEAC president Mary Bell ...
|14 Senators Sneaking Across the Border
Ken Lonnquist wrote this yesterday and posted it to youtube.
|Important news: Bahraini protesters seize Pearl Square, military withdraws
The New York Times reports this morning: And in Bahrain, protesters regained control of Pearl Square ...
|Walker's so-called budget "crisis"
Great reporting by Brian Beutler over at ...
|Birds on a telephone pole, Egypt, WI, and OH
So there's this debate going on whether social media have played a critical role in the Tunisian and Egyptian Revolutions and in the broader wave of social unrest sweeping North Africa and the ...
|An epiphany on the budget deficit
So, I'm reading through the New York Times this morning and I find this Chris Lohr piece ( Maybe Japan Was Just a ...
|Holy s**t My son's teacher is showing Zeitgeist
Li'l litho came home today and said "Dad, we saw this intense rightwing documentary in Social Studies today. It was all about how the Federal Reserve is manipulating our money to cause inflation ...
|Giffords shooter identified
His name is Jared Loughner (many outlets are reporting as Laughner) and he is a 22-yo from Tucson. He has a youtube page with four videos, all posted in the last month. The videos are explicitly ...
|Lessons from Massachusetts
Tuesday, at least on first blush, was a pretty bad day for Democrats. After losing control of the House, six seats in the Senate, a wide variety of governorships across the country, most Democrats ...
|We lost. Now what?
One thing we could do is buy into the already emerging narrative that the people spoke and they're pissed at Obama and the Democrats for expanding government too far. We could simply resign ...
|MA-09: Boston Globe endorses Mac D'Alessandro
Kos's silence on the MA-09 Democratic primary becomes even more inexplicable today. Just to recap, kossacks have been requesting that kos add Mac D'Alessandro to the Orange to Blue list for months ...
|Updated Mac D'Alessandro debates ConservaDem Lynch
Mac D'Alessandro, the only real Democrat running for the MA-09 CD, had a chance to square off against his pseudo-Dem opponent today in a debate sponsored by WBZ-TV, the CBS affiliate in Boston. The ...
|"Obama is a dictator"
According to 12 year old litho, jr., his orthodontist spoke those words last week while putting on his braces. What follows is the letter I would like to, but probably won't, send the man:
|Move On endorses Mac D'Alessandro
This is a huge victory for progressives in MA-09: Move on has announced that due to overwhelming support expressed by its ...
|AEI Michael Barone smacked down in NYT
This may have escaped some people's notice on the NYT website. Princeton ...
|A Democrat who acts like a Democrat
Just found this in my email inbox: Did I wake up in the Twilight Zone? I thought Democrats were supposed to stand up for the middle class and for working families! In recent weeks,
|J Street's forecast for Hell: Cold, with a chance of hail
I just got an email from J Street , the progressive, pro-peace alternative to AIPAC, with an amazing piece of news. It turns out that Hadar Susskind, J Street's ...
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