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|A Proposal to Tie Corporate Tax Deductions to Number of American Jobs
I think that, for many reasons that can be elaborated upon elsewhere, the country, meaning us The People, has a vested interest in making sure American companies create jobs here in the US, rather ...
|Reflecting On GOP's Plans for 2016 Primaries
Bernie Sanders's announcement that he was running for President, and the ensuing fulfillment of the potential for a lively Democratic primary after all, got me thinking about primary season in ...
|Cops Have a Wide Array of Non-Lethal Weapons Now. Do All Cops Really Still Need Guns?
Cops these days have a wide assortment of weapons available to them, beyond the standard firearm. Many of those weapons are non-lethal. There is pepper spray. There are tasers and stun guns. There ...
|Atheists on CBS's Sunday Morning
I would like to point you all to a really great piece on today's CBS This Sunday Morning about Atheism. Atheists: In godlessness we trust It was reported by Mo Rocca, who I must admit I have a ...
|Now That Hillary is Officially Running, Can We Finally Start Hearing Actual Policy?
One of the criticisms against Hillary, that often had the most legs, was how she hasn't really taken any definitive stances on important policy issues. Or any, apparently. Sure, a clever tweet now ...
|Senate GOP Twits: America "indebted" to Lincoln's Assassin?
Apparently this was posted on the Verified Senate Republicans' Twitter Page: 150 years ago today, the first Republican President, Abraham Lincoln was assassinated. America is forever indebted. pic....
|What If Hillary & Her Primary Challengers Make Pres.-Vice Pres. Deal?
What if Hillary and all of her Democratic Primary challengers made a deal right now: Whoever wins the primaries will make the second-place finisher their Vice Presidential running mate. Here is my ...
|I Want to Run; We Should Find out Just What Elected Offices There Actually Are.
There is a movement here (perhaps there always has been; I haven't been here that long) to get more of us actively involved in running for elected office. Instead of just harping on the failed ...
|Religion Does Not Make Bigots. Religion Only Provides Cover for Underlying Bigotry.
I know that there have been a lot of diaries on the RFRA laws like the one in Indiana already. I don't know how much more my take contributes to it. On the other hand, I think that if people were ...
|Can A Failed Presidential Candidate-Turned-Secretary of State Get Some Credit Where Credit's Due?
After hearing the news about the deal brokered between P5+1 and Iran which will seemingly go a long way toward ...
|Big Banks Hold Democratic Party Hostage Over Elizabeth Warren
Although that is not quite the tone the media takes on the matter. On Facebook, anytime Elizabeth Warren is on the trending list, I take notice. Little did I know the tone the current topic would ...
|No Wonder Republicans Have a Hard Time Believing in Evolution
I know this is going to be short, and decorum should dictate that I add more commentary, but it just dawned on me what kind of trend we are witnessing, and I couldn't help but comment. Look at this ...
|Update on Flush Rush Diary Spam: A Message from Carol/Hrhprissy
This is an update to the events described in this past diary . To recap: Around 1 AM, multiple StopRush-Related diaries were published to the recents list, to the tune of 30-40, all at once, ...
|My Take On Last Night's Bizarre FlushRush DiarySpam
So, if you were not on Dailykos late last night (about 1 AM Eastern), you may not be aware of this fiasco. There is a still a lot of uncertainty it seems like, and not a good collection of the ...
|How Much Sunlight Would it Take to Power the United States?
This is a continuation of my last diary. First of all, I would like to point out that the intent of these calculations is not ultimately a realistic analysis. After all, I am not an expert in ...
|How Many Solar Panels Would We Need to Power the Entire United States?
Seeing this article made me a bit curious about this question. Just doing the basic math. I'm not factoring in any complex calculations. Just doing straight up multiplication and division. ...
|17 Million Reasons Why We Still Need More Jobs.
U6 Unemployment As Egberto Willies pointed out in a recent post , there are a lot of reasons in terms of the ...
|I Am Also Tired of Hearing How Bad GOP Are. But Then THEY KEEP DOING STUFF LIKE THIS
I share many of the sentiments of this diary . I do not know that we can definitely say that constantly highlighting horrible Republican behavior is actually in any way productive. You could make ...
|The 47% (of the Senate): What Were They Even Trying to Accomplish?
Having read the actual letter that 47 Republican Senators signed to Iran , I do not want to focus on whether or not it counts as treason, or sedition, or illegal, as I am no legal expert in any of ...
|My Vote For Who Should Replace Jon Stewart: Mo Rocca
Ever since Jon Stewart announced that he was leaving the Daily Show, there has been much debate, both here and elsewhere, about who should ultimately replace him. From the usual suspects, to the ...
|Congressional Republicans: A.k.a. Meet the Farvas
If any of you have ever seen the cult classic Supertroopers , you might remember the character known as Farva. If you haven't seen it, I'm not going to take the time to explain everything I'm ...
|The Party of Patriotism Invites Foreign Leader to Criticize US Leader in Our Own Capitol
Our Capitol may be a bit presumptuous these days. It certainly does not belong to us, the American people, as much as it should. But that's not what I want to talk about. How far has the ...
|My Liberal Straight Talk Express
Conservatives are fond of elevating leaders who "talk straight" and are not afraid to buck political correctness and sophistication and speak bluntly, at least as far as perceptions go. We were ...
|What I Did Today Reminds Me Why I Am a Liberal
I have been employed as a community college professor for less than a year now. It's decent pay, it keeps the lights on and a roof over my head, but doesn't put much of a dent in my student and ...
|Want Obama to Really Identify ISIS's Type of Terrorism? It's Conservative.
Several vocal Conservatives have taken issue with how President Obama refers to the terrorist group known as ISIS . They would rather Obama include Islam or Muslim somewhere in there, like "Islamic ...
|Giuliani Wasn't Just Attacking Obama. He Was Attacking All of Us.
I can't deny that I dislike Rudy Giuliani. On the other hand on the list of Conservatives worth detesting he barely registers. I mean, the guy could turn a cake recipe into a tribute to 9/11. And ...
|Can We Use 2016 Democratic Primary To Highlight Next Generation of Democratic Leaders?
I was inspired to ask this question based on the recent diary by Egberto Willies on Democratic re-treads . The Democratic Party has mostly the correct ...
|How do You Determine if a Police Shooting is Justified? Flow Chart.
If you are like me, you are probably starting to lose track of all the police shootings that get covered here. And more importantly, it gets hard to keep the stories straight of all the different ...
|A 2016 Trap for Democrats: Do Not Assume Obama's Popularity With Youth Will Transfer Over
In the attempts at forecasting the 2016 Presidential elections, one of the many questionable assumptions is the built-in advantage the Democratic Party seems to have in regards to turnout in ...
|The 2016 Democratic Party Dilemma
Kerry Eleveld recently wrote a poignant piece that shines a light on the state of the Republican side of the 2016 Presidential race . Additionally, I wrote a similar piece to the one I am about to ...
|We Can Not Allow the GOP to Control the Fiscal Budget Discussion
The Obama administration's FY2016 budget has already garnered a lot of coverage. However, as one would expect, Republicans have attached themselves to railing against the tax increases that fund ...
|My Take on the Measles and Vaccines Debate
I wrote this as a post on Facebook, just a few minutes ago. At first, I was going to post it as just a comment on a friend's Facebook post, but I'm starting to feel guilty about always burdening my ...
|On Extreme Weather, We Are Told to Err on the Side of Caution. On Climate Change...
Living in Philadelphia these past several years, I have been able to see how well Republican Governor Chris Christie has responded to a number of extreme weather emergencies during his tenure. ...
|Democrats are in the Minority in Congress; Why Aren't They Using it to Their Advantage?
Elected to some of the highest offices in our nation, we have come to believe that the politicians in Washington are the best at the business of getting elected, and then once elected, actually ...
|It's Time to Counter GOP Rhetoric: Why We Should Reframe Government as Insurance For All
Insurance is something nearly every American is familiar with. Auto, home, renter, health, mail, life insurance. Nearly all of us have some form of insurance, most of us have multiple. We are ...
|Aren't We Looking a Gift Horse in the Mouth? Shouldn't We Get More Cops to Shoot First?
For the longest time now, Liberals have been going about this issue of police shootings in the wrong way. We have approached this issue of police officers shooting unarmed people, almost arbitrarily,
|Since When Do We Punish the Victims of Violent Acts and Threats?
The Dailykos user arodb posted a few diaries last month discussing how we as a society should treat criticism, ridicule, satire, or what have you, of North Korea, particularly in light of their ...
|What Does it Mean to Attack Religion?
There is a lively discourse currently going on about the nature of religion as a discussion topic. In particular, there is this pernicious tendency to prevent open critiques of religion in much the ...
|Why Do We Punish Lawbreakers In the First Place?
The arguments coming from the ACLU's Executive Director Anthony Romero and others saying that President Obama should ...
|Reminder: Emergencies and Imminent Threats are Not Justifications for Torture
Since the release of the report on the torture program conducted by the CIA and the Bush administration in the wake of 9/11, one of the arguments we keep hearing from people trying to defend the ...
|How Republicans Can Beat Democrats: New Ideas to Address Country's Major Issues
We've got a growing problem in this country, and it seems like the only ones who are properly outraged about it are we constant punching bags on The Right. That problem is the awful, blatant, ...
|Restaurant Paying Workers Living Wage Opens in Philly
You may have heard about this last month , but the restaurant Girard in Philadelphia finally opened its doors this weekend. Unlike most restaurants, Girard will forego the standard tipping system, ...
|By Delaying Executive Action on Immigration, Obama did True Democrats a Huge Favor
As expected, yesterday President Obama announced that he would be taking executive action to address the immigration problem. A lot of attention, of course, has been on the Republican response, ...
|Leave Hillary Alone: The Real Fight is for Congress
There is an oft-repeated mantra here at Dailykos: More and Better Democrats. In practice, sometimes this has meant spending a considerable amount of time talking about why the few Democrats we do ...
|What the heck, Michigan?
I know there's a maelstrom of all sorts of emotions and writings going on after last night, but I just want to point out one quirky result, courtesy of my home state Michigan: MI-Sen: Gary Peters: 1,
|Last Day to Play the Game: Beat the Pundits, Predict the 2014 Election Winners
Last post. From the first post to the second , we currently have 12 players (counting yours truly): JackND Its the Supreme Court Stupid JGibson tarkangi Bloom King of ...
|Do You Have What it Takes to Beat the Pundits and Predict the Winners of the 2014 Elections?
This is the second post I have written looking for kossacks who want to play along. From the first post , we currently have 4 players: JackND Its the Supreme Court Stupid JGibson tarkangi Join the ...
|Think You're the Best at Predicting the 2014 Election Outcomes? Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is
How well can you predict the outcome of the 2014 Midterm Elections? In a lot of ways, the political punditocracy is much like the Fantasy Football mavens who have taken the sports world by storm. ...
|2014 Elections: Want to Test Your Prediction Powers?
Want a way to compare your political prognosticating prowess to the big shots? I wanted a chance to test mine against them, as well as against others like the DKos community. So I would like to ...
|Ready for Economic Populism
My plan was not to post this diary until after the November elections. I realize how important these elections are, and do not like being accused of stealing attention away from 2014 by writing ...
|What if the Ebola Outbreak Occurred During the Government Shutdown?
Apparently the mainstream media is getting a kick out of polls showing that a large percentage of Americans do not trust the federal government to handle Ebola, and overall questioning the handling ...
|Awesome Local News Story About a Real Terrorism Threat, with a Dash of Corporate/Political Greed
You all know those local news segments. Some reporter investigates accusations of some official or businessman acting sleazy. Cue gotcha confrontations and a bit of compelling action, at least for ...
|If You Are Atheist, Share Why You Know What it Means to be "Fully Human"
I am about to embark on a great new chapter of my life. In May, I finished my doctorate in physics, and as amazing of a milestone that was, tomorrow I pass another one, as I begin my first day as an ...
|#Ferguson: All of This to Protect One Man
Because there are so many things wrong with the events going on in Ferguson on so many levels - to wit, the vicious crackdown against peaceful protesters and journalists, the excessive display of ...
|Ferguson Should be the Rallying Cry to Turn Out Vote in 2014
As the events in Ferguson, Missouri, become more and more heated, I am left looking at the next phase in the overall discussion the country should be having. While many have taken this as a chance ...
|Primary Cuomo: What it Would Say About Our Chances in 2014
Even though I do not live in the state of New York, I have become highly interested in the Gubernatorial race of the state since reading the many ...
|The Coup De Grace: Use Executive Orders on Jobs Programs
By now, we have all heard of Boehner's not-very-clever scheme to sue President Obama over the use of Executive Orders. Coincidentally, it has resulted in quite some ridiculous GOP-style ...
|The Border Crisis is Not an Immigration Issue, It's a Humanitarian Issue
Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses, yearning to breath free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore, Send these, the homeless, tempest tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden ...
|Going to Detroit for Netroots Nation? Support Moo Cluck Moo, Plus Some Info
I'm not a Detroiter, but I did grow up in its suburbs. So I share a lot of the sentiments of others who come from the area. As such, I really wish I could have attended this ...
|The Only Thing We Have to Fear Is Fear Itself
Of course, these words would never come out of the mouth of one of today's Republicans. They would have us think we have to fear anything and everything. As most of us probably know, these words ...
|Please Proceed, Republican Party
I am, of course, drawing an analogy ...
|#1 Reason to Win White House in 2016: The Supreme Court
I made a rough little graph to concisely visualize why winning the Presidency in 2016 matters so much: I calculated these numbers going by the birth years ...
|Awesome Way to Fix ACA Coverage Gap: Lower Eligibility Limit on Subsidies
As has been documented numerous times on this website, the Affordable Care Act's coverage gap has been an awful reality facing millions of some of the lowest income Americans, for no better reason ...
|I'm to the Left of The Left. Let's Reform the Inheritance System (Updated)
I know, I know, advancing such a policy is not very realistic for the near future. After all, we can barely get moderately liberal policies passed, things that have been a part of the Party's ...
|Could We Witness an Even More Ineffective House of Representatives?
I know, I know, obviously, you're all saying, YES, but I can't in good faith leave the diary so short. But the point is, as bad as the House of Representatives has been these past few years , is it ...
|Want the Low Down on Iraq? Look No Further than Sherlock
Adapted from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's original stories , Sherlock is a British TV show that first aired in 2010 and is set in modern times. Although the series draws much inspiration from the ...
|Obama Set to Create Largest Ocean Preserve
Just heard about this story on the radio, which I think is pretty big, but I fear may get swept aside by some of the other trending topics : WASHINGTON (AP) — Moving to protect fragile marine life,
|Do Republicans Want to Run on Invading Iraq in 2014?
As most of us know by now, recently, Iraq has been hit by a violent Islamic insurgency. Consequently, there is a lot of debate now over whether the United States should intervene in a military manner,
|The Liberal Crusader: Ronald Reagan
In today's highly-polarized American politics, Conservatives seem unwilling to compromise on even the most reasonable of policies to address the serious issues facing the country today. However, ...
|Cantor's Loss All the More Reason to Push for Immigration Reform
As we have seen in the short amount of time since Cantor's suprising primary loss , the media is keen to attribute it to Cantor's supposed support ...
|Why I Call Myself Atheist Instead of Agnostic
For many years of my childhood, I was a Christian. In my teens, I eventually lost my faith. However, for a long time, I identified myself as an Agnostic, because while I no longer believed in the ...
|The Catch-22 of Bowe Bergdahl
Catch-22 remains my alltime favorite novel. It has shaped much of my political ideology. If you have not yet read it, I highly recommend it to anyone and everyone. According to the story, anyone in ...
|If Democrats Want to Win in 2014, They Should Rally Around Hillary for 2016
Do not take this the wrong way. I am not saying you should punch your 2016 ballot for Hillary today. I am not saying you can't keep hoping for a Warren run, or whoever you want to run. And I am not ...
|Are Mass Shootings Really an Issue of Mental Health?
What do recent mass terrorizers Elliot Rodger , Adam Lanza , and James Holmes have in common? 1. They all had a documented history of mental illness. 2. They all had reasonably easy access to ...
|Ted Cruz's Father: Banning the Bible in Public Schools = Teen Pregnancy, Moral Decay
Ted Cruz claimed at a recent Christian conference sponsored by the Family Research Council that Democrats were trying to repeal the First Amendment . At this very same meeting, his father, Rafael ...
|A Simple Populist Message for 2014: They Are Stealing Your Right to Vote
As many here have pointed out before, Democrats are at a disadvantage in 2014, for the simple reason that it is an off-year election. However, when our voters turnout, we win . It may seem ...
|The Tea Party is Anti-Science
A new poll shows just how out of touch Tea Partiers are from everyone else, even other Republicans. This is pretty striking: The first three political groups—Democrats, independents, and non-...
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|This Image Shows Everything You Need to Know about PA-GOV Battle
Interesting color scheme you've got going there The above screen capture is from a recent tv ad for Tom Corbett, vulnerable incumbent ...
|House Dems Considering Benghazi Should Take Lesson From Nye vs Ham
Apparently now that House Republicans have decided to convene a committee to investigate Benghazi , House Democrats are still deciding whether they should participate at all. And while I think ...
|A Modest Proposal to Help the GOP Use Benghazi
As many of us are aware, the Republican Party is once again trying to use the Benghazi terrorist attack on the US Embassy as a political tool to attack President Obama, and perhaps even potential-...
|Simple Gun Policy for Vulnerable Democrats: Fund Gun Violence Research
I think we should revisit the Liberal platform on gun control/gun rights. While the overall platform of stricter gun laws is a politically viable stance in many US regions, in others, such as deep-...
|My entry for NN14 Scholarship Contest
Vote for me for the DFA's Netroots Nation 2014 Scholarship Competition. I don't know how deserving I am of such an award, but I would definitely use the opportunity to become a better Progressive ...
|This is Why Standardized Tests Fail
This is why we should not use standardized tests to ...
|The Success of the Affordable Care Act is No Accident
Reuters: 'Americans increasingly prefer Democrats on health care' Obamacare isn't just on track, it had an ...
|Progressive Ticket Vote: CA-33
Who do you, the Daily Kos community, think should represent The Progressive Ticket in the CA 33rd House District elections? The Progressive Ticket is a crowdsourced list of political candidates who ...
|Progressive Ticket Forum: CA-33
This diary will be used as a forum for the following question: Who should represent The Progressive Ticket in the California 33rd District elections? The Progressive Ticket is a crowdsourced list ...
|A Modest Proposal to Resolve the Cliven Bundy Controversy
So by now, most of us know about the controversy in Nevada over one rancher's refusal to pay a fee for allowing his cattle to graze on federal lands. In fact, he now owes the government over a ...
|Progressive Ticket Vote: MD-Gov
Who do you, the Daily Kos community, think should represent The Progressive Ticket in the Maryland Gubernatorial elections? The Progressive Ticket is a crowdsourced list of political candidates who ...
|Progressive Ticket Forum: MD-Gov
This diary will be used as a forum for the following question: Who should represent The Progressive Ticket in the Maryland Gubernatorial elections? The Progressive Ticket is a crowdsourced list of ...
|Progressive Ticket Vote: PA-Gov
The Progressive Ticket is a crowdsourced list of political candidates who the Dailykos Community at large support for their respective elections. The candidates will be chosen largely from community-...
|Progressive Ticket Forum: PA-Gov
This diary will be used as a forum for the following question: Who should represent The Progressive Ticket in the Pennsylvania Gubernatorial elections? What is the Progressive Ticket , you ask? ...
|Building up Democrats - The Progressive Ticket
One of the things I'm dis-satisfied with on this site is the ratio of anti-Republican to pro-Democrat focus. We spend way more time tearing down Republicans then we do building up Democrats. And ...
|Electing Better Democrats - A Crowdsourced Progressive Ticket
A lot of us are here for the purported goal of electing more and better Democrats. This is my small contribution towards that endeavor. I have been inspired by the Pennsylvania Gubernatorial ...
|An Opportunity to Strike at Republican Mindset with Drudge Obamacare Tweet
Just paid the Obamacare penalty for not 'getting covered'... I'M CALLING IT A LIBERTY TAX! — MATT DRUDGE (@DRUDGE) March 21, 2014 So a lot of coverage over Matt Drudge'...
|We Live in an Age of Unreason
No, I am not talking about how people believe that vaccines cause autism, or that climate change is a hoax, or that creationism is science. Although these, too, reinforce the notion that we live in ...
|Stop Running Away From Obamacare
Conventional wisdom states that Democrats will be on the defensive in 2014. I am not a fan of conventional wisdom .
|Elizabeth Warren for President? Get Real.
Even though 2016 is still so far away, and 2014 remains a seriously pressing battle , there is ...
|Unconventional Wisdom on the 2016 Presidential Race
Same shit, different ...
|Get To Know Progressive Candidate for PA-Gov: Tom Wolf
With the Pennsylvania Primary Election only 3 months away , there is not a lot of time left for Democratic challengers to make much headway against ...
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