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 2023-01-17 02:00 

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The return of humpbacks to the Salish Sea is an encouraging success story for endangered species...

Friday Harbor, Washington: When I first started visiting the San Juan Islands in the early 1990s, the place was known for its whales—particularly its resident orcas, who numbered nearly 100 in those days. Occasionally minke whales were spotted. But ...

 2023-01-17 01:00 

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Let's pursue MLK's dream of economic justice with the bonanza the pandemic created for billionaires...

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. had a lot of prophetic words on economic justice: "As long as there is poverty in this world, no man can be totally rich even if he has a billion dollars," he said during " The American Dream ," commenc...

 2023-01-17 00:00 

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Last detained immigrant at soon-to-close Pennsylvania facility has been released, advocates confirm...

Immigrant rights advocates confirmed on Jan. 10 that the last person still detained at a Pennsylvania facility would soon be walking out of its doors. Advocates scored a huge victory late last year when federal officials confirmed the contract for the Ber...

 2023-01-16 23:04 

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Food choices are influenced by social class, but this hilariously awful survey won't get it right...

Food is an important part of culture and identity. Your food preferences a marker of who you are and where you come from, of ethnicity and region and generation and class. What are your thoughts about fried food, organic food, carbonated soft drinks (what...

 2023-01-16 22:20 

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Are we living in the last days of the Scientific Age?...

When the news is full of vaccine-denial, climate crisis-denial, and people vowing they'll go to their graves to defend their right to pollute their own homes with toxic fumes, it's easy to believe that the Age of Reason has been filed away in the ...

 2023-01-16 21:00 

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Mapping the American education system from the Committee of 10 to today's struggling Black teachers...

A little over a year ago, one of my family members called me out of the blue to say she was leaving her career as an elementary school teacher. She told me she didn't feel supported by her coworkers or her administrators. Her speech was rapid-fire and...

 2023-01-16 19:05 

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Donald Trump, seditionist coup leader, is still mad about being compared to Adolf Hitler...

A Daily Beast review of Donald Trump's defamation lawsuit comes to one inescapable conclusion: "Lawsuit Reveals Trump Can't Stand Being Compared to Hitler," sez the headline, and it's backed by a bunch of quotes in which Donald Trump&#...

 2023-01-16 19:04 

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Ukraine Update: Ukrainian forces inch closer to Kreminna, a city with actual strategic value...

While Wagner mercenaries continue their slow grind down in Soledar, Ukrainian forces have their own slow grind around Kreminna. Here's the main war fronts at the moment: Map is almost two months old, but that only underscores how little has recently m...

 2023-01-16 18:37 

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TikTok Walmart retirement isn't cause for celebration, it's a dystopian nightmare...

An 82-year-old Walmart cashier is getting to retire after TikTok users raised more than $100,000 to make that possible. If that sentence doesn't seem several kinds of wrong to you, I don't know what to say. Butch Marion, the 82-year-old in questio...

 2023-01-16 17:00 

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What would Dr. King say today?...

As the U.S. observes the birthday of American Civil Rights icon Martin Luther King Jr., I find myself reflecting on protests I covered in recent years. In May and June 2020, when the nation was awash in protests in response to the police killing of George...

 2023-01-16 16:00 

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The Republican Party has left Mitch McConnell. He just doesn't know it yet...

"Masterful" tactician Mitch McConnell got a lot things wrong this cycle. Turns out Donald Trump wasn't exactly " a fading brand ." Indeed, Trump still had the juice to handpick nearly all the Republican candidates in the cycle's mo...

 2023-01-16 15:00 

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The New York Times interviews random Republican voters for the millionth time, still learns nothing...

There is some unfortunate news to report today. Sadly, I have died. My cause of death was, as I always knew it would be, The New York Times. Seldom do we talk about the ongoing dangers presented by the Times , which is the unregulated gas stove of newspap...

 2023-01-16 14:00 

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Martin Luther King Jr. influenced movements not just in the U.S. but globally...

We all know the name Martin Luther King Jr., but who exactly was he and what impact did he have? Martin Luther King Jr. was a social activist and Baptist minister known worldwide as a key player in the American civil rights movement, which began in the mi...

 2023-01-16 13:30 

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Morning Digest: Pete Ricketts might pay an even higher price for his Senate seat than he expected...

The Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest is compiled by David Nir, Jeff Singer, Stephen Wolf, Daniel Donner, and Cara Zelaya, with additional contributions from David Jarman, Steve Singiser, James Lambert, David Beard, and Arjun Jaikumar. Subscribe to The D...

 2023-01-16 13:29 

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Cartoon: Spot the mistakes...

Help keep this work possible by subscribing to my weekly newsletter, Sparky's List! You can get it in your inbox or read it on Patreon, the content is the same either way....

 2023-01-16 12:30 

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Abbreviated Pundit Roundup: Bothsides-ism strikes back over Biden documents...

David Rothkopf /Daily Beast: Way Too Many Government Documents Are Classified Amid the dual controversies over Trump and Biden's possession of classified documents—we should be addressing an even bigger problem Amidst the drama and debate over t...

 2023-01-16 01:00 

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The mystery of Rome's curable concrete and its unprecedented longevity has been solved...

For thousands of years, many Roman constructions have remained standing on our planet. Virtually every single one of those edifices, aqueducts, temples, and ruins are major tourist attractions. One of the reasons they are tourist attractions is their anti...

 2023-01-16 00:00 

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Nuts & Bolts—Inside a Democratic campaign: What the layoffs at NGP VAN might mean for 2024...

Welcome to Nuts & Bolts , a guide to Democratic campaigns. I've helped write this series for years using information from campaign managers, finance directors, field directors, trainers, and staff, responding to questions from Daily Kos Community and ...

 2023-01-15 23:07 

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Sign if you agree: Taxpayers deserve a functional IRS, and tax cheats must be held accountable...

As soon as Kevin McCarthy was elected speaker (on the 15th ballot), we knew that House Republicans would pass terrible legislation. And of course, they did not disappoint. On Jan. 9, the House voted—on a party-line basis —to repeal urgently ne...

 2023-01-15 22:00 

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Lynnette 'Diamond' Hardaway's death sparks rumors, but it's a reminder of one key truth...

Ineitha Lynnette Hardaway, a right-wing performer who went by the stage name Diamond, has suddenly died. The news of her death was shared on the official Twitter page of Diamond and Silk. The responses to the post are mixed: Some offered condolences while...

 2023-01-15 21:00 

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If your job title is something like 'carpet shampoo manager,' it's a red flag for wage theft...

Managerial workers earning more than a ridiculously low $455 a week are exempt from overtime pay if they work more than 40 hours a week—and employers are going to great lengths to exploit that fact, a new study shows. Companies are giving people wha...

 2023-01-15 20:00 

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The Downballot: Monster flip in Virginia + reredistricting preview (transcript)...

Hell yeah! Election season is here, and it's already off to an amazing start with Democrats' huge flip of a critical seat in the Virginia state Senate, which kicks off this week's episode of The Downballot . Co-hosts David Nir and David Beard ...

 2023-01-15 19:30 

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Ukraine Update: Russia's campaign against civilians may prove its undoing...

Russia is really stupid. Really, really f'n stupid. . @ZelenskyyUa Dnipro. As of now, 39 people were rescued, including 6 children. 25 people died, including 1 child. 73 people were injured, including 13 children. 43 people are missing. Preliminary 72...

 2023-01-15 19:00 

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America's least popular senator is ... Moscow Mitch McConnell!...

Ah, Mitch McConnell: the man whose face has launched a thousand quips. His refulgent charm touches our hearts, kidneys, lower intestine, and so on, before awkwardly lingering at our undercarriage and asking us to turn our heads and cough. His smile can li...

 2023-01-15 18:00 

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Tucker Carlson did a segment on 'woke M&Ms,' and his sadness lit up Twitter...

While Jair Bolsonaro fanatics attempted their own Jan. 6 style coup d'tat of the government in Brazil, a war continued to rage in Ukraine and Russia, and the Republican Party took forever to figure out who their figurehead leader would be in the House...

 2023-01-15 17:00 

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1961 Dr. Seuss book offers lesson on racism too advanced for Ohio school district official to allow...

Here's your cancel culture in the schools : A school district official in Ohio interrupted a discussion of a Dr. Seuss book when a third-grader observed that it offered a lesson on racism. The book was The Sneetches , in which Plain-Bellied Sneetches ...

 2023-01-15 16:00 

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These two maps show just how effective Daily Kos' long-term strategy to beat back the GOP has been...

The swearing in of new governors and state legislators over the past couple of weeks has been the sweetest reward for all the hard work of 2022—and it wouldn't have been possible without you. Republicans had control over more than 30 state legis...

 2023-01-15 15:00 

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Kansas Republicans kick off bold new agenda: Ignore the public, advance hate agenda...

Oh, Kansas Republicans. When it comes time to show your true colors, we can count on you. Despite redrawing congressional districts in hopes of ousting Democrat Sharice Davids from Kansas' 3rd Congressional District, she won in a blowout , with 54.91%...

 2023-01-15 14:00 

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Black Music Sunday: Celebrating and honoring the memory of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr....

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was born on Jan. 15, 1929, in Atlanta, Georgia. After years of racist resistance in the United States, his birthday is now celebrated as a national holiday every third Monday of January. King was not just a Black Americ...

 2023-01-15 13:59 

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Cartoon: The liar...

El Mentiroso is the Mexican Loteria card for "The Liar". George Santos is the Congressman-elect from New York- or Brazil- or ? No one knows for sure. #Voteria #Loteria Please share #laloalcaraz cartoons and please get the 2023 Cartoon Calendar whi...

 2023-01-15 12:30 

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Abbreviated Pundit Roundup: Happy Birthday, Dr. King...

We begin today, the 94th birthday of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., with Hajar Yazdiha writing for The Conversation about conservative revisionism of Dr. King's words and life work. In the late 1970s and early 1980s, a sanitized version of King ...

 2023-01-15 01:00 

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Caribbean Matters: French environmental racism on full display in Martinique and Guadeloupe...

Martinique and Guadeloupe are " overseas departments " of France in the Caribbean. Both are former colonies where slavery was abolished by the French National Convention in 1794, then reinstituted by Napoleon and the white colonists in 1802. It wa...

 2023-01-15 00:26 

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Fifteen states (and D.C.) want to change how we elect presidents. Are Minnesota and Michigan next?...

In a democracy, every single vote should count the same, no matter where someone lives. The person who earns the most votes should win an election. It's that simple. But that's not what happened in 2016, when we all woke up in horror to discover t...

 2023-01-14 23:00 

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Connect! Unite! Act! Some of my favorite movies of 2022...

Connect! Unite! Act! is a weekly series encouraging the creation of face-to-face networks in each congressional district. Groups meet to socialize, support candidates, get out the vote, and engage in other local political actions that help our progressive...

 2023-01-14 22:00 

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Women with bare arms scare the devil out of Missouri Republicans, leading to dress code legislation...

Missouri Republicans have run on and advocated for the right to have big, burly guns. Strap whatever you want on your side. Want to buy weaponry? Absolutely. You can run entire ads just based around you shooting a gun to try and get people to love you. Th...

 2023-01-14 21:00 

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Trying to change Trump's supporters' opinions about Jan. 6 was always going to be impossible...

This isn't a particularly novel observation (and it certainly won't surprise anyone here), but any expectation that the televised Jan. 6 hearings, all of the witnesses, all the damning evidence, conclusions and criminal referrals included in it mi...

 2023-01-14 20:00 

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New clean energy rebates and tax credits are arriving. Start planning now...

One of the amazing parts of the Democrats' Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) is the host of clean energy savings it offers households, and the time is coming to take advantage. The new law includes not just expanded tax credits but also upfront discounts ...

 2023-01-14 19:00 

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Trump's list of possible running mates will likely make your skin crawl...

Former President Donald Trump and his crew are throwing around names for his next running mate, according to sources who spoke with The Daily Beast . All are women so far, and all are folks most of us are loath to hear from on a regular basis. The Trump c...

 2023-01-14 18:00 

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Anti-immigrant gunman who called himself 'eyes for America' was in illegal possession of firearm...

Gunman Steven Mathew Driscoll, who faces several charges after pointing his weapon at migrants who were gathered outside an El Paso, Texas, church before he fled police, has admitted to investigators that he was in illegal possession of his firearm due to...

 2023-01-14 17:00 

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Tucker Carlson's texts with Alex Jones show how conspiracist narratives migrate to Fox News...

It has often seemed, watching Tucker Carlson spin up right-wing conspiracism for the masses on his uber-popular Fox News program, that he is ripping his narratives directly from Alex Jones' Infowars conspiracy-theory mill. This includes his eager adop...

 2023-01-14 15:56 

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Ukraine update: It's a done deal. UK is sending its 'invincible' Challenger 2 tank to Ukraine...

On Monday, the U.K. government is expected to hold a press conference at which it will formally announce the transfer of a dozen Challenger 2 main battle tanks to Ukraine. However, we don't have to wait for Monday. Because the transcript of a phone ca...

 2023-01-14 15:00 

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Political ad spending skyrocketed in 2022, and Democrats dominated the field...

AdImpact's "Cycle-in-Review" report has some eye-popping data about political spending in the 2021-2022 election cycle. The '22 midterm was the most expensive midterm election on record, and by lot. Perhaps most notably, ad spending in 202...

 2023-01-14 14:00 

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Treasury Secretary Yellen informs McCarthy he's pressing his luck on debt limit...

UPDATE: Friday, Jan 13, 2023 11:59:53 PM +00:00 Joan McCarter New reporting from the Washington Post is dire. The House GOP is planning for a breach, "part of the private deal reached this month to resolve the standoff between House conservatives and ...

 2023-01-14 12:30 

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Abbreviated Pundit Roundup: The moderates plot to strike back...

Since our political punditry gets things wrong at least half the time: what if Biden's mishandling of classified documents — with an investigation (that's a key point) — helps him a bit because it clarifies Trump isn't being unfair...

 2023-01-14 12:29 

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Cartoon: George Santos...

It's good to see NY Republicans holding the grifter George Santos accountable. One wonders why they could never hold a certain other grifter and NY Republican accountable. Consider supporting my work so I can continue creating it, here , here , or get...

 2023-01-14 01:25 

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Thousands more Somali immigrants eligible for temporary protections under Biden admin announcement...

The Biden administration yet again extended and expanded a lifesaving humanitarian program that prevents immigrants already in the U.S. from being returned to unsafe conditions in their home countries. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced T...

 2023-01-14 00:50 

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Yet another Republican is accused of very real voter fraud as the Big Lie keeps on truckin'...

Oh, to be a Republican. Who else can flee their state while their constituents are literally freezing to death and then have the gall to show their face in public? Or incite a deadly insurrection , cheer on the rabble who want to hang your vice president,...

 2023-01-14 00:15 

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Kansas seeks to ban gender-affirming surgery if you're under 21...

Another day, another piece of hate legislation in the Kansas State House. Senator Mike Thompson, long known for his stance that compared scientists who believe in global warming to nazis and those who advocated renewable energy as being a menace had a new...

 2023-01-13 23:40 

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Proposed Virginia bill says pregnant person's fetus counts as a person in carpool lanes...

A new "personhood" law is the latest Republican attempt at taking away abortion rights. Under the guise of protecting unborn children, the Virginia bill focuses on a pregnant person's fetus and declares it as a passenger in a car, as a result ...

 2023-01-13 23:05 

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ADL survey finds more Americans embrace antisemitic tropes, and believe more of them too...

You may have gotten the uneasy sense in recent months that not only are we awash in a rising tide of antisemitism—from Kanye West's diatribes to Donald Trump's dinner date with both West and white nationalist Nick Fuentes to the return of ne...

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