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 2021-11-29 23:00 

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The hiccup in bridging the digital divide is going to be the government's bad maps...

One of the cornerstones of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act signed into law this month, is the $65 billion it includes for broadband infrastructure, with $2 billion earmarked for rural communities. That money is intended to go to states and comm...

 2021-11-29 22:15 

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Anti-mask parent attacked school board chair by outing her 8-year-old trans daughter...

As Daily Kos continues to chronicle, school board meetings across the nation have been steadily picking up both local and national media attention, and for an important reason. Why? If it's not people protesting mask mandates, it's people speaking...

 2021-11-29 21:45 

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Anti-vaxx Chronicles: He was too tough and macho and pure-blooded to worry about COVID...

Facebook is a menace. COVID-19 is a menace. Conservatism is a cesspool. Together, those three ingredients have created a toxic stew of malevolent death and devastation. We can talk about all those things in the abstract, look at the numbers and statistics...

 2021-11-29 21:15 

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House Republican comes out and says it: Forcing tax cheats to pay up would 'cost' them billions...

Republican Congresswoman Nancy Mace, inflicted on us by the state of South Carolina, has been running a bold new online ad condemning Democratic plans to boost funding for the Internal Revenue Service. Why, you might ask? "Biden's policy will doub...

 2021-11-29 20:45 

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Another contempt charge may be impending for Trump official...

The Jan. 6 Committee will vote Wednesday on whether it should refer Jeffrey Clark, a Trump-era official, to the Department of Justice for criminal contempt of Congress after he—for weeks—failed to comply with a subpoena from the investigatory ...

 2021-11-29 20:15 

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'Has lost his driver's license and his job': USCIS faces lawsuit over months-long work permit delays...

While the number of immigrants who have more recently become U.S. citizens climbed compared to the 2020 fiscal year, the federal immigration agency responsible for handling this paperwork has seen other service delays that have notably affected immigrants...

 2021-11-29 19:30 

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'They're all begging me': Trump boasts about the many 2024 VP candidates vying for a seat on his lap...

It isn't easy at this moment, or any other for that matter, to contemplate who former twice-impeached, one-term President Donald Trump may pick as his potential running mate for 2024. But these remain difficult times, and the speculation over Trump...

 2021-11-29 18:49 

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White House: Omicron variant is 'cause for concern, not panic'...

Upon researchers in South Africa first spotting the omicron variant of the coronavirus last week, the global race to contain the latest strain is on, prompting President Joe Biden on Monday to urge Americans to remain vigilant in safeguarding their health...

 2021-11-29 17:40 

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There're just hours left to leave a public comment in support of the DACA program. Do it now...

The Biden administration has had its proposed rule strengthening the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program open for public comment for the required 60 days—but now there are just hours left to have your voice heard. Today, Nov. 29, i...

 2021-11-29 17:00 

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No more sneaking around to steal elections for Republicans, they're doing it in plain sight...

When Republicans started laying the groundwork for widespread, institutionalized voter suppression back under President George W. Bush—when then-Attorney General Alberto Gonzales fired a U.S. attorney for refusing to manufacture voter fraud cases to...

 2021-11-29 16:15 

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Prosecutors: Steve Bannon is manipulating the system, wants to try his case in media...

Steve Bannon is trying to game the justice system and have his criminal contempt of Congress case tried in the media instead of in court, a manipulation that prosecutors say will lead to an "absurd" carnival-type atmosphere that could jeopardize p...

 2021-11-29 15:37 

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The Patriot Movement's creep into the GOP mainstream formed the war on democracy's nexus...

You'll often hear hardcore right-wing Trumpists refer to themselves as "patriots." Repeatedly. Donald Trump himself regularly refers to his devoted followers the same way. And because the word has a common, generic meaning, most of us glance o...

 2021-11-29 14:45 

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'We've effectively turned housing into a luxury': Kevin McCarthy takes eight hours to fight change...

It is with great pride that I can say I am finally a homeowner —pride for all of the obvious reasons, from the opportunity to build generational wealth to simply having a place for my family to retreat to in hard times generation after generation. B...

 2021-11-29 14:00 

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Omicron update: Latest variant tests to see if the planet has learned a #@$%ing thing in two years...

Earlier this week, scientists in South Africa and Botswana identified a small cluster of cases involving a new variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. The high number of mutations on this variant, now officially labeled as "omicron," generated immediate ...

 2021-11-29 13:00 

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Cartoon: Gun talk...

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 2021-11-29 12:49 

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Cheers and Jeers: Monday...

"The true father of our national literature." That's how H.L. Mencken described the force of nature that was Samuel Langhorne Clemens, aka Mark Twain . If ever there was a person whose bullshit detector went to 11, it was him. Also in his corn...

 2021-11-29 12:30 

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Abbreviated Pundit Roundup: Waiting is excruciating, but it doesn't help to speculate about Omicron...

Jeffrey Barrett/ Guardian: Scientists sharing Omicron data were heroic. Let's ensure they don't regret it This commitment to rapid data sharing has deep roots in genomics. At a 1996 summit in Bermuda, the leaders of the Human Genome Project establ...

 2021-11-29 03:00 

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A Pandemic Guide To Anime: Fantasy, magic, and tea-time with spirits...

Welcome back to our impromptu and sporadically scheduled pandemic guide to anime. If you've missed any of our earlier entries, you can find them all here: ( Part 1 , Part 2 , Part 3 , Part 4 , Part 5 , Part 6 ) That housekeeping out of the way, we'...

 2021-11-29 02:00 

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This George Clinton-approved Detroit children's choir will funk you up this holiday season...

The Detroit Academy of Arts & Sciences (DAAS) choir is a reason to be happy this holiday season. Angela Kee is their fearless leader and, under her direction, the choir has performed at tourist conventions, opened Pistons and Lions games, and even sang at...

 2021-11-29 01:00 

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Nuts & Bolts—Inside a Democratic campaign: Why don't we take these races more seriously?...

Welcome back to the weekly Nuts & Bolts Guide to small campaigns. A few months ago, I wrote a Nuts & Bolts diary about the lack of solid representation in local offices, particularly law enforcement. Sheriff's offices and District attorneys are overwh...

 2021-11-29 00:00 

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An interview with David Pepper, 'Laboratories of Autocracy' author, about the GOP war on democracy...

David Pepper, the former Ohio Democratic Party chairman, has had a front-row seat to one of the major fronts in the American right's insurgent war on democracy: Namely, the nation's statehouses, where the gradual Republican takeover in the past de...

 2021-11-28 23:00 

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Cultural appreciation or cultural appropriation: What's the difference?...

People often define America as a melting pot. But as the country brings together multiple cultures, many often cross the line between cultural appreciation and appropriation . You might have heard the term cultural appropriation, especially on trending me...

 2021-11-28 22:00 

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Time...

There's a deep and abiding hatred of Daylight Savings Time that's run through my family for generations. "War time." That's what my granddad called it, because that's what they called it when it was first instituted back in 1918. (...

 2021-11-28 21:00 

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How Hmong farmers are building collective power in Minnesota...

by Cirien Saadeh This story was originally published at Prism . Lillian Hang works at the Hang Family Farm in Vermillion Township, Minnesota, alongside her children, siblings, and parents, growing a mix of vegetables and herbs local to the area and those ...

 2021-11-28 20:20 

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Systemic inequality is leaving trillions on the table...

Many of us will take a moment over Thanksgiving to give thanks for our good fortune, however small or great. My sincere hope for those who read this is that the words of the women I interviewed, when combined with some of the facts laid before you, help t...

 2021-11-28 19:40 

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'Saying I am a suicide bomber is no laughing matter': Ilhan Omar defends herself when GOP silent...

I wish I could say the failure of GOP leadership to condemn anti-Muslim rhetoric targeting Rep. Ilhan Omar was surprising. I wish I could say the disgusting remarks from Rep. Lauren Boebert that made recent headlines were unique. I wish Omar, one of the f...

 2021-11-28 19:00 

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No good emperors: Why do we insist on reading history backwards?...

This is one of those seasons when people look back to history, but I'm looking a little further back than usual. Any podcast fanatic will almost inevitably eventually come across Mike Duncan's History of Rome podcast. Duncan began the weekly dip i...

 2021-11-28 18:00 

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The anatomy of a fake conservative news story about vaccine mandates killing a child's dad...

On occasion, for professional reasons, I must wade into the right wing-o-sphere. It is filled with the kind of rabid misinformation and fearmongering you might expect. The part that is most bothersome, however, is not that most of the stories are bogus in...

 2021-11-28 17:00 

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As the holidays approach, incarcerated people in Florida say goodbye to physical mail...

by Alexandra Martinez This story was originally published at Prism . Nancy DeNike remembers one of the few uplifting moments during her five-year sentence at Homestead Correctional Institution in Florida's Miami-Dade County: hearing her name announced...

 2021-11-28 16:00 

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Republicans are desperate to believe 2020 was 'stolen' from Trump. Nothing will dissuade them...

One way or the other, GOP voters are determined to believe the 2020 election was stolen no matter what the facts are. As a recent Monmouth University poll found, "Nearly 3 in 4 Republicans (73%) cling to the idea that Biden won through fraud," whi...

 2021-11-28 15:00 

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How a $26 coffee maker made me better appreciate the world and the people who make things work...

Like most people, I like to feel that I'm a decent person. Maybe not reaching the level of "good," but I wear my mask even in stores where no one else is wearing one, I pay that $10 a month for recycling even though I have suspicions about the...

 2021-11-28 14:00 

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Black and Jewish musicians and songwriters forged musical history—together...

Happy Hanukkah to all who celebrate! For today's Black Music Sunday , I'm featuring the collaboration of Black and Jewish musicians and songwriters. They've teamed up to create a lasting part of our musical history. I grew up in Brooklyn in th...

 2021-11-28 12:29 

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Abbreviated Pundit Roundup: Denial and blame...

Let's dive right in! Nate Cohn of The New York Times attempts to reconcile the popularity of President Joe Biden's policies with Biden's "personal unpopularity." The disconnect between Mr. Biden's popular policies and his personal ...

 2021-11-28 02:45 

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A Pandemic Guide to Anime: Light horror and ghostly shenanigans...

Welcome back to our impromptu and sporadically scheduled pandemic guide to anime. Having gone through the lengthy reintroductions last time around , we can skip all that and dive right in. Missed earlier entries in the series and want to catch up? Here th...

 2021-11-28 02:00 

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California resort turns into long-term housing option for unhoused veterans and families...

When it comes to supporting our unhoused neighbors, people can turn a cold shoulder very, very quickly. No matter the reason (or, most likely, reasons ) someone is experiencing homelessness, they always deserve dignity, respect, and a safe space to live. ...

 2021-11-28 01:00 

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Memories of Bill Morlin, a fearless journalism pioneer who exposed the radical right...

When I first met Bill Morlin, he was already a legend among news reporters in the Pacific Northwest. I'll admit I was a bit starstruck: This was the man—on paper, a simple crime reporter for the Spokane Spokesman-Review, but much more than that&...

 2021-11-28 00:00 

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Building back and replanting: How we can tackle climate change through focusing on our federal lands...

Republicans have argued for decades that what we used to call global warming and now call climate change is a hoax. And for all those decades, they've been, and still are, wrong. Climate change is real . Human-driven climate change is real. So far, hu...

 2021-11-27 23:00 

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Connect! Unite! Act! Hello to the holiday season!...

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

 2021-11-27 22:00 

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'We heard from hundreds': San Mateo sheriff credits community for move ending ICE collaboration...

So much of the incredible work happening to liberate immigrant communities from Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) grasp has happened, and is happening, at the local level. Just one example this month: In California's San Mateo County, th...

 2021-11-27 21:30 

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Head of flight attendants union wants you to watch for signs of potential fights on the plane...

As we all know by now, there has been a dramatic spike in people behaving really badly on airplanes. Despite the FAA adopting a policy of zero tolerance for disruptive behavior, the airlines have submitted over 5,000 reports of unruly passengers . Out of ...

 2021-11-27 21:00 

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Anti-vaxx Chronicles: Why don't the anti-science, faith-only types go to church when they get sick?...

Facebook is a menace. COVID-19 is a menace. Conservatism is a cesspool. Together, those three ingredients have created a toxic stew of malevolent death and devastation. We can talk about all those things in the abstract, look at the numbers and statistics...

 2021-11-27 21:00 

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Here's just how much private prison profiteers sunk into the 2020 election...

A researcher from The Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University has published data at LA Progressive Newsletter detailing the vast sums of cash that private prison profiteers like GEO Group, CoreCivic, and Management and Trai...

 2021-11-27 20:00 

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John Thune, professional photo bomber...

Over the years, I've written a lot about the U.S. Senate. I've written a lot about Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. And I've searched our photo subscription services for a lot of pictures of McConnell. Most of them end up being from the...

 2021-11-27 19:00 

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Majority of Republicans want a Trump 2024 run, but he's practically toxic to everyone else...

A new Marquette Law School poll suggests that even though Donald Trump is likely a shoo-in for the GOP nomination in 2024, he also has a decent likelihood of repelling a lot of voters in the general election. Among Republicans in the survey, 60% say they ...

 2021-11-27 18:00 

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Gutter troll Lauren Boebert implies Rep. Ilhan Omar is a violent terrorist; Omar calls out her lies...

Irony is Rep. Lauren Boebert worrying about a terrorist attack on the U.S. Capitol. And speaking in front of an American flag. And being a member of Congress, for that matter. The same woman who's undermined Capitol security , endangered her colleague...

 2021-11-27 17:00 

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Thanks to COVID-19, the future could be full of fire, explosions, and really, really bad food...

From the earliest days of the global pandemic, one of the most common symptoms of a COVID-19 infection has also been on of the oddest: a loss of the sense of smell, more technically known as olfactory dysfunction. That symptom has often been treated as so...

 2021-11-27 16:00 

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This is why we do what we do...

Back in 2018, a group of determined Idahoans hit the road in a couple of old RVs they painted green, taking on the herculean task of getting a ballot initiative to expand Medicaid in the state. After losing a bad set of laws privatizing education to a vot...

 2021-11-27 15:00 

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Compton fights inequality with universal basic income...

Eight-hundred low-income households are receiving monthly payments through the Compton Pledge guaranteed income program. By Melissa Chadburn for Capital & Main The city of Compton has been a lot of things: the site of fiery social conflicts with police in...

 2021-11-27 14:46 

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Abbreviated Pundit Roundup: What is justice?...

We start off this Turkey Day edition of the Abbreviated Pundit Roundup with Kimberly Atkins Stohr of The Boston Globe writing that while the guilty verdicts against Travis McMichael, Greg McMichael, and William "Roddie" Bryan for the murder of Ahm...

 2021-11-27 14:00 

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Despite rebranding efforts, prison tech company Aventiv still profits off of incarcerated people...

by Alexandra Martinez This story was originally published at Prism . Last month, JPay, a prison technology and money management company for current and formerly incarcerated people, agreed to pay $6 million in fines and restitution for taking advantage of...

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