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  • 6/12/2015
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Open thread for night owls: Excerpts from the July Harper's Index

On January 14, 1963, Alabama George C. Wallace gave an inaugural speech in which he said of the attempts to integrate the state's schools, "In the name of the greatest people that have ever trod this earth, I draw the line in the dust and toss the gauntlet before the feet of tyranny, and I say segre ......

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McKinney Officer Eric Casebolt’s attorney offered bizarre defense of his brutality

Jane Bishkin, the attorney for Eric Casebolt, the embattled McKinney, Texas, police officer that brutally manhandled a 15-year-old teenager at a disturbance at a pool party, recently held a press conference. Bishkin first reiterated that Eric Casebolt resigned from the McKinney police department. Sh ......

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School superintendent drops outrageous charges against black families who cheered at graduation

One week after it was announced that four family members in Senatobia, Mississippi, were being charged with a crime for cheering at the local high school graduation, the superintendent of schools finally relented and dropped the charges. Schools Superintendent Jay Foster dropped the charges on Mond ......

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The high price of being uninsured in for-profit America

Here's a look at "the best healthcare system in the world." Fifty hospitals in the United States are charging uninsured consumers more than 10 times the actual cost of patient care, according to research published Monday. All but one of the facilities are owned by for-profit entities and the large ......

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Ben Carson proposes 'covert division' of government to monitor the rest of government

You'll miss him when he's gone. Say what you want about Ben Carson, he's bringing new ideas to the table! Republican presidential contender Ben Carson said Wednesday that if elected next year he might implement a “covert division” of government workers who spy on their coworkers to improve gover ......

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Texas elementary school teacher says she almost wants to return to segregation and the 1950s

Facebook Post by elementary school teacher Karen Fitzgibbons UPDATE: Karen Fitzgibbons was just fired. Yes, that's a real post from a real elementary school teacher in Texas responding to the mess in McKinney. Karen Fitzgibbons, an elementary school teacher at Bennett Elementary School, had the ......

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Rupert Murdoch steps down as Fox CEO, passes reins to son James

Before you get too worked up about this, note that Rupert Murdoch is stepping down as CEO but will be staying on as executive chairman in order to keep an eye on things. Rupert Murdoch, the 84-year-old chief executive officer and controlling shareholder of 21st Century Fox, is preparing to step dow ......

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  • 6/11/2015
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Ron Johnson's Obamacare 'fix,' now with more poison pills

You should have been smarter than this, Wisconsin. Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI), in an attempt to save his Senate seat next year, has come up with what is likely to be the plan his Republican colleagues settle on to "fix" Obamacare if the Supreme Court decides to gut subsidies. Johnson's plan would ......

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Killing Medicare on back burner as Paul Ryan pushes 'tax reform'

Running on a big Paul Ryan plan to revamp a major part of the American economy worked so well for them in 2012 that Republicans are planning to do it all over again. Or anyway, Ryan is going to offer up another Official Republican Plan—only instead of a Medicare-killing budget, this time Ryan is goi ......

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House Republicans push another way for Wall Street to dodge oversight

House Republicans are busy little beavers this week, and naturally weakening Wall Street regulations is on the agenda: The legislation would allow banks to dodge market transparency and government oversight by conducting trades through offshore affiliates. By simply booking a trade in a London-base ......

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Cartoon: Where guns belong

Click image to enlarge. The TSA's ineffectiveness has been the subject of news lately, alongside news of states further loosening gun regulations and of course, the never-ending stream of tragedy related to both purposeful and accidental gun use. I continue, as ever, to wonder why there is even a h ......

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Gov. Rick Snyder breaks promise, signs antigay 'religious freedom' bill on adoption

On second thought... just kidding about that statement a couple months ago. Two months ago, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder announced that he wouldn't sign a "religious freedom" bill. Today, he did just that. Snyder signed three bills into law that will allow publicly-funded adoption agencies to declin ......

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Jeb Bush on Dubya's claim that he 'got a sense' of Putin's soul: Putin's changed

My brother was right, it's the world that changed. Back in the day, President George W. Bush declared Russian leader Vladimir Putin a man he could deal with. He looked into Putin's eyes, and "got a sense of his soul." Given that this positive opinion of Putin is now shared by approximately nobod ......

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Judge finds probable cause to charge officer with the murder of 12-year-old Tamir Rice

This is an enormous decision and a rare victory for a family that has been fighting for seven months for justice for Tamir. A Cleveland Municipal Court judge has found probable cause that police officer Timothy Loehmann should face murder and other charges in the slaying of 12-year-old Tamir Rice. ......

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Lifelong bachelor Lindsey Graham wants to tell women when they can have an abortion

GOP presidential candidate Lindsey Graham of South Carolina is set to introduce his 20-week abortion ban bill to the Senate on Thursday. That's the same bill that sparked a mini-rebellion in the House GOP caucus among some of its slightly more moderate members. The fact that Graham, a lifelong bach ......

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