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Wednesday Afternoon

Source: Eschaton
Aug 27, 2014 6:24 pm

It's only Wednesday.

Voters Support Aggressive Moves on Economic Policy Ideas

Source: Wall Street Journal: Washington Wire
Aug 27, 2014 6:23 pm

Glen Bolger: Voters place a much higher priority on ideas for economic growth than ideas for economic justice.

Mitch McConnell exposes Kochs' extremist agenda, and just how committed to it he is

Source: Daily Kos
Aug 27, 2014 6:19 pm

The audio leak from this summer's Koch brothers secret confab has provided a treasure trove of information about just how deeply Republican Senate candidates are embedded in the Koch brothers' pocket. Iowa's Joni Ernst credits the Kochs with her pol…

Fox News again pines for Vladimir Putin to be in charge

Source: Daily Kos
Aug 27, 2014 5:53 pm

(via Media Matters) Hey look, more wistful admiration of Russian leader Vladimir Putin from Fox News talking heads—they just cannot get enough of this guy. This time it's not for cracking down on gay citizens or for wrasslin' with a bear or whate…

Mother of Hostage Journalist Pleads for Release of Son

Source: Wall Street Journal: Washington Wire
Aug 27, 2014 5:52 pm

The mother of Steven Sotloff, the journalist being held by Islamic extremists in Syria threatening to decapitate him, issued an appeal to his captors on Wednesday.

The Government Wants to Buy 12 Acres of Marijuana—For Research

Source: Time: Swampland
Aug 27, 2014 5:52 pm

The NIH is looking for pot farmers

Islamic State is a threat, so let the neighbors deal with it

Source: Daily Kos
Aug 27, 2014 5:50 pm

Royal Saudi Air Force jets fly in formation during a graduation ceremony for air force officers at King Faisal Air Academy in Riyadh. Now let them fight their country's own wars. This is obnoxious. As Mr. Obama considered new strikes, the White Hou…

Stark language of new climate report doesn't include 'we're screwed,' but without action now, we are

Source: Daily Kos
Aug 27, 2014 5:25 pm

Several newspapers published summaries of leaked copies of the latest draft report of the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Tuesday. The news ain't good. But it's not new. Greenhouse gas emissions, the report says, are prob…

Sen. Dan Coats: "Look Very Closely" At Americans Returning From ISIS Regions

Source: RCP Vlog
Aug 27, 2014 5:25 pm

Sen. Dan Coats says we need to look "very carefully at our Visa waiver program, in terms of how it is currently constructed, and define a way in which we can address at least those that we know and those that we suspect might" be members of…

Police let their dog urinate on Michael Brown memorial, then drove over it

Source: Daily Kos
Aug 27, 2014 5:11 pm

Why have the residents of Ferguson, Missouri reacted with such anger to the still-unexplained shooting of Michael Brown? It is a mystery. As darkness fell on Canfield Drive on August 9, a makeshift memorial sprang up in the middle of the street wher…

A Long Time Coming

Source: Talking Points Memo
Aug 27, 2014 5:10 pm

A) Bomb B) Bomb C) Bomb D) Bomb

Source: Eschaton
Aug 27, 2014 4:52 pm

When your only tool is a bomber...

Freed Journalist Theo Curtis: "I Had No Idea So Much Effort Was Being Expended"

Source: RCP Vlog
Aug 27, 2014 4:46 pm

U.S. Journalist Peter Theo Curtis says he is overwhelmed to learn of the efforts that went into securing his release from Syrian extremist group al-Nusrah.

John McCain Teaches Chuck Todd How To Host His New Show

Source: Crooks and Liars
Aug 27, 2014 4:43 pm

This week, the fun-loving gang at The Daily Rundown are surprising the outgoing host, Chuck Todd with secret guests each day. Yesterday it was NBC News NASA correspondent Jay Barbree who predicted a newly revived Meet The Press. He said Todd is, 'g…

CBO’s Elmendorf Mum on His Future

Source: Wall Street Journal: Washington Wire
Aug 27, 2014 4:41 pm

Congressional Budget Office Director Douglas Elmendorf declined on Wednesday to say whether he was interested in staying at the agency once his term expires in January, saying at a press briefing that “I love this job and I’m very focused on do…

Former CEO says his own pay 'even seems ludicrous to me'

Source: Daily Kos
Aug 27, 2014 4:38 pm

David Dillon Maybe it takes being a former CEO to make the light shine through, but it's good to hear a little sensible talk on CEO pay from someone who's gotten those paychecks—in this case, Kroger chair and former CEO David Dillon, speaking at …

Secret Koch Event Audio Could Be Gift For Senate Democrats

Source: Time: Swampland
Aug 27, 2014 4:28 pm

It's not what Republican candidates said that has Democrats salivating, but who they said it to

Obama Mulls Circumventing Congress for International Climate Change Agreement

Source: Time: Swampland
Aug 27, 2014 4:08 pm

Possible end-run around Senate ratification

Bumper Crops in U.S. and China Point Up Differences â and Similarities

Source: Wall Street Journal: Washington Wire
Aug 27, 2014 4:04 pm

David Wessel: The sensitive issue of farm subsidies illustrates the differences between the economic systems of the U.S. and China.

Obamacare’s 'Secret Trick' Could Cure CEO Pay Excesses

Source: Crooks and Liars
Aug 27, 2014 4:00 pm

Our economy is broken. There’s one economy for the wealthy, and another for the rest of us. This division has been worsened by the behavior of corporate executives who manage their corporations for short-term personal gain rather than for long-term…

Video Shows Police 'Shot On Sight' At Black Man Carrying Toy Gun In Ohio Walmart

Source: Crooks and Liars
Aug 27, 2014 3:56 pm

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Mother of American Held By ISIS Pleads for His Release

Source: Time: Swampland
Aug 27, 2014 3:50 pm

"I ask you to please release my child"

Arkansas Senate candidate Tom Cotton applauded by Kochs for voting against his state

Source: Daily Kos
Aug 27, 2014 3:46 pm

Tom Cotton (R-Kochlandia) A couple of months ago, the Republican Senate candidate from Arkansas, Tom Cotton, was getting bad press for having skipped out of the 58th Annual Bradley County Pink Tomato Festival, a political tradition in those parts. …

That'll Fix Everything

Source: Eschaton
Aug 27, 2014 3:37 pm

As I've written a million times, I don't have any problem with legalized gambling, it's just absurd that politicians think it's going to "revitalize" anything. Provide nice things for residents. Make your city a nice place to live. Clean the damn …

Jon Stewart's Powerful 'Ferguson' Segment Skewers 'Race Hustlers' At Fox News

Source: Crooks and Liars
Aug 27, 2014 3:29 pm

We've been writing about the outrageous behavior Fox News has been showing ever since the tragic Michael Brown shooting and the subsequent outrage of the residents of Ferguson. Coming back from some downtime, Jon Stewart and The Daily Show picked up …

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