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    to come up with possible links to hate groups. H/T to Electablog, and first the backgrounder on his campaign:

    Ryan J. Murdough, a 30-year-old who says he works with children with special needs at a...

  • Politics

    David Sirota points to a bit of C-SPAN video showing - during a motion to waive the Budget act concerning the Sanders Amendment vote which would establish a national consumer credit rate, capping credit card rates at 15% -  how little has changed in Congress, as too many politicians will do anything to look like they are fighting for you even when they clearly are not:

    C-SPAN As Red Pill: Camera Catches Senate Vote-...

  • US News

    Sometimes the Big Story of the day is interesting enough on its own, as the turtle media pokes its head out of its shell once in a while:

    A hidden world, growing beyond control

    The top-secret world the government created in response to the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, has become so large, so unwieldy and so secretive that no one knows how much money it costs, how many people it employs, how many programs exist within it or exactly...

  • World News

    Via McClatchy:

    Shiite Iraqi militants have trained in Iran in preparation for attacks against U.S. military bases as American combat forces prepare to withdraw by September, the top U.S. commander in Iraq said on Tuesday.

    In an unusually candid assessment, Gen. Ray Odierno said that Kataib Hezbollah - an Iraqi Shiite militant group backed by Iran - may be seeking to take some credit for the long-planned departure of U.S. troops.

    "For years these...

  • Weather

    Apparently, today is the start of a second heat wave in the area. Mah-velous.

    What are you doing to keep cool?

    This is an Open Thread.

  • Environment

    The efforts to fully cap the gusher continue with tests to ensure that the existing cap is holding, integrity is good and that there are no other leaks.

    From CNN,

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    Critical test to continue Saturday in fight to contain oil spill
    By the CNN Wire Staff
    July 17, 2010 3:18 a.m. EDT

    New Orleans, Louisiana (CNN) -- BP will continue crucial testing Saturday to determine whether a new containment...

  • Entertainment

    This jewel of a karoeke video will put a smile on your face...

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  • Politics

     

    A very long, but very good, video of a presentation given by Elizabeth Warren. Try to watch the whole thing for a very informative session.

    You can buy her book The Two Income Trap at our Amazon store (just click the title).

    Hat-tip Shockwave.

  • US News

    Maybe???

    Gov. Joe Manchin is tapping former chief counsel Carte Goodwin to succeed the late U.S. Sen. Robert C. Byrd, Democratic officials told The Associated Press on Friday.

    Three people familiar with the governor's pick spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to comment ahead of an official announcement.

    Manchin is scheduled to present his appointee at a press conference this afternoon at the Capitol.

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  • Politics

    So, did you hear that he officially has no pulse now?

    That doesn't seem to surprise many people, does it?

    The official explanation is that a device -- a pump of some type -- was installed into his heart (?!?) after he'd experienced worsening conditions of congestive heart failure (CHF). The truth is, he hasn't ~really~ had a pulse in decades. This is just the best new way to disguise that.

    (Make the jump for more heartless cruelty at Dick's expense, but on ePluribus Media's nickle...er, servers.)

    Doctors and a Cheney spokesperson have said that Cheney's age...