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Democrats Have a Big Lead in the Generic Ballot — But They Must Convince Supporters to Vote

If the Congressional election were held today Democrats would have a seven-point edge according to a new Fox News poll. In the generic ballot Democrats lead 46 percent to 39 percent among registered voters. As always, though, the big problem for Democrats remains convincing their potential supporters to vote. Show More Summary

Huge Price Differences in Blood Tests Is Another Reminder Our Health Care System Sucks

This is why basically every other first world country either sets health care prices directly by being the single payer, or they use an all-payer system where a fair price for everyone is collectively negotiated.

White House Rolls Back Lobbyist Ban

While there was always some debate as to whether President Obama had genuinely kept his promise on banning lobbyists from his administration and the polickymaking process, now there is no doubt that the 2010 ethics package is void. After a lawsuit was brought by lobbyists, the Office of Management and Budget issued a new rule allowing registered lobbyists to serve in government.

Michelle Rhee Stepping Down From StudentsFirst

Michelle Rhee is stepping down as the CEO of StudentsFirst to focus on her family and supporting her husband. After being tossed out of the DC school system, Rhee founded StudentsFirst in 2011 as part of her quixotic crusade to blame the problems in America’s education system on teachers and their unions. Show More Summary

Jeb Bush Comes Out Against Medical Marijuana in Florida

It is worth highlighting and remembering this statement because Jeb Bush has been considering a 2016 Presidential run and polling indicates he has a chance at winning the Republican nomination. If Jeb Bush were elected President he would...Show More Summary

Ray Odierno and Living in the Third Person About Iraq

General Ray Odierno lives in the third person regarding Iraq. "Mistakes were made" for sure, but not by him, even when he was in charge. Somehow the mistakes happened temporally on his watch, but by someone, never named. Certainly not...Show More Summary

After Ferguson Congressman Hank Johnson Proposes Bill to Stop Militarizing Police

For many Americans it may not have been until the crackdown on those protesting the killing of Micheal Brown by the Ferguson, Missouri, police department that they learned how militarized local police have become in the post-9/11 world. Show More Summary

The Roundup

- Mondoweiss' Allison Deger sits down with The Real News to elaborate on what has happened in Gaza since her last visit there - Doctor Mona El-Farra, a Palestinian doctor in Gaza, writes in her latest dispatch about the devastation in Gaza and the toll it took on her - CIA efforts in Africa are far too problematic with its fingers in anything that acts anti-American

Iowa’s shame, part infinity

Oh sure, you have your Michele Bachmanns and Louie Gohmerts, and even, God forbid, next year a fellow Iowan Jodie Ernst; but still, no member of Congress is more proudly ignorant than Steve King…representative of Iowa’s Fourth Distr...

Late Night: Man vs. Machine

When I was in college, I took a two part class called War in the Modern World, as a conscious departure from the social history that was my focus of study. The experience was eye-opening, and continues to be. By "modern," it referred...Show More Summary

Robin Williams Was Hilarious, Courageous and Kind

Like everyone else in the world, the quality of my life had been immeasurably enhanced by Robin Williams' presence on this planet. I remember seeing him early on in his career as a stand-up comic in San Francisco. I never missed Mork & Mindy. Show More Summary

Local Police Will Be Militarized As Long As Federal Government Is

"Groups on the ground in St. Louis are calling for nationwide solidarity actions in support of Justice for Mike Brown and the end of police and extrajudicial killings everywhere." As they should. And we should all join in.

Bureau of Prisons Should Consider Ohio Inmate Protest Before Renewing Private Prison Contract

140 prisoners at CCA’s private immigrant prison in Ohio protested this week against violence, abuse and substandard food at the facility. But with CCA’s contract up for renewal this spring, Warden Mike Pugh may have violated protocol to keep it under wraps.

For Robin & Mom

One Spring I was hired on as first receptionist for the new Shoreline Amphitheatre at Mountain View. My Pink Laminate Pass allowed me backstage to eat my meals, but didn’t grant me access to the magical world I knew must exist beyond the opening guarded by Security that led to the Performer Dressing Rooms and the stage itself. Show More Summary

Will Republicans Eventually Try to Turn Everything Into a Lousy Version of Obamacare?

Many Democrats and liberal commentators remain upset that the Republican party has refused to embrace the Affordable Care Act, but in some ways that is a good thing. If/when Conservatives embrace the law we could end up very unhappy with the ultimate outcome.

John Schindler Out at Naval War College After Sexting Scandal

John Schindler announced that his relationship with the Naval War College has ended after he was caught in a sexting scandal. Schindler emerged from relative obscurity to become a prominent critic of NSA whistleblower Edward SnowdenShow More Summary

President Obama’s Statement Avoids the Issue of Militarized Police in Ferguson

President Barack Obama, who has been on vacation at Martha’s Vineyard, delivered a statement on US military operations in Iraq and what has been happening in Ferguson, Missouri since Michael Brown, an unarmed black teen, was shot and killed by police.

Maliki Refusing to Step Down, Predicts Trouble for Iraq if Forced Out

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is not going quietly. Despite the US calling for regime change and Iraqi President Fuad Masum appointing Haidar al-Abadi as the new prime minister, Maliki is refusing to leave power calling President...Show More Summary

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