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Tamir Rice Shooting Sparks Toy Gun Bill

An Ohio legislator planned to introduce a bill Monday requiring all toy firearms to have brightly colored strips indicating they’re fake after Cleveland police fatally shot a 12-year-old boy with a BB gun this weekend. Rep. Alicia Reece, D-Cincinnati, wanted airsoft guns, air rifles and gun replicas to have fluorescent strips to “prevent future deadly [...]Show More Summary

More Interfaith Marriages in U.S. Practice Both Religions

Over the past 50 years, the United States has seen a dramatic growth in both the number and acceptance of interfaith marriages, the Christian Science Monitor reports. In what scholars see as a steady progression since the 1960s, theShow More Summary

Loss by Democrats Obscures Party’s Numbers Problem

Democrats grumbled in 2012 that they had won more votes in House races than Republicans had, but still ended up trailing their rivals in the number of seats. That problem for the party hasn't gone away in 2014 -- though it was obscured by the GOP's clear win.

Chuck HagelNYTimes: Obama Asks Hagel To Resign

Breaking at the Gray Lady: Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is stepping down under pressure, the first cabinet-level casualty of the collapse of President Obama’s Democratic majority in the Senate and a beleaguered national security team that has struggled to stay ahead of an onslaught of global crises. The president, who is expected to announce Mr. Hagel’s [...]

83 Percent Of Americans Wouldn’t Say ‘Redskin’ To A Native American’s Face

A vast majority of Americans would not use the name of Washington's football team in the presence of a Native American, a new survey finds. The post 83 Percent Of Americans Wouldn’t Say ‘Redskin’ To A Native American’s Face appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Begich says Obama discontent, not Active ad, cost him Senate seat

Republican Dan Sullivan will be Alaska's newest U.S. senator, but outgoing Sen. Mark Begich said he'll work in Washington until the last minute to push through legislation that will benefit Alaska. The Senate plans to adjourn Dec. 11. Show More Summary

Chucked Out The Door

The first post-midterm Obama cabinet head to roll is apparently going to be that of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel.  NY Times: The president, who is expected to announce Mr. Hagel’s resignation in a Rose Garden appearance on Monday, made the decision to ask his defense secretary — the sole Republican on his national security team [Read more...]

Woman Who Bought Gun For Ferguson Unrest Shoots Herself In The Head

An absurd death but perhaps there's more to this story. ST. LOUIS (CNN) -- A woman appears to have accidentally fatally shot herself in the head with a gun bought to prepare for possible Ferguson-related unrest, according to sources briefed on the police investigation. The shooting occurred Friday night in downtown St. Show More Summary

News Roundup & Open Thread for Monday, Nov. 24, 2014

57 minutes agoUS Politics / Liberal : Blue Jersey

Jersey money Christie's AC "advisor" is advising the end of democracy in Atlantic City. Resist. Resist. Fisherman's Energy: BPU blocks offshore wind project on coast for 2nd time. Smart, smart, not so smart: Kean University spends $219,000 on a "smart" conference table with an illuminated world map and data ports. Show More Summary

BREAKING: Hagel Out As Secretary Of Defense

Get thee under the bus! Breaking News: Hagel Said to Be Stepping Down as Defense Chief Under Pressure http://t.co/gFypsOONKl— The New York Times (@nytimes) November 24, 2014 We now know the answer to the age old question, "Is there anyone too...

Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest: Here's to the losers!

58 minutes agoUS Politics / Liberal : Daily Kos

Republican Lee Zeldin lost by 16 points when he first ran in 2008, but won by 10 this year Leading Off: • House: It's no secret that the DCCC is trying to convince several unseated incumbents and other unsuccessful candidates to run again in 2016. Show More Summary

ELIANA JOHNSON: Rand Paul Hires McConnell Finance Director. Paul seems more comfortable with insid…

ELIANA JOHNSON: Rand Paul Hires McConnell Finance Director. Paul seems more comfortable with inside game than his father was, which is a big boost for his chances of being elected, of course.

Thoughts About Obama’s Presidency

During the last six years, talk about Barack Obama has certainly went from one extreme to another. Who can forget all of those lofty claims that Obama’s supporters made about him prior to him becoming POTUS. Six years of his presidency have proven those claims to be false. Show More Summary

The Newsroom Season 3 Episode 5: 'Run'

I'm discussing Sorkin's The Newsroom to illustrate some network and cable TV news issues. Sorkin's fantasy newsroom touches on real pressures and situations our media face, and gives me a way to suggest how we can get the media do aShow More Summary

Book Review: There’s A House In The Land: (Where A Band Can Take A Stand) by Shaun Mullen

With each passing year, the 70s has taken on a kind of mystical quality. Once upon a time in the 70s, a group of Vietnam vets, non-Vietnam vets, young men, young women, some children and a host of beloved, and exquisitely well-cared for animals made a farm in the Delaware not far from Philly their [...]Show More Summary

That Term “Due Process,” I Do Not Think…

A Bill Cosby HOT TAKE: But just because we don’t live in that utopia, we don’t then get the right to trash our venerable tradition of due process and simply eliminate the protections against false accusations or faulty memories. Exposing anyone to a lifetime of liability because we feel sorry for a woman who says […]

U.S. Spent $7.6 billion On Afghanistan Drug War And It’s Worse Than Ever

Update: Afghanistan’s opium poppies have hit another high in 2014: Poppy cultivation is up 7 percent and estimated opium production is up 17 percent over last year, the United Nations reports. KABUL, Afghanistan — Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, Afghanistan’s new president, has basked in a warm wave of national goodwill since taking office last month. Afghans [...]

The Annual Recipe Exchange -- Texas Chili and Brandy Alexander Pie

It's time for the annual recipe swap with Patheos' Elizabeth Scalia and her readers! Last year she offered these amazing cream puffs and I did these bourbon-berries. Elizabeth noted that she preferred the cream puffs without chocolate sauce, and I'm...

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