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Hackers Take Down PlayStation, XBox Networks

PlayStation network services were slowly being restored, Sony said early Saturday - more than two days after a suspected attack by hackers that also brought down Microsoft's Xbox Live. A hacker group called "Lizard Squad" gleefully claimed...Show More Summary

New Yorkers Mourning For Raphael Ramos

Hundreds gathered to honor slain Officer Raphael Ramos at his wake Friday. The family of Officer Rafael Ramos and officers streamed into the Christ Tabernacle Church in Queens on Friday, less than a week after the Dec. 20 killings. The wake began soon after Ramos’ flag-draped casket was carried into the church on the shoulders [...]

North Korea Retaliates; Calls Obama A Mean Name

After the Internet in North Korea was disrupted, their fee fees were hurt and now they’ve called President Obama “a monkey.” North Korea went on to blame the U.S. on Saturday for shutting down its Internet after the hacking controversy surrounding the new awful film, “The Interview.” The Associated Press reports: On Saturday, the North’s [...]

Issa's Dud: No White House Connection to IRS Scandal

Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times: Rep. Darrell Issa (R-California) wasted enormous congressional resources over the last 18 months trying to inflate the IRS "scandal" into a mountain. The release Tuesday of his final, petulant report on the affair marks what may be its final decline into a mouse.. Show More Summary

First Do No Harm

The defense also filed an extremely unusual motion worth noting and discussing. They titled it, Motion to Protect Defendant from Prejudicial Effects of "Supporters" Demonstrations at Courthouse. I have never seen or heard of a motion like this. Most defendants in death penalty cases don't have many supporters. They come and go quietly.

Over Easy: Who Hacked Sony? Maybe Not North Korea!

President Obama, after announcing that North Korea hacked Sony according to the FBI, has followed with an attempt to calm the anger at North Korea. He declared last Sunday that in his opinion it wasn’t an act of war, but an act of “cybervandalism” and promises a “proportional” response. Show More Summary

Ohio Man Creates Zombie Nativity Scene

The manager of a haunted house in Deer Park, Ohio, decorated his yard with a Zombie Nativity Scene for Christmas, complete with a scarred and fanged Baby Jesus and skeletal Three Kings who had beheaded a second Magi. "I wanted a nativity scene and I worked with what I had," said Jasen Dixon. Show More Summary

Pope Francis Rips Vatican Clergy a New One

To the Catholic Church's "seven deadly sins," Pope Francis has added the "15 ailments of the Curia." Francis issued a blistering indictment of the Vatican bureaucracy Monday, accusing the cardinals, bishops and priests who serve himShow More Summary

ISIS Shoots Down Coalition Jet, Captures Pilot

Islamic State fighters have captured a Jordanian pilot after shooting down a U.S.-led coalition warplane over its stronghold in Raqqa, Syria. Jordan confirmed the capture after the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that IS members took a pilot prisoner after shooting down his plane with an anti-aircraft missile. Show More Summary

'Brownback Effect' Frightens Republicans

After Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback narrowly won re-election in November, University of Missouri political scientist Peverill Squire warned the Republican's close call could have a chilling effect on tax-cutting. Now, true to Squire's prediction, Politico says today that Republican-led states are getting nervous about tax cuts. Show More Summary

Fox's Henry And Kurtz Carp About Media Truthfully Reporting Obama's Poll Numbers

Fox's Howard Kurtz and his cohort Ed Henry, who was filling in for Bret Baier this Friday evening were terribly upset that the media has been reporting the fact that President Obama's poll numbers have gone up quite a bit in the last...Show More Summary

Biden: ‘Death Touched The Soul Of An Entire Nation’

Vice President Joe Biden spoke at the funeral of slain New York City Officer Rafael Ramos. Biden addressed hundreds of police officers and family and friends of Officer Rafael Ramos inside the Christ Tabernacle Church in Queens on Saturday. Outside the church, thousands of police officers watched the funeral service on giant screens. Biden drew [...]

Year-end justice series: Eric Garner

40 minutes agoUS Politics / Liberal : Daily Kos

This is part one in a justice series reviewing the most prominent cases of unarmed African Americans who were killed by police in 2014. Eric Garner was choked to death on July 17, 2014, on a Staten Island, NY sidewalk by Officer Daniel Pantaleo. Show More Summary

2014 New Jersey Stars

Tis the season for lists. So here goes. The brightest stars in 2014 include the well-known and the less well known. Some are newcomers and some have been with us for years. Some hold powerful jobs while others convey a powerful message. Show More Summary

De Blasio At Ramos Funeral: ‘Our Hearts Are Aching Today’

Thousands gathered to honor fallen New York City Officer Raphael Ramos. Mayor Bill de Blasio offered words of condolence to a fractured city. “Our hearts are aching today,” New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio said Saturday during New York City police Officer Rafael Ramos’ funeral. “I feel it physically. … New York City has [...]

Conservatives Turn Their Twitter Rage On Alan Colmes After Fox News Appearance

You might think Alan Colmes isn't progressive enough, or plays that token Democrat on Fox News. You know, it's a dirty job but someone's got to do it if only to offer some modicum of counterpoint to the endless drumbeats of hate rolling over the air from them. Show More Summary

Rubio’s Views On Cuba Out Of Sync With Florida Voters

Senator Marco Rubio is on his own island when it comes to views on Cuba. for a politician who prides himself on being a forward-leaning leader of a new generation of Republicans, his view on the communist island is shaped by hardline, Cold War ideology of decades past. The 43-year-old freshman Cuban senator is swimming [...]

This week at progressive state blogs: weak coal ash rules, war on secularism, Roy Blunt confused

Just as states with progressive lawmakers and activists have themselves initiated innovative programs over a wide range of issues, state-based progressive blogs have helped provide us with a point of view, inside information and often an edgy voice that we just don't get from the traditional media. Show More Summary

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