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CTA bomb screening is a waste

Today's announcement that Chicago police will start screening bags at CTA stations for explosives is one of those instances where the people in charge of our safety are trying to make us feel safer while actually achieving little or nothing -- and, in fact, making us less safe.

Late Late Night FDL: Ghost Hunt

Muppet Labs -- Ghost Hunt. It is not just Muppet Labs that are looking for ghosts. We all are. The ghost of our democracy. The ghost of our Constitution and its protections. The ghost of an independent press. The ghosts of elected officials enacting the will of the people. Show More Summary

Bill Maher Tears Into Chuck Todd For Aiding And Abetting Sam Brownback

During his New Rules segment this Friday night, Real Time's Bill Maher took a shot at the "easily distracted" voters of Kansas, who may actually reelect their Governor Sam Brownback for another undeserved term after he wrecked the economy...Show More Summary

Open Thread - Old White People Complaining About Halloween?

cartoon h/t Ravens Fan. (Via Amato) Has anyone else noticed Tis the Season for people (the ones I've heard are seniors) kvetching that kids from "other" (ahem, brown) neighborhoods are being "dropped off" in their neighborhood to get...Show More Summary

Mama June: I’m Not Dating A Child Molester

Honey Boo Boo’s mother says she is not dating convicted child molester Mark McDaniel. Just got a phone call this morning from TLC. As of right now, there will be no more production of the show. The statement of me dating a sex offender is totally untrue. Pumpkin has openly said that I have not dated [...]

Open thread for night owls: David Brooks is absolutely clueless on still another subject

U.S. infrastructure is crumbling and David Brooks has at his fingertips the wrong answer why. At the Campaign for America's Future, Dave Johnson dismantles the latest David Brooks nonsense: The New York Times’ David Brooks writes today in “The Working Nation“: ”Western economies delivered broad and growing prosperity for the middle class. Show More Summary

Late Night: The Roundup

- Marcy Wheeler: "America’s great terrorist mystery: When our allies and enemies engage in the same 'evil'" - It seems ISIL militants are using chemical weapons in their fight against the Kurds - Demonstrators in Hong Kong will poll folks to see whether they should stay or move out and accept the government's plan for talks

C&L's Late Nite Music Club With Tweedy

The collaboration between the two came to fruition in the form of their debut album with this project, Sukierae. I haven't heard the rest of the album, but after hearing this song, I'm eager to. It's got Tweedy's good lyrics plus the music is interesting and well-arranged. Show More Summary

Rotella: What the Ebola Panic Says About Us

Carlo Rotella, Boston Globe: If you live in Monrovia, especially if you're poor, Ebola's a very big deal, and rich countries like the United States ought to be doing everything they can to help you avoid catching and spreading it. But...Show More Summary

So Allen West Wants To Shut Down 'Dens Of Sedition'?

You know how conservatives -- especially Tea Party conservatives -- fetishize the Constitution and Bill of Rights? They claim they are the Supreme Documents, at least, until they're not. Allen West, lunatic and teapartyer, has some advice...Show More Summary

Economics Daily Digest: Executive pay, consumer rights, and the wealth gap

By Rachel Goldfarb, originally published on Next New Deal Click here to subscribe to Roosevelt First, our weekday morning email featuring the Daily Digest. Understanding the CEO Pay Debate: A Primer on America's Ongoing C-Suite Conversation...Show More Summary

Ebola Panic: Plane Grounded Because Of Nosebleed

After a passenger reported a nosebleed, a plane was grounded at Columbia Metropolitan Airport in Columbia, SC. Earlier, Columbia Metropolitan Airport spokeswoman Kaela Harmon told The State the United Flight 5732 from Dulles International Airport was being held on the ramp after a passenger got sick during the flight. Harmon said the chance of the [...]

Want war? Congressman thinks we should do this first.

Rep. Charles Rangel is absolutely correct in the statements he makes in the above video. The congressman appeared on Jose Diaz-Balart. He echoed unfortunately what too few congresspeople are echoing. The ISIS/ISIL war is not an existential threat to America. Show More Summary

Daily Kos Elections Early Voting Report: Florida and North Carolina Democrats seeing what they need

Democrat Charlie Crist In-person voting started in North Carolina on Thursday, while Democrats are preparing for a big get-out-the-vote operation on Sunday in Florida. For now, Democrats are seeing what they need to see in both states—something...Show More Summary

A peek inside the conservative mind

By Carl WARNING: Below, you will be exposed to toxic thinking and noxious conclusions from right-wing partisans. A Level Four HazMat suit is recommended. The CDC will NOT be available for protection. You have been warned. Proceed with caution. Show More Summary

Is rational political dialogue in America still possible?

By Richard K. BarryI haven't written much about politics lately. I've mostly concentrated on music at another blog. It seems that nothing changes in the so-called national dialogue and saying the same thing over and over gets tiring....Show More Summary

A preview of the forthcoming Steven Wilson album

By Michael J.W. Stickings As you may have seen, we haven't been posting much lately. Suffice it to say, we've been busy, and preoccupied with other things. But we'll try to keep up the blogging now and then, so stay tuned -- and, you never know, we may turn our collective attention back to this blog before too long. Show More Summary

Texas Denies Girl Driver’s License Because She Has Two Moms, One Of Whom Is Houston’s Mayor

The Texas Department of Public Safety refused to grant a driver’s license to the daughter of Houston Mayor Annise Parker, who recently issued subpoenas to five local pastors who have been attacking a non-discrimination ordinance for perhaps the most ridiculous reason to come out of Texas yet: Because she has two mothers. Mayor Parker tweeted [...]

Daily Kos Elections ad roundup: Bob Beauprez's pro-secession past returns to haunt him

Leading Off: • CO-Gov: The DGA has two spots (here and here). The first attacks Republican Bob Beauprez over secession, which is not something you see every day. The narrator reads a Beauprez quote, where the candidate supports several...Show More Summary

Marshall: Sarah Palin, the Eternal Victim

Joshua Marshall, TPM: As you've likely seen Sarah Palin and her daughter Bristol have now spoken out about their notorious boozy family brawl, recasting Bristol's attack on the event's host as a morality tale about violence against women and media bias. Show More Summary

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