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Morning Thread: Part Of The Union!

Remember when a song about unions was actually played on the radio? It was 1973, and the band was the Strawbs. "Part of the Union" went to No. 2 on the UK charts. My beloved dad was a union member, and he'd come home and talk about contract negotiations at the dinner table. (Guess that's where my interest in politics began.) What about you? Any union households out there?

Israel Rebuked By U.S. For Massive Land Grab

Israel is being rebuked for the United States for what an anti-settlement group is calling the largest land grab in 30 years. Some 400 hectares (988 acres) in the Etzion Jewish settlement bloc near Bethlehem were declared “state land, on the instructions of the political echelon” by the military-run Civil Administration. We urge the government [...]

Armed Open Carry Dorks Confront Protesters Against Gun Violence; Doesn’t Go Down Well

In Akron, Ohio on Sunday, protesters against gun violence  gathered, then armed counter-protesters confronted them – or as they would put it, to”‘educate” them. At least one of the female protester’s family members was a victim of domestic violence. The armed Open Carry protesters were not well received.   In the hood in Akron. Open [...]

Top Bitcoiner to Plead Guilty to Aiding Silk Road

A prominent supporter of Bitcoin, Charles Shrem, said he will plead guilty to resolve federal charges that he helped smooth the way for drug transactions on Silk Road. He is to plead to one count of aiding and abetting the operation of an unlicensed money transmitting business. Show More Summary

Daily Kos Elections Power Rankings: The states (Labor Day edition)

Jim Mowrer (D) takes on GOP Rep. Steve King. One of many reasons to watch Iowa in November. Hopefully, everyone in the Daily Kos/DK Elections community is in the midst of a restful and festive Labor Day holiday. Just as Labor Day marks...Show More Summary

The True Story Of How One Man Shut Down American Commerce To Avoid Paying His Workers A Fair Wage

America's railroads -- and with them, it's economy -- nearly ground to a halt in 1894 because one of the wealthiest men in American history decided to grow his own fortune on the backs of hungry workers. The post The True Story Of How One Man Shut Down American Commerce To Avoid Paying His Workers A Fair Wage appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Labor Day News Roundup & Open Thread for Monday, Sept. 1, 2014

Report: Nearly a third of N.J. residents considered poor This is Legal Services of NJ calculation, not the equation used by the census, but they say the federal government definition of poverty is flawed, and grossly underestimates the number of New Jerseyans who battle to provide for food, clothing, shelter, transportation, and child care. Show More Summary

Woman Impaled In Buttocks After Texting While Driving

While a Colorado woman was texting and driving, she hit a pole that went through her car, piercing her thigh and buttocks. In order to get the woman out, Elizabeth firefighters had to saw off the front and back end of the pole. Christina Jahnz explained that she was in the parking lot of Elizabeth [...]

The Medicare Miracle

Some good news on the healthcare front. Despite the continuing GOP hysteria, it looks like the sky is not falling. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/01/opinion/paul-krugman-the-medicare-mira...

George Will Praises Obama's Caution On Taking Military Action Against ISIS

George Will, the conservative pundit who is usually unintelligible, breaks from the Republican talking points that paint Obama as weak for not immediately unleashing the Kraken on ISIS and then makes some good points on Fox News about how we should deal with ISIS. Show More Summary

Daily Dose: Labor Day edition

CAMPAIGN 2014 Moral Monday movement looks to show its clout at the polls (MSNBC) -- Despite the Moral Monday movement’s righteous rhetoric and grassroots enthusiasm, as November approaches, it faces its toughest test yet: Can it turn...Show More Summary

The Roundup

- Iranian President Hassan Rouhani stated new sanctions by the U.S. were an "invasion," although he did say negotiations with the West was still on the table - Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah claimed Europe and the U.S. were at risk ofShow More Summary

A Labor Day Round Up: Let’s Hear It For The Workers

Thomas Perez has been Secretary of Labor for just about a year now, having been sworn in on September 4, 2013.  He missed giving his first Labor Day pronouncement by two days, so this year’s pronouncement is his first. Here’s what he had to say: Statement on Labor Day by US Secretary of Labor Thomas [...]

Abbreviated Pundit Round-up: War and peace on Labor Day

EJ Dionne: Who knew that one of the best made-for-Labor-Day speeches in U.S. history would be delivered by a chief executive? And who could have guessed that the summer’s major labor story would not be about a CEO saving the jobs ofShow More Summary

View: Fed Should Give Money Directly to the People

Mark Blyth and Eric Lonergan, Foreign Affairs: Rather than trying to spur private-sector spending through asset purchases or interest-rate changes, central banks, such as the Fed, should hand consumers cash directly. In practice, this...Show More Summary

Koch Network Poised To Control FSU

Remember when the Koch brothers tried to buy the economics department at FSU? Well, stand by because they're about to control the entire university. Adam Weinstein: John Thrasher — conservative state senator, former state Republican Party chairman, and current Rick Scott re-election campaign chair — is likely to be the next president of FSU. Show More Summary

McCain Demands Obama Lays Out Policy To Defeat ISIS, But Can't Give Specifics Himself

Someone please explain to me why anyone thinks this bitter old warmonger and his opinions are worth listening to? He has absolutely no solutions for anything when it comes to our foreign policy other than to attack President Obama at...Show More Summary

Joan Being Brought Out Of Coma As Family Considers Lawsuit

Joan Rivers is being brought out of her medically-induced coma. Her family is considering a lawsuit over the procedure that was taking place when she stopped breathing. “The waking-up process has begun and will take until Tuesday,” a source close to the family told the Daily News. “There is real concern that the part of [...]

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