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Judge Rejects Government’s Effort to Have No Fly List Lawsuit Dismissed by Invoking ‘State Secrets’

A federal judge has denied a motion by the United States government to dismiss a lawsuit brought by a US citizen alleging his constitutional rights were violated when he was placed on the No Fly List. The government had attempted to have the lawsuit dismissed by invoking the state secrets privilege.

Idaho's Otter tries to shore up base with vow to fight Supreme Court on marriage equality

15 hours agoUS Politics / Liberal : Daily Kos

Gov. Butch Otter, sporting a belt buckle bigger than his IQ. Idaho's Republican governor, Butch Otter, is just not ready to join the 21st century and accept full equality for every citizen in his state, vowing in a debate Thursday night...Show More Summary

Untangling 5 myths about the Berlin Wall

November marks 25 years since the world changed with the fall of the Berlin Wall. The event is now weighted down, not just by its historical significance but by interpretation, memory and legend. Many recall the coverage of jubilant Berliners dancing on top of the wall at the Brandenburg Gate...

Ebola quarantines trample freedom

I am a faithful and loving husband to a wonderful woman, and I do not make a practice of hugging women I don't know. But if I had the chance, I wouldn't hesitate to embrace Kaci Hickox.

Republican Governor Escalates War On Quarantined Woman Who’s Not a Health Risk

The saga of Nurse Kaci Hickox, the Doctors Without Borders nurse who returned from fighting Ebola in Sierra Leone a week ago only to be locked in a New Jersey quarantine tent and deported back to Maine, took some weirdly dramatic turns yesterday. Maine Governor Paul LePage (R) had vowed to seek a court order [...]

Maine Judge Rejects Attempt to Quarantine Nurse

A judge rejected Maine's attempt to quarantine a healthy nurse who treated Ebola patients, causing the state trooper car parked outside her house to leave. Judge Charles C. LaVerdiere said that Kaci Hickox must continue daily monitoring and check with state officials about travel, but quarantine is not required because she is healthy. Show More Summary

Election deja vu: Get ready for another Clinton-Bush faceoff

Are you ready for "Clinton vs. Bush 2.0"? My earlier prediction that Jeb will face Hillary in 2016 is looking more certain than ever.

Why I'm voting for Pat Quinn

Last Sunday in these pages, under the headline "Why I'm voting for Bruce Rauner," my colleague Steve Chapman explained why he favors the Republican challenger in next week's gubernatorial election.

Governors, raining taxpayer $ on Illinois

The announcements from Gov. Pat Quinn's office arrived via email bearing the official state of Illinois seal, signaling Real Government Business. But we all knew what they really were: campaign-ish announcements disguised as Real Government Business.

How to Reduce the Voting Gap

16 hours agoUS Politics / Liberal : Tapped

Over the last three decades, research suggests, the class bias of the voting public has increased dramatically. In the 2012 election, there was a 33 point gap between the turnout rate of the highest bracket ($150,000 or more) and the lowest bracket ($10,000 or less). Show More Summary

Yes, tea party membership is fueled by 'racial resentment'

16 hours agoUS Politics / Liberal : Daily Kos

Did the tea party come about because a bunch of old white conservatives suddenly got it into their heads that their taxes were too high, or was it a more simplistic—read, racist—reaction to the election of America's first black president?...Show More Summary

Happy Halloween From Mitch McConnell and Friends

Republican lawmakers have been getting in the holiday spirit today by reminding people about their longstanding beef with Obamacare. Senate Republicans put out a list of articles on their website under the headlines "Spooked by higher...Show More Summary

Employees without tan lines can be dangerous

When I was at The Economist, we had a mandatory five weeks' worth of annual holiday. By which I mean you had to take it; you could neither roll it over nor forfeit the leave. And like many other Americans in such a situation, I usually ended up getting a note from my boss explaining that I...

Firedoglake Joins Coalition Letter Demanding Congress Restore Whistleblower Rights for Intelligence Contractors

This week, Firedoglake joined a diverse, transpartisan coalition of organizations to send a letter to chairmen and ranking members of the U.S. Senate and U.S. House Committees on Armed Services, the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence,...Show More Summary

Top Walker supporter funded website now smearing Mary Burke

16 hours agoUS Politics / Liberal : Daily Kos

Mary Burke Mary Burke is the target of a last-minute campaign smear as the race for Wisconsin governor remains tight. Two former executives—both of whom just happen to be Republicans—of her family's company, Trek Bicycle, are claiming that Burke was forced out of a job with the company in the early 1990s, a claim the company strongly denies. Show More Summary

One Pilot Killed, One Injured In Virgin Galactic Spacecraft Explosion

The explosion happened in the California’s Mojave desert. One pilot, who ejected, was injured and the other was killed. A suborbital passenger spaceship being developed by Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic crashed during a test flight on Friday at the Mojave Air and Space Port in California, the company said. “During the test, the vehicle suffered [...]

Is The Site Faster?

As many of you have told us, the speed of the TPM website has been an issue of late. So we spent some time auditing the different components of the site to improve performance. And over the last week we've been able to cut download times by just over 30%. Show More Summary

Ruth Baby Ginsberg wins Halloween. So don't even try.

Hat/tip to writer and North Jerseyan Taffy Brodesser-Akner via Twitter (who hat/tips somebody else). Notorious RBG taught law at Rutgers Law School-Newark for 9 years early in her career, and while she was there, co-founded the first law journal in the U.S. Show More Summary

Oh Dear. How Could That Happen?

Bad Luck is hard. It seems like only yesterday that I was telling you about that leader of the whacko Texas border 'militia' who got arrested and then had his hotel room raided where the feds found a cache of arms and ammonium nitrate used in making car bombs and other good-time explosives. Show More Summary

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