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Today we report on the economy and what we need to do and what others are doing, while Bill O'Reilly, well, reports on himself. EgbertoWillies knows why the middle class is losing. Glog tells us about how Podcasting is surviving using...Show More Summary

Religious-Freedom-Curious States Maybe Rethinking That Now, Whoops

It’s not all bad news on the Religious Freedom front! Yes, Indiana is suffering under the weight of a dumb governor who signed a “religious freedom” bill explicitly designed so that the put-upon wingnuts of the state don’t ever have to look at gay people. Show More Summary

"Fix this now" and other headlines

Morning headlines: Indy's largest newspaper uses full front page to editorialize about the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, Iran nuke talks to go on to June.

Abbreviated pundit roundup: Backlash to Indiana discrimination law grows

As Barb Morrill pointed out on the front page late last night, Indiana's biggest newspaper is speaking out against Indiana's ill-advised pro-discrimination law: The consequences will only get worse if our state leaders delay in fixing the deep mess created. Half steps will not be enough. Show More Summary

On Tuesday’s Radio Show…

• Is Indiana protecting discrimination? Judge Andrew Napolitano will explain why the Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 2015 is both legally and politically troublesome. • Former corrections officer Gary Heyward will take us into the world of sex and drugs inside one of America’s most infamous jails.

Pence Can’t Say When ‘Religious Freedom’ Was Compromised

Indiana Governor Mike Pence was asked by a conservative talk show host if he could cite an example of when someone in his state had his or her religious liberty violated. He couldn’t. Pence (R) was pressed by conservative radio host if something happened in Indiana to justify signing an anti-gay religious freedom bill into [...]

Judy Clarke: How to Save a Life

Vanity Fair has an excellent new profile of Judy Clarke. My favorite line, and it is not an exaggeration: Her record defending the indefensible speaks for itself. Among those who want capital punishment abolished in this country, Judy Clarke is... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

America Ranks in the Top 5 Globally—for Putting Its Citizens to Death

We're No. 5! We're No. 5! America once again ranks among the top five nations in the world—in executions. Sigh. That's according to a new report from Amnesty International, which also notes that more and more nations have been opting not to kill their convicts. Amnesty tallies at least 607 known executions in 22 countries in 2014. Show More Summary

Liberal Dems, GOP cling to hope Warren runs for president

On April 20, Run Warren Run is holding an event in New York featuring Harvard law professor Lawrence Lessig, Democratic activist Van Jones and Zephyr Teachout, who mounted a surprise challenge to New York Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo...Show More Summary

Lawmaker's staff to face tough prosecutor in spending probe

"If I were sitting where Mr. Schock is, I would not want this gentleman on the other side," said Noll, who's not representing Schock. Since 2013, Bass' task force has resulted in the convictions of 13 people related to $16 million in grant and contract-fraud schemes, his office said. U.S. Show More Summary

US to pledge up to 28 percent emission cut in global treaty

The Obama administration's contribution to the treaty, which world leaders expect to finalize in December, codifies a commitment President Barack Obama first made late last year in Beijing, when he announced a joint U.S.-China climate...Show More Summary

DNC Expands Communications Team for 2016 Cycle

Washington DC – The Democratic National Committee today is announcing four top-notch operatives to new and expanded roles in its communications department. “I am thrilled to announce these new members of our communications team,” said DNC Communications Director Mo Elleithee. Show More Summary

The backlash grows: Indiana's largest newspaper goes after license-to-discriminate law

12 hours agoUS Politics / Liberal : Daily Kos

Tuesday's front page of The Indianapolis Star The backlash over Indiana's new license-to-discriminate law continues to grow, with the state's largest newspaper, The Indianapolis Star, set to come out against this hate legislation on Tuesday morning with a front page editorial demanding "Gov. Show More Summary

Open Thread: The Sound Of Music!

@moshekasher: The Sound of Music is my favorite holocaust-themed musical family classic. Open thread below....

Constitutional deformation coming soon!

13 hours agoUS Politics / Liberal : BlueNC

Senator Ralph Hise, ( District 47 -Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Polk, Rutherford, Yancey) has introduced Joint Resolution 507:

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