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Why Chicago schools need a turnaround expert at the top

The Chicago Public Schools system faces a $1.1 billion budget deficit, and talk grows louder that the district could be forced into bankruptcy. The deficit is largely driven by a nearly $700 million teachers pension payment that comes due.

Midday open thread: Huckabee backs Ten Commandments BS; DNI keeps bin Laden porn to itself

21 hours agoUS Politics / Liberal : Daily Kos

Today's comic by Mark Fiore is Jeb Bush and Brotherly Love: What's coming up on Sunday Kos... Do not call me girl: Women in the workforce, by Susan Grigsby Memorial Day and Flanders Fields, by Mark E Andersen How did you begin to unlearn...Show More Summary

Jeb Bush's Stunningly Idiotic Stance On Man-Made Climate-Change

We knew it was coming: that inevitable, science-hating, pandering that must be part of the platform of any GOP candidate with a chance at the nomination. Jeb Bush, in a New Hampshire town hall meeting on Wednesday, showed his disdain...Show More Summary

Trigger Warnings, Safe Spaces, And The College Mental Health Crisis Media Coverage Ignores

The Wall Street Journal's Peggy Noonan criticizes the "Trigger-Happy Generation" in her latest column, adding to the increasingly wide range of media figures questioning the merits of "safe spaces" and "trigger warnings" on college campuses. Show More Summary

Yummy, Yummy, Yummy!

Okay, so you know about the former James O’Keefe compadres opening the American Phoenix Foundation in Texas where they train “journalists” to stalk non-tea-party state Republicans and secretly videotape them. Hannah Giles and Joe Basel are not strangers to drinking at the fountain of slime. It is Republicans getting eaten by their children. Show More Summary

Archives show Hillary Clinton OK'd tax breaks for nonprofits

(AP) — In the Clinton administration's final months, then-First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton took an active role in White House efforts to give tax breaks to private foundations and wealthy charity donors at the same time that the William J. Show More Summary

Clinton: all information in emails 'handled appropriately'

HAMPTON, N.H. (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton says all of the information contained in her emails from her time as secretary of state related to Benghazi, Libya, was handled appropriately. The 296 emails concerning the attack on U.S. facilities that killed four people were released Friday.

Yup, Clinton can tell the Beltway media to go to hell

22 hours agoUS Politics / Liberal : Daily Kos

Heavens! Is that Hillary with some "everyday Americans"? BLASPHEMY! The same day I lauded Hillary Clinton for (mostly) ignoring the Beltway Media, we get this tweet, from the supposedly "liberal" New York Times: In Iowa, Queen Hillary and the Everyday Americans of the Round Table distribute alms to the clamoring press. Show More Summary

Huckabee: That Duggar Boy Made A Mistake, Just Like When My Son Murdered That Dog

22 hours agoUS Politics / Liberal : Wonkette

Expressions of wingnut support for Josh Duggar and his molesty past are starting to drip in, now that they’ve remembered that the focus of the narrative is REDEMPTION, because they have Jesus and you don’t. They are saved, you are going to hell. Show More Summary

Gallup: Liberals Catch Conservatives On Social Issues

Thirty-one percent of Americans describe their views on social issues as generally liberal, matching the percentage who identify as social conservatives for the first time in Gallup records dating back to 1999. The May 6-10 Gallup poll...Show More Summary

Father of Santa Barbara shooting victim wants gun reforms

Within minutes, Michaels-Martinez would become one of six UCSB students killed by Elliot Rodger, an emotionally troubled 22-year-old toting three semi-automatic weapons and more than 400 rounds of ammunition. The next day Michael-Martinez's...Show More Summary

Clinton: GOP threatening small-business jobs

HAMPTON, N.H. (AP) — Republicans in Congress and GOP presidential hopefuls are threatening tens of thousands of small business jobs by seeking to cut a little-known government agency that guarantees loans to help U.S. exporters, Hillary...Show More Summary

Alabama Marriage Equality Judge Chickens Out

By staying her latest injunction until after the Supreme Court rules on this issue, Granade rewards the state supreme court's intransigence -- effectively allowing the state to violate the Constitution for another month. The post Alabama Marriage Equality Judge Chickens Out appeared first on ThinkProgress.

The next American revolution has already begun

Americans are overwhelmingly dissatisfied our country's political system, and it's starting to show.

Scott Walker and the return of the physiocrats

Scott Walker's policy agenda is based on junk philosophy from the 18th Century.

Bernie Sanders will make his presidential run official Tuesday

22 hours agoUS Politics / Liberal : Daily Kos

Bernie poses for a selfie with a supporter in Manchester, NH, May 2. Sen. Bernie Sanders will make his presidential primary campaign official Tuesday, May 26, with a public kick-off on the shores of Lake Champlain in Burlington, Vermont's Waterfront Park. Show More Summary

Pervy Virginia Dem Who Won Election From Jail Will Marry Teen Secretary, Rule Galaxy

22 hours agoUS Politics / Liberal : Wonkette

In a pleasant change of pace, here’s a reminder that there are lots of gross people out there whose last name doesn’t rhyme with “fugger”: Weird former member of the Virginia House of Delegates Joe Morrissey is getting married to the teenaged receptionist with whom he fathered a babby. Show More Summary

Make One More Call To Senators To Stop Fast Track

The fast track trade promotion authority vote in the Senate is itself being fast tracked. The last time fast track was in front of the Senate, members spent three weeks discussing it. This time the Senate gets just a few days. The final Senate vote is coming up. Show More Summary

Overpaid Morning Joe Bloviator Wants To Get CEO Pay Under Control

Earlier this week, MSNBC's Joe Scarborough was just shocked to learn that ABC is paying his fellow television anchor a whopping $15 million a year when Scarborough makes over $5 million a year himself. This Friday, frequent Morning Joe...Show More Summary

Illinois' pension problem is voters' fault

All the various “fixes” for the state’s pension crisis seem to be focused on disenfranchising state workers and retirees by reducing, eliminating or taxing their pensions even though they had the least to do with creating the problem. And people can blame the politicians for not avoiding this situation,...

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