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C&L's Late Nite Music Club With Billy Bragg And Wilco

It's a pretty interesting idea for an album and I wish I'd heard of it earlier. I would say it's more along the lines of country rock than purely country, but either way it's definitely far better sounding than country-western. Nice to see that some musicians got together to bring life to some of Woody Guthrie's lyrics. What are you listening to tonight?

Open thread for night owls: The horrific stories of CIA-sponsored torture not in the Senate report

Senior staff attorney Steven Watt at the ACLU's Human Rights Program writes The horrific stories of CIA-sponsored torture that aren’t in the Senate report. An excerpt: As bad as the stories in the Senate torture report are, there is a whole class of victims who aren’t even mentioned. Show More Summary

Bush 41 Rushed To Hospital

President George H.W. Bush was rushed to a Houston hospital Tuesday after experiencing shortness of breath. The trip was just a precaution, KTRK’s Tom Abrahams reported. Bush, 90, will be held at Houston’s Methodist Hospital for observation, a statement from his office said… Bush has dealt with health problems for years. While president in 1991, [...]

114-Year-Old Woman Who Challenged Facebook’s Age Policy Dies

You can’t be older than 99 on Facebook because you don’t have option to put in year before 2005. Anna Stoehr, one of the nation’s oldest residents, died Sunday in her sleep after several days in hospice care, according to her son, Harlan Stoehr. She drew national attention this year after KARE-TV reported about her [...]

Late Night FDL: All Fired Up

Poco - All Fired Up Congrats to Poco and the latest inductees to the Colorado Music Hall of Fame...

Economics Daily Digest: Big money, McDonald's and its franchises, the 2015 economy

By Rachel Goldfarb, originally published on Next New Deal The Daily Digest is taking a break for the holidays. It will return on Monday, January 5, 2015. Click here to subscribe to Roosevelt First, our weekday morning email featuring...Show More Summary

Limbaugh Rails Against Black James Bond

In the hacked Sony emails the possibility of black actor Idris Elba playing James Bond was leaked. This upset Rush Limbaugh. “James Bond is a fictional character, obviously,” Limbaugh told his listeners of the spy character created by Ian Fleming. “He was white and Scottish, period.” “I know it’s racist to probably even point this out,” [...]

Fox's Albow Accuses Obama Of Not Wanting Americans Protected

The ladies on Fox's other "curvy couch" joined by their favorite wingnut psychiatrist put their De-Blasio-Obama Derangement Syndrome on full display this Tuesday. The panel on this week's Outnumbered continued the network's attacks of...Show More Summary

Here's the scoop on the doggy ban at Maggie Daley Park

Oh, Chicago Park District. You've really stepped in it this time.

Golden silence, thy name is W

'A salute to George W. Bush — along with hope that, when he leaves office, Obama will follow the example.'

Retired Cops Hear 'Dead, Dead Michael Brown' Song

A video obtained by TMZ showed a party last week in Glendale, California, reportedly attended by retired police officers watching a singer perform a racist song mocking and celebrating the death of Michael Brown. The song featured the...Show More Summary

Pat Robertson: Obama ‘Implicated’ In Deaths Of NYPD Officers

Televangelist Pat Robertson jumped on the “Obama hates the police” bandwagon. Robertson said President Obama was “implicated” in the killing of two members of the NYPD this weekend by a mentally ill man who ambushed the officers after shooting his ex-girlfriend and later killed himself. The televangelist joined other right-wing media pundits in baselessly claiming [...]

The most memorable ads of 2014: Joni Ernst's squeal ad turns her into a star

Joni Ernst started the Republican Senate primary as a little-known Iowa state senator, but this spot helped her get national attention. Ernst declares she grew up castrating hogs on a farm, so she'll know how to cut pork. Ernst then calls for cutting spending. Show More Summary

Koch-connected American Energy Alliance compares EPA rule-making to CIA torture

Reid-Gardner coal-fired generating plant near Moapa, Nevada. In a sucker punch against the EPA, the American Energy Alliance, a fossil fuel shill tied to the billionaire Koch Bros., published a short blog post along with a made-for-AEA...Show More Summary

Happy Festivus!

Today is Festivus. Time to gather around the unadorned aluminum pole, eat some kind of meatloaf and spaghetti with red sauce, compete in feats of strength and commence with the Airing of Grievances.

House IRS Inquiry Shows No White House Connection

Nice news dump the day before Christmas Eve. An 18-month investigation shows no connection between the White House and mistreatment of conservative groups requesting tax breaks. The I.R.S. has admitted that before the 2012 election it inappropriately delayed approval of tax exemption applications by groups affiliated with the Tea Party movement, but the I.R.S. and its [...]

Marriage equality: 2014 was a very good year

While we're not all the way there yet, 2014 was a very good year for marriage equality. Has there ever been a social issue where so much progress was made in just one year? The list of victories is long and satisfying and going intoShow More Summary

Fight After 911 Dispatcher Says Slain Cops ‘Deserved It’

A dispatcher at a Brooklyn, NY 911 call center allegedly said the two police who were shot, Raphael Ramos and Wenjian Liu, “deserved it.” The remarks were allegedly made by a couple of the 911 operators who handle NYPD calls — and two Fire Department dispatchers in earshot got heated in response, sources said. The [...]

Blunt words from Pope Francis

In holiday messages at this time of year, the boss usually musters the energy to say nice things to the people who work for him. Even if he's exasperated by the performance of his employees or beset by arrogant bullies on the corporate rungs above him.

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