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Chicago aldermen cast a brazen vote for self-protection

Just how dumb does the Chicago City Council believe its constituents to be?

Catholic Bishops Say Amnesty for Illegal Immigrant Children Is 'Pro-Life'

Some Catholic bishops have recently suggested that granting amnesty to illegal immigrant children from Central America is consistent with “pro-life” Catholic teachings. As reported in National Catholic Register, Bishop David Zubik of...Show More Summary

Bill O'Reilly Blames GOP Obstruction On President Obama's Recent Approval Ratings

It looks like President Obama's speech the other day, where he said to Republicans "just stop hating all the time" and to quit obstructing everything he's been trying to get done before he leaves office got under Bill O'Reilly's skin,...Show More Summary

50 years ago today, "Ranger 7 radioed to earth today the first close-up pictures of the moon..."

"... a historic collection of 4,000 pictures one thousand times as clear as anything ever seen through earth-bound telescopes...."The still pictures were snapped and transmitted in the last 17 minutes before the spacecraft crashed into...Show More Summary


HERE YOU SEE THE POWER OF THIS FULLY OPERATIONAL KAUSFILES: House GOP leaders spike border bill rather than see it defeated. Related: Jeff Sessions, Not Ted Cruz, was crucial to blocking bill.

Movie review: 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

Let me get the two bad things about "Guardians of the Galaxy" out of the way right up front: 1. Marvel desperately needs to create some new plots for its films. They're basically Mad Libs at this point: [Hero] must stop [villain] before...Show More Summary

Teenage girl, 17, was ‘raped at Keith Urban concert in front of hundreds of fans as people watched and FILMED the attack’

How wild can a Keith Urban concert go? While the crowd consisted of many 14-15 yr-olds drunk and vomiting, a teenage girl was allegedly raped by an 18-year-old at a Keith Urban concert in Boston this weekend amid hundreds of other fans. The alleged assault took place at the Xfinity Center in Mansfield on Saturday night. Show More Summary

John Thune Rips Obama’s Feckless Foreign Policy

(John Hinderaker) Hosting the Laura Ingraham show for the last two mornings, I had the great privilege of interviewing three of the people in public life whom I respect the most: Jeff Sessions, John Thune and Marco Rubio. I posted my interview with Rubio here. Show More Summary

BLOGGER NEEDS HELP: Kate Berry (better known as Venomous Kate)’s husband has brain cancer. Donate …

BLOGGER NEEDS HELP: Kate Berry (better known as Venomous Kate)’s husband has brain cancer. Donate if you’re so inclined. I gave a hundred bucks. Here’s the Facebook page.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Pro-Hobby Lobby Justices Are Sexist

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg accused her fellow justices of being “sexist” after the Hobby Lobby decision. Ginsburg made the accusations during an interview with Katie Couric. Life News reported: Apparently the phony “war on women” has made its … Continue reading ?

Chicago manufacturing study finds mixed results

BY BRADY CREMEENS | Special to CHICAGO — America’s “Second City” finds itself behind most other large metropolises in its manufacturing growth, a new study reveals. More specifically, Chicago’s manufacturing and export sectors aren’t recovering from the recession as quickly as other major metropolitan areas. Show More Summary

"Obama’s perceived flaws are the ancient effeminate ones, of the kind that a bigoted tradition ascribed to women..."

"... above all, the criticism reflects the President’s unapologetic distaste for violent confrontation and for making loud threats, no matter how empty those threats may obviously be."Writes Adam Gopnik in The New Yorker, respondingShow More Summary

Man Charged with Killing Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry Extradited to U.S.

A man charged in the December 2010 murder of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry has been extradited from Mexico to the U.S. and will be arraigned on August 1. According to Tucson News Now, Ivan Soto-Barraza "was caught in Mexico in September...Show More Summary

WaPo's Kucinich Covers Bloomberg Ad, Misses How Having a Gun Would Have Prevented Domestic Violence

On Tuesday, Jackie Kucinich at the Washington Post wrote up a brief item about an ad released Monday by Everytown For Gun Safety, deep-pocketed former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's gun-grabbing group. Kucinich reports thatShow More Summary

Israel and Hamas Agree To 72-Hour Ceasefire

It’s an unconditional humanitarian ceasefire that begins at 8AM Friday. A joint US and UN statement urged all parties to “act with restraint” until the ceasefire begins. Talks on a more permanent truce are to start in Cairo… “During this time the forces on the ground will remain in place,” US Secretary of State John [...]

Court Ruling on 'Fast and Furious' Docs Forces Scrutiny of Obama Executive Privilege

On July 18, U.S. District Judge John D. Bates said, “Time’s up!” and has ordered the Department of Justice (DOJ) to turn over to the court information on all documents for which President Barack Obama is claiming executive privilege in the Operation Fast and Furious scandal. Show More Summary

Open thread for night owls: GAO decries failure to enforce rules on disposing of drilling waste

Naveena Sadasivam at ProPublica writes Report Criticizes EPA Oversight of Injection Wells: Federal environment officials have failed to adequately oversee hundreds of thousands of wells used to inject toxic oil and gas drilling waste deep underground, according to. The report, released Monday by the U.S. Show More Summary

After Skype, Then What?

On Tuesday I explained that after eight years using Skype as TPM's digital nervous system, we signed off the service for good. I've been surprised about the number of people, publicly and privately, who've asked me and other staffers what system we switched to. I didn't expect it. But it seems like there's a lot of interest. So here goes. Read More ?

Late Night: The Untouchables

In American life, there is a large and growing number of institutions that act with utter impunity, are coddled by a fawning media, and no one, certainly not our supine elected officials, can dislodge them from their lofty perch, from which they shit on us all like cackling birds aiming at a just-washed car.

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