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Linky Friday #87

Links! This week: Politics, Family, Reproduction, Healthcare, Energy, and Transportation. Plus, a short movie!

As Russian World Cup Looms, Soccer’s Governing Bodies Do Little To Address Racism

Racial chants and banana throwing are commonplace in Russian stadiums. But not much is being done about it as Russia prepares to host the World Cup in 2018, as a recent match shows. The post As Russian World Cup Looms, Soccer’s Governing Bodies Do Little To Address Racism appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Gary Webb Was Right

"Gary Webb was no journalism hero, despite what 'Kill the Messenger' says," read the recent Washington Post Op-ed headline. It's a sad sight, especially at a time when real journalism is shriveling and in retreat, including in the Washington...Show More Summary

12 Reasons Why Joni Ernst Is 2014's Most Extreme GOP Senate Candidate

As a female Republican candidate with extreme, far right-wing views and a love for guns, Iowa's U.S. Senate hopeful Joni Ernst is a lot like Sarah Palin or Michele Bachmann. In fact, Ernst's top campaign strategist, David Polyansky,Show More Summary

Oregon Anti-Pot Campaign Head Used Gov't Job to Enrich Anti-Pot Crusader

The head of the No on Measure 91 Campaign to defeat marijuana legalization in Oregon is a woman named Mandi Puckett. She works at BestCare Prevention Services in Jefferson County, Oregon.  She's on a leave of absence from BestCare to...Show More Summary

"Born Bernard Jewry in the East End of London in 1942, his hits included My Coo Ca Choo, Jealous Mind and I Feel Like Buddy Holly."

"In 1973 he signed with Magnet Records and took on the name that would make him famous. 'It started off as Elvin Starr, because they wanted a kind of rocky, country name,' he recalled in 2010. 'But [a woman] who was doing promotion for...Show More Summary

Daily Kos Elections ad roundup: There is no headline to capture how insane this Iowa ad is

Leading Off: • IA-Sen: The pro-GOP U.S. Chamber of Commerce has usually produced decent ads starring a Red State-friendly celebrity (see their KY-Sen one below). But this new one has one of the stupidest commercials I've seen in a very long time. Show More Summary

Blue State Blues: I'm Tired of Watching Other Countries Spike the Football

You had to feel just the slightest tinge of jealousy watching the members of the Canadian parliament give a lengthy standing ovation to Sergeant-at-Arms Kevin Vickers, the 58-year-old who killed a terrorist and defended democracy on Wednesday. Show More Summary

Illinois Republican asked to name one job he's responsible for creating. Crickets.

There's a good reason for Bruce Rauner's deer-in-headlights look. Bruce Rauner, chairman of R8 Capital Partners and the former chairman of the private equity firm GTCR, based in Chicago, is running on his business record as the Republican candidate to unseat Illinois Gov. Show More Summary

Why is Joni Ernst hiding from the Iowa press?

Joni Ernst It seems Joni Ernst really doesn't want to do serious interviews on the issues with the editorial boards and news stations of Iowa. Des Moines Register columnist Rekha Basu blew the whistle: Is Joni Ernst afraid of newspaper...Show More Summary

The 5 Stupidest Paranoid Responses to Ebola

As President Barack Obama noted in his weekly address Saturday, Ebola is a serious public health issue. But the level of paranoia that has surfaced across the country since Thomas Duncan became the first patient diagnosed with the disease in the United States is not only unwarranted—it's dangerous. Show More Summary

Daily Kos Elections ad roundup: Sam Brownback, getting desperate, links opponent to hideous murders

Leading Off: • KS-Gov: We've officially hit the point in the cycle where campaigns start to get desperate. Republican Gov. Sam Brownback is locked in a close race with Democrat Paul Davis and his campaign is airing a risky new ad aiming...Show More Summary

Should the Poor Be Allowed to Vote?

Voter-ID laws are part of a hoary American tradition holding that people who aren't economically independent can't make reasoned political choices.

HBO Going Rogue Could Get Us to Net Neutrality

Recently, a couple of cable content providers have announced that they're going rogue and are going to start providing content independently of cable companies. That's good news for consumers who have, until now, been at the mercy of companies such as Comcast and Time Warner. Show More Summary

Detroit and the Evaporating Right to Running Water

A UN special rapporteur's statement on water shutoffs in the beleaguered city raises questions about what the social contract means for some Americans.

Must be one of those “y-ending” days

Given the unimpeachable integrity of the claimants, it is hard to believe that FoxNews failed to stretch it’s string of time without a factual error beyond the then-existing 7 consecutive minutes when this was proclaimed...

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