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News Roundup & Open Thread for Friday, August 22, 2014

I hope this wakes up many of the parents who didn't think 'One Newark' had anything to do with them. Now they know." Bob Braun on Thursday's chaotic Newark schools registration day; hundreds of families waiting for hours in un-airconditioned...Show More Summary

DirtyDenier$ Day 15: Congressman Steve Daines

Reading through Montana Rep. Steve Daines' list of campaign contributors is like looking at a who's who of dirty polluters. Daines, who is currently running for Senate, has received more than $240,000 in polluter contributions and the Koch Brothers' are among his top two contributors. Show More Summary

Daily Kos Elections ad roundup: Mark Begich reopens wounds from the GOP primary

Leading Off: • AK-Sen: Both candidates are out with a new spot. Democratic Sen. Mark Begich takes advantage of the heated Republican primary that ended Tuesday, using clips of defeated candidates Mead Treadwell and Joe Miller attacking nominee Dan Sullivan. Show More Summary

In Champaign, Similarity and a Possible Way Forward for Ferguson

Virtually unknown a little more than a week ago, Ferguson, Missouri has, in part through social media's ability to bring light to many of the world's dark corners, come to dominate national, and even global, attention in  the days since...Show More Summary

‘Every Inch Of You Is Perfect From The Bottom To The Top’: The Popularity Of Body-Acceptance Anthems

"All About That Bass," "Anaconda," and the rise of the self-esteem pop hit. The post ‘Every Inch Of You Is Perfect From The Bottom To The Top’: The Popularity Of Body-Acceptance Anthems appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Teen Says He Was Punched in His Jaw by Police While Being Arrested During Protest in Ferguson

A black eighteen year-old from St. Louis came over to the media zone last night and talked to reporters about how he had been violently arrested by police during Tuesday night while protesting in Ferguson against the killing of Michael...Show More Summary

The Toxic Metal Keeping Your Car Running Could Soon Be Recycled To Power Your House

A newly-harnessed material called perovskite is changing the way researchers look at the future of solar panels. The post The Toxic Metal Keeping Your Car Running Could Soon Be Recycled To Power Your House appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Muslim Leaders Have Roundly Denounced Islamic State, But Conservative Media Won't Tell You That

Conservative media figures have wrongly accused Muslim groups and leaders of failing to denounce the violent acts of the terrorist group the Islamic State (ISIS or ISIL), despite the fact that numerous Muslim religious authorities, advocacy groups, and Imams have come together to denounce the Islamic State's un-Islamic crimes against humanity. Show More Summary

The Fake Eye Socket Injury and Other Ferguson News

Charles Johnson has been doing a better job than I have of keeping up with what’s going on in Ferguson. Among other things, he documents that an X-ray image being passed off as showing Officer Wilson’s eye socket injury was pulled off the website of the American Association of Pediatric Ophthalmology.  Also, too: In the […]

Nicki Minaj, MTV and Pornified Pop

Editor's note: This article contains offensive language and content. The 2014 MTV Video Music Awards air Sunday night, and Nicki Minaj’s new video “Anaconda” is finally out. It’s a good week for porn, er, pop. Last year’s VMA show featured the Miley Cyrus “twerking” extravaganza. Show More Summary

Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest: Mark Pryor doubles down on Obamacare

Want the scoop on hot races around the country? Get the digest emailed to you each weekday morning. Sign up here. Leading Off: • AR-Sen: Well, this is different: A vulnerable red state Democrat is running an ad in support of Obamacare! Democratic Sen. Show More Summary

Cheers and Jeers: Thursday

From the GREAT STATE OF MAINE… Headlines You Won't Read Today Police shout obscenities, point guns at angry tea party protesters Ferguson police release incident report on Michael Brown death Bundy ranch militia members arrested for pointing weapons at police A headline we did read 54 years ago. Rick Perry presidential prospects brighten George W. Show More Summary

Late Late Night FDL: Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini

Brian Hyland -- Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini on the Dick Clark Saturday Night Beech-Nut Show, July 16, 1960.

Right-wingers suggest doing a full Reagan after reporter executed by ISIS

The gruesome murder of American reporter James Foley was horrific enough, but now right-wing bloggers and conservative commentators seem determined to make it more grotesque still. With word from ABC News that the Obama White House was...Show More Summary

Orange Alert Issued for Iceland’s Bárðarbunga Volcano

Following a swarm of 2600 earthquakes on Saturday in and around Iceland’s Bárðarbunga Volcano, the Icelandic Meteorological Office (IMO) reports that the Bárðarbunga civil aviation color code has been raised to “Orange.” IMO defines this alert: “ORANGE: Volcano shows heightened or escalating unrest with increased potential of eruption.”

THE ADVANTAGES OF MARRYING YOUR OPPOSITE. It ain’t fiction, just a natural fact. Isn’t this a ni…

THE ADVANTAGES OF MARRYING YOUR OPPOSITE. It ain’t fiction, just a natural fact. Isn’t this a nice bit of ’90s innocence? Whatever happened to MC Skat Kat?

Police Target School Building of Church, Which Has Been ‘Safe Space’ for Ferguson Community

The St. Louis County Police showed up at the St. Mark’s Church nearby Ferguson, which the community has been using as a “safe space” for Ferguson and other community residents. Organizers were uncertain of what was taken but maintained...Show More Summary

As Republicans Stop Talking About Obamacare, One Vulnerable Democrat Is Touting Its Success

"That’s why I helped pass a law that prevents insurance companies from canceling your policy if you get sick, or deny coverage for preexisting conditions," he says. The post As Republicans Stop Talking About Obamacare, One Vulnerable Democrat Is Touting Its Success appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Media Carry Water For NRA's False Attack Ad That Claims Michael Bloomberg Wants To Ban Guns

Media outlets are uncritically reporting the false claim in a new attack ad from the National Rifle Association that gun safety advocate Michael Bloomberg wants to "ban... your guns." In fact, Bloomberg supports the right to own a gun. The...Show More Summary

Muslim Works with Jews to Save Christians in the Middle East

Kasim Hafeez understands hate. Growing up with a father who believed “Hitler was a great man whose one mistake was that he did not kill enough Jews,” the British-born Muslim of Pakistani descent has experienced firsthand how an innocent child becomes an Islamist dedicated to the death and destruction of those who are different. Show More Summary

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