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Pop stars in Democratic politics

Katy Perry just changed her Twitter avatar to match Hillary Clinton's logo, continuing a trend.

Anti-Vets Bill Backed by Some in Congress

Veterans are over-represented among Americans harmed by exposure to asbestos. Thirty percent of mesothelioma victims are veterans who were likely exposed to the deadly substance during their military service. (Mesothelioma is an extremely...Show More Summary

Science Policy Friday: Eyes of the Skies, Drones on the Rise

This is the first in a series of articles or news gathering of science and technology policy issues facing New Jersey or the nation. Thanks to my science and environment intern Arcadia Lee for research and drafting this article. Cross-posted on DanBenson.com Drones seem to be everywhere in the news. Show More Summary

The Roundup for July 24th, 2015

Still feeling some jet lag from my trip. International Politics Overall – Pew: Sixty-three percent of Americans support military action against the Islamic State; That’s surprisingly high – The U.S. said it planned to take back Ramadi from ISIS before the end of the summer Middle East – It is not easy to find voices favoring...

The Non-Merits of Hillary, the “Voice for America”

Oh, the novelty of being the lone female candidate in a crowd of males. This election cycle, both Carly Fiorina and Hillary Clinton know that reality in their separate parties. However, only one is promoting herself as a champion for women while being the exact opposite. Show More Summary

Morning Must Reads: July 24

Two inspectors general have requested that the Department of Justice open a criminal investigation into the handling of classified information surrounding Hillary Clinton‘s use of a private email server while at the State Department. There are no indications yet that Clinton herself is the subject of the potential probe, but it is the latest embarrassment…

Donald Trump's brazen genius

WHEN Donald Trump began roiling the calm but crowded waters of the Republican presidential race with slanderous comments about Mexican immigrants, it was hard not to wonder what the rentier reality-TV star was up to. When someone runs for president, the safest inference is that he or she wants to be president. Show More Summary

Mocking the Polyamorous: an Exercise in Self-Defeating Advocacy

Monogamous marriage is the right choice for Burt Likko, but mocking those who make a different choice strikes him as very much the wrong way for conservatives to go about their business.

South Australia: Innovators in Democracy and Public Engagement

If, as the quip goes, democracy is the worst form of government except for all the others, that doesn't mean we should accept its limitations. And we haven't. Through long and hard struggle, for example, voting rights have been won by groups who had been unjustly denied. Show More Summary

Factcheck.org Debunks Conservative Smear Campaign Against Planned Parenthood

The conservative attack on Planned Parenthood follows the pattern we have seen so many times in the past. Groups such as Breitbart put out edited tapes or videos to attack organizations which they disagree with based upon false claims. Now that fact checkers have had time to evaluate the recent attacks on Planned Parenthood, it [...]Show More Summary

Jeb Bush Suggests Getting Rid Of Medicare

Just in time for the program's 50th birthday. The post Jeb Bush Suggests Getting Rid Of Medicare appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Erick Erickson Compares Pregnant Women To "Female Animals," Calls On Companies To Stop Donating To Planned Parenthood

Fox News contributor Erick Erickson called on companies to cease donations to Planned Parenthood, accusing donors of having "subsidized the brutal killing of animals." Right-wing media and the GOP have pounced on deceptively cut videos...Show More Summary

Cruz's desperate bid for Iowa's evangelicals

"Hi, I'm Ted Cruz. Scott Walker is killing my Iowa cred." Ted Cruz, who was courting gays for money in a New York Penthouse just months ago, is now pushing his pander burners into overdrive to win back Iowa's social conservatives. It...Show More Summary

The Roundup for July 23rd, 2015

I have returned. What did I miss? International Politics Overall – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu: I will “kill myself” to ensure the P5+1-Iran is stopped – Journalist Nick Fillmore joins The Real News to explain the financial deficits behind the Pan-Am Games in Canada – The U.N. envoy to Syria blamed the government for air strikes causing...

Open Thread - Scott Walker, Awful Lip Reading

This isn't by the original "Bad Lip Reading" folks, who still hold the gold cup for their Michelle Bachmann effort, BUT.... Open thread below....

So Planned Parenthood Sells Babies’ Body Parts: Is It a Scandal?

(John Hinderaker) As you undoubtedly know, a group called the Center for Medical Progress (CMP) has made a series of undercover videos of high-ranking Planned Parenthood officials. So far, two videos have been released. In both, representatives of CMP are negotiating to buy fetal tissue in the form of intact organs from Planned Parenthood. Show More Summary

The Iran Deal: A first step toward peace and security

By Nathan Cogan of Portland, Oregon. Nathan is a professor emeritus at Portland State University. As a teacher of Holocaust and genocide studies at Portland State University, I understand the intertwined issues of Israeli security and the need for peace in the Middle East. Show More Summary

Graham gets mad. But is this the way to get even?

It took 12 phones and two hours of filming a 1-minute video for Republican candidate Lindsey Graham to hit back at White House rival Donald Trump leaking Graham's private cell number at a rally.

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