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North Dakota Democrats Shifting To The Right On Trade?

Last night the U.S. Senate passed a trade bill that gives the executive branch a “fast track” process to bringing trade agreements before Congress. This is a generally positive development. The easier trade is, the better off we all are. But among the surprising votes for the agreement was Senator Heidi Heitkamp. You can see...

Texas senate approves open carry of handguns

1 hour agoNews : The Raw Story

The Texas Senate approved a bill on Friday that would allow the open carry of handguns, permitting residents to carry licensed handguns openly in a shoulder or belt holster. The bill was passed on a 19-12 vote, just days after a deadly shootout in Waco killed nine and injured 18, sparking fresh...

Rand Paul Blocks Extension Of Patriot Act, Future Of Illegal NSA Spying On Americans In Limbo

While an extension of the Patriot Act, that landmark bill which ushered in the America's Big Brother, "turnkey totalitarian state" (previewed here long before Edward Snowden's shocking revelations), is just a matter of time, supporters of the Fourth Amendment scored a brief victory last night when following yet another marathon 10 hour filibuster... Show More Summary

Let’s Put Harriet Tubman’s Face On the $20 Bill

1 hour agoNews : Newsweek: US

Washington’s latest symbolic battle is looming. America’s money celebrates its early political leaders, all white males. There’s now a campaign to add a woman. A recent poll named antislavery activist Harriet Tubman the favorite, ahead of first lady Eleanor Roosevelt. Of course, it wouldn’t be the first time that a woman appeared on America’s money. Show More Summary

Senate Leaves DC Without Surveillance OK

2 hours agoNews : The Daily Beast

The upper chamber failed to approve a bill renewing the NSA surveillance programs pass by the House earlier this week, but will reconvene on June 1 with only hours to spare.

How to be a Great Brand Storyteller on Twitter

Imagine you are faced with the decision of purchasing one of two products. They’re identical in price and features. One bills itself as the “all-in-one tool for all your needs.” The other comes packed with a story about the ethics of...Show More Summary

Bill Shorten is all at sea with wishy-washy policies

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten seems intent on keeping Labor in the political wilderness as he fights the Abbott government, his own fractious MPs and the

"Is David Letterman a nihilist? Or just Midwestern?/Why Rubio wouldn’t have a lock on the Hispanic vote..."

"Will Bill drag Hill down?/Bob: We’ve played right into ISIS’s recruiting narrative/Did Obama bungle Iraq and Syria?Ann and Bob debate the merits of Twitter."That's the official listing of the topics — not exactly how I would put it — in this diavlog I did with Bob Wright yesterday. Show More Summary

Elizabeth Warren and Democrats should be down with TPP

Now that the Senate has passed a Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) bill that would fast-track passage of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal, the action moves to the House where my hope for cooler Democratic heads will surely be dashed. And we will have Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) partially to thank for it. The leader […]

Senate Fails to Pass the USA Freedom Act, But Blocks Bill on NSA Phone Data Collection

3 hours agoNews : Truthdig

Shutterstock The USA Freedom Act, which would partly curtail the National Security Agency’s mass surveillance, didn’t get the 60 Senate votes needed to pass on Saturday. Yet, in what Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer calls “a big...Show More Summary

'Social Revolution' in Ireland as Voters Back Gay Marriage

3 hours agoNews : Newsweek: US

DUBLIN (Reuters) - Irish voters backed same-sex marriage by a landslide in a referendum marking a dramatic social shift in the traditionally Catholic country, government ministers and opponents of the bill said on Saturday. Final results...Show More Summary

U.S. bird flu causes egg shortage, emergency measures

By P.J. Huffstutter and Bill Berkrot CHICAGO/NEW YORK (Reuters) - As a virulent avian influenza outbreak continues to spread across the Midwestern United States, some egg-dependent companies are contemplating drastic steps - importing eggs from overseas or looking to egg alternatives. Show More Summary

Senate Approves Trade Bill in Victory for Obama

48 Republicans supported the measure, but only 14 Democrats voted for it

“With Great Power Comes Great Marketability” Talking Hero Business With Bill Walko

Longtime Line it is Drawn artist Bill Walko is doing a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds to do a print collection of his excellent webcomic, The Hero Business. I figured I’d have a talk with Bill about the project and the comic. Enjoy! What is The Hero Business about? The Hero Business centers around a […]

Drudge Unleashes Against GOP in Rare Twitter Tirade: ‘It’s the Night of the Republican Suicide’

Democrats had opposed the President’s recent trade bill, but now Matt Drudge has lit in to Republicans for passing it as well. Internet-media mogul Matt Drudge heavily skewered Republican leadership

Most Improved Defenses of the 2015 NFL Offseason

An improved defense can make all the difference in the NFL from year to year. Just look at the Detroit Lions, who won 11 games after jumping 12 spots to No. 3 in scoring defense last season. Or at the Buffalo Bills, whose defensive improvement from No. Show More Summary

Senate Blocks Compromise NSA Surveillance Bill

“After vigorous debate and intense last-minute pressure by Republican leaders, the Senate on Saturday rejected legislation that would end the federal government’s bulk collection of phone records,” the New York Times reports. “With the death of that measure — passed [...]

How We Save Over $1,080 on Our Internet Bill

There are many things we can sacrifice in order to save some extra money. New clothes, cable TV, and eating out at restaurants often frequent this list. But one of the expenses that’s always controversial is internet access. Most ofShow More Summary

So That Happened: How One Texas Bill Could Make It Impossible For Minors To Get Abortions

4 hours agoNews : Huffington Post

So, that happened. On this week's podcast, we look into Texas legislation restricting access to abortion for minors, compare and contrast federal bills aimed at curbing what food stamps can buy with the fact that Congress want us toShow More Summary

Exclusive: Joey Ryan Talks TNA, Issues With Bill DeMott, Independent Wrestling, And More

With a shorter haircut and a longer beard, independent wrestling mainstay Joey Ryan is still one of the most popular acts on the circuit. With a sleazy character that resembles wrestlers of years past, Ryan has captured the adulation of fans by incorporating the characteristics that made an entire generation of wrestlers. Show More Summary

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