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If you look at John Boehner's district, it is laughably gerrymandered to keep the worst Speaker of the House in office...

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Americans love fast. Fast cars. Fast food. Fast information. You can write killer investigative news and get 10,000 reads or put out a meme and get 200,000.  That is, if it is attention-grabbing enough.

So how do progressives beat back the billions bad billionaires blow to feed Fox fear frenzies?

DemoCat.

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On Friday, Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal vetoed a Republican bill requiring dogs in the beds of pickup trucks to be put into appropriate pet safety containers on interstate highways.

It was another glaring example of how this Tea Party breed of Republican serves only a minority of interest groups with little regard for their charge to protect and serve the public while IN office, not just pander to the special interests that got them there.

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The drumbeat about "Obamacare" has nothing to do with the Affordable Care Act (ACA) or even with fiscal conservative values. If your friend or neighbor has been watching too much Fox News, here are ten reasonable retorts to the paradoxes of the Radical Right that they use to hook the Obamacare-obsessed.

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A twenty-nine year long study of guns makes the amazing linkage between more guns and more gun violence, but, like all research work in the shadow of the mighty gun lobby, shies away from cause.  Here, for you intrepid scientists, is how you find the causation...

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People who love their guns are iron tigers. People want meaningful gun violence reform are another type of cat. A recent experiment confirms why the NRA could arm blind dogs and no one will stop them.

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Your help sought for a smaller American corporation that has a very real ethical dilemma that involves the Koch Brothers' American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).

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Does doing with business with ALEC for a "good" cause outweigh ALEC's affect on constitutional democracy and the "bad" bills that target select groups in society?

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We're having a debate with pro-gun owners at the The American Gun Victims Wall. We started it because the Slate variation doesn't include injuries, just deaths. We figure that the injured are victims too. We also asked people of all perspectives to come and just LOOK at the stories we aggregate from all over the country for the KINDS of death and injury, and their causes.

The results are not what the NRA wants you to hear. Arguments, substances, and mental illness generate the vast number of handgun deaths and injuries. So, in the course of our postings, we get a few "challengers."  Joe asked us to have a debate. To tell him why "guns are bad."  Here is the reply, as it might be useful to others trying to have a reasonable discussion:

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Sun Feb 17, 2013 at 07:15 AM PST

Jesus and the Handgun

by Brian Ross

There are only two sacrosanct figures in American life: Jesus and the handgun.  To their adherents, both are acmes of good and righteousness. Yet the latter American deity generates more suicides than homicides, and, of the murders committed by guns, those used in domestic disputes are the run-away kill-stat champions over violence perpetrated by the NRA bogeyman "criminals."

Would Jesus own an AK-47 for protection? If so, the likelihood that he, Mary, or his apostles would die not on the cross, but by gun wounds of his own making would go up exponentially.

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Years ago I departed from the Hollywood scene to work on something called "multimedia" with my friends at Apple. This is what the dream was all about: The day that average people could use professional tools on a computer to express themselves. Political ads like this one by public health professor Harold Pollack is what digital democracy is all about.

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3% of the richest people in the nation take the biggest entitlements offered to Americans: Capital gains tax breaks, estate tax avoidance, stock option payroll tax swindles, and corporate tax breaks in the hundreds of billions annually. Mr. Romney is one of them.

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I think this graphic says it all very nicely:

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Did Mitt Romney overreach in his statement about the Libyan consulate attack and his subsequent doubling-down of those remarks?

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