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The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear Evenwel v. Abbott, a case brought by a group of Texas conservatives challenging a longstanding precedent that holds that election districts should be drawn to equalize the number of residents in each district (the "one man/person, one vote" principle). If the appeal succeeds, states and other jurisdictions would presumably be required to apportion based upon the number of legal voters in each district, not the number of total residents. The result would inevitably dilute the political power of immigrant groups in states with large immigrant populations, such as California and Texas.

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It's just not looking good for the "Hillary Clinton is a conserva-Dem" crowd. Bad enough that Kos called her a true liberal, but hey, what does that guy know about anything anyway, right? But this, coming from the political statistics mavens at, has gotta hurt:

We’ve gotten this raft of “Clinton is liberal” exposés as Clinton has revved up her 2016 campaign, speaking out in support of gay marriage, a pathway to citizenship for immigrants in the U.S. illegally, and criminal justice reform. But what many of these articles miss is that Clinton has always been, by most measures, pretty far to the left. When she’s shifted positions, it has been in concert with the entire Democratic Party.
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George Zimmerman was involved in a shooting incident in Lake Mary on Monday afternoon, according to Lake Mary Police Chief Steve Bracknell.

The shooting involved two men and happened on Lake Mary Boulevard, police said.

Officers at the scene said it appeared Zimmerman suffered a minor gunshot wound, Bracknell said.

“He walked normally into the ambulance, so he wasn’t being helped or nothing,” said witness Ricardo Berrare.

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That's not my opinion. That's what the data says.

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The Army has charged Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl with desertion and misbehavior before the enemy.

Bergdahl left his post in Afghanistan before being captured and held captive for five years. For that, he faces charges that carry a maximum penalty of life in a military prison, and he could also have to forfeit pay and be stripped for his rank, Army Col. Daniel King said as he announced the charges.

Bergdahl now faces a military procedure similar to a grand jury deciding whether charges are appropriate, King said. Then, he could face court martial proceedings.

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Fri Oct 17, 2014 at 08:02 AM PDT

A Fan Is Not An Electronic Device

by phenry

Let's be absolutely clear about one thing: An electric fan is not an "electronic device." If the debate organizers did prohibit "electronic devices (including fans)", that would only apply to fans containing electronics. That's not a technicality and it's not "Clintonian parsing." Words mean things.

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Mon Oct 13, 2014 at 09:32 AM PDT

Happy Columbo's Day!

by phenry

Oh, just one more thing, sir...

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Mon Jun 09, 2014 at 02:29 PM PDT

They Weren't Nazis

by phenry

Some of the early reports out of Las Vegas characterized cop-killers Jerad and Amanda Miller as neo-Nazis and white supremacists. This talking point is likely to gain currency as teabaggers and right-wing libertarians, in government and outside it, seek to avoid scrutiny of their own extremist beliefs by creating artificial distance between themselves and the Millers. It's important that this falsehood not go unrebutted.

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During the final minute of the NFC Championship game Sunday between the San Francisco 49ers and the Seattle Seahawks, with Seattle leading by 6, 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick targeted receiver Michael Crabtree in the Seahawks end zone with a pass that, if successful, would almost certainly have won the game for San Francisco. Instead, in a play that is destined to go down in franchise history, Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman tipped the pass to teammate Malcolm Smith for an interception. Now the Seahawks will be facing the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII, while the 49ers will be watching it on television, like the rest of us.

Minutes later, Fox Sports reporter Erin Andrews buttonholed Sherman for a brief but memorable sideline interview that turned out to be unlike any athlete interview you've ever seen.

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The article quoted in that reclisted diary makes it sound so terrible:

Unfortunately, the code that powers Facebook still knows what you typed – even if you decide not to publish it. It turns out the things you explicitly choose not to share aren't entirely private.

Facebook calls these unposted thoughts "self-censorship", and insights into how it collects these non-posts can be found in a recent paper written by two Facebookers. Sauvik Das, a PhD student at Carnegie Mellon and summer software engineer intern at Facebook, and Adam Kramer, a Facebook data scientist, have put online an article presenting their study of the self-censorship behaviour collected from 5 million English-speaking Facebook users. It reveals a lot about how Facebook monitors our unshared thoughts and what it thinks about them...

Facebook is keeping track of the things you don't even publish, those dark thoughts from deep inside the human id that you regret so much that you never even finished them before consigning them to what you thought was digital oblivion. Facebook keeps track of every last character of it for God only knows how long, promiscuously handing it over to academics to practice repeated and wanton analysis on. It's all just so dystopic!

Except it isn't, because none of it is true. None of it. Every word is false.

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Thu Nov 21, 2013 at 11:36 AM PST

This Is Why We Can't Have Nice Things

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Fri Sep 06, 2013 at 12:44 PM PDT

Introducing Daily Kos 3.0

by phenry

Here at the Daily Kos International Command Silo, we work hard every day to improve the site experience for you, our valued members. For many months, we've been working on a new and improved version of the site, codenamed "Daily Kos 5," which we've designed to address some of the complaints and concerns that many of you have communicated to us about the current iteration of the site, called Daily Kos 4. We're pleased to announce that the new version of the site is almost ready for beta testing, and we're ready to retire the "Daily Kos 5" codename and take the wraps off the final name.

Introducing... Daily Kos 3.


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