- Today's comic by Jen Sorensen is 1-800-GOON-SQUAD:
- We return to Georgia for primary runoffs tonight. Businessman David Perdue and Rep. Jack Kingston are locked in a nasty Republican race for Senate, and the winner will need to quickly get ready to take on Democrat Michelle Nunn. We also have Republican runoffs in three safely red seats, and tonight's winners may be on Capital Hill a long time to come. We've assembled a guide to all the key races, and you can join us starting at 4 PM PT for our liveblog at Daily Kos Elections.
- These Daily Kos community posts were the most shared on Facebook July 21:
- Sky News reporter apologizes for picking through child's luggage at Malaysian plane's crash site:
At the weekend I got things wrong. If there was someone to apologise to in person, I would. While presenting Sky's lunchtime coverage of the flight MH17 disaster, I stooped down to look at a piece of debris. It was a child's suitcase. I put my hand inside and lifted up a water bottle and a set of keys. As I did so my mental circuit-breaker finally engaged and I apologised instantly on-air for what I was doing. [...]
Other journalists, some well known broadcasters, were handling belongings and speaking to camera. In a place without rules, I foolishly took that as a precedent.
And so during that lunchtime broadcast I stood above a pile of belongings, pointing to items strewn across the ground. Out of the corner of my eye I spotted a pink drinking flask. It looked familiar. My six-year-old daughter, Kitty, has one just like it.
- Chuck Schumer calls for end of partisan primaries: Because, you know, the oligarchy wouldn't rule and we'd all get along if we just moved toward the center.
- NBC analyst Tom Dungy says he wouldn't have drafted openly gay Michael Sam: The comments in an interview with the Tampa Tribune drew fire after Dungy, the well-loved former NFL coach said he wouldn't have drafted Sam not because he thinks the man shouldn't be allowed to play but because of "I wouldn't want to deal with all of it [...] It’s not going to be totally smooth […] things will happen.’’ He didn't specify what things. And he immediately got blasted on Twitter where he is normally quite active in tweeting to his half-million followers.
- Fox News, MSNBC, CNN all take hits in satisfaction survey: The annual American Customer Satisfaction Index found that the three cable channels saw a decline in satisfaction of people reading their websites while USA Today rose. Fox took the worst hit at -7 percent, with CNN at -4 percent, while MSNBC was at -3 percent. USA Today was up 4 percent and The Huffington Post was up 1 percent.
- Idaho activists for gay and gender rights get their day in court: Some 110 protesters were arrested during nine of 15 silent protests at the state capitol. They sought to add four words to the state's anti-discrimination laws: "sexual orientation" and "gender identity." Idaho's law doesn't protect gays and transgenders from losing their jobs or housing because of discrimination. Most of the charges were for misdemeanor trespassing. But the overall costs for bail, court costs and fees total about $20,000. Of those sentenced Monday, all had been arrested at least twice during the protests. In addition to a token fine of $10 to $70, the protesters were ordered to perform community service of 10 to 70 hours, depending on how many times they had been arrested.
- New study shows the cost of putting beef on your table: Compared with dairy, poultry, pork and eggs, it takes 28 times more land and 11 times more water, creates five times more greenhouse gases and six times more reactive nitrogen (from fertilizer) to raise equivalent amounts of beef. The reason? Raising cattle for food is inefficient. Cattle raisers must feed the animals many calories to produce a single calorie of edible beef.
- On today's Kagro in the Morning show, Greg Dworkin discusses the latest ACA doomsaying flop, GA-Sen, Schumer's op-ed backing "top-two" open primaries & the still-imaginary Elizabeth Warren candidacy. Also: listener comments, Halbig news & more on Iceland's "Best Party."
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