On behalf of the regular denizens of Daily Kos, we wanted to take a few minutes and welcome the thousands of new readers that have tuned into this cozy corner of progressive cyberspace over the last frantic week. If you’re a new reader, or an old friend who’s been quietly lurking, there is a comprehensive FAQ that can answer most questions, starting with who is Kos? The most important thing we want you to know is that you don’t have to be a passive bystander, not anymore, not this time, not this election, and not ever; that’s what makes this place such a vibrant community! The heart and soul of Daily Kos isn’t the front page, it’s in member diaries and comments.
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