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Excerpts from the September edition of the Harper's Index:

• Number of refugees and internally displaced people in the world last year: 45,200,000

• Percentage of black and white Americans, respectively, who use marijuana: 14, 12

• Factor by which a black American is more likely than a white American to be arrested for marijuana possession: 3.7

• Number of CIA officers who have been embedded with the New York City Police Department since 2002: 4

• Number of “limitations” placed on those officers’ actions, according to the testimony of one: 0

• Amount of the signing bonus the U.S. Army is offering psychiatrists willing to serve for four years: $272,000

• Percentage change since 1996 in the number of U.S. children living in poverty: +12

• In the number receiving cash aid from the U.S. government: –60

• Ratio of bicycles to people in Amsterdam: 1:1

Blast from the Past. At Daily Kos on this date in 2011No, Michele Bachman didn't attend that 'family reunion':

There was a story yesterday about Bachmann apparently lying about attending her own family reunion, which was ... well, just odd, and not just because it was her own mom who sold her out:
On her victory lap of Iowa yesterday, Straw Poll winner Rep. Michele Bachmann paid repeated tribute to her local roots, and repeatedly mentioned her family reunion that day, citing it as an excuse for her late arrival at a local party event in Waterloo.

But Bachmann's mother and two cousins told POLITICO's Emily Schultheis that Bachmann didn't attend the reunion, though her husband and children did. Her spokeswoman, Alice Stewart, didn't respond to two emails asking for an explanation of the disparity.

Tweet of the Day:

am feeling a bit left out as only person in america mayor filner did not sexually harass

On today's Kagro in the Morning show, Greg Dworkin rounded-up: early 2016 rankings; Rubio's collapse & Obama addressing Egypt. A brief GunFAIL update. Armando joined for more discussion, albeit a little too late, of Cory Booker's tech startup; the WaPo sale; our interview with Byron Dorgan; and some rambling on Egypt, foreign policy, and the projection of military power. AOL CEO Tim Armstrong fires an employee during a conference call. The CIA spied on Noam Chomsky back in the day, and Snowden claims the NSA monitored journalists post-9/11. Gizmodo reports Google's insistence

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