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  • Today's comic by Ruben Bolling is President Chris Christie, Day 100:
    Cartoon by Ruben Bolling - President Christie: Day 100
  • Initial claims for unemployment compensation fall to 326,000: For the week ending Jan. 11, the Department of Labor reported Thursday that 326,000 people had filed first-time claims for unemployment compensation, down 2,000 from the previous week. The four-week running average that smooths out volatility in the weekly numbers fell to 335,000, down 13,500 from the previous week's revised running average of 348,500.

    For the week ending Dec. 28, the total claims in both the state and the federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation programs was 4,703,499, up 508,309 from the previous week. For the comparable week of 2012, there were 5,873,824 persons claiming benefits in all programs. Unless and until Congress approves an extension of the EUC, that was the last week that 1.35 million Americans who have been out of work for more than 26 weeks will receive the government's EUC checks.

  • Wackadoodle Jerome Corsi thinks Hitler escaped his bunker:
    Jerome R. Corsi is a bona fide conspiracy theorist. Since 2004’s Unfit for Command, The New York Times best-selling—and widely denounced—takedown of then-presidential candidate John Kerry, Corsi has churned out a constant stream of articles and books pushing unsubstantiated ideas on everything from the origin of oil to the U.S.’s role in 9/11 to Barack Obama’s nationality--all the while waving his Harvard PhD. as some kind of evidence that he’s not a complete and utter wingnut. Corsi’s latest hypothesis, detailed in his new book Hunting Hitler, is that the German dictator didn’t actually kill himself alongside wife Eva Braun in his Berlin bunker as history books would have us believe. According to Corsi, Hitler actually escaped Germany as the Third Reich fell, and he did it with the help of none other than the U.S. government. Corsi’s argument is that there’s no real proof Hitler didn’t escape.
  • Worldwide discrimination against atheists is endemic. Here are 11 examples.
  • These Daily Kos community posts were the most shared on Facebook Jan. 15:
    Robert Reich: Fear Is Why Poor States Vote Against Their Economic Interest, by GleninCA

    Rachel Maddow Destroys Any Credibility Chris Christie Might Think He Still Has, by hungrycoyote

    Rush Limbaugh Finally Admits He's Full of $#!t, by Proglegs

  • A year before Newtown massacre, Adam Lanza may have called a radio show about mass shootings:
    The New York Daily News has acquired a tape of a call-in to an Oregon radio show that they believe is a recording of Adam Lanza, the Newtown shooter, discussing mass shootings.

    The call was to the show “Anarchy Radio,” hosted John Zerzan in Eugene, in December of 2011, one year before Lanza opened fire in a Sandy Hook elementary school. During the call Lanza described “Travis,” a domesticated chimp who attacked a woman in Connecticut in 2009, nearly killing her. Lanza said that the act of civilizing Travis had made him “sick,” and that his unexpected assault was comparable to human outbursts, like mall shootings.

  • Surely this will be the weirdest ad in the California governor's race
  • Sister Megan Rice faces 30 years in the slam for exposing lapses in nuclear security:
    "The security breach," as the Department of Energy's Inspector General later described it, exposed "troubling displays of ineptitude" at what is supposed to be "one of the most secure facilities in the United States." At a February hearing of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, multiple members of Congress thanked Rice for exposing the site's gaping vulnerabilities. But that didn't deter federal prosecutors from throwing the book at Rice and her accomplices: Greg Boertje-Obed, a 57-year-old carpenter, and Michael Walli, a 63-year-old Vietnam veteran. They now sit in Georgia's Irwin County Detention Center, awaiting a January 28 sentencing hearing where a federal judge could put them in prison for up to 30 years.
  • Global warming thaws out perfectly preserved bodies from 1915 battle:
    In what is quite possibly the most bizarre result of global warming yet, a melting glacier in the Northern-Italian Alps is slowly revealing the corpses of soldiers who died in the First World War. After nearly a century, the frozen bodies appear to be perfectly mummified from the ice. With the remains also comes the story of the highest battle in history—‘The White War’.  [...]

    “The first thing I thought of were their mothers,” Franco Nicolis from the local Archeological Heritage Office told the Telegraph. “They feel contemporary. They come out of the ice just as they went in. In all likelihood the soldiers’ mothers never discovered their sons’ fate.”

  • On today's Kagro in the Morning show, a shooting in an IN supermarket leaves 3 dead. Greg Dworkin rounds up the story of Brian Krebs, who broke the Target data breach news; CREDO's transparency move; Chris Christie lawyering up; and the Kellers vs. everybody, as addressed by Alexandra Petri in "Enter the Concern Troll." Should the Kochs pay millions to treat people fairly, or to crush dissent & buy the Senate? A 19-year-old relieves the stress of his security guard job by running through the neighborhood firing his AK-47 in the air. A dissection of Politico Magazine's "Congressional Moneyball." Jedidiah Purdy's "No One's Job: West Virginia's Forbidden Waters."

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