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    Cartoon by Mark Fiore - The Climateers
  • Today's "Ask me anything about Daily Kos" is hosted by DK's own, Adam Bonin. Get ready to grill him in the diaries starting at 3:30 ET!
  • What's coming up on Sunday Kos ...
    • What's the difference between a Medicare navigator and an Obamacare navigator, by Jon Perr
    • The history of racist resistance to Martin Luther King Jr. Day, by Denise Oliver Velez
    • Democrat Wendy Davis will be Texas governor as she empathizes with those sharing her story, by Egberto Willies
    • In a wave of retirements, a lesson: not all open seats are created equal, by Steve Singiser
    • Corporate shills take aim at workers fighting for a living wage, by Ian Reifowitz
    • Zombie Reagan lies about poor, Mark E Andersen
    • Is your CEO-employee worth it, by DarkSyde
    • The most important day in the 21st century, by VL Baker
    • Pushing for new sanctions on Iran, at a moment of historic diplomatic breakthrough, is fomenting war, by Laurence Lewis
  • Jackass:
    President Vladimir Putin said Friday that gay people have nothing to fear in Russia as long as they leave children alone.

    Putin met with a group of volunteers in the Olympic mountain venue at Krasnaya Polyana on Friday to wish them success at the Games. During a question-and-answer session, one volunteer asked him about Russia’s attitudes toward gays, a subject that has provoked worldwide controversy, and Putin offered what was apparently meant to be a reassuring answer for visitors to the Olympics.

    “One can feel calm and at ease,” he said. “Just leave kids alone, please.”

  • Remember the brilliant plan to save the black rhino by shooting one down? The "lucky winner" may be rethinking his auction bid:
    Corey Knowlton is on edge sitting inside a Las Vegas hotel room, surrounded by a private security detail, explaining why he spent $350,000 for the chance to hunt a black rhinoceros in the southern African nation of Namibia.

    "If I sound emotional, it's because I have people threatening my kids," Knowlton told CNN. "It's because I have people threatening to kill me right now [that] I'm having to talk to the FBI and have private security to keep my children from being skinned alive and shot at."

    When reached for comment, the black rhino said, "I feel his pain."
  • How many of you have heard of King Alfred the Great?
    Archaeologists searching for the remains of King Alfred the Great think they may have found his pelvis bone.

    However, they also think it could belong to his son Edward the Elder.

  • In case you missed this heartwarming holiday tale (or should that be "tail"?):
    A South Carolina woman, Helen Ann Williams, was arrested on Christmas Day for stabbing her common-law husband with a ceramic squirrel the night before.

    His crime? Heading out to buy beer, finding the store closed, and thus returning home empty-handed – it was Christmas Eve, after all.

    The woman was apparently so incensed about her husband being beer-less, she picked up a ceramic squirrel (who doesn’t have a ceramic squirrel?), hit him over the head with it, then stabbed him in the shoulder and chest.

  • On today's Kagro in the Morning show, the big news event of the day: President Obama's speech addressing proposed NSA reforms. Greg Dworkin's lightning round headline recap! Duck Dynasty premiere tanks. Mathematigal smacks down mansplaining Nature letter. UT RINOs Hatch & Lee help someone get Obamacare! The Jonathans Corner: Cohn, "Obamacare's a 'Bailout' Now?" & Chait, "The Death of the Death of Obamacare." O'Reilly Benghazi derp. Armando on Benghazi mania; Christie's other transportation shenanigans, and recent revelations about yet more NSA spying techniques. Then, a look ahead at the president's NSA speech from Reuters & Ambinder.

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