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  • Today's comic by Jen Sorensen is Blaming Obamacare:
    Cartoon by Jen Sorensen - Blaming Obamacare
  • These Daily Kos community posts were the most shared on Facebook Feb. 10:
    Senator Roy Blunt: Having Health Care makes you Lazy, by Vyan

    Oklahoma Restaurant: No Freaks, F*ggots, N*ggers, Disabled or Welfare "Freeloaders", by Vyan

    Now They're Making the Homeless Freeze to Death in Pensascola., by jpmassar

  • Sochi's warm weather makes it the Sub-Tropical Olympics:
    At the RusSki Gorki Jumping Center, organizers canceled the first of three jumps after sunny skies and 15 C (59 F) temperatures softened the snow in the landing area. The second session was postponed after an official said the first competitor fell while landing. [...]

    The mountain venues are expected to return to freezing Tuesday, organizers said. But from Wednesday, warmer weather is in the forecast.

  • NY animal rights activists seek ban on wild animals at the circus:
    “Animals in the circus are horribly abused. Animals in nature don’t naturally wear tutus and stand on their hind legs. To get an elephant to do that, you have to basically beat the animal into submission,” she said.

    The proposal is aimed squarely at Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus and its famous elephants, which roll into town next week for a string of performances at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.

  • Beatles flipped off Gator Bowl segregation:
    My station in Miami had advised me that the management of the Gator Bowl in Jacksonville, Fla., where they would be playing Sept. 11, 1964, stated firmly that the stadium would be segregated, which was standard at some locations in those days.

    As I entered the room, I told the band's manager, Brian Epstein, and the boys about the Jacksonville concert. Paul got up from the sofa and defiantly said, "We are not going to play there." John was even more blunt. He said, "No f- chance of that happening." Ringo and George agreed. Brian stood in silence in the corner of the room, but he knew very well his Fabs would never relent.

  • Shirley Temple Black dead at 85:
    Black died late Monday at her home in Woodside, Calif., according to publicist Cheryl J. Kagan. No cause was given.

    From 1935 through 1938, the curly-haired moppet billed as Shirley Temple was the top box-office draw in the nation. She saved what became 20th Century Fox studios from bankruptcy and made more than 40 movies before she turned 12.

    When she was nominated in 1974 to be ambassador to Ghana, a country she had never visited but where, she learned from an encyclopedia, cocoa made up a big part of the nation's economy, she told a Los Angeles Times reporter:  "I just love chocolate. But I better keep that knowledge, such as it is, to myself. I don't know how the Senate will like this kind of enthusiasm."
  • If you're going to interview Samuel L. Jackson, there are a few small things you should probably do. Treat him with respect. Ask him about his newest project. Oh, and the biggest one? Don't mistake him for Laurence Fishburne. We could seriously watch Jackson yell at entertainment reporter Sam Rubin "We don't all look alike!" all day, every day.
    On today's episode, #TeamBlackness discusses what makes Tyra Banks cry, the sad story of getting jail time for trolling yourself, and how we're inching toward Black Male Achievement. Subscribe on iTunes | Subscribe On Stitcher | Direct Download | RSS
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  • Ten Commandments judge wants constitutional convention to ban marriage equality:
    This is [Chief Justice Roy] Moore's second stint on the Alabama Supreme Court. He was removed from his post as chief justice in 2003 when he refused to comply with a federal judge's order to remove a monument of the Ten Commandments from the Alabama Judicial Building in Montgomery.

    He was later re-elected and returned to office in January 2013.

    Susan Watson, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Alabama, said Thursday that Moore is "chronically imposing his beliefs on others."

  • State cops: Christie didn't fly over bridge during lane closures:
    The New York Post on Monday reported that state lawmakers were seeking records of helicopter rides taken last year by the governor. According to the Post, lawmakers wanted to see if Christie passed near Fort Lee while flying back to Trenton following a 9/11 anniversary event at Ground Zero. The lane closures, which began on Sept. 9, caused a massive, multi-day traffic jam in Fort Lee.

    The State Police on Tuesday released a statement concerning Christie's "helicopter travel during the week of September 8th, 2013." It rules out the possibility raised in the Post's story.

  • On today's Kagro in the Morning show, Chris Christie's gang faces a new round of subpoenas, including ones aimed at finding out whether the man himself took a helicopter flyover of the Fort Lee traffic jams. Greg Dworkin talks flu (specifically mine) plus the looming "constitutional crisis" Christie may be provoking. House Republicans appear to be crumbling on the debt ceiling, and the employer mandate is delayed again. Armando joined in as well, and we talk about poor Bob Costas' eyebola virus, the Michael Sam story, and the latest Christie twists. Adding to Christie's troubles, the WaPo's look at his record of, let's say, stretching ethical boundaries.

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