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  • Today's comic by Jen Sorensen is Get your words' worth with John Roberts:
    Cartoon by Jen Sorensen --  Get your words' worth with John Roberts
  • Congressman:
    A senior House Republican pressed Attorney General Eric Holder Tuesday to prosecute Director of National Intelligence James Clapper for perjury over testimony he gave to a Senate committee last year denying that U.S. intelligence agencies were gathering data on large numbers of Americans.

    “What more do you need besides an admission from Gen. Clapper that he lied?” Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wisc.) asked, pointing to Clapper’s later remark that his denial was “the least untruthful” answer he could give. [...]

    “Wouldn’t it be pointless for Congress to pass new laws limiting data collection if the Justice Department and other officials are at liberty to lie about enforcing them?” said Sensenbrenner, a co-author of the Patriot Act.

    Holder said he would not comment on any possible ongoing investigations. “I can tell you—we take our responsibility seriously to investigate allegations of perjury,” Holder said. “With regard to this specific matter, we are looking at the materials that have been presented to us, and we’ll take the actions that are appropriate.”
  • Equal Pay Day:
    When the Equal Pay Act was signed into law by President Kennedy in 1963, women were earning an average of 59 cents on the dollar compared to men. While women hold nearly half of today's jobs, and their earnings account for a significant portion of the household income that sustains the financial well-being of their families, they are still experiencing a gap in pay compared to men's wages for similar work. Today, women earn about 81 cents on the dollar compared to men — a gap that results in hundreds of thousands of dollars in lost wages. For African-American women and Latinas, the pay gap is even greater.

    Each year, National Equal Pay Day reflects how far into the current year women must work to match what men earned in the previous year. On National Equal Pay Day, we rededicate ourselves to carrying forward the fight for true economic equality for all.

  • Southeast gets drenched:
    Severe thunderstorms crawled across the Southeast on Monday, dumping heavy rains and causing flash flooding in central Alabama, where crews in small boats and military trucks had to rescue more than two dozen people from their homes and cars.
  • Scientists want to map world's lobsters:
    Lobster landings in the Gulf of Maine have hit record highs in recent years, but scientists warn that this may be the boom before the bust. While current warmer water temperatures have put the fishery right at the temperature sweet spot for lobsters, anything above 20º C is extremely stressful for lobsters and can cause a deadly outbreak of shell disease. In 1999, lobstering in Long Island Sound collapsed without warning after a record-breaking hot year unleashed a shell disease epidemic.

    Lobsters make up 80 percent of the value of Maine’s fisheries, and support not only the fishermen, but also the boat builders, mechanics, bait sellers and local tourist industry. The economies of the northernmost counties in Maine are 90 percent dependent on lobstering.

  • There are still 2.5 times as many job seekers as job openings:
    The Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS) data released this morning by the Bureau of Labor Statistics showed that the hires rate—the share of total employment accounted for by new hires—held steady at 3.3 percent in February. [...]

    Job openings showed more strength in February, increasing by 299,000. This brought the total number of job openings to 4.2 million. In February, there were 10.5 million job seekers (unemployment data are from the Current Population Survey), meaning that there were 2.5 times as many job seekers as job openings. Put another way: Job seekers so outnumbered job openings that 60 percent of job seekers were not going to find a job in February no matter what they did. In a labor market with strong job opportunities, there would be roughly as many job openings as job seekers.

    Furthermore, the 10.2 million unemployed workers understates how many job openings will be needed when a robust jobs recovery finally begins, due to the existence of 5.3 million would-be workers who are currently not in the labor market, but who would be if job opportunities were strong. Many of these “missing workers” will become job seekers when we enter a robust jobs recovery, so job openings will be needed for them, too.

  • Commemoration of 50th anniversary of Civil Rights Act:
    The LBJ Presidential Library will host a Civil Rights Summit to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The Summit, comprised of afternoon panel discussions followed by evening keynote addresses, will reflect on the seminal nature of the civil rights legislation passed by President Johnson while examining civil rights issues in America and around the world today.
  • On today's Kagro in the Morning show, Rep. McAllister marks Equal Pay Day by firing GF/staffer. Greg Dworkin on retail medical clinics, "How politics makes us stupid," and 2014 turnout & 16 field. Armando on Chait. Barbara Comstock, vote prankster, runs for Congress.

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  •  Thom Hartmann streams on Youtube right now (6+ / 0-)

    Just thought i''d let people know.


    by otto on Tue Apr 08, 2014 at 12:14:52 PM PDT

    •  And for those... (7+ / 0-)

      ... who just want to listen, we stream Hartmann live 5 days a week on Netroots Radio; that way you can roam The Big Orange and ...


      Here, have a player:

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      by justiceputnam on Tue Apr 08, 2014 at 12:22:47 PM PDT

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  •  cuffs on, cuffs off: The Clapper /nt (12+ / 0-)

    Warning - some snark may be above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 "I’m not the strapping young Muslim socialist that I used to be" - Barack Obama 04/27/2013 (@eState4Column5).

    by annieli on Tue Apr 08, 2014 at 12:19:24 PM PDT

  •  Google's gonna have trouble with tiny glasses (5+ / 0-)

    for them

    Scientists want to map world's lobsters:

    Warning - some snark may be above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 "I’m not the strapping young Muslim socialist that I used to be" - Barack Obama 04/27/2013 (@eState4Column5).

    by annieli on Tue Apr 08, 2014 at 12:20:39 PM PDT

  •  Homina Homina Homina GOP style (7+ / 0-)

    GOP Spokesperson Asked What Republicans Are Willing To Do To Close Gender Pay Gap, Comes Up Empty

    A spokesperson for the Republican National Committee (RNC) was unable to explain how the GOP would address the pay disparity gap between men and women during an appearance on MSNBC Tuesday and instead repeatedly insisted that Democrats were misleading the public about the issue.

    Kirsten Kukowski, the RNC’s National Press Secretary, dodged questions about the Republican Party’s solutions three different times. Instead, she reiterated that Republicans believe “people should be paid equal pay for equal work” but claimed that the Paycheck Fairness Act would tie down employers in regulations. Pressed for a solution, however, Kurkowski would only say that lawmakers should look to “best corporate practices” and allow for additional flex time.

    I want 1 less Tiny Coffin, Why Don't You? Support The President's Gun Violence Plan.

    by JML9999 on Tue Apr 08, 2014 at 12:22:56 PM PDT

  •  So lobsters are basically giant bugs that taste (5+ / 0-)

    good with butter and lemon. What gives, why are the rest of the Arthropods not on the menu? I know that some cultures eat them but we seem amazingly finicky when it comes to our diet. And if we're going to want to consume meat shouldn't we eat insects, they're vastly more plentiful than mammals and I bet they've got a better return on their value in nutrition.

    Food processed to be nothing more than simple starches with two dozen flavorings and stabilizers added to make it appear to be food isn't "food". It's "feed" -- what you give to livestock to fatten them up for slaughter.

    by ontheleftcoast on Tue Apr 08, 2014 at 12:23:15 PM PDT

  •  Jaelyn Bates is a 4th grade basketball (3+ / 0-)
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    player, currently tearing up the boy's court.
    She may never get equal pay. As it stands now, she won't even get equal play. A tournament in New Mexico is barring her from competing.

    However, the organizers of the Southwest Salsa Slam Tournament said her team would not be allowed to participate if Jaelyn suits up.
    Incidentally, you'll probably go apeshit over their reasoning. I did.

    Without further ado, I give you, the awesome and unbelievable 4'7" wizardry of:


    Still can't embed, damn it.

    To quote the greatest philosopher of the 20th century: "I yam what I yam, and that's all what I yam."

    by franklyn on Tue Apr 08, 2014 at 12:26:33 PM PDT

  •  I absolutely... (6+ / 0-)

    ... applaud the efforts to jail Clapper.

    While we're at it, let's put Michael Hayden in jail, too. It's torture having to listen to him. Maybe jail would shut him up.

    Listen to The After Show & The Justice Department on Netroots Radio. Join us on The Porch Tue & Fri at Black Kos, all are welcome!

    by justiceputnam on Tue Apr 08, 2014 at 12:26:49 PM PDT

  •  Some observations about Maine fisheries: (4+ / 0-)

    We have been talking here in the state for several years about rising ocean temps, while the industry has been taking record hauls of lobsters. I can get one at the local lobster pound for about 3.99 a pound for a one and a half pound lobster, and that's retail. The Island Institute's newspaper The Working Waterfront has been doing an outstanding job of covering the potential damage rising temps are going to do to the lobster and other ground fisheries in Maine. It's going to become a problem.

    It's not just rising temps though. I observe in my own cove, which is at the mouth of a river though a salt-water cove a horrible invasion of Eurasian Milfoil and other invasive plants and algae which has killed nearly all of the mussels and many of the periwinkles and other sea snails on our beaches.

    Coastal Maine has a lot of environmental problems and unlike decades ago, they are not about industrial pollutants in the water. They are about climate change.

    I have been watching this happen here for years and it's only getting worse. Don't get me started on rising water levels and unusual tides. We've got that, too.

    Pope Francis: the Thumb of Christ in the eyes of the Pharisees.

    by commonmass on Tue Apr 08, 2014 at 12:27:29 PM PDT

  •  Remember those Iraqi WMDs? (3+ / 0-)
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    Yeah.. About that...

    Oh wait, this is 2014.

    Remember those Syrian WMDs (sarin)?

    Yeah.. about that:

    More significantly, however, the four-page “Government Assessment” of the case against the Syrian government contained not a single piece of evidence that could be checked independently. It was filled with “we assess” this and “we assess” that. To this day, the Obama administration has not released a shred of evidence that could be examined and evaluated.

    Instead, the propaganda approach has been the old tactic of repeating an unproven assertion again and again, knowing that if a charge is declared with sufficient certitude often enough, the weak-minded will simply begin treating it as accepted wisdom. That’s especially easy when the target of the accusations has been thoroughly demonized as is the case with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

    The only publicly available evidence implicating the Syrian government was a “vector analysis” produced by Human Rights Watch and the New York Times retracing the flight paths of the two recovered rockets to where their azimuths intersected 9.5 kilometers away at a Syrian military base.
    Uh oh.. but...
    However, the “vector analysis” soon fell apart. First, the rocket that struck Moadamiya, south of Damascus, had clipped a building on the way down so the UN calculation of its azimuth was highly unreliable. Plus, the rocket was found to contain no Sarin, making its inclusion in the vectoring of two Sarin-laden rockets nonsensical.

    Even more devastating to the HRW-NYT analysis was the fact that when leading rocket scientists analyzed the capabilities of the home-made device that landed in Zamalka, they concluded that it had a maximum range of about 2 to 3 kilometers, less than one-third the required distance. U.S. intelligence experts, such as former CIA analyst Larry Johnson, also noted that the two recovered rockets were not part of the Syrian military’s Order of Battle.

    Hey!  Have you heard about that evil Ukrainian government crushing dissent and all the protesters agitating against the Ukrainian government?

    I wonder if the U.S. will reprise its role supporting the protesters and fomenting agitation against the Ukrainian government?  I'm betting not, since we have a western friendly govt in place..that U.S. diplomats were caught planning for while they acted to topple the Ukrainian government..

    And how's Libya working out?  Are they enjoying Freedom and Democracy yet?

    Waking Up Yet?  Same policies, different faces.

    The 1% are Purists: They only support Candidates that Deliver Results They Can Bank On. Don't they know they should compromise? /sarcasm

    by Johnathan Ivan on Tue Apr 08, 2014 at 12:28:50 PM PDT

  •  interesting light on Mars (4+ / 0-)

    as seen by the Curiosity rover

    what could it be?

    Has to be Martians - don't you think?

  •  Just have to vent about the UConn team last night (1+ / 0-)
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    I only watched highlights from the game even though I'm a big college bb fan - UConn and UK are two of my least favorite teams for a number of reasons.

    The reason for my venting is the way the UConn team spoke (especially Shabazz Muhammed and their coach) after the win.  They were celebrating having come back to take the title the year after they were banned from the tournament by the NCAA for lack of sufficient academic progress and quotes included such things as "they were being punished for things they didn't do" and they had taken this season and tournament as a challenge to prove that they were a great team.  I, as a college graduate of other state public institutions, was disturbed at how poorly these players and their coach were able to use the English language properly.  Their speech was filled with innumerable examples of grammatically incorrect language, especially saying "we was..." a number of times.  To me, they proved that not only was the NCAA right in saying that these "student athletes" were ignoring the "student" role required of them but also their coach wasn't teaching them anything about the message the NCAA tried to send to them.

    If I were an alum of the University of Connecticut I would be ashamed of the poor academics on display last night.  Sure, they played a good game and they beat some good teams on their way to the title, but they brought shame upon their university, their state and by association the college basketball world for their poor grammar and choice of refusing to even try to improve as students.

    My two cents.

    •  OTOH the speaker of those remarks did graduate (2+ / 0-)
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      and get his degree, unlike most of Kentucky's starting five

      Napier is at his second Final Four; he was a supporting player when the Huskies won in 2011.

      The hero that year was Kemba Walker, the swaggering guard who took — and seemingly made — every big shot. Now Napier has assumed that role, averaging 18 points per game for UConn. Like Walker before him, Napier is a first-team All-American.

      It’s rare that such a dynamic talent is still around as a senior. Most would have already jumped for the NBA. But he honored a commitment he made to his mother, Carmen Velasquez, to get his degree. Napier will graduate in May.

      Read more here:

      Warning - some snark may be above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 "I’m not the strapping young Muslim socialist that I used to be" - Barack Obama 04/27/2013 (@eState4Column5).

      by annieli on Tue Apr 08, 2014 at 12:37:56 PM PDT

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    •  gmafb... (1+ / 0-)
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      They brought shame on the university? Next time, skip the game and you won't be exposed to "their kind."

      Problem solved!

      •  I come from a family of academics. It is shameful (0+ / 0-)

        that those young men have not been "coached" on how to speak using proper English.  I wouldn't have the same standards for people with only high school education (or not even that much) but these guys not only are getting the classwork for college students they should also be getting extensive tutoring to help them make up for deficiencies in their education.  Most are not going on to professional basketball careers and if they can't speak well, they won't be able to compete with regular college graduates who can.  The school owes them the full education they've promised to the athletes and my point is, apparently UConn is failing them academically.  That was the point of the suspension.  I don't see that UConn has learned the lesson of the reason for the suspension and it sounds like they're making the NCAA standards into the problem rather than the poor academic education they're giving the players.

        •  If watching those men fills you with contempt (0+ / 0-)

          and revulsion, and it's clear it does, then you should find a different sport.

          Stick with entertainment that's filled with people who look like you. And sound like you. Maybe Friends marathons on cable?

          Skip the game and save the lecture. And you can stop prattling on about being an academic, you don't strike me the least bit sophisticated or evolved.

          You're not concerned about those men, you're contemptuous of them.

          •  Fuck you. There are plenty of schools that take (0+ / 0-)

            pride in educating their students - that make sure all of their students are able to get a college education and if you think these "students" were speaking English well - I'm not saying they weren't speaking at all, but that they didn't know some of the basics of grammar and don't practice and display them, well you're part of the reason why the education system is dumbing down and not serving people's needs.  You're happy to never have anyone evolve and get better.

            How dare you accuse me of being a bigot!  You don't fucking know me and you are ready to put a white hood on me.  I want people to succeed and do it for themselves. To imply they're just fine as they are when tens of thousands of dollars per year are being wasted instead of helping them is apparently just fine with you.

            •  Spare me the bullshit. (0+ / 0-)

              You haven't written one word of concern for them, just spewed a stream of racially charged invective at them and contempt for them.

              And now you call them "students." If you can't accept them as students of UCONN then why are you watching? They're good enough to dunk basketballs for you but the post-game interview is a step too far?

              GTFOH, and spare me your teary indignation, I see right through it.

              •  They're supposed to be students, receiving an (0+ / 0-)

                education.  I wrote plenty of words about how they should have been helped by the scholarships and tutoring they should have been given and that UConn should have taken that suspension for lack of academic progress as a warning to improve the education they were giving the students.  Instead, it appears the coach and UConn did not give these students the education they deserved in return for their hard work on the court and instead indoctrinated the students that the suspension was unfair punishment and that the NCAA was to blame for their lack of playing rather than the schools and, yes, the players.

                UConn used these young men to get what they wanted - a national championship, and didn't do what they are supposed to do and had agreed to - give them an education that will help them in their time after college.  UConn used them and will discard them with probably no afterthought after their playing days are over.  I am glad that the schools whose basketball I follow (and in a couple of cases, attended) all place highly in the academic rankings of their student athletes - basketball, as well as other sports, plus also are (for two of them, anyway), amongst the most highly ranked schools for their teams.  They do things the right way, in providing education for their athletes while also helping them succeed on the court.  It's not hard to do if the school makes a commitment.  UConn did not, paid a price, and still refused to learn any lesson.  It's UConn failing these men.

                And yes, my teams do recruit students from all walks of life.  They succeed in school.  They come out better for having attended.  I'm sorry you think that's a bad thing.

                •  I'm not reading this crap... (0+ / 0-)

                  You're not interested in the well-being of those students. You came online to take anonymous pot-shots at a group of people whom you deem worthy while they dunk basketballs for your entertainment.

                  The moment the athletics stop, you fill yourself with sanctimony and condemnation. It's absolutely disgusting and I'm done.

                  You can reply and have the last word.

                  •  You're reading this entirely backwards. (0+ / 0-)

                    But you're free to be wrong.  What's annoying is trying to put words in my mouth and then spouting about how sanctimonious I am.  You're making all kinds of bigoted assumptions about me and refusing to actually read what I'm writing.

                    I'm surprised a lawyer (if you are a lawyer) should be defending the player's right to remain ignorant and get nothing other than some wonderful experiences for their four (or so) years at an institute of higher learning.

              •  I did not see racism in those comments (1+ / 0-)
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                But perhaps I wasn't looking for it.

  •  I hate to say it(again).. (2+ / 0-)
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    commonmass, GreatLakeSailor

    But Sensenbrenner is right.

  •  Holder: "investigate allegations of perjury" (1+ / 0-)
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    Uh, just what do you need to investigate when the person admits lying to Congress?

    Holder is just so pathetic.

    Fiat justitia ruat caelum "Let justice be done though the heavens fall."

    by bobdevo on Tue Apr 08, 2014 at 12:38:34 PM PDT

  •  The line is pretty long as to who the Justice Dept (3+ / 0-)
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    “What more do you need besides an admission from Gen. Clapper that he lied?” Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wisc.) asked, pointing to Clapper’s later remark that his denial was “the least untruthful” answer he could give. [...]

    “Wouldn’t it be pointless for Congress to pass new laws limiting data collection if the Justice Department and other officials are at liberty to lie about enforcing them?” said Sensenbrenner, a co-author of the Patriot Act.

    .....needs to indict.  bV$h and Cheney come first.  Then the fraudulent Wall St rackets.  After that, Clapper.

    This space for rent -- Cheap!

    by jds1978 on Tue Apr 08, 2014 at 12:44:12 PM PDT

    •  If, and that's a huge if... (1+ / 0-)
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      If "big people" had to follow the law or else face legal consequences, Holder/DOJ might even be able to do all three more/less at once.

      But of course only "little people" face justice.
      Or the occasional "big people" that steal money from "bigger people."

      The only reason the 1% are rich is because the 99% agree they are.

      by GreatLakeSailor on Tue Apr 08, 2014 at 08:55:30 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Bush authorized torture (1+ / 0-)
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    Go read emptywheel.

    Shall we go? Yes, let's go.

    by whenwego on Tue Apr 08, 2014 at 01:06:07 PM PDT

  •  Shenna Bellows (ME-Sen) (1+ / 0-)
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    on the gender pay gap, from an email today with a petition link:

    I discovered it by accident. In two different jobs where I was working - jobs I loved - I discovered that I was being paid less than my male colleagues who were doing the same job I was doing.

    Working the same job, but not being paid the same paycheck. And I'd had no idea.

    Today is Equal Pay Day, the day in 2014 when working women catch up to the pay that working men earned the year before.

    Do you support equal pay for equal work in 2014? Sign your name here if so.

    The sad truth is, I'm not alone. Here in Maine, women are being paid $.83 for every dollar that men are being paid. This translates into a loss of $7,223 every year for women in Maine working full-time - women who are supporting their children, contributing to our economy, and trying to build a secure financial future.

    When I first learned that I was being paid less than my male colleagues, I felt humiliated and alienated from workplaces I otherwise loved. I agonized over whether to go before my supervisors to plead my case to be treated fairly and compensated equally.

    While I succeeded in ultimately receiving the money I'd earned, too many other women in America haven't been able to overcome the challenges of unequal pay.

    Add your signature if you believe women shouldn't have to lobby to be paid what they've earned.

    During these tough economic times, the stakes are too great and the cost too high for women and the families they support. As President Obama said this morning, we don't just need an Equal Pay Day - we need equal pay.

    I never want to experience pay discrimination again, and I don't think any woman should ever have to either.

    Support a Progressive Dem from Maine for US Senate! Bellows for Senate

    by Illegitimi non carborundum on Tue Apr 08, 2014 at 01:11:32 PM PDT

  •  Citizens demanding changes from Saudi rulers (0+ / 0-)

    The Dutch kids' chorus Kinderen voor Kinderen wishes all the world's children freedom from hunger, ignorance, and war. ♥ ♥ ♥ Forget Neo — The One is Minori Urakawa

    by lotlizard on Tue Apr 08, 2014 at 01:14:21 PM PDT

  •  PPP has great news for beleaguered Kansans! (1+ / 0-)
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    Christianist Kochbot Governor Sam Brownback is being beat by Democratic challenger Paul Davis in's latest PPP poll of voters.  The survey of 886 Kansas voters was taken April 1 & 2, before this weekend's dramatic confrontation at the State Capital between teachers, lead on the House floor by Davis, and the Republican tools of the Koch brothers that were seeking to dismantle critical teachers' employment rights and public school funding.

    The specifics:
    Q:  If the election for Governor were held today, would you vote for Paul Davis or Sam Brownback?
    Paul Davis ..................  45%
    Sam Brownback ..........  41%
    Not sure ..................... 14%

    Brownback's extreme policies and totally inept handling of the state's economy has pushed a relatively unknown Democrat into the lead for the governorship.  This is in a State that Romney won by 21%, a spread that's also reflected in the survey sample.  It's interesting that even before Davis was thrust into the news this weekend, 26% of Republicans were supporting Davis  And what's notable is Davis is also winning the "independent" vote 48 percent to 35 percent.

    There's hope for Kansas despite what you might assume from skimming the headlines.

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