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    • Jonathan Chait's new form of hippie punching - playing the 'GOP are not racists' card, by Armando
    • How gerrymandering has helped turn legislative elections into coronations, by Steve Singiser
    • McCutcheon v. FEC: the 1% versus the .1%, by Dante Atkins
    • Watching the watchmen: A state-by-state look at 2014's attorney general elections, by Darth Jeff
    • Years of Living Dangerously: The most important television series ever, by Laurence Lewis
    • Seeking Justice: from Scottsboro to Central Park, by Denise Oliver Velez
    • Traditional news media must be made irrelevant if America is to succeed, by Egberto Willies
    • FDR, LBJ, and BHO, by Ian Reifowitz
    • Money ≠ Speech, by Mark E Andersen
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  • Another right-wing blast at Colbert as Letterman's replacement with Daily Kos in a cameo role.
  • Pope Francis asks for forgiveness of clergy's sexual abuse: In the strongest public statement on priests' molesting and raping, the pope said in a meeting with a children's non-government organization that "sanctions" would be imposed on the "evil," the "moral damage carried out by men of the Church."
  • “Thank goodness she didn’t play softball like I did.”. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was speaking at recycling conference in a Las Vegas hotel when a woman not ticketed for the event threw a shoe, which missed. She had already been noticed by the Secret Service detail at the event and immediately was taken into custody:
    "Is that somebody throwing something at me?" Clinton asked, according to the Review-Journal. "Is that part of Cirque du Soleil?"

    The newspaper quoted Clinton as saying, "My goodness, I didn't know that solid waste management was so controversial."

  • An ancient fish to give creationists nightmares:
    [I]n 2004, scientists found one of those transitional species: Tiktaalik roseae, a 375 million-year-old Devonian period specimen discovered in the Canadian Arctic by paleontologist Neil Shubin and his colleagues. Tiktaalik, explains Shubin on the latest episode of the Inquiring Minds podcast, is an "anatomical mix between fish and a land-living animal."

    "It has a neck," says Shubin, a professor at the University of Chicago. "No fish has a neck. And you know what? When you look inside the fin, and you take off those fin rays, you find an upper arm bone, a forearm, and a wrist." Tiktaalik, Shubin has observed, was a fish capable of doing a push-up. It had both lungs and gills. In sum, it's quite the transitional form.

  • Los Angeles now No. 1 in total solar installations:
    By the end of 2013, Angelenos installed a cumulative total of 132 megawatts of solar power, according to a report from the Environment California Research & Policy Center. That is about one-third more than San Diego, which previously held the No. 1 spot.

    "It's been a long time coming," said Bernadette Del Chiaro, executive director of the California Solar Energy Industries Assn. "Los Angeles should be head and shoulders ahead of the pack."

    Calculating how many homes can be powered by a megawatt of solar capacity takes some doing because this varies depending on the system installed, consumption rates, average sunshine, and temperature and wind. The Solar Energy Industries Association puts Los Angeles's total at enough to power 28,500 residential dwellings.
  • On today's Kagro in the Morning show, a gun news roundup and a layman's read of an expert's read on Heartbleed. "Playing ball" in NJ. "This Week in Crazy." Subpoenas fly in the VW/UAW case. Is "the ideological middle dead," or is it just in hiding?

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