- Today's comic by Mark Fiore is George W. Bush's Art of Legacy:
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- Obamacare is working. Now's the time to start talking about making it better, by Joan McCarter
- We unlucky few: a look at the incumbents who lost their primaries, 1994-2012, by Darth Jeff
- The ghosts, joys and unexpected obsessions of seeing it live, by Laura Clawson
- Repeat after me: President. Obama. Is. Black. by Denise Oliver Velez
- The real IRS scandal that's costing Uncle Sam trillions, by Jon Perr
- Not this Chait again: or, hating Obama is part of the right's racial animus, by Dante Atkins
- Remember when the GOP was the patriotic, law and order party, by Mark E Andersen
- It’s time for the Alan Grayson health care narrative: 'Don’t get sick or die quickly,' by Egberto Willies
- Anything Russian 'in czarist times' is fair game in Putin's mind, by Ian Reifowitz
- These Daily Kos community posts were the most shared on Facebook April 17:
Jews Ordered to Register in Eastern Ukraine, by Timaeus
- The world's $50 billion toxic money pit: A giant oil field was discovered in 2000 50 miles off shore in Kazakhstan's slice of the Caspian Sea. It's called the Kashagan oil field and it's huge. But the international consortium of companies—including ExxonMobil—seeking to get the oil out in the tough climate and problematic underwater terrain has proved difficult and expensive.
In thirteen years, they've spent $50 billion, building islands and pipelines and digging deep, some two and a half miles below the surface, to reach a so-called supergiant oil field where sour crude is mixed with toxic gas at ungodly pressures. In industry circles, Kashagan has become a watchword for massive complexity and near impossibility, and adopted an unofficial motto: "cash all gone."
- Ethnic America, on a map:
The history of European colonization of the Americas is still evident today in most of the United States. This very cool map shows which ancestries make up the largest population in each of the country’s 3,144 counties. [...] The legacy of slavery still shows up in many rural Southern counties, where African Americans make up dominant slices of the population. Mexican Americans are dominant in border states, and in rural areas where agriculture is a big slice of the economy in places like eastern Washington and southern Idaho.
And note those of non-Mexican Hispanic/Spanish origin in northern New Mexico. Those are the families who were in the United States before there was a United States. Or a Mexico, for that matter.
- Texans lose another abortion clinic:
Texas’s harsh anti-abortion law has claimed another victim, as a clinic in El Paso has been forced to immediately halt its abortion services. The Reproductive Services clinic attempted to seek an injunction against the provision of the law that requires abortion clinics to get admitting privileges from local hospitals—a medically unnecessary requirement that’s often impossible to meet—but a federal judge denied that request.
- How the BP oil spill turned African American oystermen into an endangered species.
- John Roberts and the Color of Money v. People of Color:
People of color are almost entirely absent from the top donor profile, and none more so than members of the community that white Americans enslaved for two centuries:
While more than one-in-six Americans live in a neighborhood that is majority African-American or Hispanic, less than one-in-50 superlimit donors do. More than 90 percent of these elite donors live in neighborhoods with a greater concentration of non- Hispanic white residents than average. African-Americans are especially underrepresented. The median elite donor lives in a neighborhood where the African-American population counts for only 1.4 percent, nine times less than the national rate.
In other words: Political money and hence influence at the top levels is disproportionately white, male, and with almost no social context that includes significant numbers of African Americans and other people of color.
- Chelsea Clinton expecting a baby in the fall:
With her mother at her side, Ms. Clinton added, “I just hope that I will be as good a mom to my child and, hopefully, children as my mom was to me.” [...]
In September, CBS News asked [Bill] Clinton whether his wife would rather be president or grandmother. “I think she’d say grandmother,” he replied.
- The rollercoaster-building business:
according to Roller Coaster Database, there are 2,956 roller coasters in 2,067 amusement parks worldwide, with nearly 400 million riders each year. How did these feats of engineering become so popular, and who are the people behind them?
- On today's rerun of the Kagro in the Morning show, it's 4/18/13. West, TX has just exploded, the gun bill has gone down, we pondered what is & isn't "terrorism," and Aaron Schock presaged the court ruling discussed yesterday, declaring good PR a new corporate entitlement.
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