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  • Today's comic by Jen Sorensen is Let's talk about checks:
    Cartoon by Jen Sorensen - Let's talk about checks
  • Tonight, voters in Florida's 19th Congressional District will select nominees for the June special election to replace ex-Rep. Trey Radel, who resigned earlier this year after pleading guilty to charges of cocaine possession. The only Democrat running is public relations executive April Freeman, but the winner of the GOP nomination will be heavily favored in this deeply red district that went for Mitt Romney 61-39. Three Republicans and their allies have spent heavily: wealthy businessman Curt Clawson, state Sen. Lizbeth Benacquisto, and ex-state Rep. Paige Kreegel, with limited public polling showing Clawson in the lead. Join Daily Kos Elections at 7 PM ET tonight as we liveblog the results.
  • These Daily Kos community posts were the most shared on Facebook April 21:
    President Obama to Pardon/Commute "Hundreds, Perhaps Thousands" of Nonviolent Drug Offenders, by Dartagnan

    Joan Baez [de]fuses right wing protest at Idaho concert, by waydownsouth

    Phyllis Schlafly Gets Schooled By A Twelve Year-Old, by zenbassoon

  • Brad Plumer's pessimistic look at two degrees:
    Consider: the Earth’s average temperature has already risen 0.8°C since the 19th century. And if you look at the current rapid rise in global greenhouse-gas emissions, we’re on pace to blow past the 2°C limit by mid-century—and hit 4°C or more by the end. That’s well above anything once deemed "dangerous." Getting back on track for 2°C would, at this point, entail the sort of drastic emissions cuts usually associated with economic calamities, like the collapse of the Soviet Union or the 2008 financial crisis. And we’d have to repeat those cuts for decades.

    The climate community has been slow to concede defeat. Back in 2007, the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change published a report noting that the world could stay below 2°C—but only if we started cutting emissions immediately. The years passed, countries did little, and emissions kept rising. So, just this month, the IPCC put out a new report saying, OK, not great, but we can still stay under 2°C. We just need to act more drastically and figure out some way to pull carbon dioxide back out of the atmosphere.

    Prediction of possible temperature increases.
  • These are the oldest living things on earth and they're dying:
    They have endured for millennia, but the world's oldest living organisms face an uncertain future. These ancient, yet fragile entities encounter new threats from a changing climate, and humans populating the Earth. For a decade now, photographer and artist Rachel Sussman has wandered around the planet, crossing 20 countries and every continent, to chronicle these ancient creatures.
  • Ranchers benefit from public land grazing that is massively subsidized:
    Right now they are paying $1.35 a month for each cow/calf combination eating our grass. By comparison, the average grazing fee on private land in the West is $16.80 a month, according to the Congressional Research Service, and ranges between $2.28 and $150 on state lands in the region.

    The federal lands grazing program is like supercharged food stamps for bovines. And it is massively subsidized. As the U.S. Government Accountability Office reported in 2005, the program brought in $21 million in fees paid by ranchers, but cost $144 million to run.

  • Alabama's Rep. Steve Hurst wants you to know he supports gun rights:
    The District 35 Republican from Talladega gets his message across at parades in a very unmistakable way: He uses a giant revolver as a parade float. (And a barbecue. The gun is actually not a balloon but a large barbecue shaped like a handgun.)
  • Boozman recovering from heart surgery:
    U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-Arkansas) is recovering in a Rogers hospital after undergoing heart surgery Tuesday morning. [...]

    A source told the Northwest Arkansas Business Journal that the surgery was uneventful and Boozman is expected to make a full recovery. A spokesman from Boozman's office in Washington D.C. said the senator is "receiving excellent care."

  • 9.1 million homes are seriously "underwater": That's 17 percent of all homes with a mortgage, down from 26 percent a year ago.
  • On today's Kagro in the Morning show, the weird & wild Aereo case. The rich & powerful never have to face the music. What next for labor after the UAW drops its NLRB appeal? OK gimmetarians take minimum wage cues (with ALEC's help), from FL gimmetarians on guns.

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