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- The red state health care deficit is expanding, by Jon Perr
- Why election junkies should care about Iowa (fear not: it has absolutely nothing to do with 2016), by Steve Singiser
- If Republicans don't like being called racists, they can stop behaving like racists, by Laurence Lewis
- Ross Douthat's millennial marxists, by Dante Atkins
- Primaried Colors: A look at the House incumbents in danger of losing renomination, by Darth Jeff
- William Buckley’s minions campaign to ax the Civil Rights Act, by Denise Oliver Velez
- Democracy at risk as Plutocracy hones in on taking over the Internet, by Egberto Willies
- What do racist Republicans Bundy, Robertson, and Nugent have in common? (Hint: it's in the title), by Ian Reifowitz
- In Case it Wasn't Clear: Schuette and Coming Full Circle on Anti-discrimination Law, by shanikka
- Justice Sotomayor explains the importance of acknowledging that race matters, by Armando
- These Daily Kos community posts were the most shared on Facebook April 24:
Bundy Doubles Down on Racist Remarks, by ericlewis0
- Former federal bail-out czar trails registered sex offender for California governorship:
Republican gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari was already facing an uphill climb to unseat Gov. Jerry Brown this year, and now a new poll shows just how steep that hill is—he’s trailing a registered sex offender.
- In case you were wondering. Last week, in an extended televised call-in show with state-owned RT network, Russian President Vladimir Putin answered a six-year-old girl's question by saying that he thought President Barack Obama would rescue him from drowning because "I think he is a decent and quite courageous person, and for sure he would save me." Obama confirmed Putin's assessment Friday to reporters in South Korea: "I absolutely would save Mr. Putin if he were drowning. I would like to think that if anyone is out there drowning, I will save them. I used to be a pretty good swimmer—I grew up in Hawaii. Though a little out of practice."
- Measles outbreaks at 18-year high:
California is reporting the highest numbers, with 58 cases from January 1 to April 14. That's the most cases of measles in the state since 1995. In the past 13 years, the average number of measles cases was nine per year.
The CDC says many of the California cases are a result of people visiting the Philippines, which is experiencing a very large measles outbreak; at least 20,000 confirmed and suspected cases have been reported in the Asian nation. Visitors may pick up the disease and bring it back to the U.S., potentially infecting those who cannot be vaccinated against the measles because they are too young, for example, or who have intentionally remained unvaccinated.
- Kryptodrakon progenitor, a 163-million-year-old pterosaur, is the earliest yet discovered:
An international research team, including a George Washington University (GW) professor, has discovered and named the earliest and most primitive pterodactyloid—a group of flying reptiles that would go on to become the largest known flying creatures to have ever existed —and established they flew above Earth some 163 million years ago, longer than previously known.
Working from a fossil discovered in northwest China, the project—led by University of South Florida (USF) paleontologist Brian Andres, James Clark of the GW Columbian College of Arts and Sciences and Xu Xing of the Chinese Academy of Sciences—named the new pterosaur species Kryptodrakon progenitor.
- Tyson's declaration of 4.5 billion-year-old earth sparks creationist sneering: If you've been watching "Cosmos," the exceptionally well-done Sunday night series narrated by astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson, you no doubt already guessed that episode 7, the most subversive of the hour shows so far, would elicit numbskullery from creationists.
Soon after the show aired, the website Answers in Genesis, whose founder Ken Ham and backers posted a lengthy objection over radioactive dating and backed its support for a "young earth" by reference to Isaac Newton's stated belief in Church of Ireland Bishop James Ussher's count that put the beginning of the earth at October 23, 4004 BC, a date AiG still believes to be accurate.
- Lindsay Graham foe says women cause divorces by loving kids too much. Det Bowers, a pastor running in the South Carolina GOP Senate primary once said in a sermon women are at fault for most divorces even when husband was unfaithful.
“And yet, I find that in about 95 percent of broken marriages, though the husband’s the one that ran out on his wife, the wife loves her children more than she does her husband,” Bowers said in an audio recording obtained by POLITICO. “That is an abominable idolatry.”
- Yep, back in 1971 on the squarest show on television, Lawrence Welk, that duo is singing "One Toke Over the Line."
- On today's Kagro in the Morning show, big thanks to Harrys.com! Use promo code "Kagro" & save $5 on your order! Doc gives $1M for gun research. Armando on silencing debate, for Freedom. The future of "entrepreneurial society?" Behind the curtains of the "disruptors."
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