- Today's comic by Ruben Bolling is The tale of ye olde inter-nets:
- These Daily Kos community posts were the most shared on Facebook May 7:
Grand Rapids to Koch Brothers: Oh No You Don't!, by ScottyUrb
- Heritage Foundation gets into the news biz: Under the leadership of Jim DeMint, the hoary old foundation is becoming more partisan and more dedicated to reaching a younger audience. One aspect of that will be The Daily Signal, a digital news service that it says will be devoted to straight news (cough-cough) coverage.
The site aims to rectify the conservative perception that mainstream news slants to the left. “We plan to do political and policy news,” says Lysaught, “not with a conservative bent, but just true, straight-down-the-middle journalism.”Straight down the middle between the tea party and the Republican Party.
- Initial applications for unemployment compensation fall: After two weeks of significant increases, initial applications for unemployment compensation fell sharply for the week ending May 3 to 319,000. That was down 26,000 from the previous week's revised figure. For the comparable week of 2013, 332,000 initial claims were filed. The less volatile four-week running average was 324,750, up 4,500 from the previous week's revised average. Total claims for the week ending April 19 were 2,832,693, an increase of 10,353 from the previous week. In the comparable week of 2013, there were 4,866,804 people claiming compensation in state and federally funded programs. The year-over-year decrease was due to the failure of Congress in December to renew the federal program for long-term unemployed Americans. More than 2.6 million people who were receiving or would receive federal compensation for being out of work 27 weeks or more found themselves getting nothing the past four months.
- Half a million California kids go to school near fields sprayed with toxic pesticides:
A new report released by the California Department of Public Health has found that a staggering 505,141 schoolchildren go to school within a quarter of a mile of crop fields sprayed with the top 10 most hazardous chemical pesticides, the top five of which are specifically fumigants. Latino schoolchildren are 91 percent more likely to attend schools next to these highly hazardous fields than their white peers.
- Report: Journalists on average are older, less male, less well paid, more politically independent, and more depressed about their profession than previously.
- Sixty-nine years ago today:
- Richard Sherman says "R*dsk*ns" name shows NFL not concerned with racism: Asked if he thought NFL commissioner Roger Goodell would have done what NBA commissioner Adam Silver did in banning L.A. Clippers' owner Donald Sterling over recorded racist remarks, the Seahawks cornerback expressed doubt.
Asked if Goodell would have banned an owner for life, Sherman told Time: “No I don’t. Because we have an NFL team called the R*dsk*ns. I don’t think the NFL really is as concerned as they show. The NFL is more of a bottom line league. If it doesn’t effect their bottom line, they’re not as concerned.”
He went on to say that he hoped Sterling’s racism would help the conversation about whether Washington should change its name.
- Boost minimum pay to $10.10 and 4.7 million working moms would get a raise:
In honor of Mother’s Day, we thought it would be appropriate to point out a gift millions of moms would appreciate: an increase in the minimum wage. About 22 million moms are working in the United States today. Over one-fifth of all working moms would get a raise if we increased the minimum wage to $10.10. That’s 4.7 million moms and their families who would see an increase in wages with that modest minimum wage increase.
And, not to be left out, 11.6 percent, or 2.6 million, working dads would also see a raise if we increased the minimum wage. That’s over 7 million parents who would see an increase in wages.
- On today's Kagro in the Morning show, Greg Dworkin brings news from the Bonkersghazi committee: it's a trial! Tom Edsall's "Supreme Injustice" sets the table for the day. And, "Fear the Camel!" How's that for a teaser? Plus Jane Meyer's look at "Ronald Reagan's Benghazi."
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