- Today's comic by Tom Tomorrow is The cartoon hillbilly:
- This is what you missed at Daily Kos on Sunday:
America always pays the price for Republicans' offsetting penalties, by Jon Perr
Anti-union astroturf group is not watching out for your best interests, by Mark E Andersen
What if the 200+ kidnapped girls were white, by Denise Oliver Velez
Pulling back the curtain on Sam Brownback's Kansas financial meltdown, by Ian Reifowitz
Mission Accomplished – The ‘Tea Party’ won, by Egberto Willies
Republican fundraising off Benghazi proves craven political intent, by Dante Atkins
The Daily Kos Elections gubernatorial power rankings: Inaugural edition, by Steve Singiser
- Today is your last chance to vote on Netroots Nation 2014 scholarships.
- The 5 Most and Least Charitable States: Gallup surveyed people in each state asking about how much they donated to charity or volunteered their time. Utah came in first: 71 percent said they donated money recently; 56 percent said they volunteered, 8 percent said they did both.
The rest of the survey, which was conducted between June and December 2013, shows high percentages of people from Minnesota, Hawaii, South Dakota, and New Hampshire saying they volunteer and donate money. Rounding out the bottom of Gallup's list are New York, Mississippi, Arizona, Nevada, and Kentucky.
Gallup argues there is a correlation between states that give more and score higher on rates of well-being, and states that give less and have lower levels of well-being.
- Sandy Hook truther steals sign from Mystic, Connecticut, memorial park: Then he tells mother her child, Grace McDonnell, didn't exist and murder never happened because shooting was a hoax.
- Right Wing Furious Michael Sam Gets Praise, But Tim Tebow ‘Fed To A Lion For Being Christian’:
By now, practically all of America has heard that Michael Sam on Saturday was picked by the St. Louis Rams, making him the first openly gay player drafted into the NFL. And by now, you’ve probably seen the photo of Sam tearfully kissing his boyfriend upon hearing the news, seen the video of them sharing an emotional kiss, and maybe even seen the video of Sam smearing cake into his boyfriend’s face, then kissing him. [...]
But clearly some on the right are furious.
Dolphins second-year player Don Jones tweeted, “OMG” and “horrible.” He later deleted those tweets, and yesterday was fined and will undergo sensitivity training.
- Oklahomans rushing to buy earthquake insurance: After the U.S. Geological Service issued an advisory of an increased hazard of potentially damaging earthquakes related to the injection of waste water that is a byproduct of oil and gas production, including hydraulic fracturing operations, the state's residents are taking out earthquake insurance policies in increased numbers.
- Washington Monument fixed and reopening after 33 months:
More than 150 cracks have been repaired, rainwater leaks have been sealed, and the 130-year-old Washington Monument will reopen Monday for the first time in nearly three years since an earthquake caused widespread damage.
- Watch this robot play catch.
- Lawmakers fail to properly oversee rip-off charter schools:The Center for Popular Democracy and Integrity in Education has documented in a new report that federal funds to badly regulated charter schools are being lost through misuses and outright embezzlement in the industry. And legislators are, in general, doing bupkis about it. The report put 15 states under scrutiny discovered more than $100 million in tax dollars had been lost to "fraud, waste and abuse."
By all accounts, the growth of the charter industry has been astronomic. Charter enrollment has doubled three times since 2000; it doubled from 2000 to 2004, and again from 2004 to 2008, and again from 2008 to 2014. Just last year, over 600 new charter schools opened and an estimated 288,000 additional students enrolled in charter schools. Today, there are an estimated 6,400 charter schools enrolling over 2.5 million students.
- On today's Kagro in the Morning show, Greg Dworkin rounds up horse races & health care. Voter ID's not a he said/she said issue. Geithner book chatter. How to count filibusters. GunFAIL: Respect The Culture. Vox asks if all-secret campaign $ idea is so crazy it just might work.
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