- Today's comic by MarkFiore is Learn to Speak Benghazi:
- What's coming up on Sunday Kos ...
- Separate Inequality. Homer Plessy and discrimination by law, by Denise Oliver Velez
- Rick Santorum's single-payer birth control, by Dante Atkins
- How Karl Rove, Rich Lowry and Politico are damaging America, by Hunter
- Book review: Elizabeth Warren's 'A Fighting Chance,' by Susan Gardner
- How to pick your opponent: A guide to gaming Republican primaries, by Darth Jeff
- Why Georgia Democrats want to avoid post-November runoffs, and what they'll need in order to do so, by Taniel
- Glenn Greenwald's blind spot on racism and sexism, by Armando
- Women are morons. That's what they think, by Ian Reifowitz
- These Daily Kos community posts were the most shared on Facebook May 15:
Elizabeth Warren urges passage of student loan bill, blasts FCC net neutrality plan, and trade bill, by HoundDog
"Happy Mother's Day" threat from Florida gun instructor, by LilithGardener
Jeb Stuart Magruder, a former aide in President Richard Nixon’s administration who was imprisoned for his role in the Watergate scandal before becoming a Presbyterian minister, has died. He was 79. [...]
As Nixon’s deputy campaign director and a deputy communications director at the White House, Magruder was charged with conspiracy to obstruct justice in the coverup that followed the 1972 burglary of the Democratic National Committee headquarters in Washington’s Watergate building. He spent seven months in prison before his release in 1976. Nixon, who denied prior knowledge of the planned break-in, resigned under threat of impeachment on Aug. 9, 1974.
In 2003, Magruder said, for the first time, that he had heard Nixon tell John Mitchell, the former attorney general who was head of the president’s re-election campaign, over the telephone on March 30, 1972, to proceed with the plan to break into the Democratic Party headquarters.
At National Journal, we believe that public service is a noble calling; that ideas matter; and that trustworthy information about politics and policy will lead to wiser decisions in the national interest. Those principles are reflected in everything we do—from the stories we write, to the events we produce, to the research and insights we offer our members.
But there's one place where those principles don't seem to hold: in the comments that appear at the end of our Web stories. For every smart argument, there's a round of ad hominem attacks—not just fierce partisan feuding, but the worst kind of abusive, racist, and sexist name-calling imaginable.
The debate isn't joined. It's cheapened, it's debased, and, as National Journal's Brian Resnick has written, research suggests that the experience leaves readers feeling more polarized and less willing to listen to opposing views.
- CNN fires serial plagiarist Marie-Louise Gumuchian: After an unpublished article touched off alarm bells during the editing process, some 50 other articles containing plagiarism were found.
- Tara the mixed martial arts rescue kitty may get a cover story at Cat Fancy (think: Cosmopolitan for cats)
- Farmers keep kissing camels despite virus warnings:
Defiant farmers are continuing to kiss CAMELS despite warnings it can lead to catching a deadly disease.
Camel smooching is most common in Saudi Arabia where health authorities have urged people that it leads to the deadly Middle East Respiratory Syndrome-Coronavirus - also known as MERS-CoV. [...]
Authorities say that not only should people avoid puckering up with camels, they should also wear gloves, stay away from raw camel meat and camel milk, and not to go near sick animals.
- Check out this life-saving Iranian drone.
- On today's Kagro in the Morning show: Operation American Spring! Is white privilege like net neutrality? Obamacare's closing clinics, in a good way. Gop civil war now tax deductible. Robot overlord ethics. GunFAIL data gap. Armando takes issue with Greenwald on race & gender.