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  • Today's comic by Jen Sorensen is Solar tax quacks:
    Cartoon by Jen Sorensen - Solar tax quacks
  • Texas voters are selecting nominees in a handful of runoffs tonight, and we'll be liveblogging the results at Daily Kos Elections when polls start closing at 8 PM ET. One of the big questions: Will party-switching nonagenarian GOP Rep. Ralph Hall survive for one more term, or will this be it for the oldest member of the House? You can check out our runoff preview for more on this race and the other key contests on the docket.
  • Blumenthal seeks to revive gun-control legislation:
    Sen. Richard Blumenthal said Sunday he would urge Senate leaders to reconsider tougher gun control and mental health measures in the wake of this weekend's deadly shootings near the University of California, Santa Barbara.

    Appearing on CBS's "Face the Nation," the Connecticut Democrat said the recent shootings reminded him of the 2012 shootings at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. after which "it seemed like we were on the verge of legislation that would stop the madness."

  • Green power outpacing fossil fuels in the Lone Star state:
    Wind is going head to head with natural gas at the heart of the fracking boom—and wind is winning. [...]

    Green energy has steadily gained traction in the deep-red state. In 2003, wind made up less than 1 percent of the power supply, according to state grid operator the Electric Reliability Council of Texas. By 2013, that share had risen to roughly 10 percent.

    Texan wind power is set to take off in a major way. From 2013 to 2014, ERCOT estimates that wind capacity will increase by 33 percent. Wind-power potential is projected to jump another 25 percent from 2014 to 2015—a sharp uptick in installation that comes on the heels of a half decade of relatively slow growth. (From 2008 to 2013, installations averaged a 7 percent increase each year).

  • White House blows cover of CIA station chief in Kabul:
    The CIA’s top officer in Kabul was exposed Saturday by the White House when his name was inadvertently included on a list provided to news organizations of senior U.S. officials participating in President Obama’s surprise visit with U.S. troops.

    The White House recognized the mistake and quickly issued a revised list that did not include the individual, who had been identified on the initial release as the “Chief of Station” in Kabul, a designation used by the CIA for its highest-ranking spy in a country.

  • Dozens dead in Donetsk airport fight in Ukraine:
    Ukraine has said it has regained control of the airport in the eastern city of Donetsk after a day of air strikes and fierce fighting with pro-Moscow separatist gunmen left dozens of people dead.

    Vladimir Putin immediately called on Ukraine to end its "punitive" operation in the rebel-held east and for talks between Kiev and the insurgents.

    The battle for the main transport hub in Ukraine's industrial heartland erupted on Monday hours after the president-elect, Petro Poroshenko, vowed to take a tough stand against the "terrorists".

  • Website: "More people will die unless you give men sexual options":
    [Santa Barbara slayer] Elliott Rodger wrote in a 140-page manifesto that he would “punish” women at a University of California, Santa Barbara, sorority house for not being attracted to him.

    In response, a website popular with Pick-Up Artists is arguing that “six lives would have been saved” if there were a societal mechanism for men to learn “game” and “masculinity” and that “more people will die unless you give men sexual options.”

    The Pick-Up Artist community purports to teach men how to have sex with women. The author of this post, RooshV, considers among his fundamental principles that “Women are sluts if they sleep around, but men are not” and that “A woman’s value is mainly determined by her fertility and beauty,” whereas “A man’s value is mainly determined by his resources, intellect, and character.”

  • Why are CEOs exempt? A SWAT team crashed the home of Thomas Harding and threw him, his son and a guest to the ground, and promptly handcuffed everyone. Harding is the engineer of the runaway oil-train that derailed and exploded in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, killing 47 last July. Harding and two others are being charged with criminal negligence in the accident. But nobody is invading the home of some other culprits and throwing them on the floor before hauling them to jail.
    [T]he oil industry has knowingly shipped explosive Bakken crude oil and, in the case of Lac-Megantic, misclassified the oil to make it appear less explosive than it actually was.

    Irving Oil has been identified by Canada's Transportation Safety Board as the party ultimately responsible for insuring the proper classification of the oil it had purchased. No one from Irving Oil has been charged with any crime.

  • On today's Kagro in the Morning show, Greg Dworkin discussed the #YesAllWomen phenomenon, the VA narrative vs. reality, and the marriage equality tidal wave. Dark $ in AR-SEN. Boston's "fusion center" tracked Occupy, missed the marathon bombing.

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