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  • Today's comic by Jen Sorensen is Shooting star:
    Cartoon by Jen Sorensen - Shooting star
  • The biggest primary night of the year is on tap tonight, with elections in eight different states, including the biggest of them all, California. We've assembled a guide to all the key races (over 20 in total), and you can join us starting at 8 PM ET for our liveblog at Daily Kos Elections.
  • Doctors less likely to be Republican than in the past: A new study shows that the partisan stance of doctors, the vast majority staunchly Republican in the past, is changing. In 2008 and 2012, they contributed more to Democrats than Republicans.
    The study attributed the partisan shift to an increase in female physicians and the shrinking number of doctors running their own solo and small practices. The study, which examined federal campaign giving by doctors from 1991 through 2012, was conducted by Adam Bonica of Stanford, Howard Rosenthal of New York University and David J. Rothman of Columbia. [...]

    The tilt toward Democrats does not extend across all medical specialties. Cardiac specialists still give the bulk of their donations to Republicans, and, in general, male physicians are more generous to G.O.P. candidates and their causes than their female counterparts (and most physician contributors identified by the study were men).

  • Sharyl Attkisson of CBS lands at Heritage:
    After reportedly leaving CBS News because of the network's supposed political bias, Sharyl Attkisson is now working for the conservative Heritage Foundation as a "senior independent contributor" to their online news outlet The Daily Signal. [...]

    Following her departure from the network, Attkisson attempted to paint herself has a victim of media bias, floating baseless conspiracy theories suggesting Media Matters had been paid to attack her work. She was unwilling to provide specifics, but claimed there was a "political aspect" to her troubles at CBS and that her supervisors gave in to "well organized" outside campaigns that complained about coverage. Conservative media outlets, particularly Fox News, rallied to Attkisson's defense, with personalities showering praise on her shoddy work and indicating they wanted her to join the conservative network.

  • Six dancers show us their hardest ballet moves in slow motion.
  • Ut-oh. What will happen to Tweet of God?:
    The Secret Service is purchasing software to watch users of social networks in real time, according to contract documents.

    In a work order posted on Monday, the agency details information the tool will collect— ranging from emotions of Internet users to old Twitter messages.

    Its capabilities will include “sentiment analysis,” "influencer identification," "access to historical Twitter data," “ability to detect sarcasm," and "heat maps" or graphics showing user trends by color intensity, agency officials said.

  • Podesta says Obama's climate action will in the future be judged insufficient: Mark Hertsgaard previewed his interview with Podesta to be published in the July issue of Harper's, which will be out in two weeks.
    In a two-hour interview conducted just weeks before his return to Obama’s inner circle as White House Counsel, Podesta told me that the president had been willing to take risks and expend political capital on the climate issue. “But fifty years from now, is that going to seem like enough?” Podesta asked. “I think the answer to that is going to be no.”

    Podesta blamed Obama’s spotty climate record in part on the president’s top aides during his first term (aides who Podesta, as Obama’s transition director in 2008, helped select). The aides’ attitudes about climate change, Podesta recalled, were dismissive at best: “Yeah, fine, fine, fine, but it’s ninth on our list of eight really important problems.”

  • Climate change, fungus give coffee-growers a rough time:
    For nearly six years, a fungus that's commonly known as rust has killed so many coffee trees in Central America that scientists have speculated the region could lose up to 40 percent of its coffee crop. Now, as researchers scurry to maintain the global coffee supply, there are signs that climate change and wild weather could make the problem even worse.
  • #TeamBlackness discussed the firing of Dr. Paul Roof by a Christian university because his photo appeared on a beer can of the Holy City Brewing company. He was not paid for nor asked his consent for the image to be used. Also discussed was whether you should lose custody of your child if you suffer from mental illness, Google's diversity problem, and work opportunities for rehabilitated criminals.

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  • On today's Kagro in the Morning show, Greg Dworkin rounded up the latest polls and headlines on the POW swap, the VA & EPA, plus ACA news & the gun nut civil war. Armando discusses Scott Brown's super-shady corporate "job." Signing statements back in the news.

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