- Today's comic by Jen Sorensen is Soldier falls into hands of American Taliban:
- In Massachusetts, less than one percent don't have health insurance:
When Massachusetts passed its landmark health coverage law under Gov. Mitt Romney in 2006, no one claimed the state would get to zero, as in 0 percent of residents who are uninsured. But numbers out today suggest Massachusetts is very close.
Between December 2013 and March of this year, when the federal government was urging people to enroll, the number of Massachusetts residents signed up for health coverage increased by more than 215,000. If that number holds, the percentage of Massachusetts residents who do not have coverage has dropped to less than 1 percent.
- Gallup must have run out of ideas for polls:
"Americans who have been unemployed for long periods of time are more likely to suffer from depression than those who have been unemployed for shorter periods."Reeeeeealllllly?
- Tribe buys anti-R*ds*ins ad for NBA final:
The Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation [of Yolo County, California] has bought airtime in seven major cities during halftime of tonight's NBA Finals Game 3 for a one-minute spot criticizing the Redskins team name, and calling for it to be changed. Here's the extended two-minute version of the "Proud to Be" video, produced by the National Congress of American Indians back in January, leading up to the Super Bowl.
The Californian tribe wouldn't say how much the airtime cost, only that it's a "significant investment." The spot will run in Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, New York, Sacramento, San Francisco and Washington, and ran in Miami during Game 2. Seems like a good time to retire the "No Native Americans have a problem with the name" argument.
- Five Americans, Afghan die in "friendly fire" attack:
ive American Special Operations service members and at least one Afghan soldier were killed when a United States Air Force B-1 bomber unleashed an airstrike on their position in southern Afghanistan, in one of the deadliest instances of friendly fire in more than a decade of war, Afghan and American officials said Tuesday. [...]
The deaths happened Monday night in the restive Arghandab district of Zabul Province, where troops were conducting security operations connected to the presidential runoff election on Saturday, said Ghulam Sakhi Roghliwanai, the province’s police chief.
As the mission drew to a close, Taliban militants ambushed the fighters, Mr. Roghliwanai said. The troops called for air support, but were killed when the airstrike hit them.
- The Definitive Guide to Every Hillary Clinton Conspiracy Theory (So Far)
- Amtrak is becoming its own ISP:
If you've spent any amount of time using wifi on a train, you've probably been frustrated with a shoddy connection that cuts out intermittently, throttles your speed, and sometimes doesn't work at all. To keep customers from jumping ship, Amtrak has an atypical plan to improve its internet connection—it's creating a dedicated wifi network along the 500-mile Northeast Corridor, from Washington, DC to Boston.
- Everything you wanted to know Burt of Burt's Bees: There is now a documentary about the eccentric fellow, now 79, who lives a simple life.
- Mississippi sports reporter terminated for calling Lafayette, Louisiana, the worst place in America:
Matthew Stevens, 29, had been the Mississippi State University sports beat writer for The Commercial Dispatch for about 2 1/2 years. [...]
Along with radio show co-hosts Joel Coleman and Brian Hadad, Stevens spoke about Lafayette and its people Wednesday during "The Full Court Press," a regular feature on internet station Bulldog Sports Radio.
"I'm not going to go as far as to say that they're not people," Stevens said during the show. "But I don't know what they are because they don't speak English - and it's not French - but I don't know what it is."
Hadad responded with, "They're the missing link - if you believe in evolution - between apes and humans, there's Cajuns."
- #TeamBlackness discussed Karlesha Thurman, who took heat for breast-feeding her baby at graduation, the strange story of the town of Texarkana, the #WhitesCantBeRaped ridiculousness on Twitter, and why yelling the N word is not a way to protect yourself.
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- On today's Kagro in the Morning show, Greg Dworkin's roundup: small biz confidence surges; can Dems win on new carbon regs? Medicaid expansion as long term fight. Bergdahl; LV shooters; Phillip Puckett takedown. Vance McAllister still clueless. The "warrior cop" supply chain.
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