- Today's comic by Mark Fiore is Neocon Reunion Tour:
- Third-party candidates are polling unusually well this year, by dreaminonempty
- Sugar, slavery and subtlety, by Denise Oliver Velez
- Romney leaving millions to his kids actually helps workers, says economics prof (and Romney advisor), by Ian Reifowitz
- What every American should know about veterans and their health care, by Mark E Andersen
- This ordained minister is that Democratic bridge to the quasi mythical Texas value voter, by Egberto Willies
- How about sidewalk-counseling the conservative movement, by Dante Atkins
- Pew typologies go much deeper than 'liberal' and 'conservative,' by David Jarman
- Religious freedom frauds, by Jon Perr
- Daily Kos Elections Power Rankings: The States (Late June Edition), by Steve Singiser
- Time, place and manner: the SCOTUS’ women’s health clinics protesters decision, by Armando
- These Daily Kos community posts were the most shared on Facebook June 26:
- Five rotten Republican ideas (and one good one) for fixing our roads.
- Here are the 43,634 Detroit properties verging on foreclosure this year:
This mosaic, created with images from Google Maps Street View, shows one of the many enormous challenges facing Detroit as it tries to climb out of debt. As of January, the owners of these properties collectively owed more than $328 million. Since then, some have paid their debts, entered in payment plans or qualified for assistance. But 26,038 properties, shown with a yellow triangle, remain in jeopardy, and many are headed for public auction.
- Douhat squares the circle on climate change.
- Gay Republican staffers in the Bush White House:
Like dozens of other gay colleagues in the Bush White House, many of them closeted, [Steven] Levine had been sure that Bush himself was personally tolerant even if the GOP was not—and uncomfortable with gay-bashing as a way to win elections. But this [unexpected public opposition to same-sex marriage from the president] was a rebuff, and it was hard not to take it personally: “To be working extraordinarily hard with all of your energy, working through many nights for somebody that you believe in, and to hear that person that you work so hard for come out against something that you are.” [...]
Levine stayed with Bush right upuntil the president hopped into the armored presidential limo for the ride to Barack Obama’s inauguration 27 months later. As the taillights disappeared down Pennsylvania Avenue, Levine left town. A few months later, one of his gay friends who had also worked in the White House sat down in front of Facebook and counted the Bush White House staffers he knew to be gay. He came up with at least 70 (only two of them women).
- Elsa of "Frozen" is Disney's latest baby-naming blockbuster.
- Grover Norquist tweets his love for Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin. But maybe he wasn't listening since he thinks "Hey Joe"—a song made famous by Hendrix in 1966 about a guy who shoots his wife and flees to Mexico—is "pro-family" and "pro-2nd Amendment." Or maybe he just twists everything he hears.
- Massachusetts SWAT teams claim they are not subject to open records laws because they are private corporations.
- We take a walk down TWiB memory lane with some notable conversations with former Republican Jeff Wartman, transgender rights activist and author Janet Mock, and a discussion on what defines race from our "Historical Blackness" show with Dr. Blair Kelley.
Some conversations just never lose their relevance.
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- On today's Kagro in the Morning show, Greg Dworkin brings good fodder on buffer zones & recess appointments. Also from the courts: the ACA & the Origination clause; a federal judge upholds CO's new gun laws. The passing of Howard Baker. Why the media loves Iraq hawks.
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