- Today's comic by Ruben Bolling is Super-Fun-Pak Comix, feat. Vampire Hunter, Zombie Slayer & more!
- Initial claims for unemployment compensation fall to eight-year low: The Labor Department reported Thursday that seasonally adjusted initial applications for unemployment compensation decreased by 19,000 to 284,000 for the week ending July 19, the lowest level since Feb. 18, 2006. For the comparable week in 2013, the number was 343,000. The four-week running average, which flattens volatility in the weekly figures, also decreased, to 302,000, the lowest level since May 19, 2007. For the week ending July 5, the total number of people claiming benefits was 2,611,871, up 165,383 from the previous week. For the comparable week of 2013, 4,842,653 persons claimed benefits. But that huge drop is in great part due to the fact that the federal emergency unemployment compensation program expired in December, immediately cutting off 1.37 million Americans who had been out of work for 27 weeks or longer.
- Florida newspaper joins others with regular marijuana coverage:
This June, [Michael] Pollick, a reporter with the Sarasota (Florida) Herald-Tribune, traveled back to California to see something new — a culture, businesses, regulations and people rising around the legalization of medical marijuana. Then, he went to Colorado and did the same thing.
Stories about what he found are running now in the Herald-Tribune and on its new site, Medical Marijuana. The site launched last Sunday, with plans to roll out a series of stories leading up to November’s ballot initiative that could legalize medical marijuana in Florida. The site includes both original reporting from Pollick and some aggregation. It joins other newspapers devoting space and ink to marijuana, including The Denver Post, seattlepi.com, The Seattle Times and Denver’s Westword.
Immigrant advocacy site runs faux obituary ad for Colorado GOP:
We’ve been warning the GOP for years, but they didn’t listen. Today, we are highlighting the GOP’s demographic demise in Colorado with a mock obituary, which will run as an online ad in the Aurora Sentinel. [...]
[T]he Colorado Republican Party is in particular trouble. It’s heading into the 2014 midterm elections in which GOP candidates like Rep. Mike Coffman and Rep. Cory Gardner will need support from Latino voters, but they’re unable to make the case as to why they should have it. Reps. Coffman and Gardner have stood with the extremists in their party in blocking reform and voting to end DACA, failing to lead on an issue their constituents overwhelmingly support. The Latino vote, in a state where Latinos make up 13% of the electorate, may well be the deciding factor in their races.
The Colorado GOP may think they dodged a bullet earlier this year by managing to avoid nominating arch-anti-immigrant zealot Tom Tancredo to run for governor. But the chosen GOP candidate, Bob Beauprez, has been nearly as bad, championing antiquated laws like Arizona’s SB 1070.
With a record like this, the Colorado Republican Party—and its national counterpart—is demographically doomed. View their obituary at the Aurora Sentinel today.
- "Modern Family's" Eric Stonestreet refused photo with Santorum:
"Rick Santorum wanted a picture with me. It was at a time when he was publicly saying, 'Gay marriage, gay marriage [is wrong],' and I'm like, 'You know, I can't do it,'" he said. "It was with him and his kids or something like that, and I said, 'I'd be happy to take a picture with the kids, but I can't just be in a picture with [Santorum.]'"
- Marketing firm says wind power will generate 7 percent of world's electricity by 2018: Right now it's 3 percent. More than doubling is serious business. But, according to Navigant, most of the increase won't be in the United States but in developing markets:
"Last year was the first in which the wind industry experienced negative growth since 2004, but there are signs that the 2013 slowdown will turn out to be an anomaly," Feng Zhao, Navigant's research director told CleanTechnica. "As wind turbine vendors search for new opportunities in emerging markets, primarily in Latin America and Africa, and develop machines for maximum energy production in low windspeed areas, the industry is expected to add another 250 gigawatts of capacity through 2018."
- Joseph Wood's is the four botched U.S. execution this year:
Arizona had never tried the two-drug cocktail of midazolam and hydromorphone before it injected an unknown dose into Joseph Wood's veins Wednesday afternoon. Most executions by lethal injection take between 10 and 20 minutes once the drugs are injected, if performed properly. This experimental cocktail took almost two hours to end Wood's life, so long that his lawyer had time to file an emergency stay of execution in federal court, claiming that Wood had been "coughing and snorting for over an hour" by then. "I counted about 660 times he gasped," reported an Arizona Republic reporter who witnessed the execution. Arizona Governor Jan Brewer said in a statement that Wood "died in a lawful manner and by eyewitness and medical accounts he did not suffer."
- On today's Kagro in the Morning show, Greg Dworkin rounds up Cuomo, Jeb Bush & Rand Paul news; POTUS approval. Plus how "patient-centered" medicine challenges the old teaching methods. Ian Reifowitz on Gop xenophobia, obstructionism, and guns & the politics of fear.
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