- Today's comic by Mark Fiore is Pentagon Hymn, the shores of Tripoli:
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- White man jaywalks with gun...guess what happens, by Denise Oliver Velez
- President Bush declared Iraq a 'catastrophic success' ten years ago, by Jon Perr
- "Stuck in the past" on women? Play offense, say GOP strategists, by Dante Atkins
- Quick question for white conservatives: Is it ever NOT okay to shoot dead an unarmed black man, by Laurence Lewis
- The best and worst campaign ads of 2014 (so far), by Jeff Singer
- Daily Kos Elections Power Rankings: The Governors (Back to School Edition), by Steve Singiser
- To fight ISIS the West must do more to integrate potentially alienated Muslims, by Ian Reifowitz
- Can you still doubt plight of black men with police irrespective of socio-economic circumstances, by Egberto Willies
- Ron Paul skirts the edge of 9/11 Trutherism, LIHOP version:
Numerous reports indicate that George W. Bush received at least one memo stating that al-Qaeda was plotting an attack on American soil prior to the attacks. Paul went a step further, though. He said, “I believe that if we ever get the full truth, we’ll find out that our government had it in the records exactly what the plans were, or at least close to it,” during a Money and Markets podcast, in which he and host Charles Goyette discussed the remaining classified pages of the House and Senate’s investigation into 9/11— pages that Paul believes hold no threat to national security.
- How deportation tears families asunder: Brígido Acosta Luís was forced to cross the border from Brownsville, Texas, into Matamoros, Mexico, in November last year wearing only the pajamas he had on when Immigration and Customs Enforcement had arrested him four weeks earlier. Efforts were made to keep him from being deported. Markos, who was a childhood friend of Brígido's wife, Maria Paz Perez, asked readers here to pressure the government not to deport him.
Nine months later, the life Brígido and Maria had tried to build in the States after he had crossed the border sin papel—without documents—has crumbled. Even though Maria still has a full-time job, the small insurance business she and he started has collapsed, Maria and her two American citizen children have lost their three-bedroom apartment and the expenses of supporting Acosta, traveling to Mexico and paying for lawyers have turned their efforts to build a middle-class life in the United States to ashes. The psychological damage has been rough, too.
The family of four isn't alone in this plight. Freedom of Information requests have revealed that some 23 percent of the people deported between July 1, 2010, and September 31, 2012, have U.S. citizen children. Altogether, one or both parents of about 4.5 million such children are vulnerable to deportation.
- Obama's tan suit gets more attention than anything he said at press conference: Social media and some traditional media went a bit cray-cray over the president's choice of a suit at Thursday's press conference. Usually he chooses between something dark and something dark. But his choice this time sparked all kinds of Twitter traffic, including Jared Keller's tweet The Audacity of Taupe. Time defended the suit. Vox went so far as the write a piece under the headline "The Obama suit backlash is a promising sign of gender equality."
- Library of Congress races to preserve its half-million CD collection: Once the latest technology, CDs are now a collectors' item, replaced by digital downloads. For example, the Library of Congress has 500,000 CDs in its Music and Geography and Maps divisions. But how long will those discs work? Fenella France, the chief of preservation research and testing at the Library of Congress, is hoping to figure that out. She and her colleagues are destroying CDs not part of the library's collection in order to determine the best way to save the CDs that are for the future. One problem: Not all manufacturers used the same methods. And, of course, it's unknown how each of the library's CDs was treated before it became part of the collection.
- Wife of Republican Rep. Andy Harris dies suddenly: Cookie Harris died unexpectedly Thursday.
Cookie Harris, 57, was a strong presence at the statehouse in Annapolis, where her husband served as a state lawmaker for more than a decade. She was particularly committed to anti-abortion policies and the Maryland Right to Life, according to several reports. [...]
“We extend our deepest condolences to Congressman Andy Harris on the tragic loss of his wife, Sylvia ‘Cookie’ Harris,” Maryland Democratic Gov. Martin O’Malley said in a statement. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the Harris family.”
- Internet raises $50,000 for gay guy disowned by family.
- Renewable sources now provide 22 percent of world's energy: In 2012, it was 21 percent; in 2007, it was 18 percent.
- Team Blackness discussed the protest of women in Valladolid, Spain, against the mayor's remarks that women bear responsibility for rape,
a Boston Marathon-bombing love story, suicide tourism in Switzerland, and a dispatch from those on the ground in Ferguson, Missouri.
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- On today's Kagro in the Morning show: Market Basket dispute resolved; we dispute the type of dispute. Libertarian water, now with brain-eating amoeba! Gideon restarts our militarization discussion. Refuse cops' ID demands while armed? Have a nice day! While black? Arrested.
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