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  • Today's comic by Matt Bors is Enhanced sharia techniques:
    Cartoon by Matt Bors -- Enhanced sharia techniques
  • Sen. Kay Hagan will debate Thom Tillis tonight:. It will be the first of three debates between the North Carolina Democrat and her Republican challenger:
    Expect both candidates to come out swinging,” said Chris Sinclair, a Republican strategist. “This race is essentially tied. They need to score points fast – expect fireworks from both sides.”

    The candidates can be expected to plow a familiar rut in their messaging: Tillis will continue to tie Hagan to President Barack Obama, and she will tie him to the controversial state legislature.

    The debate will be shown on statewide television in North Carolina, but also on CSPAN. It begins at 7 PM ET.
  • These Daily Kos community posts were the most shared on Facebook September 2:
    Must read: How Greg Abbott shut down drive to register low-income voters in Houston, by nomandates

    Adding up the billions wasted by the House Republicans, by echochamberlain

    Comparing How The New York Times Described Mike Brown & Ted Bundy, by David Harris Gershon

  • For the first time, a gay group will march under its own banner in NYC St. Patrick's Day Parade:
    The prohibition on identified gay groups in the centuries-old New York parade had made participation a political issue. Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio refused to march this year, and Guinness beer dropped its sponsorship.

    The parade committee, in a statement made available to The Associated Press, said Wednesday that OUT@NBCUniversal, a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender resource group at the company that broadcasts the parade, would be marching up Manhattan's Fifth Avenue on March 17 under an identifying banner.

  • Really bad timing for release of Sleepy Hollow Headless Day announcement generates apology.
  • South Carolina DMV sued over forcing gender non-conforming teen to remove make-up for license photo:
    In March, 16 year-old South Carolina resident Chase Culpepper was told by the state's Department of Motor Vehicles to remove the make-up he wears on a daily basis otherwise he would not be allowed to take his driver's license photo. The DMV employees claimed that he did not "look the way a boy should" and was not allowed to wear a "disguise" in his photo as he needed to "look male." Chase removed as much makeup as he he could so he could get his license but reported feeling humiliated after the incident.

    DmvIn June, the Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund (TLDEF) stepped in and sent a request to the DMV, asking that Chase be allowed to re-take his photo with the make-up he wears every day. That request went unanswered. Now, the organization has filed a federal suit on Chase's behalf:

  • Idaho State Universitty instructor shoots himself in the foot on campus: An Idaho law allowing guns to be carried on campus by people with a permit came into effect July 1. Authorities said the gun was in the instructor's pocket when it discharged, and other people were present.
    ISU president Arthur President Vailas said there is something that puzzles him about the shooting incident that he hopes the investigation will clear it up.

    “I've got to wonder why it discharged,” Vailas said.

    David Waldman has more on the shooting here.
  • AT&T says it deserves tax breaks but municipal broadband doesn't:
    Government officials shouldn’t give local organizations tax breaks and other incentives to build community broadband networks, telecom giant AT&T said in a filing to the Federal Communications Commission on Friday, because that would create a “non-level playing field.”

    Instead, the government should give tax breaks and incentives to AT&T and other private telecom interests, the corporate giant said in its filing.

    AT&T submitted its comments in response to a request by two cities—Chattanooga, TN and Wilson, NC—for the FCC to preempt state laws that ban or discourage local communities from building their own high-speed broadband Internet networks.

  • Team Blackness discussed the Rastafarian student in Louisiana who was told by school authorities he had to cut his hair even though that is against his religion, the brain-eating water in the state's St. John Parish, the joys of eating tacos and drinking beers for abortion, why one student is carrying her mattress around campus, and how Comcast is messing with your viewing pleasure.
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  • On today's Kagro in the Morning show: ISU prof accidentally shoots self in class. Greg Dworkin: door's open for caution on ISIS. Joan McCarter gives us her take on the news. And, Popular Science explains the "fake cell towers" that can hack your phone without you knowing it.

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