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In Hearing, GOP Chairman Issa Misnames African Country, Repeatedly Mispronounces ‘Ebola’

Congress is out of session, of course, but yesterday House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa hastily called his committee into session in order to fan public hysteria about Ebola after a physician in New York was found to have contracted the disease while tending patients in Africa. In his opening statement, however, Issa mistakenly referred […]

Neocon US Senate Candidate Exploits ISIS Recruitment Video in Campaign Ad

Tom Cotton, neo-con candidate for the Arkansas U.S. Senate seat held by conservative Democrat Mark Pryor, has been nailed for using graphic propaganda footage from a 55-minute terrorist-recruitment film produced by the extremist group ISIS in a campaign ad:

With Millions in Tax Revenue on the Line, Marijuana Legalization Is on Ballots in Three States and DC

As a spate of new studies find positive results from the legalization of pot in Colorado and Washington state, including a dip in traffic fatalities in Colorado — and with Washington state accruing $3 million in taxes since pot was legalized in July, Colorado tallying $18 million in pot-tax revenue since January, including $7 million […]

Democratic N.C. State Senator Calls out Republican Majority for Seeking Retribution Rather Than Governing

Floor Speech on the 2014 Budget from Jeff Jackson on Vimeo. This floor speech from N.C. state Sen. Jeff Jackson, a Democrat from Gastonia, a Charlotte suburb, is making the rounds. Here’s more information on Jackson, who is a veteran and was serving as an assistant district attorney when he was elected by the local […]

The South Is America’s Poverty Belt

Poverty has been on the rise in the South, which, not coincidentally is a bastion of Republican Party control, according to a Census Bureau report [PDF] released this summer, according to Huffington Post:

Anchorage Police Release 911 Recording from Palins’ Drunken Brawl
Bristol Palin to police officer: 'I don't want my face in a picture right now. There's nothing on my face except for beer and makeup.'

The Anchorage, Alaska, Police Department released 911 recordings yesterday from the Palin family’s drunken brawl at a party on Sept. 6. It’s unclear why the Anchorage PD waited nearly two months to release the recordings, but the ultimate effect is to drag this unsavory story about the Republican Party’s 2008 vice presidential nominee into another […]

Pew Study Confirms That Fox Is Dominant Source of ‘News’ on the Right – Liberals Rely on Many Sources

The PewResearch Journalism Project has released a study that confirms what is already clear: The American right gets most of its information about politics from Fox News, while the left relies on multiple sources, including CNN, NPR, MSNBC and the New York Times. According to the study, consistent conservatives:

You Think Ebola Is Scary? Check Out How Many People Die from Plain Old Flu Every Year

Five cases of Ebola have been treated in the United States so far this year. Three were contracted in Africa. Two of these victims were Americans who were flown home for treatment. The other was the Liberian national, Thomas Duncan, who developed symptoms after he arrived in Texas from Africa. The last two were healthcare […]

GOP Does Double 180 Flip-Flops on Czars
Railed against czars in 2009, demanded an Ebola czar last week, now opposes the appointment as soon as it's made

The GOP and Fox News spent 2009 railing against so-called “czars” — actually senior level Executive Branch officials — appointed by Pres. Obama. Of course, presidents have been appointing czars for decades. See the chart below. Recently, one of their leaders, Sen. John McCain of Arizona, the GOP candidate for president in 2008, demanded that […]

Deficit Drops to Lowest Level Since Before the 2008 Financial Crash

Bloomberg: The budget deficit in the U.S. shrank in the last fiscal year to the lowest level as a share of the economy since 2007 as faster growth and falling unemployment boosted tax receipts, the Treasury Department said. The shortfall was $483.4 billion in the 12 months to Sept. 30, compared with $680.2 billion a […]