Archive: News & Comment
What It Means for America to Have the Largest Prison Population in the World
When You're Imprisoning More People Than North Korea, You've Got a Problem

This video from the Hank portion of the VlogBrothers doesn’t follow where the $75 billion a year goes, nor does it discuss prison privatization, which drives the spending, but maybe it’s better to start, as the video does, by describing the problem’s scope. Punitive measures that continue punishment even after the convicted have paid their [...]

Obama’s Weekly Address Isn’t So Ho-Hum

Week in and week out, the president posts his “Weekly Address,” a reiteration of the best answer to the most pressing problem of the time, which will never see daylight because of Republican opposition to anything Obama-related. It’s easy to tune out Obama’s message, just to save a little heartbreak. This week, in the wake [...]

Scientists Agree that Humans are Responsible for Global Warming/Climate Change

James L. Powell found 10,885 peer-reviewed scientific articles published in 2013 about global warming or climate change, and of those, only two attributed it to something other than human activities. Writes Powell: Very few of the most vocal global warming deniers, those who write op-eds and blogs and testify to congressional committees, have ever written [...]

How to Make the 2014 Hurricane Season Way More Interesting

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Fox News Compares Missing Malaysian Flight to Benghazi
Two weeks after the plane was lost - what took them so long?

At 5:42pm ET on Thursday, March 20th: During a segment on The Five about the distressed families of the missing passengers, [Andrea] Tantaros remarked that they reminded her of the families of the four Americans killed in Benghazi …

Note to Republicans: Most Poor Americans Are White

Despite the stereotypes — and the reality behind them that blacks and Hispanics are disproportionately poor — the largest group of poor people in America are white people.

Pres. Obama’s ‘Between Two Ferns’ Interview Has Upset Republicans – Because It’s Working

Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis: President Barack Obama from President Barack Obama Republicans say they are agitated that Pres. Obama went on Zach Galifinakis’ fake interview show, “Between Two Ferns,” to promote the Affordable Care Act because he should be spending all of his time on the crisis in the Crimea — never mind [...]

$27 Million Down the Drain? Doh!
Koch Brothers Just Can't Catch a Break in Obamacare Battle

Bad news for whoever is writing the checks at Americans for Prosperity (AFP). The Koch brothers’ political organization has spent $27 million since last August, with millions more planned, on ads attacking Senate Democrats who voted for healthcare reform and who are up for re-election this year. A new poll shows they are likely wasting [...]

On Fox, Issa Walks Back His Apology for Cutting off Ranking Member’s Microphone

Congress-watchers cannot recall another incident in which a committee chairman silenced a ranking member by turning off the member’s microphone — but it happened Wednesday when GOP Rep. Darrell Issa of California, chair of the House Oversight Committee, cut off the microphone as Rep. Elijah Cummings, a Democrat from Maryland, was speaking. But when the [...]

Texas Tea Party Politician Steve Stockman Threatens to Sue Anyone Who Publishes the Mugshot from His 1977 Drug Arrest

Mugshots are made at taxpayer expense and are therefore public records — a fact that anyone who serves in a high position should know. Apparently, however, tea bagger Rep. Steve Stockman, who was soundly defeated on Tuesday in the Republican primary for the U.S. Senate seat in Texas, does not know this. He has has [...]