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California's redistricting success in jeopardy?

A Supreme Court case challenges independent panels that set legislative boundaries.<p>LOS ANGELES – Just last November, California voters experienced a bracing novelty — a handful of competitive state assembly elections — after decades of blatant gerrymandering in which the legislature drew lines that …

House Majority Leader: The Senate Should Change Filibuster Rules

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., said on NBC’s "Meet the Press" Sunday that the Senate should change its rules to allow for easier passage of legislation.<p>Currently, the Senate’s rules allow for a senator to filibuster, or prevent the chamber from acting or voting on a bill or other …

North Carolina Just Gave Millionaires A Tax Cut, Raised Taxes On The Poorest 900,000 Working Families

The 900,000 poorest working families in North Carolina just got another tax hike from the conservatives who swept state legislature elections in 2010.<p>…

Sorry, Folks, Rich People Actually Don't 'Create The Jobs'

In this war of words (and classes), one thing has been repeated so often that many people now regard it as fact.<p>"Rich people create the jobs."<p>Specifically, by starting and directing America's companies, entrepreneurs and rich investors create the jobs that sustain everyone else.<p>This statement is …

Entrepreneurship

State successes show ACA can work

With all the waves of bad news about the Obamacare website and the canceled policies, it would be easy to conclude that nothing in this law will ever work — that it’s just too big and complicated and messy.<p>But that’s not the complete picture of the Affordable Care Act rollout. There are a few …

Duncan schooled in limits of power

Arne Duncan brought the most ambitious reform agenda in years to the Department of Education — and a determination to use every lever of power to accomplish it.<p>The results were stunning: In barely a year, more than 100 state laws were passed to open public schools to competition and set tough new …

Poll: Americans back Iran deal

Americans support the nuclear deal with Iran brokered in Geneva by a two to one margin, according to a new poll.<p>The Reuter/Ipsos survey shows that 44 percent of Americans are in favor of the six-month interim agreement reached in Geneva on Saturday, while 22 percent are opposed to it.<p>Under the …

Mark Halperin’s epic fail: Actually, nuclear option will save Medicare

MSM pundits claim to want to cut healthcare costs — then hate Harry Reid’s nuclear option, which allows just that<p>Brian Beutler<p>November 27, 2013 12:44pm (UTC)<p>When Harry Reid invoked the "nuclear option" last week to permanently prohibit filibustering judicial and executive branch nominees (SCOTUS …

Morning Must Reads: November 27

“Tensions are running high in the skies between China and Japan—and the United States is refusing to stay on the sidelines. After Beijing upset the …

The real fix for Obamacare's flaws: Medicare for all | RoseAnn DeMoro | Opinion | theguardian.com

HealthCare.gov Should Be Fixed This Weekend, but Don’t All Sign Up at Once

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Fixes to the Affordable Care Act website, which launched in a spectacularly dismal fashion on …

The Obamacare success stories you haven't been hearing about

Last summer Ellen Holzman and Meredith Vezina, a married gay couple in San Diego County, got kicked off their long-term Kaiser health plan, for which they'd been paying more than $1,300 a month. The cause wasn't the<p>Affordable Care Act, as far as they knew. They'd been living outside Kaiser's …

5 Christian right delusions about history

<b>Joe McCarthy</b><p>If these extremists are to be believed, Joe McCarthy was a decent man and the Founding Fathers were theocrats<p>Amanda Marcotte<p>November 26, 2013 1:15pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on AlterNet.<p>The Christian right is most known for their denial of inconvenient science, but in many …

Embrace your small penis, men: Everyone else is lying anyway!

<b>(MaxFX via Shutterstock)</b><p>Only one man in 100 reaches beyond the 5-to-7-inch average. Why are men lying, and why do women expect more?<p>Tom Hickman<p>November 23, 2013 9:00pm (UTC)<p>Excerpted from “God’s Doodle: The Life and Times of the Penis”<p>Intellectually, a man knows that the size of his penis shouldn’t …

Iran talks at ‘final moment,’ says China

GENEVA — Negotiations in Geneva over Iran’s nuclear program have “reached the final moment,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said …

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The 250th!!! Green Diary Rescue: Climate conference in Warsaw, fracking lobby, Ikea goes renewable

<b>Climate Chaos</b><p>Warsaw Walkout: "COP Polluters Talk, We Walk"—by <b>boatsie</b>: "As business proceeds as usual inside the Plenaries and meeting rooms during …

Vineyards that are putting Virginia on the fine-wine map

<b>Thomas Jefferson was a failure.</b><p>Yes, the man did some good work, writing the Declaration of Independence and running the country as our third president. Monticello is fairly impressive, too. But there is no way around it: As a winemaker, Jefferson was a disaster.<p>He began planting grapes in Virginia …

Cop Admits He Ordered Mentally Ill Black Man To Sing, Make Animal Noises

A suburban Detroit police officer admitted he asked a mentally ill black man to sing and dance and video recorded the incident.<p>Videos and and photos …

HHS delays 2015 enrollment to ... just past the midterm elections

Guess who’s worrying about the 2014 midterms? It’s not Republicans, but the White House. In a nonsense move, HHS has announced a one-month delay in …

An Energy Bill Both Parties Can Love

While the pas­sage of a raft of GOP-backed en­ergy bills this month ap­peared to widen the di­vide between House Demo­crats and Re­pub­lic­ans, a …

Apple Cores Are a Myth

You can eat the whole apple. Americans could be throwing away $13.2 billion.<p>Hamblin eats apple (<i>The Atlantic Video</i>)<p>What do you think an apple core is? What's the thing we throw away?<p>It is a ghost. If you eat your apples whole, you are a hero to this ghost. If you do not, you are barely alive. Come …

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2 out in Army 'pretty' photo flap

The Army colonel who wrote an internal email suggesting public affairs officers use photos of “average-looking women” when they need to illustrate stories about female soldiers has stepped down as the leader of an Army study on gender integration.<p>Army spokesman George Wright confirmed on Saturday …