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The Koch brothers are dead wrong: Half of America is living in or near poverty

Republicans delude themselves when they say America’s lower class has it so much better than other countries<p>The Charles Koch Foundation recently released a commercial that ranked a near-poverty-level $34,000 family among the Top 1% of poor people in the world. Bud Konheim, CEO and co-founder of …

This week a do-nothing Congress did something

In an era when many Americans dismiss the House and Senate as entities incapable of action or accomplishment, Congress actually did something this week to rebut its do-nothing image.<p>The legislation passed and sent to President Obama won’t name a new post office or avert another fiscal crisis. It …

Dems' 2014 foil: Koch brothers

Democrats want to make the billionaire Koch brothers their 2014 version of Mitt Romney.<p>Harry Reid and vulnerable Senate Democrats turned up the heat this week on the Kochs and their affiliated Americans for Prosperity, which has unleashed a flood of TV ads bashing vulnerable Democrats for …

The Best Parts Of Fruits And Veggies You're Not Eating

Most adults would benefit from one and a half to two cups of fruit and two to three cups of vegetables each day. But it might be easier to reach our recommend servings if we didn't throw away so many beneficial pieces and parts of our favorite fruits and veggies. (Not to mention we might just want …

NASA Confirms the Existence of 715 New Exoplanets

Using a new verification technique, Kepler scientists have confirmed the existence of 715 new exoplanets — four of which are located within their …

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From the archive, 27 February 1987: President Reagan exonerated in Irangate scandal

For the first time since his struggling days in Hollywood, Ronald Reagan was virtually written out of a major script yesterday. He was the tall handsome one who opened the door for the big stars, smiled gamely and then proceeded to fluff the few lines he had before fleeing the scene.<p>It was not a …

American Military Dominance In One Staggering Chart

Despite a proposed slashing of U.S. Army personnel to pre-World War II levels, American military might is beyond question.<p>This chart from April 2013, which is making the rounds again, shows that America's 2012 defense budget surpassed that of the next 10 countries combined.<p>Another example of …

Are Republicans even trying? Another Obamacare horror story bites the dust

Given how horrible Obamacare supposedly is, it’s bizarre the GOP has such a hard time finding real victims<p>Given how horrible Obamacare supposedly is, it's a little bizarre that Republicans and their allies have such a hard time finding victims who are unambiguously worse off as a result of the …

Inside The Army's Spectacular Hidden Treasure Room

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Fresh from win over UAW, Norquist vows anti-union push | Reuters

(Reuters) - Grover Norquist’s trademark cause is fighting high taxes, but the savvy conservative Republican lobbyist just scored a big win on another front - fighting unions - and he wants more, betting on what he sees as a broad shift in U.S. labor politics.<p>Americans for Tax Reform President …

Markey to introduce 'smart gun' bill

A Democratic senator wants to ensure that handguns sold in the United States can be operated only by “authorized” users.<p>Sen. Ed Markey of Massachusetts plans to introduce a bill that would require new handguns be outfitted with personalization technology within two years and that older guns be …

Look At All The States That Let People Stand Their Ground And Shoot

"Stand your ground" laws are once again a national topic of conversation now that the Michael Dunn verdict has been handed down.<p>Dunn, a middle-aged white man, shot and killed unarmed, black 17-year-old Jordan Davis in a Florida convenience store parking lot in November 2012. He reportedly opened …

Obama to drop entitlement cuts

President Barack Obama is done pretending that he’ll get any new budget cooperation from House Republicans.<p>His proposed 2015 budget, due to be released next month, will stick to the economic strategy the White House has laid out without the compromise suggestion he floated last year, White House …

Your newest fraudulent poverty crusader is the Tea Party’s Mike Lee

Tea Party senator will help the poor by drastically reducing their benefits while lecturing them about the market<p>Have you heard about the hot new trend that is sweeping the Republican Party? No, not "endorsing a celebrity's confused defense of Jim Crow," I am talking about "caring about poverty." …

GOP’s Social Security disaster: Conservatives just lost their chance to cut benefits

The president dropping Chained CPI from his budget is a reprieve for the left — and a message to the right<p>Back in November 2012, with the Bush tax cuts scheduled to expire and sequestration looming, liberals were divided among two and a half significant schools of strategic thought.<p>One (mine) was …

California sheriff who says $276,000 pension not enough fuels push for reform

Efforts to overhaul California's public pension system are getting a boost as taxpayers voice outrage over a former sheriff who asked a court for $75,000 more a year in retirement pay -- on top of his current annual pension of $276,000.<p>The latest battle in Ventura County is being fueled by the case …

The First Smart Gun Has Come To America, And It Could Be The Start Of A Revolution

In California, German gun manufacturer Armatix GmbH has begun selling a gun which can only fire when the owner wears an accompanying wristwatch.<p>Basically, the Armatix iP1 is the country's first smart gun.<p>Michael S. Rosenwald of The Washington Post reports:<p>The watch makes the gun think. Electronic …

House Republicans sign on to measure to stop presidential overreach

As President Obama's critics grow increasingly concerned about his use of executive power, they're also examining their options.<p>In the House, more than 100 Republican members have signed on to the Stop This Overreaching President (STOP) Resolution. In it, Rep. Tom Rice, R-SC, lays out the ways in …

Filthy rich but secretly terrified: Inside the 1 percent’s sore-winner backlash

Why are the super-rich whining so much? They rigged the game for themselves, but are terrified of being discovered<p>What explains the toxic mélange of entitlement and shame that’s driving the raging 1 percent sore-winner backlash? From Tom Perkins comparing the ultra-rich to Jews during …

This Chart Shows An Alarming Rise In Florida Gun Deaths After 'Stand Your Ground' Was Enacted

In light of the recent trial of Michael Dunn, Reuters has published a graphic showing a dramatic spike in Florida murders by firearm after the "stand your ground" law was enacted in 2005.<p>Dunn is a white man who shot at a car full of black teenagers during an argument over loud music in that …

Putin Plays the World for Suckers, and Wins

The real meaning of today's arrest of two members of Pussy Riot<p><b>This morning,</b> Maria Alekhina and Nadezdha Tolokonnikova, two member of the protest group Pussy Riot, were sitting in a McDonalds in Sochi when "around fifty" plainclothes police officers arrested them "for robbery," according to their …

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Two Democrats join exodus from U.S. Congress | Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - New Jersey Representative Rush Holt, a physicist who has advocated strongly for research funding and environmental conservation, has decided not to seek a further term in the U.S. House of Representatives in elections in November, Democratic Party Leader Nancy Pelosi said on …

GOP leaders hope to maintain party unity by doing nothing for the rest of the year

With no major deadlines on the horizon, Republican leadership wants to simply wait for November<p>The debt ceiling has been lifted, an omnibus spending bill has been passed, the farm bill is finished and a bipartisan budget has been signed by President Obama. All the must-pass legislation of this …

No-fly list nightmare’s suspicious explanation: Was it really “human error”?

When a Malaysian student was put on the no-fly list, the government called it a mistake. Here’s what else it may be<p>In recent weeks, it has been learned that a Malaysian doctoral student, who was twice granted a visa from the United States to study and obtain degrees in architecture, including a Ph. …

House Candidates Outpace Senate Contenders In Money Haul

With 435 seats up for grabs every two years, House candidates typically raise more money overall than those running for the Senate, where only about one-third of the chamber's 100 seats are contested every two years.<p>But according to the Center for Responsive Politics, the fundraising gap is …