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June 26, 2016 at 21:31:14
Open thread for night owls--Study: Special interests pouring money into local elections

Lauren McCauley at Common Dreams writes--Landmark Survey Finds Special Interests are Pouring Money into Local Elections: The Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law on Sunday published a landmark report (pdf) documenting how secret donations have corroded democracy at the state level, where it is "arguably most damaging."


June 26, 2016 at 20:01:02
Some common signs of an investor with a liquidity problem

Many moons ago I was closely involved in the world of finance--stocks and bonds, mostly. In the investment world, liquidity refers to how fast an investment can be turned into cash. Exchange listed stocks are good examples of highly liquid investments. You may not get the price you want, but if you hold 1,000 shares of Intel and want out, you'll get a price as fast as you can put in the order to sell. Real estate is generally not considered very liquid. If you've ever tried to sell a home or any other property you know why: It can take months to find a buyer and weeks to close the deal after you do.


June 26, 2016 at 18:41:08
Donald Trump and the 53-inch penis

With their national convention in Cleveland now less than a month away, Congressional Republicans and many in their amen corner among the right-wing media are horrified by their party's 2016 presumptive nominee for president. As well they should be--Donald Trump may not just cost them the White House, but their Senate majority and potentially dozens of House seats as well. But if the GOP's best and brightest are panicked that more than 13 million primary voters and the overwhelming majority of Republican delegates picked the racist and xenophobic snake oil salesman to top the ticket, they shouldn't be surprised. After all, tapping into white racial resentment has been an essential Republican political strategy for more than 50 years. When torture goes unpunished, boasting about war crimes like "taking out" families of terrorists and "bombing the shit" out of ISIS-controlled towns produces applause lines. Despite the catastrophic economic performance of past Republican CEOs-turned-president (see Hoover, Herbert and Bush, George W.), conservatives continue to tout businessmen and their fantastical fiscal plans for the Oval Office. It's no surprise that when the tough-talking, small-fingered narcissist bragged about the size of his penis on national television, Republican primary voters didn't blink.


June 26, 2016 at 17:21:08
Interview with the undocumented valedictorians who ignited a firestorm of controversy

Larissa Martinez and Mayte Lara Ibarra were the valedictorians at their high schools in McKinney and Austin, Texas, respectively. These scholars both came out as Dreamers, or undocumented young immigrants, in a very public manner during the end of their high school careers. Jaime Rodriguez, editor in chief of Rice University's Tapia magazine, brought the two young valedictorians to Houston for a panel discussion.


June 26, 2016 at 16:01:05
Her homophobia reminds me of me

We were so alike then, almost mirror reflections of each other, two dark-skinned curvy girls with wide, bright smiles. Thick coarse hair crowned our heads, each mane lightly bleached and damaged from misapplied chemical relaxers. We both had the kind of luscious full lips that everyone wants now, but only black folks unabashedly loved then. We'd grown up having our thick frames praised and sought after, so it hadn't occurred to either of us to fear crop tops.


June 26, 2016 at 14:41:03
Big businesses are hurting small businesses

We often hear that taxes and regulation are hurting small businesses. As a small business owner and someone who talks to a lot of conservatives, I hear this all the time. Though it has a small kernel of truth to it (a key to most successful marketing), this ignores the larger part of what's really happening.


June 26, 2016 at 13:21:03
Clinton's gamble on gun safety is paying off

Last fall, after the latest mass shooting--this one at an Oregon community college that killed nine people--Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton decided to go all in on the gun issue. No doubt it was a personal as well as a political decision. This is not a new issue for Clinton. She has been working against gun violence since she was first lady and continued as a New York senator. She co-sponsored legislation to close gun show loopholes and ban assault weapons, and voted against immunity for gun dealers and manufacturers.


June 26, 2016 at 10:41:06
America's national priorities: Police thuggery, broken schools, and the 'wages of whiteness'

A budget is a statement of priorities and values. In a political community, a budget also prioritizes the interests of some individuals and groups over those of others. For example, the city of Chicago has spent more than $ 500 million since 2014 in literal blood money for the victims of police brutality. Collectively, the 10 largest American cities have paid out hundreds of millions of dollars to settle police misconduct cases during the same time period.


June 26, 2016 at 09:21:03
Two weeks after Orlando, Trump's reaction looks even crazier

There are statements that may appear foolish and wrong-headed when initially uttered, yet which--after the passage of time--we recognize as containing previously unseen wisdom. This ain't one of them. x Appreciate the congrats for being right on radical Islamic terrorism, I don't want congrats, I want toughness & vigilance. We must be smart!


June 26, 2016 at 08:01:06
'Lift ev'ry voice and sing:' Honoring an anthem and its author

The month of June marks both the birth and death of a key black figure in American history: James Weldon Johnson. My first introduction to Johnson was through a song. It was not until 1956 when my family moved from New York City to the campus of Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, a Historically Black College (HBCU), that I had the chance to sing what was then known as the "Negro National Anthem" in a school assembly.


June 26, 2016 at 06:01:05
Abbreviated Pundit Round-up: Will he or Will he not.

The answer is: He Will not. But it was a close thing. On Friday, George Will announced that he was leaving the Republican Party, saying that Trump & Friends were not his party. This left me with quite a dilemma. First, there's the long-standing, well-nigh sacred rule that I do not summarize George Will in the Sunday APR. Yes, there's also a rule stating that I refuse to air another of Maureen Dowd's weekly applications to join the Plastics, but the George Will rule " that's serious. I think of it as an act of public charity, if not public safety. Breaching such a rule is not to be done lightly.


June 25, 2016 at 22:01:08
Open thread: Singing, priorities and gambles

What's coming up on Sunday Kos "

  • 'Lift ev'ry voice and sing'-- Honoring an anthem and its author, by Denise Oliver Velez
  • Two weeks after Orlando, Trump's reaction looks even crazier, by Ian Reifowitz
  • America's national priorities: Police thuggery, broken schools, and the 'Wages of Whiteness,' by Chauncey DeVega
  • Passing a new rubicon on gun violence and terrorism, by Frank Vyan Walton
  • Clinton's gamble on gun safety is paying off, by Sher Watts Spooner
  • Big businesses are hurting small businesses, by David Akadjian
  • Her homophobia reminds me of me, by Irna L Landrum
  • Interview with the undocumented valedictorians who created a firestorm, by Egberto Willies
  • Donald Trump and the 53-inch penis, by Jon Perr
  • Some common signs of an investor with a liquidity problem, by DarkSyde
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