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pjohnf - Why won’t Illinois lawmakers reform their own pensions? - Quincy, IL News -
Why won't Illinois politicians reform their own pensions? That's a good question. They're eager to blame state employees and other government workers for Illinois's budget problems, yet they ignore their own bankrupt pension system, while the tax payers pay year after year to keep politicians in their Cadillac pensions. If Illinois pension reform is to happen then the corrupt politicians…
pjohnf - Madigan files, passes bill to nix lawmaker pay raises after blocking similar bill for weeks - Quincy
Madigan's bill was nothing more political grand standing and was designed to fool the foolish. He thinks the public is stupid, especially his supporters, but anybody with a brain can see through his subterfuge. Madigan and his co-conspirator Cullerton passed a continuing appropriation last year in the hopes of hiding the annual raises from the tax payers and not requiring a vote by the corrupt…
pjohnf - Jewish Democrats give John Kerry earful on Iran deal - Quincy, IL News -
He warned that walking away from the deal would isolate the United States from its international allies and Iran’s countdown to nuclear weapons “starts tomorrow.” Duh, our allies don't trust us anyway and our enemies don't fear us so what's to lose if we reject this bad deal? The countdown to Iran getting a nuclear bomb started a long time ago, Lurch. And Lurch actually said this, "“I…
Givemeliberty - Trash burner has residents seeing red - Quincy, IL News -
Government--Do as I say not as I do.
db1998 - Man jumps off Bayview Bridge - Quincy, IL News -
yes - weeks ago now. Like 7-3-2015? the one downtown It was a 69 yr old man, and there was no 69 yr man obit in the paper for 2 weeks after.

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July on pace to be the deadliest month of 2015 for people killed by American police

5 hours, 32 minutes ago by (Shaun King)

As of this writing, on the afternoon of Wednesday, July 29th, 2015, we know of 111 people who have been killed in fatal encounters with police across the United States. The previous high for 2015 was this past March when 115 people were killed. With 3 days left, and an average of about 4 people killed…
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Senate GOP plans a vote to defund Planned Parenthood, but not without some nerves

1 day, 1 hour ago by (Laura Clawson)

Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL) Senate Republicans aren't as confident about defunding Planned Parenthood as the bluster from some quarters suggests. While Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is making encouraging noises about using its legal fetal tissue donation practices as an excuse to attack Planned Parenthood,…
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Finally! A Republican health care plan!

1 hour, 24 minutes ago by (Joan McCarter)

America, our long national nightmare is over. Donald Trump just outlined his health care plan live on @CNN: "Repeal and replace with something terrific." — Chris Moody (@moody) July 29, 2015 I'm sold.
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Marco Rubio: 'Look at all this outrage over a dead lion' instead of 'Planned Parenthood dead babies'

1 hour, 43 minutes ago by (Hunter)

Delete your account. Look at all this outrage over a dead lion, but where is all the outrage over the planned parenthood dead babies. — Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) July 29, 2015 I swear the Republican presidential field is getting dumber by the day. It's pointless to blame it on Trump: the plain…
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Here we go again ... Democrats prep for 2016 messaging

4 hours, 15 minutes ago by (Kerry Eleveld)

Oh goodness help us. In preparation for 2016, Democrats are taking another stab at their messaging strategy, led by none other than Dr. Doom himself, Rep. Steve Israel. Lauren French reports: “The criticism of Democrats is that we have no message. That’s wrong. The problem is we have too many messages,”…
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Midday open thread: Which came first? The chicken or the egg?

2 hours, 43 minutes ago by (Barbara Morrill)

Today's comic by Matt Bors is Mike Huckabee goes Godwin: Which came first, the chicken or the egg? Jackie Calmes, a veteran Washington correspondent for The New York Times, makes the case that it’s now no longer Republican Party leaders setting the party agenda. No, “It is conservative media – not…
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Donald Trump is representative of the Republican Party, however much they deny it

5 hours, 56 minutes ago by (Laura Clawson)

Donald Trump just keeps on saying stupid, outrageous, offensive things—and all too many of them are things that tie in to his party's weaknesses. The Republican Party has had its problems with rape comments from Republican politicians in recent years, and with Latino voters, and with its opposition to…
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University of Cincinnati officer Ray Tensing indicted for murder in the shooting death of Sam Dubose

4 hours, 8 minutes ago by (Shaun King)

Officer Ray Tensing A University of Cincinnati police officer, Ray Tensing, was just indicted for the murder of Sam Dubose. After a routine traffic stop for not having a front license plate on the car, Tensing shot Dubose in the back of the head, and it is believed that he died instantly because of…
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Breaking: Hillary Clinton got a haircut

4 hours, 23 minutes ago by (Laura Clawson)

Not this crap again. Hillary Clinton may possibly have paid $600 for a haircut, according to a story the always reliable New York Post broke, which is of course being picked up in fine outlets like The Hill. Can you imagine if the media covered male candidates like they do women? To get his hair in the…
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Federal prosecutors indict Democratic Rep. Chaka Fattah of Philadelphia on corruption charges

5 hours, 5 minutes ago by (David Nir)

Chaka Fattah It's the end of the line for Rep. Chaka Fattah. On Wednesday, federal prosecutors indicted the Philadelphia Democrat and several top associates on a broad array of corruption charges. Fattah had long been under investigation and now he faces 29 counts of wrongdoing that include a racketeering…
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Clinton underestimates the grassroots energy around Keystone XL at her own peril

21 hours, 42 minutes ago by (Kerry Eleveld)

Hillary Clinton gave her worst answer yet on the Keystone XL pipeline Tuesday, saying she wouldn't comment because the decision was up to President Obama and she didn't want to "second-guess" him. Then she added this: “If it’s undecided when I become president, I will answer your question,” she said. For…
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Scott Walker gets a very Philadelphia welcome as he orders cheesesteak wrong

7 hours, 8 minutes ago by (Laura Clawson)

Getting a cheesesteak in Philadelphia may be one of the most difficult campaign stops any presidential candidate faces. There are rules, and the locals are very particular about enforcing them. Scott Walker ran into that on Tuesday. If Scott Walker is dumb enough to cut a steak line in South Philly,…
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Drama finally settled, the House set to pass a highway bill

7 hours, 36 minutes ago by (Joan McCarter)

Nothing motivates Congress like impending recess, particularly when that recess is five weeks long. So the House will vote Wednesday on that one thing they absolutely had to get done this week: yet another short-term funding bill for highway and surface transportation projects. This is after more than…
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To Donald Trump, a woman needing to pump breast milk is 'disgusting'

7 hours, 56 minutes ago by (Laura Clawson)

Donald Trump does not deal well with frustration, and he gets frustrated when he doesn't completely control a situation. That's something we could easily have guessed based on, oh, everything about him, but it's also something evident in a whole bunch of testimony in recent lawsuits the New York Times…
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Cartoon: Mike Huckabee goes Godwin

7 hours, 53 minutes ago by (Matt Bors)

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Morning Digest: Why Florida's Senate primary might soon see some serious horse-play

9 hours, 43 minutes ago by (Daily Kos Elections)

Republican Rep. Ted Yoho is reportedly mulling a Senate campaign Leading Off: • FL-Sen: Thanks to Donald Trump, it's been hard for GOP primaries at any other level of politics to earn the distinction of being batshit hilarious, but Florida's Senate race might just stand a chance. That's because Rep.…
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Daily Kos Radio is LIVE at 9 am ET!

9 hours, 13 minutes ago by (David Waldman)

It's Wednesday! That's Joan McCarter day! Unless it's "Joan McCarter Gets Unbelievably Busy and by the Time She Gets a Chance to Take a Breath and Look Up, it's 11:15" day, of course. Such things do happen, in the course of providing you with consistently fresh and informative written content, you know. But…
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Cheers and Jeers: Wednesday

9 hours, 24 minutes ago by (Bill in Portland Maine)

From the GREAT STATE OF MAINE… Media Advisory Here are today's campaign events by the Republican candidates for president: Sen. Rand Paul will cut up a Donald Trump mannequin with a chainsaw, throw the pieces into a woodchipper, and set the pile of Trump dust on fire with a flamethrower. Sen. Lindsey…
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Abbreviated Pundit Round-up: Trump rising, Christie sinking

10 hours, 13 minutes ago by (Greg Dworkin)

Monmouth: NEW HAMPSHIRE: TRUMP LEADS, BUSH SECOND Christie, Walker, Cruz may be most hurt by Trump About 1-in-7 (15%) likely voters in the New Hampshire GOP primary report having met or seen one of the candidates in person. About half that number (7%) say they have seen Chris Christie. No more than 3%…
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Open thread for night owls: The sinking of the poaching vessel 'Thunder'

18 hours, 42 minutes ago by (Hunter)

Sea Shepherd's 'Bob Barker'. The controversial group is most known for their aggressive at-sea actions against Japanese whale hunters. The New York Times' Ian Urbina recounts the April sinking of one of the world's most notorious illegal fishing vessels. It was an unexpected end to an extraordinary…
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American dentist paid big bucks to shoot well-known and beloved lion in Africa

1 day, 8 hours ago by (Jen Hayden)

In Zimbabwe, Cecil the lion was famous and beloved. He was a 13-year-old male lion who was the main feature at Hwange National Park. Officials believe he was baited into leaving the park sanctuary: "He never bothered anybody. He was one of the most beautiful animals to look at." The lion had been "baited"…
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The mass deportation most GOP voters want would cost taxpayers hundreds of billions

1 day, 1 hour ago by (Kerry Eleveld)

Though a strong majority of GOP voters—63 percent—say they would like to simply deport all undocumented immigrants, they probably have no idea that it's going to cost taxpayers a pretty penny. Esther Yu-Hsi Lee has the break down: The center-right organization American Action Forum (AAF) found that it…
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3 weeks after burning a Confederate flag in a grill, a Colorado mom arrested at midnight

2 days, 2 hours ago by (Shaun King)

On this past Fourth of July, Patricia Cameron helped lead a rally with a Confederate flag-burning. This was a week before it officially came down at the South Carolina State House. Cameron and others lit the flag on fire in a grill at a public park. Almost three weeks later, at nearly midnight, when…
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New Mexico Republican official ousted for throwing a party with a Trump piñata

1 day, 3 hours ago by (Jen Hayden)

Think you can break me open, loser? National Republican candidates and staffers may be publicly scolding Donald Trump for his egregious, racist comments about undocumented workers, but one New Mexico Republican staffer is in hot water after using a Trump piñata: Former Santa Fe County GOP treasurer…
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Another Christie corruption case is moving forward

21 hours, 13 minutes ago by (Hunter)

Oops? Another potential scandal in Chris Christie-land keeps trundling forward, this one related to the allegation that Christie improperly (and potentially criminally) squashed a grand jury indictment of a Christie-connected county sheriff. Not in dispute: after the sheriff of Hunterdon County and…
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Rand 2016 is on the ropes

1 day, 3 hours ago by (Kerry Eleveld)

Has Trump knocked out his first contender? Rand Paul's 2016 hopes appear to be heading straight down the tubes as he grapples with an underfunded campaign and infighting among his staff. Alex Isenstadt breaks it down after doing interviews with more than a dozen staff members. They described an operation…
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Right-wing unites behind anti-LGBT 'First Amendment Defense Act'

1 day, 4 hours ago by (Kerry Eleveld)

Idaho Rep. Raúl Labrador is pushing a license to discriminate bill in Congress—the 'First Amendment Defense Act.' The right wing is coalescing around the newly introduced First Amendment Defense Act (FADA), which aims to protect the 'religious freedom' of tax-exempt organizations and individuals who…
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Scott Walker won't compete in Florida, but shhhh, it's a secret

1 day, 2 hours ago by (Laura Clawson)

Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI) If your name's not Jeb Bush or Marco Rubio, your chances of winning the Florida Republican presidential primary are slim to none. There's no shame in admitting that when a state's sitting senator and former governor are duking it out, one of them is overwhelmingly likely to…
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Obamacare, more health insurance and more health care

1 day, 2 hours ago by (Joan McCarter)

The latest Republican rap on Obamacare, since they can't deny that millions of people have gained insurance because of it, is that it doesn't count because it's not "real" coverage because it's mostly Medicaid and doesn't actually provide health care. Well, guess what. Republicans are wrong on Obamacare,…
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Cartoon: The new Dopey?

23 hours, 53 minutes ago by (keefknight)

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Names of Planned Parenthood employees leaked following cyber attack

1 day, 1 hour ago by (Kerry Eleveld)

Some personal information of Planned Parenthood employees has been leaked following a cyber attack Sunday night, reports Nick Shively. Hundreds of names and email addresses of Planned Parenthood Federation of America employees across the nation were leaked after a security breach on Sunday night. The…
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Cruz rebellion fizzles in Senate, but Cruz has larger aims

1 day, 5 hours ago by (Joan McCarter)

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and his trusty sidekick Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) have been shut down in the Senate Monday night in their efforts to upend Senate rules over an amendment to the highway funding bill to renew the Export-Import Bank. Cruz though had been unable to get enough to support to press a rules…
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McConnell blinks on highway bill, Boehner wins

1 day, 1 hour ago by (Joan McCarter)

They just did something kind of right. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is apparently capable of learning from his mistakes. He's decided to give in to House Speaker John Boehner in their game of chicken over the highway funding bill. Boehner has set the stage to jam the Senate by passing a three-month…
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Bush, Cruz, Rubio and Walker prep to woo the Kochs and company

1 day, 6 hours ago by (Kerry Eleveld)

David Koch Several GOP candidates will be joining the Koch brothers in early August at a swanky conference in Southern California where they will make their case to a particularly high-end GOP donor class. Jeb! Bush, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Scott Walker and Carly Fiorina are all attending, though Rand…
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Congratulations, Mike Huckabee. You've managed to make yourself part of the Iran debate.

1 day, 4 hours ago by (Laura Clawson)

Mike Huckabee Mike Huckabee handed President Obama a cudgel first with his claim that, with the Iran nuclear deal, Obama "will take the Israelis and march them to the door of the oven," and then by refusing to apologize because "I know what the oven door looks like." And Obama's administration isn't…
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Midday open thread: A Nobel Prize, a smelly flower and the Boy Scouts

1 day, 2 hours ago by (Barbara Morrill)

Today's comic by Jen Sorensen is Advice conservatives never give themselves: Uhhhh ... what? Embattled FIFA President Sepp Blatter deserves a Nobel Prize for his work leading world soccer's governing body, according to Russian leader Vladimir Putin. It's about time: The Boy Scouts of America voted…
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Republican National Committee: All is well in debate-land. Nothing to see here!

1 day, 3 hours ago by (Hunter)

Half the debates, double the candidates. Republican National Committee communications director Sean Spicer valiantly takes to the Wall Street Journal to defend the upcoming car wreck that is the 2016 Republican primary debates, as well as the car wreck's severely truncated schedule this time around.…
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Mike Huckabee: Jewish response has been 'overwhelmingly supportive' of his 'oven' remarks

1 day, 4 hours ago by (Hunter)

The race to become the Republican presidential race's top sociopath continues apace, this time with ex-governor and radio shock jock Mike Huckabee declaring that by negotiating a non-proliferation agreement with Iran instead of just [something something something] Obama "would take the Israelis and basically…
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Rand Paul makes another desperate bid for attention with Planned Parenthood defunding vote

1 day, 5 hours ago by (Laura Clawson)

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) He's put down the actual chainsaw for now, but Rand Paul has found his latest way to try to regain the attention and affection from Republican primary voters that has slipped away from him of late. He's attempting to take a metaphorical chainsaw to women's health care. The Kentucky…
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The countdown is on for Republicans trying to make the varsity debate

1 day, 6 hours ago by (Laura Clawson)

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry is on the bubble. Will he make it? In one week, on August 4, we will know the story: which Republicans will be in the first debate and which will be out, stuck in the JV debate earlier in the day. On August 4, the polls will be averaged to determine the top 10 candidates…
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Republican leader: The hell with highways, we need to be defunding Planned Parenthood

2 days ago by (Joan McCarter)

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) is not making working with the Senate to fund highway projects a top priority these days. That might be because he's too preoccupied with defunding Planned Parenthood. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said "at the very minimum … money should…
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New York Times tries to explain itself, again

1 day, 7 hours ago by (Laura Clawson)

The New York Times continues trying to close the book on last week's disaster of a story with an editor's note. It begins: The Times’s coverage last week of Hillary Rodham Clinton’s use of a personal email account as secretary of state involved several corrections and changes that may have left readers…
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The Trump juggernaut rolls on

1 day, 8 hours ago by (Laura Clawson)

What is there even to say at this point about yet another poll showing Donald Trump leading the Republican presidential primary? In this case, the poll is of New Hampshire, it comes from Monmouth University, and the lead is 12 points ... over runner-up Jeb Bush's 12 points. Yep, that's double. One-quarter…
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Cartoon: Advice conservatives never give themselves

1 day, 7 hours ago by (Jen Sorensen)

(Click to enlarge) Some people blame Sandra Bland for escalating the situation during her traffic stop, suggesting she should have been more respectful to the barking, button-pushing officer. Funny how all this finger-wagging about manners when dealing with law enforcement didn't seem to apply when the…
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Morning Digest: Why Kelly Ayotte's lead might be temporary

1 day, 9 hours ago by (Daily Kos Elections)

New Hampshire GOP Sen. Kelly Ayotte Leading Off: • NH-Sen: The first worthwhile independent poll of New Hampshire's Senate race in many months comes from Marist, which finds GOP Sen. Kelly Ayotte leading Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan by a 50-42 margin. That's a big shift from February, when Marist had…
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Daily Kos Radio is LIVE at 9 am ET!

1 day, 9 hours ago by (David Waldman)

New dumpster fire to talk about: Dumpster Trump's lawyer. The fiendish plot of Ted Cruz and Mike Lee falls apart. Turns out that the nuclear option requires allies! Who knew? GunFAILers FAIL in new and illustrative ways. And maybe some room to shoehorn in some crazy stories languishing in our own Flaming…
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Cheers and Jeers: Tuesday

1 day, 9 hours ago by (Bill in Portland Maine)

From the GREAT STATE OF MAINE… Maine Governor to Half of State: Drop Dead “There are two things in life---two things in life---that absolutely drive me to complete disrespect for the other person. That’s someone who spits in my face and somebody who lies to me.” ---Gov. Paul LePage, Sept. 2014 As I…
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Abbreviated pundit roundup: 'Maximum Trump'? and the Republican debates

1 day, 10 hours ago by (Georgia Logothetis)

Dana Milbank at The Washington Post looks back that the ADA and points out that such a compromise bill would be impossible to pass with today's Republican party: There are several reasons for the decline in Washington’s functionality, including the growing polarization of both parties and the obvious…
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Open thread for night owls: State clears way for Malaysia TPP despite human trafficking concerns

1 day, 18 hours ago by (Hunter)

Workers in Alor Setar bury some of the 106 unidentified bodies found in a traffickers' camp in May, 2015 On Friday, Malaysia was considered one of the world's worst human trafficking offenders. The nation is also one of twelve currently in negotiation over the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and their status…
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'BoJack Horseman' and 'Rick and Morty' are two of the best shows on television

1 day, 19 hours ago by (Doctor RJ)

Adult Swim's 'Rick and Morty' Not too long ago, the common perception was one of animation being a medium for children that lacked seriousness and depth. A cartoon was something with bright colors and moving figures for Saturday mornings or Tom and Jerry shorts for kids after school. But even then,…
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