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Givemeliberty - Adams County Board to vote on quarter cent sales tax to build jail - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal
This is part of the problem, we have had prohibition laws in this country for 90+ years now it didn't work with alcohol and we keep trying the same basic enforcement with drugs. The war isn't working and in some respects its getting worse, like you said the same stories and the same names over and over again, somethings not working I think its time we go back to the drawing board. IMO…
Givemeliberty - Adams County Board to vote on quarter cent sales tax to build jail - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal
as have I, I just think if you want people on your side or to be taken seriously your better off starting with a fact or and argument not a Jr. Highish comment. Just my opinion though as I see your rating is higher than mine.
WmMunny - Gov. Quinn calls special session for comptroller election - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
Translation: Quinn and Madigan don't want the new (R) Gov to appoint a fellow (R) to the job.
migraine_in_qcy - QPS Board approves higher 2014 tax levy - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
I was going to vote this one up, but the grammar towards the end threw me off and I'm not 100% sure which side you're on here.
1950Brutus - Gov. Quinn calls special session for comptroller election - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
I am not buying this load of baloney - he wants another chance to pass minimum wage increase. IL can't afford the costs of a special election - it can wait - the Treasurer can cover this interim period.

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Sen. Rubio writes an op-ed on Cuba. No, there are no new ideas there.

2 hours, 58 minutes ago by rss@dailykos.com (Hunter)

To be fair, "more of the same" is the Republican motto Sen. Marco Rubio has formalized his previous Cuba policy hissy fit into a fully realized op-ed hissy fit. Let's see if he has any policy recommendations of his own, other than "let's try another fifty years of this," or if something something Obama…
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For Republicans, a hardline Cuba position is required. Will it hurt them?

1 hour, 24 minutes ago by rss@dailykos.com (Hunter)

A Cuban American celebrates the Obama announcement. Every serious Republican candidate for president will be against normalizing relations with Cuba. That's a given. In order to win the nomination, you’re going to need the support of lots of older voters. For them, the Cold War defined their political…
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Midday open thread: CFPB goes after Sprint, Colbert sings his swan song, CA drought eases a bit

1 hour, 54 minutes ago by rss@dailykos.com (Meteor Blades)

Today's comic by Ruben Bolling is The top secret files of Dick Cheney: These Daily Kos community posts were the most shared on Facebook December 17: The Frankenstein We Have Created (Police rep speaks to MSNBC), by JoanMar POTUS Permanently Protects Alaska's Bristol Bay from Gas, Oil Drilling, by ericlewis0 Adieu,…
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It's long past time for overtime pay for the middle class

4 hours, 48 minutes ago by rss@dailykos.com (Jon Perr)

Working Americans have a problem. And that means President Obama and his Democratic Party have a problem, too. Despite the robust economic recovery, the steep decline in unemployment, a surging stock market, rising investment and plummeting gas prices, wages have hardly budged. After briefly dipping…
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Worst. Congress. Ever.

3 hours, 24 minutes ago by rss@dailykos.com (Laura Clawson)

Dark days for Congress There's general agreement that the past two years has represented the worst Congress ever. (Though the next Congress has a fighting chance to be worse.) But what does that mean, beyond the rock-bottom popularity? Jonathan Topaz puts together a few numbers: 14.5: Congress’s average…
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Obama's had a good month, and the media is noticing

4 hours, 30 minutes ago by rss@dailykos.com (Laura Clawson)

Oh, hey, look. The media is noticing that President Obama has had a good month-plus, despite the horrors of early November. Chuck Todd et al at First Read describe him as "an active-duck president" and continue: Despite the controversy and gridlock, however, Obama is getting stuff done. And he's got…
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More Obamacare success: Uninsured Americans near historic low

5 hours, 4 minutes ago by rss@dailykos.com (Barbara Morrill)

Great news: New federal government data shows the percentage of Americans without health insurance was at or near historic lows this year following the roll-out of the Affordable Care Act, and appears certain to fall to record levels next year. [...] “As this week’s data confirm, 2014 has seen dramatic…
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Bill Kristol says CIA torture had 'no lasting effects'

5 hours, 43 minutes ago by rss@dailykos.com (Hunter)

The dumbest man on television? The neoconservative uberpundit Bill Kristol continues to have theories on why he continues to find an American program of torturing detainees untroubling. [Bill Kristol told] Newsmax TV host Steve Malzberg today that Republicans should emulate Dick Cheney’s recent media…
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Beyond the Republican screaming, real debate is over how far Obama can go on Cuba

6 hours, 54 minutes ago by rss@dailykos.com (Laura Clawson)

Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) tweeted this photo of Alan Gross arriving in the United States after being released from Cuba. The big news that the Obama administration is moving toward normalizing relations with Cuba, including easing travel and trade restrictions, is inevitably developing into a flurry of…
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Cartoon: The top secret files of Dick Cheney

7 hours, 19 minutes ago by rss@dailykos.com (RubenBolling)

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Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest: Republicans secure their final 2014 pickup

9 hours, 9 minutes ago by rss@dailykos.com (Jeff Singer)

Republican Rep.-elect Martha McSally Leading Off: • AZ-02: The writing has been on the wall for a long time here, but on Wednesday Republicans officially got their final pickup of the 2014 election cycle. Last month, Republican Martha McSally held a 161-vote lead over Democratic Rep. Ron Barber, a margin…
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Daily Kos Radio is LIVE at 9 am ET!

8 hours, 39 minutes ago by rss@dailykos.com (David Waldman)

I swear there were more stories than just torture that I meant to get to. Witness 40. Everybody hates Ted Cruz. Conservatives change their minds and love judicial activism. And of course, Uber. I don't know how they keep making the list. Listen LIVE at 9:00 ET, here: Click this Link to Listen on your…
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Cheers and Jeers: Thursday

8 hours, 51 minutes ago by rss@dailykos.com (Bill in Portland Maine)

From the GREAT STATE OF MAINE… "Colbert is Dead. Long Live Colbert." New York Times: For nine years, Stephen Colbert has relentlessly maintained his pompous, deeply ridiculous but consistently appealing conservative blowhard character on his late-night show, “The Colbert Report”---so much so that when…
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Abbreviated Pundit Round-up: More "rubles to rubble" commentary; undoing ineffective Cuba policy

9 hours, 43 minutes ago by rss@dailykos.com (Greg Dworkin)

NY Times: President Obama’s decision on Wednesday to radically shift United States policy toward Cuba is the latest and most striking example of a president unleashed from the hesitancy that characterized much of his first six years in office. The announcement, made in a speech to the nation from the…
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Open thread for night owls: 1944 murder conviction of 14-year-old vacated. His execution can't be

18 hours, 9 minutes ago by rss@dailykos.com (Meteor Blades)

George Stinney's mugshots. Normally, I don't put a news excerpt from The New York Times in Night Owls, but I'm making an exception tonight to ensure that this awful story gets attention. Jesse Wegman writes: Seventy years after he was executed in South Carolina, George Stinney’s conviction was vacated…
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Economics Daily Digest: Sharing economy, CEO pay, pension cuts

1 day, 8 hours ago by rss@dailykos.com (Roosevelt Institute)

By Rachel Goldfarb, originally published on Next New Deal Click here to subscribe to Roosevelt First, our weekday morning email featuring the Daily Digest. The Bloomberg Advantage: Konczal on Uber (Bloomberg) Roosevelt Institute Fellow Mike Konczal says that since most of the capital in Uber is in the…
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Richmond, Calif., police chief stands with protesters holding #BlackLivesMatter sign

5 days, 23 hours ago by rss@dailykos.com (Frank Vyan Walton)

Via Rawstory. KTVU Video Chris Magnus, chief of Richmond police, held a sign that read “#BlackLivesMatter,” a Twitter hashtag used by civil rights advocates, as other officers joined in the peaceful protest, reported the Contra Costa Times. “I’ve never seen anything like it, not in Richmond, not…
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Walmart ordered to pay $188 million in Pennsylvania wage theft lawsuit

1 day, 23 hours ago by rss@dailykos.com (Laura Clawson)

Walmart's labor practices are not doing so well in court lately. Last week, a National Labor Relations Board judge ruled that Walmart illegally intimidated workers. This week, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court upheld a lower court verdict and ordered Walmart to pay $188 million to workers who sued because,…
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Current Cleveland police union president voted out, but his replacement is even worse

1 day, 4 hours ago by rss@dailykos.com (Shaun King)

Few police union presidents across the country have had their foot in their mouth more than current Cleveland Police Union President Jeff Follmer. Widely blasted for calling Cleveland Browns player, Andrew Hawkins "pathetic" for wearing a T-shirt supporting the families of Tamir Rice and John Crawford,…
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Romney, Bush top wide open 2016 GOP field

1 day, 19 hours ago by rss@dailykos.com (Kerry Eleveld)

Far be it from us to decline the opportunity to look at some early 2016 polling numbers after Jeb Bush's tortured not-so-announcement announcement Tuesday. (Anyone else wonder how many consultants he paid to write that Tweet?) Here's the topline: the field is wide open when Republicans are asked to simply…
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Missouri GOP lawmaker wants to require women to get their abuser's permission for abortion

1 day, 5 hours ago by rss@dailykos.com (Laura Clawson)

Todd Akin has an intellectual heir in Missouri. Hi there, patriarchy! Women in Missouri could soon have to get permission from their sexual partners in order to get an abortion, if state Rep. Rick Brattin gets his way. Brattin has filed a bill saying that "No abortion shall be performed or induced unless…
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Six indicted for Clean Water Act violations in West Virginia's Elk River chemical spill

1 day, 1 hour ago by rss@dailykos.com (Meteor Blades)

Patrol boat on the Elk River motors past Freedom Industries plant. In January, a rusty holding tank owned by Freedom Industries leaked thousands of gallons of a coal-washing chemical into the Elk River of West Virginia. Consequently, drinking water supplies were tainted for more than 300,000 of the…
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Cartoon: Gift guide for torture apologists

23 hours, 19 minutes ago by rss@dailykos.com (BrianMcFadden)

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Act to count all who die in police custody passes Congress … but will law be enforced this time?

1 day, 4 hours ago by rss@dailykos.com (Meteor Blades)

Protestors against police violence on Black Friday. Twenty years ago, Congress passed a bill requiring the U.S. Department of Justice to gather data and report on instances of "excessive" force by the nation's police forces. For some reason, the task of collecting the data soon fell to the International…
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Cuomo chooses the right path by making New York's hydraulic fracturing moratorium permanent

1 day ago by rss@dailykos.com (Meteor Blades)

This infographic is included in a new fracking report from the Natural Resources Defense Council. A larger version can be viewed by clicking here. Citing health concerns, New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced at a cabinet meeting Wednesday that his administration is banning hydraulic fracturing—fracking.…
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Filibuster reform helped President Obama re-shape the federal courts

1 day, 3 hours ago by rss@dailykos.com (Paul Hogarth)

The Senate confirmed another dozen U.S. district court nominees last night, giving President Obama 89 confirmations this year—for a total of 305 judges in his first six years. How does that compare historically? President George W. Bush confirmed just 32 district court and circuit court judges during…
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How Sandy McElroy and Prosecutor Bob McCulloch colluded to destroy the case against Darren Wilson

2 days, 5 hours ago by rss@dailykos.com (Shaun King)

Four days ago I wrote this report about "Witness #40" in the case against Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of unarmed teenager Mike Brown. The most recent record dump by St. Louis prosecutor Bob McCulloch included all of her testimony for the first time and what we discovered…
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Miami's Cuban Americans react to Cuba policy shifts

1 day, 1 hour ago by rss@dailykos.com (Hunter)

I'll put you down as a "no." How do Cuban Americans feel about Obama's plans to begin normalization of relations with Cuba? It depends on who you ask. Some Cuban exiles rejoiced at the prospect of easier access to their relatives. Some swelled with guarded optimism over the prospect of thawing relations…
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Midday open thread: Greenpeace still catching flak over Peru action, KKK operating in 41 states

1 day, 2 hours ago by rss@dailykos.com (Meteor Blades)

Today's comic by Matt Bors is The justice system works! 111 years ago today, the Wright Brothers made front-page news. Greenpeace activists may have permanently damaged ancient sacred site in Peru: The organization has been taking major knocks after some activists associated with Greenpeace International…
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The White House says Pope Francis played huge role in Cuba deal

1 day, 5 hours ago by rss@dailykos.com (Jen Hayden)

Pope Francis meeting with President Obama in March 2014. Pope Francis strikes again! In a deal negotiated during 18 months of secret talks hosted largely by Canada and encouraged by Pope Francis, who hosted a final meeting at the Vatican, President Obama and President Raúl Castro of Cuba agreed in a…
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Sen. Marco Rubio, other Republicans condemn Obama's Cuba policy shift

1 day, 3 hours ago by rss@dailykos.com (Hunter)

Sen. Marco Rubio is making a play at heading the Republican response to Obama's Cuba moves. He's the son of Cuban immigrants, after all, though he was caught severely fudging the history on even that. He based much of his angry statements condemning Cuba for their record on human rights, which is a considerable…
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Could GOP leaders be undercutting the legal argument against Obamacare?

1 day, 22 hours ago by rss@dailykos.com (Kerry Eleveld)

There's few things incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell wants more next year than for the Supreme Court to do the GOP's bidding on Obamacare in King v. Burwell. That's the case that will decide whether the statute actually affords tax credits to residents who buy insurance through the federally…
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Only crusty, bitter, old, out-of-touch Cuban-Americans still support embargo

1 day, 4 hours ago by rss@dailykos.com (kos)

Aid worker Alan Gross arrives in Maryland after being released from Cuban imprisonment as part of a deal loosening trade and diplomatic between Cuba and the United States. With news that the president has brokered detente with Cuba, expect the crazy right-wing Cuban-American community to lose its head.…
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Obama-appointed federal judges make the courts a lot less pale and male

1 day, 5 hours ago by rss@dailykos.com (Laura Clawson)

President Obama has not only had 305 district and circuit court judges confirmed over the past six years, he has added significant diversity to the courts through his choices: Among the 12 confirmed in the final hours of the Senate's session, Robert Pitman will be the first openly gay judge to serve…
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President Obama to announce major US-Cuba deal

1 day, 6 hours ago by rss@dailykos.com (Barbara Morrill)

On Wednesday, shortly after 12 ET, President Obama will announce major changes in U.S. policy towards Cuba. From a White House release, some of the details: The President has instructed the Secretary of State to immediately initiate discussions with Cuba on the re-establishment of diplomatic relations…
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Senate confirms 12 judges on its way out of town, thanks to Ted Cruz

1 day, 7 hours ago by rss@dailykos.com (Laura Clawson)

Filibuster reform did its work Tuesday night (with an assist from Sen. Ted Cruz), leading to the Senate confirming 12 of President Obama's judicial nominees to district courts. Obama has now had 305 district court and circuit court judges confirmed, with this last group coming in at the very end of the…
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U.S. and Cuba swap prisoners; Obama to announce shift in Cuba policy

1 day, 7 hours ago by rss@dailykos.com (Laura Clawson)

Judy Gross, wife of U.S. aid contractor Alan Gross who was released from a jail in Cuba, shows their family picture. U.S. Agency for International Development contractor Alan Gross, imprisoned in Cuba for five years on charges of trying "to promote destabilizing activities and subvert constitutional…
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Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest: Bipartisan-sounding redistricting advances in Ohio

1 day, 9 hours ago by rss@dailykos.com (Jeff Singer)

Ohio State Senate by current membership (map by Stephen Wolf) Leading Off: • OH Redistricting: On Friday, the Ohio Senate passed a law that would change how the state handles legislative redistricting from now on. The state House is expected to easily pass it soon as well. The law will not need Republican…
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Daily Kos Radio is LIVE at 9 am ET!

1 day, 8 hours ago by rss@dailykos.com (David Waldman)

When is a Wednesday not a Joan McCarter day? Well, uh... right now. And last week, too, actually. No joke. Joan's on vacation, and I forgot that last week. In fact, I forgot it so thoroughly, that when she didn't appear on the show, I thought to myself, "Self, did I forget that Joan was on vacation or…
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Cheers and Jeers: Wednesday

1 day, 8 hours ago by rss@dailykos.com (Bill in Portland Maine)

From the GREAT STATE OF MAINE… Massive apologies to the Night Before Christmas dude. The Gift of the Moran Twas the night before the weekend and over in the House A crappy budget was passed---there was reason to grouse And then it was shuttled to the Senate with care In hopes that on Monday it might…
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Abbreviated Pundit Round-up: The ruble. I do not think it means what you think it means

1 day, 9 hours ago by rss@dailykos.com (Greg Dworkin)

WaPo: Putin remains tremendously popular in Russia, but his rule has long been predicated on a basic bargain with voters: They gain economic prosperity and stability in exchange for acquiescence to a political life devoid of real opposition. His half of the deal now appears in question. HuffPost: Why…
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Open thread for night owls: John Lewis discusses the 'other America'

1 day, 18 hours ago by rss@dailykos.com (Meteor Blades)

That's John Lewis getting the billy-club treatment in Selma, Alabama, March 1965. His skull was fractured when police went berserk. At The Atlantic, Rep. John Lewis of Georgia, a veteran and icon of the 1960s civil rights struggle, writes Michael Brown, Eric Garner, and the 'Other America': At its…
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Economics Daily Digest: Inequality and children, taxpayer liability, happy progressives

2 days, 8 hours ago by rss@dailykos.com (Roosevelt Institute)

By Rachel Goldfarb, originally published on Next New Deal Click here to subscribe to Roosevelt First, our weekday morning email featuring the Daily Digest. Inequality and the American Child (Project Syndicate) Roosevelt Institute Chief Economist Joseph Stiglitz says the impact of economic inequality…
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Courageous video statement from Browns player Andrew Hawkins

2 days, 16 hours ago by rss@dailykos.com (Shaun King)

The day after Cleveland Browns player Andrew Hawkins wore a T-shirt supporting the families of Tamir Rice and John Crawford in his pre-game warmup, he made this courageous statement to the media. The statement was responding to the criticism levied against him by the Cleveland Police Union in which he…
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Cheney reprises his Iran-Contra role to defend Bush administration torture

2 days, 21 hours ago by rss@dailykos.com (Jon Perr)

"The bottom line, however, is that the mistakes ... were just that," Dick Cheney announced to the nation, "mistakes in judgment, and nothing more." There was no constitutional crisis, no systematic disrespect for ''the rule of law,'' no grand conspiracy, and no Administration-wide dishonesty or coverup.…
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Run, Jeb, run!

2 days, 5 hours ago by rss@dailykos.com (Laurence Lewis)

It must be tough being Jeb Bush. Well, as tough as it can be for the scion of a multi-generation one-percenter dynasty, anyway. But he was the good son. The one who worked hard, got good grades, kept his nose to the grindstone. He was the natural heir to the neoliberal, neo-con country club econopolitical…
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San Jose police officer on leave after posting death threats to protestors on Twitter

2 days, 7 hours ago by rss@dailykos.com (Shaun King)

San Jose police officer Phillip White has been put on leave after posting a series of death threats to protestors on his personal Twitter account. His tweets raise at least three very disturbing questions. 1. How could an officer who makes such statements just be put on temporary leave and not fired?…
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Angry Kansas voters blast Wall Street's spending bill buddy

2 days, 6 hours ago by rss@dailykos.com (Laura Clawson)

Rep. Kevin Yoder (R-KS) gets the American Conservative Union seal of approval. The Kansas Republican responsible for the Citigroup-authored Wall Street bailout provision that drew such fierce progressive opposition when it was slipped into the $1.1 trillion government spending bill has been lying low,…
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Five things we should demand from the Cleveland Police Department regarding Tamir Rice

3 days, 1 hour ago by rss@dailykos.com (Shaun King)

It's now been nearly a month since Cleveland Police Department Officer Timothy Loehman shot, killed, and lied about 12-year-old Tamir Rice. Below the fold are five things we should immediately demand from the Cleveland Police Department.
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Stellar job growth numbers send Democrats running for cover

2 days, 4 hours ago by rss@dailykos.com (Kerry Eleveld)

Democrats have a problem on their hands: The economic numbers are so good that they aren't sure what to say about them. After creating 321,000 new jobs in November—the 50th straight month of growth and the highest job creation rate since the '90s—Rep. Steve Israel (D-NY) is scratching his head, reports…
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