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CoolEdge - Police-fire pensions to go up in smoke? - Quincy, IL News -
everyone should fund their own retirement ... yes. But government gets different terms, retires early with open ended promises. So those others you want to get into a retirement plan of their own are funding the early and lucrative plans of government workers. It's not about stripping retirement from those that have it, but having everyone fund their own. "in Moline, that city has seen…
Quijote57 - Illinois education board wants $730M more pre-K-12 funding - Quincy, IL News -
So ISBE wants more state money. How about all the money owed to the schools from previous years? That alone would go a long way for some of the financially struggling districts. I hold no hope of seeing the $750M ever trickling down when there are several hundred millions in arrears.
ChristiMay - The Patio restaurant could open as early as February 1 - Quincy, IL News -
They must be doing something right; they have been open for over 50 years. I don't think we can say that about many other restaurants around here. If someone knows so much about their food and prices, are they the ones trying to keep out the riff-raff? As with any other business, one can choose to support it or not and should not be subject to snide comments either way. Maybe people just want…
UJacks1 - Ten now filed for Quincy School Board - Quincy, IL News -
Will Qcy Journal give a few points on each of these candidates? What do each stand for? Against? Board of Ed - pro or con on Common Core? Their concerns regarding new building projects? Etc? Park Board - rebuild WestView GC? add an executive par 3-4? or simply move the tees? spending attitude? tax attitude?
TheyRclueless - QPD warns of "Mystery Shopper" scam - Quincy, IL News -
This is one of the funniest clips Ive ever heard.....

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Abbreviated Pundit Round-up: Immigration, deportation, consternation

1 hour, 46 minutes ago by (Greg Dworkin)

Nearly a thousand people gathered to mourn Dr. Michael Davidson at a Wellesley temple Friday — @BostonGlobe NY Times: Jorge Ramos, the Univision and Fusion television anchor who is often called the Walter Cronkite of Latino America, was in his suburban Miami broadcast…
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Open thread for night owls: Excerpts from the latest edition of Harper's Index

10 hours, 16 minutes ago by (Meteor Blades)

Something wild to start off your weekend. Here are some excerpts from the February Harper's Index (paywall):   • Average annual salary predicted by white Americans for a worker who is described as “black”: $29,420 • Who is described as “African-American”: $37,040 […] • Minimum number of times since…
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Economics Daily Digest: Politics broke the economy, campaign financing, Preet Bharara

1 day ago by (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 Politics of Economic Stupidity (Project Syndicate) Roosevelt Institute Chief Economist Joseph Stiglitz says the economy's "near-global stagnation"…
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62-year-old black grandfather choked and held down by three white men who see his legal firearm

1 day, 17 hours ago by (Shaun King)

The United States continues to be separate and unequal in so many ways. Justice, far too often, is applied in an inequitable fashion and basic privileges often afforded to white men, 2015 be damned, just aren't given to black men of the same age and background. When 62-year-old Clarence Daniels went…
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Maine boots thousands off of food stamps for not having jobs that don't exist

2 days, 18 hours ago by (Laura Clawson)

Gov. Paul LePage (R-ME) More than 6,000 people in Maine are getting more than usually screwed by the hole-riddled U.S. safety net and their state's evil buffoon of a governor: Gov. Paul LePage (R) decided last year to prematurely reinstate tougher eligibility rules requiring food stamps recipients to…
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Income inequality and paid sick leave inequality go hand in hand

3 days, 19 hours ago by (Laura Clawson)

Like so many other things, when it comes to paid sick leave, it really matters whether you're at the top or the bottom of the income distribution. If you're in the top 10 percent of earners, you're overwhelmingly likely to get paid sick days in addition to your high wages. If you're in the bottom 10…
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Florida town officially bans police use of real mugshots for target practice, but questions remain

1 day, 10 hours ago by (Shaun King)

When Army Sargeant Valerie Deant showed up at North Miami Beach gun range for target practice, she couldn't believe her eyes. A Miami police department sniper team was using photos of her brother and other men as target practice. Her brother, pictured in the bottom middle, had bullet holes through his…
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Making $4,000 a year makes you too rich for Medicaid in Texas

1 day, 19 hours ago by (Joan McCarter)

Will this report be enough to embarrass Gov. Greg Abbott into action? It's even worse than that headline would suggest, because the limit is actually just $3,760 and that's for a family of three with dependent children. If you're childless, you're completely out of luck. When we talk about the Medicaid…
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Cheers and Jeers: Rum and Coke FRIDAY!

13 hours, 45 minutes ago by (Bill in Portland Maine)

From the GREAT STATE OF MAINE… The State of the Late Night Snark is Strong "Last night President Obama gave the State of the Union address, and I just have to say that I don't know what union he was describing but I want to live there. I want to move. It sounds outstanding. There's a middle class." ---Seth…
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11 questions for the Cleveland police department regarding the killing of Tamir Rice

20 hours, 46 minutes ago by (Shaun King)

The killing of 12-year-old Tamir Rice was unjust and wrong. That's the starting point for this conversation and of the eleven questions that will follow. 1. Nobody in Tamir's family has received anything like an apology from the Cleveland police department for Tamir's death or for the severe mistreatment…
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Judge rules Arizona Dreamers can keep driver's licenses, overturning Gov. Brewer's ban

16 hours, 13 minutes ago by (Kerry Eleveld)

Score a big victory for Dream activists this week. A federal judge issued a permanent injunction Thursday on an order from former Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer that banned young undocumented immigrants who fall under President Obama's deportation relief program from getting state-issued licenses. In his ruling,…
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Cartoon: Mitt to the future

15 hours, 26 minutes ago by (BrianMcFadden)

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Sally Kern, saving America, one anti-gay crusade at a time

17 hours, 39 minutes ago by (Kerry Eleveld)

Oklahoma State Rep. Sally Kern Oklahoma State Rep. Sally Kern has outdone herself, introducing a spate of bills in the state legislature designed to take rights away from LGBT citizens. Barbara Hoberock for Tulsa World has the details: House Bill 1599 is dubbed the “Preservation and Sovereignty of Marriage…
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America's Dumbest Congressman says 'Selma' shows why we should fight 'radical Islam'

20 hours, 22 minutes ago by (Hunter)

One of the ways Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) retains his lock on the title of America's Dumbest Congressman is sheer persistence. Other candidates may pipe up with occasional entries into the genre of mind-bending goofiness, but Louie Gohmert makes it a practice to demonstrate his skills on a regular basis…
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Jeb Bush and Mitt Romney have 'gentlemanly conversation' about their presidential plans

20 hours ago by (Hunter)

Thumb wrestle for it? And now, in accordance to wealthy Republican custom, they shall duel: Jeb Bush and Mitt Romney did not reach an agreement during a Salt Lake City lunch meeting on Thursday on how to reconcile their competing plans to run for the White House next year, advisers to both men indicated…
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Rand Paul's '47 percent' moment

18 hours, 30 minutes ago by (Hunter)

You probably recall the surfaced video of Sen. Rand Paul supposing and/or implying that the majority of Americans on federal disability programs were "gaming the system." To wit: The thing is that all of these programs, there's always someone who's deserving, but everybody in this room knows somebody…
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Top Republican argues with himself over gutting health care for millions

20 hours, 16 minutes ago by (Joan McCarter)

Another prominent Republican, one of six who joined an amicus brief asking the Supreme Court to take health insurance subsidies away from millions of people, has found himself arguing against himself in that brief. Back in 2010, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) wrote an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal in which…
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Midday open thread: Journalistic ethics at Koch event, Saudi succession, Texas and juvenile justice

18 hours, 16 minutes ago by (Meteor Blades)

Today's comic by Mark Fiore is The Muhammad Minute: What's coming up on Sunday Kos ... Perhaps "no-go" Jindal would like to discuss ethnic enclaves in the U.S., by Denise Oliver Velez Does the Equal Protection Clause apply to women, by Jon Perr The future of the news media is mostly you, by Egberto…
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These are the Democrats who voted against abortion coverage, Wall Street reform, and the environment

19 hours, 17 minutes ago by (dreaminonempty)

Click to enlarge. A little while back, we showed you the House Democrats who voted with Republicans on two key topics: the environment and Wall Street reform. Today we add a third topic: abortion. Yesterday, the House voted on a bill to codify a ban on federal funding for abortion, but with a new twist…
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The people most at risk of losing insurance in the Supreme Court case? The Republican base.

21 hours, 3 minutes ago by (Joan McCarter)

They probably didn't see this one coming. Republicans might end up ruing the day they decided to pile onto the King case before the U.S. Supreme Court challenging the federal subsidies people in all of the states that are using the federal health insurance exchange. Turns out, the people who will be…
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Senate squelches Democratic amendments on fast-track Keystone XL kabuki bill

20 hours, 48 minutes ago by (Meteor Blades)

A TransCanada pipeline The Senate voted on 15 amendments to its fast-track Keystone XL pipeline bill—S. 1—Thursday night, passing two, shooting down six and, to Democratic complaints, tabling seven, including one by independent Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont who tried once again to get senators to agree…
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DREAM activists eagerly await GOP 2016 hopefuls at Rep. Steve King's 'freedom summit'

20 hours, 54 minutes ago by (Kerry Eleveld)

Signs like this from the DREAM Action Coalition await GOP hopefuls in Iowa. The GOP presidential contest will unofficially kick off Saturday under the watchful eye of Rep. Steve King at the Iowa Freedom Summit. And King hopes to be Kingmaker, reports Benjy Sarlin. “This is the beginning of the selection…
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If this is your definition of productivity, you must be a Republican

21 hours, 44 minutes ago by (Laura Clawson)

Sens. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and John Cornyn (R-TX) Republicans are getting all braggy about how much they've accomplished since taking control of the Senate. Their big claim is that already in 2015 they've held votes on more amendments than the Senate did in all of 2014 under Harry Reid's leadership,…
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Senate Republicans stumble in first Obamacare skirmish

22 hours, 12 minutes ago by (Joan McCarter)

Sen. Lamar Alexander In the first week on the job, House Republicans summarily passed legislation to take health insurance away from full-time workers by changing the definition of full-time employment under Obamacare from 30 hours a week to 40. As the law stands, employers with 50 or more workers have…
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Rape is a 'messaging issue' in Republican anti-abortion bill

23 hours, 7 minutes ago by (Laura Clawson)

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) In the wake of the House abruptly abandoning (for now) an extreme anti-abortion bill, Republicans are finger-pointing and arguing over how to deal with what Sen. Lindsey Graham called "this definitional problem of rape." Some Republican women rebelled and, despite having previously…
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Cartoon: The Muhammad Minute

23 hours, 26 minutes ago by (Mark Fiore)

After the terror attacks in Paris, I wanted to take a deeper dive into the supposed rational for attacking cartoonists. It’s because they drew and disrespected Muhammad, right? Nobody is allowed to depict Muhammad since it is forbidden in Islam. Is it really? Well, kinda sorta, depending on who (and…
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Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest: Team Cincinnatus departs Rome, returns to farm

1 day, 1 hour ago by (David Nir)

Tom "Cincinnatus" Steyer Leading Off: • CA-Sen: Good news for California Democrats, but as Colin Campbell wryly notes, bad news for California consultants: Billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer, who had styled himself a reluctant savior of his party in the mold of the Roman dictator Cincinnatus, says…
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John Boehner has a 'Blue Dog' problem

1 day, 16 hours ago by (Kerry Eleveld)

Republicans are unraveling before our very eyes, fueled by a duel between GOP radicals and their slightly more moderate brethren in the House. The showdown began with 25 Republican right-wingers refusing to vote for Boehner as House speaker. Then Boehner bowed to the wishes of his most extreme members…
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Daily Kos Radio is LIVE at 9 am ET!

1 day ago by (David Waldman)

Thank God it's some day or another. I may not know what day it is, but I'm glad it is one. I mean, imagine if it weren't? Then you'd be sorry! There's lots to share that we should have gotten to earlier, though. So even if it turns out to be a slow news day, we can get sputtering mad about something.…
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Abbreviated Pundit Roundup: Choice, family leave, Obamacare and more

1 day, 1 hour ago by (Georgia Logothetis)

We begin today's roundup with Zoë Carpenter at The Nation who reminds us that Republicans are still as extreme on abortion as ever: t’s tempting to probe the political significance of a few female Republicans having the will, and enough muscle, to scuttle a bill that passed the House in similar form…
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Open thread for night owls: Sen. Richard Burr is acting more like a CIA asset than as its overseer

1 day, 10 hours ago by (Meteor Blades)

Sen. Richard Burr, now chair of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, is of the view that no hearings on CIA activities should ever be held and all copies of the SSCI's torture 6,700-page  study should be permanently kept away from the eyes of the public. At The Atlantic, Conors Friedersdorf…
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Economics Daily Digest: Beyond the State of the Union, ISP monopolies, family leave

2 days ago by (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. Obama’s Proposal On Inequality: Is It Enough? (Here & Now) Roosevelt Institute Chief Economist Joseph Stiglitz speaks to Jeremy Hobson about the…
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President Obama brings his SOTU show to Idaho

1 day, 23 hours ago by (Joan McCarter)

President Obama made good on his State of the Union vision of a unified nation—not red, not blue—by taking his hard-hitting message of middle-class economics into one of the reddest states there is. He also brought the feisty defender of his policies, his successes and his values. That he decided to…
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Three states make MLK Day a joint holiday with Confederate General Robert E. Lee

1 day, 22 hours ago by (Shaun King)

Every now and then, if you happen to forget the complicated history of our country, Arkansas, Alabama, and Mississippi will do something to snatch you back into reality. These three states, all in the American South, have made the federal holiday for Dr. Martin Luther King a joint holiday with the confederate…
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Huckabee defends his Nugent sex song: 'Ted changed the lyrics'

1 day, 17 hours ago by (Hunter)

Beyonce, however, is a bad influence. Once-possible presidential contender Mike Huckabee was once purported to be a smart and savvy Republican who was adept at camouflaging his remarkably extremist stances. That was many moons ago, and the current maybe-possible presidential contender Mike Huckabee…
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Cuomo to target public education even more in his second term

1 day, 19 hours ago by (Laura Clawson)

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is ratcheting up his war on public education. He's looking to expand charter schools, create a back-door voucher program through tax credits, and make it easier to fire teachers. Cuomo has already forced New York City to provide free space for charter schools after Mayor Bill…
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NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo likely won't pay a dime for killing Eric Garner

1 day, 21 hours ago by (Shaun King)

With 2013-2014 being the deadliest years ever recorded for people killed by police, could it be that police feel so protected by the American justice system that they are willing to shoot first and ask questions later because they know the likelihood that they will ever serve a day in jail or pay even…
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2016: Hillary leads potential GOP opponents by double digits

1 day, 20 hours ago by (Armando)

Hillary Clinton holds large leads over her potential GOP challengers for the Presidency. The latest in a string of polls showing Hillary Clinton would defeat all GOP challengers in 2016: The national survey finds 53 to 56 percent support for Clinton among registered voters against each of these potential…
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McDonald's workers sue over harassment and racist firings

1 day, 22 hours ago by (Laura Clawson)

Ten former McDonald's workers in Virginia are suing the company for racism, sexual harassment, and racially based mass firings in three restaurants owned by franchisee Soweva Co. The nine African-American and one Latino workers say that the harassment they faced involved supervisors who: ... demeaned…
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Three-million-gallon drilling waste spill is North Dakota's worst, but far from the state's only one

1 day, 18 hours ago by (Meteor Blades)

Drill rig and well pads near confluence of Missouri and Yellowstone Rivers,  near the North Dakota/Montana border. Sixteen days ago, Operator Summit Midstream Partners found a toxic leak of salty drilling waste from a pipeline in western North Dakota, the heart of the Bakken oil boom. Although it reported…
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Cartoon: Robama Hood

1 day, 15 hours ago by (MattWuerker)

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Obamacare paced to reach goal of 9.1 million signups

1 day, 18 hours ago by (Joan McCarter)

There's still a little over three weeks left in open enrollment in Obamacare, and it looks like it's going to hit the administration's goal for 2015. (Reuters) - The Obama administration said on Wednesday that more than 7.1 million people have signed up for 2015 healthcare coverage through the federal…
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GOP lawmaker: Minimum wage is for teenagers and minorities

1 day, 16 hours ago by (Laura Clawson)

Rep. Tom McClintock (R-CA) Here's California Republican Rep. Tom McClintock explaining why he wants to keep the minimum wage at a poverty level out of compassion and concern for workers: Only [raise the minimum wage] if you want to rip the first rung in the ladder of opportunity for teenagers, for minorities,…
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Republican House invites Israeli Prime Minister to 'rebut' American president's foreign policy

1 day, 16 hours ago by (Hunter)

Politics stops at the water's edge, you see. House Speaker John Boehner is setting up his most dramatic foreign policy confrontation with President Barack Obama to date, inviting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to speak about Iran before a joint session of Congress on Feb. 11. Netanyahu is…
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Citizens United fifth anniversary marked by protests, Democratic legislation

1 day, 17 hours ago by (Joan McCarter)

Chief Justice John Roberts January 21 marked the fifth anniversary of the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision allowing unlimited corporate and union campaign spending. It was marked by rare protests inside the Supreme Court, where the justices were hearing a housing discrimination case. It was…
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Living within their means? Family of Senator Joni Ernst received $460,000 in federal aid

1 day, 21 hours ago by (Jen Hayden)

That $460,000 buys a lot of bread bags. Senator Joni Ernst, the newly elected senator from Iowa, gave the Republican response to President Obama's State of the Union address on Tuesday. In her response, she spoke glowingly of her family's humble beginnings: They had very little to call their own except…
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Midday open thread: Jobless comp claims still above 300,000, meth drones, renewable energy ideas

1 day, 18 hours ago by (Meteor Blades)

Today's comic by Ruben Bolling is The God-Man Fan Club take on … Clod-Man: Initial jobless compensation claims above 300,000 for third consecutive week: For the week ending Jan. 17, seasonally adjusted initial applications for unemployment compensation came in at 307,000, down from the previous week's…
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Three Democrats vote with the GOP to limit abortion access

1 day, 19 hours ago by (Kerry Eleveld)

Rep. Collin Peterson (D-MN), right, was one of three Democrats who voted to limit abortion access. Here's the three Democrats that voted with Republicans Thursday to pass the anti-abortion bill. Rep. Henry Cuellar (TX-28) Rep. Dan Lipinski (IL-03) Rep. Collin Peterson (MN-07) The White House issued…
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Nancy Pelosi confirms it: The Pope does not have a uterus

1 day, 20 hours ago by (Barbara Morrill)

Speaking to reporters on Thursday morning in the wake of House Republicans' temporary retreat in their War on Women, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi reiterated Democratic opposition to draconian attacks on women's reproductive rights, noting that Roe v. Wade is the law of the land, that it's a medical…
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Which GOP 2016 hopeful will be a casualty of Steve King's Iowa summit this weekend?

1 day, 20 hours ago by (Kerry Eleveld)

Jeb Bush isn't going to Rep. Steve King's crazy summit. Neither is Mitt or Marco Rubio. Chris Christie is attending (though no one can imagine why). Anyone who goes will share the stage with past Iowa caucus winners and ultimate nomination losers: Mike Huckabee and Rick Santorum (not to mention Ted Cruz,…
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RT @Texas Guy: Yep, leader of the free world was doing this as Yemen fell to Iran backed rebels. #YemenCrisis #presidentselfie
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RT @Ray Weast: "@tvbrad: BREAKING: Family attorney confirms to CBS 2 that Mr. Cub, Ernie Banks, has died. He was 83." Sad Day!
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RT @msnbc: Union membership keeps dropping -- only 11.1% of American workers were members of labor unions in 2014:
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QHS 54, Rock Island Alleman 20. Final.