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Grand Jury Docs: Darren Wilson Told His Sergeant That Mike Brown’s ‘Hands Were Up’

by Tommy Christopher | In the aftermath of the grand jury decision not to indict Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson in the killing of…

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Obama Gives Turkey Amnesty

by Stuart Shapiro | President Obama used the annual turkey pardon to poke fun at his Republican opponents: President Obama joked Wednesday about his executive actions giving legal status to as many as 5 million immigrants living in the U.S. illegally, saying his Thanksgiving pardon of a turkey would…

Calorie Counts Coming To Restaurants Near You

by Stuart Shapiro | The Food and Drug Administration announced a far-reaching regulation that will improve consumer decision-making at restaurants, bars, and movie theaters. FDA has issued two final rules requiring that calories be listed on certain menus in chain restaurants and other places selling restaurant-type food and on…

There Are Fewer Undocumented Immigrants In U.S. Than Before

by Stuart Shapiro | From Republican rhetoric, you would think the U.S. was experiencing a tidal wave of illegal…

ESPN Suspends Columnist For Pro-Evolution Tweets

by Stuart Shapiro | Keith Law, one of the best baseball columnists in the business today was suspended by…

The Voting Restriction No One Talks About

by Stuart Shapiro | Requiring an ID to vote is ridiculous but at least it only blocks someone until…

Look At Your House Leadership

by Stuart Shapiro | Hmmm, notice anything.  Pretty white/male (with one exception), huh?  (h/t: Steve Benen)…

Obama Immigration Policy Clearly Legal

by Stuart Shapiro | Greg Sargent has a great explanation of the legal aspects of President Obama’s likely decision…

Less Carbon Taxes: More Carbon Emissions

by Stuart Shapiro | It is among the more obvious conclusions, but when you charge a lower price for…

Go Ahead! Vote! It’s Not Like You’re Hurting Anyone

by Bill Schmalfeldt | Well, lookee here! It’s Election Day, 2014. It’s 9 AM, and I am sitting here watching television. They’re lying to us, as usual. Know how I can tell? Their lips are moving. Gosh, I sure don’t mean to sound all cynical or anything. But, I…

Never Mind That Two People Were Shot On The Steps Of A NC Courthouse: EBOLA!

by Bill Schmalfeldt | As I write this, it is shortly before 1 pm.  About 10 minutes ago, I caught the following Tweet.   The link takes you to a one-sentence report from AP. Shooting at North Carolina courthouse; lockdown for county employees, searching for suspects. So, I scanned…

Hillary’s ‘You Didn’t Build That’ Moment: If It Happened, Why Are Only Conservatives Reporting It?

by Bill Schmalfeldt |   Can’t find a word about it on MSNBC or NBCNews.com, nothing on CBSNews.com or…

THE LIBERAL GROUCH Presents: ‘Some Unfunny Satire’

by Bill Schmalfeldt | Some years ago, I got one of those anonymous e-mails your right-wing cousin or in-law…

SCHMALFELDT’S SATYRICON: Taking The Concept Of ‘CYA’ To A New Level

by Bill Schmalfeldt | Just when you think every possible concept has been conceptualized, every possible product has been…

SCHMALFELDT’S SATYRICON: Stay Calm! Do Not Evacuate Dallas! Everything Will Be Fine!

by Bill Schmalfeldt | Oh, this is wonderful. Some poor bastard is feeling just fine when he gets on…

SCHMALFELDT’S SATYRICON: Jumping Feet First Into #GamerGate

by Bill Schmalfeldt | For a second there, I thought I wrecked my computer monitor. I had just seen…

‘Operation Burn Notice’ Rises From Ashes As ‘The Wisconsin Poll Watcher Militia’

by Bill Schmalfeldt | A group of professional pranksters is at it again in America’s Dairyland. A group once…

Remembering Ambassador Stevens

by Tengrain | My favorite composition teacher in college exhorted us to 1) know whose story you are telling, and 2) to get out of the way of the story. One of the many reasons I have not talked about Chris was exactly that: I don’t know if the story…

The South Shall Rise Again, And So Shall My Lunch

by Tengrain | Regular readers already know that creeping theocracy is my usual editorial beat (so to speak) and so often it quietly comes to us disguised in the somber white robes of religious freedom, if you know what I mean and I think you do.  Like when the…

Rand Paul: Having It Both Ways

by Tengrain | 2016 Schröedinger’s Candidate, Sen. Rand Paul, has taken another one of his principled stands both…

Why We Need A Secular Social Safety Net

by Tengrain | Every time animal husbandry enthusiast and Iowa Senate candidate Joni Ernst brayed at us that…

The Mandate That Isn’t

by Tengrain | Hey guys, remember the other day we had an election? And several of us predicted…

Get Off That Chair And Vote

by Tengrain | Election night looks bad for the Democrats; the question is one of degrees: will the Democrats…

The Weak In Review October 25

by Tengrain | With only a week and some change until The Most Important Election In The History…

Can You Feel The Excitement?!

by Tengrain | It seems that the campaign to re-elect amply be-chinned Mitch McConnell is willing to buy…

Will Durst: Thanksgiving 2014

by dave-dr-gonzo | Podcast: Play in new window | Download In which our intrepid correspondent, in the spirit of the season, gives back.…

Will Durst: The Guiltiest Holiday

by dave-dr-gonzo | Podcast: Play in new window | Download In which our intrepid correspondent gets all sentimental and stuff.…

Will Durst: Obama And The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

by dave-dr-gonzo | Podcast: Play in new window | Download In which our intrepid correspondent drowns his sorrows…

Will Durst: We Burn Witches, Don’t We?

by dave-dr-gonzo | Podcast: Play in new window | Download In which our intrepid correspondent offers up a…

Will Durst: One Man, One Vote

by dave-dr-gonzo | Podcast: Play in new window | Download In which our intrepid correspondent offers up a…

Will Durst: Scary Masks

by dave-dr-gonzo | Podcast: Play in new window | Download In which our intrepid correspondent smashes up two…

Will Durst: Rocktober!

by dave-dr-gonzo | Podcast: Play in new window | Download In which our intrepid correspondent is able to…

Will Durst: Where’s My iPony?

by dave-dr-gonzo | Podcast: Play in new window | Download In which our intrepid correspondent feels bad for…

Nancy Reagan’s Astrologer Dies

by Dave | Joan Quigley, the astrologer who helped Nancy Reagan plan her husband’s schedule, has died at her San Francisco home at the age of 87. Donald T. Regan, Reagan’s former Chief of Staff, claimed in his memoir that Mrs. Reagan kept Quigley on a $3,000 per…

Baby Dies After Six Hours In Parked Car

by Dave | It’s happened again. Another baby has died after being left in a car. The six month-old girl was left in a car for six hours in an Intel parking lot in Hillsboro, Oregon, a suburb of Portland. The father called for help at 5 p.m.…

Popular Painkillers Harder To Obtain. Thanks, Rush.

by Dave | Remember when you were in elementary school and the class bully acted up and, as…

American Boots On The Ground? Boehner: We Have No Choice

by Dave | House Speaker John Boehner told ABC’s George Stephanopolous that President Obama’s current strategy is insufficient…

Government Threatened To Fine Yahoo $250,000 Per Day

by Dave | Yahoo announced Thursday that the government threatened to fine the company $250,000 a day if…

Steven Sotloff Beheaded By IS Fighter

by Dave | British newspapers The Guardian and The Telegraph are reporting that journalist Steven Sotloff has been…

What Is Putin’s Ultimate Goal?

by Dave | Is recreating the Soviet Union Vladimir Putin’s ultimate goal? Putin adviser Theodore Lukianov dismissed that…

Separate Is Still Not Equal. Where’s The Outrage?

by Dave | The Warren court unanimously held in 1954 that separate is not equal. Today, due to…