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Name: David Allen
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Hometown: Washington, DC
Home country: USA
Member since: 2001
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New Democratic Underground URL shortener: DEMU.GR

To save space when sharing links to DU, we have created a new URL shortener: demu.gr

It works on any Democratic Underground URL. Just change "democraticunderground.com" to "demu.gr" and leave the rest of the URL the same. Whenever someone visits a demu.gr page, our software recognizes the short URL and automatically swaps in the full democraticunderground.com address. Check it out:





And here are links to two discussion threads:



In addition, the "Tweet" button on every DU thread has been programmed to automatically place the shortened URL into your tweet.

We will be integrating this URL shortening functionality into other DU features in the future.

BREAKING: Supreme Court Upholds Individual Mandate As A Tax

Source: Think Progress

The Supreme Court has upheld the individual mandate in Obamacare, paving the way for full implementation of the law in the states and ensuring that millions of uninsured Americans haves access to affordable coverage. The court upheld the provision as a tax. The Medicaid expansion is limited, but not invalidated, the court found. In short: “the entire ACA is upheld, with the exception that the federal government’s power to terminate states’ Medicaid funds is narrowly read.” Roberts joined Sotomayor, Breyer, Ginsburg, and Kagan.

Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/health/2012/06/28/507940/breaking-supreme-court-upholds-individual-mandate-as-a-tax/

New "Milestones" feature on the Latest Threads page

We have just added a cool upgrade to the Latest Threads page, which we call "Milestones."

Whenever a discussion thread receives a certain number of posts -- 25, 50, 75, 100, or any other multiple of 25 -- it is re-posted at the top of the Latest Threads page so more people can see it.

The Milestone threads are marked with a blue arrow so you can easily identify them.

Check it out: http://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=latest_threads

If you don't wish to see Milestone threads

If you don't wish to see these Milestones on the Latest Threads page, then you can set your filter so they do not appear. In the black bar near the top of the page, the last drop-down menu sets your preference for Milestones. To remove the Milestones, select "No Milestones" and then click "Go!" to save.

Don't forget your Trash Can

If you get sick of seeing a particular thread get re-posted over and over again on the Latest Threads page, just click the little X icon to Trash it. The icon looks like this:

And if you get sick of seeing threads from a particular forum or group appearing on your Latest Threads page, you can put that forum or group in your Trash Can. Enter the forum or group, and then click the button that says "Trash this forum" or "Trash this group."

Trash this forum: Completely remove a particular forum or group, so you never see it again.

Your DU Trash Can just got more powerful. Now you can Trash entire forums and groups so you won't see their posts anywhere on the discussion forums. To trash a particular forum or group, click the Trash button at the top of the page. It looks like this:

When you click the button, you will be presented with two different options:

Hide threads. Selecting this option only removes the forum or group's threads from the Latest page and the Greatest page. The forum or group will still be listed on the Forum & Groups page and in the navigation column on the left side of most pages.

Full trash. Selecting this option removes the forum or group's threads from the Latest page and the Greatest page and also removes the forum or group entirely from the the Forum & Groups page and from the navigation column on the left side of most pages.

If you change your mind after you have trashed a particular forum or group, you can bring it back. Click on "My Account," then click the "Trash Can" tab. This will take you to your Trash Can:


Then click the "Restore" link to show the forum or group again.

Now you have complete control over your Latest Threads page. Use the three drop-down menus on the Latest Threads page to make broad changes to what content appears, and then use the "Trash this forum/group" function to remove specific forums and groups from your Latest Page. Now you can see exactly what you want to see on Democratic Underground.

Want to give a warm welcome to new DU members? Use these tools to find them.

In our efforts to make DU a more welcoming place for everyone, we have programmed some new functions to help you find new members so you can welcome them to DU.

Five first posts are listed on the Latest Page
On the Latest Threads page, there is now a small section at the top of the right column listing five new members who have just posted for the first time. If you click on a username, it will take you directly to that person's first post, so you can respond and welcome them to Democratic Underground. If you click the "More" link, you will be taken to the "First Posts" page.

The "First Posts" page: 50 DUers who have posted for the first time
If you click the "More" link at the top right column of the Latest Page, you will be take to the "First Posts" page which lists 50 new DUers who have posted for the first time. The page shows their usernames, along with title of each person's first post, and the number of replies that first post has received. It's a simple way to find new members and welcome them to DU!

Post counts appear on everyone's posts
Now, whenever anyone posts on DU, their post count is displayed directly on their post. If you are reading DU and you happen to come across someone who is new, be sure to welcome that person to our community.

The Welcome & Help forum
When new members reach 10 posts, they gain the ability to start new threads. We encourage all DU members -- new and old -- to come introduce yourselves in our new "Welcome & Help" forum. And check that forum regularly see who has posted. Make sure to post a reply whenever you see a new member in there.

GOP Super PACS Plan To Spend $1 Billion On Election ($400 million from Koch brothers)

Source: TPM

Republican super PACs, including Karl Rove’s American Crossroads and Crossroads GPS groups, plan to spend a total of $1 billion on the 2012 elections, reports Politico. Much of the money not previously expected comes from the Koch Brothers, who along with Koch-affiliated groups plan to spend $400 million before November.

From Politico:

Just the spending linked to the Koch network is more than the $370 million that John McCain raised for his entire presidential campaign four years ago. And the $1 billion total surpasses the $750 million that Barack Obama, one of the most prolific fundraisers ever, collected for his 2008 campaign.

Restore Our Future, the super PAC supporting Mitt Romney, proved its potency by spending nearly $50 million in the primaries. Now able to entice big donors with a neck-and-neck general election, the group is likely to meet its new goal of spending $100 million more.

And American Crossroads and the affiliated Crossroads GPS, the groups that Rove and Ed Gillespie helped conceive and raise cash for, are expected to ante up $300 million, giving the two-year-old organization one of the election’s loudest voices.

Read more: http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entries/gop-super-pacs-plan-to-spend-1-billion

Post your own "I'm With Mitt!" Amercia Pics!

Download the "With Mitt" iPhone App NOW before the Romney campaign updates the App:

Take a picture using the "A better Amercia" picture maker.

Upload to the internet and post to DU!

The most important thing you can do in the Welcome & Help Forum: **REPLY**

Right now we're getting a lot of new threads in here, so I understand it is hard to keep up with all of them and post a bunch of replies. But if you want to help make DU a more welcoming place for new members and old members, you should really make the effort to respond. We can tell that people are reading all the posts in here. Now REPLY to those posts!

Even if it's just a "Hi" and a it'll make people feel welcome, and it'll make YOU feel good too.

In this forum, of all places on DU, everyone should get a reply to their thread.

C'mon. Be part of the DU Welcome Wagon!

New forum: Welcome & Help

We've created a new top-level forum called "Welcome & Help." The purpose of this forum is to welcome new DU members, to let members get to know one another, and to provide DU-specific help and support.

The Welcome & Help forum can be found here:


...and the forum's Statement of Purpose is:

Introduce yourself here! Meet and greet other DUers, share tips about DU, and get help in a positive, supportive environment. No whining about DU. People who create an unwelcoming atmosphere will be blocked from this forum.

Meanwhile, we have made some slight changes to the Help & Meta-discussion forum. Help & Meta-discussion has been renamed to Meta-discussion and it is now only available to logged-in members. We have also changed the Statement of Purpose slightly. The new Statement of Purpose for Meta-discussion is:

Discuss Democratic Underground policies and procedures. Second-guess decisions by Juries, Hosts, and Administrators. Work through problems between members. Discuss the DU Community Standards. Bemoan the current state of DU.

Thanks for your patience while we continue to work to improve DU.

You've found the new Welcome & Help forum. I'm Skinner, one of the Administrators here at DU.

We've been here on our new software for a few months now, and the admins have been focused on making a bunch of upgrades and fixes to the software. But now we want to focus on doing things to help foster a sense of community -- to get to know each other, to welcome new members into the fold, and to provide help and support to each other. With this in mind, we have created this new Welcome & Help Forum. We hope all of our members -- both new and old -- will take some time to introduce yourselves and to say hello to other DUers who have taken the time to post in here as well. Be sure to make a special effort to welcome our new members.

My name is David, but here on DU I generally prefer to go by my username Skinner. I am the owner of Democratic Underground, and one of the three Administrators here on DU. (The other two are EarlG and Elad.) Here's the classic DU Admin photo, which was taken years ago and has been posted here a hundred times:

Democratic Underground was launched many years ago, on the very day George W. Bush took the oath of office to become President. For our first eight years, our shared contempt for the illegitimate, unelected moron in the White House was the glue that held our community together. Now he is long gone (Thank God), but DU is still here. The election of President Obama in 2008 represented a fairly significant change for our country and for Democratic Underground as well, where we have found ourselves in the unfamiliar position of picking sides and disagreeing about the president. Personally, I am a big fan of President Obama, and I think he's done a good job in his first term. I am very much looking forward to voting for him again, and I can't wait for his second term (fingers crossed).

I have spent a quarter of my life running this website, and I intend to spend much more time doing so. I was 29 years old when DU started, and I am 40 now. Over the last 11 years since DU was founded, I got married to an amazing woman, and had three sons. Here is a recent pic of my boys:

Jack (left) is 3; Isaac (middle) is 9 months; Lucas (right) is 5. And we've still got this guy:

Romeo is 12 or 13 years old now, and these days he spends most of his time lounging outside in the sun.

I love my job, and I am so thankful for all the great people we have here on DU. I look forward to getting to know all of you.

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