HomeLatest ThreadsGreatest ThreadsForums & GroupsMy SubscriptionsMy Posts
DU Home
Introducing Discussionist: A new forum by the creators of DU

Enter Discussion Forums

218,151 user registrations and 66,790,204 posts since 2001

The Left Column


Whites riot over pumpkins in NH and Twitter turns it into epic lesson about Ferguson

(Raw Story) Police were forced to descend on Keene, New Hampshire Saturday night after students and outside agitators turned the city’s 24th annual Pumpkin Festival into “a destination for destructive and raucous behavior.”

Those words — spoken by Keene State College President Anne Huot to CNN — only begin to describe the scene, which led to dozens of arrests and hospitalizations.


How Billionaire Oligarchs Are Becoming Their Own Political Parties

(NYTimes) In 2010, the Citizens United decision by the Supreme Court effectively blew apart the McCain-Feingold restrictions on outside groups and their use of corporate and labor money in elections. That same year, a related ruling from a lower court made it easier for wealthy individuals to finance those groups to the bottom of their bank accounts if they so chose. What followed has been the most unbridled spending in elections since before Watergate. In 2000, outside groups spent $52 million on campaigns, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. By 2012, that number had increased to $1 billion.


Ted Cruz: Obama’s surgeon general pick isn’t a ‘health professional’ because he’s ‘anti-gun’

(Raw Story) During an interview on CNN, host Candy Crowley pointed out that the surgeon general should “voice” of public health during the Ebola crisis, but Republicans in the Senate had blocked the appointment of Dr. Vivek Murthy.

“Of course we should have a surgeon general in place,” Cruz told Crowley. “And we don’t have one because President Obama, instead of nominating a health professional, he nominated someone who is an anti-gun activist.”


Miami Herald: Our Recommendation: Charlie Crist for governor

(Miami Herald) Rick Scott and Charlie Crist have done such a good job of tearing each other down in the campaign for governor that voters may be tempted to conclude they’re equally flawed and undeserving of victory. That would be wrong. The candidates take a markedly different approach to open government, have contrasting records on the economy, and they’re polar opposites on defining issues for the future of Florida.


Sen. Warren: ‘The game is rigged, and the Republicans rigged it’

(WaPo) Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) brought her populist message Saturday to this small college town to rev up the final weeks of Sen. Al Franken's reelection campaign, but also to claim the mantle of the modern liberal movement's political godfather.

Speaking before more than 400 people at Carleton College, Warren repeatedly invoked the spirit of the late Paul Wellstone, the fiery liberal senator who died 12 years ago this month in a plane crash during his reelection campaign. Wellstone remains a revered figure in Minnesota politics, and his brand of populism -- out of step in the Clintonian Democratic Party of the 1990s -- is now mainstream among leading liberal activists. Warren has become the most prominent public face of that movement, and the Wellstone disciples in this town 40 miles south of Minneapolis gave their approval Saturday.


Times-Picayune Endorses Landrieu On Front Page: She's 'Vital' To Louisiana

(TPM) "When Mary Landrieu was elected to the U.S. Senate 18 years ago, Louisiana residents needed her to become a strong and effective advocate for the state. She did that, forging relationships across party lines, pushing three different presidents and her colleagues in Congress to treat us fairly and building the clout that comes not only with seniority but respect," the editorial board wrote in the endorsement.


Smiling black woman next to Corbett on his website was Photoshopped

(Philly.com) It's no secret that things haven't always gone smoothly for Gov. Corbett in his effort to woo minority voters in Pennsylvania. Most famously, the one-term GOP governor -- who's in the fight of his life for re-election -- last year told editors of Philadelphia-based Al Dia at a roundtable that he didn't have any Latinos in his cabinet, adding: "If you can find us one, please let us know."

Now, according to a report going viral tonight on social media, Corbett's re-election campaign found an African-American woman to stand next to the governor on his website photos.

Not an actual woman. According to Buzzfeed, the black woman who gazes at Corbett was Photoshopped from a stock picture.


Democrats Demand Investigation Into Republican Budget Cuts To Ebola Preparedness

(Politicus USA) Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi joined Appropriations Committee Ranking Member Nita Lowey (D-NY), Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) and the other Democratic Members of the Labor-Health and Human Services (HHS)-Education Appropriations Subcommittee in calling for hearings on the funding levels for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and related agencies in light of the ongoing public health threat posed by the Ebola virus:

As Francis Collins, head of the NIH, said last week: ‘NIH has been working on Ebola vaccines since 2001. It’s not like we suddenly woke up and thought, “Oh my gosh, we should have something ready here.” Frankly, if we had not gone through our 10-year slide in research support, we probably would have had a vaccine in time for this that would’ve gone through clinical trials and would have been ready.’


Extreme Ultraviolet Image of a Significant Solar Flare Science : By adirondacker

Thou cannot pick this lock! Science : By DetlefK

cuteness overload of an unusual kind..... porcupine The DU Lounge : By IcyPeas

Coolest Sound Ever The DU Lounge : By Earth_First

Halloween is coming: Be scared, be very scared... The DU Lounge : By MrScorpio

Around DU

Good Reads

Politics 2014

General Discussion



Latest Breaking News

One of two Canadian soldiers run down in suspected terror attack near Montreal dies of his injuries

14 min ago - The driver of a car who rammed two Canadian Forces members near Montreal before being shot dead by police was known to counter-terrorism authorities who believed he had become radicalized, the RCMP said on Monday as they continued to investigate the ... (The National Post)

Chronology of the [Speaker] Hubbard Scandal

33 min ago - On Monday, October 17 Alabama Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard (R from Auburn) was indicted on twenty three counts for alleged misconduct that occurred in his roles as Speaker of the House and formerly the Chairman of the Republican Party. The in ... (Alabama Political Reporter)

CNN, other Turner networks removed from Dish Network

51 min ago - "CNN, Cartoon Network and several other Turner cable channels were removed from satellite TV giant Dish Network's systems late Monday after the two companies could not agree on a new distribution contract. Dish said the action was taken because it n ... (Los Angeles Times)

NC campaign flier has background lynching photo

59 min ago - Multiple media outlets reported the fliers showed up Sunday at Kingdom Impact Global Ministries. The flier read "Kay Hagan doesn't win! Obama's impeachment will begin! Vote in 2014." Sen. Hagan is a Democrat locked in tight race with Republican Hou ... (Greensboro News Record /AP)

Green politician Jenny Jones arrested in Occupy London protest

1 hr ago - Police have arrested 15 demonstrators at Parliament Square including, for a brief period, the Green Party politician Jenny Jones. Jones, chairwoman of the London assembly’s economy committee and deputy chair of its police and crime committee, went t ... (The Guardian)

CDC releases revised Ebola gear guidelines

3 hrs ago - By MIKE STOBBE and EMILY SCHMALL ATLANTA (AP) — Federal officials are going on the road with new guidelines to promote head-to-toe protection for health workers treating Ebola patients. Officials on Monday night released the advice, which health wo ... (AP-Excite)

U.S. Denial of Visas for 6 in Hungary Strains Ties

5 hrs ago - BUDAPEST — A move by the United States government to declare six unnamed Hungarian public officials suspected of corruption ineligible for visas has blown up into a diplomatic incident that has transfixed Hungarian political circles and provided fres ... (NY Times)

Pistorius Sentenced to 5-Year Jail Term for kKlling Girlfriend

5 hrs ago - @Reuters: RT @LukeReuters: #OscarPistorius sentenced to 5 years in prison for shooting dead his girlfriend - @Reuters Pistorius sentenced to five-year jail term for killing girlfriend Tue Oct 21, 2014 4:42am EDT PRETORIA (Reuters) - A South Africa ... (Reuters)

Paralysed man Darek Fidyka walks again after pioneering surgery

6 hrs ago - A man who was completely paralysed from the waist down can walk again after a British-funded surgical breakthrough which offers hope to millions of people who are disabled by spinal cord injuries. Polish surgeons used nerve-supporting cells from the ... (Guardian)

State Sen. Nasheed arrested at protest in Ferguson

7 hrs ago - State Sen. Jamilah Nasheed was taken into custody Monday night in front of the Ferguson police station after she walked in the street when police told protesters not to do so, a police spokesman said. St. Louis County Police Sgt. Brian Schellman con ... (St. Louis Post Dispatch)

Oscar de la Renta, Fashion Designer, Dies at 82

10 hrs ago - Oscar de la Renta, the doyen of American fashion, whose career began in the 1950s in Franco’s Spain and sprawled across the better living rooms of Paris and New York, and who was the last survivor of that generation of bold, all-seeing tastemakers, d ... (New York Times)

Ukraine Used Cluster Bombs, Evidence Indicates

11 hrs ago - By ANDREW ROTHOCT. 20, 2014 A casing carrying cluster munitions that landed in a shed. Press officers for the Ukrainian military denied that their troops had used cluster weapons in the conflict. Credit Sergey Ponomarev for The New York Times DO ... (New York Times)

U.N. Questions Israel On Palestinians' Rights

11 hrs ago - By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA Mon Oct 20, 2014 3:05pm EDT (Reuters) - U.N. experts questioned Israeli officials on Monday over alleged rights abuses ranging from the demolition of Palestinian houses and the expansion of Jewish settlements to limited P ... (REUTERS)

Police probe New Hampshire pumpkin fest melee

11 hrs ago - Police probe New Hampshire pumpkin fest melee | October 20, 2014 | Updated: October 20, 2014 7:03pm KEENE, N.H. (AP) — Local authorities in New Hampshire vowed Monday to prosecute the perpetrators of the violent disturbances near Keene's annual p ... (Associated Press)

PA State Supreme Court Justice McCaffery suspended in email porn scandal

11 hrs ago - HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Monday suspended Justice Seamus McCaffery with pay for sending and receiving 234 emails containing pornographic photographs or videos. After apologizing last week for a “lapse in judgment,” McCaffery, ... (Pittsburgh Tribune Review)

UN experts: Detroit should restore water to poor

11 hrs ago - UN experts: Detroit should restore water to poor By JEFF KAROUB, Associated Press | October 20, 2014 | Updated: October 20, 2014 5:33pm DETROIT (AP) — United Nations human rights experts described Detroit's mass water shut-offs as "a man-made perf ... (Associated Press)

CEO Of Oil Giant Total Reportedly Killed In Moscow Plane Crash

13 hrs ago - Russian media reported October 21, citing aviation and law enforcement sources, that the CEO of French oil company Total, Christophe de Margerie, has died after a private jet crashed at Moscow's Vnukovo airport. The TASS news agency cited an aviatio ... (Radio Free Europe)

Former Australian PM Gough Whitlam dies at 98

13 hrs ago - He was credited with transforming Australian society in the 1970s after 23 years of conservative government, introducing many far-reaching reforms. ... He led Labor to its historic victory in December 1972 on the back of the famous "It's Time" campai ... (BBC)

Federal jury sides with whistle-blower against Dallas-based Trinity Industries; damages over $800M

14 hrs ago - WASHINGTON — In a case that could trigger a wholesale re-evaluation of the safety of a guardrail system used on highways and interstates across the country, a federal jury in Marshall, Texas found against Dallas-based Trinity Industries Monday, findi ... (Dallas Morning News)

Dallas businessman Sam Wyly files for bankruptcy over $300 million forfeiture

14 hrs ago - Oct. 20 (Bloomberg) — Sam Wyly, the U.S. businessman who may have to forfeit as much as $400 million after being found liable for using offshore trusts to hide stock holdings and make illegal trades, filed for bankruptcy. Wyly, blaming “massive cost ... (Bloomberg News)

White House: Nazis shouldn't get Social Security (UPDATE)

14 hrs ago - By RICHARD LARDNER, DAVID RISING and RANDY HERSCHAFT WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Nazis should not be collecting Social Security benefits as they age overseas, the White House said Monday, responding to an Associated Press investigation that revealed mi ... (AP-Excite)

Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard indicted on 23 felony corruption charges by Lee County Grand Jury

15 hrs ago - Mike Hubbard, speaker of the Alabama House of Representatives and a powerful leader in the state Republican Party, has been indicted by a grand jury and charged with 23 counts, including using his office for personal gain and soliciting things of val ... (AL.com)

Apple reports record 39.3 million iPhone sales

16 hrs ago - By BRANDON BAILEY SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple says it sold 39.3 million iPhones in the last quarter, or 16 percent more than a year ago, which is a record for the quarter. That's partly due to excitement over new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus models that Apple ... (AP-Excite)

BREAKING: Wyo. Won't Appeal Marriage Equality

17 hrs ago - The Equality State is about to live up to its name, after Wyoming's Republican leadership announced today it will not appeal a federal judge's Friday decision requiring the state to begin performing and recognizing same-sex marriages. Same-sex couple ... (The Advocate)

Hanford Nuclear Reservation inquiry criticizes contractors in whistleblower firing

17 hrs ago - SPOKANE — The U.S. Department of Energy's inspector general on Monday said it could not determine if a whistleblower on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation was fired for raising safety concerns because two contractors failed to provide all the document ... (The Oregonian (Associated Press))

Newark mayor demands city schools return to local control in NYT op-ed

18 hrs ago - October 20, 2014 at 12:39 PM, updated October 20, 2014 at 12:42 PM NEWARK — Less than three weeks after Mayor Ras Baraka sent a letter to President Barack Obama criticizing school Superintendent Cami Anderson’s controversial ‘One Newark’ school over ... (Jessica Mazzola | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com)

Seven bodies linked to murder suspect found in Indiana

19 hrs ago - The bodies of seven women have been recovered in the US state of Indiana as a man confessed to a recent murder and led authorities to more. ... The body of Afrikka Hardy, 19, was found at a Motel 6 on Friday. She was reportedly strangled. A second v ... (BBC)

Police arrest two Ferguson protesters in clash with Rams fans

20 hrs ago - Rams fans and Ferguson protesters fought Sunday afternoon outside the Edward Jones Dome after the Rams secured a victory over the visiting Seattle Seahawks. About 3 p.m. Sunday, a handful of fans argued with protesters, who were yelling and chanting ... (St. Louis Post Dispatch)

Russia Won’t Accept Terms to End Sanctions Over Ukraine

20 hrs ago - By Volodymyr Verbyany, Daryna Krasnolutska and Birgit Jennen Oct 20, 2014 11:32 AM ET Russia’s top diplomat said his country won’t accept conditions to end sanctions after talks in Italy produced no breakthrough over the truce in Ukraine as the Ger ... (Bloomberg)

Sleater-Kinney announce first new album in a decade, No Cities to Love

20 hrs ago - Released on 19 January via Sub Pop Records, Corin Tucker, Carrie Brownstein and Janet Weiss recorded their eighth studio album secretly at Tiny Telephone Recordings in San Francisco at the start of the year, with some extra sessions taking place at K ... (Guardian)