HomeLatest ThreadsGreatest ThreadsForums & GroupsMy SubscriptionsMy Posts
DU Home

Enter Discussion Forums

228,116 user registrations and 70,162,213 posts since 2001
Pic of the Moment

The Left Column


After outcry, Minnesota GOP deletes tweet about 'Negro problem'

A tweet sent out yesterday by the Seventh Congressional District Republicans with a message the DFL called "racist and bigoted" has been taken down and the DFL Party chair has asked the Minnesota GOP to apologize to the people of Minnesota.


NYT: America has just lived through another campaign week dominated by Trump’s racist lies

America has just lived through another presidential campaign week dominated by Donald Trump’s racist lies. Here’s a partial list of false statements: The United States is about to take in 250,000 Syrian refugees; African-Americans are responsible for most white homicides; and during the 9/11 attacks, “thousands and thousands” of people in an unnamed “Arab” community in New Jersey “were cheering as that building was coming down.”

In the Republican field, Mr. Trump has distinguished himself as fastest to dive to the bottom. If it’s a lie too vile to utter aloud, count on Mr. Trump to say it, often. It wins him airtime, and retweets through the roof.


Five people were shot near Black Lives Matter protest site

(Star Tribune) Five protesters were shot Monday night near the Black Lives Matter encampment at the 4th Precinct police station in north Minneapolis, according to police.

According to Miski Noor, a media contact for Black Lives Matter, “a group of white supremacists showed up at the protest, as they have done most nights.”


The Man Beaten And Choked At A Donald Trump Rally Tells His Story

(Think Progress) When activist Mercutio Southall Jr. was curled up on the ground getting kicked, punched, and choked by Donald Trump supporters at a campaign rally in Birmingham, Alabama, he thought, “I can’t die today. I’ve got shit to do. I have little kids. Fuck these people.”

The single father of three, who was raised in the civil rights cradle of Selma, Alabama, told ThinkProgress that he had gone to Trump’s event with two friends in order to speak out against the frontrunner candidate’s “racist” rhetoric.

Rose Siding

Donald Trump on waterboarding: 'Even if it doesn't work they deserve it'

(Guardian) Trump told supporters: “Would I approve waterboarding? You bet your ass I would. In a heartbeat. I would approve more than that. It works.”

The Republican frontrunner then added “… and if it doesn’t work, they deserve it anyway for what they do to us”.


Paul Krugman: Despite the opposition, Obamacare is "still a huge success story."

(NYT) To the right’s dismay, scare tactics — remember death panels? — and spurious legal challenges failed to protect the nation from the scourge of guaranteed health coverage. Still, Obamacare’s opponents insisted that it would implode in a “death spiral” of low enrollment and rising costs.

But the law’s first two years of full implementation went remarkably well. The number of uninsured Americans dropped sharply, roughly in line with projections, while costs came in well below expectations. Opponents of reform could have reconsidered their position — but that hardly ever happens in modern politics. Instead, they doubled down on their forecasts of doom, and hyped every hint of bad news.


Federal court rules Wisconsin abortion law unconstitutional

(AP) A Wisconsin law that requires abortion providers to get admitting privileges at nearby hospitals is unconstitutional, a federal appeals court panel ruled Friday.

The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel's ruling comes in a lawsuit filed by Planned Parenthood and Affiliated Medical Services. The groups argue that the 2013 law amounts to an unconstitutional restriction on abortion. The law has been on hold since a federal judge struck it down earlier this year.


Boy Donates Savings to Mosque, Muslim Community Responds with a Surprise

(ILM Feed) When 7 year old Jack Swanson heard that the Islamic Center of Pflugerville in Texas had been vandalised, he decided to donate all of his savings – $20 dollars – to the mosque.

But the story doesn’t end there. When the local Muslim community learned of Jack’s generosity, they decided to surprise him with a gift.


Dogs violating personal space The DU Lounge : By Liberal_in_LA

Anyone want to see my new book cover? LGBT : By WillParkinson

Inside the Bizarre Genome of the World’s Toughest Animal The DU Lounge : By ashling

A Day on Pluto, a Day on Charon Science : By eppur_se_muova

Puppy's first peanut butter treat The DU Lounge : By demmiblue

Around DU

Good Reads

Politics 2015

General Discussion



Latest Breaking News

Thousands of children crossed US-Mexico border in October

39 min ago - Thousands of children crossed US-Mexico border in October Associated Press By SETH ROBBINS 11 minutes ago SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Nearly 5,000 unaccompanied immigrant children were caught illegally crossing the U.S. border with Mexico in October, almos ... (Associated Press)

Homeless man arrested in California encampment had machine guns: police

46 min ago - Homeless man arrested in California encampment had machine guns: police Reuters 4 hours ago (Reuters) - Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies have arrested a homeless man at an encampment after finding him with machine guns and other weapons and am ... (Reuters)

White Student Union Facebook Pages Spread Nationwide

47 min ago - An anonymous Facebook page created early in the week at the University of Illinois may have been among the first White Student Union pages to pop up, but it’s hardly been the last. Appearing at Illinois after black students held a rally Wednesday, t ... (USA Today)

Protesters To Target Chicago Shopping Area On Black Friday

51 min ago - CHICAGO (AP) -- Small groups of demonstrators gathered again Wednesday to protest the death of a black teen shot by a white police officer, and they urged supporters to join them in trying to shut down Chicago's famous Michigan Avenue shopping distri ... (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Caesars appeals court ruling that opens it up to $364M claim (pensions)

1 hr ago - By KIMBERLY PIERCEALL LAS VEGAS (AP) — Casino giant Caesars Entertainment is appealing a bankruptcy court ruling that could put it on the hook for nearly $364 million. That's the amount a pension fund wants Caesars to pay in installments for 20 yea ... (AP)

Rubio: 'Ignore' Gay Marriage Decision Because 'God's Rules Always Win'

1 hr ago - In an interview today with David Brody of the Christian Broadcasting Network, Sen. Marco Rubio said that the Supreme Court’s rulings on marriage equality and abortion rights in the Obergefell and Roe decisions, respectively, are “not settled law.” T ... (Right Wing Watch/People for the American Way)

U.S. Durable Orders Climb 3% in October

2 hrs ago - WASHINGTON—Orders for long-lasting goods rose in October, a gain that represents a big jump in the volatile aircraft category and a modest pickup elsewhere. New orders for durable goods—refrigerators, combines and other products designed to last at ... (Wall Street Journal)

Turkish military releases recording of warning to Russian jet

2 hrs ago - Turkish military releases recording of warning to Russian jet Surviving crew member of downed plane is rescued in 12-hour mission and says there were no warnings Shaun Walker in Moscow and Kareem Shaheen in Beirut Wednesday 25 November 2015 1 ... (the guardian)

Lengthy strike settled at Al Piemonte Chevrolet in East Dundee

2 hrs ago - By Mike Danahey The very long, sometimes acrimonious mechanics strike at Al Piemonte Chevrolet in East Dundee has ended with the dealership only required to take five of the nine men who walked out back to work — and less than that actually doing so ... (Chicago Tribune)

Russia And Turkey Refuse To Back Down In Row Over Jet Downing

3 hrs ago - Russia sent an advanced missile system to Syria on Wednesday to protect its jets operating there and pledged its air force would keep flying missions near Turkish air space, sounding a defiant note after Turkey shot down a Russian fighter jet. Under ... (Reuters)

Chicago cops warned of gang violence in wake of video

3 hrs ago - CHICAGO — After a night of loud, angry protests but only five arrests, police and elected officials were bracing Wednesday for more possible backlash over the release of a dramatic video showing a white Chicago police officer shooting at a black teen ... (USA Today)

Poll Shows Hillary Clinton Wins Iowans’ Heads, but Not Hearts

3 hrs ago - ...in a Quinnipiac University poll released on Wednesday... More voters in the new survey said that Mr. Sanders could better handle the economy, voters’ No. 1 issue, and more think he shares their values and cares about people like them. ... By 6-1, ... (NYT)

Some in military suspended for deadly Afghan hospital attack

3 hrs ago - Nov 25, 1:44 PM EST Some in military suspended for deadly Afghan hospital attack By ROBERT BURNS, LYNNE O'DONNELL and KEN DILANIAN Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) -- American soldiers and airmen who killed and wounded dozens of civilians in a st ... (Associated Press)

Peru lawmakers reject abortions for raped women: ‘We cannot allow this country to promote death’

3 hrs ago - Peru lawmakers reject abortions for raped women: ‘We cannot allow this country to promote death’ Agence France-Presse 25 Nov 2015 at 14:28 ET Lawmakers in Peru on Wednesday dismissed proposals to decriminalize abortions for women who have been ... (Agence France-Presse)

Sanders campaign says it has more women donors than Clinton

3 hrs ago - As of the last reporting period at the end of September, some 301,154 women gave money to Sanders in his quest for the Democratic presidential nomination, according to his campaign. That would top the approximately 240,000 women who have given money ... (Washington Post)

Trump Campaign Restricts Reporters Covering What Happens Off Stage

3 hrs ago - Trump Campaign Restricts Reporters Covering What Happens Off Stage Rules come amid increasing tensions, and even violence, at rallies. Michael Calderone Senior Media Reporter, The Huffington Post Posted: 11/25/2015 02:24 PM EST NEW YORK -- Dona ... (HuffingtonPost)

Major Calif. Textbooks Inaccurately Describe Climate Change

4 hrs ago - Major textbooks used in California middle schools do not accurately portray climate change or the science behind it, describing it as a debate, not a fact, according to a Stanford University study. Researchers analyzed four textbooks published almos ... (TPM)

2 massacres in 12 hours leave 15 dead in Honduras

4 hrs ago - Nov 25, 2:06 PM EST 2 massacres in 12 hours leave 15 dead in Honduras MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Honduran police say 15 people have died in two massacres within a span of 12 hours. Police say seven were shot in the capital of Tegucigalpa early Wednesday, ... (Associated Press)

A year’s worth of rain in Qatar as floods hit Saudi Arabia

5 hrs ago - DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — A year’s worth of rain deluged parts of Qatar on Wednesday as seasonal storms moving through Saudi Arabia flooded streets in a city northwest of the capital, Riyadh. The storm system clouded skies over parts of the Arab ... (Washington Post)

Officer reassigned after calling Black Lives Matter protesters ‘fools’ in tweet

5 hrs ago - A police officer in Oregon this week was taken off street duty following a social media post in which he said he would have to “babysit these fools,” in reference to an activist march scheduled for later this week. The offending tweet, about a Black ... (Washington Post)

Obama signs disaster declaration for Texas counties after Oct. storms

5 hrs ago - AUSTIN – President Barack Obama signed a disaster declaration Wednesday and ordered federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts in Texas from the storms between October 22 and October 31. President Obama’s declaration applies to indiv ... (KVUE.com)

E. Coli Outbreak Linked to Costco Chicken Salad, C.D.C Says

5 hrs ago - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Tuesday that public health officials were investigating an outbreak of E. coli that had sickened 19 people in seven states. The outbreak is thought to be linked to chicken salad from Costco, the ... (New York Times)

U.N.: 2015 is the hottest year on record

5 hrs ago - WASHINGTON -- Because of man-made global warming and a strong El Nino, Earth's wild weather this year is smashing the annual heat record, the World Meteorological Organization announced on Wednesday. The United Nations weather agency's early bird re ... (CBS News)

Trump Campaign Manager: Police Witnessed New Jersey 9/11 Celebrations

6 hrs ago - After insisting that a media conspiracy is suppressing the footage of Muslim-Americans celebrating 9/11 in New Jersey that Donald Trump falsely claims he saw on TV, Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski now claims that police officers witnessed th ... (Right Wing Watch)

Calls for day of mourning ahead of Jamar Clark's funeral today

6 hrs ago - Calls for day of mourning ahead of Jamar Clark's funeral today Mourners gathered at the Shiloh Temple International Ministries Wednesday for the visitation service beginning at 10 a.m. and the noon funeral service for Clark. By Beatrice Dupuy a ... (Star Tribune)

'Like a horror movie': Millions of spiders swarm Tenn. neighborhood

6 hrs ago - A nearly half-mile-long spider web covered lawns in a north Memphis neighborhood earlier this week. Residents told WMC-TV that the spiders are hard to get rid of, and many are showing up in people's homes. "I've never seen anything like this. It's l ... (USA Today)

Russia Bombards Syrian Rebels Near Site Of Downed Russian Jet

6 hrs ago - YAYLADAGI, Turkey (Reuters) - Russian forces launched a heavy bombardment against insurgent-held areas in Syria's Latakia province on Wednesday, near where a Russian warplane had been shot down by Turkey the day before, rebels and a monitoring group ... (Reuters)

Pipes found in Yasukuni Shrine restroom may have contained explosive material

6 hrs ago - Tokyo~ Within four metal pipes found in a men's public restroom at Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo after what sounded like an explosion was a possible explosive material, it has been learned from investigative sources. Sources say the pipes contained vario ... (TheMainichi)

Russian Federation to finance Egypt's nuclear power plant

7 hrs ago - Sergey Kiriyenko, general director of Rosatom, said the Dabaa nuclear plant will be the largest Russian-Egyptian project since the Aswan High Dam and will mark a "new chapter" in bilateral relations between the countries. <snip> The timing of ... (Newzy)

Security tight at France's nuclear power plants

7 hrs ago - France's nuclear power stations remain at maximum alert after the terrorist attacks in Paris on November 13th over fears the installations could be a future target of jihadists. “We are working with police and the gendarmerie to carry out systematic ... (The Local)