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The Left Column
(HuffPo) If there's one thing from 2014 that will define President Barack Obama's legacy after he's left the White House, it's the number of lifetime judges he put on the federal bench.
In its final act of the year, the Senate blew through a dozen U.S. district court nominees on Tuesday night. That puts Obama at a whopping 89 district court and circuit court confirmations for the year, and means he'll wrap up his sixth year in office with a grand total of 305 district court and circuit court confirmations -- a tally that puts him well beyond where his predecessors were by this point in their presidencies.
(Orlando Sentinel) Jeb Bush a 'moderate'? Don't be silly. Jeb Bush is a union-busting, school-voucher-promoting, tax-cutting, gun-loving, Terri Schiavo-interfering, hard-core conservative.
What makes Bush different from a lot of the other candidates is that he's also sane.
(Raw Story) “And I can tell you from talking to people in the financial industry, in banking, on Wall Street, they think she is actually the devil,” the Fox Business host continued. “I mean, without question, Elizabeth Warren is the devil. So, they’re going to put any money they have behind Hillary Clinton, which should be a help.”
(Star Tribune) U.S. Sen. Al Franken said he will back former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in her likely presidential run, and will not consider any other candidate.
“I think Hillary would make a great president. I haven’t announced that I’m supporting her. Does this count?” Franken said during an interview on the MSNBC cable network with Ari Melber that aired Tuesday afternoon. He added that he feels no need to scope out other presidential contenders.
(Media Matters) Dr. Vivek Murthy overcame a longstanding right-wing media and National Rifle Association smear campaign to gain Senate confirmation as Surgeon General on Monday by a vote of 51-43.
Conservative media had worked to cast Murthy as a radical for his uncontroversial stance that gun violence is a public health issue and criticized his supposed lack of qualifications.
This morning, John Yoo appeared on CNN to attempt to deny and justify torture. Yoo is, of course, the primary author of the “legal opinion” that allowed the Cheney-Bush administration to torture individuals they deemed “enemies.” I have found that either watching Yoo on television, or reading his writings, extremely troubling for years.He is an easily-identified enemy of that which I consider Good in our nation.
Yet today, there was a spark of hope -- the hope that this treacherous being will be held responsible for his crimes. Despite the current policy of the Obama administration, there is a possibility -- though small -- that the tide could be turning. It was almost enjoyable to see this smug, self-righteous shithead looking very uncomfortable...
(AP) U.S. manufacturing output in November surpassed its pre-recession peak, as auto production kicked into a higher gear.
The Federal Reserve said Monday that factory production rose 1.1 percent last month, up from a 0.4 percent improvement in October.
Manufacturing output has risen 4.8 percent over the past 12 months. It's now above the previous high set just before the downturn began in December 2007.
"Rove Defends Rectal Feeding" ... says Bush was "briefed & intimately involved in" program decisions
(HuffPo) On Sunday, Rove said Bush was fully briefed on all of the CIA's tactics early on in the program in 2002, citing the former president's recent book.
"He was briefed and intimately involved in the decision," said Rove.
(Raw Story) “Take, for example, waterboarding,” Rove continued. “In waterboarding — unlike World War II, where the Japanese attempted to drown people by basically pouring water in their mouths — here the feet were elevated so there’s little or not chance of any fluid getting into the lungs. And very careful standards set in place so these would help break the the resistance of the detainee without placing their life in danger.”
(Crooks and Liars) Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) was on “America’s Newsroom” today, where she discussed her Christmas party request to the president: bomb Iran’s nuclear facilities.
Bachmann, whose last day in office is today, said the White House Christmas party was her last chance for a conversation with Barack Obama in such a capacity. That’s why Bachmann said she “decided to have a substantive conversation.”
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- Write in for Warren or direct vote for Bernie if he is on your ballet
- Poll: Voters want a primary challenge for Clinton
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- Clinton: U.S. ‘should never condone or practice torture’
- Conservatives Grudgingly Praise Warren, Pelosi For Opposing 'Wall Street Giveaway'
- 2014 will be the hottest year on record
- Coulter: Girls Who Cry Rape Are Just ‘Trying To Get Attention’
- Major progressive group joins push to draft Elizabeth Warren into 2016 race
- Today, I'm happy to be wrong
- The magical power of threatening people with violence
- Now You Get An ‘Official Dick Cheney Cowboy Hat’
- Bill Moyers To John MacArthur: 'Do You Think SHE (Hillary Clinton) IS INEVITABLE?
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- So how about this all powerful NSA? Why didn't they catch the Sony hack?
- One has to wonder if the actors from the Interview are in some sort of protective custody and that
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- African American: A Question about Pres. Obama and Michael Brown/Eric Garner
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- Environment & Energy: Where is All the 'Missing' Plastic? At the Bottom of the Ocean, Study Finds
- Barack Obama: ROFLMAO~For You Bog. May I present to you our lame duck President~ Not!
- Soccer/Football: I can't wait for the UCL Round of 16....
- Interfaith Group: Imprisoned Pastor Saeed Abedini's Christmas Letter From Iran
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- Hillary Clinton: 2008 article indictes Clinton's liberalism
- Latin America: Miami reacts to Obama's Cuba move: Tears of joy, cries of 'traitor'
- Texas: Senate confirms first openly gay man as federal district judge in Texas
- New York: State casino board settles on three developers
- Florida: Gerald Bailey replaced as FDLE gets interim leader
- Virginia: Virginia tobacco body under scrutiny (again) for suspiciously large gas project grant
- California: Berkeley Kids Go to the Mayor (#BlackLivesMatter)
Latest Breaking News
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2 hrs ago - Barry Spurr was suspended by university officials in October after using offensive language in emails obtained by magazine New Matilda. The emails were sent over two years and revealed that he referred to Muslims as "Mussies" and Asians as "Chinky-p ... (BBC)
2 hrs ago - Norman Bridwell, the creator of Clifford the Big Red Dog, a figure who looms as large in toddler lit as the great white whale does in the American canon, died on Friday in Oak Bluffs, Mass., on Martha’s Vineyard. He was 86. Kyle Good, a spokeswoman ... (New York Times)
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3 hrs ago - US global aid chief to resign; oversaw secret Cuba programs By JACK GILLUM and DESMOND BUTLER Associated Press December 17, 2014 Updated 2 hours ago WASHINGTON — The head of the nation’s global development agency said Wednesday he will step down ... (Associated Press)
3 hrs ago - ...The reading room of Cuba’s National Archive is normally a place of monastic calm, where academics and researchers leaf through aged volumes among card files and dusty stacks. On Wednesday, however, the customary silence was punctuated with cheer ... (The Guardian)
3 hrs ago - TEXAS CITY, Texas — A plumber's traded-in truck has landed in Syria, and the man's friends at home think he's been aiding terrorists. It's all because of a photo posted on an Islamic militant group's Twitter feed. It shows one of Mark-1 Plumbing's o ... (USA Today)
Cemetery with one MILLION mummies unearthed in Egypt: 1,500-year-old desert necropolis is the larges
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4 hrs ago - Paris (AFP) - Pope Francis led a chorus of global plaudits for Wednesday's breakthrough in US-Cuban relations which was hailed from Berlin to Bogota as "courageous" and "historic." In a personal coup for the pope, it emerged that the Vatican had pla ... (Yahoo News (AFP) (4 hours ago))
4 hrs ago - By STEVE ROTHWELL NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. stock market had its best day in more than a year after the Federal Reserve said it would to remain "patient" in its approach to raising interest rates. Stocks rose from the open on Wednesday, led by energ ... (AP-Excite)
4 hrs ago - By SEAN MURPHY OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A doctor who examined the body of an Oklahoma inmate who died during a botched execution told a federal judge Wednesday that he is convinced the man suffered after being declared unconscious. Dr. Joseph Cohen, a ... (AP-Excite)
5 hrs ago - By KEN SWEET NEW YORK (AP) — A batch of stocks with exposure to Cuba rose sharply Wednesday after President Obama moved to restore diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Caribbean island after more than 50 years of hostility. The move could re-es ... (AP-Excite)
6 hrs ago - DECEMBER 17, 2014 Learning the Art of Coexistence The New Opening With the USA by RAUL CASTRO Since my election as President of the State Council and Council of Ministers I have reiterated in many occasions our willingness to hold a respectful dia ... (counterpunch)
7 hrs ago - WASHINGTON - U.S. authorities have determined that North Korea is behind the recent cyber attack on Sony Pictures, a federal law enforcement official said Wednesday. The official, who is not authorized to comment publicly, said a formal announcement ... (WLTX)
7 hrs ago - Walker: National Guard would help if protests erupt in Hamilton case By Patrick Marley, Jason Stein and Daniel Bice of the Journal Sentinel Dec. 17, 2014 5:51 p.m. Gov. Scott Walker said Wednesday he is prepared to call out the Wisconsin Nati ... (Milw Journal Sentinel)
7 hrs ago - When George Stinney Jr. was executed for the killings of two white girls in 1944, he was so small that the straps of South Carolina’s electric chair didn’t fit him properly, and he had to sit on a book for his electrocution. Stinney was just 14 year ... (Washington Post)
7 hrs ago - Vladimir Putin has been named Russia's "Man of the Year" for a remarkable 15th successive year He has overseen the collapse of the rouble, Russia's growing isolation and a draconian crackdown on the press and freedom of speech. But nothing, it seem ... (The Telegraph)
7 hrs ago - (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday blocked the state of Arizona from enforcing a policy that denies driver's licenses to young immigrants granted legal status by President Barack Obama in 2012. The court denied the request by Arizona Go ... (Reuters)
7 hrs ago - MOSCOW (Reuters) - A prominent opponent has warned Vladimir Putin his days in power are numbered, as Russia awaits the president's response to the dramatic decline of the rouble. Putin has been silent as the currency collapsed against the U.S. dolla ... (Reuters)
8 hrs ago - MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — A Montana man who shot and killed a German exchange student caught trespassing in his garage was convicted of deliberate homicide Wednesday despite arguing that a state "castle doctrine" law allowed him to use deadly force to p ... (AP)
8 hrs ago - ...New Regency has pulled the plug on its Steve Carell movie Pyongyang, which Gore Verbinski had been prepping for a March start date, an individual familiar with the project has toldTheWrap. Based on the graphic novel by Guy Delisle, Pyongyang is a ... (Yahoo News)
8 hrs ago - Richard C. Hottelet, the last of the original "Murrow's Boys," the pioneering group of wartime journalists hired by CBS radio newsman Edward R. Murrow, has died. He was 97. CBS News spokesman Kevin Tedesco said that Hottelet died early Wednesday mor ... (Yahoo)
8 hrs ago - CARACAS—Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, the region’s most vocal critic of U.S. policies, hailed Wednesday’s agreement between Washington and Cuba to improve long-estranged relations. “It’s a moral victory...a historic victory for the Cuban peop ... (WSJ)
9 hrs ago - Sony on Wednesday said it would cancel next week's planned release of "The Interview," after most of the country's largest theater chains had decided not to show it. The decision by Sony (SNE) follows a threat on Tuesday from anonymous hackers that ... (CNN)
9 hrs ago - ROME — Pope Francis had quite a 78th birthday. The pontiff began Wednesday with prayers and a birthday celebration with tango dancers near St. Peter’s Square. His day ended with a historic diplomatic breakthrough between Cuba and the United States — ... (New York Times)
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Missouri Rep Pushes Bill Requiring Father’s Signature For Abortion Except In Cases Of ‘Legitimate Ra
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11 hrs ago - (Reuters) - Italian finance police on Wednesday arrested 17 people accused of running an international money laundering ring through a British-based money transfer services company which was used to shuttle illegal proceeds abroad, mostly to China. ... (Reuters)
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