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  • Open thread for night owls: Prisons for profit buy politicians to guarantee their cells stay full

    15 April 2014, 11:30 pm

    At Alternet, Aaron Cantú writes Inside the Private Prison Industry's Alarming Spread Across America:On a recent Friday afternoon, with budget negotiations winding down, Arizona state representative John Kavanagh was racing against the clock. His position as…
  • Republicans will donate to anything

    15 April 2014, 7:20 pm

    Raising money for Republicans must be a scam artist's dream, whether you're talking about Newt Gingrich getting millions from Sheldon Adelson to wage a hopeless presidential campaign or you're talking about Karl Rove's exceptional talent at convincing wealthy…
  • Cartoon: But They Get A Free Ride

    15 April 2014, 5:50 pm

    Are you a member of the Round Table? The fate of the World depends on it!
  • Census Bureau overhauling how it counts uninsured

    15 April 2014, 3:09 pm

    The New York Times is reporting a change in how the census is going to count the uninsured, asserting that the bureau "is changing its annual survey so thoroughly that it will be difficult to measure the effects of President Obama’s health care law in the…
  • Midday open thread: White supremacist shooter's 2012 interview, Bundy case not over, anti-vaxxers

    15 April 2014, 3:00 pm

    Today's comic by Jen Sorensen is Tyranny of the collectivists:…
  • A purple Senate under McConnell, Politico? Dream on.

    15 April 2014, 2:12 pm

    Sen. Joe Manchin doing his favorite thing.…
  • What's the difference between Chris Christie and Andrew Cuomo? Nothing

    15 April 2014, 1:59 pm

    Under investigation.…
  • Happy Tax Day, non-corporate citizens of America

    15 April 2014, 1:47 pm

    Line up, my little deductions.…
  • Economist: World's plutocrats have stashed at least $4.5 trillion in offshore tax havens

    15 April 2014, 1:45 pm

    Paul Krugman has been writing some devastating columns of late, most notably his piece on the ripoff of high-frequency trading—Three Expensive Milliseconds. Perhaps missed by many readers, however, was his blog mention of a paper on underground wealth…
  • Social Security Administration suspends collection on old debts

    15 April 2014, 12:51 pm

    Last week, the Washington Post had the story about how Treasury and Social Security had suddenly started going after old overpayments, sometimes decades-old, by garnishing the tax refunds of family members who didn't even receive the overpayments. Turns out,…
  • Christie aides received 'mandatory directives' to ignore unfriendly mayors

    15 April 2014, 12:45 pm

    Newark Star-Ledger on one of the key revelations from Monday's disclosure of the interview notes taken by the law firm hired to conduct an investigation deliver a whitewash report on New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's lane closure scandal:Mayors considered…
  • African Americans hold key to Senate

    15 April 2014, 11:50 am

    If African Americans vote this November, Democrats hold the Senate.…
  • Treasury bonds get Obamacare boost as health care costs slow

    15 April 2014, 11:07 am

    Health care costs increased just 2 percent last year, the slowest rate of growth in 65 years, in large part because of the cost controls created with the Affordable Care Act. That means inflation is curbed, and it also means that U.S. treasury bonds are a good…
  • Don't cry for Walmart on tax day

    15 April 2014, 9:54 am

    Walmart and the Walton family certainly have reason to be having a happy tax day. Americans for Tax Fairness rounds up the tax avoidance strategies Walmart and the Walton family use to keep taxpayers subsidizing their big profits and enormous wealth:…
  • Cartoon: Tyranny of the collectivists

    15 April 2014, 9:50 am

    (Click to enlarge)…
  • Oklahoma, where the minimum wage will never be raised

    15 April 2014, 9:30 am

    Connecticut and Maryland recently passed legislation to increase the minimum statewide. President Obama continues to press Congress to pass a nationwide minimum wage increase.…
  • Daily Kos Radio is IN RERUNS at 9am ET!

    15 April 2014, 8:30 am

    Daily Kos Radio's Kagro in the Morning show podcasts are now available through iTunes.…
  • Cheers and Jeers: Tuesday

    15 April 2014, 8:18 am

    From the GREAT STATE OF MAINE…
  • Economics Daily Digest: What makes taxes worth it?

    15 April 2014, 8:08 am

    By Tim Price, originally published on Next New Deal…
  • Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest: Fourth straight poll shows Pryor up as Cotton seeks debates

    15 April 2014, 8:00 am

    Want the scoop on hot races around the country? Get the digest emailed to you each weekday morning. Sign up here.…
  • Abbreviated pundit roundup: More evidence that the Affordable Health Care Act is working

    15 April 2014, 7:41 am

    Eugene Robinson:It’s all over but the shouting: Obamacare is working.…
  • Open thread for night owls: Racially profiled in his own driveway

    14 April 2014, 11:30 pm

    At The Atlantic, former Chicago Cub Doug Glanville explains how he was "racially profiled in his own driveway":It was an otherwise ordinary snow day in Hartford, Connecticut, and I was laughing as I headed outside to shovel my driveway. I’d spent the morning…
  • Coachella 2014

    14 April 2014, 10:00 pm

    Palm trees and music in SoCal…
  • Game of Thrones: "The Lion and the Rose"

    14 April 2014, 9:00 pm

    Wedding time! Who doesn't love a Westeros wedding? There are the feasts. The guests. The beautiful bride. The psychopathic, narcissistic, sadistic, just plain hateful groom. The colorful reception. No wedding in the Seven Kingdoms is complete without that…
  • The astroturf campaign designed to keep filing your taxes a hassle

    14 April 2014, 7:02 pm

    How much easier would April 15 be every year if you had the option to get a pre-filled tax return from the government which you would just have to review for accuracy, sign, and return—for free—to complete your taxes? The federal government, after all,…
  • Fox News outraged that all the people it told not to buy insurance can't get insurance until fall

    14 April 2014, 6:15 pm

    Brian Beutler catches the latest Obamacare fauxrage from Fox News: millions of people won't be able to sign up for health insurance until November. So all those young people who Republicans, and Fox News, told that they shouldn't be signing up because freedom…
  • IPCC report shows action on climate change is not spending, it's investing

    14 April 2014, 5:47 pm

    One lesson that most of us humans, individually and institutionally, seem to have a hard time internalizing is the cost of deferred maintenance.…
  • For Mitch, the gaffes are the good news (at least relatively speaking)

    14 April 2014, 5:40 pm

    Writing in the Louisville Courier-Journal on Sunday, James R. Carroll compiled something of an anthology of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's campaign gaffes ranging from his web ad featuring the Duke basketball team to calling Kentucky Secretary of…
  • New York exceeds Obamacare enrollment expectations by 60 percent, premiums halved

    14 April 2014, 4:26 pm

    New York might very well be the most successful of all the states in implementing Obamacare. It had a bit of a head start, since it had already regulated insurers to prevent discrimination against people with existing medical problems. But the whole of New…
  • Only one small problem with this GOP Senate hopeful's explanation for missing votes during campaign

    14 April 2014, 4:20 pm

    Iowa state Sen. Joni Ernst bragged about castrating hogs in a campaign ad…

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