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  • We're Still at War: Photo of the Day for July 30, 2014

    30 July 2014, 1:17 pm

    The USS George Washington conducts flight operations east of Okinawa. (US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Beverly J. Lesonik.)
  • Fast-Food Workers Just Took McDonald’s Down a Notch

    30 July 2014, 12:55 pm by: Erika Eichelberger

    On Tuesday evening, the federal government dealt a huge blow to McDonald’s, which has for over a year and a half been the target of worker protests and lawsuits over its low wages and questionable labor practices.…
  • Lucy and the Great 10% Myth

    30 July 2014, 11:44 am by: Kevin Drum

    Andrew Sullivan reminds me of something I was curious about the other day. He quotes Jeffrey Kluger, who writes in Time that he's annoyed with the movie Lucy because it perpetuates the ridiculous myth that we only use 10 percent of our brains. I sympathize. I…
  • An Awful Lot of People Think Obama Is Bored With Being President

    30 July 2014, 11:05 am by: Kevin Drum

    You have to give the Fox News polling operation credit for mixing things up in an interesting way sometimes. At first glance, their latest poll is just a collection of all the usual leading questions about Obama busting up the Constitution, Obama being a loser…
  • These Gun Owners Oppose the NRA's Efforts to Allow Stalkers and Abusers to Keep Their Weapons

    30 July 2014, 10:45 am by: Dana Liebelson

    On Wednesday, the Senate Judiciary Committee is holding its first-ever hearing on domestic violence and guns, in light of several bills that aim to strengthen federal gun restrictions against abusers. Federal law bans felons, people subject to permanent…
  • GDP Increases At a Smart 4.0% Rate in Second Quarter

    30 July 2014, 10:15 am by: Kevin Drum

    Here's something that counts as good news: GDP increased in the second quarter at an annual rate of 4.0 percent. At the same time, the first quarter numbers were revised to a slightly less horrible -2.1 percent growth rate. This means, roughly speaking, that…
  • Yet Another Man With a Gun Just Murdered His Wife and Children

    30 July 2014, 6:00 am by: Hannah Levintova

    In Saco, Maine on Saturday night, 33-year-old Joel Smith used a pump-action shotgun to kill his 35-year-old wife, Heather Smith, his 12-year-old stepson, and the couple's two biological children, a 7-year-old boy and a 4-year-old girl, before turning the gun…
  • Jimmy Hoffa Went Missing 39 Years Ago Today [Photo]

    30 July 2014, 6:00 am by: Mark Murrmann

    Teamsters Union President James R. Hoffa, left, stands with Anthony Provenzano, right, and fellow union members during Hoffa's visit to New Jersey. AP…
  • Conservatives Say Obama Is Fighting A “War On Coal.” They’re Wrong.

    30 July 2014, 6:00 am by: Ben Adler

    This story was originally published on Grist.…
  • Bud and Miller Are Trying to Hijack Craft Beer—and It’s Totally Backfiring

    30 July 2014, 6:00 am by: Tom Philpott

    InBev and MillerCoors loom over the US beer landscape like…well, like one of those monstrous inflatable Bud Light bottles that spring up at certain football tailgate parties and outdoor concerts. Together, the two global giants own nearly 80 percent of the…

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