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Markos: Conventional wisdom is that Republicans are guaranteed a Senate pickup in West Virginia, where Sen. Jay Rockafeller’s retirement has created an open-seat race in this reddening state. While I wouldn’t peg the GOP’s chances at 100 percent, it’s certainly hard to see a legit path to Democratic victory. But if it’s such a gimme, […]

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This certainly cheered me up! A family claiming they were sickened because of pollution from hydraulic fracturing operations near their home should be awarded $2.95 million for their troubles, a jury ruled on Tuesday. The Parr family had sued Aruba Petroleum Inc. in 2011, alleging the oil and gas producer exposed them to hazardous gases, […]

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Sounds like it: Net neutrality is not dead. But it may be about to take a big blow to the head. The Wall Street Journal has a foreboding scoop that provides details on an early draft of the Federal Communications Commission’s new net neutrality rules. And to put it mildly, Internet activists will not be […]

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Yes, it does seem that the powers that be, restless after a few months without war, are now methodically prepping us for another one. While I do not pretend to know exactly what’s going on in Ukraine, I know enough about my own country and its craven media establishment to be deeply suspicious. Robert Parry: […]

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As you already know, I love the Chesapeake Bay. I remember how the waters were far too frequently too tainted for swimming, and how a moratorium on construction in the watershed brought the bay back to life. Now the contamination is creeping back, and of course big business will have its way: So, in 2009, […]

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Can’t be cutting into their oil bidness, you know! Homeowners and businesses that wish to generate their own cheap, renewable energy now have a force of conservative political might to contend with, and the Koch brothers are leading the charge. The L.A. Times, to its credit, found the positive spin to put on this: Little […]

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Matt Taibbi’s new book is about how the rich are never punished for their crimes. “The Divide” marks a shift in Taibbi’s tone. More Lincoln Steffens than Hunter Thompson, Taibbi drops most of the histrionics to reveal the corruption and injustice at hand. He even goes out of his way to be reasonable. He acknowledges […]

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Josh Marshall on how the GOP expected to capitalize on Obamacare. Oops! On Obamacare, the Republican party has bet big on failure for four years. Now the results are in. And they lost. Big time. [...] As I noted recently, GOP policy analysts are pretty clear now that Obamacare isn’t collapsing, hopes of the politicals […]

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Sometimes I hate myself for reading the Daily Mail, but they really do find some crazy stories: A pregnant journalist was recovering in hospital last night after a pro-Kremlin political leader in Russia told two male aides to ‘violently rape’ her. Nationalist Vladimir Zhirinovsky launched his extraordinary tirade after reporter Stella Dubovitskaya asked him an […]

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Looks like Chris made a boo-boo: A PandoDaily investigation has discovered evidence that Gov. Chris Christie’s pending deal to award a $300 million pension management contract to a controversial hedge fund is in violation of state anti-corruption laws. New Jersey state pay-to-play statutes prohibit state contractors from directly or indirectly financially supporting the election campaigns […]

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