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Democracy Now

Covering the Occupy Wall Street protests. Read the transcript here.

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The horror

Now she has to make another appointment!

Like dreamers do

The Radiators:

Cynical girl

Marshall Crenshaw:

I’ve got that old feeling

Alison Krauss:

Single Mothers and their children.

From Legal Momentum:

Over one quarter of U.S. children under age 18 reside with only one of their parents, and as many as half of U.S. children may reside in a single parent family at some point in their childhood. The vast majority – over 85% – of single parents are single mothers.

Poverty is widespread and severe in single mother families. According to the recently released Census Bureau data on poverty in 2010, people in single mother families had a poverty rate of 42.2% and an extreme poverty rate of 21.6%.

Some call it a bug.

For a classic example of the pot calling the kettle black, check out libertarian con man Paul Ryan’s reaction to Barack Obama’s proposed tax increase on the super-wealthy

Life Lessons

Packing heat everywhere

Personally, I’m convinced that the paranoid white guys who insist God wants them to carry guns everywhere are the same men who obsess over penis size, but I could be wrong. You never know.

Some bad ideas refuse to die. Include in that category an extreme proposal percolating in the House to strip states of their authority to decide who may carry a concealed loaded firearm. This gift to the gun lobby, the subject of a hearing last week by a House Judiciary subcommittee, is nearly identical to a provision the Senate defeated by a narrow margin two years ago.

Every state but Illinois makes some allowance for concealed weapons. The eligibility rules vary widely and each state decides whether to honor another state’s permits. For example, 38 states prohibit people convicted of certain violent crimes like assault or sex crimes from carrying concealed guns. At least 36 states set a minimum age of 21; 35 states require gun safety training.

The proposed National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act of 2011 would shred those standards and the public safety judgments behind them, creating a locked-and-loaded race to the bottom in which states with strict requirements, like New York, would be forced to allow people with permits from states with lax screening to carry hidden loaded guns.
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And its chances in hell. That’s pretty much how Obama’s reelection speech went this morning. It won’t pass, it’s red meat for the base — if you’re the kind of person who likes to smell meat without actually ever getting to eat any.

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