Mixed Reactions In Miami On Diplomatic Overtures To Cuba

By Greg Allen When he announced the release of Alan Gross and plans to resume diplomatic ties with Cuba, Obama also referenced Miami. Some Cuban Americans welcome the changes, others see the action as a betrayal. » E-Mail This >> READ MORE << SOURCE ARTICLE: : http://www.npr.org/2014/12/18/371597736/mixed-reactions-in-miami-on-diplomatic-overtures-to-cuba?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=politics

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Chilling Effects: Hollywood Studio Pulls Plug On Upcoming Steve Carell Film Set In North Korea

By Judd Legum CREDIT: The Interview Sony announced on Wednesday that it was pulling the plug on “The Interview,” a raunchy comedy starring Seth Rogan and James Franco, about the attempted assassination of a North Korean dictator. The decision comes after Sony was targeted by a massive cyber attack which compromised terabytes of sensitive and […]

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Open thread for night owls: 1944 murder conviction of 14-year-old vacated. His execution can’t be

By rss@dailykos.com (Meteor Blades) George Stinney’s mugshots. Normally, I don’t put a news excerpt from The New York Times in Night Owls, but I’m making an exception tonight to ensure that this awful story gets attention. Jesse Wegman writes: Seventy years after he was executed in South Carolina, George Stinney’s conviction was vacated by a […]

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Six indicted for Clean Water Act violations in West Virginia’s Elk River chemical spill

By rss@dailykos.com (Meteor Blades) Patrol boat on the Elk River motors past Freedom Industries plant. In January, a rusty holding tank owned by Freedom Industries leaked thousands of gallons of a coal-washing chemical into the Elk River of West Virginia. Consequently, drinking water supplies were tainted for more than 300,000 of the state’s residents. A […]

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Satanist And Christian Holiday Displays To Go Up At Michigan Capitol

By Bill Chappell The situation has brought controversy — and energized Christians who realized that a planned Nativity scene was in danger of being canceled. » E-Mail This >> READ MORE << SOURCE ARTICLE: : http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/12/17/371503835/satanist-and-christian-holiday-displays-to-go-up-at-michigan-capitol?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=politics

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Filibuster reform helped President Obama re-shape the federal courts

By rss@dailykos.com (Paul Hogarth) The Senate confirmed another dozen U.S. district court nominees last night, giving President Obama 89 confirmations this year—for a total of 305 judges in his first six years. How does that compare historically? President George W. Bush confirmed just 32 district court and circuit court judges during his sixth year in […]

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Midday open thread: Greenpeace still catching flak over Peru action, KKK operating in 41 states

By rss@dailykos.com (Meteor Blades) Today’s comic by Matt Bors is The justice system works! 111 years ago today, the Wright Brothers made front-page news. Greenpeace activists may have permanently damaged ancient sacred site in Peru: The organization has been taking major knocks after some activists associated with Greenpeace International trespassed and laid out a banner […]

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