This week at progressive state blogs: Part-time PA cops amount to ‘militia,’ Rick Scott barometer

By rss@dailykos.com (Meteor Blades) Just as states with progressive lawmakers and activists have themselves initiated innovative programs over a wide range of issues, state-based progressive blogs have helped provide us with a point of view, inside information and often an edgy voice that we just don’t get from the traditional media. This week in progressive […]

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Sony Changes Its Mind About Releasing ‘The Interview’

By Emily Atkin <img width="150" src="http://d35brb9zkkbdsd.cloudfront.net/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/AP568867270190-816×540.jpg" alt='James Franco and Director/Producer/Screenwriter Seth Rogen seen at Columbia Pictures World Premiere of “The Interview” on Thursday, Dec 11, 2014, in Los Angeles. ” /> James Franco and Director/Producer/Screenwriter Seth Rogen seen at Columbia Pictures World Premiere of “The Interview” on Thursday, Dec 11, 2014, in Los Angeles. Sony […]

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CIA Panel Recommends Against Penalizing Officers Responsible For Hacking Into Senate Computers

By Igor Volsky CREDIT: AP CIA officials implicated in improperly accessing the computer network used by staff members of the Senate Intelligence Committee to produce a report accusing the Agency of torturing detainees will not be punished, the New York Times reported on Saturday. A panel formed by CIA Director John Brennan will recommend against […]

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Abbreviated Pundit Round-up: A feisty Obama takes on the press

By rss@dailykos.com (Greg Dworkin) (Reminder via @armandodkos): no one should ever forget this awful Richard Cohen column about @StephenAtHome http://t.co/… in 2006.— @DemFromCT Politico: This time eight years ago, Barack Obama and his staff were in the final stages of preparing to launch a presidential campaign. So was pretty much everyone else. The midterms were […]

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This week in science: possible Martian gift still under wraps

By rss@dailykos.com (DarkSyde) This image illustrates possible ways methane might be added to Mars’ atmosphere (sources) and removed from the atmosphere (sinks). NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover has detected fluctuations in methane concentration in the atmosphere, implying both types of activity occur on modern Mars. A longer caption discusses which are sources and which are sinks. […]

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Open thread for night owls: Stingy on the clemency and pardons again

By rss@dailykos.com (Meteor Blades) At The Atlantic, Matt Ford writes The Limits of Obama’s Clemency. An excerpt: Few presidential powers are as unconstrained as the pardon. Neither Congress nor the courts need be consulted, and neither branch can override its application. President Lincoln, the pardon’s most prolific wielder, liberally exercised the power of mercy. “Gen. […]

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