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‘Class of ’27’ Shows How Politicians and Mainstream Media Fail Rural America

The documentary series, which explores educational systems in rural communities across the United States, highlights the effects of poverty often overlooked in our political dialogue.

Posted on Sep 14, 2016 READ MORE


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Some Notes on ‘Coastal Liberalism’ in This Presidential Election Year

The all-too-common liberal reflex is out of touch and threatens to exacerbate the very intolerance and bigotry its practitioners oppose.

Posted on Jun 6, 2016 READ MORE



Bernie Sanders Stays Motivated After Oregon Win, Appeals to California Voters

Although Hillary Clinton leads in delegates, Sanders says his latest primary victory “is the beginning of the final push to win California” on June 7.

Posted on May 18, 2016 READ MORE



Hillary Clinton Claims Kentucky Victory; Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump Take Oregon

With 99 percent of the Bluegrass State’s Democratic primary vote counted, The Associated Press still hasn’t named a victor. Sanders and Trump were the clear winners in Oregon.

Posted on May 17, 2016 READ MORE



Investigation Continues in Death of Gynnya McMillen, 16-Year-Old Girl Who Died in Police Custody

Two employees of the Kentucky juvenile detention center where the young African-American was found dead in January were arraigned last week on misdemeanor charges of official misconduct in connection with her death.

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Sanders and Cruz Give Clinton and Trump a Run for Their Money on Super Saturday

Bernie Sanders won important victories in Kansas and Nebraska in the latest voting, while Ted Cruz showed that Donald Trump may not be as inevitable as he has come to seem.

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Do You Live in One of the Most—or Least—Happy Places in America?

A new poll measures contentment around the country and the world.

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17 Biblical Rules for Marriage Kim Davis Should Really Take a Look At

Can zombies get married, according to the Bible?

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VIDEO: Tide To Go Ad Has a Little Clean Fun at Kim Davis’ Expense

Well, that was fast. Director Mark Nickelsburg has made mirth out of cultural conflict by spoofing the controversy over Kentucky County Clerk Kim Davis’ recent refusal to issue gay marriage licenses.

Posted on Sep 15, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN


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Kim Davis Is Out of Jail—Now What?

The same Kentucky federal judge who sent Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis to jail last week because of her refusal to let her office issue same-sex marriage licenses ordered her release Tuesday.

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VIDEO: Mike Huckabee Compares Kim Davis’ Stance on Gay Marriage to Abraham Lincoln’s on Slavery

Maybe the term “civil rights” doesn’t mean what Mike Huckabee thinks it means.

Posted on Sep 6, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN


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Kentucky: First Same-Sex Couple in Rowan County Obtain Marriage License After Jailing of Clerk

James Yates and William Smith Jr. were Rowan County’s first same-sex couple to be granted a license to wed since the U.S. Supreme Court legalized such marriages. It was the sixth time they had tried to obtain a marriage license, finally succeeding the day after County Clerk Kim Davis was sent to jail for refusing to issue the licenses.

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Kentucky Court Clerk Kim Davis Jailed in Standoff Over Same-Sex Marriage Licenses (Updated)

After drawing national attention and being found in contempt of court for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples seeking to wed in her area of Kentucky, Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis could be on her way to professional martyrdom for mixing her religious beliefs with her job.

Posted on Sep 3, 2015 READ MORE



How an Undercover Cop at a Protest Proved Why We Need to Protest Police Violence

An undercover agent encouraged protesters at a demonstration in Oakland, Calif., against recent police killings to commit crimes, then pulled his gun out on them; a group of net neutrality activists interrupted an FCC meeting to demand commissioners “Reclassify Now!”; meanwhile, a Bible-themed amusement park in Kentucky lost its tax exemptions due to religious discrimination. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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The Blue-Collar Imperative

Democrats in Kentucky and Georgia are pushing hard to win back the white working-class vote from Republicans.

Posted on Oct 20, 2014 READ MORE



Rand Paul to Rick Perry: Why Send U.S. Troops to an Iraq That Won’t Defend Itself?

Texas Gov. Rick Perry attacked Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul as an “isolationist,” calling him “blind” to the danger of international “terrorism” and pointing especially to the rise of the so-called Islamic State in northern Iraq.

Posted on Jul 15, 2014 READ MORE



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If There’s An Argument Against Gay Marriage, Kentucky Didn’t Make It

U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn II all but laughed the commonwealth’s case against same-sex marriage out of court. “These arguments are not those of serious people,” he wrote.

Posted on Jul 1, 2014 READ MORE



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Fox News Asks Rand Paul If Harry Reid Is Right to ‘Call Americans Domestic Terrorists’

Not since George W. Bush complained that the problem with the American economy was that “too many of our imports come from abroad” has such hilarious use of the English language been on display.

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Don’t Give Up on the Uninsured

Obamacare is working—in states that have followed the essential design of the Affordable Care Act.

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Rand Paul: The Minister of Misinformation

A new profile at the National Journal probes the libertarian Kentucky senator’s chances for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. A major hurdle: an affinity for half-truths and misinformation.

Posted on Oct 18, 2013 READ MORE



Bachmann Opponent Bows Out, Alleged ‘Crack Mayor’ Won’t Quit, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including a person of interest is identified in the ricin letters investigation and a liberal activist reveals why he secretly recorded Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Posted on May 31, 2013 READ MORE



Warren Rips Bank Regulators, McConnell Secretly Recorded, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including why Dick Cheney says the U.S. is in “deep do do” and Bernie Sanders and Grover Norquist spar over President Obama’s awful budget.

Posted on Apr 11, 2013 READ MORE



Scalia’s Anti-Gay Marriage Rant, Nate Silver on Hillary’s 2016 Prospects, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Stephen Colbert’s response to a poll that shows South Carolina voters want him in the Senate and why the Koch brothers postponed a major meeting.

Posted on Dec 11, 2012 READ MORE


In the Wake of the Southern Tornadoes

The death toll from Wednesday’s outbreak of devastating tornadoes in several Southern states has risen past the number reported Thursday afternoon in this Associated Press clip, but the twisters’ scope and strength are evident from the visuals recorded ...

Posted on Apr 28, 2011 WATCH & LISTEN



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Tough Going for Anti-Immigration Bills

Momentum has shifted against anti-immigrant bills like Arizona’s SB 1070 in the more than 20 states that have tried to institute copycat laws. Most efforts have failed to gain legislative traction, with bills dying in committee or simply being voted down.

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Fight for a World Without Coal

The writer and philosopher Wendell Berry, armed with little more than a copy of William Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” and his conscience, has been camped out for three days with a handful of other activists in the governor’s outer office in Frankfort, Ky.

Posted on Feb 14, 2011 READ MORE



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Rand Paul Makes It Official

Rand Paul is projected the winner of Kentucky’s Senate race. He was polling way ahead going into Election Day, so it’s not a shocker, but his victory might be considered the biggest triumph—so far—for the tea party. It’s going to be a long night.

Posted on Nov 2, 2010 READ MORE


Scary Primary Results

Partisan Democrats are delighted about Christine O’Donnell’s Republican primary victory over Rep. Mike Castle in the race for the open Delaware Senate seat. I’m despondent.

Posted on Sep 15, 2010 READ MORE


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AP / Ed Reinke

What’s Not to Like About Civil Rights?

For Rand Paul, the issue is not about race and it’s not about guns either. It’s about government interference with privacy rights. But what Paul and others may not be remembering is that race, violence and privacy rights go hand in hand.

Posted on May 31, 2010 READ MORE


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Kentucky Senate Adopts Civil Rights Resolution

The Kentucky state Senate has passed a resolution to let it be known that all varieties of discrimination are officially not OK in the Bluegrass State. Whether Rand Paul is paying attention to that gesture was unclear at press time.

Posted on May 31, 2010 READ MORE


The Soul Mates Bork and Paul

That Robert Bork took a stand against the Civil Rights Act in 1963 is bad enough; back then, Bork had plenty of company. That Rand Paul seems to hew to these views in 2010 is as disturbing as it is amazing.

Posted on May 23, 2010 READ MORE


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Who’s Afraid of Rand Paul?

Tuesday’s election results were pretty good for progressives. The retirement of that windbag chameleon Sen. Arlen Specter is long overdue, and pro-labor forces were able to push Sen. Blanche Lincoln into a runoff in Arkansas. Even the big tea party win in Kentucky has its bright side.

Posted on May 18, 2010 READ MORE



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Pick a Number Between One and Six

“Between one and six.” That’s the number of nuclear weapons that U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton believes North Korea to have, a rare public utterance on the estimated number of such weapons the Hermit Kingdom may possess.

Posted on Apr 10, 2010 READ MORE


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Don’t Blame Bunning

How convenient that seemingly everyone in the liberal blogosphere, and even at many points to the right, got to use Jim Bunning as a scapegoat. The venom of the attacks suggests that the maverick Republican senator from Kentucky provided a welcome alternative to the real villains: bankers much closer to the centers of power.

Posted on Mar 3, 2010 READ MORE


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‘Daily Show’: Jim Bunning Feels Jim Bunning’s Pain

Objection-raising robot Sen. Jim Bunning sure had his day, and his night, on Friday, what with his single-handed stymieing of the proposed extension of health care and unemployment benefits for out-of-work Americans. But, as he pointed out near the end of Friday’s jousting session on the Senate floor, it’s not as if he wasn’t inconvenienced himself.

Posted on Mar 2, 2010 WATCH & LISTEN


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Sen. Bunning Stalls Jobless Benefits Bill

Sen. Jim Bunning was not a popular man among his Democratic colleagues this week. The Kentucky Republican, apparently so concerned about the federal budget deficit that he thought it unwise to allow the passage of legislation extending unemployment and health care help to jobless Americans, enacted a “one-man filibuster,” as the Los Angeles Times put it, and didn’t budge on Friday.

Posted on Feb 26, 2010 READ MORE


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A Split in Kentucky, Oregon Primaries

As predicted, Hillary Clinton won Tuesday’s Kentucky primary by a huge margin while Barack Obama took the contest in Oregon with a substantial lead. Although Clinton scored another impressive victory, the Obama campaign says it now has a majority of the pledged delegates at stake, hinting that the race is effectively over.

Posted on May 20, 2008 READ MORE


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Huckabee’s Major Misfire

Good thing Mike Huckabee isn’t in the running for the presidency anymore—he’d be hard-pressed to spin his way out of the truly horrific crack he made Friday at an NRA event in Louisville, Ky. That’s hardly important, considering the troubling implications of his failed joke, which called up the image of Democratic candidate Barack Obama being targeted by a gun-wielding assailant.

Posted on May 16, 2008 WATCH & LISTEN


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The Democrats’ Lump of Coal

Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton agree on many issues, but it’s a bit surprising to see two candidates who’ve talked so much about the climate crisis and a new green economy tout their love of coal. Obama has an ad up in Kentucky that claims “Barack understands” the plight of the coal industry, while Clinton has promised voters in the state she would put more money into coal programs.

Posted on May 11, 2008 READ MORE


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Congressman Apologizes to Obama

U.S. Rep. Geoff Davis of Kentucky has asked Barack Obama’s forgiveness for a racially charged comment about the candidate’s readiness to handle national security. Davis told a group of fellow Republicans Saturday, “That boy’s finger does not need to be on the button.”

Posted on Apr 14, 2008 READ MORE


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