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LA Luxury Apartment Inferno Hits Homeless Hardest

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at 1:00pm
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Last week, traffic on two Los Angeles freeways came to a halt as fire crews responded to a massive inferno that incinerated a downtown luxury apartment complex under construction.

There is currently no cause that has been officially determined by arson investigators.

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Look out! Here comes the War on…Elves?

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at 12:00pm
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Did you know that the elf on your shelf is training your children to accept the inevitability of the surveillance state? Neither did we.

Digital technology professor for the University of Ontario’s Institute of Technology Laura Pinto thinks so, and in her new paper “Who’s the Boss,” she discusses the nefarious...

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The ethical conundrum of the Sony hack story

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, December 15, 2014 at 9:27pm
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The media has created its own uproar over the Sony Hack. Business Insider has called it an “act of war,” and now Sony is trotting out its lawyers and demanding that media agencies refrain from reporting the contents of the stolen data, and delete anything they may have acquired as a...

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Break the Internet: David Koch Edition

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, December 15, 2014 at 10:00am
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The campaign finance provision of the #CRomnibus spending bill has refocused bipartisan ire on the scourge of “money in politics,” and has renewed progressive mouth-foaming over the allegedly infamous influence of the Koch brothers on the rise of conservative politics in America.

Barbara Walters has included billionaire David Koch in her list...

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Real Life: Sharpton Rally Attendees Summon the “Black Jesus”

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, December 14, 2014 at 12:10pm
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Yesterday, as they often do, thousands of protesters descended on Washington, DC to protest police brutality against black men. The rally, led by Al Sharpton and attended by high-profile activists in the black community, focused on promoting a “black agenda,” and railed against the typical enemies of the progressive community: the...

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Progressives’ “Not ALEC” Is Not a Gamechanger

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, December 13, 2014 at 12:00pm
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Progressives have long decried the existence of the American Legislative Exchange Counsel (ALEC) as nothing more than a private outlet for corporate interests, and attacked its members with all the fervor of a dog on a particularly puzzling bone. As a staffer in the Texas Legislature, I fielded countless calls from...

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Ben Edelman Apologizes, Society Still Loses (UPDATED)

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, December 11, 2014 at 12:00pm
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Harvard Business School professor Ben Edelman has apologized amid backlash from his private-made-public harassment of Boston-are Sichuan Garden manager Ran Duan.

Edelman made headlines after lambasting Duan over a $4 overcharge on his Chinese takeout order. After realizing that the menu prices posted online differed from what he was charged by...

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America is a “Bad Boyfriend,” according to College Humor

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, December 8, 2014 at 11:30am
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Sometimes, the internet’s lack of self-awareness is so stunning that attention must be paid. This is one of those times.

College Humor’s latest video, “How America is Like a Bad Boyfriend,” affords us one of those rare opportunities to spend three minutes of our lives watching a video,...

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#BlackoutHollywood Demonstrators Stage Protest after Police Shootings

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, December 7, 2014 at 5:45pm
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Professor Jacobson may be taking a much needed sanity break from the Saturday Night Card game, but the social justice warriors continue to draw from the bottom of the deck.

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Police target licensed marijuana growers with civil forfeiture

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, December 5, 2014 at 1:20pm
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Back in August, the City of Philadelphia made headlines after their police department was busted using asset forfeiture procedures to pad city coffers. Now, officers in Michigan are under fire for targeting private citizens for forfeiture—without ever accusing those people of a crime.

Southwest Michigan residents and medical marijuana license holders Wally...

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House Democrats just cheapened the “Hands Up” protest

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at 11:30am
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For all the spin the left has provided on the protests in Ferguson, Missouri, you’d think they’d have a little more respect for their own race-based premise.

Democrats in Congress probably thought they were performing an act of solidarity when they engaged in a “hands up, don’t shoot” protest on the floor...

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Liberal writers wrestle with Ferguson facts

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, December 1, 2014 at 6:30pm
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John McWhorter’s Time essay on Ferguson demonstrates his graceful way with words, and his struggle to fight the truth about Ferguson. The only bit of truth that survived McWhorter’s preferred narrative is this:

I’m not sure that what happened to Michael Brown — and the indictment that did not happen to Officer Darren...

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Organizing for Action Refuses to Go Away

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, November 12, 2014 at 8:30am
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2014 has been a great year for Republicans: we maintained the House, took back the Senate, made inroads with new voters and solidified the voting base, and

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Hilarious: Actress Lisa Kudrow Mercifully Spared from “War on Women”

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, November 11, 2014 at 11:30am
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Bill Maher and his merry panelists experienced the mother of all pregnant pauses when a viewer’s question directed at actress Lisa Kudrow baiting an anti-Republican reaction to the “war on women” fell flatter than a pancake on a cold skillet.

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“There’s a Republican ‘war on women?’ Which part of being a...

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2010 midterms took Democrats’ past, 2014 their future

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, November 9, 2014 at 8:30am
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On the eve of the 2010 midterms, I noted that Democrats were about to be politically decapitated in Congress:

The Democrats face a political decapitation tomorrow.

Dozens of senior Democratic Party leaders in the House and Senate, and in Statehouses around the country, are likely to lose. Unlike Republicans in 2008,...

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Is Maryland going purple?

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, November 5, 2014 at 10:31am
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Maryland hasn’t gone purple. Yet.

But we have a Republican Governor for just the third time in 48 years. (Spiro Agnew was elected in 1966 and served until 1969, when he went to White House as Richard Nixon’s vice president. Bob Ehrlich was elected in 2002, but was defeated for re-election four years later...

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Why vote for Democrats?

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, November 3, 2014 at 10:00am
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As the election comes down to the wire in Maryland in two days, I spent some time driving around my neighborhood looking for campaign signs.

My neighborhood isn’t the best bellwether for Maryland election results. If my neighborhood were representative, Bob Ehrlich would have won a second term in 2006  … with...

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