Daily Kos Elections gubernatorial race ratings: Initial ratings for 2013-14

Daily Kos Elections is pleased to announce our first set of gubernatorial race ratings for the 2013-14 election cycle. Democrats are defending 14 seats, while 24 Republican seats are up for re-election, including two next month. Given this disparity, more Republican governorships are vulnerable overall than Democratic ones. Our full chart rating the competitiveness of each contest is below (with … [Read more...]

Vigils Around the Globe for Greenpeace Activists Held In Russia On Piracy Charges

Protests were held in cities around the world on Saturday to rally support for the 28 Greenpeace activists and two journalists currently being held by the Russian government on charges of piracy. Both activists and governments have been shocked by Russia's decision to level serious piracy charges against Greenpeace's Arctic Sunrise crew after a protest against Arctic oil drilling. … [Read more...]

CBS’ Bob Schieffer grills GOP’s Cornyn over shutdown (video)

CBS' Schieffer: Shutdown "is almost like, I'm gonna throw a brick through your window unless you give me $20." . … [Read more...]

Canadians Tarek Loubani and John Greyson Released from Egyptian Jail

Two Canadians who were arrested and held in a cramped Egyptian jail cell for more than seven weeks without charges have been released. John Greyson, left, and Tarek Loubani are pictured in undated photos.In a statement released early today, Canadian Minister of State Lynne Yelich said the government welcomed the release of Tarek Loubani and John Greyson, who were arrested August 16th during a … [Read more...]

Undocumented Immigrants Can Now Receive Law Licenses In California

One hundred days after the Senate approved a bipartisan, comprehensive immigration reform bill and on a day that brought out thousands of immigrant activists across 160 cities nationwide, Gov. Jerry Brown (D-CA) signed AB 1024, which allows the California Supreme Court to issue law licenses to individuals, regardless of immigration status. Brown’s signature means that undocumented … [Read more...]

CBS Host Takes Apart GOP’s Shutdown Argument

Senate Minority Whip John Cornyn (R-TX) was unable to explain why Republicans needed to threaten economic disaster to try to get their way on Obamacare during an interview on CBS’s Face The Nation on Sunday. Bob Schieffer, Face the Nation’s host, repeatedly asked Cornyn why, instead of using normal legislative procedures like passing laws, Republicans were refusing to pass a continuing … [Read more...]

How to swaddle a sick baby sloth (video)

OMG I want one. . … [Read more...]

Your one stop Obamacare shop

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Republican Convention Features Sexist Anti-Hillary Buttons: ’2 Fat Thighs, 2 Small Breasts’

Last March, after an election cycle that featured one Republican candidate opining on “legitimate rape,” another candidate labeling pregnancies resulting from rape a “gift from God,” and a vice presidential candidate that wanted to treat terminating that pregnancy as a homicide crime, the Republican National Committee urged the GOP to back away from offensive rhetoric … [Read more...]

Republican Congressman Says GOP To Blame For Shutdown

Rep. Peter King (R-NY) Rep. Peter King (R-NY) said on Fox News Sunday that — contrary to claims by some colleagues — “we are the ones who did shut the government down.” But while he reiterated his opposition to the strategy, he also said he would not act to require a vote to reopen the federal government. King blamed Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) for a “strategy doomed to … [Read more...]

Boehner: The Nation Will Be On ‘The Path’ To Default If Obama Doesn’t Accept GOP Demands

House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) said the nation would default on its debt later this month if President Obama does not agree to GOP’s demands to cut spending and change parts of the Affordable Care Act. Appearing on ABC’s This Week on Sunday, Boehner agreed that the risks of failing to raise the debt ceiling would be “catastrophic,” leading credit markets to freeze, the … [Read more...]

First Nations, Métis and Inuit: Global Day of Action

Idle No More - Global Day of Action, Oct 7, 2013 … [Read more...]

Abbreviated Pundit Round-up: Damn, Dirty Ape Edition

Colby King looks down the road at the Republican goal. Today there is a New Confederacy, an insurgent political force that has captured the Republican Party and is taking up where the Old Confederacy left off in its efforts to bring down the federal government. No shelling of a Union fort, no bloody battlefield clashes, no Good Friday assassination of a hated president — none of that nauseating, … [Read more...]

Sunday Talk: Shut happens

Thanks to President Obama stubbornly refusing to negotiate with terrorists (his negotiations with Iran … [Read more...]

Random slices of the local impact of the Republican shutdown

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9 y.o. Henry Thomas’ amazing winning audition for the movie ET (video)

Watching a 9 year old actor turn on the tears during an audition is simply stunning: "Ok kid, you got the job." . … [Read more...]

Climate Change: Mayors Around the Globe Leading an Urban Revolution

Part of the Sustainable Urban Masterplan for Shanghai, this image shows the channels with pedestrian and slow traffic lanes on the right, and urban food gardens on the left. The channel transports water from vertical farm to vertical farm, cooling the city and being filtered through various plants and organisms along the way. Credit: Except Integrated/cc by 2.0 … [Read more...]

Open thread: First Nations, Obamacare and endgames

What's coming up on Sunday Kos ... Your one stop Obamacare stop, by DarkSyde First Nations, Métis and Inuit: Global Day of Action, by Denise Oliver Velez Daily Kos Elections gubernatorial race ratings: Initial ratings for 2013-14, by David Nir I'm running for my life ... and a few others, as well, by Steve Singiser Endgame is here: Republicans are breaking, by Ian Reifowitz GOP Is An … [Read more...]