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Ben & Jerry?s Joins Fight to Protec...

Ben & Jerry?s Joins Fight to Protect Vermont Law Requiring Disclosure of Genetically Engineered Foods

Ben & Jerry?s joins other Vermont businesses and consumer groups in defending Vermont?s new labeling requirements for genetically engineered (GE) foods ? one of the  first such labeling laws in the country ? against a federal court challenge brought by the food industry. The groups submitted a brief yesterday supporting the disclosure of GE ingredients so people have more information about the health, safety and environmental impacts of the foods they consume.

Bhopal Water Pollution Victims Ask...

Bhopal Water Pollution Victims Ask Appeals Court to Hold Union Carbide Accountable

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Today, lawyers representing communities living near the site of the world?s worst industrial disaster, the Bhopal Gas Disaster, will argue to the U.S Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit that Union Carbide Corp. (UCC) is responsible for water pollution from the same plant that continues to foul local wells. Over a year ago a New York federal district court found that UCC could not be sued, despite compelling evidence that UCC caused the harm.

82 Groups Ask DOJ to Address Illega...

82 Groups Ask DOJ to Address Illegality of ?Muslim-Free Zone? Businesses

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation?s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, announced today that a coalition of 82 civil liberties, human rights, immigrant rights, faith, and cultural organizations (see list of signatories below) sent a letter to Attorney General Loretta Lynch asking her to investigate the growing phenomena of so-called ?Muslim-free zone? businesses nationwide.

ACLU Files to Hold Kentucky County ...

ACLU Files to Hold Kentucky County Clerk Accountable for Refusing Marriage Licenses

The American Civil Liberties Union and the American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky today filed two motions with a Kentucky district court to hold Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis accountable for her continuing refusal to issue marriage licenses to couples in the case Miller v. Davis.

U.S. Supreme Court Denies Kentucky ...

U.S. Supreme Court Denies Kentucky County Clerk's Request to Continue Refusing Marriage Licenses

The U.S. Supreme Court has denied, without dissent, Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis her request for a stay of an order from the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that required her to issue marriage licenses immediately to couples in the case Miller v. Davis.

Following the U.S. Supreme Court?s historic and sweeping marriage equality ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges, Davis refused to issue marriage licenses to any couple based on religious beliefs about marriage for same-sex couples. 

Environmental Leaders Challenge Ins...

Environmental Leaders Challenge Institutions to Divest from Fossil Fuels Ahead of Paris Summit

Earlier today, divestment leaders launched the ?Divest for Paris? challenge at the Paris Divestment Conference, a day-long gathering co-hosted by 350.org and the European Green Party.[1] The summit features high-profile speakers such as Bill McKibben, co-founder of 350.org, Stephen Heintz, President of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Nicolas Hulot, Special Envoy of the French President for the Protection of the Planet, Pascal Canfin, from the Commission on Climate Finance and former French Development Minister, representatives from th

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Russia's Vladimir Putin says his ma...

Russia's Vladimir Putin says his marriage is over

Source: [b]BBC[/b] Russian President Vladimir Putin and his wife Lyudmila have said their marriage is over. The couple, who had been married for 30 years, made their divorce public on Russian state television after attending a ballet performance. "It was a joint decision, we hardly ...
Christie expected to name Lautenber...

Christie expected to name Lautenberg successor

Source: [b]News12 NJ[/b] New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie appears poised to name a temporary successor to the late U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg. The governor has scheduled a 1:30 p.m. news conference in Trenton. However, the announcement did not specify a topic. Lautenberg died Monday a...
George Zimmerman wants ‘inflammator...

George Zimmerman wants ‘inflammatory terms’ banned from trial

Source: [b]Yahoo News[/b] George Zimmerman wants ‘inflammatory terms’ banned from trial The Lookout By Jason Sickles, an arrives for a pretrial hearing on Thursday. (Joe Burbank/Getty) “Profiled” “Vigilante” “Self-appointed Neighborhood Watch Captain” “Wannabe cop” Suspec...
Swimming Champion, Movie Star Esthe...

Swimming Champion, Movie Star Esther Williams Dies

Source: [b]ABC News[/b] By BOB THOMAS Associated Press LOS ANGELES June 6, 2013 (AP) Esther Williams, the swimming champion turned actress who starred in glittering and aquatic Technicolor musicals of the 1940s and 1950s, has died. She was 91. Williams's died early Thursday in h...
Syria Hails Qusair Capture as Fores...

Syria Hails Qusair Capture as Foreshadowing Rebel Defeat

Source: [b]Bloomberg[/b] The Syrian governmment’s capture of al-Qusair is a “strategic turning point” marking the beginning of the end for the armed opposition, Syria’s premier said, as the army promised mercy for surrendering rebels. Retaking the city opens the door “for successive vi...
Lindsey Graham ‘glad’ NSA collectin...

Lindsey Graham ‘glad’ NSA collecting phone records

Source: [b]Yahoo News[/b] Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said on Thursday morning he's "glad" the National Security Agency is secretly collecting millions of telephone records from Americans in an effort to track down terrorism suspects. “We are very much under threat," Graham said on "F...

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Why Liberals Should Support Bernie ...

Why Liberals Should Support Bernie Sanders And Not Hillary Clinton

Conor Friedersdorf is a little late with this article at The Atlantic in calling for more Democratic candidates to enter the race, but his arguments against nominating Clinton are solid: Most Democrats regard the Iraq War as a historic disaster. Clinton voted for that conflict. That hawkishness wasn?t a fluke. She pushed for U.S. intervention […]
Quote of the Day: Seth Meyers on Do...

Quote of the Day: Seth Meyers on Donald Trump

“A new CNN poll shows that Donald Trump is within six points of Hillary Clinton. It?s the closest Trump has ever gotten to a woman over 40.”–Seth Meyers
SciFi Weekend: Hannibal Finale; Def...

SciFi Weekend: Hannibal Finale; Defiance; Mr Robot; Humans; Agents of SHIELD; Outlander and Game of Thrones Spoilers; Galaxy Guest; Russel T Davies Doing Shakespeare; Olive Sacks Dies At 82

The Wrath of the Lamb, the series finale for Hannibal on NBC, contained a lot of material to provide a satisfactory ending should this be the last we see of these versions of the Hannibal Lecter characters. First there was the dramatic sequence in which Francis Dolarhyde pretended to kill himself, which certainly would have […]
Clinton Loses One Third Of Her Supp...

Clinton Loses One Third Of Her Support In Iowa In Latest Des Moines Register Poll

Bernie Sanders has pulled within seven points of Hillary Clinton in the latest Des Moines Register/Bloomberg Politics Iowa Poll with Clinton falling below fifty percent for the first time, reminiscent of her fall in 2008: She’s the first choice of 37 percent of likely Democratic caucusgoers; he’s the pick for 30 percent, according to a […]
Sanders and O?Malley Attack Democra...

Sanders and O?Malley Attack Democratic Leadership For System Rigged To Help Clinton

Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley both criticized the Democratic National Committee for rules which show favoritism towards Hillary Clinton, with Sanders pointing out that this is the type of policy which has led to past loses by the Democratic Party. ?I do,? Sanders reportedly responded when asked Friday whether he agrees with former Maryland Gov. […]
Donald Trump?s Great Plans

Donald Trump?s Great Plans

Jimmy Kimmel Live! presents their take on Donald Trump’s first ad will be, making fun of the fact that we really don’t know what Trump plans to do as president other than building that wall. The biggest problem I see with Trump building a wall on the border is that it might get in the […]

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Palestine's Crisis of Leadership: D...

Palestine's Crisis of Leadership: Did Abbas Destroy Palestinian Democracy?

The crisis of leadership throughout Palestinian history did not start with Mahmoud Abbas and will, regrettably, be unlikely to end with his departure. Although Abbas has, perhaps, done more damage to the credibility of the Palestinian leadership than any other leader in the past, he is also a by-product of a process of political fraud that started much earlier than his expired Presidency.
Watching as the Fabric That Holds ...

Watching as the Fabric That Holds This Society Together Unravels

Leave for work, go for a walk or to the mall, attend church, go to your grade school, high school or college, or to a movie and you can be a victim of catastrophic violence in an instant. No longer can one go anywhere in this country and feel completely safe. Those days are long gone in today's America, an epicenter of violence. And that's a national tragedy of monumental proportions.
When is life recognized...

When is life recognized...

A perspective on Pro-Life vs Pro-Choice
Putting the heat on Blumenthal

Putting the heat on Blumenthal

Grassroots activists around the country are pushing Democrats in Congress still undecided on the Iran nuclear deal to get off the fence and back the agreement. People rallied outside the offices of Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn, last week to urge the senator to support the deal.
Religious Liberty: Some Unsolicited...

Religious Liberty: Some Unsolicited Career Advice for Kim Davis

One of the jobs of the County Clerk in Rowan County, Kentucky is to issue marriage licenses to couples who meet the legal standards for such licenses. Recently, those standards changed, and now same-sex couples can license their marriages. That new standard conflicts with Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis's religious belief that marriage is only valid between one man and one woman. No problem.
Immigration & the Pope-- What is th...

Immigration & the Pope-- What is the Issue?

The Pope's visit to the US in the fall will certainly be news-worthy as not only is he set to address a joint session of the House and Senate, meet with President Obama and address the UN, but all of this coinciding with Presidential party campaigning promises to bring one more public voice to the already loud immigration debate.

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The number of police officers shot ...

The number of police officers shot and killed is down this year, and half killed are black

Police in Pittsburgh during 2009 G20 meeting.
In the United States, the perception of truth often means more than truth itself. While the conservative media lies to blame the Black Lives Matter movement for the tragic shooting deaths of police officers, the mainstream media is rushing to cover what appears to be a dramatic increase in gun violence against police officers.

Except, this isn't true. Our country is on pace to have fewer officers shot and killed while on duty this year than last year (and almost any year on record for that matter).

Often, people who are sympathetic to police will quote that 83 police have died in the line of duty in 2015. And that is true, but what they aren't telling you is that 13 of those officers had heart attacks or that 19 died in car accidents or that three died because of 9/11-related illnesses.

A total of 26 police officers have been shot and killed in the line of duty this year. Each of those is tragic and a reflection of the violence in our country. This, though, is not some race-based dramatic uptick in police shooting deaths. Forty-seven officers were shot and killed in 2014 and we are on pace to have fewer than that this year. Comparatively, 662 people have been shot and killed by police in America as of September 1 and a total of 792 people have been killed by police altogether this year.

Not only that, but as the media attempts to blame black activists for these deaths, the truth they aren't telling you is that half of all police who've been shot and killed this year were actually African Americans. That, though, is inconvenient for their narrative.

We should be able to have the emotional maturity and intellectual honesty to discuss these issues without misstating or skewing the facts (or outright lying about them). It only makes matters worse.

Not only that, but far more police are dying by suicide than they are at the hands of others.

Police officers are many times more likely to commit suicide than to be killed by a criminal; nine NYC policemen attempted to take their own lives in 2012, alone. Eight succeeded. In 2013, eight NYPD officers attempted suicide, while six succeeded. If police want to protect themselves, a wise move might be to invest in psychiatric counseling, rather than increased firepower. Again, though, we don't hear these stories because they don't give the conservative media a chance to blame activists and leaders for anything.
Sen. Mikulski declares support for ...

Sen. Mikulski declares support for Iran nuclear agreement, giving Obama the 34 votes he needs

Senator Barbara Mikulski addresses the Maryland Space Business Roundtable (MSBR) Luncheon at Martins Crosswinds in Greenbelt, Maryland on Monday, April 11, 2011...The MSBR is an organization that encourages the growth and development of aerospace-related
At Roll Call, Niels Lesniewski reports: Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski announced Wednesday she?s supporting the international agreement with Iran regarding its nuclear capabilities. In doing so, the Maryland Democrat gives the Obama administration a veto override-proof list of 34 Senate supporters, all from the Democratic caucus.

?No deal is perfect, especially one negotiated with the Iranian regime,? Mikulski wrote in a statement Wednesday. ?I have concluded that this Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action is the best option available to block Iran from having a nuclear bomb. For these reasons, I will vote in favor of this deal. However, Congress must also reaffirm our commitment to the safety and security of Israel.?

Here is Mikulski's full statement.

Maryland's other senator, Ben Cardin, has yet to declare. Together with Republican Sen. Bob Corker, Cardin was instrumental in pushing congressional approval of the Nuclear Agreement Review Act last spring. With that move, Congress authorized itself to give a thumbs up or down on any nuclear agreement with Iran.

Regardless what Cardin decides, it is a big victory for the Obama administration to get the necessary votes locked up before Labor Day weekend, and it is made all the more significant because Republicans and outside groups opposed to the agreement have been beating the drum against it, including on the airwaves. Opponents led by Trump and Cruz are set to gather outside the Capitol one week from today to warn of consequences. The White House has been lobbying undeclared senators in the hopes of getting at least 41 of them to favor the agreement. With that many, Democrats could filibuster any Republican-initiated resolution of disapproval, ensuring that it would not reach the president's desk, and therefore, of course, not require his veto. But getting there requires obtaining the support of seven of the 10 Democratic senators who have not yet declared their position on the agreement. No Republican has announced support and the chances of any doing so are beyond slim.

Below the fold are the whip counts for the Senate and House.

Join us in urging undeclared senators to support the Iran nuclear agreement.

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Cartoon: The stock market, explained

Special Edition: Daily Kos Democrat...

Special Edition: Daily Kos Democratic Primary Straw Poll w/ Biden

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Morning Digest: Two polls show pres...

Morning Digest: Two polls show presumptive gubernatorial frontrunner David Vitter in real danger

Louisiana Republican Sen. David Vitter
Louisiana GOP Sen. David Vitter
Leading Off:

? LA-Gov: A few weeks ago, Market Research Insight raised plenty of eyebrows when they unveiled a survey showing presumptive gubernatorial frontrunner Sen. David Vitter tied for second place with fellow Republican and Public Service Commissioner Scott Angelle in the Oct. 24 jungle primary. The top two vote-getters will advance to a November runoff, and it would be utterly shocking if the well-known and well-funded Vitter missed out. And now, the group is doubling down on their surprising findings in a new survey on behalf of GOP lieutenant governor candidate Billy Nungesser.

This poll, which LaPolitic's Jeremy Alford says in his Sept. 1 edition of his Tuesday Tracker was conducted Aug. 24-26, initially found a close three-way fight for the top two spots between Democratic state Rep. John Bel Edwards, Vitter, and Angelle. However, as they often do, MRI redistributes African Americans voters to reflect their usual Democratic preference. The final number puts Edwards in first with 35 percent, and finds Vitter only leading Angelle 22-19 for the second spot; GOP Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne, who hasn't run any ads yet and whose allies have only just gone on the air, lags in fourth with 11. MRI's July poll, conducted for a different client, also found Edwards safely in first once African Americans were redistributed, and had Vitter and Angelle tied 21 to 21.

Surprisingly, another firm reportedly shows similar results. Head below the fold for more.

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David Waldman takes two hours and manages to fit in numerous things of great importance and still finds room for a couple things of little importance: Chris Christie absolutely, positively delivers the stupid. Democrats win! Because of gas prices? Scott Walker becomes Ginger to Donald'€™s Fred. Greg Dworkin'€™s potpourri of politics, polls and Pope news: Trump fights for McKinley. Trump fights against Reaganomics. Trump Willie Hortons Jeb!. Trump'€™s immigration plan was disastrous in the '€™30'€™s. (Denying citizenship also a big loser idea.) Trump Makes America Grate. Gefilte Fish. Iran deal gains momentum, Republicans plan counterattack. Pope Francis announces the Holy Year of Mercy. Kentucky county clerk kind of like Muhammad Ali, her lawyers figure. David continues to apply his expertise to the Dupont C8 debacle. (including checking the math) Refer to yesterday'€™s Kagro in the Morning for the full story and additional links! David recommends this pro-gun blog article - especially the comment section.

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Indonesian police use Shootings, ki...

Indonesian police use Shootings, killings, beatings, arrests on West Papuan independence rallies

Indonesian police have opened fire on peaceful protesters in Jayapura, with at least four gunshot wounds and one death. West Papuan activists and families have been forced to flee to the jungle for safety. Indonesian security forces are conducting scores of raids, sweeps and offensives against West Papuan civilians. The attacks are happening during the visit of National Police Chief General Sutarman with over 200 people arrested across West Papua. Journalists have also been attacked by Indonesian police according to Amnesty International...Read more at San Fransisco Bay Area Indymedia. The Indonesian Police chief says any plans to free Papua from Indonesia won't be tolerated, including Flag raising ceremonies on the West Papuan national Day, December 1st.

Calls for Independence by West Papuans have been made since the sham "Act of Free Choice in 1969". They have suffered a neglected genocide at the hands of the Indonesian military (2004) with continued Repression (2007). Thousands of Papuans took to the streets in 2010 and in 2011 rejecting special autonomy, demanding a referendum on independence. Indonesia plans to build 1,500 km of new roads in the next two years to accelerate ?development', increase military presence, and open up more illegal logging. Three Papuans highlighted the human rights abuses at the APEC meeting in Bali this year by scaling the Australian Consulate?s fence in the dead of night and hand-delivering a personal plea to open the Indonesian province to world scrutiny.

A new academic law and human rights report A slow-motion genocide: Indonesian rule in West Papua (PDF), details the extent of the genocide and abuse of human rights. (Review by Greenleft) Activists have called for Australia to End pragmatic complicity in West Papua in response to comments by new conservative Prime Minister Tony Abbott. Imprisoned Papuan leader Selpius Bobii also responded saying, "We Live In Terror, Mr Abbott".

Related: Waging Nonviolence: Flotilla unsettles Indonesia?s occupation of West Papua | West Papuan National Day Goes Global | West Papuans to join commemoration of Eureka Rebellion in Ballarat More Information: West Papua media Alerts | Freedom Flotilla

Civil Society stages mass walkout p...

Civil Society stages mass walkout protest from Warsaw Climate change negotiations

Civil society organisations abandoned the COP19 climate change negotiations in Warsaw on mass. Members from Greenpeace, Oxfam, WWF, Actionaid, Friends of the Earth, the International Trade Union Confederation (statement) and 350.org all started leaving the conference at 2pm. This is an unprecedented action, the first time several major civil society groups have staged a mass walkout.

Friends of the Earth International highlighted that the Warsaw Climate Change negotiations were failing, with Tension high in Warsaw talks as G77+China walk out. The role of Australia and reduced ambition of Japan  have been widely mentioned. Australia and Canada are seen as the major wreckers, but there has been substantial intransigence from much of the developed world to progressing the negotiations forward on finance, ambition, and a loss and damage mechanism. Poland's Coal Summit has shown the fossil fuel corporatism entwined in this COP with widespread dismay at the coal powered negotiations of COP19 and at UNFCCC official Christiania Figueres who gave the keynote speech at the coal summit 

Related: Democracy Now: "Nature Does Not Negotiate": Environmentalists Walk Out of U.N. Climate Summit in Warsaw | "Polluters Talk, We Walk": Civil Society Groups Abandon Warsaw Talks over Inaction on Global Warming | "We Have to Consume Less": Scientists Call For Radical Economic Overhaul to Avert Climate CrisisAnalysis: The Warsaw walkout and the Climate Movement

Canadians and Australians protest c...

Canadians and Australians protest climate wrecking policies and pipelines

The weekend of 16th and 17th November saw tens of thousands of people in Canada and Australia out in the streets in over 260 protests against the climate policies of these countries. Australia and Canada are seen as the major wreckers in Warsaw at COP19.

The Saturday protests in Canada occurred from coast to coast to Repulse Bay, Nunavut on the Arctic circle, more than 10,000 people gathered in over 180 events co-ordinated by Defend our Climate. Many protests focussed on stopping further expansion of the Alberta tar sands and pipelines to move the bitumenous oil south to Texas, east through Ontario and Quebec, and west through British Columbia. On Sunday, more than 60,000 people attended climate protests across Australia, protesting the attempt to repeal carbon pricing and clean energy programs by the conservative Government lead by Prime Minister Tony Abbott, elected on 7 September this year, who denied any link between climate change and bushfires as unusually early and intense bushfires raged around Sydney.

Civil Society NGO and local Polish activists also staged a Climate Justice march in Warsaw in association with the COP19 climate change negotiations taking place. Super Typhoon Haiyan set the initial mood at the negotiations with Philippines negotiator Naderev Saño (Yeb Saño) saying "time to take action. We need an emergency climate pathway". There is widespread dismay at the coal powered negotiations in Warsaw with Japan and Australia being particularly singled out.

Related: Australia Indymedia - Tens of Thousands rally for Climate Action across Australia

Typhoon Haiyan causes death and dev...

Typhoon Haiyan causes death and devastation in the Philippines

On November 8 Super Typhoon Haiyan made landfall over Guiuan, Eastern Sama province in the Philippines, destroying coastal communities with ferocious winds and a storm surge of 6-7 metres (up to 20 feet). According to Dr Jeff Masters "Haiyan had winds of 190 - 195 mph (315 km/h) at landfall, making it the strongest tropical cyclone on record to make landfall in world history."

Authorities of Tacloban City with a population of 220,000 and capital of Leyte province, gave an early estimate that perhaps 10,000 people died from this one city. Many people were surprised by the huge storm surge tidal waves that inundated much of the city. Many smaller coastal villages were also devastated with most buildings destroyed or suffering severe damage. According to the UN Reliefweb report on 14 November the number of affected people has increased to 11.8 million. The official death count from Typhoon Haiyan is currently 4,460 but with numbers still increasing. There were 921,200 people displaced and 243,600 houses destroyed. A total of 2.5 million people are in need of food assistance.

Related: Climate IMC: Typhoon Haiyan: This is a climate crime | Time for turning tears into anger says Walden Bello | Philippine groups demand action on climate finance, loss and damage in Warsaw climate talks | Ejected from COP19 for expressing solidarity to the Philippines | Youth observers expelled from UN climate change talks for Philippines Solidarity | Indybay: Super typhoon Haiyan is climate wake-up call | They destroy We suffer Statement on Yolanda?s AftermathNon-corporate Typhoon Haiyan Relief Efforts: Waves for Water | Haiyan NYC Relief Project | Doctors without Borders | Oxfam International

Mi'kmaq attacked by police and snip...

Mi'kmaq attacked by police and snipers

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and unidentified snipers attack Mi'kmaq women and elderly who were part of an anti-fracking encampment. Support pours in for Mi'kmaq attacked by police and snipers. Today, Monday, Mi'kmaq Warrior Tyson Peters shot with rubber bullet risks losing his leg after protecting woman from a bullet. [ From Global IMC Newswire ]
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Where Does Your Senator Stand on Ir...

Where Does Your Senator Stand on Iran Nuke Deal?

President Barack Obama has sufficient support to keep the Iran deal from being gutted by Congress, but he may have to use his veto pen first.
Obama Nets Votes Needed to Secure I...

Obama Nets Votes Needed to Secure Iran Nuke Deal

President Barack Obama has secured the support of 34 Senate Democrats for the nuclear deal with Iran, ensuring sufficient backing to sustain his veto of any legislation aimed at derailing the agreement.
Obama Tours Alaska, Ventures Into W...

Obama Tours Alaska, Ventures Into Wilderness

President Obama ventures into the Alaskan wilderness to highlight climate change. KTUU's Lacie Leichliter reports.
Does Stephen Colbert Hold the Key t...

Does Stephen Colbert Hold the Key to Biden 2016 Run?

First Read is a morning briefing from Meet the Press and the NBC Political Unit on the day's most important political stories and why they matter.
Santorum is First 2016 Hopeful to V...

Santorum is First 2016 Hopeful to Visit All 99 Iowa Counties

The feat is named "the Full Grassley" after the Republican Iowa senator who makes such trips annually.
First Read's Morning Clips

First Read's Morning Clips

A roundup of the most important political news stories of the day

CNN

Waves of migrants pile into Munich

Waves of migrants pile into Munich

Another batch of refugees arrives in Munich with almost every train that pulls into the station.
ISIS burned his piano, but he won't...

ISIS burned his piano, but he won't stay quiet

"Shut up or I will throw you on top and burn you along with it!" barks a jihadi in black.
Orphaned grizzlies get new home

Orphaned grizzlies get new home

Two orphaned grizzly cubs have found a new home at the Toledo Zoo.
Senator's support means GOP can't b...

Senator's support means GOP can't block Iran nuclear agreement

A year after ISIS killed Sotloff, w...

A year after ISIS killed Sotloff, what's changed?

It's been a year since Steven Sotloff was brutally murdered. The images, which have become all too commonplace, shocked the American public -- and consequently, the American President -- into responding to the horror that the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria has wrought in the Middle East. But countless decapitations, and hundreds of thousands of less infamous (but no less vile) predations later, ISIS continues to flourish.
Is Idris Elba 'too street' to be Ja...

Is Idris Elba 'too street' to be James Bond?

Should Hollywood star Idris Elba be the next James Bond?

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