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Arizona Republican's history of copying and pasting lobbyist-written legislation

Arizona State Sen. Republican Debbie Lesko is running in the special election on April 24, for the vacant seat of Republican scandal-resigner Trent Franks’s seat, against Democrat Hiral Tipirneni. She is favored to win the red seat back for the Republic

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Five Questions for Sunrise co-founder Varshini Prakash about climate activism and a Green New Deal

The concept of the Sunrise Movement arose out of discussions begun in 2015 by organizers who had been working in various parts of the climate movement, from fossil fuel divestment to building political power for climate policy in the purple and red states. I
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Five Questions for Sunrise co-founder Varshini Prakash about climate activism and a Green New Deal

The concept of the Sunrise Movement arose out of discussions begun in 2015 by organizers who had been working in various parts of the climate movement, from fossil fuel divestment to building political power for climate policy in the purple and red states. It was decided after the November 2016 election that obviously not enough was being done at the grassroots level to get the nation’s political leaders to take serious action on the climate crisis since most candidates up and down the ballot weren’t even mentioning it in their campaigns. As so often happens on the left, the discussion among a group of eight, mostly under-30 core organizers came down to whether to focus on protests or elections. They decided to found Sunrise on the premise that both are needed. The strategy they chose in early 2017 was: disrupt, vote in 2018; disrupt, vote in 2020. The goal: Make 2020 the first presidential election about climate change. Co-founder and Sunrise Lead Spokeswoman Varshini Prakash said in an interview at the time: After reflecting deeply on our wins and losses, we came up with three key principles. First, if we ignore elections and the power that’s on the table, we’ll lose. Second, the gains made through creative protest have been powerful, but they will only be protected if we achieve institutional, political power. And, finally, if we elect people who only care about the climate crisis in name, but are unwilling to stand up to the fossil fuel industry in practice, we’ll also lose. So we must merge electoral organizing with creative protest to build, alongside others, a political force great enough to win. And that’s that they’re doing, building an army of volunteers to pressure sitting politicians to get off their behinds and take action on climate change, and working to elect candidates who already take climate policy seriously. As part of that effort, Sunrise backs a Green New Deal with a focus on renewable energy, decarbonization, and jobs. It is calling for a congressional Select Committee for a Green New Deal. Monday, in fact, hundreds of Sunrise volunteers will be in Washington, D.C., doing some of that disrupting, urging members of Congress to join the 22 who have already voiced their support for forming the committee. And Tuesday morning, Sunrise volunteers will demonstrate in a nonviolent action in San Francisco, with some members engaging in civil disobedience.

137 days past judge's reunification deadline, children kidnapped from parents are still in custody

At this point 173 children kidnapped from the arms of asylum seekers at the southern border continue to remain in U.S. custody, according to a recent court filing, with more than 100 of them the children of parents who have already been deported and have sai
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137 days past judge's reunification deadline, children kidnapped from parents are still in custody

At this point 173 children kidnapped from the arms of asylum seekers at the southern border continue to remain in U.S. custody, according to a recent court filing, with more than 100 of them the children of parents who have already been deported and have said, for varying reasons, that they do not wish to reunify with their child. Family separation remains a crisis. Of this overall group of children, 102 have parents “presently departed from the United States whose intent not to reunify has been confirmed by the ACLU.” But many parents have said they “were coerced into signing deportation forms after being falsely told by Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers that it was the only way to reunite with their children.”  Another 33 kids continue to remain separated because officials claim their parent is “unfit or presents a danger to the child.” Advocates have fought for transparency when it comes to how the government determines this, and for good reason: immigration officials make things up. Without presenting any evidence to justify their action, officials recently separated an asylum seeker and his son, claiming the dad, who was escaping gang violence, is a gang member himself. Another eight of the children are “not ‘eligible’ to reunite,” with the court filing stating that for four of those parents, the “Steering Committee has advised that resolution will be delayed.” This could mean anything, but considering those parents were already deported, it most likely means the government has no idea where those parents currently are. In some instances, ACLU leaders have had to do the job of incompetent Trump officials and navigate “treacherous roads, distrustful communities and remote villages” to try to locate parents that Trump officials carelessly deported. “Resolution will be delayed.” Really, a much less harsh way of saying, “permanent separation.” Today, Monday, Dec. 10, marks 137 days since a federal judge’s reunification deadline. Family separation remains a crisis.

Trump's first choice for his third chief of staff says no

Donald Trump isn’t getting his first choice to replace John Kelly in the impossible, ugly job of Trump chief of staff. Nick Ayers, Mike Pence’s chief of staff, won’t be taking the job, leaving Trump scrambling not just to find a replacement candidat
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Trump's first choice for his third chief of staff says no

Donald Trump isn’t getting his first choice to replace John Kelly in the impossible, ugly job of Trump chief of staff. Nick Ayers, Mike Pence’s chief of staff, won’t be taking the job, leaving Trump scrambling not just to find a replacement candidate but to save face: The president on Sunday disputed news reports that he had settled on Mr. Ayers as his pick. “I am in the process of interviewing some really great people for the position of White House Chief of Staff,” he said on Twitter. “Fake News has been saying with certainty it was Nick Ayers, a spectacular person who will always be with our #MAGA agenda. I will be making a decision soon!” But two people close to Mr. Trump said that a news release announcing Mr. Ayers’s appointment had been drafted, and that the president had wanted to announce it as soon as possible. Ayers says he’s going home to Georgia with his family, which includes three young children, and he will reportedly work on a pro-Trump super PAC. It’s not just the young kids, though: Ayers was also skeptical of taking the job based on the challenges that Kelly and his predecessor, Reince Priebus, faced in the position, and talks between the two sides broke down, according to an administration official with direct knowledge of the negotiations. Ayers, 36, also had faced opposition among many senior White House aides, who worried that his elevation could trigger departures of other high-level staff members. It doesn’t take a wild leap of the imagination to wonder how much of a role the looming legal threats to Trump played in Ayers’ decision, either. Trump is now reported to be considering some of his administration’s top sycophants, including budget director Mick Mulvaney, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker, and Robert Lighthizer, the U.S. trade representative, as well as House Freedom Caucus Chair Mark Meadows.

NBC's Chuck Todd needs to show receipts or apologize for both-sidesing Wisconsin GOP power grab

The traditional media’s need to say both sides did a thing when only one side did it is well known, but this is one for legend. Reporting on the Republican power grabs in Wisconsin and Michigan, with Republicans stripping the governor’s and attorney gene
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NBC's Chuck Todd needs to show receipts or apologize for both-sidesing Wisconsin GOP power grab

The traditional media’s need to say both sides did a thing when only one side did it is well known, but this is one for legend. Reporting on the Republican power grabs in Wisconsin and Michigan, with Republicans stripping the governor’s and attorney general’s office of power simply because Democrats will be taking over those offices, NBC’s Chuck Todd said this: “Democrats have done this in the past to Republican governors in lame duck sessions in other states.” Chuck, we’re going to need some receipts, because this looks like a lie. In fact, a reported piece from NBC says the opposite: Both national and statewide experts said they had never seen such efforts like the ones in Wisconsin and Michigan before — and that the GOP actions indicate a new level of toxicity has arrived in state government. «Until recently, no party has tried to hamstring their opponents' future power to the way the Republicans are doing it now,» John Chamberlin, professor emeritus of political science and public policy at the University of Michigan, told NBC News, adding, «They are a bad sign that state politics is being infected by the toxic national political environment.» Well, Chuck? You don’t throw out a line like that and just leave it hanging when the evidence is lined up against you.

Morning Digest: While Steve King only scraped by, his seat gave GOP the win in governor's race

The Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest is compiled by David Nir, Jeff Singer, Stephen Wolf, and Carolyn Fiddler, with additional contributions from David Jarman, Steve Singiser, Daniel Donner, James Lambert, David Beard, and Arjun Jaikumar. Leading Off ●
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Morning Digest: While Steve King only scraped by, his seat gave GOP the win in governor's race

The Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest is compiled by David Nir, Jeff Singer, Stephen Wolf, and Carolyn Fiddler, with additional contributions from David Jarman, Steve Singiser, Daniel Donner, James Lambert, David Beard, and Arjun Jaikumar. Leading Off ● Governor-by-CD: Daily Kos Elections' project to calculate the results of the 2018 Senate and gubernatorial elections by congressional district is out with data for four competitive states: Iowa, Minnesota, New Hampshire, and Wisconsin. As with past cycles, we'll be releasing data after states certify their final results. You can find each state's certification deadlines at Ballotpedia. You can find our master list of states here, which we'll be updating as we add new states, and you can also find our complete set of data from this and previous cycles at Daily Kos. Campaign Action We'll start with Iowa, a state that gave Democrats some decidedly mixed results in 2018. Team Blue unseated GOP Reps. Rod Blum and David Young, which gives them three of the state's four congressional districts. But at the same time, GOP Gov. Kim Reynolds held her seat by beating Democrat Fred Hubbell 50.3-47.5. Hubbell did manage to win the three congressional districts that will be represented by Democrats in January. Hubbell carried the 1st District in the northeast corner of the state by a narrow 49-48 margin, while Democrat Abby Finkenauer unseated Blum 51-46. Hubbell won the 2nd District 51-47, while Democratic Rep. Dave Loebsack won his seventh term 55-43. Both these seats voted for Barack Obama in 2012 by the same 56-43 margin, and each of them backed Donald Trump 49-45. The 3rd District in the Des Moines area supported Hubbell 51-47, while Democrat Cindy Axne beat Young 49-47. This seat is often very competitive turf, having gone from 51-47 Obama to 49-45 Trump. Reynolds managed to more than offset Hubbell's small wins in the other three seats by carrying the 4th District in western Iowa by a huge 59-39 margin. Reynolds' coattails may have saved white supremacist Rep. Steve King, who ran a very complacent campaign and only defeated Democrat J. D. Scholten 50-47. By contrast, Mitt Romney won 53-45 here, while Trump took the 4th District 61-34. You can find our data and writes for Minnesota, New Hampshire, and Wisconsin below in Grab Bag.

The 'Smocking Gun' — Trump retreats behind the tiniest, whiniest claims yet

Nothing screams innocence like retreating behind claims that no one has rock solid proof of guilt. Following last week’s triple-play of court filings centered around Donald Trump’s former national security advisor Michael Flynn, Trump attorney Michael Coh
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The 'Smocking Gun' — Trump retreats behind the tiniest, whiniest claims yet

Nothing screams innocence like retreating behind claims that no one has rock solid proof of guilt. Following last week’s triple-play of court filings centered around Donald Trump’s former national security advisor Michael Flynn, Trump attorney Michael Cohen, and Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort, everyone seemed to understand that Trump’s goose is deeply, and thoroughly … let’s say “cooked.” Only Trump continued to make claims that the documents last week were somehow Good for John McCain Donald Trump. But somewhere over the weekend, a modicum of truth was apparently forced through the thick orange makeup and thicker skull. Because on Monday morning, Trump had retreated to the tiniest, whiniest corner of “you can’t prove it.” No Smocking Gun, dammit. No Smocking Gun, no crime! Someone apparently breached the sanctity of Trump’s Executive Time to bring in an emergency dictionary, because the Smocking Gun tweet has been pulled down in favor of a whine that features the correct spelling. The correct spelling for the symbol meaning absolute proof of guilt beyond a shadow of a doubt.   But it’s too late now. The meme is out. From now on, this is the term that’s going to define everything that comes from the Russia investigation: The quest for the Smocking Gun. And if that tweet isn’t ridiculous enough, Trump’s follow-up attempt to shrug off the stack of evidence settling in around his shoulders is even more laughable.

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Sebi, exchanges on guard for volatility over poll results, RBI guv's exit

Officials said that the exchanges and the regulator have beefed up their monitoring and surveillance mechanism for any eventuality
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Sebi, exchanges on guard for volatility over poll results, RBI guv's exit

Officials said that the exchanges and the regulator have beefed up their monitoring and surveillance mechanism for any eventuality

EU will soon establish alternative payment channel allowing Iran to bypass US sanctions – Mogherini

Brussels will create an alternative payment channel to facilitate financial transactions between the European Union and Iran in the near future to bypass US sanctions, the EU’s top diplomat, Federica Mogherini, has announced. Read Full Article at RT.com
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EU will soon establish alternative payment channel allowing Iran to bypass US sanctions – Mogherini

Brussels will create an alternative payment channel to facilitate financial transactions between the European Union and Iran in the near future to bypass US sanctions, the EU’s top diplomat, Federica Mogherini, has announced. Read Full Article at RT.com

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Trello acquires Butler to add power of automation

Trello, the organizational tool owned by Atlassian, announced an acquisition of its very own this morning when it bought Butler, an plug-in for an undisclosed amount. What Butler brings to Trello is the power of automation, stringing together a bunch of comma
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Trello acquires Butler to add power of automation

Trello, the organizational tool owned by Atlassian, announced an acquisition of its very own this morning when it bought Butler, an plug-in for an undisclosed amount. What Butler brings to Trello is the power of automation, stringing together a bunch of commands to make something complex happen automatically. As Trello’s Michael Pryor pointed out in […]

It's Official! NASA's Famed Voyager 2 Spacecraft Reaches Interstellar Space

It's time to say goodbye to one of the most storied explorers of our age: Voyager 2 has entered interstellar space.
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It's Official! NASA's Famed Voyager 2 Spacecraft Reaches Interstellar Space

It's time to say goodbye to one of the most storied explorers of our age: Voyager 2 has entered interstellar space.

Let’s meet in Poland next week

I’m heading back to Europe to run a pitch-off in Wroclaw and Warsaw, Poland. Are you ready? The Wroclaw event, called In-Ference, is happening on December 17 and you can submit to pitch here. The team will notify you if you have been chosen. The winner wil
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Let’s meet in Poland next week

I’m heading back to Europe to run a pitch-off in Wroclaw and Warsaw, Poland. Are you ready? The Wroclaw event, called In-Ference, is happening on December 17 and you can submit to pitch here. The team will notify you if you have been chosen. The winner will receive a table at TC Disrupt in San Francisco. […]

Q&A with Diversity VC’s Check Warner on newly-launched Diversity & Inclusion guide for tech companies

If the last few years has seen a growing consensus that the tech industry has a diversity and inclusion problem, then what is clearly needed next are practical solutions. While most people agree that building a diverse and inclusive company culture is easier
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Q&A with Diversity VC’s Check Warner on newly-launched Diversity & Inclusion guide for tech companies

If the last few years has seen a growing consensus that the tech industry has a diversity and inclusion problem, then what is clearly needed next are practical solutions. While most people agree that building a diverse and inclusive company culture is easier to achieve the earlier you set out to do so, for startups […]

Solo.io raises $11M to help enterprises adopt cloud-native technologies

Solo.io, a Cambridge, MA-based startup that helps enterprises adopt cloud-native technologies, is coming out of stealth mode today and announcing both its Series A funding round and the launch of its Gloo Enterprise API gateway. Redpoint Ventures led the $11
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Solo.io raises $11M to help enterprises adopt cloud-native technologies

Solo.io, a Cambridge, MA-based startup that helps enterprises adopt cloud-native technologies, is coming out of stealth mode today and announcing both its Series A funding round and the launch of its Gloo Enterprise API gateway. Redpoint Ventures led the $11 million Series A round, with participation from seed investor True Ventures . Like most companies […]

How Uber will become an ad company, starting with Eats Pool

Where there is discovery in an app, there is paid discovery. Google helped you choose between links, then sold ads that promote a few. Facebook helped you choose between pieces of content, then sold ads that promote a few. And eventually, as Uber helps you ch
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How Uber will become an ad company, starting with Eats Pool

Where there is discovery in an app, there is paid discovery. Google helped you choose between links, then sold ads that promote a few. Facebook helped you choose between pieces of content, then sold ads that promote a few. And eventually, as Uber helps you choose between restaurants, it will sell ads that promote a […]

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Sunday Best at Weekend Studio

After stumbling upon a photo studio ready to close its doors forever, this photographer took over its daily maintenance to preserve its local stories.
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Sunday Best at Weekend Studio

After stumbling upon a photo studio ready to close its doors forever, this photographer took over its daily maintenance to preserve its local stories.

Giraffe Dies After Rare Emergency C-Section at Ohio Zoo

The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium in Ohio is mourning the loss of Cami, a 6-year-old Masai giraffe that died four days after a Cesarean section was unable to save her calf. Cami collapsed […] The post Giraffe Dies After Rare Emergency C-Section at Ohio Zoo
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Giraffe Dies After Rare Emergency C-Section at Ohio Zoo

The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium in Ohio is mourning the loss of Cami, a 6-year-old Masai giraffe that died four days after a Cesarean section was unable to save her calf. Cami collapsed […] The post Giraffe Dies After Rare Emergency C-Section at Ohio Zoo appeared first on Geek.com.

Grab Your Rolling Pin, You’ll Want to Make These AI-Generated Cookies

Ever wonder what human language would sound like to aliens? Probably something like these neural network-generated cookie names. To help get you in the mood for holiday biscuit baking, research scientist Janelle Shane […] The post Grab Your Rolling Pin
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Grab Your Rolling Pin, You’ll Want to Make These AI-Generated Cookies

Ever wonder what human language would sound like to aliens? Probably something like these neural network-generated cookie names. To help get you in the mood for holiday biscuit baking, research scientist Janelle Shane […] The post Grab Your Rolling Pin, You’ll Want to Make These AI-Generated Cookies appeared first on Geek.com.

New ‘Stranger Things’ Season 3 Teaser Reveals Episode Titles

Stranger Things is coming back to Netflix in 2019, and the show’s new Season 3 teaser might give some clues on what’s to come for Eleven, Mike, and the rest of the Hawkins crew. […] The post New ‘Stranger Things’ Season 3 Tease
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New ‘Stranger Things’ Season 3 Teaser Reveals Episode Titles

Stranger Things is coming back to Netflix in 2019, and the show’s new Season 3 teaser might give some clues on what’s to come for Eleven, Mike, and the rest of the Hawkins crew. […] The post New ‘Stranger Things’ Season 3 Teaser Reveals Episode Titles appeared first on Geek.com.

Over 2.5 Acres of Projected Images and Videos Illuminate Chicago’s Riverfront

ART ON theMART is a new Chicago-based art program that amplifies the works of contemporary artists, transforming their pieces into dazzling displays along the city’s riverfront. The new project uses large-scale projection to illuminate the 2.5 acre faca
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Over 2.5 Acres of Projected Images and Videos Illuminate Chicago’s Riverfront

ART ON theMART is a new Chicago-based art program that amplifies the works of contemporary artists, transforming their pieces into dazzling displays along the city’s riverfront. The new project uses large-scale projection to illuminate the 2.5 acre facade of theMART downtown for a series of curated digital animations. The initial project included commissioned works by Jan Tichy, Diana Thater, Zheng Chongbin, and Jason Salavon. More

April the Giraffe's calf moved to second barn

HARPURSVILLE, N.Y. (AP) - A giraffe whose birth became an internet sensation has been moved into another barn away from his mother. Animal Adventure Park in Harpursville, New York tells the Press & Sun-Bulletin that Tajiri (tah-JEER'-ee) the giraffe was move
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April the Giraffe's calf moved to second barn

HARPURSVILLE, N.Y. (AP) - A giraffe whose birth became an internet sensation has been moved into another barn away from his mother. Animal Adventure Park in Harpursville, New York tells the Press & Sun-Bulletin that Tajiri (tah-JEER'-ee) the giraffe was moved so he has space to grow this winter. Tajiri ...

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Long joins Lindsey in Park Place IMSA squad

Last season, Long raced for Wright Motorsports sharing with Christina Nielsen, but will be reunited with Park Place team principal Patrick Lindsey next season. Park Place will compete in all GT Daytona class rounds of the IMSA schedule with the revised Porsch
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Long joins Lindsey in Park Place IMSA squad

Last season, Long raced for Wright Motorsports sharing with Christina Nielsen, but will be reunited with Park Place team principal Patrick Lindsey next season. Park Place will compete in all GT Daytona class rounds of the IMSA schedule with the revised Porsche 911 GT3 R after a part-time campaign with Jorg Bergmeister in ’18. Lindsey and Long last raced together in 2013 in the Grand-Am ... Keep reading

F1-bound Seidl was set to be Porsche motorsport boss

The former team principal of the marque's ultra-successful World Endurance Championship LMP1 squad was due to become head of Porsche Motorsport with responsibility for both its Formula E and GT racing programmes.  Seidl, who led the FE project through this
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F1-bound Seidl was set to be Porsche motorsport boss

The former team principal of the marque's ultra-successful World Endurance Championship LMP1 squad was due to become head of Porsche Motorsport with responsibility for both its Formula E and GT racing programmes.  Seidl, who led the FE project through this year, resigned from Porsche last month and will take up a senior F1 position with a team, widely predicted to be McLaren.  He had ... Keep reading

IMSA GTD champion team Paul Miller Racing signs Hardwick

Following the retirement of Sellers’ 2018 co-driver and co-champion Madison Snow, PMR needed to find a new fulltime partner for Bryan Sellers, who will enter his fourth season with the team. Hardwick is a proven star in a Lamborghini Huracan, having earned
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IMSA GTD champion team Paul Miller Racing signs Hardwick

Following the retirement of Sellers’ 2018 co-driver and co-champion Madison Snow, PMR needed to find a new fulltime partner for Bryan Sellers, who will enter his fourth season with the team. Hardwick is a proven star in a Lamborghini Huracan, having earned five Cup class wins and ten podiums in his rookie season in Super Trofeo, and then earning six class wins at the Amateur level in this ... Keep reading

Shannon Sharpe gives Dak Prescott a ‘C’ for his performance against the Eagles

Shannon Sharpe gives Dallas Cowboys QB Dak Prescott a 'C' grade for his performance against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday.
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Shannon Sharpe gives Dak Prescott a ‘C’ for his performance against the Eagles

Shannon Sharpe gives Dallas Cowboys QB Dak Prescott a 'C' grade for his performance against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday.

Skip Bayless is 'not impressed' with the Cowboys despite Week 14 win over the Eagles

Skip Bayless explains why he is exasperated with the Dallas Cowboys, despite a victory over the Philadelphia Eagles, giving Dallas a two game lead in the NFC East,
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Skip Bayless is 'not impressed' with the Cowboys despite Week 14 win over the Eagles

Skip Bayless explains why he is exasperated with the Dallas Cowboys, despite a victory over the Philadelphia Eagles, giving Dallas a two game lead in the NFC East,

WATCH: Nick Wright: The Cowboys had their best passing game since the playoff loss to Green Bay

Nick Wright: The Cowboys had their best passing game since the playoff loss to Green Bay
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WATCH: Nick Wright: The Cowboys had their best passing game since the playoff loss to Green Bay

Nick Wright: The Cowboys had their best passing game since the playoff loss to Green Bay

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