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Zombie ants may be brain-locked by insidious fungus

How would you like to be hacked at the neuro-cellular level? You’ll be completely aware, able to see and hear and even feel pain, but another agent will be running your body and its plans for your husk include slow starvation, being a living host for young

Nuts & Bolts: A guide to Democratic campaigns—holiday planning

Welcome back, Saturday Campaign D.I.Y.ers! For those who tune in, welcome to the Nuts & Bolts of a Democratic campaign. Each week we discuss issues that help drive successful campaigns. If you’ve missed prior diaries, please visit our group or follow N

This week in science: I miss my MtV

We wrote about Prox B last year. Now, another terrestrial-sized exo-planet in a nearby star’s habitable zone has been revealed. This one also orbits a small reddish star (such stars make up the vast majority of stars in our universe), but the star isn’

This week in the war on workers: Wisconsin union-busting law hurt teachers—and students

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Republicans in the state’s legislature rammed through Act 10, which directly attacked union rights for public workers, in 2011. Now that some time has passed, we know the law’s effects on schools—and they’re bad, for te

Sign now: Denounce the Trump administration for reversing the ban on importing elephant trophies

Campaign Action The Trump administration will now allow rich hunters—like Donald Trump’s children—to import trophies of elephants killed in Zimbabwe and Zambia back to the United States. This egregious decision from the Interior Department reverses th

Roy Moore loves homophobes and they love him

In addition to stalking teenage girls at the local mall, ringing them up at school to press them for dates, and attacking them in his car, 70-year-old Roy Moore has a long history of egregious and sometimes unconstitutional behavior that has made the Republ

Scientists send radio greetings to nearby star

There are many controversies in science, especially where science and the public good overlap. Environmental concerns, energy, and fights over what should and should not be included in publicly funded science classes just to name a few. One of the more obscur

Abbreviated Pundit Round-up: Roy Moore in electoral trouble in AL with a month to go

I’ve said it on twitter and I’ll say it here: people vastly underestimate the ick factor involved with molesting a 14 year old, along with pursuing teen girls at malls and schools. Tired aspersions of AL do not begin to give the good folks of that state e

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Alabama governor announces she will vote for a child molester

Just disgusting: x.@GovernorKayIvey says she’s going to vote for Roy Moore on Dec. 12. Says she’s bothered by misconduct allegations but also considers Republican control of the US Senate a factor. #ALSEN #alpolitics— Brian Lyman (@ly

Spanish superstar Alejandro Sanz dedicates Latin Grammys honor to Dreamers

Alejandro Sanz, a Spanish singer-songwriter who has sold more than 25 million records since his 1991 debut, dedicated his Latin Grammys “Person of the Year” honor to Dreamers during last night’s ceremony: Sanz … named the Latin Recording Academy’

The Republican tax plan is also a plan to devastate public education

The Republican tax plan would devastate American public education. It wouldn’t just hurt education by ending a small tax deduction for teachers who spend their own money on classroom supplies, or ending the student loan interest deduction. No, beyond all th

The Trump–Russia story is a story about money laundering in real estate. Full stop.

When the investigation into the Trump campaign brings up charges of money laundering and shady property deals, it may seem like a sideline. But it shouldn’t. No one expects Donald Trump to secretly have a shrine to Lenin in the basement of Trump Tower. Mic

World seems intent on assigning gender and sexuality to Starbucks holiday cup

In 2015, the “oh, noes, there’s a War on Christmas” crowd was upset with Starbucks for having a plain red holiday cup. Because apparently this is a thing that adults care about. In 2017, the issue is whether Starbucks’ very holiday-themed cup has lesb

Cartoon: The tax reform plan of wonder

x Vimeo Video Lawmakers are set to jam a version of the huge tax bill through the House on Thursday but the Senate version may be in trouble. These bills are expertly designed to increase income inequality and kill Obamacare to boot. Slightly-more-sane Rep

Abbreviated pundit roundup: A tax bill for the rich

We begin today’s roundup with The New York Times and its analysis of the Republican tax bill, calling it a bill that would make Scrooge McDuck proud: The Republican tax proposals were bad from the get-go. But they have become steadily worse as they have

CEO pens viral piece exposing the Republican tax cut as a lie to the middle class

David Mendels is the former CEO of Brightcove as well as Adobe executive. Writing on LinkedIn Mr. Mendels broke down the lie that is the GOP tax cut plan. Specifically, Mendels attacked Trump senior economic adviser Gary Cohn and Speaker Paul Ryan’s asserti

Trump wants thousands more Border Patrol agents and the DHS inspector general is asking why

Despite the border being the most secure its been in decades following aggressive militarization during the George W. Bush and Barack Obama administrations, Donald Trump ran on a fake news campaign of “bad hombres” running amok. Ignoring the fact that t

Congress is a cesspit of sexual harassment, dozens of lawmakers and aides say

Congress has a great system for covering up sexual harassment in its own ranks, and according to CNN, members of Congress and their aides alike are really taking advantage of the freedom that offers them to harass women at will: CNN spoke with more than 5

Congress is a cesspit of sexual harassment, dozens of lawmakers and aides say

Congress has a great system for covering up sexual harassment in its own ranks, and according to CNN, members of Congress and their aides alike are really taking advantage of the freedom that offers them to harass women at will: CNN spoke with more than 5

This Week in Statehouse Action: November and Everything After edition

On one hand, the Virginia elections were, like, a week and a half ago. (That comes out to approximately three months in Trump Time.) On the other, with recounts and lawsuits pending in enough races to push Virginia Democrats from their current post-election

Once again, Puerto Rico is forced back into darkness as another power outage hits the island

San Juan and its surrounding areas were plummeted back into darkness on Wednesday when yet another power outage hit Puerto Rico. This is the second massive blackout in two weeks as another citywide outage occurred just last Thursday. This one, however, ha

Republicans vote for tax cuts for the rich, slash Medicare by $25 billion

House Republicans just passed their bill to cut taxes for the wealthy, add $1.456 trillion in debt by 2027, and trigger automatic annual cuts to Medicare of $25 billion. The bill passed by a vote of 227 to 205, with great cheering and clapping. Because they a

Republicans vote for tax cuts for the rich, slash Medicare by $25 billion

House Republicans just passed their bill to cut taxes for the wealthy, add $1.456 trillion in debt by 2027, and trigger automatic annual cuts to Medicare of $25 billion. The bill passed by a vote of 227 to 205, with great cheering and clapping. Because they a

Hundreds of rejected DACA renewal applications may get a second chance

Campaign Action This is a BFD. Hundreds of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) renewal applications that were rejected by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services because they were received past the government’s October 5 deadline despite b

Trumps never forget—to do the worst thing: The latest target? Elephants

What could Donald Trump do to disgust you? Donald Trump. The guy who has been accused of sexually assaulting 16 women. The guy who trades middle school insults that could plunge the world into nuclear war. The guy who has hots for his daughter. The guy who t

Bipartisan group of senators introduces bill to improve gun background checks

A bipartisan group of senators has produced a bill meant to address failings in the nation’s system for gun background checks. U.S. Senators John Cornyn (R-TX), Chris Murphy (D-CT), Tim Scott (R-SC), and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), along with Senators Orri

Bipartisan group of Senators introduces bill to improve gun background checks

A bipartisan group of Senators has produced a bill meant to address failings in the nation’s system for gun background checks. U.S. Senators John Cornyn (R-TX), Chris Murphy (D-CT), Tim Scott (R-SC), and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), along with Senators Orri

How Jeff Sessions is using federal prosecutors to wage his war on immigrants

Under the watch of Attorney General Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III, the Trump-era criminal justice system isn’t only about doubling-down on the incarceration of brown and black bodies: it’s also about using the criminal justice system to deport as

What is the mindset of someone who makes excuses for awful behavior?

Given the abundance of stories of harassment and abuse which came out of Hollywood after the revelations about Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, Louis C.K., etc., there are some interesting conclusions one might draw from the mess of it all. Stories of the “c

Roy Moore attorney implodes on live TV, pulls out racist dog whistle to justify preying on teens

Another day, another Roy Moore surrogate implodes on live television while defending the Republican Alabama U.S. Senate candidate from allegations that he routinely preyed on teenage girls, some as young as 14 years old, while he was an assistant district att

As advertisers flee Hannity over Roy Moore coverage, Hannity gives Moore 24 hours to explain himself

All those Sean Hannity fans outraged that Keurig stopped advertising on Hannity’s show are going to have a lot of other products to boycott. But Roy Moore fans may be boycotting Hannity in turn, after the Fox News host gave Moore 24 hours to “immediatel

Trump to visit Utah next month to chop the size of national monuments designated by Clinton, Obama

Pr*@%!^#t Donald Trump is expected to go to Utah next month to announce huge reductions in the size of two national monuments on the recommendation of Secretary of Interior Ryan Zinke. The 1.88 million-acre Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, d

Courthouse arrests and attempted apprehensions by ICE surge 900 percent in New York state

In their mass deportation war on undocumented immigrant families, unshackled Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents have tested the limits of their power, flouting their own policy that dictates hospitals and schools are “sensitive locations” w

Anti-abortion groups take a case to the Supreme Court which could work to benefit abortion rights

Republicans have always been absolutely rabid when it comes to women’s bodies and abortion rights. But one of the most repugnant things they’ve come up with (and there are quite a few to name) to stop women from accessing their legal right to abortion is

New study proves the damaging health impact of environmental racism on black people in the US

In June, former Daily Kos writer and current staff writer at The Atlantic, Vann Newkirk II, argued that environmental racism is the new Jim Crow. Because some folks will do anything in order not to see racism and how it impacts people of color in almost eve

Caption Contest: Just what exactly are Millionaire Mnuchin and his wife doing here?

Okay, this isn’t a story. It’s just a chance for Daily Kos readers to weigh in on the ultra-pretentiousness that just stormed the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing so that Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and his betrothed could fondle the first $1 b

FEMA contracts with company to send junk food aid to Hurricane Maria victims in Puerto Rico

When Hurricane Harvey hit Texas, the Houston food bank put out a list of most needed items for people to donate. On the list were foods like granola bars, peanut butter, protein in easy to open pouches or pull-top cans like tuna and canned chicken, as well a

The Republican rush to give tax cuts to the rich and take away health care in three tweets

The second day of debate over the Republicans tax cut bill in the Senate Finance Committee is off to a bang, starting with Chairman Orrin Hatch. He released his draft of the bill—now including repeal of the Obamacare mandate, in a tweet late last night. De

A-OK in Oklahoma: Democrats flip their 14th special election from red to blue on Tuesday

Last week’s landmark Democratic wins for the Virginia House of Delegates were an extremely big deal, but because election season is never over when it comes to state legislative special elections, Team Blue had another chance to deliver even more victories
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