In tonight's opening segment about the flaws in our criminal justice system, Rachel explained why insisting on justice is a matter of more principled politics. It takes the will of human values and accountability to history to counter the accusation that opponents of injustice are siding with criminals and monsters.This is politics, but it's politics of a different kind. This is values politics -- about who we are as a country. ...Because it's not about whether or not you like the person who the guy in the uniform is beating up. read more
Here's a perky little item from the New York Times:Gov. Nikki R. Haley is ordering state workers to cheerfully answer phones with the phrase "It's a great day in South Carolina." At a meeting of her cabinet on Tuesday, Ms. Haley said the phrase would put workers in a better mood and remind them that they work for the public. Ms. Haley, a Republican, said the public would feel better, too.Neat! read more
Rachel promised she'd buy us all tacos if New Jersey Governor Chris Christie said in his Reagan Library speech last night that he was definitely not running for president.
Governor Christie's no-no-no, or at least the one he told everyone to see, is here. The tacos are on the shelf. Tricia and Bill say the potato(e) ones are hiding a killer pepper.
Tonight's guests include:Joe Sonka, founder and owner of the blog Barefoot and Progressive and staff writer at LEO weeklyCarl Hiaasen, award-winning novelist and columnist at The Miami Herald read more
(I couldn't find a free version of the actual paper and I'm not sure I'd understand it if I did, but there's more here, including an interesting related TED talk video.)There is only one answer. Find Sarah Connor. read more
Just the other day, Rachel was saying that Texas is a great state because people will stop to dig a puppy out of a hole. In California last week, people stopped to save a baby great white shark. The critter had gotten hooked by someone fishing from the pier at Venice Beach.(H/T The Daily What) read more
Maine Governor Paul LePage has given a couple of reasons for why he removed a mural depicting the state's labor history from a Department of Labor building in March.In arguing for his right to do it, lawyers for Governor LePage said it was a matter of free speech -- that he was saying something by taking the picture down. Dirigo Blue today posts a local news report from the time in which Mr. read more
The average cost of family health insurance went up by 9 percent last year, the Kaiser Family Foundation reports. The New York Times says some of the increase might be from companies rushing to raise rates now before health reform imposes limits on how much they can charge. Kaiser says a couple of the percentage points might come from new requirements for preventive care or for letting young adults stay on their parents' plans.At $15,073 per family, insurance is taking a bigger chunk out of employer budgets and employee paychecks. read more