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Stop Freaking Out About ISIS

Now that Ferguson, Missouri, is not producing enough tear gas to keep CNN's attention, I couldn't help but notice Chuck Hagel bouncing in his chair, talking about how ISIS is a greater peril than anything mankind has faced since the saber-toothed tiger. Somewhere, just off screen, John McCain is preparing two lists: people we should have bombed, and people we should bomb now. There's a big CNN fear graphic on the screen right this moment asking "Does ISIS have cells in the US?" There's a queue extending out into the parking lot of politicos waiting their turn to shake a finger at President Obama for not rushing back to the White House to deal with this Urgent Threat of Unprecedented Proportion. While wearing a tie. As God intended.

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California Earthquake: Three Critically Injured As Governor Declares Emergency

Governor Jerry Brown on Sunday declared a state of emergency for the part of California’s wine country hard-hit by an earthquake that struck at 3:30am.

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Somali Group Al-Shabaab Claims Responsibility for Nairobi Mall Attack

The armed group al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for an attack on a shopping mall in Nairobi, Saturday, which killed at least 39 people and more than 150 injured, according to Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta.

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The Common Core Corporate Scam

It isn't easy to find common ground on the Common Core. Already hailed as the “next big thing” in education reform, the Common Core State Standards are being rushed into classrooms in nearly every district in the country. Although these “world-class” standards raise substantive questions about curriculum choices and instructional practices, such educational concerns are likely to prove less significant than the role the Common Core is playing in the larger landscape of our polarized education reform politics.

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AlterNet Radio: How We Destroyed Iraqi Society; GOP Rebranding -- Lipstick on a Pig?

This week on the AlterNet Radio Hour, syndicated columnist Tina Dupuy talks to Joshua Holland about efforts to rebrand the GOP after Republicans' fourth popular vote loss in the past five presidential elections.

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AlterNet Radio: 1,000 Ways Corporate America Rips Off Consumers Every Day; Does Rising Inequality Make Democracies Meaner?

We have a terrific show this week -- it's kind of a theme show!

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Radio: AlterNet's Adele Stan Debates Salon's David Sirota on Rand Paul, Drones and Mansplaining

If you've been following the weeklong flame-war between Adele Stan, AlterNet's Washington bureau chief, and Salon columnist David Sirota, you know that Sirota responded to Stan's blog post on the Rand Paul filibuster with an attack on Stan based on an apparently intentional misreading of her piece. (Stan calls it the straw-woman strategy.) Stan responded with an AlterNet essay, Bro-gressive Values Revealed: Attacking the Messenger by Any Means Necessary, in which she addressed the fan-boy culture on the left in which, she says, figures like Sirota move.

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AlterNet Radio: The GOP's Lipstick-on-a-Pig Project; Religious Right Infiltrating Our Schools; Florida Tea Partiers' Reign of Crazy

On this week's AlterNet Radio Hour, Ed Kilgore of the Washington Monthly joins us to talk about the craziness of the sequester. He also tells us why he puts little faith in Republican efforts to rebrand.

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AlterNet Radio: Is the Right's Perpetual Outrage Machine Losing Steam?; Obama Mentions Stonewall, Homophobes Flip Out

This week on the AlterNet Radio Hour, we're joined by Eric Boehlert of Media Matters to have a laugh at the Right's bizarre freakout over Obama's inaugural speech, and to discuss his recent piece, "Are Conservatives Rethinking Fox News' Endless Outrage Model?"

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BREAKING: Real Filibuster Reform Dies in Senate as Reid and McConnell Agree to Watered-Down Deal

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, has reportedly come to an agreement with Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, on a set of modest procedural changes to the filibuster, heading off the more substantial reforms for which a number of progressive senators have been calling. There will be no "talking filibuster."

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AlterNet Radio: Have We Reached Peak Wingnut After Sandy Hook?; Abortion Rights on Roe's 40th Birthday; the Bizarre Saga of Manti Teʻo

Great show this week, as Tracy Weitz, a medical sociologist at UC Berkeley, joins us to discuss the right to choose 40 years after Roe v Wade.

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Fox News Hosts Lose It, Crack Up Over the Ridiculous Stuff They're Supposed to Say About Obama

Fox "News" often claims that it only gives its audience of rage-junkies the hard stuff during the evening opinion shows, after work, and during the day offers hard news.

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AlterNet Radio: Crazy Sandy-Hook Conspiracy Theories; Auerbach on Jack Lew; Fed Judge Curtails Stop-And-Frisk

This week on the AlterNet Radio Hour, we're joined by Salon's Alex Seitz-Wald who wrote this week about an absolutely disgusting conspiracy theory about the Sandy Hook shootings that's floating around among dimmer gun-nuts.

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Aaron Swartz, Online Activist and Reddit Cofounder, Dead at 26

This article has been updated.

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Paul Krugman: Hey, We've Already Solved the Deficit "Problem"

We are already on our way to imposing deeper "austerity" on the American economy than the packages of tax hikes and spending cuts which sent the UK and Spain into double-dip recessions.  And that's before the next round of Republican hostage-taking, which we'll see as the sequester, debt limit and budget fights come up over the next three months. As the IMF notes, this is a policy that slows growth and increases unemployment. 

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The P.U.-litzer Prizes for 2012

They're back: The P.U.-litzers, FAIR's annual rundown of some of the stinkiest moments in American journalism. 

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9 Great Things That Happened This Year Progressives Can Cheer For

1. Historic progress to end the war on drugs.

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AlterNet Comics of the Week

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AlterNet Radio: The Cult of Individualism in Mass Shootings; Michigan's New Union-Busting Law; Why Susan Rice Bowed Out, and Scalia's Latest Outrage

On the AlterNet Radio Hour this week, we speak with journalist Rich Yeselson, a veteran labor researcher and strategist, about the future for unions after Michigan, home of the mighty United Autoworkers, passed an anti-labor law designed to pare the rolls of union membership. Rich's article for The American Prospect, "This Is Not Wisconsin; It's Worse," can be found here. Follow him on Twitter: @yeselson

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AlterNet Radio: Our Bizarre Border Politics; Will a Deal Get Done in DC?; Meet the Teacher Who Crashed an ALEC Meeting

This week on the AlterNet Radio Hour, we're joined by Tom Barry, director of the Transborder Project and author, most recently, of Border Wars, about the unique politics of our Southern border, immigration and drugs.

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BREAKING: Supremes To Hear Prop 8, DOMA Cases

According to SCOTUSBlog, the Supreme Court decided to hear two cases dealing with LGBT rights -- Perry v. Hollingsworth, a challenge to California's Proposition 8, and Windsor v. US, in which the 2nd circuit court of appeals ruled the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional.

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Watch: Why the Far-Right Scuttled the United Nations Disability Treaty

Early this week, elected officials in the Senate backing a United Nations treaty on disability rights that is modeled after U.S. law failed to garner the two-thirds majority needed to ratify an international treaty. The measure was brought down because of Republican senators' insistence that the treaty would undermine American sovereignty and that it would take away parents' right to home-school disabled children--objections with no basis in reality.

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Jon Stewart Slams Fox News for Their Ridiculous War on Christmas

America has been embroiled in a long and bitter struggle: the War on Christmas. Last night, Jon Stewart paid a visit to the last defenders of the embattled holiday at Fox News.

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AlterNet Radio: Stop Talking Nonsense About the Economy!; Wonkette's Rebecca Schoenkopf; Lawrence Lessig on Saving Our Democracy

This week on the AlterNet Radio Hour, we speak with Anat Shenker-Osorio, author of Don't Buy It: The Trouble with Talking Nonsense About the Economy. Anat's research offers fascinating insights into how progressives end up abandoning their values when making economic arguments -- and offers ideas about how we can hold these debates on our own ground.

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Obama Makes Aggressive Opening Bid in Fiscal Negotiations

Progressives who have worried that the Obama administration would give away too much at the onset of negotiations to avert the fiscal slope should be quite pleased to see the proposal offered by the White House on Thursday. It has Republicans outraged.

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Man Pulls Gun on Black Friday Line-Cutter in Texas

Huffington Post reports:

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Disaster in the Gulf Again as Oil and Gas Rig Explodes

Yesterday BP was charged with manslaughter for the 2010 Gulf disaster and today two workers on a Black Elk Energy oil and gas rig off the coast of Louisiana are dead after an explosion. NBC has reported that two more workers are missing and four others in critical condition were flown to a hospital. 

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