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A haiku from the article:  Life Outside the Hospital; Consequences of Cool; You’re So Far Away
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Senate update

By embracing the Hobby Lobby  decision (Republican politicians could have carefully distanced themselves from the opinions of their Supreme Court allies - but they didn’t), the GOP has lost the women’s vote for a generation. Just as their other assorted recent policy stances have lost African Americans, Latinos, Asians, and anyone younger than 30, and almost anyone who’s not an evangelical Protestant or old-school Catholic.

But there are a lot of red-state seats in play in the Senate this year and Democrats are still (inexplicably) skittish about a 50-state strategy, so who knows. Anyway, to the predictions. In all cases these are the median predictions (useful term) across seven sets of predictions from this Wikipedia article. Unlike Wikipedia, I include the NYT and 538.com selections along with the other five in deriving the median.

Safe D: DE, IL, MA, NJ, NM, RI, HI

Likely D: MN, VA, NH, OR

Leans D: IA, MI, CO

Toss-up: AK (D), LA (D), NC (D), AR (D)

Leans R: MT (D), GA, KY

Likely R: SD (D), WV (D)

Safe R: AL, ID, ME, NE, OK (X2), SC (X2), TN, TX, WY, KS, MS

Relative to my last update  in March (when there were only six predictors so mixed categories were possible), HI has moved from Safe/Likely D to Safe D; OR has moved from Safe/Likely D to Likely D; AR has moved from Tossup/Leans R to Tossup; GA has moved from Leans/Likely R to Leans R; and WV has moved from Leans R to Likely R.

In other words, remarkable stability, with the only full category move being by WV, whose citizens apparently feel that a Republican Senate will reduce atmospheric carbon dioxide enough to make large-scale coal burning economically viable once more.  AR is back as a full tossup, which is good news for Democrats. 

Assuming all seats go the way they are safe, leaning or likely, and assuming both Independents continue to caucus with Democrats, Republicans will have to win three of the four tossup seats in order to take the Senate. 

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Can we get past the constitutional niceties and recognise that this is what’s really at issue here?

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"The next time you snort dismissively at the idea of white privilege, ask yourself how long the police would hold on to their tasers and pepper spray and live ammo if the 9-1-1 calls started pouring in about a group of angry looking black men with rifles congregating at the Burger King."

— Ed, Gin and Tacos (http://www.ginandtacos.com/2014/06/29/abundance-of-caution/)

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collegehumor:

The War of 1812: The Movie

Just as well-written as your 8th grade history notes.

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"On Thursday, the Supreme Court issued a unanimous finding that the 35-foot buffer zones around Massachusetts abortion clinics violated protesters’ freedom of speech. We do not have time to discuss this in detail, except to point out that this decision came from people who work in a building where the protesters aren’t allowed within 250 feet of the front door."

— Gail Collins, NY Times (http://nyti.ms/1moaK2H)

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"Throwing out preclearance when it has worked and is continuing to work to stop discriminatory changes is like throwing away your umbrella in a rainstorm because you are not getting wet."

— Shelby County v. Holder (2013) (Ginsburg, J., dissenting). (via notoriousrbg)

Happy first birthday to notoriousRBG the blog! Lest we forget the bad decisions along with the good, here’s the zinger that started it all.

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youknowyoureafloridianwhen:

Good morning!

Happy Friday, everyone! 
– Alexander

npr:

youknowyoureafloridianwhen:

Good morning!

Happy Friday, everyone! 

– Alexander

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georgetakei:

To cat, or not to cat… http://ift.tt/1pXWi7a

georgetakei:

To cat, or not to cat… http://ift.tt/1pXWi7a

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funnyordie:

Triumph the Insult Comic Dog Watches the World Cup, Poops On It
Why go to Brazil when you’ve got all the soccer freaks you could shake a poop-stick at right here in the streets of New York?
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A people’s center of the United States

jkottke:

The center of the population of the United States has been moving steadily west and south since 1790. This video shows the progression until 2010:

You can step through the animation yourself on the US Census Bureau site. It’s interesting to see how even the changes are…there was one big jump from 1850 to 1860 and a slow down in westward migration from 1890 to 1940, but other than that, it shifted west about 40-50 miles each decade.

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mapsontheweb:

365 days of sunlight in the US in 60 seconds

mapsontheweb:

365 days of sunlight in the US in 60 seconds

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