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Daily Kos Wed, 17 Sep 2014 13:17:07 GMT  

Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest: Pat Roberts is trailing big-time in Kansas
Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts (R)
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KS-Sen: PPP's new poll of the Sunflower State, their first since Democrat Chad Taylor announced he was dropping his bid for Senate, confirms that Kansas—Kansas!—has cemented its position as the most exciting state of the 2014 election cycle. Taylor's status remains uncertain, though: The state Supreme Court heard arguments on Tuesday morning as to whether Republican Secretary of State Kris Kobach should remove his name from the ballot (Kobach's refused to), and election law expert Rick Hasen thinks that Taylor's likely to prevail.

Fortunately, while we wait for the court to rule, PPP checked in on both possible scenarios—i.e., with Taylor on the ballot and with Taylor off—but in both cases, the news is equally dire for Republican Sen. Pat Roberts. In a three-way race, which is what we still have for the moment, independent businessman Greg Orman holds a 7-point lead:

Greg Orman (I): 41

Pat Roberts (R): 34

Chad Taylor (D): 6

Randall Batson (Lib): 4

Undecided: 15

Unlike SurveyUSA, which recently found Taylor at 10 percent despite informing respondents that he'd quit, PPP didn't prime the folks they interviewed. Instead, they asked Taylor supporters after the horserace question above whether they knew he'd dropped out, and 36 percent said they were, in fact, not aware.

That's good news for Orman, because this group of inattentive voters is heavily Democratic (42 percent, versus just 12 percent Republican). That means they're more likely to come over to his side once they learn Taylor's not running, even if his name does formally remain on the ballot. (Of course, it'll be a struggle to get folks who haven't paid attention to the single biggest political story in Kansas in the past month out to the polls, but that's a separate problem.)

And in the event that the Supreme Court does side with Taylor, PPP's numbers show that such a development would indeed redound to Orman's advantage. In a direct head-to-head matchup without Taylor or Batson, the Libertarian, Orman holds a huge 46-36 lead on Roberts, whose job approval rating remains mired at a miserable 29-46, unchanged from his 27-44 score in August. Orman, meanwhile, has seen his standing surge with voters, despite Republican attacks that he's a stealth Democrat who's Harry Reid's willing puppet: His favorability rating has jumped to 39-19, up from 24-12 a month ago.

That won't last, because the GOP has yet to train its biggest guns on Orman, and they most certainly will. But Roberts, despite a peppy debate performance 10 days ago, still hasn't managed to stanch the bleeding. It's hard to get over what's happening in Kansas, which last sent a Democrat to the Senate in 1932, but yeah, it's happening.


Pensito Review Wed, 17 Sep 2014 13:17:07 GMT  

A Foolish Consistency
On the issue of gay marriage Pam Bondi sometimes varies. O'er Floridian thresholds gay brides can't be carried. But if wed somewhere else And you want a divorce, Not in Florida, where you must stay unhappily gay married.

On the issue of gay marriage Pam Bondi sometimes varies.
O’er Floridian thresholds gay brides can’t be carried.
But if wed somewhere else
And you want a divorce,
Not in Florida, where you must stay unhappily gay married.


Mike Luckovich Wed, 17 Sep 2014 13:17:07 GMT  

01/08 Luckovich cartoon: Chilled out

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ThinkProgress Wed, 17 Sep 2014 13:17:08 GMT  

The Woman Who Created The Bechdel Test Is Officially A Genius

Alison Bechdel -- graphic novelist, cartoonist, all-around feminist superstar -- is a MacArthur Genius.

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The 2014 MacArthur Fellows were announced today, and among the pack of very impressive (and impressively diverse; nice work, MacArthur people!) brainiacs is ThinkProgress favorite Alison Bechdel. The brilliant cartoonist and graphic memoirist has explored the everyday lives of lesbians in her comic strip, Dykes To Watch Out For, which ran from 1983 to 2008. Her other works include Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic, based on Bechdel’s discovery, after her father’s death, that he was gay but never came out, and Are You My Mother? A Comic Drama, in which Bechdel turns the focus on her mother and their distant, fractured relationship.

But Bechdel is perhaps most widely known for her contribution to the pop culture lexicon in the feminist metric that bears her name, The Bechdel Test. For the uninitiated, a movie passes the Bechdel Test if (1) there are at least two women in it (2) who talk to each other (3) about something other than a man. She introduced the idea in a 1985 “Dykes To Watch Out For” strip called “The Rule.” She wrote that strip when she was only 25 years old, in case you wanted to feel like an underachiever this morning.

Bechdel, who sounds like she is already living the dream — she is in Italy right now, at an artist residency — will receive a stipend of $625,000 over five years. She can spend it however she likes. She can exchange it for change and swim around in it like Scrooge McDuck. But Bechdel told The L.A. Times that she had other plans for her cash: “It will give me a lot of security that I don’t have. Pay off some debts, save for retirement — really boring stuff,” she said, adding later that the prize will free her to “take some risks, do something new — to really plunge into my work. It’s an incredible gift.”

To this I say: HOORAY. Hooray for grants that exist solely to reward stunning intellectual achievements and possibility, for the use of the word “genius” to mean something genuinely impressive and not just “guy who works at the Apple store,” and for the recognition of comics and graphic novels as serious works of literary and artistic merit. (Before Bechdel, the only graphic novelist to win the prestigious fellowship was Ben Katchor in 2000.) Check out the rest of this year’s class of Geniuses here.

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Natural Disasters Displaced 22 Million People Last Year, 3 Times More Than War

Using four decades of data, the study found that floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, droughts and other hazards now cause twice as many people to lose their homes as in the 1970s.

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Flood victims wade through receding flood waters as they walk back after collecting relief material in village Teing near Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014. Military specialists blew up dikes in central Pakistan to divert swollen rivers and save cities from raging floods that have killed hundreds of people, authorities said Saturday, as officials stepped up efforts in India's part of Kashmir to prevent the spread of water-borne diseases there.

Flood victims wade through receding flood waters as they walk back after collecting relief material in village Teing near Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014. Military specialists blew up dikes in central Pakistan to divert swollen rivers and save cities from raging floods that have killed hundreds of people, authorities said Saturday, as officials stepped up efforts in India’s part of Kashmir to prevent the spread of water-borne diseases there.

CREDIT: AP/ Altaf Qadri

In 2013 natural disasters displaced some 22 million people, with more than four-fifths of those being in Asia, according to a new report. Using four decades of data, the study by the Norwegian Refugee Council found that floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, droughts, and other hazards now cause twice as many people to lose their homes as in the 1970s. Over the last decade an average of 27 million people have lost their homes to disaster each year, and in 2010 that number rose to 42 million. In an especially bad year of violent conflict, 2013 saw three times more people lose their homes to natural disaster than war; this ratio has been as high as ten times in the past.

“Basically, the combination of mega natural disasters and hundreds of smaller natural disasters massively displaces people in many more countries than the countries that have war and conflict,” Jan Egeland, the secretary of the Norwegian refugee council, told The Guardian.

In a statement released with the report, Egeland said that this trend will continue as more people live and work in hazard-prone areas, and that “it is expected to be aggravated in the future by the impacts of climate change.”

While no place on earth is safe from natural disaster, Asia is regularly the worst affected area, and in 2013 it composed 87.1 percent of those displaced, or 19 million people. Developing countries account for a similar percentage of the overall statistics, accounting for more than 85 percent of displacement. In the Philippines, in 2013 typhoon Haiyan alone displaced 4.1 million people, a million more than in Africa, the Americas, Europe, and Oceania combined.

The United States had 220,000 people lose their homes in 2013 due to extreme storms and tornadoes in Oklahoma and another 100,000 from flooding in Colorado.

The report calls for governments to make certain they have climate change adaptation plans and “donor commitments” to account for the increasing risk of displacement, including “facilitating migration and planned relocation in ways that respect the rights of vulnerable populations.” They also call for greater investment in disaster risk reduction measures that address people’s underlying vulnerability.

While climate change is understood to worsen many weather-driven natural disasters, much of the increase in disaster displacement comes from the rapid urbanization of rural populations across the world, especially in Asia and soon to be in Africa where the population is expected to double by 2050. According to the report the global population has grown by 96 percent since 1970 and the urban growth rate in developing countries has been more than three times that figure. This means more people are concentrated in countries that are especially vulnerable to natural disasters. Asia’s mega-cities are the most disaster-prone on the planet.

“These vast urban areas become traps when a natural disaster hits,” Egeland said. “People are crammed together and there is no escape. They live in river deltas, they live on hurricane beaches, they live along river beds that are easily flooded, they live where there are mud slides, and so on.”

Some suggestions the authors make for mitigating these urban natural disasters include better urban planning, proper maintenance of flood defenses, and improved or even just introduced building standards. This preparation is expensive, but so is negligence. According to Kristalina Georgieva, European Commissioner for humanitarian aid and crisis response, costs related to natural disasters have increased from $50 billion a year in the 1980s to $200 billion in the last decade. Earlier this year she said only four percent of spending for natural disasters goes to prevention and preparedness, with the rest spent on response. She also said that “evidence shows every dollar spent on prevention brings at least $4 in savings on damage.”

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The United States Has The Largest Prison Population In The World — And It’s Growing

Both in raw numbers and by percentage of the population, the United States has the most prisoners of any developed country in the world. And that didn’t change in 2013.

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Both in raw numbers and by percentage of the population, the United States has the most prisoners of any developed country in the world — and it has the largest total prison population of any nation. That didn’t change in 2013. After several years in which the prison population dropped slightly, the raw number of inmates in United States custody went up again in 2013.

More than 1.57 million inmates sat behind bars in federal, state, and county prisons and jails around the country as of December 31, 2013. In the federal prisons, more than half of those sentenced to a stints of a year or longer are still there for drug crimes. In states including Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Texas, Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, and Georgia, at least 1 percent of male residents were in prison on December 31. And across the country, racial disparities persist. Black men are six times more likely than white men to be in prison. Hispanic men are 2.4 times more likely, according to a Sentencing Project analysis of the data.

This doesn’t pain the full picture of the U.S. incarceration system. Many have estimated the total number of U.S. incarceration to be more than 2.4 million. This is in part because another estimated 12 million individuals cycle through the county jail systems in a given year for periods of less than a year, and are therefore not factored into a snapshot on December 31. There are also other mechanisms of incarceration not factored into this figure, including immigration detention, civil commitment, and Indian Country facilities, according to a Prison Policy Initiative briefing.

And a vastly greater number of Americans — 1 in 31 according to 2009 Pew figures — are under U.S. corrections custody either through parole, probation, or incarceration. One in three Americans have a criminal record, according to recent FBI estimates.

But it’s not all bad news. In just the federal prisons, the population actually dropped for the first time since 1980. Some experts attributed this to decreased priority on marijuana arrests, as states move toward decriminalization or legalization, and federal authorities shift their resources elsewhere.

The federal prisons are where drug offenders are serving many of the most onerous sentences for drug offenses carrying mandatory minimum sentences. And despite the first decrease in more than two decades, its population remains expansive.

“These figures challenge premature and overly optimistic forecasts of the end of mass incarceration,” said Marc Mauer, Executive Director of The Sentencing Project.

Just this week, a Congressional Budget Office analysis found that passing a bipartisan bill in Congress to reform mandatory minimum sentences, the Smarter Sentencing Act, would reduce prison costs by $4 billion in just the first decade. The Justice Department projected savings of at least an additional $7.8 billion in the second decade. The Smarter Sentencing Act would roll back required sentences for drug offenses that start at 5 or 10 years in jail and ratchet up quickly from there. It would instead allow judges to use their judgment to set an appropriate sentence, as well as retroactively eliminate an antiquated and racist disparity between sentences for crack cocaine and powder cocaine offenses. And some recent changes coming from the executive branch this year to attempt stopgap sentencing reform were too recent to have affected the 2013 population.

At the state level, populations saw a drop over the past few years in large part due to court-ordered population reductions in California, where the U.S. Supreme Court deemed prisons so overcrowded that they constituted cruel and unusual punishment under the Eighth Amendment. Now that California’s reductions have leveled off, the state population went up again in 2013, despite reforms in some states that are widely considered models for the federal prisons. Even some red states cited by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder as having been leaders in some areas of criminal justice reform, such as Texas, saw slight increases in their prison populations.

“The existing reforms can only take us so far,” University of California, Berkeley, criminal justice scholar Steven Raphael told the New York Times. University of Missouri – St. Louis criminologist Richard Rosenfeld noted that just thwarting the exponential increase in the population was an achievement, particularly at the federal level. Prior to this year, the federal prison population had spiked more than 790 percent since 1980.

Local jails, which typically house inmates arrested but not yet sentenced and those sentenced for less than a year, also saw their daily population rise this year.

The proportion of inmates held in private prisons actually decreased 3 percent in 2013, after a few states ended their relationships with private prisons entirely. Private prisons now house some 8 percent of the U.S. prison population. The industry, however, has more than made up for its loss in the prison industry with its share of federal immigration detention, and its entry into other criminal justice industries like rehabilitation.

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PoliticusUSA Wed, 17 Sep 2014 13:17:08 GMT  

Jon Stewart Highlights Joe Scarborough’s Hypocrisy Over His Complaints About Hillary Clinton
After showing Scarborough ranting about Mrs. Clinton's book tour and making appearances in early primary states while not announcing her intentions to run, Stewart gloriously took down Scarborough and highlighted his complete and total hypocrisy.

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Cliven Bundy Republicans Campaign To Seize and Sell Off Federal Land
Now, there is a serious movement among Republicans who embrace Bundy's claim the federal government is forbidden from owning land and the Republican gubernatorial candidate in Colorado is actively campaigning on a promise of seizing all federal land.

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Momentum Has Shifted With Two New Models Showing Democrats Favored To Keep The Senate
Momentum is shifting as the nation moves closer to Election Day. Two new models give Democrats a better than fifty percent chance of keeping control of the US Senate.

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Paul Krugman Wed, 17 Sep 2014 13:17:08 GMT  

More Than My Head Talks
On the East Side.
Replaying the 30s in Slow Motion
Now on the political side.
Cosmic Cato Koch Convergence
Bad economics and big money.

Media Matters for America - Latest Items Wed, 17 Sep 2014 13:17:08 GMT  

Five Times Fox News Guests Debunked The Benghazi Hoax

Fox News has a long-running obsession with Benghazi. Yet despite its best efforts to push phony scandals about the attacks, the truth has occasionally broken through the noise. Here are five examples of guests shooting down Fox's Benghazi hoax:


Right Wing Watch Wed, 17 Sep 2014 13:17:08 GMT  

Right Wing Round-Up - 9/16/14

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