HomeLatest ThreadsGreatest ThreadsForums & GroupsMy SubscriptionsMy Posts
DU Home

Enter Discussion Forums

228,210 user registrations and 70,194,914 posts since 2001

The Left Column


Donald Trump mocks reporter's disability

(CNN) Trump waved his arms in an awkward manner to lampoon Serge Kovaleski at a rally in South Carolina Tuesday night. Kovaleski has a chronic condition called arthrogryposis, which limits the movement of his arms.


After outcry, Minnesota GOP deletes tweet about 'Negro problem'

A tweet sent out yesterday by the Seventh Congressional District Republicans with a message the DFL called "racist and bigoted" has been taken down and the DFL Party chair has asked the Minnesota GOP to apologize to the people of Minnesota.


NYT: America has just lived through another campaign week dominated by Trump’s racist lies

America has just lived through another presidential campaign week dominated by Donald Trump’s racist lies. Here’s a partial list of false statements: The United States is about to take in 250,000 Syrian refugees; African-Americans are responsible for most white homicides; and during the 9/11 attacks, “thousands and thousands” of people in an unnamed “Arab” community in New Jersey “were cheering as that building was coming down.”

In the Republican field, Mr. Trump has distinguished himself as fastest to dive to the bottom. If it’s a lie too vile to utter aloud, count on Mr. Trump to say it, often. It wins him airtime, and retweets through the roof.


Five people were shot near Black Lives Matter protest site

(Star Tribune) Five protesters were shot Monday night near the Black Lives Matter encampment at the 4th Precinct police station in north Minneapolis, according to police.

According to Miski Noor, a media contact for Black Lives Matter, “a group of white supremacists showed up at the protest, as they have done most nights.”


The Man Beaten And Choked At A Donald Trump Rally Tells His Story

(Think Progress) When activist Mercutio Southall Jr. was curled up on the ground getting kicked, punched, and choked by Donald Trump supporters at a campaign rally in Birmingham, Alabama, he thought, “I can’t die today. I’ve got shit to do. I have little kids. Fuck these people.”

The single father of three, who was raised in the civil rights cradle of Selma, Alabama, told ThinkProgress that he had gone to Trump’s event with two friends in order to speak out against the frontrunner candidate’s “racist” rhetoric.

Rose Siding

Donald Trump on waterboarding: 'Even if it doesn't work they deserve it'

(Guardian) Trump told supporters: “Would I approve waterboarding? You bet your ass I would. In a heartbeat. I would approve more than that. It works.”

The Republican frontrunner then added “… and if it doesn’t work, they deserve it anyway for what they do to us”.


Paul Krugman: Despite the opposition, Obamacare is "still a huge success story."

(NYT) To the right’s dismay, scare tactics — remember death panels? — and spurious legal challenges failed to protect the nation from the scourge of guaranteed health coverage. Still, Obamacare’s opponents insisted that it would implode in a “death spiral” of low enrollment and rising costs.

But the law’s first two years of full implementation went remarkably well. The number of uninsured Americans dropped sharply, roughly in line with projections, while costs came in well below expectations. Opponents of reform could have reconsidered their position — but that hardly ever happens in modern politics. Instead, they doubled down on their forecasts of doom, and hyped every hint of bad news.


Federal court rules Wisconsin abortion law unconstitutional

(AP) A Wisconsin law that requires abortion providers to get admitting privileges at nearby hospitals is unconstitutional, a federal appeals court panel ruled Friday.

The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel's ruling comes in a lawsuit filed by Planned Parenthood and Affiliated Medical Services. The groups argue that the 2013 law amounts to an unconstitutional restriction on abortion. The law has been on hold since a federal judge struck it down earlier this year.


Dogs violating personal space The DU Lounge : By Liberal_in_LA

Anyone want to see my new book cover? LGBT : By WillParkinson

Inside the Bizarre Genome of the World’s Toughest Animal The DU Lounge : By ashling

A Day on Pluto, a Day on Charon Science : By eppur_se_muova

Puppy's first peanut butter treat The DU Lounge : By demmiblue

Around DU

Good Reads

Politics 2015

General Discussion



Latest Breaking News

Sanders Says He Opposes Kinder Morgan Pipeline

54 min ago - By NATASHA HAVERTY At Sunday night's Jefferson Jackson dinner, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders took a moment on the stage to express his opposition to the Northeast Energy Direct—the controversial natural gas pipeline proposed by Kinder Morgan. "I o ... (NHPR)

High Court rules against Northern Ireland's abortion law

2 hrs ago - LONDON (AP) — A Belfast High Court ruling is expected to ease Northern Ireland's strict anti-abortion laws to make it easier for women to terminate pregnancies in some cases. Judge Mark Horner said Monday that certain abortion prohibitions violate t ... (AP)

Donald Trump dismissed as 'carnival barker' at major Democrat fundraiser

2 hrs ago - In the ballroom of a hotel in Manchester, New Hampshire, the three Democratic candidates took turns appealing to a raucous crowd of more than 1,000 party faithful, with Donald Trump dismissed as a “carnival barker”. =snip= It was again O’Malley who ... (The Guardian)

EU Summits Cause Merkel to Question European Unity

3 hrs ago - The German chancellor has expressed doubts that a meeting in Brussels between the EU and Turkey and another between the eight countries most affected by the migrant crisis represent the beginnings of a more united Europe. German Chancellor Angela Me ... (Sputnik News)

In Confidential Memo, Hillary Clinton Urged Obama To Close Gitmo

4 hrs ago - In Confidential Memo, Hillary Clinton Urged Obama To Close Gitmo "We must signal to our old and emerging allies alike that we remain serious about turning the page of GTMO and the practices of the prior decade." Ryan J. Reilly Posted: 11/29/2015 ... (HuffingtonPost)

S. Korean parliament ratifies free trade agreement with China

6 hrs ago - South Korea's parliament on Monday ratified its free trade agreement (FTA) with China during the plenary session. The ratification bill on the China-South Korea free trade accord was passed through the National Assembly by a majority of 196 to 33 wi ... (Xinhua)

Drought drives hungry hippos into Colombian town

8 hrs ago - Drought drives hungry hippos into Colombian town 3 hours ago Getty Images Back in the 1980s Pablo Escobar imported elephants, rhinoceroses, giraffes, zebras and hippos from Africa to graze and wallow at his many man-made lakes. Biologists in ... (BBC News)

Upstate New York man arrested in fatal shooting of 7-month-old boy

8 hrs ago - Upstate New York man arrested in fatal shooting of 7-month-old boy THE ASSOCIATED PRESS / Monday, November 30, 2015, 12:14 AM Rome Police Department An upstate man arrested Sunday after he fatally shot a 7-month-old boy claims the shotgun di ... (Associated Press)

Mayor Walsh endorses Hillary Clinton at rally inside Great Hall

8 hrs ago - Mayor Walsh endorses Hillary Clinton at rally inside Great Hall "Nobody come closer to her achievements," said Walsh UPDATED 5:27 PM EST Nov 29, 2015 BOSTON —A rally was held in support of Hillary Clinton at Faneuil Hall Sunday. Most of the a ... (wcvb.com)

Germany Could Send 1,200 Soldiers To Fight Isis In Promise To Coalition

10 hrs ago - FRANKFURT - Germany could send 1,200 soldiers to the Middle East by the end of the year to provide service support to planes and ships of a coalition battling Islamic State, Germany's top defense official told a newspaper on Sunday. Chancellor Angel ... (Jerusalem Post)

Ted Cruz Describes Alleged Planned Parenthood Shooter As ‘Transgendered Leftist Activist’

11 hrs ago - Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz is the latest presidential candidate trying to downplay the role anti-abortion rhetoric may have played in motivating the Planned Parenthood shooting in Colorado Springs Friday afternoon. When a reporter a ... (Think Progress)

Colorado Springs Shooting Suspect's Anti-Obama Remarks Bring Secret Service Into Case, Sources Say

11 hrs ago - Colorado Springs shooting suspect Robert Dear allegedly made statements about President Obama that were concerning enough he now has the attention of the U.S. Secret Service, which has dispatched agents to evaluate the remarks and possibly interview ... (ABC News)

University of Chicago cancels classes after threat warning from FBI

12 hrs ago - The University of Chicago has canceled all classes and activities on its Hyde Park campus Monday after the FBI alerted it to an online threat of gun violence, according to a campus statement. University of Chicago President Robert J. Zimmer wrote th ... (Chicago Sun-Times)

Records: $1.7M bond set for man in gunfight that wounded 17

12 hrs ago - NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Bond has been set at $1.7 million for a man police accuse of participating in a gunfight that wounded 17 people at a New Orleans playground after a neighborhood parade. Online records show 32-year-old Joseph "Moe" Allen's bond was ... (AP)

Brazil links dengue-like virus to birth defects in babies

13 hrs ago - By ADRIANA GOMEZ LICON RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The dengue-like Zika virus has been linked for the first time to cases of babies being born with small heads, or microcephaly, Brazil's government said. It said scientists studying a surge of such cases ... (AP)

Obama pays homage to Paris victims at Bataclan

13 hrs ago - US President Barack Obama paid tribute to the victims of the November 13 Paris attacks on Monday, hours before the opening of UN climate talks in the capital, visiting the concert hall where the deadliest attacks took place during the onslaught. Oba ... (France 24)

Declaring 'new beginning,' EU and Turkey seal migrant deal

13 hrs ago - BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Turkey promised to help stem the flow of migrants to Europe in return for cash, visas and renewed talks on joining the EU in a deal struck on Sunday that the Turkish prime minister called a "new beginning" for the uneasy neighbor ... (Yahoo! News / Reuters)

Amazon unveils hybrid drone prototype to make deliveries within 30 minutes

14 hrs ago - Sunday 29 November 2015 21.01 GMT Amazon has unveiled a new hybrid delivery drone that can fly both vertically, as a helicopter capable of landing in customers’ backyards, and horizontally like a conventional plane. The drone can travel up to 15 mil ... (The Guardian)

Ukrainians Mourn Holodomor With Memorial Ceremonies Around the World The 1930s famine under Stalin

14 hrs ago - Ukraine yesterday held a day of mourning for the millions of victims of a Soviet-era famine, with President Petro Poroshenko describing it as an episode in the “war waged by Russia against Ukraine.” Poroshenko, accompanied by Prime Minister Arseniy ... (Newsweek)

Bill Nye speaks at NYC climate change march: We 'act like renters, not owners of this Earth'

14 hrs ago - On the eve of a global climate summit in Paris, activists in New York urged a strong fight against global warming Sunday. About 5,000 people participated in the march that kicked off from City Hall, according to organizers. "The climate is changing ... (NY Daily News)

Suspected burglar stuck in Huron home’s chimney dies after residents light fire

14 hrs ago - man who apparently got stuck in the chimney of a Huron home during a botched burglary attempt died Saturday after the homeowners lit a fire in the fireplace, the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office said. Lt. Brandon Pursell said deputies received a 911 c ... (Fresnobee)

Trump drops event with black pastors after some object

14 hrs ago - Nov 29, 6:18 PM EST JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) -- Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has cancelled a press conference in which his campaign said he would be endorsed by as many as 100 black evangelical religious leaders. Many of those invite ... (Associated Press)

Mother of two is ID'd as one of three people killed in Planned Parenthood shootings

15 hrs ago - Mother of two is ID'd as one of three people killed in Planned Parenthood shootings A grieving father remembers Jennifer Markovsky, one of three victims killed in the Planned Parenthood shootings By Jesse Paul The Denver Post Posted: 11/29/2015 ... (Denver Post)

Minneapolis fire chief visits protest encampment

15 hrs ago - MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minneapolis Fire Chief John Fruetel has met with protesters outside a police station to discuss concerns about campfires there and emergency access to the site. The protesters have been there for two weeks since a black man, Jamar ... (AP)

Israel Defense Minister Says Russian Plane Breached Airspace

16 hrs ago - JERUSALEM (AP) -- A Russian jet recently penetrated Israeli airspace but was not shot down thanks to an open communication system between the two countries, Israel's defense minister said Sunday as tensions continued to flare between Ankara and Mosc ... (Associated Press)

Israel Suspends Contact With EU Representatives Over West Bank Labelling Dispute

16 hrs ago - By: Ian Deitch The Associated Press, Published on Sun Nov 29 2015 JERUSALEM—Israel on Sunday suspended contacts with European Union representatives on Mideast peace issues to protest the 28-nation bloc’s decision to label Israeli exports from the W ... (Associated Press)

Civilian Killed In Planned Parenthood Attack Was An Iraq War Veteran

16 hrs ago - According to KKTV in Colorado Springs, one of the victims has been identified as Ke’Arre M. Stewart, according to the man’s family. Stewart’s wife said he leaves behind his children and she wants justice for her loss. Stewart’s sister, Temprest Llyo ... (CBS)

John Mccain And Lindsey Graham Want 100,000 Foreign Troops To Fight ISIS In Syria

17 hrs ago - (AFP) US senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham called Sunday for 100,000 foreign soldiers, most from Sunni regional states but also including Americans, to fight the Islamic State group in Syria. Both McCain, the chair of the Senate Committee on A ... (Agence France-Presse)

Storm lingering in southern Plains; more flooding possible

17 hrs ago - DALLAS (AP) — A deadly storm that has caused flooding and coated parts of the southern Plains in ice during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend dumped more rain on already swollen rivers in parts of North Texas and Arkansas on Sunday and made driving da ... (AP)

Iraqis find 3 more mass graves in formerly IS-held Sinjar

17 hrs ago - By SUSANNAH GEORGE and BALINT IRBIL, Iraq (AP) — Kurdish officials said Sunday three more mass graves have been found in the northern town of Sinjar, where Kurdish forces backed by heavy U.S.-led airstrikes drove out Islamic State militants earlier ... (AP)