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Suppose Sanders turns out to be Eugene McCarthy to Hillary's LBJ

Who's RFK? Who leaps into the race once the blood's in the water? Read more about Suppose Sanders turns out to be Eugene McCarthy to Hillary's LBJ

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Sestak leads Toomey in new poll

Democrat Joe Sestak leads Republican Sen. Pat Toomey, according to a poll by the Robert Morris University Polling Institute.

The poll, sponsored by Trib Total Media, shows Sestak with 34.2 percent to 28.5 percent for Toomey. The poll has a margin of error of 4.5 percent.

Joe Sestak on the issues. Read more about Sestak leads Toomey in new poll

In the garden: First poppy

The very first (and yesterday, only) poppy of the season. It was breezy, and it must have taken me twenty minutes to get a shot where the blossom was still. Read more about In the garden: First poppy

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Georgia's Permit Rules Keep Ex-Cons Jobless

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Some 50,000 blacks in the state are barred by law from working in 20 occupations that require a professional license because of prior criminal convictions, unable to even apply for government approval to cut hair, mow lawns or unclog drains.

In the garden: Moar peonies!

A passerby informs me that peonies require ants to open their buds, but that seems to be a myth. On the other hand, maybe the ants, to peonies, are beneficial insects, since they seek only nectar and perhaps keep other insects away. Read more about In the garden: Moar peonies!

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My Email to the Trump Campaign (Requests to fund 2 pro-democracy tools, which will also help Trump win)

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Here is the email I sent to the Trump campaign, with some minor editing. Fox News has Trump polling #2. (As a side note, can you imagine the debate fireworks if Trump wins the Republican nomination, and Sanders the Democratic nomination?) If anybody has any other ideas for potential funders, go ahead and leave a comment. Read more about My Email to the Trump Campaign (Requests to fund 2 pro-democracy tools, which will also help Trump win)

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Trumka sells out

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TPP: 13 Democratic Senators Invite Republicans to Make Them Laughing Stocks and More Serious Matters

The cloture vote in the Senate is now done, making the TPA vote itself a mere formality. The vote was 60 – 37 in favor of cloture with 13 of the 14 original Democratic defectors (Ben Cardin was the exception) sticking with the multinational corporations, the President, and all but five of the Republicans in supporting cloture. Supporters of cloture celebrated the bipartisan nature of the vote, as if Americans who lose their jobs and their sovereignty as a consequence of it, and the things it enables, will look more favorably on what they did because both major parties did it. Read more about TPP: 13 Democratic Senators Invite Republicans to Make Them Laughing Stocks and More Serious Matters

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Kristin Beck for Congress

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Alan Grayson and Florida pollitics

Why liberals, conservatives find common ground on an Alan Grayson Senate run

Here’s one for the Strange Bedfellows file: The Democratic Progressive Caucus of Florida and the conservative Club For Growth are both encouraging liberal firebrand Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Orlando, to run for Senate in 2016.

In the garden: Pollinators at last!

At least pollinators that are slow-moving enough for me to capture them.

Sadly, the bumble bee is in shadow. I'll have to work on that! But at least they exist! Here's another:

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The kleptocracy is getting nervous

Poll: Most Americans unwilling to vote for a socialist

Just 47 percent of Americans would vote for a socialist if their party nominated one, while 50 percent said they would not, while 58 percent said they would have no problem voting for an atheist in their party

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How America became radicalized

I think we first became aware that something was horribly wrong with our country during the great penis hunt. People were appalled by the Kenneth Starr's abuse of power. After the Monica Lewinsky story broke Clinton's numbers went up to 71% percent approval rating. Trent Lott joked that just a few more scandals and it would be 100% approval. Somehow the significance of that was lost on the Read more about How America became radicalized

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