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Republicans have a 60% chance of winning the Senate

Brilliant graphic by the Upshot team at the Times (and Fuck you, Nate!). Too bad they're not applying all that talent to something useful, but whatever. Advice for Democrats: Read below the fold...

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It's like we got socialism without the socialist part. Read below the fold...

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Dear Lord. Read below the fold...

Pot and circuses

Putting Google+ accounts in Google News enables hasbara

A note on impeachment kayfabe

I'm not good on the right wing fever swamp, so I'll just assume that if the wingers impeach Obama, it's going to be over a Chinese menu that includes Benghazi, ObamaCare, something to do with immigration, and maybe Bowe Bergdahl. Who knows? The key point is this: Read below the fold...

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This tweet/image is awesome and should be widely propagated.

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In the Garden: Volunteer borage

It's a pleasant thing, sitting next to the borage, listening to the bees, as the sun sets. Read below the fold...

Hamas didn't kidnap the three Israeli teens after all

Dear Lord. Can't anybody here play this game? New York Magazine:

When the bodies of three Israeli teenagers, kidnapped in the West Bank, were found late last month, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu did not mince words. "Hamas is responsible, and Hamas will pay," he said, initiating a campaign that eventually escalated into the present conflict in the region. 

But now, officials admit the kidnappings were not Hamas's handiwork after all. 

Non-plagiarizing BuzzFeed writer Sheera Frenkel was among the first to suggest that it was unlikely that Hamas was behind the deaths of Gilad Shaar, Naftali Frenkel, and Eyal Yifrach. Citing Palestinian sources and experts the field, Frenkel reported that kidnapping three Israeli teens would be a foolish move for Hamas. International experts told her it was likely the work of a local group, acting without concern for the repercussions: 

[Gershon Baskin] pointed out that Hamas has earlier this month signed an agreement to form a unity government with Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, bridging, for the first time in seven years, the Palestinian leadership in the West Bank and Gaza.

“They will lose their reconciliation agreement with Abbas if they do take responsibility for [the kidnappings],” Baskin added.

Today, she was proven right:

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In the garden: Squash catching up with themselves

I hope! (It's very very hot in that patch, so the plants are panting; in the evening, the leaves will unwilt.)

Look! A squash blossom! Read below the fold...

Insider and hack David Flanagan now President of University of Southern Maine, Kalikow cashes in at "the system" for $200K

I don't have the time to do the takedown this sleazy maneuvering by our local notables deserves, so I'll just quote the highlights:

David Flanagan, a lifelong Mainer with deep ties to the state’s education, business and political communities, talked of “hardships and sacrifices” Wednesday as he took the reins as the interim president of the University of Southern Maine.

When you somebody sat that, you can bet one thing: The “hardships and sacrifices” will never, ever apply to them personally, or their friends, or their families, or anybody they know. Read below the fold...

Louis CK: "Being Broke"

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