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“It is time to bring Mitch McConnell home. You know, after 30 years of obstruction and 30 years of do-nothing in the United States Senate, we need somebody up there that is going to represent Kentucky.”

~ Gov. Steve Beshear (D-KY)

The world’s top carbon polluters have accidentally decreased emissions to save money. The market has spoken.

After failing miserably thus far to appear either moral or powerful in Syria, maybe the US should take some tips from the Russians.

Rappers spit like the have a lot more in the bank than they do. The Young Money of Nikki Minaj and Lil Wayne doesn’t stand up to the Old Money of Jay Z, Diddy, or Dre.

Did Amanda Bynes really throw that bong out the window? You’ll have to wait until September to know for sure.

Louisville son, Matthew Barzun, has officially been named US ambassador to Great Britain.

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“Somebody has to do something, and it’s just incredibly pathetic that it has to be us.”

~ Jerry Garcia

In case you didn’t have time to watch Obama’s hour-long speech (video) on the changing War on Terror, best to check out the NYTimes’ coverage of the main points and the Code Pink interruption (video).

According to Russia, Assad has agreed to take part in peace talks with rebels and Russia may withdraw support for the human rights abuse addict.

Sure, it may give us real news in a refreshingly “treats us like adults” way, but isn’t Al Jazeera just the Qatari government trying to get our guard down?

Despite a nuclear threat from a psychotic child savior to its north, South Korea has taken the time to create the world’s most rigorous carbon market. What’s our excuse?

Feeling blue? Treat yourself to some found poetry from the Google search box.

wednesday reading list

“If you don’t have anything profound to say, don’t say anything at all.”

~ Future Twitter Prompt

You probably saw his interview on the Daily Show. With threats from the Morsi government now just part of his life, Bassem Youssef has become the most important man in Egypt.

Are America and Russia in a war to out-embarrass each other’s spy agencies, or has anti-Americanism in Russia brought the metaphorical public beating back into style.

Can 3D printing with nutrient-based ink help us print our own meals, give us pizza on Mars, and feed the world?  Define feed.

Months after Inside Climate News won the Pulitzer Prize for covering the Dilbit (Canadian tar sand sludge) spill in the Kalamazoo River, ICN now asks why data on the spill is rapidly disappearing from the EPA’s website.

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“Change is the process by which the future invades our lives.”

Alvin Toffler

It was tough to see how the bloody Syrian Civil War could have gotten any worse but, with Russia providing Bashar al-Assad with a batch of advanced anti-ship cruise missiles, it just got a lot worse.

There’s more jobs, more hours, better pay, and even some lower costs here in America. Here are 7 charts from Quartz on why Americans can handle a payroll tax hike.

With a bleak outlook for Pakistan’s elections, take the refreshing Shezan mango drink’s view of Pakistani politics.

Your uncle graduated from high school and he’s not taking sh-t from anyone. Here are a few one-liners from ClimateProgress on talking climate change with him.

A group of female morticians are taking the public education approach to fixing America’s unhealthy detachment from death and mortality.