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• Today’s comic by Jen Sorensen is Suffer the children:

• Join the team at Daily Kos Elections for a live-blog on the special election in Kansas’ 4th CD: Tonight, we'll learn the results of this unexpectedly—shockingly—competitive special election, a dark red seat in the Wichita area that Republicans are scrambling to save. Polls close at 8 PM ET, so check back around then. Drop in for our live-blog.

• New research shows more permafrost than previously thought likely...

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