Wednesday, December 17, 2014

HEALTH CARE

The US torture regime could not have worked without the active involvement of psychologists and physicians. Will they be held accountable?

http://www.salon.com/2014/12/16/scathing_report_calls_for_war_crimes_inquiry_into_cia_health_professionals/

http://dissenter.firedoglake.com/2014/12/16/cia-health-professionals-role-in-systematic-torture-including-human-subjects-research/

The kind of people they are -- Taliban edition

http://www.vox.com/2014/12/16/7401609/peshwar-attack-school-taliban
Pakistani Taliban slaughters over 100 children in Peshawar school attack

More: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/12/16/pakistani-taliban-massacre-more-than-80-schoolchildren.html

http://www.vox.com/2014/12/16/7405921/taliban-peshawar-sentences

Dick Cheney's legacy

http://prospect.org/article/has-gop-become-pro-torture-party
[Paul Waldman] If you'll permit me a momentary bit of crowing, I'd like to take some credit for what we learned from Dick Cheney's appearance on Meet the Press last Sunday. Not that we didn't already know about Cheney's enthusiasm for torture, but we now understand better just how morally infantile his thinking is . . .

http://www.salon.com/2014/12/16/jon_stewart_blasts_dick_cheneys_outrageous_torture_denial/
[Jon Stewart] Dick Cheney's Mind Is The Scariest F------ Place In The Universe

More: http://www.nybooks.com/articles/archives/2014/mar/06/darkness-dick-cheney/

How Obama mishandled the torture issue

http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2014/12/president-obamas-greatest-torture.html

Federal judge blocks Obama's immigration order. . . for now

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/judge-obama-immigration-action-unconstitutional

http://www.vox.com/2014/12/16/7403433/immigration-unconstitutional

Who is he? http://talkingpointsmemo.com/fivepoints/judge-arthur-schwab-controversies
The federal judge who ruled Tuesday that President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration are unconstitutional has a controversial past which includes slaps on the wrist from the circuit court that oversees his court. . . .

More frustration with the Dems over the CRomnibus deal

http://prospect.org/article/great-budget-sellout-2014-do-we-even-have-second-party
The Great Budget Sellout of 2014: Do We Even Have a Second Party?

More: http://crooksandliars.com/2014/12/bipartisan-cromnibus-saga-final-assessment

http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2014/12/more-debt-ceiling-chicken.html

http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2014/12/stand-for-something-by-bloggersrus.html

http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2014/12/good-dems-bad-dems-dems-who-are-in.html

Historic!

http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/another-republican-upends-the-senates-year-end-plans/2014/12/16/127292d8-8559-11e4-9534-f79a23c40e6c_story.html?wprss=rss_politics
The least-productive Congress in modern history drew to an abrupt close late Tuesday

More: http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2014/12/republicans-cave-backbite-head-home

Why a Jeb Bush candidacy will be fun to watch

http://fivethirtyeight.com/datalab/jeb-bush-president-republican-primary-2016/

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/12/16/1352229/-Run-Jeb-run

Should environmentalists be pro-nuke?

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2014/12/16/why-climate-change-is-forcing-some-environmentalists-to-back-nuclear-power/

The paranoid South

http://www.salon.com/2014/12/17/rise_of_the_fearful_south_how_defending_against_outsiders_brought_the_region_together/

"Oh, God, it's Mom!"

http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2014/12/oh-mom.html

In Fox World, Elizabeth Warren IS "The Devil"

http://crooksandliars.com/2014/12/fox-host-wall-street-will-defeat-elizabeth

More: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/16/opinion/david-brooks-elizabeth-warren-can-win.html?_r=0

Bonus item: Images of the suffragette movement (don't miss these!)

http://www.vox.com/2014/12/16/7396449/suffragette-posters







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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

SO?

The creepiest part of the torture report might be the general non-reaction to what it revealed

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2014/12/15/that-big-cia-torture-report-americans-just-shrugged/

That big CIA ‘torture’ report? Americans just shrugged.

More: http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2014/12/torturers-r-us.html This makes me want to cry . . .


How bad is it when even John Yoo calls certain acts torture?


http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/even-john-yoo-has-his-limits


We are nowhere close to where we need to be as a society


http://www.salon.com/2014/12/15/wealth_gap_between_white_and_black_people_is_largest_in_25_years/

Wealth gap between white and black people is largest in 25 years 

So stupid, so sad

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/16/us/politics/good-economic-news-but-taking-credit-is-a-conundrum-for-democrats-.html?partner=rss&emc=rss&_r=0
Good Economic News, but Democrats Differ on Whether to Take Credit

I like Elizabeth Warren -- though not as much as many others do. And I can see the merits of a progressive challenger to Hillary in the primaries. But folks, let's get serious, this woman is never going to become President


http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/12/15/the-most-powerful-democrat-in-america.html

The Most Powerful Democrat in America

http://americablog.com/2014/12/speech-may-make-elizabeth-warren-president.html

The speech that may make Elizabeth Warren president

http://americablog.com/2014/12/elizabeth-warren-ready-president.html

Is Elizabeth Warren ready to be president?

More: http://crooksandliars.com/2014/12/elizabeth-warren-im-not-running-president

Elizabeth Warren: 'I'm Not Running For President'

http://www.vox.com/2014/12/15/7393749/elizabeth-warren-not-running

Elizabeth Warren says she's not running for president. Should we believe her?

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2014/12/15/non-candidate-elizabeth-warren-is-not-running-for-president-right-now-today/

Non-candidate Elizabeth Warren is not running for president right now, today

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2014/12/15/why-elizabeth-warren-is-smart-not-to-totally-rule-out-running-for-president/

Why Elizabeth Warren is smart not to totally rule out running for president

http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/227022-what-does-warren-want

What does Warren want?

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2014/12/15/why-the-elizabeth-warren-for-president-chatter-will-continue/

Why the ‘Elizabeth Warren for president’ chatter will continue

Russia's in trouble


http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2014/12/15/russias-economy-is-doomed-its-that-simple/

Sorry, Putin. Russia’s economy is doomed

http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2014/12/russian-ruble-now-entering-free-fall
The Russian Ruble Is Now Entering Free Fall

More: http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2014/12/krugman-russia-keeps-looking-more-vulnerable-crisis

Bonus item: The NRA loses one

http://www.salon.com/2014/12/15/senate_confirms_vivek_murthy_as_surgeon_general_over_nra_opposition/

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Monday, December 15, 2014

WE'RE BACK!

Sorry for the missed issues of PBD. My computer died and I have been working on loaners and older machines. Posting may still be iffy for a day or two, then I hope we'll be back on a new computer and a regular schedule!

The dark side

Dick Cheney on CIA torture: 'I'd do it again in a minute'

Cheney Seems Unfazed By Question About Innocent Detainee Who Died 


Cheney Throws Bush Under The Bus On Torture Program

Dick Cheney’s grotesque legacy

Meet the Press: 12 Years of Unchallenged Cheney Claims about Iraq and Al Qaeda

"Justice" Scalia

Scalia: Nothing In The Constitution Prohibits Torture



Koch addiction

Barbara Walters' Cuddly Interview With David Koch

Koch Brother Says He's A 'Social Liberal,' Not An 'Evil Billionaire'

The mess that is the "CRomnibus" bill - what the Dems won, and what they lost


Did Democrats Get Hosed on the Budget Bill?

Republicans Dealt A Quiet Blow To O-Care In The CRomnibus

Congressional GOP sneaks anti-science provision into government shutdown bill

The good and the bad in the big budget deal

Here's What Democrats Got Out of the Cromnibus

Progressives Just Lost a Fight On the Budget. So Why Are They So Happy?

Ted's sneaky ploy backfires

Ted Cruz Gave Obama An Early Christmas Gift Over The Weekend

Theocracy watch

John Kasich: Schools must partner with religious groups to receive mentoring funds

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Thursday, December 11, 2014

SCOT FREE

No charges to come following the CIA torture report

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/12/10/1350790/-Justice-Department-says-it-still-won-t-pursue-criminal-charges-over-American-torture-program

Why not? http://www.vox.com/2014/12/11/7367543/torture-report-prosecutions

More: http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/cia-unlikely-to-lose-power-in-wake-of-interrogation-report/2014/12/09/be72dfc2-7fee-11e4-9f38-95a187e4c1f7_story.html
CIA unlikely to lose power in wake of interrogation report

What CAN we do?

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2014/12/10/morning-plum-the-torture-report-is-horrific-heres-something-we-can-do-about-it/

http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2014/12/what-next-step-on-torture.html

The new budget: Dems are balking at providing votes to protect the Repubs from (another) shutdown -- but they have to be careful not to be blamed themselves

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2014/12/09/whats-in-the-spending-bill-we-skim-it-so-you-dont-have-to/
What’s in the spending bill? We skim it so you don’t have to

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/12/09/1350557/-Pelosi-wins-budget-showdown-over-contraception
Pelosi wins budget showdown over contraception 

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/12/10/1350782/-Democratic-votes-may-not-be-there-to-bail-Boehner-out-on-spending-bill
Democratic votes may not be there to bail Boehner out on spending bill

More: http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/warren-leads-liberal-democrats-rebellion-over-provisions-in-1-trillion-spending-bill/2014/12/10/c5c915e4-80b5-11e4-9f38-95a187e4c1f7_story.html?wprss=rss_politics 

Ed Kilgore argues that the South isn't impossible for the Dems, just another political challenge

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/cafe/myth-southern-democrats-stop-agonizing

Koch addiction 

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/koch-brothers-north-carolina-history-class
The Conservative Ideas The Koch Brothers Want To Sneak Into Schools

Why Jeb Bush is a risky nominee for president

http://www.salon.com/2014/12/11/jeb_bushs_damning_secret_history_partner/

Theocracy watch

http://www.salon.com/2014/12/10/rick_perry_the_bible_proves_that_poverty_is_inevitable/
Rick Perry: The Bible proves that poverty is inevitable  

Scott Walker reaches out to the Jewish vote

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2014/12/walker-to-jewish-chairman-thanks-and-molotov.html
‘Thank You and Molotov’

Michele Bachmann says goodbye . . . for now

http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal-a/2014_12/the_bachmann_farewell_speech053258.php

Health journalism sucks

http://www.vox.com/2014/12/10/7372921/health-journalism-science

Bonus item: Old McDonald's

http://rt.com/usa/212555-mcdonalds-sales-fall-america/
McDonald's sales in US plummet

More: http://www.vox.com/2014/12/9/7357125/mcdonalds-sales-decline

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

FOR SHAME

The Senate report on CIA torture is released, and however bad you thought it was . . . it was even worse

The full report: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/senate-cia-torture-report-realsed 

In brief: http://www.feinstein.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/press-releases?ID=dce63826-5f14-4975-9617-a4e6bd7527cb
1. The CIA’s “enhanced interrogation techniques” were not effective. 
2. The CIA provided extensive inaccurate information about the operation of the program and its effectiveness to policymakers and the public. 
3. The CIA’s management of the program was inadequate and deeply flawed. 
4. The CIA program was far more brutal than the CIA represented to policymakers and the American public.

Not quite as brief: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/special/national/cia-interrogation-report/key-findings/?hpid=z2
1 “not an effective means of acquiring intelligence” 
2 “rested on inaccurate claims of their effectiveness” 
3 “brutal and far worse than the CIA represented” 
4 “conditions of confinement for CIA detainees were harsher” 
5 “repeatedly provided inaccurate information” 
6 “actively avoided or impeded congressional oversight” 
7 “impeded effective White House oversight” 
8 “complicated, and in some cases impeded, the national security missions” 
9 “impeded oversight by the CIA’s Office of Inspector General” 
10 “coordinated the release of classified information to the media” 
11 “unprepared as it began operating” 
12 “deeply flawed throughout the program's duration” 
13 “overwhelmingly outsourced operations” 
14 “coercive interrogation techniques that had not been approved” 
15 “did not conduct a comprehensive or accurate accounting of the number of individuals it detained” 
16 “failed to adequately evaluate the effectiveness” 
17 “rarely reprimanded or held personnel accountable” 
18 “ignored numerous internal critiques, criticisms, and objections” 
19 “inherently unsustainable” 
20 “damaged the United States' standing in the world”

More: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/12/09/1350297/-Today-we-learn-more-details-of-the-villainous-behavior-of-U-S-torturers

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/10/world/senate-intelligence-committee-cia-torture-report.html?partner=rss&emc=rss

http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2014/dec/09/cia-torture-report-released

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/12/10/what-the-torture-report-kept-hidden.html
Despite more than 500 pages of excruciating, awful detail, there’s much about the CIA’s interrogation, rendition, and detention programs that the Senate Intelligence Committee’s torture report doesn’t address. . . .

The low points

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2014/12/09/the-gigantic-disaster-of-the-cias-torture-program/
With respect to al-Najjar specifically, the legal advisor indicated that the CIA’s interrogation plan included “isolation in total darkness; lowering the quality of his food; keeping him at an uncomfortable temperature (cold); [playing music] 24 hours a day; and keeping him shackled and hooded.” In addition, al-Najjar was described as having been left hanging — which involved handcuffing one or both wrists to an overhead bar which would not allow him to lower his arms — for 22 hours each day for two consecutive days, in order to “‘break’ his resistance.” It was also noted al-Najjar was wearing a diaper and had no access to toilet facilities . . .

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/12/09/the-most-gruesome-moments-in-the-cia-torture-report.html
At least five detainees were subjected to “rectal feeding” or “rectal hydration,” without any documented medical need. “While IV infusion is safe and effective,” one officer wrote, rectal hydration could be used as a form of behavior control. . . .

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/10/world/senate-torture-report-shows-cia-infighting-over-interrogation-program.html
At the Salt Pit, the junior officer ordered a prisoner, Gul Rahman, shackled to the wall of his cell and stripped of most of his clothing. Mr. Rahman was found dead of hypothermia the next morning, lying on the bare concrete floor. Four months later, the junior officer was recommended for a cash award of $2,500 for his “consistently superior work.”  A C.I.A. accountability board later recommended disciplinary action against one of the officers involved in the death at the Salt Pit. But in that instance and another, the board was overruled. The “director strongly believes that mistakes should be expected in a business filled with uncertainty,” an agency memo said. . . .

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/12/09/1350553/-CIA-paid-two-ex-military-psychologists-who-helped-designed-and-run-torture-program-81-million
Included in the hideous details of the executive summary version of the torture report released Tuesday is the news that the company founded by two former military psychologists who urged waterboarding and other coercive methods against suspects secretly imprisoned by the CIA and Department of Defense was paid $81 million for work with the agency's interrogation program from 2005 until 2009.  The two, referred to by pseudonyms in the torture report, were James E. Mitchell and Bruce Jessen. . . . [read on] 

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/10/world/senate-report-raises-doubts-about-cia-claims-on-hunt-for-osama-bin-laden.html
But in page after page of previously classified evidence, the Senate Intelligence Committee report on C.I.A. torture, released Tuesday, rejects the notion that torturing detainees contributed to finding Bin Laden  . . .

https://www.emptywheel.net/2014/12/09/ssci-torture-report-key-knew-it-was-torture-knew-it-was-illegal
They Knew It was Torture, Knew It Was Illegal

More: http://www.salon.com/2014/12/09/10_appalling_findings_in_the_senates_torture_report/

http://www.vox.com/2014/12/9/7360823/cia-torture-roundup

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/12/09/inside-a-cia-dungeon.html

http://www.vox.com/2014/12/9/7361091/cia-torture-bin-laden

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/12/09/cia-torture-report-khan_n_6297936.html
This May Be The Most Remarkable Story In The CIA Torture Report

You know, for people who kept insisting that what they were doing was perfectly legal and justified, the CIA torturers sure lied a lot about what they were doing -- even lying to their bosses in the Bush administration

http://www.politico.com/story/2014/12/cia-torture-report-113420.html
A long-awaited Senate report concludes that the CIA repeatedly misled the public, Congress and the White House about the agency’s aggressive questioning of detainees  . . .

http://mashable.com/2014/12/09/5-times-the-cia-lied/
5 times the CIA lied to the White House, the Senate and other authorities

http://www.theverge.com/2014/12/9/7361295/biggest-lies-the-cia-told-about-the-torture-program
The 8 biggest lies the CIA told about torture 

More: http://www.nationaljournal.com/defense/how-the-cia-lied-to-congress-on-torture-according-to-congress-20141209

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/10/world/cia-kept-bush-ill-informed-on-interrogation-tactics-torture-report-says.html?partner=rss&emc=rss

Emptywheel asks: https://www.emptywheel.net/2014/12/09/torture-obviously-but-what-about-litany-of-other-crimes/
18 U.S.C. §1001 False Statements  
18 U.S.C. §1621 Perjury  
18 U.S.C. §1505 Obstruction of Justice

Punishing the whistleblowers, not the perps

http://www.salon.com/2014/12/10/torture_reports_big_bombshell_how_a_glaring_double_standard_was_exposed/

The response from Fox World

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/12/09/1350554/-Fox-News-host-on-torture-report-We-are-awesome
"The United States of America is awesome, we are awesome," she said. "We’ve closed the book on it, and we’ve stopped doing it. And the reason they want to have this discussion is not to show how awesome we are. This administration wants to have this discussion to show us how we’re not awesome."

More from Fox World: http://www.salon.com/2014/12/09/fox_news_sick_reaction_to_torture_report_its_a_distraction_from_obamacare/
It’s a distraction from Obamacare!  

The banality of evil

http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2014/12/quote-day-questions-about-torture-are-not-helpful
"Strongly urge that any speculative language as to the legality of given activities or, more precisely, judgment calls as to their legality vis-à-vis operational guidelines for this activity agreed upon and vetted at the most senior levels of the agency, be refrained from in written traffic (email or cable traffic). Such language is not helpful."

Bonus item: The variety of torture defenses

http://prospect.org/article/taxonomy-torture-defenses-0
Torture isn't really torture.  . . .[read on]

More: http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2014/12/the-torture-apologia-chart-by-batocchio.html 

http://www.vox.com/2014/12/9/7361635/torture-wrong

Unfortunately . . .

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2014/12/09/lets-not-kid-ourselves-most-americans-are-fine-with-torture-even-when-you-call-it-torture/
Most Americans are fine with torture, even when you call it “torture”

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Tuesday, December 09, 2014

SHINING A BRIGHT LIGHT

The torture report will be released tomorrow. Here's who is worried

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/12/08/cia-offers-new-security-checks-for-torture-report-spies.html
U.S. spies are worried the long-awaited Senate review will paint targets on their backs. 

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2014/12/white-house-preps-for-torture-report-release.html
The administration is beefing up security overseas and preparing for possible riots, while the CIA has released its own secret memo warning about possible violent outcomes. . . .

http://www.nbcnews.com/politics/first-read/why-torture-report-could-have-bigger-impact-overseas-home-n263786
Why the Torture Report Could Have a Bigger Impact Overseas Than at Home

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/09/opinion/pardon-bush-and-those-who-tortured.html
I have come to think that President Obama should issue pardons, after all — because it may be the only way to establish, once and for all, that torture is illegal. . . .

More: http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2014/12/american-lives-will-be-saved-not-lost-if-we-release-senate-torture-report

http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2014/12/the-torture-genie.html 

What you WON'T see in the torture report

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dan-froomkin/12-things-to-keep-in-mind_b_6260932.html

More: https://www.emptywheel.net/2014/12/08/some-torture-facts/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=some-torture-facts

Obamacare is still working

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/obamacare-mlr-health-spending-slow
A key provision of the Affordable Care Act that was designed to keep insurers from overspending on administrative costs or else be forced to rebate premiums to customers looks to be succeeding in not only reducing those costs but in lowering premiums.  . . .

More: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/fivepoints/health-affairs-health-spending-report

The men who hate Hillary

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/ts/men-who-hate-hillary-clinton

More: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/12/08/1350315/-Republican-obsession-with-Hillary-Clinton-continues-apace

Rich GOP donors want to "clear the field" for 2016 to get down to one top candidate. Good luck with that

http://www.salon.com/2014/12/09/gops_bloody_16_nightmare_why_rich_donors_dream_of_party_unity_is_doomed/

No, a third party won't solve everything

http://www.vox.com/2014/12/8/7352425/third-party-america

Theocracy watch

http://www.salon.com/2014/12/09/the_dangerous_myth_at_the_heart_of_conservative_ideology_partner/
The right believes the separation of church and state is a modern conceit. It couldn't be further from the truth 

The most dangerous jobs

http://www.vox.com/2014/12/8/7349511/workplace-deaths-chart

The kind of people they are

http://crooksandliars.com/2014/12/st-louis-bar-cancels-michael-brown-special
Missouri Bar Cancels "Michael Brown Special" - 6 Shots For $10

Bonus item: This is your brain on procrastination

http://www.vox.com/2014/12/8/7352833/procrastination-psychology-help-stop


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Monday, December 08, 2014

TORTURE POSITIONS

http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2014/12/former-cia-director-hayden-warns-against-releasing-senate-torture-report/383491/
Former CIA Director Braces for 'Torture Report'

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2014/12/07/former-cia-chief-says-agency-never-lied-about-torture/
Former CIA chief says agency never lied about torture

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/08/us/politics/bush-and-cia-ex-officials-rebut-torture-report.html?partner=rss&emc=rss
Bush and C.I.A. Ex-Officials Rebut Torture Report

More: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/12/07/1349523/-President-Obama-s-nuclear-option-on-torture

Thank god for the courts, eh?

http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2014/12/when-fascism-came-to-america.html
The U.S. National Security Agency should have an unlimited ability to collect digital information in the name of protecting the country against terrorism and other threats, an influential federal judge said during a debate on privacy.  

“I think privacy is actually overvalued,” Judge Richard Posner, of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, said during a conference about privacy and cybercrime . . [read on]

Soon it will be open warfare between Obama and the Republicans. No one is even pretending any more

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/12/07/obama-congress-veto_n_6283688.html
Obama, Congress Brace For Veto Showdowns

http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/226197-gop-pins-hopes-of-dismantling-obamacare-on-the-courts
GOP pins hopes of dismantling ObamaCare on the courts

http://politicalwire.com/2014/12/07/gop-congress-will-make-anti-abortion-push/
GOP Congress Will Make Anti-Abortion Push  

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/08/us/politics/for-obama-a-go-it-alone-push-fits-the-times.html?partner=rss&emc=rss
For Obama, a Go-It-Alone Push Fits the Times

Save us from ourselves! The dysfunctional GOPers in the House may need Democratic votes to keep from shutting down the government

http://blogs.rollcall.com/218/nancy-pelosi-democrats-irrelevant-just-watch/?dcz=
 
Is it time for the Dems to write off the Deep South?

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/12/08/dems-it-s-time-to-dump-dixie.html

More: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/05/upshot/demise-of-the-southern-democrat-is-now-nearly-compete.html?_r=0&abt=0002&abg=1

Whoa

http://politicalwire.com/2014/12/08/just-half-who-voted-for-obamacare-remain-in-senate/
Just Half Who Voted for Obamacare Remain in Senate 

Early oppo research against the 20 or so GOP presidential hopefuls

http://www.nytimes.com/politics/first-draft/2014/12/08/?entry=mb-3 

Criminal lawyers

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/07/us/politics/energy-firms-in-secretive-alliance-with-attorneys-general.html
The letter to the Environmental Protection Agency from Attorney General Scott Pruitt of Oklahoma carried a blunt accusation: Federal regulators were grossly overestimating the amount of air pollution caused by energy companies drilling new natural gas wells in his state.  

But Mr. Pruitt left out one critical point. The three-page letter was written by lawyers for Devon Energy, one of Oklahoma’s biggest oil and gas companies, and was delivered to him by Devon’s chief of lobbying.  

“Outstanding!” William F. Whitsitt, who at the time directed government relations at the company, said in a note to Mr. Pruitt’s office. . . .

Koch addiction

http://www.politico.com/story/2014/12/koch-brothers-rnc-113359.html#ixzz3LJ82LTZW
The Koch brothers and their allies are pumping tens of millions of dollars into a data company that’s developing detailed, state-of-the-art profiles of 250 million Americans, giving the brothers’ political operation all the earmarks of a national party. . . . 

Are the conservatives finally learning how to use social media?

http://www.nationaljournal.com/politics/conservatives-build-7-million-strong-digital-army-to-push-gop-rightward-in-2016-20141207

Wow

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/12/07/1348587/-H8ers-gotta-H8-A-conservative-view-of-the-liberal-media
A conservative view of the liberal media

Bonus item: The worst

http://www.salon.com/2014/12/08/5_worst_right_wing_moments_of_the_week_%E2%80%94_bill_oreillys_latest_deranged_conspiracy_theory_partner/
5 worst right-wing moments of the week — Bill O’Reilly’s latest deranged conspiracy theory 

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