Friday, August 28, 2015

THE JERK

Yes, great idea

http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2015/08/27/trump-maybe-america-should-try-making-a-jerk-president/
Trump: Maybe America should try making a jerk president 

http://www.salon.com/2015/08/28/donald_trump_plays_a_dangerous_game_the_dark_side_of_making_america_great_again/
Donald Trump plays a dangerous game: The dark side of making America great again 

His numbers are soaring: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/lord-trump

http://politicalwire.com/2015/08/27/pollsters-dumbfounded-by-trump-rise/
Pollsters Dumbfounded by Trump 

Theocracy watch: the Rich Guy says the Bible is his favorite book -- but don't ask him any questions about it

http://www.salon.com/2015/08/27/watch_donald_trump_refuse_to_name_any_verses_in_his_favorite_book_the_bible/

http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2015/08/donald-trump-bible-great-um-lets-not-get-specifics

Here it comes again: the GOPers, who used the filibuster relentlessly to force every vote into a supermajority when Dems were in control, now think the filibuster is a terrible thing

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2015/08/republican-outraged-minority-can-filibuster.html

http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/gop-discovers-it-doesnt-filibusters-after-all

The start of an all-purpose joke: put "Scott Walker" and "foreign policy" into the same sentence

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/08/27/1416013/-Scott-Walker-to-give-big-foreign-policy-speech-possibly-including-actual-foreign-policy 

Hillary's email problem just won't go away

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/28/us/politics/hillary-clintons-handling-of-email-issue-frustrates-democratic-leaders.html?partner=rss&emc=rss

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2015/08/can-hillary-clinton-move-past-emailgate.html

Why the Joe Biden speculation is overdone

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/cafe/joe-biden-campaign-2016
The more you look at the Biden bandwagon, it looks more like a ghost ship being pulled through the mist by a combination of hungry political reporters, Hillary haters (including most of the conservative media), and Delaware-based Friends of Joe who, of course, would love to see him run.  . . .

More: http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2015/08/joe-biden-note-sure-he-has-emotional-fuel-run-president
Joe Biden Not Sure He Has "Emotional Fuel" To Run For President 

The Planned Parenthood videos were doctored (what a surprise). Here's how

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/08/27/1416005/-Expert-analysis-finds-Planned-Parenthood-videos-and-transcripts-doctored-by-anti-choice-nbsp-group

http://www.vox.com/2015/8/28/9217323/planned-parenthood-tapes-edited

Bonus item: When presidents started wearing pants
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Thursday, August 27, 2015

ALL HAT

http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/his-goal-make-america-great-again-its-his-hat
‘His goal is to make America great again; it’s on his hat’

Is this how to do it?

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/donald-trump-asian-imitation-video
Trump Imitates Asians During Iowa Campaign Stop

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/donald-trump-david-duke-bloomberg-politics-interview-taxes
Trump Responds To Praise From White Supremacists: 'Everyone Likes Me'

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/jorge-ramos-donald-trump-supporter
Trump Supporter To Jorge Ramos: 'Get Out Of My Country'

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/08/26/1415663/-Spanish-language-media-airs-its-disgust-of-Trump
Spanish-language media airs its disgust of Trump

More: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/donald-trump-jorge-ramos-problem
How Donald Trump Made The GOP's Latino Problem Way Worse

http://politicalwire.com/2015/08/26/graham-says-trump-appeals-to-the-dark-side/
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) told CNN that Donald Trump is appealing to the “dark side” of the Republican party. . . .
 
The know-nothings

http://politicalwire.com/2015/08/26/trump-proves-facts-dont-always-matter/
 Trump Proves Facts Don’t Always Matter 

More: http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal-a/2015_08/epistemic_closure_comes_back_t057298.php
Five years ago Julian Sanchez did us the favor of defining a pattern among conservatives that he called “epistemic closure.” . . .

Hey, look

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/08/26/1415688/-Hillary-Clinton-s-poll-numbers-haven-t-dropped-at-all-and-this-one-chart-proves-it
Hillary Clinton's poll numbers haven't dropped at all—and this one chart proves it

If Joe Biden runs, he's going to get hammered for this

http://www.vox.com/2015/8/26/9208983/joe-biden-black-lives-matter

More: http://www.salon.com/2015/08/26/the_case_against_joe_biden_2016_why_remind_democrats_hes_even_less_liberal_than_hillary/
The case against Joe Biden 2016

Something new in Fox World

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/08/26/1415701/-Cruz-smears-Megyn-Kelly-as-a-mainstream-media-liberal-journalist-cuz-she-asked-him-a-question
Ted Cruz smears Megyn Kelly as a 'mainstream media liberal journalist' cuz she asked him a question

More: http://www.salon.com/2015/08/26/the_rino_ing_of_megyn_kelly_has_trump_made_it_okay_for_all_candidates_to_blow_her_off/


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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

DON'T WANNA HEAR IT

Refusing to accept good news

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/08/25/1415409/-Deficit-likely-to-hit-8-year-low-as-the-usual-Republican-manufactured-debt-ceiling-crisis-looms
Deficit likely to hit eight-year low as usual Republican-manufactured debt ceiling 'crisis' looms

http://www.vox.com/2015/8/25/9206209/obamacare-insurance-gif
It's been 33 years since America's uninsured problem was this small

http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/gop-starting-panic-over-guantanamo-plan
White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest told reporters a few weeks ago that officials are “in the final stages of drafting a plan” to close the Guantanamo Bay detention facility for good. As part of the process, military personnel are ”assessing sites on U.S. soil that might serve as facilities for Guantanamo Bay detainees.”  And it’s against this backdrop that some congressional Republicans are starting to panic.  . . .

The GOP is nervous

http://crooksandliars.com/2015/08/frank-luntz-legs-are-shaking-support
Frank Luntz: 'Legs Are Shaking' At The Support For Donald Trump

More: http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/new-polling-tells-gop-what-it-doesnt-want-hear

The Republicans seem determined to remain the party of angry white men

http://www.nytimes.com/politics/first-draft/2015/08/25/jeb-bushs-choice-of-words-upsets-asian-americans/?partner=rss&emc=rss
Jeb Bush’s Choice of Words Upsets Asian-Americans

[NB: "choice of words"?]

http://www.vox.com/2015/8/25/9207385/anchor-babies-asian
Jeb Bush, “anchor babies,” and America’s deep legacy of anti–Asian American racism

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2015/08/cruz-wont-say-if-hed-deport-immigrants-kids.html
Ted Cruz Won’t Tell Megyn Kelly If He’d Deport the Children of Undocumented Immigrants

http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2015/08/25/and-then-donald-trump-kicked-tvs-most-influential-latino-newsman-out-of-a-press-conference/
Donald Trump kicked TV’s most influential Latino newsman out of a press conference

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/08/25/1415405/-Former-KKK-grand-wizard-David-Duke-Trump-understands-the-real-sentiment-of-America
Former KKK grand wizard David Duke: Trump 'understands the real sentiment of America'

Yes they do

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/08/25/1415330/-House-Republicans-promise-long-bruising-war-on-Planned-Parenthood
House Republicans promise long, bruising war on Planned Parenthood

Scott Walker just keeps saying really dumb things

http://www.vox.com/2015/8/25/9201139/china-scott-walker 

Which is it?

http://www.vox.com/2015/8/25/9205801/hillary-clinton-joe-biden
Why it might be good for Hillary Clinton if Joe Biden runs

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/08/25/hillary-vs-biden-would-get-ugly-fast.html
Hillary vs. Biden Would Get Ugly Fast 

Theocracy watch

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/cafe/brief-history-of-the-christian-right
How The Christian Right Ended Up Transforming American Politics

The truce between Fox World and the Rich Guy didn't last very long

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2015/08/how-donald-trump-and-fox-news-went-back-to-war.html

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/08/25/roger-ailes-trump-s-new-attack-on-megyn-kelly-is-unacceptable-and-disturbing.html
 


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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

ALABAMA


A picture IS worth a thousand words

http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2015/08/24/breaking-down-this-amazing-donald-trump-picture-from-his-alabama-rally/

The Rich Guy's base

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/08/24/1415069/-Meet-Donald-Trump-s-base

More: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/will-trump-rebrand-gop-as-white-nationalist-party
Will Trump Rebrand GOP As White Nationalist Party?

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/polltracker/donald-trump-gallup-poll-hispanics
Poll Shows Trump Is By Far The Least Favorable GOPer Among Hispanics

http://www.vox.com/2015/8/25/9203405/trump-european-far-right
If you want to understand Donald Trump, look to the success of the European far-right 

Jeb W. Bush tried to correct his comment on "anchor babies": I meant ASIANS

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/jeb-bush-anchor-babies-asian-immigrants 

http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/jeb-makes-anchor-babies-mess-even-worse
 
More: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/08/24/1415142/-Jeb-Bush-explains-Asian-anchor-babies-are-the-real-problem

http://www.vox.com/2015/8/24/9201253/bush-anchor-babies-asian

http://www.salon.com/2015/08/24/jeb_is_the_worst_part_infinity_bush_says_anchor_babies_remark_is_frankly_more_related_to_asian_people/

Perry and Christie: the first ones out?

http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2015/08/24/rick-perrys-iowa-chairman-quits-time-to-move-on/

http://crooksandliars.com/2015/08/chris-christie-finished

Next? http://www.salon.com/2015/08/24/scott_walkers_stunning_implosion_can_this_dopes_campaign_be_saved/
Scott Walker’s stunning implosion: Can this dope’s campaign be saved?  

Mitt Romney to the rescue?
 
http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2015/08/people-dreaming-about-romney-2016-plot-twist.html

More: http://politicalwire.com/2015/08/24/is-it-time-for-another-gop-candidate/

Sexism in Fox World

http://mediamatters.org/blog/2015/08/18/70-awful-displays-of-sexism-on-fox-news/204994

More: http://www.vox.com/2015/8/24/9198221/fox-news-sexism

Bonus item: John Oliver on the need for a federal gay rights law

http://crooksandliars.com/2015/08/john-oliver-explains-why-we-need-federal
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Monday, August 24, 2015

NOT GOING AWAY


Trump is pulling away from the rest of the GOP field

http://politicalwire.com/2015/08/23/trump-pulling-away-in-gop-race/

More: http://politicalwire.com/2015/08/23/bonus-quote-of-the-day-709/
“If Trump is nominated, then everything we think we know about presidential nominations is wrong.”  —  Larry Sabato 

The GOP's oppo research on Hillary

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/08/24/how-the-gop-is-digging-up-dirt-on-hillary.html
 
Harry Reid comes out for the Iran deal, and it looks as if the GOP won't be able to block it

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2015/08/reid-backs-the-iran-deal-thwarts-gop-opposition.html
 
More: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/08/24/iran-deal-truthers.html

More on Campaign Zero

http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2015/08/black-lives-matter-comes-through-plan
 
The Chinese stock market crash and its consequences for us

http://www.vox.com/2015/8/23/9195891/china-stock-market-crash

http://www.vox.com/2015/8/23/9194057/why-are-stocks-down-august

The size of US military spending

http://www.vox.com/2015/8/23/9189153/us-defense-spending-international-comparison

"Robots are coming for your job"

http://www.salon.com/2015/08/23/robots_are_coming_for_your_job_we_must_fix_income_inequality_volatile_job_markets_now_or_face_sustained_turmoil/

http://www.wired.com/2015/08/robots-will-steal-jobs-theyll-give-us-new-ones/

Ben Carson wants to use drones against illegal immigrants

http://crooksandliars.com/2015/08/ben-carson-use-drone-strikes-border-caves
'I'm Not Talking About Killing People.'
 
Slavoj Žižek on Ayn Rand

http://www.salon.com/2015/08/24/slavoj_zizek_ayn_rands_tea_party_lie_now_we_know_who_john_galt_is/

Bonus item: John Oliver's exposé on televangelists is having an effect

http://www.vulture.com/2015/08/john-oliver-televangelist-segment-last-week-tonight.html

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/08/24/john-oliver-s-bogus-church-is-a-huge-success-thousands-of-dollars-received.html

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Sunday, August 23, 2015

NIGHTMARE SCENARIO

They. Can't. Wake. Up. 

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/08/22/1414340/-View-from-the-left-the-Trump-effect-spirals-out-of-control
The Trump effect spirals out of control 

http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2015/08/the-gop-establishment-is-getting-antsy.html
The GOP establishment is getting antsy 

http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal-a/2015_08/trump_isnt_just_leading_the_go057244.php
Trump Isn’t Just Leading the GOP Polls. Most Republicans Now Think Trump Will Win the Nomination

“Identity politics for white people”
 
http://thefederalist.com/2015/08/21/are-republicans-for-freedom-or-white-identity-politics/

More: http://www.salon.com/2015/08/22/the_gop_has_become_the_party_of_infantile_rage/
The GOP has become the party of infantile rage 

There are over one and half billion Muslims around the world -- and Scott Walker thinks only a "handful" aren't Islamic extremists

http://crooksandliars.com/2015/08/walker-handful-reasonable-moderate

Getting to the left of Bernie Sanders?

http://www.vox.com/2015/8/22/9189675/martin-omalley-social-security
Martin O'Malley

Sounds like people are getting worried about Hillary

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/biden-meets-with-elizabeth-warren-as-he-ponders-prez-bid
Biden Meets With Elizabeth Warren as He Ponders Prez Bid

What we drink

http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonkblog/wp/2015/08/21/maps-sugary-drink-fruit-juice-and-milk-consumption-in-187-countries-around-the-world/

The Sunday talk show line-ups

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/08/23/1414295/-Sunday-Talk-Rebirth-of-a-nation
NBC Meet the Press: Failed CEO Carly Fiorina (R); California Gov. Jerry Brown (D); Others TBD.

CBS Face the Nation: Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX); New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R); Documentary Filmmaker Ken Burns; Roundtable: Michael Scherer (TIME), Manu Raju (Politico), Ruth Marcus (Washington Post) and Anne Gearan (Washington Post).

ABC This Week: GOP Frontrunner Donald Trump; Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R); Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D); Roundtable: Nancy Gibbs (TIME),  Rich Lowry (National Review), Matt Bai (Yahoo News), Republican Strategist Ana Navarro and Former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson (D). 

CNN State of the Union: "Brain Surgeon" Dr. Ben Carson (R); Donald Trump's Campaign Manager Corey Lewandowski; Former Sen. Jim Webb (D-VA).

Bonus item: Everybody's talking about Ashley Madison -- except the people whose names were found there!

http://www.washingtonpost.com/posttv/politics/late-night-laughs-ashley-madison-edition/2015/08/21/e1acdbea-4821-11e5-9f53-d1e3ddfd0cda_video.html
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Saturday, August 22, 2015

SOMETHING OR NOTHING?

Is Hillary in real trouble?

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/22/us/politics/joe-biden-campaign.html?partner=rss&emc=rss

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/the-clinton-campaign-is-in-the-barrel-they-have-a-plan-to-get-out_55d76df0e4b08cd3359c0858?kvcommref=mostpopular

The emails: http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2015/08/21/hillary-clintons-worst-week-in-washington/

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/a-view-from-the-clinton-scandal-nonsense-mill

Heh

http://nymag.com/thecut/2015/08/video-little-girl-asks-hillary-about-equal-pay.html
An adorable little girl who was definitely not planted by the Clinton campaign stood up at a Las Vegas town hall on Tuesday and asked presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, "Do you think when you're president you'll be paid the same as if you were a man?"  . . .

In the circus that has become the GOP primary campaign, the latest pseudo-issue (that no one actually wants to deal with) is ending "birthright citizenship" -- a.k.a. "anchor babies." Here's why it's a ridiculous notion

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/birthright-citizenship-national-nightmare

More: http://www.vox.com/2015/8/21/9187547/birthright-citizenship-anchor-babies

http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2015/08/anchor-babies-are-latest-pawns-gops-crusade-sound-tough

Good one

http://www.salon.com/2015/08/21/white_people_were_americas_real_anchor_babies_a_history_lesson_for_the_republican_party/
White people were America’s real “anchor babies”: A history lesson for the Republican Party 

The kind of people they are

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/08/21/1414306/-Less-than-a-day-after-Carter-reveals-brain-cancer-Ted-Cruz-already-attacking-him
Less than a day after Carter reveals brain cancer, Ted Cruz already attacking him

More: http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/following-cancer-announcement-carter-draws-fire-cruz

Part two

http://crooksandliars.com/2015/08/walker-blacklivesmatter-doesnt-matter
Walker: #BlackLivesMatter Doesn't Matter

Campaign Zero

http://www.vox.com/2015/8/21/9188729/police-black-lives-matter-campaign-zero

http://www.salon.com/2015/08/21/heres_how_black_lives_matter_plans_to_beat_the_police_state_activists_release_comprehensive_agenda/

Ellen Page rocks

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2015/08/ellen-page-asks-ted-cruz-about-lgbt-rights.html

http://www.salon.com/2015/08/21/an_oblivious_ted_cruz_straightsplains_to_ellen_page_about_christians_being_persecuted_by_the_lgbtq_community_in_the_us/

Bonus item: It tells you something about the state of the 2016 campaign that the biggest story of the moment is "Deez Nuts"

http://www.salon.com/2015/08/21/this_supercut_of_news_anchors_earnestly_discussing_deez_nuts_is_exactly_what_was_missing_from_your_life/
“Deez Nuts,” the 15-year-old Iowa farm boy polling at 9% in North Carolina, has received lots of press this week. You might even say: Wow! . . .

More: http://www.salon.com/2015/08/21/larry_wilmore_celebrates_the_latest_gop_candidate_to_take_america_by_storm_deez_nuts/

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