Saturday, September 20, 2014

HOMELAND

The problem with "Homeland Security"

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/homeland-defense-is-unamerican

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/that-names-already-taken

Those crazy Republicans

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/hiawayi-robinson-robert-bentley-family-problems
Some residents in Alabama expressed outrage and frustration on Friday after the governor there made comments tying the discovery of an 8-year-old girl's body to drugs, alcohol or "family problems." . . .

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/mark-walker-foreigners-blitz-drug-cartels
GOP House Candidate Open To War With Mexico 'If We Need To'

http://www.vox.com/2014/9/19/6550661/nathan-deal-conspiracy-theory
Georgia governor concocts conspiracy theory to explain away the nation's highest unemployment rate

http://washingtonexaminer.com/republicans-still-have-work-to-do-with-women/article/2553666
Republicans “still have work to do” appealing to women voters, National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Greg Walden said Friday. . . .

The ISIS crisis within the GOP

http://www.vox.com/2014/9/19/6532197/republican-presidential-candidates-foreign-policy-isis

http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal-a/2014_09/can_republicans_get_through_no052161.php

Congress bolts out of town a week early. Nothing important going on

http://crooksandliars.com/2014/09/congress-heads-home-rest-their-exhausting

Saving Boehner

http://politicalwire.com/archives/2014/09/19/republicans_may_change_rules_to_save_boehner.html
House Republicans are quietly discussing a proposal that could fundamentally alter the way future speakers of the House are chosen . . .

Gun deaths: the racial divide

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2014/09/19/the-racial-divide-in-americas-gun-deaths/

Ebola: why we should worry

http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/medical_examiner/2014/09/why_ebola_is_terrifying_and_dangerous_it_preys_on_family_caregiving_and.html

I like Joe Biden, the way I like my goofy uncle. But he'll never be the nominee for president

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2014/09/19/why-joe-biden-gaffed-so-much-this-week/

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2014/09/20/on-bidens-political-seismograph-this-weeks-gaffes-barely-even-register-anymore/

More: http://www.vox.com/2014/9/19/6526911/13-pictures-of-joe-biden-looking-like-vice-president-of-the-united

In Fox World: Bootgate (don't miss it!)

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/09/19/1330844/-Stephen-Colbert-brutally-mocks-Fox-News-for-obsessing-over-the-kind-of-boots-on-the-ground

Bonus item: Lip-synch battle (fun)

http://www.salon.com/2014/09/18/jimmy_fallons_latest_lip_sync_battle_is_absolutely_amazing/


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Friday, September 19, 2014

IN BRIEF

Scotland says "no" to independence

http://crooksandliars.com/2014/09/scotland-says-no-independence-uk

http://www.vox.com/2014/9/19/6425379/scotland-scottish-independence-vote-referendum-result-no

The best reactions: http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2014/09/scotland-independence-vote-reactions.html

Islamic State critics say it isn't really "Islamic." Oh, really? (thanks to DR for the link)

http://www.newrepublic.com/article/119433/if-isis-not-islamic-then-inquisition-was-not-catholic

It's a complicated world

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2014/09/18/david-boies-helped-california-gay-couples-win-the-right-to-marry-now-hes-attacking-teacher-tenure/
David Boies helped California gay couples win the right to marry. Now he’s attacking teacher tenure
 
Your almost daily Christie

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2014/09/christie-exonerated-in-federal-bridgegate-probe.html
Christie Exonerated in Federal Bridgegate Probe 

Around the Senate races

Kansas: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/09/18/1330726/-Court-Chad-Taylor-s-name-is-the-Kansas-ballot
The Kansas Supreme Court ruled Thursday afternoon that Democrat Chad Taylor’s name should be removed from the November ballot in the state’s Senate race.  The decision comes as a rebuke to Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s efforts to keep Taylor’s name on the ballot. More importantly, it is a further blow to Republican Senator Pat Roberts’s bid to win re-election against independent candidate Greg Orman. . . .

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/kansas-supreme-court-senate-race-decision

Kentucky: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/robert-ransdell-university-kentucky-constitution-day
'With Jews We Lose'

South Dakota: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/09/18/1330733/-Daily-Kos-Elections-ad-roundup-Democrats-may-be-smelling-blood-in-South-Dakota-s-Senate-race
Democrats may be smelling blood in South Dakota's Senate race

Oregon: http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/wehby-acknowledges-plagiarism-problem
Wehby acknowledges plagiarism problem

Colorado: http://politicalwire.com/archives/2014/09/18/udall_trails_in_colorado.html
A new Quinnipiac poll in Colorado finds Cory Gardner (R) leading Sen. Mark Udall (D) by eight points in the U.S. Senate race among likely voters, 48% to 40%.  

Michigan: http://politicalwire.com/archives/2014/09/17/peters_maintains_lead_in_michigan.html
A new Denno Research poll in Michigan finds that Gary Peters (D) had a solid lead over Terri Lynn Land (R) in the U.S. Senate race, 45% to 38%.

More: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/09/18/senate-candidates-obama-_n_5843726.html
Democratic Senate Candidates Run From Obama While GOP Moves Toward His Agenda

Theocracy watch

http://www.salon.com/2014/09/19/creationism_is_just_the_start_how_right_wing_christians_are_warping_americas_schools_partner/
Creationism is just the start: How right-wing Christians are warping America’s schools 

In Fox World: is anybody still listening to this guy?

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/09/18/1330653/-House-GOP-has-first-Benghazi-hearing-dooming-Hillary-Clinton-s-2016-campaign-per-Dick-Morris

Bonus item: Alison Grimes ad, annotated

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2014/09/18/we-gave-the-alison-lundergan-grimes-gun-ad-the-pop-up-video-treatment/


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Thursday, September 18, 2014

I AGREE

With John Boehner

http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/boehner-laments-knuckleheads-within-house-gop
Speaker John Boehner said that he’s got a “few knuckleheads” to deal with . . . 

More: http://tinyurl.com/mdz56tt 

More evidence that the GOP just doesn't get social media

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/09/17/1330439/-Darrell-Issa-tweet-spams-entire-Constitution-gets-schooled-by-John-Dingell-on-how-to-use-Twitter

The creepy campaign meme that has politicos brandishing guns

http://prospect.org/article/what-america-needs-more-senators-who-can-handle-themselves-firefight

Body cameras for police: why they matter

http://www.vox.com/2014/9/17/6113045/police-worn-body-cameras-explained

Islamic State: too scary for Iran

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2014/09/iranian-leader-isis-wants-to-kill-humanity.html

Predictions are all over the place, but a Republican takeover of the Senate is far from certain

http://www.vox.com/xpress/2014/9/17/6249377/map-how-many-ads-aired-senate-elections-2014

http://www.vox.com/2014/9/17/6153603/senate-election-forecasting-2014-guide-republicans-chances

More on the Palin family brawl

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/roberta-thompson-eyewitness-palin-brawl
"I just saw Bristol Palin start punching him in the face."

Bonus item: Love conquers all

http://americablog.com/2014/09/newly-married-90-y-o-gay-iowa-couple-talks-falling-love-video.html
90 y.o. gay newlyweds on falling in love 72 years ago



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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

POLITICS STOPS AT THE WATER'S EDGE?

Republicans want to support the President on the Islamic State war policy they've been urging on him: but of course the "we hate Obama and everything he does" wing of the party can't bring themselves to get on board

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2014/09/16/cracks-emerge-in-gop-support-for-obamas-syria-strategy/

http://prospect.org/article/republicans-go-boldly-sort-support-obama-isil 

Mission creep

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2014/09/us-ground-troops-still-possible-in-isis-fight.html
No Ground Troops’ in U.S. Fight Against ISIS Might Not Actually Mean No Ground Troops

http://www.vox.com/2014/9/16/6226401/iraq-ground-troops-obama

More: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/09/17/are-obama-and-his-generals-on-the-same-war-plan.html

The uneven jobs recovery

http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2014/09/poverty-keeps-getting-worse-and-worse-working-age-adults

http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/get-there/wp/2014/09/16/the-young-and-the-old-got-a-raise-last-year-but-everyone-else-is-stuck/

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2014/09/16/were-actually-doing-better-fighting-poverty-than-the-poverty-rate-shows/

Voter suppression - it's all they've got

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/09/16/1330197/-Georgia-s-top-election-official-realizes-voter-suppression-is-GOP-s-only-hope
Georgia's top election official realizes voter suppression is GOP's only hope

More: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/09/16/1330145/-Republicans-suppress-because-they-ve-lost-America
Republicans suppress voters because they've lost America

The state of Texas schools

http://www.salon.com/2014/09/16/climate_denial_in_texas_classrooms_proposed_textbooks_get_the_science_embarrassingly_wrong/
Climate denial in Texas classrooms

Fox World can't keep its own stories straight

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/09/16/1330007/-At-Fox-News-the-right-hand-doesn-t-know-what-the-other-right-hand-is-doing

More: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/09/16/1330129/-Fox-evening-lineup-averages-13-Benghazi-segments-per-week
Fox evening lineup averages 13 Benghazi segments per week

http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2014/09/chart-day-foxs-benghazi-obsession

Bonus item: Miss America and Planned Parenthood

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/09/16/1330225/-Conservatives-howl-over-Miss-America-s-Planned-Parenthood-internship
Conservatives howl over Miss America's Planned Parenthood internship

More: http://www.salon.com/2014/09/16/its_not_a_shocker_that_miss_america_worked_with_planned_parenthood/
Conservative sites are flipping out, but the pageant has a long pro-choice history 

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

A TALE OF TWO PARTIES

http://www.vox.com/2014/9/15/6131919/democrats-and-republicans-really-are-different
Why Democrats and Republicans don’t understand each other

What's at stake with control of the Senate

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/whats-really-at-stake-in-senate-control

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/09/15/1329927/-Republican-Senate-victory-would-doom-already-stymied-Obama-nominations

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/09/15/1329955/-Here-s-who-will-run-the-Senate-next-year-if-Republicans-win 
Here's who will run the Senate next year ... if Republicans win

Meanwhile: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/what-if-voters-dont-care-2014-midterms
Voters Don't Care

Koch addiction

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/09/15/1329894/-Kochs-proving-toxic-to-Republicans-in-key-nbsp-states
Kochs proving toxic to Republicans in key states 

Awful

http://www.vox.com/2014/9/16/6135755/military-suicides
US soldiers are more likely to kill themselves than be killed in combat

Of course not

http://www.vox.com/2014/9/15/6152067/immigrants-arent-stealing-your-jobs
Immigrants aren't stealing your jobs 

Why state governments are being squeezed financially (thanks to SC for the link)

http://news.yahoo.com/us-wealth-gap-putting-squeeze-state-revenue-042337218--finance.html

Scottish independence -- a humorous look

http://my.firedoglake.com/elliott/2014/09/15/independence-yea-or-nay/

When sports news becomes real news

http://tinyurl.com/lf25otq
Adrian Peterson cleared to play, says, “I am, without a doubt, not a child abuser”

Does your local school need a grenade launcher? Sign up now!

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/school-districts-1033-program-military-equipment

More: http://crooksandliars.com/2014/09/teacher-whos-responsible-gun-owner

Rushbo mansplains when "no" means "yes"

http://mediamatters.org/video/2014/09/15/limbaugh-how-many-of-you-guys-have-learned-that/200755

Bonus item: Sold out at Urban Outfitters

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/09/15/urban-outfitters-apologizes-for-vintage-blood-stained-kent-state-shirt.html



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Monday, September 15, 2014

WHAT NEXT?


The GOP keeps trying to get Obama into (another) land war in the Middle East -- and of course, they would support him vigorously if he did. . . . right?

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/lindsey-graham-meltdown-obama-isis

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2014/09/14/the-sunday-political-shows-debate-can-non-american-ground-troops-eliminate-the-islamic-state-threat/

More: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/09/15/airstrikes-against-isis-are-tactics-here-s-a-strategy.html
Airstrikes Against ISIS! And Then What?

What happens if Scotland votes to leave the UK?

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/09/14/1326253/-What-does-it-mean-for-multiethnic-democracies-if-Scotland-leaves-the-UK

http://www.samefacts.com/2014/09/international-affairs/the-less-union-jack/

http://news.firedoglake.com/2014/09/11/banks-threaten-to-leave-scotland-if-people-vote-for-independence/

http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2014/09/if-scotland-secedes-they-better-secede-pound-too

http://www.vox.com/2014/9/8/6121083/what-will-scotland-use-for-money-if-it-becomes-independent

More: http://www.vox.com/xpress/2014/9/13/6141589/scotland-middle-east-karl-sharro
What if we covered Scotland like it were in the Middle East?

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/09/13/up-to-a-point-a-free-scotland-would-be-a-hilarious-disaster.html
A Free Scotland Would Be a Hilarious Disaster

The Palin clan tries to explain their family brawl

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/palin-source-alaska-party-brawl

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/in-the-loop/wp/2014/09/14/palin-source-she-was-in-full-mama-grizzly-mode-during-brawl/


Bonus item: The political power of pictures

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/09/15/when-a-picture-is-too-powerful.html

http://prospect.org/article/people-facing-death-isil-vietnam-and-impact-images


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Sunday, September 14, 2014

WHO KNOWS?

Rand Paul just can't decide what he thinks

http://m.weeklystandard.com/blogs/where-does-rand-stand_804897.html?nopager=1
Rand Paul's views on war against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria continue to evolve. 

Digby! http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2014/09/and-now-word-from-our-isolationist.html 

More nonsense: http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal-a/2014_09/the_very_serious_rand_paul052076.php
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said on Thursday that if he became president he would repeal all previous executive orders. . . .

Not in Kansas any more

http://crooksandliars.com/2014/09/are-kansas-republicans-heading-towards
Are Kansas Republicans Heading Towards Disaster?

Your (almost) daily Christie (thanks to MA for the link)

http://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2014/09/new-jersey-fudging-pension-fund-results-deflect-christie-scandal.html
Is New Jersey Fudging Its Pension Fund Results to Defuse a Christie Scandal?

More: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/09/11/1329058/-Christie-sets-a-record-for-credit-rating-downgrades 

Girl fight!

http://www.salon.com/2014/09/13/7_women_working_tirelessly_to_attack_equal_rights_for_women_partner/
7 women working tirelessly to attack equal rights for women  

The Sunday talk show line-ups

http://my.firedoglake.com/dakine01/2014/09/13/sunday-talking-heads-september-14-2014/
ABC’S THIS WEEK: ISIS with White House Chef of Staff Denis McDonough on latest Administration strategy for ISIS. Plus, Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, discusses Hillary Clinton’s first trip to Iowa since the 2008 campaign, and the powerhouse roundtable debates all the week’s politics, with ABC News contributor and Democratic strategist Donna Brazile and ABC News political analyst Matthew Dowd. Plus, we’re on the road with Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on his back-to-school bus tour.  

CBS’ FACE THE NATION: Secretary of State John Kerry, who has been busy shuttling around the Middle East, trying to woo Arab allies to make meaningful contributions to the anti-ISIS coalition. Also Rep. Michael McCaul, the Texas Republican who chairs House Committee on Homeland Security. He’s supportive of Obama’s plan and has insight on the threat ISIS poses to the homeland. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., on Ray Rice, the NFL, and Domestic Violence. She has a new book out called “Off The Sidelines,” about empowering women leaders and she has a lot to say about women’s issues, her own experiences with sexism in the Senate, and much more. For more analysis on the Ray Rice saga, and whether Roger Goodell’s days are numbered, we’ll turn to Bill Rhoden of The New York Times and CBS News Special Correspondent and anchor of The NFL Today, James Brown. Finally, we’ll take a look back into American History with Ken Burns and Geoff Ward, creators of the new documentary series “The Roosevelts: An Intimate History,” which is airing on PBS. They’ll be joined by historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, who helped advise them on the series.  

CNN’S STATE OF THE UNION: White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough on the President’s plan to destroy ISIS and how they plan to gain support from Middle East countries. What does re-engagement in Iraq mean for the millions of war-weary military families? We talk to retired Major General Paul Eaton and retired Lieutenant General James Dubik. Senator Amy Klobuchar and Congressman John Conyers and the latest on the NFL scandal involving Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice. Roundtable: new CNN Commentator and former White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, former Romney adviser Lanhee Chen, CNN Crossfire host S.E. Cupp, and CNN Commentator LZ Granderson.

KORNACKI’S UP: This week President Obama announced a major escalation of the military campaign to defeat the terrorist group ISIS, which is advancing across Iraq from Syria. Will America’s latest foray into the Middle East be different? Eleanor Clift, Jonathan Alter and Mike Pesca discuss with Steve Kornacki.

MELISSA HARRIS-PERRY: President Obama has a habit of explaining his decisions to the American public, and not always with success. As President Obama informs the American people about his strategy for defeating ISIS, who’s informing him and do those informers agree that ISIS is a real threat to the U.S.? Phyllis Bennis and Hillary Mann Leverett discuss.

MOYERS & COMPANY: Katrina vanden Heuvel and Jamie Raskin join Bill to discuss the uncontested power of the Supreme Court.  

NBC’S MEET THE PRESS: The ISIS Threat. White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough then former Secretary of State James Baker. Senator Bernie Sanders. Political Panel Roundtable: Nia-Malika Henderson, Helene Cooper, Mike Murphy, Jim VandeHei.

Bonus item: Sunday long read

http://www.salon.com/2014/09/13/racism_and_the_founding_of_the_gop_abraham_lincoln_the_civil_war_and_the_real_history_of_the_republican_party/
Racism and the founding of the GOP: Abraham Lincoln, the Civil War and the real history of the Republican Party 

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