Thursday, April 17, 2014

MATERIAL CONDITIONS

Slow progress

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2014/04/16/yellen-the-recovery-could-be-nearly-complete-within-two-years/
Yellen: The recovery could be nearly complete within two years

More: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/govbeat/wp/2014/04/16/watch-the-recession-sweep-over-the-u-s-in-one-gif/?wprss=rss_politics&clsrd

Dooh Nibor

http://tinyurl.com/ld45gx7 
Paul Ryan’s reverse-Robin Hood spending plan: Rob from the poor and give to the rich 

Koch addiction

http://politicalwire.com/archives/2014/04/17/koch_brothers_now_worth_100_billion.html
Koch Brothers Now Worth $100 Billion

Your daily Christie

http://www.northjersey.com/news/law-firm-hired-by-christie-for-internal-probe-donated-10k-in-2014-to-rga-1.997012
Law firm hired by Christie for internal probe donated $10K in 2014 to RGA

Rebranding what?

http://www.salon.com/2014/04/17/gops_new_class_of_jokers_meet_the_rising_stars_of_the_dumbest_rebrand_ever/
GOP’s new class of jokers: Meet the “rising stars” of the dumbest rebrand ever

More: http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/unflattering-portrait-susana-martinez
 
The state of the Culture War
Bonus item: Rush Limbaugh: no longer relevant?

http://crooksandliars.com/2014/04/rush-limbaugh-beginning-end

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

DRAWING BOUNDARIES

Personhood and heartbeats: the next battlefield of the abortion wars

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2014/04/15/coming-this-fall-in-the-senate-races-a-fight-over-personhood/

More: http://prospect.org/article/abortion-restriction-that%E2%80%99s-too-extreme-most-pro-lifers

http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal-a/2014_04/the_phony_civil_war_within_the049900.php


We obsess over the deficit when it suits the Repubs. But when Dems like Clinton or Obama actually DO something about it, it becomes irrelevant

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-04-14/u-s-deficit-cut-almost-one-third-to-492-billion-cbo.html

http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/04/14/interest-rates-and-the-budget-outlook/?module=BlogPost-Title&version=Blog%20Main&contentCollection=Opinion&action=Click&pgtype=Blogs&region=Body

A typical Politico howler: if the Repubs take over the Senate, it will become more moderate and bipartisan. Are you KIDDING me?

http://dyn.politico.com/printstory.cfm?uuid=846E570A-8DF2-49BF-ADD0-98166A158D90

In reality: http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2014/04/what-would-majority-leader-mitch-mcconnell-do.html

Your daily Christie: I think this is what we're going to find out -- a deep and unhealthy blurring between the gov's administrative staff and his politicized re-election staff

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/04/15/1292176/-Christie-aides-received-mandatory-directives-to-ignore-unfriendly-mayors 

Koch addiction

http://www.vox.com/2014/4/15/5618724/the-koch-brothers-posted-something-awesome-on-facebook

More on high-frequency trading, and why you should be concerned about it

http://www.vox.com/2014/4/15/5616574/high-frequency-trading-guide-real-problems-explained 

KKK: We're a Christian organization!
Bonus item: BAY-ner! It's pronounced BAY-ner!

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/04/15/boehner-challenger-makes-electile-dysfunction-video.html 

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

TAX DAY

http://www.vox.com/2014/4/3/5575936/9-things-you-didnt-know-about-income-taxes
9 things you didn't know about income taxes 

http://www.vox.com/2014/4/14/5611944/where-your-tax-dollars-go-in-one-chart
Where your tax dollars go, in one chart 

So true 

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/04/14/1291989/-Rep-Marsha-Blackburn-Republicans-have-led-the-fight-for-women-s-equality
Rep. Marsha Blackburn: Republicans 'have led the fight for women's equality'

More: http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal-a/2014_04/equal_rights_for_women_and_the049888.php 

http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/republicans-try-to-address-war-on-women-with-an-army-of-young-volunteers/2014/04/14/8417bddc-c3fd-11e3-b195-dd0c1174052c_story.html 

Straight out of the Karl Rove playbook: accuse others of what you are doing 

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/scott-brown-jeanne-shaheen-senator-from-massachusetts-john-sununu
Scott Brown's Campaign Mocks His Opponent As A 'Senator From Massachusetts'

More: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/04/14/1291916/-Wait-who-s-being-accused-of-being-the-senator-from-Massachusetts-in-New-Hampshire-Senate-race 

Obamacare IS working
Obama's judicial nominations

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/monkey-cage/wp/2014/04/14/obamas-judicial-appointments-liberal-but-not-that-liberal/
Liberal, but not that liberal

More: http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2014/04/what-would-majority-leader-mitch-mcconnell-do.html

Pulitzers!

http://www.salon.com/2014/04/14/a_pulitzer_triumph_snowden_reporting_wins_journalisms_top_prize/
Guardian, Washington Post win for surveillance reporting by Glenn Greenwald, Laura Poitras and Barton Gellman 

http://dissenter.firedoglake.com/2014/04/14/why-couldnt-pulitzer-prize-board-have-awarded-individual-journalists-as-well-as-media-organizations-for-nsa-reporting/
Pulitzer Prize Board Should’ve Awarded Individual Journalists as Well as Media Organizations for NSA Reporting

Conservative wunderkind Ben Shapiro is really, really offended by Stephen Colbert's "blackface" portrayal of conservatives

http://www.truthrevolt.org/commentary/stephen-colberts-vile-political-blackface

Bonus item: It's what they do

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/shoe-truthers-hillary-clinton
Some conservative media figures are openly wondering if Hillary Clinton staged an incident during a speech in Las Vegas on Thursday in which a woman in the audience threw a shoe at her. The shoe appeared to miss the rumored 2016 presidential hopeful, who ducked and made light of it, while the reported thrower, Alison Michelle Ernst, was booked by the authorities. . . . 

More: http://crooksandliars.com/2014/04/rush-limbaughs-subconscious-believes

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Monday, April 14, 2014

RACE MATTERS

Fox World holds a serious discussion about . . . race. You can guess what happens next

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Sunday, April 13, 2014

HUCK

He's getting worse

http://crooksandliars.com/2014/04/huckabee-im-beginning-think-theres-more
Huckabee: I'm Beginning To Think There's More Freedom In North Korea Than U.S.

More: http://crooksandliars.com/2014/04/huckabee-obama-lied-about-gay-marriage

Your daily Christie: ANOTHER investigation ramps up

http://crooksandliars.com/2014/04/new-probe-gov-christie-and-port-authority


Koch addiction

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/04/12/1290877/-Koch-brothers-try-yet-again-to-stand-truth-on-its-head
Koch brothers try yet again to stand truth on its head

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/govbeat/wp/2014/04/12/the-koch-brothers-take-on-tennesees-republican-governor/?wprss=rss_politics&clsrd
The Koch brothers take on Tennessee’s Republican governor

Fox World AND Theocracy watch

http://www.salon.com/2014/04/12/the_dangerous_pitfalls_of_scientific_celebrity_authority_alone_cant_be_trusted/

http://www.salon.com/2014/04/12/america_stupidly_stuck_between_religion_and_science/

The Sunday talk show line-ups

http://crooksandliars.com/2014/04/sunday-morning-bobblehead-thread-0
ABC's "This Week" — Samantha Power, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations; Gov. Deval Patrick, D-Mass.; Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky. Panel: ABC News political analyst Matthew Dowd, Republican strategist and ABC News contributor Ana Navarro, Democratic strategist James Carville, syndicated radio host Laura Ingraham, and University of California, Berkeley professor and former Clinton Labor secretary Robert Reich.  

NBC's "Meet the Press" — Panel discussion on the anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings: historian and author Doris Kearns Goodwin, Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA), and former Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis. Boston Globe photographer John Tlumacki and former New England Patriots player Joe Andruzzi. Political roundtable: Re/Code Co-Executive Editor Kara Swisher, Republican strategist Mike Murphy, Wall Street Journal Editorial Page Editor Paul Gigot, and Rep. Donna Edwards (D-MD).  

CBS' "Face the Nation" — Reps. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., and Elijah Cummings, D-Md. Civil rights panel: Michael Eric Dyson of Georgetown University, Evan Wolfson of Freedom to Marry, Tavis Smiley of PBS, and Nikole Hannah-Jones of ProPublica and the Atlantic. Media panel: Peter Baker of The New York Times, Frank Rich of New York magazine, Leigh Gallagher of Fortune, and Michael Gerson of The Washington Post.  

MSNBC's "UP with Steve Kornacki" -- Sandra Fluke, (D) California State Senate candidate; Celinda Lake, democratic pollster, President, Lake Research Partners; Molly Ball, The Atlantic; Eleanor Clift, The Daily Beast; Sarah Kliff, senior editor, Vox; Mark McKinnon, fmr. advisor, President George W. Bush, co-founder, No Labels; Rich Sommer, Actor, “Mad Men”.  

MSNBC's "Melissa Harris-Perry" -- Ed Fitzgerald, Cuyahoga County Executive / Democratic Candidate for the Governor of Ohio; Myrna Perez, Deputy Director of the Democracy Program at the Brennan Center; Wade Henderson, President and CEO of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights; Jelani Cobb, Associate Professor at UCONN; Jonathan Chait, New York Magazine; Salamishah Tillet, Associate Professor of English and Africana Studies at the University of Pennsylvania; Zack Roth, National Reporter at MSNBC Digital (MSNBC.com); Pharoahe Monch, Hip Hop Artist.

MSNBC's "Disrupt with Karen Finney" -- Josh Barro, New York Times; Joan Walsh, Salon; James Peterson, MSNBC Contributor; Viviana Hurtado, Wise Latina Club.  

CNN's "State of the Union" — Chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Rep. Steve Israel (D-NY) and Chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee Congressman Greg Walden (D-OR). Political panel: Cornell Belcher, Ron Brownstein and Liz Mair.  

CNN's "Fareed Zakaria GPS" -- Mayor of Jerusalem Nir Barkat, New York Times' Tom Friedman, food critic and chef Anthony Bourdain.

MOYERS & COMPANY: All Work and No Pay. Did you know the federal minimum wage for millions of restaurant workers is $2.13 an hour? Advocate Saru Jayaraman says that’s not only unfair but unsafe. 

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Saturday, April 12, 2014

EVEN WORSE

The Obama admin bought the Bush admin excuse that whatever people did in "enhanced interrogations," they were working within rules they were TOLD were legal. So you couldn't prosecute them.

That was hard to stomach. But NOW what do they do?

http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2014/04/11/224085/cias-use-of-harsh-interrogation.html
CIA’s use of harsh interrogation went beyond legal authority, Senate report says  

More: http://www.salon.com/2014/04/11/torture_report_leak_cia_methods_brutal_worse_than_communicated/
CIA methods “brutal,” “worse than communicated” 

http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal-a/2014_04/senate_intel_committees_findin049861.php
The Committee’s complete list of findings . . . 

http://prospect.org/article/dont-let-bush-administration-hook-torture
Don't Let the Bush Administration Off the Hook For Torture

Report says NSA used the Heartbleed bug to help its surveillance, but didn't warn us. (NSA denies this)

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/monkey-cage/wp/2014/04/11/the-nsa-may-have-exploited-heartbleed-thats-a-very-very-big-deal/?wprss=rss_politics&clsrd

http://www.salon.com/2014/04/11/nsa_knew_about_heartbleed_exploited_it_for_two_years/

http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2014/04/my-heart-bleeds-for-nsa-so-misunderstood.html

NSA's denial: http://www.nbcnews.com/tech/security/nsa-denies-it-used-heartbleed-bug-gather-intelligence-n78356 

What you can do to protect yourself from Heartbleed

http://www.vox.com/2014/4/10/5599008/take-these-4-steps-right-now-to-protect-yourself-from-heartbleed

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/04/11/how-to-mitigate-the-damage-of-the-heartbleed-security-hole.html 

Be aware: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/10/technology/users-stark-reminder-as-web-grows-it-grows-less-secure.html
As Web Grows, It Grows Less Secure

Kathleen Sebelius's legacy

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/sebelius-resignation-legacy
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, the lightning rod for Obamacare's troubled rollout last fall, has resigned. During her five years heading HHS, she oversaw a fundamental transformation of the U.S. health care system. Considering she was never supposed to serve as secretary at all, she'll depart having left an indelible mark on the Obama administration.  . . .

Theocracy watch

http://crooksandliars.com/2014/04/virginia-legislator-disabled-children-are
Virginia Legislator: Disabled Children Are God’s Vengeance For Abortion

More: http://www.salon.com/2014/04/11/virginia_goper_incest_exceptions_on_abortion_restrictions_unnecessary_because_sometimes_incest_is_voluntary/
Virginia GOPer: Incest exceptions in abortion restrictions unnecessary because sometimes incest is “voluntary”  

http://www.salon.com/2014/04/10/missouri_republican_having_an_abortion_is_a_lot_like_buying_a_car_or_putting_down_new_carpeting/
Missouri Republican: Having an abortion is a lot like buying a car or putting down new carpeting  

Bonus item: Things conservatives really don't like

http://www.salon.com/2014/04/10/rush_limbaugh_says_cbs_has_declared_war_on_the_heartland_by_hiring_stephen_colbert/ 

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Friday, April 11, 2014

BURNED OUT

Republicans start to realize that the "Benghazi scandal" is over

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/krauthammer-clock-ran-out-benghazi
Charles Krauthammer, an influential conservative commentator, on Wednesday told Republicans to give up on Benghazi. . . .

More: http://americablog.com/2014/04/poof-benghazi-story-imploded-help-big-house-republican.html
GOP Rep. Howard “Buck” McKeon, the Republican chair of the House Armed Services Committee, says he’s satisfied with how the US military – and ergo the Obama administration – responded to the deadly attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya that killed four Americans, including the US ambassador to Libya.  

The news also exonerates expected Democratic presidential nominee, and then-Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton. . . . 

BHO and LBJ on civil rights

http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/running-transcript-president-obama-speaks-on-civil-rights-at-lbj-memorial/2014/04/10/b10ec34c-c0d5-11e3-b195-dd0c1174052c_story.html?wprss=rss_politics

Obama abroad

http://www.vox.com/2014/4/11/5601170/american-popularity-2013
American foreign policy may look like it's in shambles sometimes, but the world doesn't seem to think so. According to Gallup's US Global Leadership Project, a gigantic survey of over 130,000 people in 130 countries, approval of the United States' leadership bounced up five percentage points in 2013. That's a lot. . . .

Sebelius out, Burwell in at HHS

http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/kathleen-sebelius-to-step-down-as-hhs-secretary-omb-director-will-take-her-place/2014/04/10/f4420d1e-c106-11e3-b574-f8748871856a_story.html?wprss=rss_politics

Burwell: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2014/04/10/meet-the-nominee-to-lead-hhs/ 

Is it time for a national ID card?

http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/democrats-embrace-adding-photos-to-social-security-cards/2014/04/10/cfffe55a-c0cc-11e3-b574-f8748871856a_story.html?wprss=rss_politics

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2014/04/10/everything-you-need-to-know-bout-bill-clintons-social-security-id-card-proposal-and-why-it-wont-work/?wprss=rss_politics&clsrd

Darrell Issa, McCarthyite

http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/issa-embraces-mccarthy-era-tactics

More: http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/the-manufactured-irs-controversy-turns

The sharp knives are out

http://www.nationaljournal.com/congress/house-conservatives-plot-to-oust-boehner-put-scare-into-cantor-20140410
House Conservatives Plot to Oust Boehner, Put Scare Into Cantor

There are Republicans, and then there are Southern Republicans

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/11/us/radio-clip-shows-different-side-of-republican-senate-challenger-in-mississippi.html
Mr. McDaniel suggested that he would move to Mexico rather than pay reparations to blacks over slavery, and he referred to Mexican women as “mamacitas.”

http://justiceforall.firedoglake.com/2014/04/09/for-sc-state-senator-mike-fair-its-all-about-gay-sex/
For SC State Senator Mike Fair, it’s all about ‘gay sex’

Theocracy watch

http://www.salon.com/2014/04/10/5_theocrats_in_congress_who_care_more_about_the_bible_than_the_constitution/

I actually agree with this

http://americablog.com/2014/04/murdoch-fox-news-saved-gop.html
The creator of Fox News, conservative media mogul Rupert Murdoch, is now claiming that Fox News “saved” the Republican party. . . .

More: http://www.salon.com/2014/04/10/rupert_murdoch_fox_news_has_absolutely_saved_the_gop/
The conservative media mogul gives up any pretense that his flagship station is fair and balanced 

Bonus item: Stephen Colbert is taking over for David Letterman on "Late Night." Here are a few Colbert highlights

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