Friday, July 03, 2015

A SOCIALIST FOR PRESIDENT?

Bernie Sanders draws a 10,000 person crowd in Madison, Wisconsin (well, duh) and raises about a third as much money as Hillary Clinton. We like what Bernie says, but people are really trying to kid themselves

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2015/07/bernie-sanders-fills-big-arena-in-wisconsin.html
Bernie Sanders Fills Arena in Wisconsin With Nearly 10,000 Excited Supporters

http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal-a/2015_07/what_if_berniemania_spreads056383.php
What If Bernie-Mania Spreads?

http://www.vox.com/2015/7/2/8886703/bernie-sanders-15-million
Bernie Sanders' $15 million fundraising haul is a really big deal

http://www.vox.com/2015/7/2/8884351/bernie-sanders-rally-madison-video
Bernie Sanders is drawing bigger crowds than any other 2016 candidate

http://www.salon.com/2015/07/02/bernie_sanders_is_for_real_new_poll_shows_him_chipping_away_at_hillarys_lead_in_iowa/
Bernie Sanders is for real: New poll shows him chipping away at Hillary’s lead in Iowa 

http://www.salon.com/2015/07/02/bernie_sanders_surges_but_how_far_can_he_go/
Bernie Sanders surges — but how far can he go?

64th consecutive month of private sector job growth. Unemployment may soon be under 5%. But that might not really be good news

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/07/02/1397826/-Government-reports-223-000-new-jobs-created-in-June-Official-unemployment-rate-falls-to-5-3

But! http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2015/07/unemployment-rate-falls-to-7-year-low.html
However, the reason the unemployment rate keeps dropping isn't so sunny: The number of people in the workforce — 62.9 percent participation rate — is the lowest it's been since October 1977 . . .

http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2015/07/chart-day-net-new-jobs-june-sucks-sucks-sucks

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2015/07/02/4-percent-unemployment-might-be-the-new-5-percent-unemployment/

The Republicans show their priorities -- because obviously there's nothing else important to do

http://crooksandliars.com/2015/07/undeterred-boehner-presses-forward-aca
Undeterred, Boehner Presses Forward With ACA Lawsuit Against Administration

Consequences: http://www.nbcnews.com/meet-the-press/first-read-gop-party-big-business-no-more-n385696
Is the GOP the Party of Big Business No More?

Rand Paul redefines "minorities" (to include himself)

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2015/07/02/rand-paul-says-you-can-be-a-minority-because-of-your-politics-lets-break-that-down/?wprss=rss_politics

Why are people setting southern black churches on fire?

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/fivepoints/black-church-fires

Oh, let's just say it

http://www.salon.com/2015/07/02/this_despicable_oreilly_factor_segment_exposes_the_fundamental_ugliness_of_the_right_wing_worldview/
This despicable “O’Reilly Factor” segment exposes the fundamental ugliness of the right-wing worldview 

Fox World loves the Donald

http://crooksandliars.com/2015/07/monica-crowley-thinks-trump-great
 
Why? http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/07/02/1398720/-Why-is-Fox-News-so-invested-in-propping-up-Donald-Trump

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2015/07/why-are-conservatives-defending-donald-trump.html

Bonus item: Jon Stewart blasts the Trump apologists

http://crooksandliars.com/2015/07/jon-stewart-slams-trump-apologists-making

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Thursday, July 02, 2015

TRUMP RISING

The last thing the GOP presidential pool needs is Donald Trump with a high national profile -- but that's what they're getting

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/donald-trump-surges-and-democrats-cheer/2015/07/01/895d9e9e-1f5d-11e5-84d5-eb37ee8eaa61_story.html?hpid=z1?wprss=rss_politics

http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/politics/2015/07/cnn_trump_poll_why_republicans_love_donald_trump.html

More: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2015/07/01/donald-trump-is-on-the-rise-and-thats-very-bad-news-for-the-gop/

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/a-perfect-convergence

Rand Paul is a fool

http://crooksandliars.com/2015/06/case-you-missed-rand-pauls-racial

http://www.salon.com/2015/07/01/cliven_bundy_rand_pauls_new_bff_so_much_for_reaching_out_to_african_american_voters/

More: http://digbysblog.blogspot.co.uk/2015/07/rand-on-run.html

The struggle continues in southern states to find a way around the Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/wes-allen-probata-judges-alabama-marriage-licenses

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2015/06/29/can-a-texas-county-clerk-refuse-to-issue-a-gay-marriage-license-its-complicated/?wprss=rss_politics

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/07/01/1398340/-Indispensable-chart-of-how-many-counties-in-each-state-are-issuing-gay-marriage-licenses

More: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/fivepoints/gay-marriage-resistance-after-supreme-court-ruling

What Hillary's emails (don't) show

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2015/07/juiciest-revelations-from-hillarys-emails.html
15 Fun Tidbits From Hillary Clinton’s Emails

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/07/01/1398327/-Top-Hillary-Clinton-email-bombshells-include-struggles-with-fax-machine
Top Hillary Clinton email bombshells include struggles with fax machine

More: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/02/us/politics/emails-show-hillary-clinton-trying-to-find-her-place.html?partner=rss&emc=rss

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/01/us/politics/new-trove-of-hillary-clintons-emails-highlight-workaday-tasks-at-the-state-department.html?partner=rss&emc=rss

http://www.salon.com/2015/07/01/hillary_clinton_unloads_on_fox_news_and_more_what_we_learned_from_her_latest_email_dump/

http://www.vox.com/2015/7/1/8876279/Clinton-emails-damning-reporters
Why reporters won't find anything damning in Hillary Clinton's emails

Hillary is going to pull in a LOT of money

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2015/07/01/heres-just-how-impressive-hillary-clintons-45-million-haul-is/?wprss=rss_politics

Finally

http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal-a/2015_07/uscuba_relations_normalized056368.php
President Barack Obama announced Wednesday that the United States and Cuba have struck a deal to open embassies in each other’s capitals and re-establish diplomatic relations for the first time in half a century. . . .

Bonus item: More evidence that the GOP still hasn't figured out this Internet thing

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/bobby-jindal-askbobby-twiter-hashtag
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Wednesday, July 01, 2015

INSANE

These people are crazy

http://crooksandliars.com/2015/06/oreilly-goes-another-unhinged-rant
Yet Another Unhinged Rant As Bill O'Reilly Attacks Liberals And Supreme Court

http://www.nytimes.com/politics/first-draft/2015/06/30/ted-cruz-comes-to-the-defense-of-donald-trump/?partner=rss&emc=rss
Ted Cruz Comes to the Defense of Donald Trump

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/06/30/the-dumbest-stuff-donald-trump-has-ever-said.html
The Dumbest Stuff Donald Trump Has Ever Said

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/rand-paul-cliven-bundy-meeting
Rand Paul Privately Pow-Wows With Anti-Gov't Rancher Cliven Bundy

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/roy-moore-bactracks-gay-marriage-order
After causing confusion on Monday by stating that an Alabama Supreme Court order would stall gay marriage in the state for 25 days, Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore walked back his statement. . . 

http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/cruz-urges-officials-ignore-supreme-court-ruling
Cruz urges officials to ignore Supreme Court ruling

http://www.salon.com/2015/06/30/sean_hannity_same_sex_marriage_supporters_are_part_of_a_plot_to_destroy_christian_businesses/
Sean Hannity: Same-sex marriage supporters are part of a plot to destroy Christian businesses

Smart move

http://www.salon.com/2015/06/30/gop_declares_war_on_the_supreme_court_whats_really_behind_the_reactionary_plot_against_the_judiciary/
GOP declares war on the Supreme Court: What’s really behind the reactionary plot against the judiciary 

They CAN'T

http://www.nationaljournal.com/off-to-the-races/a-momentous-week-and-a-gop-that-needs-to-change-20150629
A Momentous Week, and a GOP That Needs to Change

Jeb's big bucks

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2015/06/jeb-bush-has-made-at-least-29m-since-2007.html

More: http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2015/06/jeb-bushs-finances-could-spell-trouble-him-gop-primaries
Jeb Bush's Finances Could Spell Trouble For Him in the GOP Primaries

A hell of a way to start a presidential campaign (if that's even what this narcissistic sideshow is)

http://www.vulture.com/2015/06/trump-500-million-univision.html
Donald Trump Files $500 Million Suit Against Univision

More: http://www.salon.com/2015/06/30/donald_trumps_glorious_comeuppance_americas_biggest_buffoon_is_finally_getting_what_he_deserves/

Obama's new overtime pay rule

http://www.vox.com/2015/6/30/8868899/obama-overtime-minimum-wage

More; http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2015/06/30/republicans-will-hate-obamas-new-overtime-rule-but-they-cant-do-anything-about-it/
Republicans will hate Obama’s new overtime rule, but they can’t do anything about it

What the hell is going on in Greece?

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2015/06/30/greece-just-defaulted-but-the-danger-is-only-beginning/
Greece just defaulted, but the danger is only beginning

More: http://www.vox.com/2015/6/30/8868363/greece-crisis-default-austerity

http://www.vox.com/2015/6/30/8867939/greece-economic-crisis

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2015/06/30/7-questions-about-greeces-huge-crisis-you-were-too-embarrassed-to-ask/

The future of the euro: http://www.vox.com/2015/6/30/8868973/euro-greece-crisis-mistake

http://www.vox.com/2015/6/30/8868393/greek-economic-crisis-europe-defense

Theocracy watch

http://digbysblog.blogspot.co.uk/2015/06/the-christian-right-at-war-with-itself.html
The Christian right at war with itself

More: http://firedoglake.com/2015/06/30/too-bad-so-sad-that-the-sky-is-falling-for-christian-hypocrites/
Christian hypocrites


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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

THE GOOD STUFF

Some more good Supreme Court decisions

http://crooksandliars.com/2015/06/scotus-rejects-requirement-citizenship
SCOTUS Rejects Requirement For Citizenship Proof In Voter Registration

More: http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal-a/2015_06/independent_redistricting_comm056319.php

http://www.vox.com/2015/6/29/8845275/supreme-court-arizona-redistricting

http://www.salon.com/2015/06/29/supreme_court_deals_big_blow_to_texas_anti_choicers_justices_allow_abortion_clinics_to_remain_open/
Supreme Court deals big blow to Texas anti-choicers: Justices allow abortion clinics to remain open  

http://www.vox.com/2015/6/29/8864319/supreme-court-texas-abortion 

But . . .  some other decisions too: http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/supreme-court-offers-more-surprises-terms-last-day

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2015/06/heres-what-else-the-supreme-court-did-today.html

Yep, it looks like the GOPers are really prepared to burn the house down over gay marriage

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/06/29/1397753/-There-s-a-giant-victim-culture-temper-tantrum-coming-from-the-Christian-right
There's a giant victim culture temper tantrum coming from the Christian right

More: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/bobby-jindal-religious-freedom-gay-marriage-supreme-court

http://crooksandliars.com/2015/06/ted-cruz-will-support-texas-county-clerks

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/cafe/gay-marriage-scotus-ross-douthat-oppression-vs-love

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2015/06/29/gop-candidates-will-now-have-to-promise-supreme-court-litmus-tests/

http://www.salon.com/2015/06/29/gop_candidates_same_sex_marriage_test_whos_willing_to_be_honest_about_what_just_happened/

http://crooksandliars.com/2015/06/jon-stewart-explains-why-republicans-wont
Jon Stewart Explains Why Republicans Won't Win On Gay Marriage

Will the GOP keep banging their heads against the wall of Obamacare?

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/06/29/1397758/-Will-the-GOP-take-one-more-stab-at-winning-the-White-House-on-Obamacare-repeal

Jeb "W" Bush had the chance a week ago to speak out on the Confederate flag, when it might have actually made a difference. As recounted here, he wimped out. Now that the decision has already been made to take it down, this is just a cheap, empty stunt

http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/jeb-bush-in-south-carolina-calls-confederate-flag-racist/2015/06/29/e6a40366-1e74-11e5-84d5-eb37ee8eaa61_story.html?wprss=rss_politics
Jeb Bush, in South Carolina, calls Confederate flag ‘racist’ 

Is he a moron, or does he think we are?

http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/elections/presidential/caucus/2015/06/27/donald-trump-winterset-iowa-visit/29415555/
Donald Trump says if he gets elected president, he would have to change his hair style because he wouldn't have time to maintain it . . .

NBC to Trump: You're fired!

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/donald-trump-nbc-universal

http://www.vox.com/2015/6/29/8863309/donald-trump-nbc-fired-apprentice-miss-usa

Trump responds: http://digbysblog.blogspot.co.uk/2015/06/youre-all-weak-i-tell-you-weak.html
"If NBC is so weak and so foolish to not understand the serious illegal immigration problem in the United States . . ."


Bonus item: John Oliver gives us a video of five years of predictions about the death of Obamacare
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Monday, June 29, 2015

TRADITIONAL MARRIAGE

Every four years, the Republicans try to find a culture war issue that will energize their base and motivate them to turn out. I think we are seeing the shape of 2016

http://politicalwire.com/2015/06/28/huckabee-wouldnt-enforce-gay-marriage-decision/
Mike Huckabee suggested that if he were elected president in 2016, he would decline to enforce the Supreme Court decision finding a constitutional right to same-sex marriage . . .

More: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2015/06/28/huckabee-county-clerks-with-conscientious-objection-should-be-excused-from-issuing-gay-marriage-licenses/?wprss=rss_politics

http://politicalwire.com/2015/06/28/jindal-says-gay-marriage-is-a-religious-liberty-issue/
Jindal Says Gay Marriage Is a Religious Liberty Issue 

More: http://crooksandliars.com/2015/06/jindal-twists-himself-knots-over-question

http://crooksandliars.com/2015/06/santorum-obama-fight-gay-marriage-instead
Santorum To Obama: Fight Gay Marriage Instead Of Global Warming 'For The Survival Of Our Country'

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/06/29/1397559/-Texas-attorney-general-tells-county-clerks-they-can-refuse-marriage-licenses-to-gay-couples
Texas attorney general tells county clerks they can refuse marriage licenses to gay couples
 
http://crooksandliars.com/2015/06/tapper-stumps-trump-whats-traditional
Tapper Stumps Trump: 'What's Traditional About Being Married Three Times?'
 
More: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/06/28/1396674/-GOP-laments-worst-decision-since-Dred-Scott-Again
GOP laments 'worst decision since Dred Scott.' Again.

http://politicalwire.com/2015/06/28/have-democrats-lost-wedge-issues-to-use-against-gop/

On the other hand: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2015/06/28/lindsey-graham-embracing-idea-of-constitutional-amendment-on-marriage-will-hurt-gop-in-2016/?wprss=rss_politics
Republican presidential hopeful Lindsey O. Graham (S.C.) warned in an interview broadcast Sunday that if his party embraces the idea of pursuing a constitutional amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman, it will damage the Republican Party's chances of winning the 2016 election. . . 

Fox World discusses gender equity. Predictable results ensue

http://crooksandliars.com/2015/06/fox-news-host-calls-women-biological

 Bonus item: CNN screws up

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/06/28/john-oliver-slams-cnn-for-mistaking-pride-parade-s-dildo-flag-for-isis-flag.html

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Sunday, June 28, 2015

CRAZY TALK

The deep constitutional scholars of the Republican party are now ready to blow up the whole system because of a couple of Supreme Court decisions they don't like

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2015/06/27/ted-cruz-calls-for-judicial-retention-elections-for-supreme-court-justices/?wprss=rss_politics
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) has proposed a constitutional amendment that would subject Supreme Court justices to periodic judicial elections in the wake of rulings that upheld a key portion of the Affordable Care Act and affirmed gay couples' right to marriage. . . 

More: http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal-a/2015_06/dear_ted_cruz_electing_scotus056298.php
Dear Ted Cruz: Electing SCOTUS Judges Might Not Work Out As Well For You As You Hope

http://politicalwire.com/2015/06/27/bonus-quote-of-the-day-679/
“The Supreme Court is completely out of control, making laws on their own, and has become a public opinion poll instead of a judicial body. If we want to save some money lets just get rid of the court.”  
       — Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R)

More: http://crooksandliars.com/2015/06/how-much-does-bobby-jindal-love-our

What the GOPers forget is that this is THEIR Supreme Court, with a rock-solid five person conservative majority. When people like Roberts or Kennedy vote against them, what it really shows is how extreme their desires are -- ideologues like Scalia, Thomas, and Alito stick with them, but not thoughtful jurists, even conservative ones

http://www.vox.com/2015/6/27/8856465/supreme-court-liberal

More: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/06/27/did-dissenting-justices-suggest-treason.html
Did The Four Dissenting Justices In Gay Marriage Case Just Suggest Treason?

The new GOP litmus test

http://digbysblog.blogspot.co.uk/2015/06/striking-unanimity.html
There is a striking unanimity among the candidates who are running for the party’s presidential nomination in 2016: Not one supports allowing gay and lesbian couples to marry.  . . . [read on]

The theocrats lose their minds over the gay marriage ruling

http://crooksandliars.com/2015/06/franklin-graham-christians-should-prepare
Franklin Graham: Christians Should Prepare For Persecution

It needs to be asked

http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal-a/2015_06/why_does_the_religious_right_e056295.php
As the predictable conservative caterwauling has risen in the wake of the Supreme Court’s historic decision on marriage equality, it’s increasingly difficult to understand just why the religious right cares so much about it. . . . [read on]
 
Rush Limbaugh goes wild

http://www.salon.com/2015/06/27/rush_limbaughs_anti_pope_freakout_proves_that_he_needs_a_crash_course_in_reading_comprehension/
Rush Limbaugh’s anti-Pope freakout

Zero chance, no chance at all. Don't be silly

http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal-a/2015_06/the_dream_team056299.php
Could we actually end up with a Hillary Clinton-Bernie Sanders Democratic presidential ticket in 2016? . . . If Clinton did pick Sanders, she would have to signal that the Vermont Senator would be something of a co-President . . .

The GOP bans gun research

http://thehill.com/policy/finance/245983-gop-panel-votes-to-keep-funding-ban-for-gun-violence-research

More: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/06/25/1396493/-Republicans-block-research-on-gun-violence-because-knowledge-is-scary

The Sunday talk show line-ups

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/06/28/1396923/-Sunday-Talk-Not-giving-up-the-ghost
NBC Meet the Press: Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC); Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R); Mary Bonauto (Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders); Roundtable: Author Michael Eric Dyson, Kathleen Parker (Washington Post), Harvard Law Prof. Charles Ogletree and Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA).

CBS Face the Nation: Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI); Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC); Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD); Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R); Russel Moore (Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention); Chad Griffin (Human Rights Campaign); Roundtable: Peggy Noonan, David Ignatius (Washington Post), April Ryan (American Urban Radio Networks) and Reihan Salam (National Review).

ABC This Week: Lead Plaintiff in Obergefell v. Hodges Jim Obergefell; Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT); Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R); Roundtable: Ken Blackwell (Family Research Council), Democratic Strategist Donna Brazile, "Independent" Strategist Matthew Dowd and Cokie Roberts (ABC News).

CNN State of the Union: Raging Egomaniac Donald Trump.

Bonus item: The week in review

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Saturday, June 27, 2015

A VICTORY FOR EQUALITY

The Supreme Court supports gay marriage

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/06/26/supreme-court-on-gay-marriage-it-s-here-and-there-s-no-going-back.html
Justice Kennedy today wrote the opinion in Obergefell v. Hodges, finding state bans on same-sex marriage unconstitutional, and securing full marriage equality for gays and lesbians across America.  What’s more, he swung for the fences, rejecting Chief Justice Roberts’s judicial minimalism to write a sweeping 5-4 opinion that reads like a manifesto in favor of same-sex marriage—ironically using many conservative arguments for marriage to do so. . . .
 
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2015/06/26/the-one-supreme-court-paragraph-on-love-that-gay-marriage-supporters-will-never-forget/
"No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were. As some of the petitioners in these cases demonstrate, marriage embodies a love that may endure even past death. It would misunderstand these men and women to say they disrespect the idea of marriage. Their plea is that they do respect it, respect it so deeply that they seek to find its fulfillment for themselves. Their hope is not to be condemned to live in loneliness, excluded from one of civilization’s oldest institutions. They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right." [read on]

More key quotes: http://www.vox.com/2015/6/26/8851699/gay-marriage-scotus-decision-obergefell-v-hodges

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2015/06/26/10-key-lines-from-the-supreme-court-decision-and-dissent-and-why-they-mattered/

Photos: http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/the_slatest/2015/06/supreme_court_gay_marriage_decision_photos_joyous_celebrations_around_the.html

The Supreme Court dissenters

Scalia: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2015/06/26/scalia-burns-the-supreme-court-as-a-group-of-unrepresentative-elitists/

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/06/26/1396909/-Scalia-s-gay-marriage-dissent-is-as-usual-gloriously-wacky

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/priceless--5
For all the blaze of history and march of freedom this week, no doubt for me the highlight was Justice Scalia's invoking John C. Calhoun's "concurrent majority" theory on behalf of denying marriage equality to gay men and women.

Roberts: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/john-roberts-gay-marriage-dissent--2
"Indeed, however heartened the proponents of same-sex marriage might be on this day, it is worth acknowledging what they have lost, and lost forever: the opportunity to win the true acceptance that comes from persuading their fellow citizens of the justice of their cause. And they lose this just when the winds of change were freshening at their backs."

More: http://www.salon.com/2015/06/26/ask_the_nearest_hippie_the_conservative_scotus_justices_opinions_on_marriage_equality_are_hilariously_bitter/

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/06/26/1396794/-Pro-discrimination-Supreme-Court-justices-really-really-dissent-from-marriage-equality

http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/the_breakfast_table/features/2015/scotus_roundup/supreme_court_2015_the_conservative_justices_ridiculous_dissents.html
I was also quite struck, as you were, Mark, by the language in the various dissents in Obergefell, not just for their vehemence, but for the ways in which each dissent feels like a kind of Rorschach test of each justice’s own anxieties. . . .

On the right, heads explode

http://www.salon.com/2015/06/26/polygamy_here_we_come_right_wing_melts_down_over_gay_marriage_victory/
Right wing melts down over gay marriage victory 

http://www.vox.com/2015/6/26/8851381/gay-marriage-republican-responses
Republican reactions to the Supreme Court same-sex marriage decision, ranked by anger

http://www.salon.com/2015/06/26/ted_cruz_goes_berserk_over_scotus_rulings_some_of_the_darkest_24_hours_in_our_nations_history/
Ted Cruz goes berserk over SCOTUS rulings: “Some of the darkest 24 hours in our nation’s history” 

http://www.salon.com/2015/06/26/gop_congressman_same_sex_marriage_decision_makes_america_vulnerable_to_attack/
GOP congressman: Same-sex marriage decision makes America vulnerable to attack 

http://www.salon.com/2015/06/26/american_family_radios_bryan_fischer_melts_down_on_twitter_626_is_now_our_911/
American Family Radio’s Bryan Fischer melts down on Twitter: “6/26 is now our 9/11″ 

http://www.salon.com/2015/06/26/the_gops_apocalyptic_gay_marriage_freakout_i_will_not_acquiesce_to_an_imperial_court/
Huckabee: “I will not acquiesce to an imperial court”

More: http://crooksandliars.com/2015/06/whiny-mike-huckabee-thinks-scotus-can-go

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/27/us/gop-hopefuls-denounce-marriage-equality-ruling.html?partner=rss&emc=rss
 
http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2015/06/right-wing-freaked-out-by-marriage-ruling.html
 
http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/to-retreat-or-fight-on-marriage-ruling-divides-gop-field-into-two-camps/2015/06/26/97bc8df4-1c0d-11e5-bd7f-4611a60dd8e5_story.html?wprss=rss_politics

http://www.salon.com/2015/06/26/a_history_lesson_for_bitter_conservatives_what_the_supreme_courts_marriage_equality_ruling_really_means/

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/06/26/gop-gay-marriage_n_7673344.html
Some Republicans Want Their Party To Just Shut Up About Gay Marriage Now

Nullification?

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/conservatives-defy-supreme-court-gay-marriage
Here's our rundown of all the threats of civil disobedience and open defiance from conservatives over the anticipated gay marriage even before the Court's ruling today. . . .

More: http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/opponents-divided-how-or-whether-to-resist-supreme-court-ruling/2015/06/26/3219f626-1c12-11e5-ab92-c75ae6ab94b5_story.html?wprss=rss_politics

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/27/us/conservative-lawmakers-and-faith-groups-seek-exemptions-after-same-sex-ruling.html?partner=rss&emc=rss 
Within hours of the Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage, an array of conservatives including the governors of Texas and Louisiana and religious groups called for stronger legal protections for those who want to avoid any involvement in same-sex marriage, like catering a gay wedding or providing school housing to gay couples, based on religious beliefs.  They demanded establishing clear religious exemptions from discrimination laws, tax penalties or other government regulations for individuals, businesses and religious-affiliated institutions wishing to avoid endorsing such marriages. . . .

In Fox World . . . well . . . let's just say they aren't happy 

http://www.salon.com/2015/06/26/fox_news_legal_expert_same_sex_marriage_wont_be_considered_legitimate_because_it_was_decided_by_a_5_4_margin/
Fox News legal expert: Same-sex marriage won’t be considered legitimate because it was decided by a 5-4 margin 

The next frontier on gay rights

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2015/06/26/this-is-the-next-frontier-in-the-battle-for-gay-rights/

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/06/26/1396857/-Marriage-equality-doesn-t-make-LGBT-people-safe-from-job-or-housing-discrimination 

A good week for Obama? I'd say so

http://politicalwire.com/2015/06/26/obama-has-a-good-week/

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2015/06/26/this-was-the-best-week-of-obamas-presidency/?wprss=rss_politics

More: http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/politics/2015/06/obama_s_clementa_pinckney_eulogy_in_a_week_the_president_went_from_dejection.html
A week ago, Barack Obama looked dissipated and dejected. He’d come to the White House press room to speak about the massacre in Charleston, South Carolina. The room, with its low ceiling and tight quarters, matched his mood. It’s a venue for tiny political fights relentlessly pursued in circles. The president testified to that lack of progress, showing visible frustration with his impotence in the face of gun violence and racial hatred. . . .
 
http://www.vox.com/2015/6/26/8849925/obama-obamacare-history-presidents
Barack Obama is officially one of the most consequential presidents in American history 

Will Obama be able to close the deal with Iran?

http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/war_stories/2015/06/iran_nuclear_deal_only_disputes_over_sanctions_and_inspections_can_wreck.html

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/25/world/middleeast/former-advisers-caution-obama-on-iran-nuclear-talks.html?partner=rss&emc=rss

Sigh

http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2015/06/obamacare-still-isnt-safe-and-liberals-better-not-forget-it
Obamacare Still Isn't Safe, and Liberals Better Not Forget It

http://www.salon.com/2015/06/26/americas_health_care_system_is_still_broken_why_single_payer_is_the_only_thing_that_will_ever_fix_it/
America’s health care system is still broken: Why single-payer is the only thing that will ever fix it 

Trump is a clown, but he's a clown who can make a lot of trouble for the GOP

http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/how-donald-trumps-man-in-iowa-plans-to-mess-with-the-gop-and-win/2015/06/26/5abe8592-19d8-11e5-93b7-5eddc056ad8a_story.html?wprss=rss_politics 

More: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/06/26/1396875/-Republican-leaders-beginning-to-panic-over-Donald-Trump
Republican leaders beginning to panic over Donald Trump

This means war!

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2015/06/house-gops-family-feud.html
The Trade Vote Reignited the War Within the House GOP

Food stamps

http://www.vox.com/2015/6/26/8845881/food-stamps
I get food stamps, and I’m not ashamed — I’m angry

Bonus item: Obama's eulogy for Rev. Clementa Pinckney

http://crooksandliars.com/2015/06/amen
This might be his best speech ever.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2015/06/26/obama-delivers-a-sermon-on-race-in-a-way-he-hasnt-in-seven-years/?wprss=rss_politics
Obama offered in Charleston on Friday what might have been his most overt comments about the way that race and class, poverty and opportunity, hatred and violence collide and combine in American lives to date. . . .

Full text: http://www.vox.com/2015/6/26/8854855/read-full-text-obamas-eulogy-charleston-shooting

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