Sunday, November 23, 2014

FEAR FACTOR

Crazy paranoid ranting about immigration

http://tinyurl.com/kzaeo97
Wingnuts sound the alarm: Obama’s immigration action could result in “ethnic cleansing” of whites 

More: http://crooksandliars.com/2014/11/wingnut-cartoonist-indy-star-gets-his

http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2014/11/the-passion-of-st-reagan.html
 
Some good news!

http://www.vox.com/xpress/2014/11/22/7261317/violent-crime-surveys
Violent crime has plummeted in the US. But most Americans have no idea.

Is we learning?

http://www.salon.com/2014/11/23/thomas_frank_phony_spin_even_fox_news_wont_buy/
For decades, the idiot pundit class has pushed Democrats to the right after every loss. It's not working this time 

Your (almost) daily Christie

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/did-christie-ditch-his-crackpot-ebola-policy-while-no-one-was-watching

Fox World is worried about "low information voters." And whose fault is that?

http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2014/11/the-low-information-voter-syndrome.html

The Sunday talk show line-ups

http://my.firedoglake.com/blog/2014/11/23/sunday-talking-heads-november-23-2014/
ABC’S THIS WEEK: Immigration with President Barack Obama. Roundtable: Dr. Ben Carson, James Carville, Matthew Dowd, Katrina vanden Heuvel.  

CBS’ FACE THE NATION: Immigration. “Will Republicans find a way to stop President Obama’s actions?” House Homeland Security Chair Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX), Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL), and Rep. Raul Labrador (R-ID). Then, Ferguson MO with NAACP President Cornell William Brooks. “What is his message to the people of Ferguson and the broader African American community? What lessons can Americans learn from Michael Brown’s shooting this summer and subsequent unrest? And what more can be done to prevent violence in the wake of the grand jury’s decision? Roundtable: Susan Page, David Ignatius, Michael Gerson, Mark Leibovich, Clarence Page. 

CNN’S STATE OF THE UNION: Benghazi with Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA). Immigration: Rick Santorum and Graham. Ferguson Roundtable: Princeton University Professor and activist Cornel West, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund President Sherrilyn Ifill, Sojourners President Jim Wallis, LZ Granderson.

MOYERS & COMPANY: How Public Power Can Defeat Plutocrats. Lawrence Lessig and Zephyr Teachout return to talk about the corrupting influence of money in politics, and their push to change the system.  

NBC’S MEET THE PRESS: Immigration with Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) and Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ). Ferguson Roundtable: Rudy Giuliani; Anthony Gray, Lawyer for family of Michael Brown; Michael Eric Dyson, Professor of Sociology, Georgetown University. U. S. Energy with John Hofmeister, Fmr. Chief Executive Officer, Shell Oil and Daniel Yergin, Pulitzer-Prize winning author, “The Prize: The Epic Quest For Oil, Money & Power.” Roundtable: Joe Scarborough, Jose Diaz-Balart, Amy Walter, Bill Richardson.

Bonus item: Hilarious!

http://www.vox.com/2014/11/22/7260161/the-cheek-reducer-and-other-insane-moves-from-a-1960s-exercise-book


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Saturday, November 22, 2014

EMPTY GESTURES

Remember when the Republicans were synonymous with tort reform -- preventing frivolous lawsuits and using the courts to settle political disputes? Now they are ground zero for meaningless threats to "sue" (somebody, for something, whatever).

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/11/21/1346480/-Four-months-later-House-Republicans-finally-file-suit-against-nbsp-Obama

http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/house-republicans-finally-file-anti-obama-lawsuit

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2014/11/21/republicans-finally-file-lawsuit-against-obama-and-stand-to-gain-almost-nothing/


Lots more: http://www.vox.com/2014/11/21/7259559/boehner-lawsuit-obama-filed

More empty gestures

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/11/21/1346559/-House-Republicans-introduce-bill-to-defund-immigration-reform-even-though-there-s-nothing-to-defund
House Republicans introduce bill to defund immigration reform even though there's nothing to defund

John Boehner promises - again - that Congress "will act" (don't hold your breaths)

http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/the-house-will-fact-act

More: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/11/21/1346442/-John-Boehner-vows-that-Congress-will-stop-Obama-as-soon-as-they-get-back-from-vacation
John Boehner vows that Congress will stop Obama ... as soon as they get back from vacation

Can we move on now? (No)

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/22/us/new-benghazi-investigation-finds-no-fault-in-response.html?partner=rss&emc=rss
New Benghazi Investigation Finds No Fault in Response

More: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/republican-benghazi-investigation-debunks-conspiracy-theories-clears-obama-hillary

http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2014/11/republicans-finally-admit-there-no-benghazi-scandal

In the crowded world of fevered anti-Obama rhetoric, it must be a challenge to find new analogies that distinguish you from all the other whack-jobs out there

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/rand-paul-barack-obama-executive-order-immigration-japanese-american-internment-camp
Rand Paul Likens Obama Exec Action To Japanese Internment Camp Order

More: http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2014/11/power-and-process.html

Paul Ryan, supposedly the thoughtful GOP alternative, isn't

http://www.salon.com/2014/11/22/paul_ryans_stunning_hypocrisy_the_little_noticed_way_the_gop_proved_its_full_of_it/

More: http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/paul-ryans-poor-memory-fails-him-again

On the importance of framing

http://www.salon.com/2014/11/22/this_is_why_conservatives_win_george_lakoff_explains_the_importance_of_framing_and_what_democrats_need_to_learn/

Theocracy watch

http://crooksandliars.com/2014/11/texas-approves-textbook-teaching-moses-one
Texas Approves Textbook Teaching Moses As One Of The Founding Fathers 

In Fox World, a moment of candor

http://crooksandliars.com/2014/11/megyn-kelly-admits-fox-news-uses-amnesty
Megyn Kelly Admits Fox News Uses 'Amnesty' To Fire Up Haters

Bonus item: Why does Sarah! hate America?

http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/palin-identifies-the-key-threat-americas-future-americans

More: http://politicalwire.com/2014/11/21/palin-weighs-in-on-immigration/

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Friday, November 21, 2014

5 MILLION


http://www.vox.com/2014/11/20/7250255/immigration-reform-obama-executive-action
Obama’s huge new immigration plan
 
http://talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/obama-legalize-five-million-undocumented-immigrants

http://www.vox.com/2014/11/20/7256385/obama-immigration-reform-speech

More: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/11/21/with-obama-order-what-happens-now-for-immigrants.html

The GOP response

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2014/11/20/conservatives-to-gop-leaders-fight-obama-to-the-end/
Conservatives want Republicans in Congress to exercise maximum resistance to President Obama’s coming executive action to temporarily shield millions from deportation. . . 

http://www.salon.com/2014/11/21/anarchy_in_the_gop_why_obama%E2%80%99s_immigration_move_exposes_the_rights_lunacy/
Anarchy in the GOP: Why Obama’s immigration move exposes the right’s lunacy  

More: http://www.politico.com/story/2014/11/obama-immigration-action-113072.html?hp=t1_r

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/obamas-big-dare-presidents-immigration-announcement/story?id=27068204#.VG8se-9ICxw.twitter

http://prospect.org/article/why-republicans-are-so-mad-about-obamas-immigration-order

http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/obamas-gop-critics-run-impossible-hurdle

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/understanding-the-obama-executive-order-firestorm

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/obama-speech-immigration-executive-actions
Obama To GOP: Don't Want Me Acting Alone On Deportations? 'Pass A Bill'

The first Dem to run for president in 2016

http://webb2016.com/ 

Bonus item: Stephen Colbert's early greatest hits

http://www.salon.com/2014/11/20/before_the_report_stephen_colberts_13_best_daily_show_segments/

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

THEY HAD THEIR CHANCE

Obama decides to move ahead with immigration reform

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/20/us/politics/obamacare-unlikely-for-undocumented-immigrants.html?partner=rss&emc=rss

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2014/11/what-to-expect-from-obamas-immigration-speech.html

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2014/11/19/your-complete-guide-to-obamas-immigration-order/

http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/politics/2014/11/president_obama_wants_to_hit_republicans_hard_on_immigration_he_is_no_longer.html

How will the GOP react? http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/11/19/1345935/-Republicans-debate-whether-to-kick-scream-or-hold-their-breath-over-Obama-s-immigration-plans

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/11/20/the-coming-gop-freakout-over-immigration.html

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/what-would-that-look-like
Sen. Tom Coburn (R) of Oklahoma is half warning, half threatening that the President's impending immigration executive order could lead to "instances of anarchy [or] violence." 

http://crooksandliars.com/2014/11/rep-mike-kelly-obama-dragging-us-civil-war
Rep. Mike Kelly: Obama Dragging Us Into Civil War

http://politicalwire.com/2014/11/19/bachmann-says-obama-wants-illiterate-immigrants-as-voters/
Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) told the Washington Post that the immigrants given new protections by President Obama could become “illiterate” Democratic voters.

Colbert: http://www.salon.com/2014/11/19/stephen_colbert_lampoons_the_gops_plans_to_retaliate_over_obama_immigration_action/

Time to call b.s. on the Repubs whining that Obama is hurting the climate for cooperation. What evidence have we ever had that they are willing to cooperate with him?

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2014/11/19/paul-ryan-obama-already-hurting-chances-for-2015-cooperation/

More: http://www.salon.com/2014/11/19/gops_politics_of_hurt_feelings_why_their_go_to_excuse_for_inaction_makes_no_sense/
 GOP’s politics of hurt feelings

The Republican leadership says they don't want another govt shutdown - but they said that last time too. Here's why it happened anyway - and why it could happen again

http://on.msnbc.com/1zEGCsZ

http://www.salon.com/2014/11/19/gops_shutdown_civil_war_looms_why_party_leadership_is_already_at_odds_with_conservatives/

http://prospect.org/article/how-republicans-are-learning-love-shutdown

Are the Dems out of new ideas?

http://www.vox.com/2014/11/19/7245775/democrats-new-ideas

The new GOP plan to steal electoral votes

http://crooksandliars.com/2014/11/republicans-new-plan-rig-2016-electoral

The Republican House leadership is all white, all men except one. Here is the Democratic leadership

http://www.nationaljournal.com/congress/house-republicans-just-picked-21-committee-chairs-20-are-men-20141118

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/11/19/1346006/-No-surprise-House-Democratic-leadership-much-more-diverse-than-GOP-s

The GOP war on science

http://www.salon.com/2014/11/19/house_republicans_just_passed_a_bill_forbidding_scientists_from_advising_the_epa_on_their_own_research/
House Republicans just passed a bill forbidding scientists from advising the EPA on their own research

More: http://www.salon.com/2014/11/19/house_republicans_pass_yet_another_underhanded_attack_on_science/
  
NSA reform is hard to do

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/11/19/1345998/-Senate-Republicans-block-NSA-reform-nbsp-bill

http://www.salon.com/2014/11/19/is_the_law_good_is_the_law_bad_why_the_nsa_debate_over_legality_is_so_misguided/

You can buy Barilla pasta again

http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/human-rights-campaign-says-barilla-has-turned-around-its-policies-on-lgbt/2014/11/18/9866efde-6e92-11e4-8808-afaa1e3a33ef_story.html?wprss=rss_politics

Bonus item: If you've never watched an OK Go video, you have a treat in store -- here's their latest (if you like it, check out their others)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u1ZB_rGFyeU

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

CIVICS LESSONS

Keystone XL pipeline fails by one vote (big loser: Mary Landrieu (D-LA)

http://crooksandliars.com/2014/11/senate-keystone-xl-vote-fails-clear

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2014/11/senate-democrats-reject-keystone-xl-pipeline.html

http://www.salon.com/2014/11/18/keystone_xl_bill_dies_in_the_senate/

http://www.vox.com/2014/11/18/7243885/keystone-bill-fails-senate

Let's make a deal? http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2014/11/can-obama-trade-keystone-for-something.html

http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/obama-eyes-possible-trade-keystone-pipeline

Bad

http://www.vox.com/2014/11/18/7241987/usa-freedom-senate-vote
The Senate rejected a bill to limit NSA spying

More: http://news.firedoglake.com/2014/11/18/obama-endorses-faux-nsa-reform/

Trouble ahead in Ferguson, Missouri?

http://www.salon.com/2014/11/19/a_racial_state_of_emergency_how_we_prepare_for_devastation_in_ferguson/

NOT a mandate

http://www.salon.com/2014/11/18/how_republicans_won_57_percent_of_house_seats_with_just_52_percent_of_the_national_vote/
How Republicans won 57 percent of House seats with just 52 percent of the national vote

Hyperbole alert

http://www.salon.com/2014/11/19/a_republican_congress_might_actually_be_the_end_of_the_world_partner/
Why a Republican Congress might actually be the end of the world 

The stupidity of "Grubergate"

http://politicalwire.com/2014/11/19/gop-doubles-down-on-stupidity-gaffe/

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2014/11/conservatives-now-losing-it-over-grubergate.html

http://www.salon.com/2014/11/18/gops_real_stupidity_scandal_why_the_right%E2%80%99s_grubergate_dishonesty_is_worse_than_you_think/

When sports news becomes real news

http://www.salon.com/2014/11/19/happy_valley_what_really_went_wrong_at_penn_state/ 

Theocracy makes you dumb

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/11/18/1345754/-Mississippi-tea-partiers-seek-to-recognize-Christianity-as-the-state-s-principal-religion
Mississippi tea partiers seek to recognize Christianity as the state's 'principal' religion

More: http://crooksandliars.com/2014/11/praise-lord-and-pass-ammunition 

News flash: TV pundits don't really know what they're talking about

http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2014/11/political-journalism-bs-112911.html#.VGyK8tY8SUg

CNN's ugly moment

http://mediamatters.org/video/2014/11/18/cnns-don-lemon-to-cosby-rape-accuser-you-know-t/201625

Bonus item: Uber is evil. Use Lyft instead

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/okay-wtf-is-the-matter-with-uber

More: http://on.msnbc.com/1zBpAvO

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/11/19/the-ten-worst-uber-horror-stories.html

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2014/11/acting-like-jerks-not-quite-working-out-for-uber.html

http://www.vox.com/2014/11/18/7243093/uber-privacy-problems

http://www.vox.com/2014/11/18/7240295/uber-privacy

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

EXECUTIVE ORDERS

Stop me if you've heard this one before: GOPers are furious with Obama for doing something Republican presidents did all the time

http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/unprecedented-except-all-the-other-times
Unprecedented, except for all the other times

More: http://crooksandliars.com/2014/11/two-republican-presidents-used-executive
Two Republican Presidents Used Executive Orders To Protect Immigrants

I jess cain't quit yew . . . 

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/government-shutdown-wars
Why Republicans Can't Quit The Government Shutdown Game

More: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/the-return-of-the-gop-shutdown-golem

http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/gop-leaders-fear-new-round-shutdown-politics

http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal-a/2014_11/back_to_the_shutdown_brink052959.php

http://www.salon.com/2014/11/17/mcconnells_looming_apocalypse_gop_conservatives_plan_budget_showdown/
The Beltway is pretending that the GOP wants to “govern.” A showdown over a budget deal will test that premise 

The Cruzians

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/11/17/1345507/-Senate-Republicans-soon-to-be-in-disarra

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/11/17/the-new-cruzians-are-ready-to-make-life-hell-for-mitch-mcconnell.html

More: http://www.vox.com/xpress/2014/11/17/7234163/pew-election-poll
American politics is about to get more right-wing


The rightward shift of the states

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/11/18/gop-states-hitlist-abortion-unions-hillary.html

Cheats

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/outside-groups-twitter-accounts-bruno-gianelli-election-law
CNN: GOPers Used Secret Twitter Code To Get Around Election Laws

Will they be caught? http://talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/gop-coordination-internal-polling-twitter-cnn-chris-moody
Why It's So Hard To Bust GOPers For Twitter Election Code Scheme

Why people didn't vote

http://americablog.com/2014/11/why-didnt-people-vote-year.html 

Theocracy watch

http://www.salon.com/2014/11/17/6_reasons_why_religion_does_more_harm_than_good_partner/
6 reasons why religion does more harm than good

Bonus item: Brent or Ethan? Tammy or Abigail? The reddest and bluest names

http://www.vox.com/xpress/2014/11/17/7233961/baby-names-political-views 

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Monday, November 17, 2014

DOUBLE DEALING

Mitch McConnell is FOS

Oct 2013: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/mcconnell-there-will-not-be-another-government-shutdown/
McConnell: "There will not be another government shutdown"

Aug 2014: http://www.usnews.com/opinion/articles/2014/08/20/mitch-mcconnell-threatens-to-shut-down-the-government-pundits-react
Mitch McConnell Threatens to Shut Down the Government

Later Aug 2014: http://www.cnn.com/2014/08/28/politics/mitch-mcconnell-shutdowns/
McConnell: Shutdowns are a 'failed policy'

Nov 2014: http://politicalwire.com/2014/11/16/mcconnell-works-to-avoid-another-shutdown/
McConnell Works to Avoid Another Shutdown 

Will Obama veto a Keystone XL bill?

http://crooksandliars.com/2014/11/durbin-expects-obama-veto-keystone-xl

More: http://crooksandliars.com/2014/11/whitehouse-completely-destroys-fox-news
Whitehouse Completely Destroys Fox News Talking Points On Keystone XL Pipeline

More: http://firedoglake.com/2014/11/16/late-night-say-bye-bye-keystone-xl/ 

No, Republicans DON'T really want tax reform. They have adopted a post-policy view of politics -- it is better for them to accomplish nothing than to be seen as associated with collaboration and compromise

http://prospect.org/article/how-badly-do-republicans-want-tax-reform-maybe-not-badly

More: http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal-a/2014_11/republicans_have_no_incentive052949.php
Republicans have no incentive to moderate or govern

Impeachment. Are you kidding me?

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/11/16/1344809/-Criminalizing-liberalism

The will make your head explode. Mitt Romney says, "'The President Has Got To Learn That He Lost." Uh . . . Mitt . . .?

http://crooksandliars.com/2014/11/romney-president-has-got-learn-he-lost

Another potential GOP presidential candidate is tripped up by the rules

http://politicalwire.com/2014/11/16/gop-rule-could-hamper-presidential-bid-by-ryan/

The Metro South

http://prospect.org/article/report-south-urgently-needs-infrastructure-opportunity

More: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/11/16/1344692/-How-the-racists-of-the-South-have-ruled-this-nation-from-the-very-beginning

Bonus item: Memories . . .

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/11/16/1344081/-The-best-and-worst-campaign-ads-of-the-2014-general-election
The best and worst campaign ads of the 2014 general election

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