Tuesday, January 27, 2015

HARD TO LEAD

How's it feel, guys?

http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/senate-blocks-measure-to-build-keystone-xl-pipeline-discussions-will-continue/2015/01/26/a6ba4968-a5b1-11e4-a2b2-776095f393b2_story.html?wprss=rss_politics
Senate Democrats stalled the Republican-led push to construct the Keystone XL pipeline on Monday, dealing the first significant blow to the new Republican majority less than three weeks after being sworn in. . . .

More: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/01/26/1359797/-McConnell-s-big-open-amendment-ruse

The new GOP House "Freedom Caucus" seems to be formed to create a far-right bulwark against any legislation they don't like

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/01/26/1360246/-Far-far-far-right-House-Republicans-form-a-new-club 

There you go: the GOP mindset in a nutshell

http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/even-if-it-worked-i-would-oppose-it
On the Affordable Care Act – which Carson has on several occasions compared to slavery – the famous former surgeon said he opposed any government intrusion in health care. “Even if it worked, I would oppose it,” Carson said of Obamacare.  . . .

The umpteenth Benghazi investigation isn't going quite as the Repubs had planned

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/01/26/benghazi-committee_n_6551460.html

Update on the Sterling leak trial

https://www.emptywheel.net/2015/01/26/jury-convicts-sterling-on-all-nine-counts/

http://dissenter.firedoglake.com/2015/01/26/jury-convicts-former-cia-officer-jeffrey-sterling-of-leaking-to-journalist-violating-espionage-act/

Miss Universe -- sorry you missed it?

http://www.vox.com/2015/1/26/7904791/miss-universe-2015

Wal-Mart and obesity

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2015/01/26/did-the-growth-of-wal-mart-make-americas-obesity-epidemic-worse/

Koch addiction

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/27/us/politics/kochs-plan-to-spend-900-million-on-2016-campaign.html?partner=rss&emc=rss
The political network overseen by the conservative billionaires Charles G. and David H. Koch plans to spend close to $900 million on the 2016 campaign, an unparalleled effort by coordinated outside groups to shape a presidential election that is already on track to be the most expensive in history. . . .

More: http://www.vox.com/2015/1/26/7917917/koch-billion-2016

BustGate: it's a little thing, but this shows how sloppy Ted Cruz is with the facts

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/fact-checker/wp/2015/01/27/ted-cruzs-claim-that-one-of-obamas-very-first-acts-was-returning-a-bust-of-churchill/

More from Crazyland

http://crooksandliars.com/2015/01/jon-stewart-has-field-day-steve-kings 

Conservatives look like they're losing patience with Sarah!s nonsense

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/397155/2016-it-begins-john-fund
[John Fund] The former 2008 vice-presidential nominee told reporters last week that she was “seriously” considering running in 2016. But her meandering and often bizarre 33-minute speech in Des Moines proved she wasn’t. Sample line: “The man can only ride you when your back is bent, so strengthen it so America won’t get taken for a ride.” She will always be an entertaining speaker at conservative events, but she clearly lacks the discipline for a full-fledged campaign.

More: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/397238/sarah-palin-slips-self-parody-charles-c-w-cooke
Sarah Palin Slips into Self-Parody 

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2015/01/conservatives-lament-decline-of-sarah-palin-following-rambling-painful-weekend-speech/
On MSNBC’s Morning Joe, host Joe Scarborough lamented  Palin’s decline from the candidate who once wowed a national audience with her speech at the Republican  nominating convention in 2008. . . .

Bonus item: Sarah!s greatest hits

http://tiny.cc/7nf4sx 

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Monday, January 26, 2015

PAYBACK

What form will it take?

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/01/26/how-will-obama-punish-netanyahu.html
How Will Obama Punish Netanyahu?

More: http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2015/01/when-will-benjamin-netanyahu-finally-go-too-far 
Has Netanyahu Finally Gone Too Far?

Sarah! gives [another] rambling, incoherent speech, running 15 minutes over her allotted 20. Every extra word was precious, of course

http://crooksandliars.com/2015/01/sarah-palin-gives-long-rambling-incoherent

The DNC's brief reply: "Thank you!" http://crooksandliars.com/2015/01/dncs-hilarious-two-word-response-sarah 

Rights and wrongs

http://www.vox.com/2015/1/25/7879865/republican-senate-committee-names
Republicans scratched “civil rights and human rights” from a Senate subcommittee name

Murders at Gitmo 

http://my.firedoglake.com/blog/2015/01/25/we-murdered-some-folks-in-guantanamo/

Marcy Wheeler (known here as "Emptywheel") reports on the Jeffrey Sterlng leak trial

http://dissenter.firedoglake.com/2015/01/25/podcast-journalist-marcy-wheeler-reports-on-trial-against-former-cia-officer-jeffrey-sterling-for-alleged-leak/ 

Wedding cakes, and the bakeries that make them: on the front lines of the marriage equality fight

http://www.vox.com/2015/1/23/7874489/gay-wedding-cakes
 
More: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/01/26/my-big-fat-anti-gay-wedding-cake.html

http://www.salon.com/2015/01/26/%E2%80%9Csorry_i_see_you_baked_a_cake_for_a_gay_wedding_in_2014_down_you_go/

Somebody's press agents are trying hard to change the narrative

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/26/us/politics/romneys-consideration-of-candidacy-is-closely-tied-to-his-faith-allies-say.html?partner=rss&emc=rss
A prominent Republican delivered a direct request to Mitt Romney not long ago: He should make a third run for the presidency, not for vanity or redemption, but to answer a higher calling from his faith. . . . 

Theocracy watch

http://prospect.org/article/jindals-prayer-rally-brings-together-prophets-bigots-and-right-wing-activists

Boy, they don't know the Greeks

http://news.firedoglake.com/2015/01/25/syriza-achieves-victory-in-greek-elections/
SYRIZA won 149 seats out of 300 in Greek parliament with more than 75 percent of voters already tallied. While the coalition did not gain the majority, it basically achieved a massive victory after the assault by European elites warning Greeks not to vote for SYRIZA. . . .

Ah, we'll just find other ones

http://www.salon.com/2015/01/25/7_natural_wonders_that_humans_could_destroy_within_a_generation_partner/
7 natural wonders that humans could destroy within a generation 

Bonus item: Half the U.S population lives in the blue areas

http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2015/01/where-people-are.html 

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Sunday, January 25, 2015

ON THE ROAD

Obama's final campaign

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/01/24/1359757/-View-from-the-left-Obama-s-final-campaign
President Barack Obama embarked on his final campaign this week and it has nothing to do with 2016. To be sure, he has launched several hand grenades into the 2016 campaign field that are already vexing Republicans. “America’s New Congress,” led by the GOP, is now playing small-ball on almost every front. . . .

But: http://www.salon.com/2015/01/25/hes_not_suddenly_paul_krugman_lets_not_morph_obama_into_elizabeth_warren_quite_yet/
Populist State of the Union with a fiery tone has liberals excited. They'd be wise to remember Obama's true nature 

Crazyland

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/01/25/iowa-confab-the-good-the-bad-and-the-absolutely-crazy.html
“Things must change for our government! It isn’t too big to fail, it’s too big to succeed! It’s too big to succeed, so we can afford no retreads or nothing will change, with the same people and same policies that got us into the status quo! Another Latin word, status quo, and it stands for, ‘Man, the middle class and everyday Americans are really gettin’ taken for a ride.’” [read on]

More: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/25/us/republican-primary-process-unofficially-kicks-off.html?partner=rss&emc=rss

The wingnuts argue that Justices Ginsburg and Kagan should recuse themselves from marriage equality cases because "these justices’ personal and private actions . . . clearly indicate how they would vote." Interesting principle. Can we apply that to ALL the justices?

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/01/19/1358815/-AFA-demands-Ginsburg-and-Kagan-recuse-themselves-from-marriage-equality-cases

Donald Trump is a professional self-promoting liar. That's all he has ever been. Why does anyone take him seriously?

http://politicalwire.com/2015/01/24/trump-says-beaten-obama/ 
Trump Says He Would Have Beaten Obama 

More: http://crooksandliars.com/2015/01/donald-trump-shares-his-deepest-fantasies


Trouble for McDonald's

http://www.salon.com/2015/01/24/were_not_lovin_it_mcdonalds_most_notorious_scandals/

Theocracy watch

http://www.salon.com/2015/01/24/the_12_worst_ideas_religion_has_unleashed_on_the_world_partner/
The 12 worst ideas religion has unleashed on the world  

In Fox World

http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2015/01/is-fox-news-under-influence-of-drugs.html
I don't know what's going on over at Fox News but there seems to be a tear in the matrix. . . .

The Sunday talk show line-ups

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/01/25/1359771/-Sunday-Talk-Reversal-of-fortune
NBC Meet The Press: White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough; Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R); Former NBA Player Kareem Abdul-Jabbar; Roundtable: Radio Host Hugh Hewitt, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake (D), Helene Cooper (New York Times) and Tom Brokaw (NBC News).      

CBS Face The Nation: White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough; Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA); Sen. John McCain (R-AZ); Roundtable: Susan Page (USA Today), Dana Milbank (Washington Post), Michael Crowley (Politico), Jeffrey Goldberg (The Atlantic) and John Dickerson (CBS News).      

ABC This Week: White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough; Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R); Roundtable: Democratic Strategist Donna Brazile, Republican Strategist Sarah Taylor Fagen, Bill Kristol (Weekly Standard) and Cokie Roberts (ABC News).      

CNN State of the Union: White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough; Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA); Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman (R); Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL); Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-AZ). 

Bonus item: The real poop

http://www.vox.com/2015/1/22/7871579/poop-feces 

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Saturday, January 24, 2015

BUYING D.C.

Here it comes

http://www.nationaljournal.com/magazine/the-secret-fundraising-scheme-that-will-make-super-pacs-look-quaint-in-2016-20150123

Crisis governing

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/gop-congress-social-security-cliff-debt-ceiling
With a fight over Social Security brewing in the new Republican Congress, advocates are worried that a possible GOP angle is to turn Social Security into a perennial crisis in much the same way raising the debt limit has become. By setting up a series of forcing events, the argument goes, Republicans would be able to create an ongoing crisis atmosphere around Social Security that would create a pretext for dramatic changes to the 80-year-old program. . . 

Conservative memory loss

http://crooksandliars.com/2015/01/conservative-catastrophic-memory-loss

The kind of people they are, part one

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/01/22/1359657/-Florida-town-officially-bans-police-use-of-real-mugshots-for-target-practice-but-questions-remain
Florida town officially bans police use of real mugshots for target practice

The kind of people they are, part two

http://www.vox.com/2015/1/23/7877643/republicans-rape-ellmers-abortion
Why Republicans can't stop talking about rape

More: http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal-a/2015_01/rape_exceptions_and_the_strate053861.php

Un gran problema

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/24/us/politics/jorge-ramos-tv-voice-of-latino-voters-sends-shiver-through-gop.html?partner=rss&emc=rss 
Jorge Ramos, the Univision and Fusion television anchor who is often called the Walter Cronkite of Latino America, was in his suburban Miami broadcast studio when he all but pounced on the chairman of the Republican Party, Reince Priebus, who was appearing from Washington. The Republicans’ immigration policy is “deportations, deportations, deportations,” Mr. Ramos said. “Why?”  

Mr. Priebus, who stared out from multiple screens in a control room here looking as if he would rather have been doing anything but talking to Mr. Ramos, insisted it was not so. But Mr. Ramos would not have it.  

“The message,” he retorted, “is anti-immigrant.” . . . 

Theocracy watch

http://crooksandliars.com/2015/01/huckabee-i-will-have-gods-blessing
Huckabee: I Will Have 'God's Blessing' As President To End The 'Secular Theocracy' Of Atheists 

Rand Paul has a big mouth, and it's going to cost him a chance at the Presidency

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/01/23/1359768/-Rand-Paul-s-47-percent-moment

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2015/01/23/rand-paul-clarifies-remarks-about-disabled/  

And thank you for asking!

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/sarah-palin-interested-president-2016
Sarah Palin: 'Of Course' I'm Interested In Running For President In 2016


The anti-vaxx movement has consequences

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/measles-outbreak-anti-vaccine-movement

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/01/23/anti-vaxxers-brought-measles-to-the-happiest-place-on-earth.html

http://www.vox.com/2015/1/23/7877321/measles-outbreak-scary-disneyland

http://www.salon.com/2015/01/23/anti_vaxxers_ruined_disneyland_why_this_public_health_nightmare_needs_to_be_stopped/

Revising NCLB

http://www.vox.com/2015/1/23/7877893/no-child-left-behind-esea-reauthorization

In Fox World

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/fox-arizona-state-problem-whiteness

Bonus item: Is Obama the worst President of all time? Get in line

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2015/01/23/quiz-which-worst-president-of-all-time-is-this/

Extra bonus item: The crock-pot -- a feminist icon

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2015/01/23/the-unfulfilled-promise-of-the-crock-pot-an-unlikely-symbol-of-womens-equality/

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Friday, January 23, 2015

A SPECIAL RELATIONSHIP

Is it broken?

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/23/us/politics/obama-not-planning-to-meet-with-israeli-premier.html?partner=rss&emc=rss
Obama Not Planning to Meet With Israeli Premier

More: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/quote-of-the-day--26
"Senior American official" as quoted by Haaretz: "We thought we've seen everything. But Bibi managed to surprise even us. There are things you simply don't do. He spat in our face publicly and that's no way to behave. Netanyahu ought to remember that President Obama has a year and a half left to his presidency, and that there will be a price." 

http://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2015-01-22/israeli-opposition-slams-u-s-congress-plan-for-netanyahu-speech
Israeli Opposition Slams Planned Netanyahu Speech to Congress

Consequences

http://www.vox.com/2015/1/22/7324107/palestinian-abbas-peace-process
Why the Palestinians are finally giving up on Obama and the US peace process

And now this

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/01/22/saudi-king-dies-and-the-world-shudders.html
Saudi King Dies, and the World Shudders

More: http://www.vox.com/2015/1/22/7875029/saudi-king-abdullah-dead

http://www.vox.com/2015/1/22/7875229/oil-prices-saudi-abdullah 

For abortion hardliners, it doesn't matter how a woman becomes pregnant, a fetus is a fetus with all the same rights whether it is a consequence of a one night stand, a mistake, a rape, or incest. They don't see why there should be ANY "exceptions." This is a problem for the Republicans

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/01/22/1359472/-Anti-abortion-activists-mad-at-House-GOP-for-not-voting-on-legitimate-rape

More: http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal-a/2015_01/watch_what_they_do_not_what_th053843.php
Watch What They Do, Not What They Say
 
More problems

http://politicalwire.com/2015/01/22/extra-bonus-quote-day-2/
“Week one, we had a Speaker election that didn’t go as well as a lot of us would have liked. Week two, we spent a lot of time talking about deporting children, a conversation a lot of us didn’t want to have. Week three, we’re debating reportable rape and incest — again, not an issue a lot of us wanted to have a conversation about. I just can’t wait for week four.” 
     — Rep. Charlie Dent (R-PA)

Ya think? http://politicalwire.com/2015/01/23/house-republicans-still-not-united/
House Republicans Divided on Social Issues 

http://www.salon.com/2015/01/23/tea_party_spawns_gop_nightmare_how_its_already_ruining_the_partys_16_strategy/
Tea Party spawns GOP nightmare 

In the rear-view mirror

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/01/22/1359499/-2016-Hillary-Leads-Potential-GOP-Opponents-by-Double-Digits
Hillary leads potential GOP opponents by double digits 

Bonus item: The Monsters of Money

http://crooksandliars.com/2015/01/jon-stewart-takes-whack-monsters-money

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

PARTISANSHIP STOPS AT THE WATER'S EDGE?


In a remarkable act of disrespect, House GOPers invite Benjamin Netanyahu to speak without clearing it with the White House

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/boehner-netanyahu-congress-invitation-obama
Unprecedented

http://www.vox.com/2015/1/21/7866089/netanyahu-boehner-congress
Outrageous

http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/netanyahu-republicans-take-partisanship-whole-new-level 
Taking partisanship to a whole new level
 
Republican women rebel against abortion bill

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2015/01/21/abortion-bill-in-flux-as-female-gop-lawmakers-raise-concerns/

More: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/rape-clause-abortion-bill-republicans

http://www.vox.com/2015/1/21/7867225/abortion-ban-congress

The Republican SOTU responses: how bad were they?

http://www.salon.com/2015/01/21/state_of_the_gop_is_broken_i_thought_joni_ernst_was_bad_then_i_watched_ted_cruz/ 

Yawn

http://politicalwire.com/2015/01/22/bush-romney-scheduled-meet/
Jeb Bush and Mitt Romney “are scheduled to meet privately this week in Utah, raising the possibility that the two former governors will find a way to avoid competing presidential campaigns that would split the Republican establishment next year,” the New York Times reports. . . .

A history lesson 

http://prospect.org/article/when-liberals-were-organized
When Liberals Were Organized

The battle over "American Sniper"

http://www.slate.com/articles/arts/movies/2015/01/american_sniper_and_the_political_battle_over_chris_kyle.html

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/01/20/american-sniper-political-rorschach-test.html

http://www.vox.com/2015/1/21/7641189/american-sniper-history

http://www.salon.com/2015/01/21/american_sniper_and_the_culture_wars_why_the_movies_not_what_you_think_it_is/

http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2015/01/sniper-sniping.html 

Oooh, ouch. Savage parody of Leon Wieseltier's overinflated anti-Internet rant

http://www.salon.com/2015/01/21/the_internet_has_destroyed_human_civilization_americas_greatest_writer_finally_weighs_in/

The original: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/18/books/review/among-the-disrupted.html?_r=0 

Theocracy watch: Rick Santorum has issues with the Pope

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/santorum-pope-rabbits

http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal-a/2015_01/rick_santorum_cafeteria_cathol053824.php

It's a funny thing for someone who claims he wants to be President to say: ignore the Supreme Court!

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/huckabee-states-ignore-supreme-court-gay-marriage

http://www.salon.com/2015/01/21/mike_huckabee_calls_for_massive_resistance_if_supreme_court_rules_for_marriage_equality/

Fox World's enlightened gender dynamics

http://www.salon.com/2015/01/21/brit_hume_grossly_marvels_that_megyn_kelly_is_both_smart_and_attractive/

Bonus item: Caught!

http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/republican-sotu-responses-get-lost-translation
Last night, Republicans tried to pull a fast one, delivering messages with key differences in English and Spanish. Then they got caught. 

More: http://www.vox.com/2015/1/21/7865815/8-ways-the-gop-s-sotu-response-was-different-in-spanish-and-why-it
 
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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

I'M STILL HERE

Reactions to the State of the Union

http://www.vox.com/2015/1/21/7853587/sotu-obama-taxes-work
Obama thinks the economy is broken — and that redistribution is the only way to fix it

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2015/01/obamas-middle-class-economics.html
Why Obama’s ‘Middle Class Economics’ Sounds Familiar

http://www.vox.com/2015/1/20/7864149/state-of-the-union-2015-policy
A guide to the policies Obama mentioned in the 2015 State of the Union

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2015/01/20/the-remarkable-confidence-of-barack-obama/
The remarkable confidence of Barack Obama

http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/president-rediscovers-his-audacity
A president rediscovers his audacity

http://politicalwire.com/2015/01/20/obama-presents-ambitious-agenda-state-union/
Obama Presents Ambitious Agenda in State of the Union

http://www.salon.com/2015/01/21/not_so_lame_duck_president_cajoles_trolls_the_gop/
Obama trolls the GOP

http://www.salon.com/2015/01/21/%E2%80%9Cbut_what_about_the_rich_how_obamas_speech_re_set_gop_to_its_default_settings/
All this is, of course, largely an academic exercise since literally none of these proposals will pass the Republican-held Congress. “It all looks like the same old tax and spend that the president has been advocating for the last six years,” Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell said yesterday.  . . .

More reactions: http://politicalwire.com/2015/01/21/reactions-state-union-address/

The worst reactions: http://www.salon.com/2015/01/21/a_verbal_waterboarding_the_worst_right_wing_reactions_to_the_state_of_the_union/
“A verbal waterboarding” [read on]

http://crooksandliars.com/2015/01/rep-steve-king-wins-worst-sotu-tweet-ever
Rep. Steve King Wins! Worst #SOTU Tweet Ever

http://crooksandliars.com/2015/01/rand-pauls-sotu-response-lies-doom-and
Rand Paul's SOTU Response: Lies, Doom And Empty Promises

Boehner's faces during the speech

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/01/21/the-best-of-john-boehner-s-microexpressions.html

The full text of Obama's SOTU

http://www.vox.com/2015/1/20/7859779/2015-sotu-transcript

Extra credit

http://www.vox.com/2015/1/20/7854969/state-of-the-union-facts
State of the Union trivia: 5 historical facts about the speech's evolution

http://www.vox.com/2015/1/20/7859521/democratic-presidents-deliver-longer-state-of-the-union-speeches
Democratic Presidents deliver longer State of the Union speeches

http://www.vox.com/2015/1/20/7860325/state-of-the-union-response
The State of the Union response: Where it came from and why it’s always terrible

True leadership

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/mcconnell-senate-gop-social-security-medicare
McConnell: Senate GOP Won't Touch Social Security Without Dem Support

Koch addiction

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/01/20/1359003/-Let-the-2016-Koch-ring-kissing-nbsp-begin
Let the 2016 Koch ring kissing begin

More: http://www.politico.com/story/2015/01/koch-brothers-ted-cruz-rand-paul-marco-rubio-scott-walker-2016-elections-114386.html

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/21/us/koch-seminar-is-early-proving-ground-for-gop-hopefuls.html?partner=rss&emc=rss

Chris Christie, sinking fast

http://politicalwire.com/2015/01/20/christie-wont-disclose-credit-card-bills/
Christie Won’t Disclose Credit Card Bills 

Fascinating. What this tells me is that Republicans have no idea WHAT they want

http://politicalwire.com/2015/01/20/republicans-prefer-romney-bush/
Republicans Prefer Romney Over Bush 

In Fox World

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/dinesh-dsouza-megyn-kelly-obama-black-experience
Conservative commentator and felon Dinesh D'Souza followed up on his string of Martin Luther King Jr. Day tweets with an appearance on Fox News that proved too much for host Megyn Kelly.  

D'Souza, the author of "The End Of Racism," was criticizing prominent black political figures on Monday night when he said President Obama "hasn't actually had the African American experience" because he is "not descended from slaves on either side of his family."  

"What do you mean, he hasn't had the African American experience?" Kelly asked. "He has black skin and he grew up in America as a black man."

More: http://www.salon.com/2015/01/20/dinesh_dsouza_obama_never_had_the_african_american_experience/

Hey - funny Frenchmen!

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/french-parody-fox-news-islam-paris
French Comedians Parody Terrified Fox Reporters In Paris 'No-Go Zones'  

More: http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2015/01/fox-news-squirm.html

Larry Wilmore has a new show

http://www.salon.com/2015/01/20/larry_wilmore_starts_with_a_bang_why_his_comedy_central_debut_was_so_impressive/
Larry Wilmore starts with a bang

More: http://www.salon.com/2015/01/20/larry_wilmore_completely_nails_first_nightly_show_monologue/


 
Bonus item: War movies

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2015/01/20/how-american-sniper-compares-to-the-biggest-war-movies-of-all-time/ 

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