Tuesday, March 03, 2015

NEXT!

The cycle of Republicans finding a new flavor-of-the-month candidate who will save the party, then disappointment, then rejection, seems to be accelerating. They're ALREADY getting tired of Scott Walker

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/walker-in-trouble-with-gop-establishment/article/2560898
Scott Walker is headed for trouble with the GOP establishment

http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2015/03/dispatch-from-campaign-of-most.html
Dispatch from the campaign of the most overrated politician in America

http://www.salon.com/2015/03/02/scott_walkers_latest_headache_how_he_irked_the_religious_right_and_what_it_says_about_his_bumbling_campaign/
He was once touted as a uniter of the GOP's factions, but Walker is managing to peeve them all 

http://www.salon.com/2015/03/02/scott_walkers_cpac_mistake_how_new_rules_for_16_gop_race_just_got_established/
Scott Walker’s CPAC mistake

http://politicalwire.com/2015/03/02/walker-doesnt-always-say-what-hell-do/
Walker Doesn’t Always Say What He’ll Do 

http://www.salon.com/2015/03/03/my_view_has_changed_im_flat_out_saying_it_scott_walkers_embarrassing_new_flip_flop/
“My view has changed. I’m flat out saying it”: Scott Walker’s embarrassing new flip-flop  

Boehner is boxed in

http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/boehner-on-the-firing-line-again-after-democrats-block-bill-to-fund-dhs/2015/03/02/f0ff96c8-c108-11e4-9ec2-b418f57a4a99_story.html?wprss=rss_politics
House Speaker John A. Boehner, already under fire from unruly conservatives, is facing another agonizing choice over funding the Department of Homeland Security after Democrats thwarted his plans once again Monday.  

Senate Democrats, as expected, blocked a House-passed bill to form a conference committee to work out the differences over competing DHS-funding measures. The move, coming ahead of a Friday-into-Saturday shutdown deadline, put the ball back in Boehner’s court just days after his stopgap proposal was stunningly defeated amid a right-wing revolt.  

It’s unclear what happens next. . .

More: http://www.politico.com/story/2015/03/john-boehner-republicans-homeland-security-funding-plan-115657.html#ixzz3TG5AMh3W
He must either bring up the Senate's "clean" bill or try for another short extension.

http://www.politico.com/story/2015/03/obama-republicans-dhs-spending-115632.html#ixzz3TFJxV0Yo
'Never go into these things without a plan' 

Can the Republicans pass ANYTHING?

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/congress-supreme-court-obamacare
Dysfunction In Congress Complicates GOP Lawsuit To Topple Obamacare

Hey, cheer up!

http://www.vox.com/2015/3/2/8120063/american-democracy-doomed
American democracy is doomed
 
More: http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal-a/2015_03/is_america_heading_for_a_const054441.php

This could be a big, big problem for Hillary

http://www.salon.com/2015/03/03/new_york_times_drops_bombshell_on_hillary_clintons_use_of_private_email_at_state_department/
The New York Times delivered a jolt to the 2016 presidential contest on Monday night, as the paper reported that Hillary Clinton conducted all government business on a personal email account during her four-year tenure as secretary of state. . . . [read on]

More: http://www.vox.com/2015/3/2/8138203/clinton-emails-bush

The Dems can't count only on demographics to get them back in power -- but the trends are clear

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2015/03/02/this-is-why-republicans-have-to-find-a-way-to-compete-for-the-hispanic-vote-in-1-chart/?wprss=rss_politics

A crucial report

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2015/03/02/wh-task-force-all-police-shootings-should-be-independently-reviewed/?wprss=rss_politics
WH Task Force: All police shootings should be independently reviewed

The report: http://www.cops.usdoj.gov/pdf/taskforce/Interim_TF_Report.pdf

Could be true

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/03/03/sorry-but-no-we-don-t-hate-the-surveillance-state.html
We don’t hate the surveillance state. We’re embracing it more and more.

He's b-a-a-a-a-c-k!

http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/dick-cheney-has-found-his-base
The running joke for much of the Bush/Cheney era was that it was hard to know where Vice President Dick Cheney was on any given day because he was always at “an undisclosed location.” Lately, however, his location isn’t a mystery at all: Cheney spends a lot of time on Capitol Hill. . . 

You don't have to dig very deep. Sometimes you don't have to dig at all

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/andrea-shea-king-netanyahu-hang-congressmen
Conservative radio host Andrea Shea King recently said on her show that congressmen who planned to skip Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's congressional address on Tuesday should "pay with their lives, hanging from a noose in front of the U.S. Capitol" . . . "I would like to think that these guys could pay with their lives, hanging from a noose in front of the U.S. Capitol building," King said in the audio clip. "Most of those members who are opting out of attending the speech are members of the Congressional Black Caucus. . ."

CNN has a tape of O'Reilly's lies (thanks to DR for the link)

http://www.politico.com/blogs/media/2015/03/cnn-publishes-oreilly-tape-203331.html

More: http://www.salon.com/2015/03/02/fox_news_finally_turns_against_bill_oreilly_admits_he_lied_about_some_stuff/
Fox News finally stops pretending the Bill O’Reilly scandal is a liberal conspiracy 

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/03/02/1368093/-Bill-O-Reilly-s-falsehoods-pile-up-but-Fox-News-is-still-ignoring-them
Bill O'Reilly's falsehoods pile up

Welcome to Fox World

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/fox-news-host-pussification-of-men
Male Fox Host Complains About The 'Pussification' Of Men


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Monday, March 02, 2015

OXYMORONS

CPAC's "Labor Panel" -- about what you'd expect

http://prospect.org/article/cpac-labor-panel-does-gop-no-favors-outreach-latinos-women

Conservative intellectuals?

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/03/02/the-shame-of-conservative-intellectuals.html

How can you tell someone is running for the GOP nomination? They start abandoning their former positions to align with the conservative base

http://host.madison.com/ct/news/local/writers/todd-milewski/scott-walker-on-amnesty-as-part-of-immigration-reform-my/article_6d381d35-a677-54e9-bb68-71d3751134b7.html 

Gerrymandering: how they do it

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2015/03/01/this-is-the-best-explanation-of-gerrymandering-you-will-ever-see/

More: http://www.salon.com/2015/03/01/our_election_systems_anti_minority_bias_is_even_worse_than_you_think/
Our election system’s anti-minority bias is even worse than you think  

Theocracy watch

http://crooksandliars.com/2015/03/ben-carson-religion-needed-test-scientific
Ben Carson: Religion Is Needed To Test Scientific Theories In Case 'It's Just Propaganda' 

Bill O'Reilly's pattern of fudging the truth

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/bill-oreilly-factual-greatest-hits

Fox World "media watchdog" sees no trouble with Fox World colleague "Bill": http://crooksandliars.com/2015/03/howie-kurtz-trivializes

Inhofe’s Insane Climate Denial Speech Tells You Everything You Need to Know About the Republican Party Right Now

More: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/exploringourmatrix/2015/02/inhofe-disproves-poverty.html
"If world hunger is real, how do you explain this cheeseburger?"

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Sunday, March 01, 2015

BEATING THE WAR DRUM

The hawks took over CPAC

http://www.vox.com/2015/2/28/8120457/cpac-hawks

http://www.politico.com/story/2015/02/hawks-fly-high-at-cpac-115558.html

The real state of Islamic State (hint: not good)

http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal-a/2015_02/odds_ends_25054416.php
[I]f you watched any of the speakers at CPAC, you might be tempted to think that ISIS is marching across the Middle East and is about to reach our shores. Of course that’s not true. So I’m going to highlight some things that have been written recently and suggest that you read them to get a more accurate view of what’s going on. . . [read on] 

Ah, the notorious CPAC straw poll -- a good indicator of candidates who have no chance at all

http://www.vox.com/2015/2/28/8127141/cpac-straw-poll-results
Rand Paul wins CPAC straw poll, Scott Walker comes in second 

Theocracy watch: CPAC edition

http://crooksandliars.com/2015/02/dana-loesch-tells-cpac-its-time-make
Dana Loesch Tells CPAC It's Time To Make Christians A Protected Class 

Without comment

http://crooksandliars.com/2015/02/cpac-speaker-calls-warren-and-clinton-old
CPAC Speaker Calls Warren And Clinton 'Old, White, Rich Males'

CPAC adds a comedy segment

http://crooksandliars.com/2015/02/donald-trump-my-superior-negotiating
Donald Trump: My Superior Negotiating Skills Would Help ‘Solve The ISIS Problem’ 

The conservative war on truth

http://www.salon.com/2015/03/01/its_worse_than_scott_walker_and_ted_cruz_secrets_of_conservatives_decades_long_war_on_truth/
 
"Citizens United" - the devastating legacy of this Supreme Court

http://www.salon.com/2015/02/28/this_scotus_destroyed_america_how_citizens_united_is_ruining_more_than_our_elections/

The Republican House mess

http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal-a/2015_02/a_house_divided054409.php
A House Divided
 
http://politicalwire.com/2015/02/28/senate-republicans-fuming-at-house/
Senate Republicans Fuming at House  

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/02/28/gop-bombs-on-homeland-security.html
In a squishy and unsatisfying resolution that funds Homeland Security for a week, the GOP’s internal tensions bubble to the surface once again.

http://politicalwire.com/2015/02/28/will-john-boehner-be-ousted-as-speaker/
Will John Boehner Be Ousted as Speaker? 

More: http://www.vox.com/2015/2/28/8125581/dhs-obamacare-house-republicans
Last night previewed how House Republicans would handle an Obamacare fix. They wouldn't.

In Texas

http://crooksandliars.com/2015/02/geraldo-rivera-inadvertently-admits-fox
Surprisingly, in Texas (snark), two fourteen year-old girls were fighting. So, as you do in Texas apparently, one of their moms held an unloaded gun to one of their heads. For some reason, she was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. She claims the gun was unloaded, but who can say for certain when this country has dozens of tragedies every day where a gun was thought to be unloaded.  . . . [read on]

The Republicans have a solution to the campus rape problem: more guns on campus

http://www.salon.com/2015/02/28/if_only_hot_little_girls_had_a_gun_the_wingnuts_twisted_logic_on_campus_rape/

The Sunday talk show line-ups

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/03/01/1367419/-Sunday-Talk-Killing-Santa
NBC Meet the Press: House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA); Russian Political Activist Garry Kasparov; Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL); Former Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT); "Brain Surgeon" Dr. Ben Carson; Tony Messenger (St. Louis Post-Dispatch); Roundtable: Chris Cillizza (Washington Post), Helene Cooper (New York Times), Radio Host Hugh Hewitt and Maria Hinojosa (NPR).      

CBS Face the Nation: Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA); Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R); Jeffrey Goldberg (The Atlantic); Margaret Brennan (CBS News); Roundtable: Mark Halperin (Bloomberg News), Peggy Noonan (Wall Street Journal), Democratic Strategist Maria Cardona and Republican Strategist Kevin Madden.      

ABC This Week: Secretary of State John Kerry; Roundtable: Republican Strategist Matthew Dowd, Radio Host Laura Ingraham, LZ Granderson (CNN) and Cokie Roberts (ABC News).      

CNN State of the Union: Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R); Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA); Former Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Michael Orren; Others TBD.

Bonus item: Just desserts

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2015/02/28/why-dessert-is-disappearing-from-americas-dinner-tables/
Why dessert is disappearing from America’s dinner tables

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Saturday, February 28, 2015

ONE WEAK

Boehner's gang couldn't even pass a three-week funding extension for Homeland Security, then scrambled at the last second to pass ONE week of funding -- after which we'll be right at this nonsense all over again

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/28/us/senate-house-homeland-security.html?partner=rss&emc=rss
The House Republicans failed Friday to pass their own proposal to fund the Department of Homeland Security for three weeks.

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/02/27/1367542/-House-Republicans-chicken-out-and-fund-Homeland-Security-for-another-week
House Republicans chicken out and fund Homeland Security for another week

The kind of people they are

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/02/28/and-now-the-gop-is-going-after-injured-workers.html
Under the banner of fighting “fraud,” Republicans are out to slash federal dollars that support people who’ve been injured at work. Nice.

GOP "conservatives" aren't really . . . conservative

http://www.salon.com/2015/02/28/r_i_p_american_conservatism_whats_really_behind_the_tea_party%E2%80%99s_barren_individualism/

NCLB

http://www.vox.com/2015/2/27/8123045/nclb-esea-house-vote
Everyone hates No Child Left Behind, and Congress is never going to change it 

The fight over public school curricula

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/02/18/1365183/-Reagan-speeches-are-required-reading-in-Oklahoma-bill-to-replace-AP-U-S-History
Reagan speeches are required reading in Oklahoma bill to replace AP U.S. History

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/02/26/1367012/-Georgia-Republicans-latest-to-propose-airing-of-right-wing-propaganda-as-history-in-public-schools
Georgia Republicans latest to propose airing of right-wing propaganda as 'history' in public schools

http://crooksandliars.com/karoli/tx-wingnuts-outraged-over-their-own-curricu
Texas Wingnuts Outraged By Their Own Schools Curriculum

More: http://www.salon.com/2015/02/26/why_the_right_hates_american_history_partner/
Why the right hates American history  

More scenes from CPAC

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2015/02/27/on-display-at-cpac-how-the-presidential-primary-makes-gop-candidates-simple-minded/
On display at CPAC: How the presidential primary makes GOP candidates simple-minded

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/02/27/1367498/-What-you-missed-at-CPAC-today-ISIS-Nazis-and-Sean-Hannity-knows-you-re-pregnant
What you missed at CPAC today: ISIS, Nazis, and Sean Hannity knows you're pregnant

http://prospect.org/article/christie-blusters-his-way-through-cpac-appearance
Christie Blusters His Way Through CPAC Appearance

More: http://crooksandliars.com/2015/02/phil-robertsons-totally-awesome-freaked
Phil Robertson's Totally Awesome Freaked Out Speech

http://prospect.org/article/cpac-2015-right-wing-american-dream-kind-crappy
CPAC 2015: Right-Wing American Dream Kind of Crappy

Jeb ventures into hostile territory

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/feb/26/cpac-attendees-plan-walk-out-jeb-bush/
CPAC attendees plan to walk out on Jeb Bush

What happened? http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2015/02/27/jeb-bush-was-very-good-at-cpac-today/?wprss=rss_politics
Did people walk out when Jeb Bush started speaking at CPAC today in Maryand? Sure. Did he get heckled and booed at times during his q and a with conservative commentator Sean Hannity? Sure. Did Bush more than hold his own with an audience that was ready to embarrass him in front of every national reporter in the country? Yes. [read on]

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2015/02/27/jeb-bush-cpac-survivor/?wprss=rss_politics
Jeb Bush is probably breathing more easily now, following a strong question-and-answer session on the main stage the Conservative Political Action Conference Friday afternoon.  

But the GOP frontrunner had a rough morning . . . 

More: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/02/27/jeb-bush-engages-the-fringe-at-cpac.html

http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal-a/2015_02/jebs_hollow_triumph054403.php
Jeb’s Hollow Triumph

The GOPers need a woman to go after Hillary. Maybe even a VP

http://prospect.org/article/cpac-carly-fiorina-gops-anti-hillary
Carly Fiorina

More: http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/politics/2015/02/carly_fiorina_is_having_a_good_cpac_she_knows_how_to_speak_to_almost_any.html

A history of "gotcha" questions

http://www.salon.com/2015/02/25/scott_walkers_sarah_palin_problem_whats_really_behind_his_media_hostility/

Bonus item: Awesome optical illusions!

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2015/02/27/12-fascinating-optical-illusions-show-how-color-can-trick-the-eye/

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Friday, February 27, 2015

MOB RULE

CPAC, every year it provides tons of good material

http://www.nbcnews.com/meet-the-press/six-stories-watch-cpac-n313246
With the Senate easily advancing a "clean" bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security, the ball is now in House Speaker Boehner's court. And the timing couldn't be more problematic for him: The conservatives assembling at CPAC probably aren't going to appreciate House Republicans caving in their fight against the Obama administration. It's déjà vu for Boehner: He's caught between trying to help his caucus out of tricky situations, and looking over his shoulder for conservatives who want his head on a platter if he caves to Democrats . . .

More: http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal-a/2015_02/boehner_casts_about_for_a_life054379.php 
Boehner Casts About For a Lifeline

The new GOP plan for Homeland Security: pass a bill to fund it . . . for three weeks

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/02/26/1367220/-House-Dems-oppose-GOP-push-for-3-week-DHS-funding-bill 

More: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/house-gop-short-term-cr

Kissing the ring

http://www.vox.com/2015/2/27/8116897/cpac-christie-walker-cruz
Christie, Walker, and Cruz's CPAC speeches, decoded

More: http://www.salon.com/2015/02/26/mike_lee_at_cpac_cpac_is_dumb_stop_being_dumb/
Mike Lee at CPAC: CPAC is dumb, stop being dumb 

CPAC's star: Sarah!

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/02/26/cpac-can-t-quit-palin-neither-can-i.html

http://crooksandliars.com/2015/02/palin-inadvertently-suggests-shes-not

John McCain, warmonger

http://news.firedoglake.com/2015/02/26/john-mccain-calls-for-us-war-in-ukraine-libya-syria-and-iraq/

I agree with Rand Paul!

http://politicalwire.com/2015/02/26/paul-says-bush-is-a-hypocrite-on-pot/
Paul Says Bush Is a Hypocrite on Pot 

Every time Scott Walker wanders into the territory of foreign policy he makes an absolute fool of himself

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2015/02/scott-walker-protesters-prepared-him-for-isis.html
When asked how he'd address threats like ISIS if he becomes commander-in-chief, Walker noted that as the governor of Wisconsin he already receives threat assessments from the FBI and the head of Wisconsin's National Guard, and has been concerned about the threat from ISIS "for years." He said we need a commander-in-chief who will "send a message, not only that we'll protect American soil, but do not take this upon freedom-loving people anywhere else in the world. We need a leader with that kind of confidence." Okay, question answered! But then Walker added, "If I can take on 100,000 protesters, I can do the same across the world," referring to his battle against public-employee unions. Oops. . . .
 
More: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2015/02/26/memo-to-scott-walker-isis-%E2%89%A0-wisconsin-protestors/?wprss=rss_politics

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/walker-unions-isil-cpac

http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2015/02/scott-walker-blows-it-again-asked-about-isis-all-he-has-bluster

Candidate for Missouri governor kills himself -- but the real shock is the possible reason people are talking about

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/jay-dropping

More: http://www.salon.com/2015/02/26/missouri_gubernatorial_candidate_dies_in_apparent_suicide/

Net neutrality survives

http://www.vox.com/2015/2/26/8115361/fcc-net-neutrality-approved

http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2015/02/fcc-did-lot-more-just-approve-net-neutrality-today

http://crooksandliars.com/2015/02/woo-hoo-fcc-votes-approve-net-neutrality

http://www.vox.com/2015/2/26/8117489/conservatives-winning-net-neutrality 

More: http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2015/02/fcc-approves-net-neutrality-rules.html
Broadband Companies Are Miffed

Aaron Schock (R-IL): controversy magnet

http://www.vox.com/2015/2/26/8114239/aaron-schock

http://www.politico.com/story/2015/02/aaron-schock-didnt-report-gifts-meals-london-115570.html#ixzz3Swn6pMjO

When sports news becomes real news: CTE and youth football

http://www.vox.com/2015/2/26/8109233/pop-warner-lawsuit-cte

Theocracy watch

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/02/25/1366834/-49-percent-of-Republicans-do-not-believe-in-evolution
49 percent of Republicans do not believe in evolution

Bill O, faced with just the kinds of accusation he loves to throw against others, now minces words to defend himself

http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/foxs-oreilly-parses-the-meaning-the-word-see

Bonus item: Inventions that were supposed to change the world (but didn't)
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Thursday, February 26, 2015

DYSFUNCTION

What. A. Mess.
 
http://talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/boehner-mcconnell-relationship
This Is What Republican Control Of Congress Looks Like

http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/gop-lost-homeland-security-deadline-looms
A veteran Republican senator told Politico yesterday, “It seems like McConnell and Boehner aren’t even talking to each other. It is mind-boggling.” [read on]

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2015/02/25/morning-plum-poor-john-boehner-is-helpless-in-face-of-conservative-rage/
Poor John Boehner is helpless in face of conservative rage

What's happening with the Iran talks?

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2015/02/iran-nuclear-talks-explainer.html

https://www.emptywheel.net/2015/02/25/insanity-continues-to-build-around-prospect-of-iran-nuclear-pact/

More: http://www.vox.com/2015/2/25/8101383/iran-nuclear-reasons

The problem with libertarianism

http://prospect.org/article/libertarian-delusion

http://www.salon.com/2015/02/26/21_rand_paul_quotes_that_expose_libertarianism_for_the_con_job_it_is_partner/

More: https://www.emptywheel.net/2015/02/25/markets-as-a-justification-for-milton-friedmans-new-liberalism/

Are they TRYING to make me like Jeb?

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/steve-deace-jeb-bush-gay-advisor
Conservative Radio Host: Jeb Gave Us 'A Middle Finger' By Hiring Gay Adviser

CPAC web site confuses Tim Scott and Ben Carson (they all look alike, you know). It could have been a little, accidental mistake. Then things blew up

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/somenes-lying-lets-find-out-who

More: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2015/02/25/cpac-accused-a-post-reporter-of-photoshopping-an-image-that-didnt-happen/?wprss=rss_politics

Theocracy watch: space aliens edition

http://www.salon.com/2015/02/25/pat_robertson_to_nasa_dont_explore_mars_earth_is_gods_experiment_with_life/

Is Bill O really in trouble?

http://tktk.gawker.com/why-has-fox-news-stopped-defending-bill-o-reilly-1688027560

http://mediamatters.org/blog/2015/02/25/another-fabrication-oreilly-never-witnessed-the/202667

http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2015/02/looks-like-papa-bear-didnt-just-lie.html

Bonus item: Jon Stewart blasts Fox World

http://crooksandliars.com/2015/02/jon-stewart-takes-right-wing-how-poison
"How do you poison a cyanide factory?"

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

COFFEE

Just because

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2015/02/24/its-true-americans-like-to-drink-bad-coffee/
Americans like to drink bad coffee

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2015/02/21/its-official-americans-should-drink-more-coffee/
Americans should drink more coffee 

The myth of American exceptionalism

http://www.salon.com/2015/02/25/american_exceptionalism_is_a_sick_joke_partner/ 

No one knows what happens next if the Supreme Court strikes down Obamacare

http://www.vox.com/2015/2/24/8103677/burwell-king-backup-plan
The White House has no back-up plan if SCOTUS rules against Obamacare

http://www.vox.com/2015/2/24/8092515/republicans-king-obamacare
If SCOTUS kills Obamacare subsidies, Republicans don’t have an exit strategy

Once again the House Republicans are at war with their Senate colleagues -- and the Dems are winners

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/02/24/1366573/-Did-Senate-Republicans-just-blink-on-shutting-down-Homeland-Security

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/02/24/1366591/-Reid-puts-Boehner-on-spot-over-Homeland-Security-funding-bill

More?

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2015/02/24/president-obama-will-veto-the-keystone-xl-bill-today-theres-more-of-that-to-come/
President Obama will veto the Keystone XL bill today. There’s more of that to come.

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/02/24/1366401/-The-Obama-veto-era-will-soon-begin

Or? http://www.vox.com/2015/2/24/8094595/obama-vetoes
Obama just issued his third-ever veto. Don’t expect many more.

Why the veto? http://www.vox.com/2014/11/14/7216751/keystone-pipeline-facts-controversy 

Clinton v. Warren v. Rove

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/02/25/rove-s-new-game-split-warren-clinton.html

Walkers

http://politicalwire.com/2015/02/24/bonus-quote-of-the-day-595/
“I’m still trying to decipher if this is God’s calling. You’ve got to be crazy to want to be president of the United States. You’ve got to be crazy. To look at what it does to a person and a family, you’ve got to be crazy. But you should only do it if you feel that God’s called you to get in there and make a difference.”

Bill O

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2015/02/24/the-bill-oreilly-scandal-made-simple/
The Bill O’Reilly scandal, made simple

More: http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2015/02/he-was-jostled-at-street-protest-once.html

http://www.salon.com/2015/02/24/i_am_coming_after_you_why_bill_o%E2%80%99reillys_train_wreck_has_the_right_unhinged/

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2015/02/fox-news-should-thank-mojo-for-oreilly-story.html

http://crooksandliars.com/2015/02/defense-bill-oreilly-enters-thuggish-phase

Theocracy watch: for real

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/polltracker/poll-57-percent-republicans-christianity-national-religion
57% Of GOPers Support Making Christianity The National Religion

More: http://www.salon.com/2015/02/25/republican_lawmaker_its_ok_for_children_to_die_in_the_name_of_god_partner/
Republican lawmaker: It’s OK for children to die in the name of God

Bonus item: Oh, God! Oh, God!
The 10 worst sex and romance tips from the Christian right 

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