Friday, May 29, 2015

HOW'S IT GOING?

The state of the Hillary campaign, according to the Hillary campaign

http://www.vox.com/2015/5/28/8683379/the-state-of-hillary-clintons-campaign-explained-by-senior-campaign
Hillary Clinton hasn't been distracted or damaged by a spate of stories about the Clinton Foundation's operations and is ready to begin rolling out detailed policy proposals after a June kickoff speech, senior campaign officials told about three dozen reporters at her campaign headquarters Thursday. . . .

More: http://politicalwire.com/2015/05/28/clinton-ties-herself-closely-to-obama/

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2015/05/28/bucking-conventional-wisdom-hillary-clinton-declines-to-distance-herself-from-obama/

The fight for millennials

http://www.salon.com/2015/05/29/the_gops_impotent_millennial_warfare_what_hillary_clinton_understands_that_republicans_simply_do_not/ 

The sad clowns

http://www.salon.com/2015/05/28/gops_summer_of_sad_stunts_the_desperate_hilarious_measures_2016_long_shots_are_taking_just_to_get_noticed/
The desperate, hilarious measures 2016 long-shots are taking just to get noticed 

Flip-flops

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/govbeat/wp/2015/05/28/chris-christie-finalizes-his-slow-motion-flip-flop-on-common-core/?wprss=rss_politics
Chris Christie finalizes his slow-motion flip-flop on Common Core

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2015/05/29/cruz-supports-federal-relief-for-texas-floods-voted-against-hurricane-sandy-funding/?wprss=rss_politics
Cruz supports federal relief for Texas floods; voted against Hurricane Sandy funding

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/05/28/1388540/-Jeb-Bush-takes-a-dig-at-Republican-immigration-flip-floppers
Jeb Bush takes a dig at Republican immigration flip-floppers 

Yawn

http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/pataki-makes-long-shot-bid-for-presidency-joins-cluttered-gop-field/2015/05/28/d458c5ee-0546-11e5-a428-c984eb077d4e_story.html?wprss=rss_politics
George Pataki joins cluttered GOP field

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2015/05/28/wait-why-is-george-pataki-running-for-president/?wprss=rss_politics
Wait. Why is George Pataki running for president?

More: http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2015/05/road-to-george-patakis-presidential-bid.html

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2015/05/28/your-online-guide-to-george-pataki/?wprss=rss_politics

Is the Patriot Act dead?

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/05/28/the-patriot-act-may-be-dead-for-good.html

More: http://politicalwire.com/2015/05/29/sunday-showdown-in-the-senate/
Sunday Showdown

Momentum

http://www.vox.com/2015/5/28/8673403/social-issues-poll
Americans are shifting left on almost every social issue you can think of

Ann Coulter, the Ugly American

http://www.salon.com/2015/05/28/fox_news_ann_coulter_was_right_not_to_hug_hispanic_activist_it_seemed_like_a_trap/
On “The Kelly File” Wednesday night, host Megyn Kelly and Fox News media analyst Howard Kurtz defended Ann Coulter’s decision not to hug an undocumented immigrant as a sign of their the shared humanity, calling immigration activist Gaby Pacheco’s offer a trap. . . .

More: http://crooksandliars.com/2015/05/sean-hannity-gives-ann-coulters-xenophobic

http://www.salon.com/2015/05/27/ann_coulter_mexican_culture_is_obviously_deficient_and_hispanics_are_not_black_so_drop_the_racism_crap/
Mexican culture “is obviously deficient”

In Fox World

http://www.salon.com/2015/05/28/this_fox_news_panel_thinks_that_chimpanzees_could_have_more_rights_than_an_unborn_child_heres_why_thats_bullsht
This Fox News panel thinks that chimpanzees could have more rights than an unborn child

Bonus item: Bernie!
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Thursday, May 28, 2015

TOO FAR?


The conventional wisdom is that both parties are getting more extreme. The conventional wisdom is wrong

http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/one-party-has-become-more-extreme-and-one-hasnt

http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal-a/2015_05/the_tired_old_both_sides_getti055757.php

http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/politics/2015/05/peter_wehner_is_ignoring_the_obvious_democrats_haven_t_gone_as_far_left.html

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2015/05/democrats-havent-moved-farther-than-gop.html

I'll say this for Rand Paul -- he isn't afraid to make enemies

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2015/05/27/rand-paul-gop-hawks-to-blame-for-the-islamic-state/?wprss=rss_politics
Rand Paul: GOP hawks to blame for the Islamic State

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2015/05/27/rand-paul-shows-no-sign-of-backing-off-nsa-fight/?wprss=rss_politics
Rand Paul shows no sign of backing off NSA fight

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2015/05/27/rand-paul-jeb-bush-going-to-have-trouble-with-republicans/?wprss=rss_politics
Rand Paul: Jeb Bush going to have ‘trouble’ with Republicans

Scott Walker: the worst of them all?

http://www.salon.com/2015/05/28/scott_walker_is_a_giant_fraud_reagan_worship_bizarre_religious_beliefs_and_the_real_story_of_his_long_crusade_for_2016/
Scott Walker is a giant fraud: Reagan worship, bizarre religious beliefs, and the real story of his long crusade for 2016  

More: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/05/28/scott-walker-pledges-to-sign-no-excuses-abortion-bill.html
Scott Walker to Sign Ban on Abortions for Rape, Incest

http://politicalwire.com/2015/05/27/walker-defends-mandatory-ultrasounds/
Walker Defends Mandatory Ultrasounds 
 
Rick Santorum thinks the party will inevitably have to come back to him

http://politicalwire.com/2015/05/27/santorum-announces-white-house-bid/
It’s not even clear he’ll make the cut for the first debates this year. . . .

More: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/28/us/politics/rick-santorum-on-the-issues.html?partner=rss&emc=rss

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2015/05/27/your-online-guide-to-rick-santorum/?wprss=rss_politics
 
http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2015/05/game-on-unleash-pride.html
So it looks like Rick Santorum has a new theme song for this cycle.  It's called "Take back America, unleash our pride."  

Poor Rick . . .


Another one every day . . .

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/good-lord-is-carly-fiorina-a-clown
Good Lord is Carly Fiorina a Clown

More: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/carly-fiorina-questions-hillary-clinton-south-carolina 

See what I mean?

http://www.salon.com/2015/05/27/marco_rubio_makes_a_clown_of_himself_the_twisted_logic_behind_his_anti_gay_hate_speech_insanity/
Marco Rubio makes a clown of himself

http://www.salon.com/2015/05/26/how_do_you_solve_a_problem_like_donald_trump_navigating_the_gops_2016_clown_show/
How do you solve a problem like Donald Trump?: Navigating the GOP’s 2016 clown show 

http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal-a/2015_05/two_more_white_men_to_emerge_f055734.php
Two More White Men to Emerge From the Clown Car

What happens after the "unborn" get born

http://www.salon.com/2015/05/27/republicans_think_life_begins_at_conception_and_ends_at_birth_how_pro_life_conservatives_continue_to_de_value_life/
How “pro-life” conservatives continue to de-value life

Hillary learns from 2008 mistakes

http://politicalwire.com/2015/05/28/clinton-retools-approach-to-campaign/

Override!

http://politicalwire.com/2015/05/27/nebraska-repeals-death-penalty/
Nebraska has repealed the death penalty following a dramatic vote Wednesday by state lawmakers to override the governor’s veto . . .

More: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2015/05/27/nebraskas-abolishing-the-death-penalty-means-a-lot-more-for-politics-than-it-does-for-prisoners/?wprss=rss_politics
The decision will probably have a much bigger effect outside the state's borders. . . .

In Fox World, SOMEBODY'S gotta be impeached . . .

http://crooksandliars.com/2015/05/fox-cant-let-go-fantasy-were-going-see

More: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/05/28/1388336/-Open-thread-for-night-owls-Fox-News-still-making-their-viewers-dumber-And-angrier
Fox News still making their viewers dumber. And angrier.

Bonus item: Female comedians get serious about sexism in the business
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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

IN THE BALANCE

Obama's legacy is in the hands of the courts now

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2015/05/26/obama-courts/?wprss=rss_politics

http://www.vox.com/2015/5/26/8662523/immigration-fifth-circuit

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2015/05/26/morning-plum-gop-already-divided-over-how-to-respond-if-court-guts-subsidies/

More: http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2015/05/senate-republicans-obamacare-lawsuit-is-crazy.html
Former Senate Republicans Admit Obamacare Lawsuit Is Crazy

http://www.salon.com/2015/05/26/gops_obamacare_scam_undone_a_former_republican_senator_exposes_her_partys_aca_lie/
GOP’s Obamacare scam undone: A former Republican senator exposes her party’s ACA lie

The end of one person/one vote?

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/supreme-court-texas-redistricting-one-person-one-vote
Supreme Court To Hear Case That Could Change 'One Person, One Vote' Rule

More: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/05/26/1387893/--One-Person-One-Vote-but-which-persons

http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal-a/2015_05/one_person_one_vote_no_more055740.php 

The GOP has an overcrowded field for president, most of whom have no chance whatsoever of being elected. The Koch brothers would like to fix that

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2015/05/25/the-koch-brothers-try-to-rein-in-the-gop-presidential-clown-show/

http://www.salon.com/2015/05/26/koch_brothers_humiliating_secret_why_even_their_billions_cant_save_the_gop_from_self_destruction/

More: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2015/05/26/the-hard-demographic-truth-facing-republicans-in-2016-in-2-charts/
It's easy to overthink elections. I do it all the time. But at its most basic level, demographics tend to be political destiny. And that's why Dan Balz's column over the weekend, which details the difficult demographic realities facing the Republican Party in 2016 (and beyond), is so important. . . .  

ALEC: what it is, and why it matters

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/05/26/1387897/-Atlanta-Georgia-station-exposes-ALEC-sausage-making

More: http://www.alecexposed.org/wiki/ALEC_Exposed 

Bernie Sanders's platform

http://www.vox.com/2015/5/26/8662903/bernie-sanders-full-text-speech-presidential-campaign

http://firedoglake.com/2015/05/27/over-easy-bernie-sanders-launches-presidential-campaign-in-burlington/

http://www.salon.com/2015/05/27/bernie_sanders_is_the_1_percents_worst_nightmare_how_he_promises_to_upend_americas_oligarchy/

More: http://politicalwire.com/2015/05/26/the-case-for-bernie-sanders/ 
The Case for Bernie Sanders

The conspiracy of women's magazines to elect Hillary

http://crooksandliars.com/2015/05/fox-complains-womens-magazines-are-tank

More: http://www.salon.com/2015/05/26/conservative_pundits_accuse_womens_magazines_of_being_in_the_tank_for_hillary_clinton/

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/05/26/1387776/-Politico-discovers-nest-of-traitors-to-anti-Hillary-agenda-Women-s-magazines 

Wingnuts: impeach Hillary NOW 

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/my-conservative-inbox/impeach-hillary 

Marco Rubio, trying out his theocratic wings 

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/marco-rubio-christian-teaching-argument-hate-speech
Marco Rubio: Pretty Soon 'Christian Teaching' On Gays Will Be Labeled 'Hate Speech'

Bonus item: Texas is weird

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/muckraker/david-w-smith-golden-triangle-militia
This Militia Leader Wants To Be The Official 'Military Force' Of One Texas County

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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

DON'T ASK

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2015/05/25/so-hows-that-showing-the-gop-can-govern-thing-going/
So how’s that “showing the GOP can govern” thing going?

Selective memories

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2015/05/republicans-love-bushs-failed-economic-policies.html
Jeb Bush has doggedly defended his brother’s presidency, but last week he seemed to offer one unabashed criticism: little brother spent too much money. . . . This sounds like a criticism of George W. Bush. It’s actually a dodge Republicans have used to avoid coming to grips with the failure of their party’s domestic agenda.  . . . 

More: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/05/26/the-rich-new-yorkers-schooling-gop-hopefuls-on-reaganomics.html 

Can Democrats master the politics of wedge issues?

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/05/26/the-birth-of-the-left-wing-wedge-issue.html
 
Don't expect any credit, guys

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2015/05/inside-the-clintons-world-of-big-bucks-speeches.html
In the Murky World of Big-Bucks Speeches, the Clintons Are More Transparent Than Most

Big companies, big problems

Walmart: http://www.salon.com/2015/05/25/10_reasons_wal_mart_is_the_worst_company_in_america_partner/

GM: http://www.detroitnews.com/story/business/autos/general-motors/2015/05/24/law-expert-feds-may-push-gm-guilty-plea/27904979/

KFC: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2015/05/25/the-fried-chicken-wars-inside-kfcs-weird-new-fight-to-dethrone-chick-fil-a/ 

A world of surveillance 

http://www.salon.com/2015/05/26/america_descent_into_a_world_of_madness_the_nihilistic_philosophy_behind_drone_warfare/ 

Politico makes excuses for Fox World 

http://crooksandliars.com/2015/05/what-politico-writers-still-dont


Bonus item: Well, I guess you can data mine anything -- even New Yorker cartoons . . .

http://www.vox.com/2015/5/25/8646533/new-yorker-cartoons
 . . . and it's actually pretty depressing

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Monday, May 25, 2015

THE FALLEN


Reflections on Memorial Day

http://www.salon.com/2015/05/25/america_on_memorial_day_heavily_armed_dangerous_unstable/
America is powerful. We are not strong. Now is the time to understand the difference -- and to put away the myths  

More: http://www.salon.com/2015/05/25/the_military_is_buying_patriotism_a_memorial_day_nightmare_about_pentagon_budgets_and_veterans_used_as_a_sideshow/

http://www.truth-out.org/progressivepicks/item/27425-james-risen-the-post-9-11-homeland-security-industrial-complex-profiteers-and-endless-war

Obama vs. Warren: a rhetorical analysis

http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal-a/2015_05/obama_and_warren_a_contrast_in055713.php

Don't call it class warfare

http://www.salon.com/2015/05/25/the_republican_plot_to_destroy_the_poor/
The Republican campaign to destroy the poor stoops to a new low 

More: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/05/25/no-class-warfare-this-memorial-day.html

Against the TPP

http://www.vox.com/2015/5/24/8647103/tpp-free-trade-cronyism

More: http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2015/05/bipartisanship-at-last.html

Trouble in the South China Sea

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/05/25/history-s-next-great-war-zone-the-south-china-sea.html

http://www.vox.com/2015/5/24/8646571/the-real-reason-tensions-are-rising-in-the-south-china-sea

The reality of abortion

http://www.salon.com/2015/05/25/working_at_an_abortion_clinic_challenged_my_pro_choice_views_%E2%80%94_and_confirmed_them/

Huckabee: God overrules the Supreme Court

http://crooksandliars.com/2015/05/huckabee-president-can-ignore-gay-marriage

More: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2015/05/24/huckabee-what-if-the-supreme-court-picked-the-president/?wprss=rss_politics

The latest flavor of the week in Iowa

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/25/us/politics/carly-fiorina-talks-iowa-swoons-is-it-serious.html?partner=rss&emc=rss
Carly Fiorina

Media critiques

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/05/25/1386889/-American-reality-distorted-by-media-coverage-and-police-response
American reality distorted by media coverage and police response

http://www.salon.com/2015/05/25/noam_chomsky_the_new_york_times_is_pure_proganda_partner/
Noam Chomsky: The New York Times is pure propaganda 

http://crooksandliars.com/2015/05/bernie-sanders-continues-rip-media-biased
Bernie Sanders Continues To Rip The Media For Biased Campaign Coverage

And then there is Fox World

http://crooksandliars.com/2015/05/former-reagan-adviser-fox-news-self
Former Reagan Adviser: Fox News Is A 'Self-brainwashing' Bubble That Is Destroying The GOP 

More: http://crooksandliars.com/2015/05/foxs-kurtz-paints-debate-iraq-invasion


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Sunday, May 24, 2015

A REAL MESS


http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/24/us/politics/nsa-and-other-matters-vex-senate-leader-and-leave-disarray.html
N.S.A. and Other Matters Leave McConnell’s Senate in Disarray

More: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/05/23/1387178/-McConnell-s-NSA-ploy-fails-Senate-blocks-Patriot-Act-extension

The zombie lies about Iraq won't go away

http://www.salon.com/2015/05/24/theyre_all_still_lying_about_iraq_the_real_story_about_the_biggest_blunder_in_american_history_and_the_right_wings_obsessive_need_to_cover_it_up/

And now we're going to trust these same people to tell us how to deal with Islamic State?

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/24/us/politics/republican-rivals-skirt-specifics-on-plan-to-fight-isis.html?partner=rss&emc=rss

More: http://firedoglake.com/2015/05/23/why-islamic-state-is-winning/

As Arizona goes . . .

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/05/18/1385738/-We-re-Number-1-Arizona-reaches-another-milestone-of-hate

Hey, Mike Huckabee is just a forgiving guy (if you're a right winger)

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/05/24/when-huckabee-also-wanted-us-to-forgive-mel-gibson.html
Huckabee Also Wanted Us To Forgive Mel Gibson

Theocracy watch

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/05/21/1386618/-Bryan-Fischer-It-s-time-for-social-conservatives-to-prepare-for-a-post-apocalyptic-world
[Bryan Fischer] "Bottom line: we, as social conservatives, have a month to pray and to decide how we are going to respond to this egregious and unconstitutional violation of the laws of nature and nature’s God. This must a non-negotiable red line for us.  We must categorically, unambiguously, and publicly declare that we will NEVER accept the normalization of homosexual marriage, and will NEVER capitulate to any Nazi-esque order from government at any level to violate either conscience or biblical principle on this matter.  And we must all hang together, or as Benjamin Franklin said, we most assuredly will hang separately. They can’t arrest us all, they can’t prosecute us all, they can’t lock us all up, they can’t shut down every Christian-run business, or every Christian school, or every Bible-believing church, or every Christian ministry. But our determination to resist moral tyranny must be resolute enough to prompt them to try."

Fox World wants all the media to be like . . . . Fox World

http://crooksandliars.com/2015/05/fox-attacks-media-not-blaming-turmoil

The Sunday talk show line-ups

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/05/24/1387016/-Sunday-Talk-Not-enough-circuses
NBC Meet the Press: Pre-empted by coverage of the Monaco Grand Prix.

CBS Face the Nation: Sen. John McCain (R-AZ); Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA); Vietnam War Reporting Panel: Reporter Peter Arnett, Photographer David Hume Kennedy, Reporter Laura Palmer and Bill Plante (CBS News); Roundtable: David Rohde (Reuters) and Rajiv Chandrasekaran (Washington Post). 

ABC This Week: Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R); Roundtable: Democratic Strategist Donna Brazile, S.E. Cupp (CNN), Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) and Bill Kristol (Weekly Standard).

CNN State of the Union: Secretary of Housing & Urban Development Julian Castro; Defense Secretary Ash Carter; Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL); Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI).

Bonus item: I love it!

http://crooksandliars.com/2015/05/open-thread-family-values
AW! Those hippies on the cover of the Woodstock album are still together after 46 years. 


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Saturday, May 23, 2015

TWO VOTES


http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/23/business/senate-vote-is-a-victory-for-obama-on-trade-but-a-tougher-test-awaits.html?partner=rss&emc=rss
President Obama moved closer to expanded trade negotiating power Friday night after the Senate passed hard-fought legislation that would help complete the most ambitious trade accord in a generation. The deal would link 12 nations on either side of the Pacific into a trading bloc that would encompass 40 percent of the global economy. . . .

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/24/us/politics/senate-nsa-surveillance.html?partner=rss&emc=rss
After vigorous debate and intense last-minute pressure by Republican leaders, the Senate on Saturday rejected legislation that would end the federal government’s bulk collection of phone records. . . .

A rudderless party

http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/gop-hostility-towards-compromise-runs-deep
GOP hostility towards compromise runs deep

More: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2015/05/22/republicans-are-not-pleased-with-the-republicans-running-congress/?wprss=rss_politics
Republicans are not pleased with the Republicans running Congress

Another presidential wannabee

http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/lindsey-grahams-odd-definition-never
Lindsey Graham’s odd definition of ‘never’

Hillary releases Benghazi emails, and . . .

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/05/22/sorry-gop-there-s-no-smoking-gun-in-hillary-clinton-s-benghazi-emails.html
Sorry, GOP. There’s No Smoking Gun

More: http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2015/05/state-department-releases-benghazi-emails.html

http://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2015/5/22/8601571/benghazi-documents-football-fields

http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/private-e-mails-raise-questions-about-clintons-management-style/2015/05/22/465da382-ffd7-11e4-833c-a2de05b6b2a4_story.html?wprss=rss_politics
What Hillary Clinton’s private e-mails tell us about her management style

http://www.vox.com/2015/5/22/8646231/clinton-aide-libya-benghazi
E-mails show how Benghazi derailed Hillary Clinton's legacy at State

Coming attractions 

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2015/05/22/fed-chair-affirms-plans-for-rate-hike-this-year/
Fed chair affirms plans for rate hike this year 

The great thing about being a right-wing Christian is you can fluctuate between self-righteous sexual moralism, and sanctimonious forgiveness . . . depending on who the guilty party is

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2015/05/reality-tvs-josh-duggar-admits-to-molestation.html
Reality-TV Star and Family-Values Lobbyist Josh Duggar Admits to Molestation Charges

More: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/05/22/huckabee-defends-duggar-son-accused-of-molestation.html
Mike Huckabee took to Facebook on Friday to express his support for admitted sexual predator Josh Duggar.  . . . “Josh’s actions when he was an underage teen are as he described them himself, ‘inexcusable,’ but that doesn’t mean ‘unforgivable.’” . . . “No purpose whatsoever is served by those who are now trying to discredit Josh or his family by sensationalizing the story,” Huckabee wrote. “Good people make mistakes and do regrettable and even disgusting things.”

http://www.salon.com/2015/05/22/mike_huckabee_is_beyond_gross_the_sick_hypocrisy_of_a_man_who_slimes_obamas_parenting_but_defends_josh_duggar_admitted_sexual_molester/
The sick hypocrisy of a man who slimes Obama’s parenting, but defends Josh Duggar, admitted sexual molester  

http://www.salon.com/2015/05/22/7_nauseating_ways_josh_duggar_fans_are_defending_his_admitted_sexual_sins/
7 nauseating ways Josh Duggar fans are defending his admitted sexual “sins” 

Oh, really?

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/josh-duggar-s-police-records-destroyed
Arkansas police have destroyed the records of the investigation into Josh Duggar's alleged molestation of five underage girls, a police spokesman announced Friday . . .

No, some people will NEVER get over it

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/obama-twitter-racism-personal-acount
Obama's New Personal Twitter Account Meets Wave Of Racist Tweets

This is pretty big news

http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2015/05/first-time-ever-conservatives-no-longer-outnumber-liberals-america
For the First Time Ever, Social Conservatives No Longer Outnumber Social Liberals in America

More: http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/new-day-the-culture-war

Banksters

http://firedoglake.com/2015/05/22/the-big-banks-are-corrupt-and-getting-worse/
The Big Banks Are Corrupt – And Getting Worse

Real news

http://www.salon.com/2015/05/23/perilously_close_to_propaganda_how_fox_news_shilled_for_iraq_war_and_jon_stewart_returned_sanity/
"Fox Effect" pushed American media to get in line and back the Iraq War. Only two comedy shows had guts to resist  

Standing up for themselves

http://www.salon.com/2015/05/22/7_times_women_shut_down_sexist_reporters/
7 times women shut down sexist reporters

Bonus item: Speaking of "standing up," I know this story will probably only connect with half of you

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2015/05/22/everything-thats-wrong-with-high-heels/
Everything that’s wrong with high heels

More! http://www.vox.com/2015/5/22/8640457/leg-shaving-history
How the beauty industry convinced women to shave their legs


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