Monday, July 28, 2014

THE ERA OF ANXIETY

http://tinyurl.com/kt6k66j
The Cold War is over. The terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 — and the subsequent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan — began a new era in terms of how the United States interacts (and doesn’t) with the world. The economic collapse in the late 2000s — and the subsequent evidence of Wall Street’s blind greed — changed how people view the financial world. The child-abuse scandal that engulfed the Catholic Church in the late 1990s and through much of the early 2000s caused a rethinking of religion and its role in society. Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath forced an examination of what government can and should do.  

Revelations about the breadth and depth of the National Security Agency’s spying program have raised doubts about what our government tells us (and doesn’t). And overarching all of it is our increased technological capacity to be constantly in contact with one another — at both superficial and deeply personal levels. . . .

All of these new realities have combined to create a deep uncertainty among the public about whom and what they can trust or rely on. And increasingly, the answer is — no one. . . .

More: http://criticallegalthinking.com/2014/06/08/politics-times-anxiety/

NOW they care

http://thehill.com/homenews/213448-gop-wants-to-show-it-can-govern-in-final-week
House Republicans want to use their final week in Washington before the August recess to send a signal that they are ready to govern.  

As the country’s attention turns to the fight for control of the House and Senate, Republicans want to show they are capable of handling two of the nation’s toughest issues: the thousands of children crossing the border, and the veterans in need of healthcare.  

“This is a crisis situation. We need to show that we can respond in a crisis in a thoughtful way,” Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.) said of the effort to move a border bill.  

“It’s time to resolve this crisis. We’ve got to show some leadership to actually get it done,” Rep. Tom Latham (R-Iowa) said of the impasse to reform the Veterans Affairs Department . . .

The future of liberalism

http://prospect.org/article/can-liberalism-survive-obama-presidency-yes-it-can

Ebola!

http://www.voanews.com/content/american-doctor-working-in-liberia-contracts-ebola/1966006.html
A senior doctor working at Liberia's largest hospital has died of Ebola. . . .

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/07/28/two-americans-have-now-been-diagnosed-with-ebola-in-record-outbreak.html
Seven hundred are dead in West Africa, victims of an ‘out-of-control’ outbreak—and now two American health-care workers there have contracted the disease . . .

If Michele Bachmann runs again for President, I don't know if we'll have enough room in PBD

http://kctv7.com/michele-bachmann-suggests-labor-camps-for-immigrant-children/
Congresswoman Michele Bachmann has offered up a new solution to the humanitarian crisis along the US/ Mexico border, where tens of thousands of unaccompanied illegal immigrant children are currently being detained.  . . . Bachmann’s plan? Send those children to labor camps, which she warmly refers to as “Americanization Facilities,” with the goal of having them pay off their past, present, and future care expenses, while assimilating them into American culture. And in exchange for that labor, the children would be fast-tracked on a path to citizenship. . . .

No joke: the Sarah Palin Channel

http://crooksandliars.com/2014/07/word-salad-demand-sarah-palin-launch 
The Sarah Palin Channel, which costs $9.95 per month or $99.95 for a one-year subscription, will feature her commentary on “important issues facing the nation,” as well as behind-the-scenes looks into her personal life as “mother, grandmother, wife and neighbor”  . . . “I want to talk directly to you on our channel, on my terms — and no need to please the powers that be,” Palin, who is also a Fox News contributor, said in a video announcing the channel. “Together, we’ll go beyond the sound bites and cut through the media’s politically correct filter.”

A Sunday talk show sampler

http://crooksandliars.com/2014/07/was-robert-reichs-evil-twin-week
Was That Robert Reich's Evil Twin Skippy On This Week?

http://crooksandliars.com/2014/07/david-gregory-paul-ryan-doesnt-sound-youre
David Gregory To Paul Ryan: Doesn't Sound Like You're Sympathetic To People Who Need Gov't Help

http://crooksandliars.com/2014/07/sen-lindsey-graham-accusses-un-becoming
Sen. Lindsey Graham Accuses The U.N. Of Becoming 'Anti-Semitic'

http://crooksandliars.com/2014/07/un-official-calls-out-david-gregory-using
UN Official Calls Out David Gregory For Using Unconfirmed Israeli Propaganda Video

http://crooksandliars.com/2014/07/george-will-shocks-fox-news-panel-tell
George Will Shocks Fox News Panel: Tell Child Refugees 'Welcome To America' 

http://crooksandliars.com/2014/07/se-cupp-jailing-non-violent-drug-users-we
S.E. Cupp On Jailing Non-violent Drug Users: We Need 'A Little More Time' Before Legalizing Pot

http://crooksandliars.com/2014/07/gops-first-tea-party-house-whip-leaves
GOP's First Tea Party House Whip Leaves Impeachment Of Obama On The Table Over Immigration 

http://crooksandliars.com/2014/07/fox-pundits-very-upset-democrats-have
Fox Pundits Very Upset Democrats Have Teachers Going Door To Door For 2014 Midterms

Bonus item: Christian coffee houses

http://www.salon.com/2014/07/27/where_are_your_bibles_jesus_kentucky_and_the_best_lattes_in_the_south/
“Where are your Bibles?”: Jesus, Kentucky and the best lattes in the South 

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Sunday, July 27, 2014

SEEING THE FUTURE?

An ominous precedent

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/25/us/national-guard-in-texas-could-get-arrest-power.html
National Guard in Texas Could Get Arrest Power

Life without water is impossible

http://fdlaction.firedoglake.com/2014/07/25/the-wests-water-problems-could-get-a-lot-worse/

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/07/24/1316428/-Shocking-drought-data-from-NASA?

An indictment of failed government

http://www.vox.com/2014/7/26/5937091/va-scandal-congress-bill-budget
Even after the scandal, Congress might not fix the VA

An amazing number

http://www.vox.com/2014/7/25/5936837/chart-us-corporations-declining-tax-burden-inversions-corporate-tax
Corporations used to pay almost one-third of federal taxes. Now it's one-tenth.

Get ready

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/07/26/cia-torture-report-coming-soon.html
Senate Report on CIA Interrogations Could Be Released Next Week

More: http://dissenter.firedoglake.com/2014/07/26/cia-intercepted-whistleblower-communications-related-to-senate-investigation-into-torture/#

Not an endangered species after all

http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2014/07/left-took-over-democratic-party-109348.html#ixzz38cDYVvkr
How the left took over the Democratic Party

More: http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal-a/2014_07/the_left_is_the_new_centerleft051376.php

Inside the minds of the Tea Party

http://www.salon.com/2014/07/26/how_the_tea_party_reads_history_rand_paul_mike_huckabee_and_the_new_battle_of_the_constitution_and_the_declaration_of_independence/
How the Tea Party reads history: Rand Paul, Mike Huckabee and the new battle of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence 

http://www.salon.com/2014/07/26/tea_partys_self_defeating_hate_why_toxic_resentment_hurts_their_bottom_line/
Tea Party’s self-defeating hate: Why toxic resentment hurts their bottom line

Republicans aren't going to change their position on abortion . . . just how they talk about it

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/07/24/1316395/-Conservatives-think-they-ve-figured-out-how-to-talk-about-banning-abortion

http://nymag.com/thecut/2014/07/gops-new-approach-to-abortion-sensitivity.html

"Women Against Feminism." Do they even know what feminism is? (thanks to DR for the link)

http://time.com/3028827/women-against-feminism-gets-it-right/

Reactions: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/07/24/you-don-t-hate-feminism-you-just-don-t-understand-it.html

http://www.salon.com/2014/07/24/hey_women_against_feminism_feminism_still_has_your_back_so_youre_welcome/

One tool in the "religious liberty" arsenal is the claim that it infringes on the religious freedom of some groups not to let them bash gays (because their religion tells them to). 

Uh-huh. So what religion tells people to say THIS?

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/bob-eschliman-gaystapo-complaint
"If you ask me, it sounds like the Gaystapo is well on its way. We must fight back against the enemy. . . ." [read on]

Theocracy watch

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/07/22/1315850/-Creationist-Ken-Ham-End-the-space-program-or-go-to-Hell
Creationist Ken Ham: End the space program or go to Hell

Is it just me, or is she getting even dumber and more incoherent?

http://crooksandliars.com/2014/07/sarah-palins-oddball-speech-denver-sounds 

In Fox World, this is the question they want answers to

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/07/25/1316611/-Fox-asks-the-most-enlightening-question-in-the-history-of-political-polling
Do you think Barack Obama wants to be president anymore?

More polling, Fox style: http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/adventures-fox-news-polling-part-vii-0

http://nymag.com/scienceofus/2014/07/how-fox-news-promotes-government-dysfunction.html

John, you're embarrassing yourself . . . really

http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/mccains-descent-self-pity
"The self-pity that Obama continues to exhibit is really kind of sad, really," McCain said in an extraordinary display of projection. 

The Sunday talk show line-ups

http://my.firedoglake.com/elliott/2014/07/27/sunday-talking-heads-july-27-2014/
ABC’S THIS WEEK: “Crisis in the Middle East.” Then, “Border Crisis” with Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) and Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX). Roundtable: Donna Brazile (are we sure that’s not Gwen Ifill?), Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK), S.E. Cupp, Robert Reich. 

CBS’ FACE THE NATION: House Intelligence Committee Chair Mike Rogers, and former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. Then, “in the wake of Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk’s resignation:” Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin. Then, Election 2014 Roundtable: (using “a new CBS News/New York Times project ‘Battleground Tracker’”) CBS News Elections Director Anthony Salvanto, David Leonhardt of The New York Times, Amy Walter of the Cook Political Report, and CBS News Political Director John Dickerson.  

CNN’S STATE OF THE UNION: Gaza with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh. Then Ukraine, with Ukraine Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin. Plus, Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes “on the world crises facing the White House.” Also, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) on President Obama, “Is it strong leadership, or a muddled message?”

KORNACKI’S UP: Just Vision’s Julia Bacha on “trends in media coverage of #Gaza and #Israel.” 

MOYERS & COMPANY: The Conscience of a Compassionate Conservative. Arthur C. Brooks, president of the American Enterprise Institute, says free enterprise is good for the poor – and good for the soul.  

NBC’S MEET THE PRESS: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) spokesperson Chris Gunness. Also some Ted Cruz and Paul Ryan. Roundtable: Judy Woodruff, David Brooks, Ruth Marcus, Nia-Malika Henderson.

Bonus item: Wow. AWK-WARD!

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2014/07/25/one-of-the-most-awkward-exchanges-you-will-ever-see-inside-or-outside-the-capitol/


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Friday, July 25, 2014

THE TRULY NEEDY


Poverty programs, GOP style

http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/paul-ryan-makes-the-case-his-anti-poverty-vision-again
A funny thing happened last week when House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) delivered a big speech on poverty at Hillsdale College: it was ignored. The former vice presidential candidate can usually generate some Beltway buzz with his speeches, but last week’s remarks were largely overlooked.   

Brian Beutler noticed, however, that the speech highlighted the rhetorical evolution of Ryan’s far-right ideology. . . .

http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/paul-ryan-you-and-your-new-life-coach
In the interest of magnanimity, let’s acknowledge some of the good stuff. . . .

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2014/07/paul-ryans-paternalistic-poverty-plan.html
Paul Ryan’s Poverty Plan: The Good, the Bad, and the Paternalistic

More: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/07/24/1316311/-Paul-Ryan-unveils-plan-to-do-his-Paul-Ryan-thing-to-poverty-programs
  
http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2014/07/quick-first-look-paul-ryans-anti-poverty-plan
 
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2014/07/24/the-big-problem-with-with-paul-ryans-new-poverty-plan/

http://www.salon.com/2014/07/24/paul_ryans_insult_strategy_why_his_anti_poverty_contract_is_so_grotesque/

http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/politics/2014/07/paul_ryan_s_anti_poverty_plan_is_paternalistic_it_s_also_a_thoughtful_compassionate.html

Vox does THREE explainers on the Ryan plan

http://www.vox.com/2014/7/24/5933221/heres-paul-ryans-new-antipoverty-plan

http://www.vox.com/cards/paul-ryan-poverty/what-is-paul-ryans-plan-to-expand-the-eitc

http://www.vox.com/2014/7/24/5933383/ryan-poverty-plan-democrats
Democrats should welcome Paul Ryan's poverty plan

And the Wonkers do three more

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2014/07/25/wonkbook-how-paul-ryans-new-plan-changes-the-anti-poverty-debate/
How Paul Ryan’s new plan changes the anti-poverty debate

More: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2014/07/24/what-paul-ryan-still-misses-in-his-new-more-serious-poverty-plan/

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2014/07/24/3-ideas-from-paul-ryans-poverty-plan-that-liberals-can-love/
3 ideas from Paul Ryan’s poverty plan that liberals can love 

Here's how bad GOP obstructionism has become: they can't even agree to take care of VETERANS

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/24/va-reform-congress_n_5619025.html

How John Boehner's lawsuit gimmick helps the Dems

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/07/24/1316350/-House-Democrats-to-hammer-GOP-on-Boehner-lawsuit-during-August-recess

http://crooksandliars.com/2014/07/boehners-lawsuit-turning-messaging

Ukraine's coalition government collapses

http://www.vox.com/2014/7/25/5934265/parliament-explainer

Ted Cruz: Nixon or McCarthy?

http://crooksandliars.com/2014/07/ted-cruz-you-are-nixon-cowboy-boots

http://on.msnbc.com/1x94PF3

More: http://www.vox.com/2014/7/24/5933557/ted-cruz-israel-faa-flight-ban
Ted Cruz says the FAA's flight ban was Obama's secret anti-Israel plot

Theocracy watch

http://prospect.org/article/hobby-lobby-decision-could-give-license-anti-labor-biblical-economics-practices
Business owners now have a new basis for trying to evade anti-discrimination laws and their responsibilities to their employees. Religious liberty is already the rallying cry for conservatives looking for a legal way to discriminate against LGBT Americans; other business owners have tried to use religion to justify opposition to minimum-wage laws and Social Security taxes. Faith groups are already trying to capitalize on the Hobby Lobby decision out of court; on Wednesday, a group of religious leaders asked the Obama administration for an exemption from a forthcoming federal order barring federal contractors from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. . . . [read on]

Bonus item: This will make your head spin. Why AFSCME pulled funding from the United Negro College Fund . . .and what happened next

http://tinyurl.com/pq4uxsp



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Thursday, July 24, 2014

HEART OF DARKNESS

Well, it's official

http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2014/07/24/world/24reuters-cia-jails-poland.html
The CIA ran a secret jail on Polish soil, the European Court of Human Rights ruled on Thursday, piling pressure on Poland, one of Washington's closest allies, to break its long silence about the global programme for detaining al Qaeda suspects.  

The court said it had been established that the CIA used a facility in a northern Polish forest, code named "Quartz", as a hub in its network for interrogating suspected al Qaeda operatives . . .

How you get on the Terror Watch List

https://firstlook.org/theintercept/article/2014/07/23/blacklisted/
The new guidelines allow individuals to be designated as representatives of terror organizations without any evidence they are actually connected to such organizations, and it gives a single White House official the unilateral authority to place “entire categories” of people the government is tracking onto the no fly and selectee lists. It broadens the authority of government officials to “nominate” people to the watchlists based on what is vaguely described as “fragmentary information.” It also allows for dead people to be watchlisted. . . . [read on]

What do the dueling court decisions on Obamacare mean?

http://www.vox.com/2014/7/23/5929791/scotus-could-uphold-halbig
Liberals beware — the Supreme Court really might wreck Obamacare

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2014/07/23/did-the-supreme-court-already-tip-its-hand-on-obamacare-subsidies/
Did the Supreme Court already tip its hand on Obamacare subsidies?

More: http://www.vox.com/2014/7/23/5929757/states-could-get-around-obamacare-halbig-ruling
How states could get around yesterday's Obamacare ruling

A modest proposal

http://www.vox.com/2014/7/23/5925041/guaranteed-income-basic-poverty-gobry-labor-supply
A guaranteed income for every American would eliminate poverty — and it wouldn't destroy the economy

Why you should care about the Common Core debate

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2014/07/23/common-core-might-be-the-most-important-issue-in-the-2016-republican-presidential-race-heres-what-you-need-to-know-about-it/

http://time.com/3005735/2016-conservatives-take-the-common-core-test/

http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/147843/

Paul Broun (R-GA) is one of the dumbest, creepiest Republican members of Congress (and that's saying something). But guess what? His replacement is even worse

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/07/23/1316080/-Meet-Republican-Jody-Hice-the-likely-new-craziest-member-of-Congress

GOPers in electoral trouble: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/07/23/1316015/-Georgia-GOP-taps-job-outsourcer-and-pay-discriminator-as-Senate-nominee

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/07/23/1316035/-Republican-senators-wonder-What-if-Mitch-McConnell-loses

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/07/23/1316083/-Respected-Marquette-Law-School-poll-has-Wisconsin-Gov-Scott-Walker-in-potential-electoral-peril
Respected Marquette Law School poll has Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker in potential electoral peril

Another horribly botched execution: at what point do people realize that this IS "cruel and unusual punishment"? (thanks to DR for the link)

http://www.latimes.com/nation/nationnow/la-na-nn-arizona-execution-20140723-story.html

http://www.vox.com/2014/7/23/5931633/arizona-death-penalty-execution-joseph-wood

More: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/and-theres-more--2
And There's More . . .

Theocracy watch

http://www.salon.com/2014/07/23/the_christian_rights_5_worst_scientific_claims/
The Christian right’s 5 worst scientific claims

Bonus item: Fox World talks about sex, with all the insight and sensitivity we've come to expect

http://www.salon.com/2014/07/24/11_hilariously_awful_pieces_of_sex_advice_courtesy_of_fox_news_partner/

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

NOW WHAT?

Two federal courts give diametrically opposed rulings on Obamacare

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2014/07/22/obama-health-care-court-ruling/12482127/
A divided federal appeals court panel dealt a potentially major blow to President Obama's health care law Tuesday, ruling that participants in health exchanges run by the federal government in 34 states are not eligible for billions of dollars in tax subsidies. But within hours, another court ruled unanimously the opposite way. . . .

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/obamacare-insurance-subsidies-what-next
Why Today's Obamacare Ruling Is Such A Big Deal

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2014/07/22/what-todays-obamacare-rulings-really-tell-us/
What today’s Obamacare rulings really tell us

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/23/upshot/after-health-law-rulings-here-are-possible-next-steps.html?partner=rss&emc=rss
Here Are Possible Next Steps

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2014/07/22/today-was-one-of-obamacares-craziest-days-ever-what-now/
Today was one of Obamacare’s craziest days ever. What now?

Is this bad news for the GOP?

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/been-thinking-this-all-day
Here is where this leaves them, even before the issue is ultimately resolved at the Supreme Court: will they build a state health insurance exchange or allow the taxes of a large number of their citizens to go up . . .

More: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2014/07/22/what-todays-obamacare-ruling-reveals-about-the-gop/

Bottom line

http://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2014/07/22/why-obamacare-probably-isnt-doomed/
Why Obamacare probably isn’t doomed

http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/jurisprudence/2014/07/obamacare_rulings_two_courts_differ_on_heath_insurance_subsidies_but_the.html
Obamacare Is Safe

How Libertarianism is changing the Republican party . .. and vice versa

http://www.salon.com/2014/07/23/the_extreme_right_wing_is_using_the_tech_industry_to_rebrand_the_gop_partner/
How libertarianism is changing the face of the Republican Party 

http://www.alternet.org/election-2014/ugly-right-wing-underbelly-libertarian-cause-display-silicon-valley-conference
Ugly Right-Wing Underbelly of the Libertarian Cause

http://dailycaller.com/2014/05/06/santorum-dismisses-rand-pauls-2016-prospects-the-republican-party-is-not-a-libertarian-party/
Santorum Dismisses Rand Paul’s 2016 Prospects: ‘The Republican Party Is Not A Libertarian Party’ 

The CIA gave us euphemisms like the "Office of Special Plans" and "Executive Action." Now we have the "Communications Management Unit." What does it do?

http://www.salon.com/2014/07/23/the_chilling_reason_our_government_wants_to_erase_this_man_from_history_partner/

Michele Bachmann "retires" . . . and then . . .

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/in-the-loop/wp/2014/07/23/bachmanns-back-before-she-ever-left/

Theocracy watch

http://cleveland.cbslocal.com/2014/07/22/police-driver-who-asked-jesus-to-take-the-wheel-hit-motorcyclist/
The Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette reports 25-year-old Prionda Hill told authorities she let go of the wheel because “God told her he would take it from here.”  

Unfortunately for Anthony Olivery, her car veered off the road and slammed into his motorcycle, throwing him to the ground. Then the car ran over him . . .


Bonus item: Our robotic future?

http://tinyurl.com/nr9pr2p
Brynjolfsson and McAfee argue that technological advances are destroying jobs, particularly low-skill jobs, faster than they are creating them. . . .

http://tinyurl.com/mhazyy5
Get ready for robot caregivers, argues Louise Aronson, an associate professor of geriatics at the University of California, San Francisco, in the New York Times Sunday Review. “A reliable robot may be better than an unreliable or abusive person, or than no one at all.” . . .

http://prospect.org/article/heres-why-one-day-you-will-probably-fall-love-robot
Here's Why One Day You Will Probably Fall In Love With a Robot

http://firedoglake.com/2014/07/18/late-late-night-fdl-robot-politician/
Robot Politician

http://www.salon.com/2014/07/15/i_made_my_husband_try_a_sex_robot/
I made my husband try a sex robot 

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

WHO, ME?

There's a word in this headline that shouldn't be there
 
http://www.vox.com/2014/7/21/5923173/mh17-putin-ukraine-russia
Putin inadvertently distances himself from the Ukraine rebels he's been backing

More: http://tinyurl.com/ll2gj4n

Lies in the Russian media

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2014/07/russia-mh17-downed-by-ukrainian-jet-missile.html
Russia’s ‘Conspiracy Theory’: MH17 Shot Down by Ukrainian Fighter Jet or Missile

http://www.vox.com/2014/7/21/5922685/putins-propaganda-machine-has-built-a-very-strange-story-about-mh17
Putin's propaganda machine has built a very strange story about MH17

More: http://www.samefacts.com/2014/07/international-affairs/tangled-web-dept/ 

What will the EU do?

http://www.vox.com/2014/7/21/5923289/european-sanctions-on-russia

http://www.vox.com/2014/7/22/5923983/one-fact-that-explains-how-europe-could-crush-russias-economy

Just a coincidence, I'm sure

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/rnc-poor-hillary-clinton-website
GOP Rolls Out Website Mocking The Wealth Of 'Poor Hillary Clinton'

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/hillary-clinton-bloomberg-income-inequality
[Bloomberg News] "Hillary Clinton has earned at least $12 million in 16 months since leaving the State Department, a windfall at odds with her party’s call to shrink the gap between the rich and the poor." . . .

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2014/07/21/why-the-rich-hillary-clinton-storyline-is-so-dumb/
Why the ‘rich Hillary Clinton’ storyline is so dumb

Domestic terrorism: a real and growing problem

http://www.salon.com/2014/07/22/a_much_larger_and_more_dangerous_movement_right_wing_militias_thrive_post_bundy_and_the_media_wont_talk_about_it/

The kind of people they are

http://www.salon.com/2014/07/21/7_worst_right_wing_moments_of_the_week_%E2%80%94%C2%A0ann_coulter_makes_glenn_beck_look_saintly_by_comparison_partner/

We heard you the first time. Now shut up

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2014/07/21/sarah-palin-renews-call-to-impeach-obama-video/
Sarah Palin renews call to impeach Obama

More: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/07/21/1315451/-Jon-Stewart-exposes-fake-bluster-behind-impeachment-push-and-why-there-will-not-be-one

This has never made a lot of sense to me, but it clearly works. Mitch McConnell (R-KY), terribly unpopular in his own state, rallies support by saying "the liberals are out to get me." Well, yes, Mitch, that's why we have elections

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/mcconnell-every-crazy-liberal-spending-to-defeat-me

[NB: In a party bought and sold by the Koch Bros and Karl Rove, does he really want to complain about out-of-state donations to candidates?]

On prisons

http://www.vox.com/2014/7/14/5898267/prison-America-mass-incarceration-map-gif
Watch the number of US prisons skyrocket after 1980

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2014/07/21/theres-little-evidence-that-fewer-prisoners-means-more-crime/
There’s little evidence that fewer prisoners means more crime

More: http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2014/07/the-horror-of-americas-prisons-in-20.html

Theocracy watch

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/child-evangelism-fellowship-portland

Bonus item: I guess the sale of those "We Miss George W Bush" t-shirts didn't go over so well -- let's try "We Miss Reagan"

http://gop.com/act/reagan-bush-84-t-shirt

[NB: Next up - "We Miss Eisenhower"]


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Monday, July 21, 2014

BROUGHT DOWN

 Vladimir Putin, reconsidered

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/monkey-cage/wp/2014/07/20/putins-grand-strategy-is-failing/
Over the past few months critics have warned that Russian President Vladimir Putin is a cunning strategist and the mastermind of a dangerous new foreign policy. He is playing the long game, they say, making moves in Crimea and Eastern Ukraine as part of a program to undermine the post-Cold War order while western leaders scramble without purpose. These fears are unwarranted. Putin may be a ruthless commander, but he is a second-rate strategist. . . 

More: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2014/07/18/russia-has-a-major-pr-problem/
Russia has a major PR problem

Remember when the right wingers were swooning over what a strong powerful, manly leader Putin was, not like that wimp we're stuck with in the White House? So, how are they feeling about their hero these days?

http://crooksandliars.com/2014/07/ron-paul-putin-too-smart-down-malaysian
Former Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX) recently defended Russian President Vladimir Putin against critics in the United States who had said that he was complicit in the deaths of nearly 300 people because because Russian weapons were likely used to shoot down a Malaysian Airlines plane. . . .

Ukrainian rebels collect the bodies from the airline crash, taking them who-knows-where?

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/ukraine-rebels-plane-bodies-train

More: http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2014/07/pro-russia-rebels-seize-bodies-from-mh17.html
And then there's the matter of the Boeing's black boxes, which rebel Alexander Borodai said his people found on Sunday. The Wall Street Journal reports that Borodai said "he is ready to hand [the flight data recorders] over to the international aviation experts, but not to the Ukrainians."  

At almost the same time, the Ukrainian government released what it said were intercepted recordings of separatists frantically looking for the black boxes and plotting to keep them away from international investigators.  . . .

Yep

http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal-a/2014_07/the_failure_of_the_middle_east051290.php
The Failure of the Middle East Peace Process

Journalism, Fox style

http://crooksandliars.com/2014/07/sec-kerry-caught-hot-mic-fox-news
In between tapings, while Kerry was on camera and miced up for Fox News Sunday, he had a phone conversation with an aide in which he sarcastically responded to news of an Israeli operation that was captured by the network. . . .

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