Monday, July 06, 2015

DOING IT TO OURSELVES

The real terror threat facing America

http://www.salon.com/2015/07/05/why_fox_news_still_wont_face_up_to_right_wing_terror_in_america_partner/

Our screwed-up campaign finance system

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/06/us/politics/irs-expected-to-stand-aside-as-nonprofits-increase-role-in-2016-race.html?partner=rss&emc=rss
As presidential candidates find new ways to exploit secret donations from tax-exempt groups, hobbled regulators at the Internal Revenue Service appear certain to delay trying to curb widespread abuses at nonprofits until after the 2016 election. . . .

More executive orders coming from Obama

http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal-a/2015_07/whats_up_next_for_the_obama_ad056415.php

What just might make an Iran nuke deal work

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/07/06/the-spy-tech-that-will-keep-iran-in-line.html
 
Greece votes "no" on the EU bailout. What next?

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2015/07/05/as-greece-votes-heres-everything-you-need-to-know-about-the-nations-crisis/

More: http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2015/07/greeces-big-fat-no

http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/07/05/europe-wins/?_r=0

I think it's a bad idea, but some of you will like it

http://www.salon.com/2015/07/06/lets_abandon_the_democrats_on_tpp_workers_rights_and_income_inequality_they_are_as_bad_as_gop/
Let’s abandon the Democrats: On TPP, workers’ rights and income inequality, they are as bad as GOP

How US politics is becoming like reality tee-vee

http://www.salon.com/2015/07/06/how_the_cult_of_celebrity_is_destroying_american_politics/
 

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Sunday, July 05, 2015

HECHO EN MEXICO

The Repubs have a real problem on their hands. They like to run candidates during the primaries that fire up their red-meat base, assuming that in the end the party will converge around a more realistic, relatively moderate candidate like Jeb Bush (or, once upon a time, Chris Christie or Mitt Romney). Problem is, the wackos like Trump and Carson and Cruz are growing in popularity and are controlling the party discourse -- forcing the issues around anti-immigration, anti-gay marriage, and other problems that the responsible party leaders don't want to see as the defining issues in 2016.

So, having created monsters like Trump, they now have to try to destroy him

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/07/04/1398607/-View-from-the-left-the-GOP-gets-Trumped
View from the left—the GOP gets Trumped

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/07/05/1398948/-Sunday-Talk-The-GOP-s-id-personified
The GOP's id

http://politicalwire.com/2015/07/04/hispanic-leaders-call-on-gop-to-condemn-trump/
Hispanic Leaders Call on GOP to Condemn Trump 

More: http://www.salon.com/2015/07/05/the_gops_pathetic_crybaby_agenda_trump_scalia_and_the_whiny_paranoid_new_face_of_the_right/

In advance of their get-together next week, looks like Bush and Romney are already coordinating their messages

http://www.nytimes.com/politics/first-draft/2015/07/04/romney-criticizes-trump-for-remarks-on-mexican-immigrants/?partner=rss&emc=rss
Mitt Romney Criticizes Donald Trump for Comments on Mexican Immigrants

http://www.nytimes.com/politics/first-draft/2015/07/04/an-angry-jeb-bush-says-he-takes-donald-trumps-remarks-personally/?partner=rss&emc=rss
Indignant Jeb Bush Says He Takes Donald Trump’s Remarks Personally

The conservative economic agenda

http://www.salon.com/2015/07/04/the_8_worst_economic_proposals_gop_candidates_are_considering_partner/

Bobby Jindal just won't take no for an answer

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/district-court-strikes-down-louisiana-ban
Third Federal Court Formally Strikes Down Louisiana's Gay Marriage Ban

More: http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/jindal-runs-out-options-marriage-rights

Ann Coulter is relevant again!

http://www.salon.com/2015/07/04/ann_coulter_is_white_supremacists_new_hero_the_most_nauseating_revelations_from_adios_america_partner/

The Sunday talk show line-ups

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/07/05/1398948/-Sunday-Talk-The-GOP-s-id-personified
NBC Meet the Press: Sen.Ted Cruz (R-TX); Roundtable: Chris Cillizza (Washington Post), Kathleen Parker (Washington Post), Carolyn Ryan (New York Times) and Former RNC Chairman Michael Steele.

CBS Face the Nation: Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN); Former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA); Roundtable: Ruth Marcus (Washington Post), Mike Allen (Politico), Peter Baker (New York Times) and Talk Show Host Fernando Espuelas.

ABC This Week: Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R); Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR); Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD); Roundtable: Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-TX), Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK), Anne Gearan (Washington Post) and Bill Kristol (Weekly Standard).

CNN State of the Union: Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT); Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R).


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Saturday, July 04, 2015

MOM AND DAD ARE ARGUING AGAIN


Home visits

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2015/07/03/romney-to-host-the-christies-at-his-new-hampshire-home/?wprss=rss_politics
Romney to host the Christies, Rubios at his New Hampshire home

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2015/07/03/jeb-bush-to-meet-with-mitt-romney-in-kennebunkport/?wprss=rss_politics
Jeb Bush to meet with Mitt Romney in Kennebunkport

More: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/04/us/politics/marco-rubios-donor-obstacles-no-base-and-another-floridian-is-running.html?partner=rss&emc=rss

The war on abortion rights keeps gaining ground

http://digbysblog.blogspot.co.uk/2015/07/dont-worry-your-pretty-little-heads.html

Theocracy watch

http://www.salon.com/2015/07/03/the_ugly_war_on_gay_rights_when_religious_freedom_becomes_freedom_from_laws/
The ugly war on gay rights: When “religious freedom” becomes “freedom from laws” 

Bonus item: Happy fourth of July!


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Friday, July 03, 2015

A SOCIALIST FOR PRESIDENT?

Bernie Sanders draws a 10,000 person crowd in Madison, Wisconsin (well, duh) and raises about a third as much money as Hillary Clinton. We like what Bernie says, but people are really trying to kid themselves

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2015/07/bernie-sanders-fills-big-arena-in-wisconsin.html
Bernie Sanders Fills Arena in Wisconsin With Nearly 10,000 Excited Supporters

http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal-a/2015_07/what_if_berniemania_spreads056383.php
What If Bernie-Mania Spreads?

http://www.vox.com/2015/7/2/8886703/bernie-sanders-15-million
Bernie Sanders' $15 million fundraising haul is a really big deal

http://www.vox.com/2015/7/2/8884351/bernie-sanders-rally-madison-video
Bernie Sanders is drawing bigger crowds than any other 2016 candidate

http://www.salon.com/2015/07/02/bernie_sanders_is_for_real_new_poll_shows_him_chipping_away_at_hillarys_lead_in_iowa/
Bernie Sanders is for real: New poll shows him chipping away at Hillary’s lead in Iowa 

http://www.salon.com/2015/07/02/bernie_sanders_surges_but_how_far_can_he_go/
Bernie Sanders surges — but how far can he go?

64th consecutive month of private sector job growth. Unemployment may soon be under 5%. But that might not really be good news

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/07/02/1397826/-Government-reports-223-000-new-jobs-created-in-June-Official-unemployment-rate-falls-to-5-3

But! http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2015/07/unemployment-rate-falls-to-7-year-low.html
However, the reason the unemployment rate keeps dropping isn't so sunny: The number of people in the workforce — 62.9 percent participation rate — is the lowest it's been since October 1977 . . .

http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2015/07/chart-day-net-new-jobs-june-sucks-sucks-sucks

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2015/07/02/4-percent-unemployment-might-be-the-new-5-percent-unemployment/

The Republicans show their priorities -- because obviously there's nothing else important to do

http://crooksandliars.com/2015/07/undeterred-boehner-presses-forward-aca
Undeterred, Boehner Presses Forward With ACA Lawsuit Against Administration

Consequences: http://www.nbcnews.com/meet-the-press/first-read-gop-party-big-business-no-more-n385696
Is the GOP the Party of Big Business No More?

Rand Paul redefines "minorities" (to include himself)

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2015/07/02/rand-paul-says-you-can-be-a-minority-because-of-your-politics-lets-break-that-down/?wprss=rss_politics

Why are people setting southern black churches on fire?

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/fivepoints/black-church-fires

Oh, let's just say it

http://www.salon.com/2015/07/02/this_despicable_oreilly_factor_segment_exposes_the_fundamental_ugliness_of_the_right_wing_worldview/
This despicable “O’Reilly Factor” segment exposes the fundamental ugliness of the right-wing worldview 

Fox World loves the Donald

http://crooksandliars.com/2015/07/monica-crowley-thinks-trump-great
 
Why? http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/07/02/1398720/-Why-is-Fox-News-so-invested-in-propping-up-Donald-Trump

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2015/07/why-are-conservatives-defending-donald-trump.html

Bonus item: Jon Stewart blasts the Trump apologists

http://crooksandliars.com/2015/07/jon-stewart-slams-trump-apologists-making

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Thursday, July 02, 2015

TRUMP RISING

The last thing the GOP presidential pool needs is Donald Trump with a high national profile -- but that's what they're getting

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/donald-trump-surges-and-democrats-cheer/2015/07/01/895d9e9e-1f5d-11e5-84d5-eb37ee8eaa61_story.html?hpid=z1?wprss=rss_politics

http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/politics/2015/07/cnn_trump_poll_why_republicans_love_donald_trump.html

More: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2015/07/01/donald-trump-is-on-the-rise-and-thats-very-bad-news-for-the-gop/

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/a-perfect-convergence

Rand Paul is a fool

http://crooksandliars.com/2015/06/case-you-missed-rand-pauls-racial

http://www.salon.com/2015/07/01/cliven_bundy_rand_pauls_new_bff_so_much_for_reaching_out_to_african_american_voters/

More: http://digbysblog.blogspot.co.uk/2015/07/rand-on-run.html

The struggle continues in southern states to find a way around the Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/wes-allen-probata-judges-alabama-marriage-licenses

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2015/06/29/can-a-texas-county-clerk-refuse-to-issue-a-gay-marriage-license-its-complicated/?wprss=rss_politics

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/07/01/1398340/-Indispensable-chart-of-how-many-counties-in-each-state-are-issuing-gay-marriage-licenses

More: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/fivepoints/gay-marriage-resistance-after-supreme-court-ruling

What Hillary's emails (don't) show

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2015/07/juiciest-revelations-from-hillarys-emails.html
15 Fun Tidbits From Hillary Clinton’s Emails

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/07/01/1398327/-Top-Hillary-Clinton-email-bombshells-include-struggles-with-fax-machine
Top Hillary Clinton email bombshells include struggles with fax machine

More: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/02/us/politics/emails-show-hillary-clinton-trying-to-find-her-place.html?partner=rss&emc=rss

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/01/us/politics/new-trove-of-hillary-clintons-emails-highlight-workaday-tasks-at-the-state-department.html?partner=rss&emc=rss

http://www.salon.com/2015/07/01/hillary_clinton_unloads_on_fox_news_and_more_what_we_learned_from_her_latest_email_dump/

http://www.vox.com/2015/7/1/8876279/Clinton-emails-damning-reporters
Why reporters won't find anything damning in Hillary Clinton's emails

Hillary is going to pull in a LOT of money

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2015/07/01/heres-just-how-impressive-hillary-clintons-45-million-haul-is/?wprss=rss_politics

Finally

http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal-a/2015_07/uscuba_relations_normalized056368.php
President Barack Obama announced Wednesday that the United States and Cuba have struck a deal to open embassies in each other’s capitals and re-establish diplomatic relations for the first time in half a century. . . .

Bonus item: More evidence that the GOP still hasn't figured out this Internet thing

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/bobby-jindal-askbobby-twiter-hashtag
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Wednesday, July 01, 2015

INSANE

These people are crazy

http://crooksandliars.com/2015/06/oreilly-goes-another-unhinged-rant
Yet Another Unhinged Rant As Bill O'Reilly Attacks Liberals And Supreme Court

http://www.nytimes.com/politics/first-draft/2015/06/30/ted-cruz-comes-to-the-defense-of-donald-trump/?partner=rss&emc=rss
Ted Cruz Comes to the Defense of Donald Trump

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/06/30/the-dumbest-stuff-donald-trump-has-ever-said.html
The Dumbest Stuff Donald Trump Has Ever Said

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/rand-paul-cliven-bundy-meeting
Rand Paul Privately Pow-Wows With Anti-Gov't Rancher Cliven Bundy

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/roy-moore-bactracks-gay-marriage-order
After causing confusion on Monday by stating that an Alabama Supreme Court order would stall gay marriage in the state for 25 days, Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore walked back his statement. . . 

http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/cruz-urges-officials-ignore-supreme-court-ruling
Cruz urges officials to ignore Supreme Court ruling

http://www.salon.com/2015/06/30/sean_hannity_same_sex_marriage_supporters_are_part_of_a_plot_to_destroy_christian_businesses/
Sean Hannity: Same-sex marriage supporters are part of a plot to destroy Christian businesses

Smart move

http://www.salon.com/2015/06/30/gop_declares_war_on_the_supreme_court_whats_really_behind_the_reactionary_plot_against_the_judiciary/
GOP declares war on the Supreme Court: What’s really behind the reactionary plot against the judiciary 

They CAN'T

http://www.nationaljournal.com/off-to-the-races/a-momentous-week-and-a-gop-that-needs-to-change-20150629
A Momentous Week, and a GOP That Needs to Change

Jeb's big bucks

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2015/06/jeb-bush-has-made-at-least-29m-since-2007.html

More: http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2015/06/jeb-bushs-finances-could-spell-trouble-him-gop-primaries
Jeb Bush's Finances Could Spell Trouble For Him in the GOP Primaries

A hell of a way to start a presidential campaign (if that's even what this narcissistic sideshow is)

http://www.vulture.com/2015/06/trump-500-million-univision.html
Donald Trump Files $500 Million Suit Against Univision

More: http://www.salon.com/2015/06/30/donald_trumps_glorious_comeuppance_americas_biggest_buffoon_is_finally_getting_what_he_deserves/

Obama's new overtime pay rule

http://www.vox.com/2015/6/30/8868899/obama-overtime-minimum-wage

More; http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2015/06/30/republicans-will-hate-obamas-new-overtime-rule-but-they-cant-do-anything-about-it/
Republicans will hate Obama’s new overtime rule, but they can’t do anything about it

What the hell is going on in Greece?

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2015/06/30/greece-just-defaulted-but-the-danger-is-only-beginning/
Greece just defaulted, but the danger is only beginning

More: http://www.vox.com/2015/6/30/8868363/greece-crisis-default-austerity

http://www.vox.com/2015/6/30/8867939/greece-economic-crisis

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2015/06/30/7-questions-about-greeces-huge-crisis-you-were-too-embarrassed-to-ask/

The future of the euro: http://www.vox.com/2015/6/30/8868973/euro-greece-crisis-mistake

http://www.vox.com/2015/6/30/8868393/greek-economic-crisis-europe-defense

Theocracy watch

http://digbysblog.blogspot.co.uk/2015/06/the-christian-right-at-war-with-itself.html
The Christian right at war with itself

More: http://firedoglake.com/2015/06/30/too-bad-so-sad-that-the-sky-is-falling-for-christian-hypocrites/
Christian hypocrites


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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

THE GOOD STUFF

Some more good Supreme Court decisions

http://crooksandliars.com/2015/06/scotus-rejects-requirement-citizenship
SCOTUS Rejects Requirement For Citizenship Proof In Voter Registration

More: http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal-a/2015_06/independent_redistricting_comm056319.php

http://www.vox.com/2015/6/29/8845275/supreme-court-arizona-redistricting

http://www.salon.com/2015/06/29/supreme_court_deals_big_blow_to_texas_anti_choicers_justices_allow_abortion_clinics_to_remain_open/
Supreme Court deals big blow to Texas anti-choicers: Justices allow abortion clinics to remain open  

http://www.vox.com/2015/6/29/8864319/supreme-court-texas-abortion 

But . . .  some other decisions too: http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/supreme-court-offers-more-surprises-terms-last-day

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2015/06/heres-what-else-the-supreme-court-did-today.html

Yep, it looks like the GOPers are really prepared to burn the house down over gay marriage

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/06/29/1397753/-There-s-a-giant-victim-culture-temper-tantrum-coming-from-the-Christian-right
There's a giant victim culture temper tantrum coming from the Christian right

More: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/bobby-jindal-religious-freedom-gay-marriage-supreme-court

http://crooksandliars.com/2015/06/ted-cruz-will-support-texas-county-clerks

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/cafe/gay-marriage-scotus-ross-douthat-oppression-vs-love

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2015/06/29/gop-candidates-will-now-have-to-promise-supreme-court-litmus-tests/

http://www.salon.com/2015/06/29/gop_candidates_same_sex_marriage_test_whos_willing_to_be_honest_about_what_just_happened/

http://crooksandliars.com/2015/06/jon-stewart-explains-why-republicans-wont
Jon Stewart Explains Why Republicans Won't Win On Gay Marriage

Will the GOP keep banging their heads against the wall of Obamacare?

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/06/29/1397758/-Will-the-GOP-take-one-more-stab-at-winning-the-White-House-on-Obamacare-repeal

Jeb "W" Bush had the chance a week ago to speak out on the Confederate flag, when it might have actually made a difference. As recounted here, he wimped out. Now that the decision has already been made to take it down, this is just a cheap, empty stunt

http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/jeb-bush-in-south-carolina-calls-confederate-flag-racist/2015/06/29/e6a40366-1e74-11e5-84d5-eb37ee8eaa61_story.html?wprss=rss_politics
Jeb Bush, in South Carolina, calls Confederate flag ‘racist’ 

Is he a moron, or does he think we are?

http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/elections/presidential/caucus/2015/06/27/donald-trump-winterset-iowa-visit/29415555/
Donald Trump says if he gets elected president, he would have to change his hair style because he wouldn't have time to maintain it . . .

NBC to Trump: You're fired!

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/donald-trump-nbc-universal

http://www.vox.com/2015/6/29/8863309/donald-trump-nbc-fired-apprentice-miss-usa

Trump responds: http://digbysblog.blogspot.co.uk/2015/06/youre-all-weak-i-tell-you-weak.html
"If NBC is so weak and so foolish to not understand the serious illegal immigration problem in the United States . . ."


Bonus item: John Oliver gives us a video of five years of predictions about the death of Obamacare
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