Thursday, November 20, 2014

THEY HAD THEIR CHANCE

Obama decides to move ahead with immigration reform

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/20/us/politics/obamacare-unlikely-for-undocumented-immigrants.html?partner=rss&emc=rss

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2014/11/what-to-expect-from-obamas-immigration-speech.html

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2014/11/19/your-complete-guide-to-obamas-immigration-order/

http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/politics/2014/11/president_obama_wants_to_hit_republicans_hard_on_immigration_he_is_no_longer.html

How will the GOP react? http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/11/19/1345935/-Republicans-debate-whether-to-kick-scream-or-hold-their-breath-over-Obama-s-immigration-plans

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/11/20/the-coming-gop-freakout-over-immigration.html

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/what-would-that-look-like
Sen. Tom Coburn (R) of Oklahoma is half warning, half threatening that the President's impending immigration executive order could lead to "instances of anarchy [or] violence." 

http://crooksandliars.com/2014/11/rep-mike-kelly-obama-dragging-us-civil-war
Rep. Mike Kelly: Obama Dragging Us Into Civil War

http://politicalwire.com/2014/11/19/bachmann-says-obama-wants-illiterate-immigrants-as-voters/
Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) told the Washington Post that the immigrants given new protections by President Obama could become “illiterate” Democratic voters.

Colbert: http://www.salon.com/2014/11/19/stephen_colbert_lampoons_the_gops_plans_to_retaliate_over_obama_immigration_action/

Time to call b.s. on the Repubs whining that Obama is hurting the climate for cooperation. What evidence have we ever had that they are willing to cooperate with him?

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2014/11/19/paul-ryan-obama-already-hurting-chances-for-2015-cooperation/

More: http://www.salon.com/2014/11/19/gops_politics_of_hurt_feelings_why_their_go_to_excuse_for_inaction_makes_no_sense/
 GOP’s politics of hurt feelings

The Republican leadership says they don't want another govt shutdown - but they said that last time too. Here's why it happened anyway - and why it could happen again

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

http://www.salon.com/2014/11/19/gops_shutdown_civil_war_looms_why_party_leadership_is_already_at_odds_with_conservatives/

http://prospect.org/article/how-republicans-are-learning-love-shutdown

Are the Dems out of new ideas?

http://www.vox.com/2014/11/19/7245775/democrats-new-ideas

The new GOP plan to steal electoral votes

http://crooksandliars.com/2014/11/republicans-new-plan-rig-2016-electoral

The Republican House leadership is all white, all men except one. Here is the Democratic leadership

http://www.nationaljournal.com/congress/house-republicans-just-picked-21-committee-chairs-20-are-men-20141118

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/11/19/1346006/-No-surprise-House-Democratic-leadership-much-more-diverse-than-GOP-s

The GOP war on science

http://www.salon.com/2014/11/19/house_republicans_just_passed_a_bill_forbidding_scientists_from_advising_the_epa_on_their_own_research/
House Republicans just passed a bill forbidding scientists from advising the EPA on their own research

More: http://www.salon.com/2014/11/19/house_republicans_pass_yet_another_underhanded_attack_on_science/
  
NSA reform is hard to do

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/11/19/1345998/-Senate-Republicans-block-NSA-reform-nbsp-bill

http://www.salon.com/2014/11/19/is_the_law_good_is_the_law_bad_why_the_nsa_debate_over_legality_is_so_misguided/

You can buy Barilla pasta again

http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/human-rights-campaign-says-barilla-has-turned-around-its-policies-on-lgbt/2014/11/18/9866efde-6e92-11e4-8808-afaa1e3a33ef_story.html?wprss=rss_politics

Bonus item: If you've never watched an OK Go video, you have a treat in store -- here's their latest (if you like it, check out their others)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u1ZB_rGFyeU

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

CIVICS LESSONS

Keystone XL pipeline fails by one vote (big loser: Mary Landrieu (D-LA)

http://crooksandliars.com/2014/11/senate-keystone-xl-vote-fails-clear

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2014/11/senate-democrats-reject-keystone-xl-pipeline.html

http://www.salon.com/2014/11/18/keystone_xl_bill_dies_in_the_senate/

http://www.vox.com/2014/11/18/7243885/keystone-bill-fails-senate

Let's make a deal? http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2014/11/can-obama-trade-keystone-for-something.html

http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/obama-eyes-possible-trade-keystone-pipeline

Bad

http://www.vox.com/2014/11/18/7241987/usa-freedom-senate-vote
The Senate rejected a bill to limit NSA spying

More: http://news.firedoglake.com/2014/11/18/obama-endorses-faux-nsa-reform/

Trouble ahead in Ferguson, Missouri?

http://www.salon.com/2014/11/19/a_racial_state_of_emergency_how_we_prepare_for_devastation_in_ferguson/

NOT a mandate

http://www.salon.com/2014/11/18/how_republicans_won_57_percent_of_house_seats_with_just_52_percent_of_the_national_vote/
How Republicans won 57 percent of House seats with just 52 percent of the national vote

Hyperbole alert

http://www.salon.com/2014/11/19/a_republican_congress_might_actually_be_the_end_of_the_world_partner/
Why a Republican Congress might actually be the end of the world 

The stupidity of "Grubergate"

http://politicalwire.com/2014/11/19/gop-doubles-down-on-stupidity-gaffe/

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2014/11/conservatives-now-losing-it-over-grubergate.html

http://www.salon.com/2014/11/18/gops_real_stupidity_scandal_why_the_right%E2%80%99s_grubergate_dishonesty_is_worse_than_you_think/

When sports news becomes real news

http://www.salon.com/2014/11/19/happy_valley_what_really_went_wrong_at_penn_state/ 

Theocracy makes you dumb

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/11/18/1345754/-Mississippi-tea-partiers-seek-to-recognize-Christianity-as-the-state-s-principal-religion
Mississippi tea partiers seek to recognize Christianity as the state's 'principal' religion

More: http://crooksandliars.com/2014/11/praise-lord-and-pass-ammunition 

News flash: TV pundits don't really know what they're talking about

http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2014/11/political-journalism-bs-112911.html#.VGyK8tY8SUg

CNN's ugly moment

http://mediamatters.org/video/2014/11/18/cnns-don-lemon-to-cosby-rape-accuser-you-know-t/201625

Bonus item: Uber is evil. Use Lyft instead

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/okay-wtf-is-the-matter-with-uber

More: http://on.msnbc.com/1zBpAvO

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/11/19/the-ten-worst-uber-horror-stories.html

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2014/11/acting-like-jerks-not-quite-working-out-for-uber.html

http://www.vox.com/2014/11/18/7243093/uber-privacy-problems

http://www.vox.com/2014/11/18/7240295/uber-privacy

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

EXECUTIVE ORDERS

Stop me if you've heard this one before: GOPers are furious with Obama for doing something Republican presidents did all the time

http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/unprecedented-except-all-the-other-times
Unprecedented, except for all the other times

More: http://crooksandliars.com/2014/11/two-republican-presidents-used-executive
Two Republican Presidents Used Executive Orders To Protect Immigrants

I jess cain't quit yew . . . 

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/government-shutdown-wars
Why Republicans Can't Quit The Government Shutdown Game

More: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/the-return-of-the-gop-shutdown-golem

http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/gop-leaders-fear-new-round-shutdown-politics

http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal-a/2014_11/back_to_the_shutdown_brink052959.php

http://www.salon.com/2014/11/17/mcconnells_looming_apocalypse_gop_conservatives_plan_budget_showdown/
The Beltway is pretending that the GOP wants to “govern.” A showdown over a budget deal will test that premise 

The Cruzians

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/11/17/1345507/-Senate-Republicans-soon-to-be-in-disarra

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/11/17/the-new-cruzians-are-ready-to-make-life-hell-for-mitch-mcconnell.html

More: http://www.vox.com/xpress/2014/11/17/7234163/pew-election-poll
American politics is about to get more right-wing


The rightward shift of the states

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/11/18/gop-states-hitlist-abortion-unions-hillary.html

Cheats

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/outside-groups-twitter-accounts-bruno-gianelli-election-law
CNN: GOPers Used Secret Twitter Code To Get Around Election Laws

Will they be caught? http://talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/gop-coordination-internal-polling-twitter-cnn-chris-moody
Why It's So Hard To Bust GOPers For Twitter Election Code Scheme

Why people didn't vote

http://americablog.com/2014/11/why-didnt-people-vote-year.html 

Theocracy watch

http://www.salon.com/2014/11/17/6_reasons_why_religion_does_more_harm_than_good_partner/
6 reasons why religion does more harm than good

Bonus item: Brent or Ethan? Tammy or Abigail? The reddest and bluest names

http://www.vox.com/xpress/2014/11/17/7233961/baby-names-political-views 

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Monday, November 17, 2014

DOUBLE DEALING

Mitch McConnell is FOS

Oct 2013: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/mcconnell-there-will-not-be-another-government-shutdown/
McConnell: "There will not be another government shutdown"

Aug 2014: http://www.usnews.com/opinion/articles/2014/08/20/mitch-mcconnell-threatens-to-shut-down-the-government-pundits-react
Mitch McConnell Threatens to Shut Down the Government

Later Aug 2014: http://www.cnn.com/2014/08/28/politics/mitch-mcconnell-shutdowns/
McConnell: Shutdowns are a 'failed policy'

Nov 2014: http://politicalwire.com/2014/11/16/mcconnell-works-to-avoid-another-shutdown/
McConnell Works to Avoid Another Shutdown 

Will Obama veto a Keystone XL bill?

http://crooksandliars.com/2014/11/durbin-expects-obama-veto-keystone-xl

More: http://crooksandliars.com/2014/11/whitehouse-completely-destroys-fox-news
Whitehouse Completely Destroys Fox News Talking Points On Keystone XL Pipeline

More: http://firedoglake.com/2014/11/16/late-night-say-bye-bye-keystone-xl/ 

No, Republicans DON'T really want tax reform. They have adopted a post-policy view of politics -- it is better for them to accomplish nothing than to be seen as associated with collaboration and compromise

http://prospect.org/article/how-badly-do-republicans-want-tax-reform-maybe-not-badly

More: http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal-a/2014_11/republicans_have_no_incentive052949.php
Republicans have no incentive to moderate or govern

Impeachment. Are you kidding me?

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/11/16/1344809/-Criminalizing-liberalism

The will make your head explode. Mitt Romney says, "'The President Has Got To Learn That He Lost." Uh . . . Mitt . . .?

http://crooksandliars.com/2014/11/romney-president-has-got-learn-he-lost

Another potential GOP presidential candidate is tripped up by the rules

http://politicalwire.com/2014/11/16/gop-rule-could-hamper-presidential-bid-by-ryan/

The Metro South

http://prospect.org/article/report-south-urgently-needs-infrastructure-opportunity

More: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/11/16/1344692/-How-the-racists-of-the-South-have-ruled-this-nation-from-the-very-beginning

Bonus item: Memories . . .

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/11/16/1344081/-The-best-and-worst-campaign-ads-of-the-2014-general-election
The best and worst campaign ads of the 2014 general election

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Saturday, November 15, 2014

SUNDAY BRIEFS

Posted from the airport, in transit . . .
 
The next Obamacare open enrollment period has just started. How will it go?
http://www.vox.com/2014/11/15/7220135/obamacare-open-enrollment-healthcaregov

http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2014/11/two-important-notes-anyone-renewing-obamacare-coverage

Hey! http://politicalwire.com/2014/11/15/obamacare-gets-high-marks-after-first-year/
Obamacare Gets High Marks After First Year  

More on the Democrats' loss of the white working class

http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal-a/2014_11/another_look_at_the_white_work052912.php

More: http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal-a/2014_11/misery_index_part_i052941.php

http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal-a/2014_11/misery_index_part_ii052942.php

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/16/upshot/how-the-gop-can-court-the-working-class.html?partner=rss&emc=rss

What could go wrong?

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/us-weighs-expanded-cia-training-arming-of-syrian-allies-struggling-against-assad/2014/11/14/227abfe4-6c17-11e4-9fb4-a622dae742a2_story.html
U.S. weighs expanded CIA training, arming of Syrian allies struggling against Assad

Bonus item: OMG -- a chocolate shortage?

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2014/11/15/the-worlds-biggest-chocolate-maker-says-were-running-out-of-chocolate/

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NOT ACTING LIKE A LAME DUCK

Good

http://americablog.com/2014/11/lame-duck-obama.html

http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/president-bounces-the-ropes

More: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2014/11/14/six-reasons-why-the-whole-obamas-back-meme-is-ridiculous/

What can Obama do if the Supreme Court strikes down healthcare subsidies?

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/11/14/1343787/-How-the-White-House-could-circumvent-the-U-S-Supreme-Court-on-Obamacare-nbsp-subsidies

Obama picks a fight over immigration

http://www.salon.com/2014/11/14/obamas_big_immigration_strike_what_you_need_to_know_about_the_road_ahead/
 
http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/politics/2014/11/obama_immigration_liberals_and_conservatives_are_overplaying_the_significance.html

How can any informed reporter write this? When have the Republicans paid ANY price for their relentless obstructionism?

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/15/us/republicans-immigration-congress-obama.html?partner=rss&emc=rss
President Obama’s insistence on unilateral action to overhaul immigration has given Republicans a compelling political target, but one that could leave the party seeming obstructionist.

Another shutdown? http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/heritage-amnesty-government-shutdown

http://prospect.org/article/political-very-personal

Oh, just wait

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/11/14/1344851/-McConnell-brings-Republican-hypocrisy-to-a-new-low-and-that-s-saying-something
McConnell brings Republican hypocrisy to a new low

I've said it here before: Charles Krauthammer is the most intellectually dishonest pundit out there today

http://digbysblog.blogspot.be/2014/11/krauthammer-takes-bait.html

http://www.salon.com/2014/11/14/fox_revs_up_impeachment_lunacy_with_krauthammer_at_the_wheel/

More: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/republicans-want-impeachment-obama-executive-action-immigration

A broken system

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/11/14/what-if-the-united-states-had-no-attorney-general.html
Senate Democrats face a choice: pushing through AG nominee Loretta Lynch, or filling 231 executive-branch vacancies. They won’t get both.

Rand Paul wants to run for Senate and President at the same time. Turns out that's illegal - so what will he do?

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/rand-paul-run-president-and-re-election

http://crooksandliars.com/2014/11/rand-paul-tries-skirt-kentucky-election

How to fix the FISA court

https://www.emptywheel.net/2014/11/14/how-to-fix-the-fisa-court-or-not/

Damn facts

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2014/11/14/more-guns-more-crime-new-research-debunks-a-central-thesis-of-the-gun-rights-movement/
More guns, more crime: New research debunks a central thesis of the gun rights movement

The Keystone XL pipeline debate: get up to speed

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

Fox World's dirty old men

http://prospect.org/article/fox-news-where-conservative-senior-citizens-get-look-half-naked-girls

Bonus item: Wow - don't quite know how to describe this one

http://www.glennbeck.com/2014/11/12/the-immortal-turns-santa-claus-into-the-warrior-protector-of-a-young-jesus-christ/

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Friday, November 14, 2014

IMMIGRATION REFORM


Looks like Obama's plan is coming soon 

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/14/us/obama-immigration.html

Not good

http://www.vox.com/2014/11/13/7216423/isis-al-qaeda-alliance
ISIS and al-Qaeda may have just joined forces in Syria 

A deal with Iran? 

http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/foreigners/2014/11/iran_s_domestic_obstacles_to_nuclear_deal_president_hassan_rouhani_and_foreign.html

Elizabeth Warren takes a big step up

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/11/13/elizabeth-warren-senate_n_6149454.html

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/elizabeth-warren-senate-democratic-leadership

http://www.vox.com/2014/11/13/7211547/elizabeth-warren-senate-leadership

More: http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2014/11/elizabeth-warren-gets-promotion-or-does-she
Am I the only person who thinks this is probably not a great move for Warren? 

No, Republicans DON'T "have to show they can govern" 

http://pressthink.org/2014/11/republicans-must-show-they-can-govern-no-they-dont-please-stop-saying-that/

The GOPers see scandals everywhere they look

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/11/13/1344734/-Republicans-ginning-up-Benghazi-like-outrage-over-Gruber-nbsp-gaffe
Republicans ginning up Benghazi-like outrage over Gruber gaffeRepublicans ginning up Benghazi-like outrage over Gruber gaffe

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/11/12/1344445/-GOP-threatens-to-block-Loretta-Lynch-over-executive-power-they-demanded-for-lame-duck-Bush
GOP threatens to block Loretta Lynch over executive power they demanded for lame-duck Bush

http://politicalwire.com/2014/11/13/mcconnell-says-hes-disturbed-by-obamas-actions/
Incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) declared that he was “very disturbed” by President Obama’s recent attempts to exercise his executive powers . . .

More: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/11/13/1344675/-The-fight-to-be-House-Republicans-top-scandalmonger-heats-up

Sigh

http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2014/11/can-we-talk-heres-why-white-working-class-hates-democrats
Here's Why the White Working Class Hates Democrats
 
What's going to happen with net neutrality?

http://www.vox.com/2014/11/13/7204657/net-neutrality-obama-wheeler

Bonus item: Philae

http://www.vox.com/2014/11/13/7211229/philae-photos-comet-rosetta
Photos from the Philae landing: What a comet's surface looks like up close

http://www.vox.com/2014/11/11/7185827/philae-rosetta-comet

Oh-oh: http://www.vox.com/2014/11/13/7214941/philae-comet-rosetta
Philae is stuck in a shadowy crater. Its battery is dying. What happens next?

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Thursday, November 13, 2014

SO, WHAT ELSE IS NEW?

In case you had any doubts about where things are heading

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2014/11/12/republicans-dont-want-their-leaders-working-with-president-obama-at-all/
Republicans don’t want their leaders working with President Obama. At all.

Yes, they're already talking about another govt shutdown

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/11/12/1344351/-Senate-Republicans-signaling-shutdown-threat-over-immigration
 

"McConnell sharply criticizes Obama’s climate change deal with China"

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2014/11/12/mcconnell-sharply-criticizes-obamas-climate-change-deal-with-china/
Well, that didn't take long. . . 

More: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2014/11/12/inhofe-denounces-us-china-climate-deal-calls-it-hollow-and-a-charade/

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2014/11/china-tries-to-save-earth-republicans-furious.html
 
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/11/12/1344397/-Republican-climate-deniers-rail-against-U-S-China-climate-accord
 
http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/us-china-climate-change-deal

The latest Republican case of the vapors

http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/gops-anti-obamacare-push-gains-new-momentum-in-wake-of-gruber-video/2014/11/12/e0d6b4d2-6aa7-11e4-9fb4-a622dae742a2_story.html?wprss=rss_politics
GOP’s anti-Obamacare push gains new momentum in wake of Gruber video

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2014/11/12/hearings-floated-as-hill-republicans-seize-on-gruber-obamacare-comments/
 
More: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2014/11/12/why-jonathan-gruber-wont-change-the-obamacare-debate/

http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2014/11/jonathan-gruber-says-nothing-new-gets-hammered-it
 
http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/white-house-gruber-comments-simple-not-true

Step aside Michele and Sarah: there's a new Queen of Crazytown

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/joni-ernst-wingnut-list 

Ted Cruz: the coloring-book

http://crooksandliars.com/2014/11/its-bird-its-plane-no-its-super-ted-cruz

A look back: the FBI's war against MLK

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/read-fbi-letter-threatening-mlk

Bonus item: I know the GOP is feeling pretty good about itself, but they'd better not pick a fight with Bruce

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/bruce-springsteen-conservatives-veterans-fortunate-son 

More: http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/conservatives-confused-fortunate-son

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