Monday, August 31, 2015

AND STAY THERE!

Scott Walker, comedian

http://politicalwire.com/2015/08/30/walker-would-consider-building-wall-on-canadian-border/
Walker Would Consider Building Wall on Canadian Border 

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2015/08/scott-walker-suggests-northern-border-wall.html
America's border with Canada is more than 5,500 miles long . . . 

Walker's feckless campaign

http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/what-happened-to-scott-walker/2015/08/30/95a870c6-4d06-11e5-84df-923b3ef1a64b_story.html?postshare=6231440974648320
Walker’s backers see a campaign discombobulated by Trump’s booming popularity and by his provocative language on immigration, China and other issues. They see in Walker a candidate who — in contrast to the discipline he showed in state races — continues to commit unforced errors, either out of lack of preparation or in an attempt to grab for part of the flamboyant businessman’s following. . . .

Chris Cillizza: Six thoughts on the Democratic race

http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/six-thoughts-about-the-state-of-the-democratic-race/2015/08/30/d9d88ed8-4f19-11e5-8c19-0b6825aa4a3a_story.html

The Racist Party

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/08/31/behind-trump-the-gop-really-is-becoming-the-racist-party.html

For the Rich Guy, all the options are good for him, and bad for the GOP

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2015/08/what-is-the-trump-endgame.html

Liz Cheney tells America how it feels about her Dad

http://crooksandliars.com/2015/08/liz-cheney-america-feels-gratitude-my-dad

George Will explains that the Virgina shooter was a "gay African-American.' So there

http://crooksandliars.com/2015/08/george-will-gay-african-american-killed-tv

Bonus item: Donald Trump can't tell you his favorite Bible verse - so a few other wags give it a try

http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2015/08/30/here-are-the-greatest-classiest-verses-in-the-trump-bible/

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Sunday, August 30, 2015

SCREWED

"Again"?

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/08/29/1415469/-Senate-Republicans-are-working-with-corporate-America-to-screw-over-the-working-poor-again
Senate Republicans are working with corporate America to screw over the working poor, again

More: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/08/29/1414360/-Yes-Republicans-really-want-to-screw-the-poor-on-Obamacare
Yes, Republicans really want to screw the poor on Obamacare 

Trouble in Jebland 

http://www.politico.com/story/2015/08/jeb-bush-president-2016-fundraisers-problems-213156#ixzz3kDamExSE
Top Jeb fundraisers leave campaign amid troubling signs

More: http://www.vox.com/2015/8/29/9225115/bush-aides-leave-campaign
Campaign staff don’t flee winning campaigns

Now that it looks as if they will fail to block the Iran deal, Repubs seek out other ways to undermine it

http://www.vox.com/2015/8/29/9222771/iran-deal-senate-vote
Obama's Iran deal is now near certain to survive Congress

http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2015/08/gop-hauling-out-tired-old-weapons-sink-iran-deal
GOP Hauling Out Tired Old Weapons to Sink Iran Deal

Some Dems too: http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2015/08/29/dems-say-party-chair-blocked-iran-resolution-at-dnc-meeting/
Dems say party chair blocked Iran resolution at DNC meeting

[NB: Was she afraid it would fail? Or that it would pass?]

Did Hillary just call the Repubs "terrorists"?

http://www.vox.com/2015/8/29/9224353/hillary-clinton-terrorists-republicans
"Now, extreme views about women, we expect that from some of the terrorist groups," Clinton said on the stump Thursday. "But it’s a little hard to take coming from Republicans who want to be the president of the United States."

[NB: I don't read it that way]

The Sunday talk show line-ups

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/08/30/1416381/-Sunday-Talk-Through-the-looking-glass
NBC Meet the Press: Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R); Roundtable: Matt Bai (Yahoo News), Helene Cooper (New York Times), Melissa Harris-Perry (MSNBC) and Republican Strategist Steve Schmidt.

CBS Face the Nation: Louisiana Gov. Bobb Jindal (R); New Orleans, LA Mayor Mitch Landrieu (D); Historian Douglas Brinkley; Photojournalist Mario Tama; Mark Zandi (Moody's Analytics); Roundtable: Jeffrey Goldberg (The Atlantic), Ed O'Keefe (Washington Post), Mark Leibovich (New York Times Magazine) and Pollster Ann Selzer.

ABC This Week: Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT); Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R); Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN); Roundtable: Julie Pace (Associated Press), LZ Granderson (ESPN), Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA) and Cokie Roberts (ABC News).

CNN State of the Union: Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT); Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN). 

Bonus item: The news media, in film
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Saturday, August 29, 2015

THE MORNING AFTER


"I sobered up"

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/08/29/palin-interviews-trump-bores-everybody.html
On her fledgling, and embarrassingly low-tech, network, Sarah Palin interviewed Donald Trump, and managed a feat no journalist has yet. She made it boring. 

Theocracy watch: I am shocked, SHOCKED 

http://politicalwire.com/2015/08/29/church-says-trump-not-an-active-member/
Church Says Trump Not an Active Member  

Meanwhile . . . 

http://www.salon.com/2015/08/28/evangelicals_love_donald_trump_how_a_thrice_married_new_york_braggart_won_them_over_and_why_its_so_scary/
Evangelicals love Donald Trump 

Thanks for explaining 

http://crooksandliars.com/2015/08/ben-carson-says-there-war-whats-inside
Ben Carson Says There Is 'War On What's Inside Of Women, But Not A War On Women'

Bonus item: A GREAT phony Trump ad
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Friday, August 28, 2015

THE JERK

Yes, great idea

http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2015/08/27/trump-maybe-america-should-try-making-a-jerk-president/
Trump: Maybe America should try making a jerk president 

http://www.salon.com/2015/08/28/donald_trump_plays_a_dangerous_game_the_dark_side_of_making_america_great_again/
Donald Trump plays a dangerous game: The dark side of making America great again 

His numbers are soaring: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/lord-trump

http://politicalwire.com/2015/08/27/pollsters-dumbfounded-by-trump-rise/
Pollsters Dumbfounded by Trump 

Theocracy watch: the Rich Guy says the Bible is his favorite book -- but don't ask him any questions about it

http://www.salon.com/2015/08/27/watch_donald_trump_refuse_to_name_any_verses_in_his_favorite_book_the_bible/

http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2015/08/donald-trump-bible-great-um-lets-not-get-specifics

Here it comes again: the GOPers, who used the filibuster relentlessly to force every vote into a supermajority when Dems were in control, now think the filibuster is a terrible thing

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2015/08/republican-outraged-minority-can-filibuster.html

http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/gop-discovers-it-doesnt-filibusters-after-all

The start of an all-purpose joke: put "Scott Walker" and "foreign policy" into the same sentence

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/08/27/1416013/-Scott-Walker-to-give-big-foreign-policy-speech-possibly-including-actual-foreign-policy 

Hillary's email problem just won't go away

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/28/us/politics/hillary-clintons-handling-of-email-issue-frustrates-democratic-leaders.html?partner=rss&emc=rss

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2015/08/can-hillary-clinton-move-past-emailgate.html

Why the Joe Biden speculation is overdone

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/cafe/joe-biden-campaign-2016
The more you look at the Biden bandwagon, it looks more like a ghost ship being pulled through the mist by a combination of hungry political reporters, Hillary haters (including most of the conservative media), and Delaware-based Friends of Joe who, of course, would love to see him run.  . . .

More: http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2015/08/joe-biden-note-sure-he-has-emotional-fuel-run-president
Joe Biden Not Sure He Has "Emotional Fuel" To Run For President 

The Planned Parenthood videos were doctored (what a surprise). Here's how

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/08/27/1416005/-Expert-analysis-finds-Planned-Parenthood-videos-and-transcripts-doctored-by-anti-choice-nbsp-group

http://www.vox.com/2015/8/28/9217323/planned-parenthood-tapes-edited

Bonus item: When presidents started wearing pants
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Thursday, August 27, 2015

ALL HAT

http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/his-goal-make-america-great-again-its-his-hat
‘His goal is to make America great again; it’s on his hat’

Is this how to do it?

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/donald-trump-asian-imitation-video
Trump Imitates Asians During Iowa Campaign Stop

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/donald-trump-david-duke-bloomberg-politics-interview-taxes
Trump Responds To Praise From White Supremacists: 'Everyone Likes Me'

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/jorge-ramos-donald-trump-supporter
Trump Supporter To Jorge Ramos: 'Get Out Of My Country'

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/08/26/1415663/-Spanish-language-media-airs-its-disgust-of-Trump
Spanish-language media airs its disgust of Trump

More: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/donald-trump-jorge-ramos-problem
How Donald Trump Made The GOP's Latino Problem Way Worse

http://politicalwire.com/2015/08/26/graham-says-trump-appeals-to-the-dark-side/
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) told CNN that Donald Trump is appealing to the “dark side” of the Republican party. . . .
 
The know-nothings

http://politicalwire.com/2015/08/26/trump-proves-facts-dont-always-matter/
 Trump Proves Facts Don’t Always Matter 

More: http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal-a/2015_08/epistemic_closure_comes_back_t057298.php
Five years ago Julian Sanchez did us the favor of defining a pattern among conservatives that he called “epistemic closure.” . . .

Hey, look

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/08/26/1415688/-Hillary-Clinton-s-poll-numbers-haven-t-dropped-at-all-and-this-one-chart-proves-it
Hillary Clinton's poll numbers haven't dropped at all—and this one chart proves it

If Joe Biden runs, he's going to get hammered for this

http://www.vox.com/2015/8/26/9208983/joe-biden-black-lives-matter

More: http://www.salon.com/2015/08/26/the_case_against_joe_biden_2016_why_remind_democrats_hes_even_less_liberal_than_hillary/
The case against Joe Biden 2016

Something new in Fox World

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/08/26/1415701/-Cruz-smears-Megyn-Kelly-as-a-mainstream-media-liberal-journalist-cuz-she-asked-him-a-question
Ted Cruz smears Megyn Kelly as a 'mainstream media liberal journalist' cuz she asked him a question

More: http://www.salon.com/2015/08/26/the_rino_ing_of_megyn_kelly_has_trump_made_it_okay_for_all_candidates_to_blow_her_off/


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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

DON'T WANNA HEAR IT

Refusing to accept good news

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/08/25/1415409/-Deficit-likely-to-hit-8-year-low-as-the-usual-Republican-manufactured-debt-ceiling-crisis-looms
Deficit likely to hit eight-year low as usual Republican-manufactured debt ceiling 'crisis' looms

http://www.vox.com/2015/8/25/9206209/obamacare-insurance-gif
It's been 33 years since America's uninsured problem was this small

http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/gop-starting-panic-over-guantanamo-plan
White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest told reporters a few weeks ago that officials are “in the final stages of drafting a plan” to close the Guantanamo Bay detention facility for good. As part of the process, military personnel are ”assessing sites on U.S. soil that might serve as facilities for Guantanamo Bay detainees.”  And it’s against this backdrop that some congressional Republicans are starting to panic.  . . .

The GOP is nervous

http://crooksandliars.com/2015/08/frank-luntz-legs-are-shaking-support
Frank Luntz: 'Legs Are Shaking' At The Support For Donald Trump

More: http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/new-polling-tells-gop-what-it-doesnt-want-hear

The Republicans seem determined to remain the party of angry white men

http://www.nytimes.com/politics/first-draft/2015/08/25/jeb-bushs-choice-of-words-upsets-asian-americans/?partner=rss&emc=rss
Jeb Bush’s Choice of Words Upsets Asian-Americans

[NB: "choice of words"?]

http://www.vox.com/2015/8/25/9207385/anchor-babies-asian
Jeb Bush, “anchor babies,” and America’s deep legacy of anti–Asian American racism

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2015/08/cruz-wont-say-if-hed-deport-immigrants-kids.html
Ted Cruz Won’t Tell Megyn Kelly If He’d Deport the Children of Undocumented Immigrants

http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2015/08/25/and-then-donald-trump-kicked-tvs-most-influential-latino-newsman-out-of-a-press-conference/
Donald Trump kicked TV’s most influential Latino newsman out of a press conference

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/08/25/1415405/-Former-KKK-grand-wizard-David-Duke-Trump-understands-the-real-sentiment-of-America
Former KKK grand wizard David Duke: Trump 'understands the real sentiment of America'

Yes they do

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/08/25/1415330/-House-Republicans-promise-long-bruising-war-on-Planned-Parenthood
House Republicans promise long, bruising war on Planned Parenthood

Scott Walker just keeps saying really dumb things

http://www.vox.com/2015/8/25/9201139/china-scott-walker 

Which is it?

http://www.vox.com/2015/8/25/9205801/hillary-clinton-joe-biden
Why it might be good for Hillary Clinton if Joe Biden runs

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/08/25/hillary-vs-biden-would-get-ugly-fast.html
Hillary vs. Biden Would Get Ugly Fast 

Theocracy watch

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/cafe/brief-history-of-the-christian-right
How The Christian Right Ended Up Transforming American Politics

The truce between Fox World and the Rich Guy didn't last very long

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2015/08/how-donald-trump-and-fox-news-went-back-to-war.html

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/08/25/roger-ailes-trump-s-new-attack-on-megyn-kelly-is-unacceptable-and-disturbing.html
 


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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

ALABAMA


A picture IS worth a thousand words

http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2015/08/24/breaking-down-this-amazing-donald-trump-picture-from-his-alabama-rally/

The Rich Guy's base

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/08/24/1415069/-Meet-Donald-Trump-s-base

More: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/will-trump-rebrand-gop-as-white-nationalist-party
Will Trump Rebrand GOP As White Nationalist Party?

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/polltracker/donald-trump-gallup-poll-hispanics
Poll Shows Trump Is By Far The Least Favorable GOPer Among Hispanics

http://www.vox.com/2015/8/25/9203405/trump-european-far-right
If you want to understand Donald Trump, look to the success of the European far-right 

Jeb W. Bush tried to correct his comment on "anchor babies": I meant ASIANS

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/jeb-bush-anchor-babies-asian-immigrants 

http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/jeb-makes-anchor-babies-mess-even-worse
 
More: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/08/24/1415142/-Jeb-Bush-explains-Asian-anchor-babies-are-the-real-problem

http://www.vox.com/2015/8/24/9201253/bush-anchor-babies-asian

http://www.salon.com/2015/08/24/jeb_is_the_worst_part_infinity_bush_says_anchor_babies_remark_is_frankly_more_related_to_asian_people/

Perry and Christie: the first ones out?

http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2015/08/24/rick-perrys-iowa-chairman-quits-time-to-move-on/

http://crooksandliars.com/2015/08/chris-christie-finished

Next? http://www.salon.com/2015/08/24/scott_walkers_stunning_implosion_can_this_dopes_campaign_be_saved/
Scott Walker’s stunning implosion: Can this dope’s campaign be saved?  

Mitt Romney to the rescue?
 
http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2015/08/people-dreaming-about-romney-2016-plot-twist.html

More: http://politicalwire.com/2015/08/24/is-it-time-for-another-gop-candidate/

Sexism in Fox World

http://mediamatters.org/blog/2015/08/18/70-awful-displays-of-sexism-on-fox-news/204994

More: http://www.vox.com/2015/8/24/9198221/fox-news-sexism

Bonus item: John Oliver on the need for a federal gay rights law

http://crooksandliars.com/2015/08/john-oliver-explains-why-we-need-federal
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