Sunday, January 25, 2015

ON THE ROAD

Obama's final campaign

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/01/24/1359757/-View-from-the-left-Obama-s-final-campaign
President Barack Obama embarked on his final campaign this week and it has nothing to do with 2016. To be sure, he has launched several hand grenades into the 2016 campaign field that are already vexing Republicans. “America’s New Congress,” led by the GOP, is now playing small-ball on almost every front. . . .

But: http://www.salon.com/2015/01/25/hes_not_suddenly_paul_krugman_lets_not_morph_obama_into_elizabeth_warren_quite_yet/
Populist State of the Union with a fiery tone has liberals excited. They'd be wise to remember Obama's true nature 

Crazyland

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/01/25/iowa-confab-the-good-the-bad-and-the-absolutely-crazy.html
“Things must change for our government! It isn’t too big to fail, it’s too big to succeed! It’s too big to succeed, so we can afford no retreads or nothing will change, with the same people and same policies that got us into the status quo! Another Latin word, status quo, and it stands for, ‘Man, the middle class and everyday Americans are really gettin’ taken for a ride.’” [read on]

More: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/25/us/republican-primary-process-unofficially-kicks-off.html?partner=rss&emc=rss

The wingnuts argue that Justices Ginsburg and Kagan should recuse themselves from marriage equality cases because "these justices’ personal and private actions . . . clearly indicate how they would vote." Interesting principle. Can we apply that to ALL the justices?

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/01/19/1358815/-AFA-demands-Ginsburg-and-Kagan-recuse-themselves-from-marriage-equality-cases

Donald Trump is a professional self-promoting liar. That's all he has ever been. Why does anyone take him seriously?

http://politicalwire.com/2015/01/24/trump-says-beaten-obama/ 
Trump Says He Would Have Beaten Obama 

More: http://crooksandliars.com/2015/01/donald-trump-shares-his-deepest-fantasies


Trouble for McDonald's

http://www.salon.com/2015/01/24/were_not_lovin_it_mcdonalds_most_notorious_scandals/

Theocracy watch

http://www.salon.com/2015/01/24/the_12_worst_ideas_religion_has_unleashed_on_the_world_partner/
The 12 worst ideas religion has unleashed on the world  

In Fox World

http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2015/01/is-fox-news-under-influence-of-drugs.html
I don't know what's going on over at Fox News but there seems to be a tear in the matrix. . . .

The Sunday talk show line-ups

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/01/25/1359771/-Sunday-Talk-Reversal-of-fortune
NBC Meet The Press: White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough; Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R); Former NBA Player Kareem Abdul-Jabbar; Roundtable: Radio Host Hugh Hewitt, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake (D), Helene Cooper (New York Times) and Tom Brokaw (NBC News).      

CBS Face The Nation: White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough; Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA); Sen. John McCain (R-AZ); Roundtable: Susan Page (USA Today), Dana Milbank (Washington Post), Michael Crowley (Politico), Jeffrey Goldberg (The Atlantic) and John Dickerson (CBS News).      

ABC This Week: White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough; Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R); Roundtable: Democratic Strategist Donna Brazile, Republican Strategist Sarah Taylor Fagen, Bill Kristol (Weekly Standard) and Cokie Roberts (ABC News).      

CNN State of the Union: White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough; Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA); Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman (R); Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL); Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-AZ). 

Bonus item: The real poop

http://www.vox.com/2015/1/22/7871579/poop-feces 

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Saturday, January 24, 2015

BUYING D.C.

Here it comes

http://www.nationaljournal.com/magazine/the-secret-fundraising-scheme-that-will-make-super-pacs-look-quaint-in-2016-20150123

Crisis governing

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/gop-congress-social-security-cliff-debt-ceiling
With a fight over Social Security brewing in the new Republican Congress, advocates are worried that a possible GOP angle is to turn Social Security into a perennial crisis in much the same way raising the debt limit has become. By setting up a series of forcing events, the argument goes, Republicans would be able to create an ongoing crisis atmosphere around Social Security that would create a pretext for dramatic changes to the 80-year-old program. . . 

Conservative memory loss

http://crooksandliars.com/2015/01/conservative-catastrophic-memory-loss

The kind of people they are, part one

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/01/22/1359657/-Florida-town-officially-bans-police-use-of-real-mugshots-for-target-practice-but-questions-remain
Florida town officially bans police use of real mugshots for target practice

The kind of people they are, part two

http://www.vox.com/2015/1/23/7877643/republicans-rape-ellmers-abortion
Why Republicans can't stop talking about rape

More: http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal-a/2015_01/rape_exceptions_and_the_strate053861.php

Un gran problema

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/24/us/politics/jorge-ramos-tv-voice-of-latino-voters-sends-shiver-through-gop.html?partner=rss&emc=rss 
Jorge Ramos, the Univision and Fusion television anchor who is often called the Walter Cronkite of Latino America, was in his suburban Miami broadcast studio when he all but pounced on the chairman of the Republican Party, Reince Priebus, who was appearing from Washington. The Republicans’ immigration policy is “deportations, deportations, deportations,” Mr. Ramos said. “Why?”  

Mr. Priebus, who stared out from multiple screens in a control room here looking as if he would rather have been doing anything but talking to Mr. Ramos, insisted it was not so. But Mr. Ramos would not have it.  

“The message,” he retorted, “is anti-immigrant.” . . . 

Theocracy watch

http://crooksandliars.com/2015/01/huckabee-i-will-have-gods-blessing
Huckabee: I Will Have 'God's Blessing' As President To End The 'Secular Theocracy' Of Atheists 

Rand Paul has a big mouth, and it's going to cost him a chance at the Presidency

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/01/23/1359768/-Rand-Paul-s-47-percent-moment

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2015/01/23/rand-paul-clarifies-remarks-about-disabled/  

And thank you for asking!

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/sarah-palin-interested-president-2016
Sarah Palin: 'Of Course' I'm Interested In Running For President In 2016


The anti-vaxx movement has consequences

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/measles-outbreak-anti-vaccine-movement

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/01/23/anti-vaxxers-brought-measles-to-the-happiest-place-on-earth.html

http://www.vox.com/2015/1/23/7877321/measles-outbreak-scary-disneyland

http://www.salon.com/2015/01/23/anti_vaxxers_ruined_disneyland_why_this_public_health_nightmare_needs_to_be_stopped/

Revising NCLB

http://www.vox.com/2015/1/23/7877893/no-child-left-behind-esea-reauthorization

In Fox World

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/fox-arizona-state-problem-whiteness

Bonus item: Is Obama the worst President of all time? Get in line

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2015/01/23/quiz-which-worst-president-of-all-time-is-this/

Extra bonus item: The crock-pot -- a feminist icon

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2015/01/23/the-unfulfilled-promise-of-the-crock-pot-an-unlikely-symbol-of-womens-equality/

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Friday, January 23, 2015

A SPECIAL RELATIONSHIP

Is it broken?

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/23/us/politics/obama-not-planning-to-meet-with-israeli-premier.html?partner=rss&emc=rss
Obama Not Planning to Meet With Israeli Premier

More: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/quote-of-the-day--26
"Senior American official" as quoted by Haaretz: "We thought we've seen everything. But Bibi managed to surprise even us. There are things you simply don't do. He spat in our face publicly and that's no way to behave. Netanyahu ought to remember that President Obama has a year and a half left to his presidency, and that there will be a price." 

http://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2015-01-22/israeli-opposition-slams-u-s-congress-plan-for-netanyahu-speech
Israeli Opposition Slams Planned Netanyahu Speech to Congress

Consequences

http://www.vox.com/2015/1/22/7324107/palestinian-abbas-peace-process
Why the Palestinians are finally giving up on Obama and the US peace process

And now this

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/01/22/saudi-king-dies-and-the-world-shudders.html
Saudi King Dies, and the World Shudders

More: http://www.vox.com/2015/1/22/7875029/saudi-king-abdullah-dead

http://www.vox.com/2015/1/22/7875229/oil-prices-saudi-abdullah 

For abortion hardliners, it doesn't matter how a woman becomes pregnant, a fetus is a fetus with all the same rights whether it is a consequence of a one night stand, a mistake, a rape, or incest. They don't see why there should be ANY "exceptions." This is a problem for the Republicans

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/01/22/1359472/-Anti-abortion-activists-mad-at-House-GOP-for-not-voting-on-legitimate-rape

More: http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal-a/2015_01/watch_what_they_do_not_what_th053843.php
Watch What They Do, Not What They Say
 
More problems

http://politicalwire.com/2015/01/22/extra-bonus-quote-day-2/
“Week one, we had a Speaker election that didn’t go as well as a lot of us would have liked. Week two, we spent a lot of time talking about deporting children, a conversation a lot of us didn’t want to have. Week three, we’re debating reportable rape and incest — again, not an issue a lot of us wanted to have a conversation about. I just can’t wait for week four.” 
     — Rep. Charlie Dent (R-PA)

Ya think? http://politicalwire.com/2015/01/23/house-republicans-still-not-united/
House Republicans Divided on Social Issues 

http://www.salon.com/2015/01/23/tea_party_spawns_gop_nightmare_how_its_already_ruining_the_partys_16_strategy/
Tea Party spawns GOP nightmare 

In the rear-view mirror

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/01/22/1359499/-2016-Hillary-Leads-Potential-GOP-Opponents-by-Double-Digits
Hillary leads potential GOP opponents by double digits 

Bonus item: The Monsters of Money

http://crooksandliars.com/2015/01/jon-stewart-takes-whack-monsters-money

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

PARTISANSHIP STOPS AT THE WATER'S EDGE?


In a remarkable act of disrespect, House GOPers invite Benjamin Netanyahu to speak without clearing it with the White House

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/boehner-netanyahu-congress-invitation-obama
Unprecedented

http://www.vox.com/2015/1/21/7866089/netanyahu-boehner-congress
Outrageous

http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/netanyahu-republicans-take-partisanship-whole-new-level 
Taking partisanship to a whole new level
 
Republican women rebel against abortion bill

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2015/01/21/abortion-bill-in-flux-as-female-gop-lawmakers-raise-concerns/

More: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/rape-clause-abortion-bill-republicans

http://www.vox.com/2015/1/21/7867225/abortion-ban-congress

The Republican SOTU responses: how bad were they?

http://www.salon.com/2015/01/21/state_of_the_gop_is_broken_i_thought_joni_ernst_was_bad_then_i_watched_ted_cruz/ 

Yawn

http://politicalwire.com/2015/01/22/bush-romney-scheduled-meet/
Jeb Bush and Mitt Romney “are scheduled to meet privately this week in Utah, raising the possibility that the two former governors will find a way to avoid competing presidential campaigns that would split the Republican establishment next year,” the New York Times reports. . . .

A history lesson 

http://prospect.org/article/when-liberals-were-organized
When Liberals Were Organized

The battle over "American Sniper"

http://www.slate.com/articles/arts/movies/2015/01/american_sniper_and_the_political_battle_over_chris_kyle.html

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/01/20/american-sniper-political-rorschach-test.html

http://www.vox.com/2015/1/21/7641189/american-sniper-history

http://www.salon.com/2015/01/21/american_sniper_and_the_culture_wars_why_the_movies_not_what_you_think_it_is/

http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2015/01/sniper-sniping.html 

Oooh, ouch. Savage parody of Leon Wieseltier's overinflated anti-Internet rant

http://www.salon.com/2015/01/21/the_internet_has_destroyed_human_civilization_americas_greatest_writer_finally_weighs_in/

The original: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/18/books/review/among-the-disrupted.html?_r=0 

Theocracy watch: Rick Santorum has issues with the Pope

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/santorum-pope-rabbits

http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal-a/2015_01/rick_santorum_cafeteria_cathol053824.php

It's a funny thing for someone who claims he wants to be President to say: ignore the Supreme Court!

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/huckabee-states-ignore-supreme-court-gay-marriage

http://www.salon.com/2015/01/21/mike_huckabee_calls_for_massive_resistance_if_supreme_court_rules_for_marriage_equality/

Fox World's enlightened gender dynamics

http://www.salon.com/2015/01/21/brit_hume_grossly_marvels_that_megyn_kelly_is_both_smart_and_attractive/

Bonus item: Caught!

http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/republican-sotu-responses-get-lost-translation
Last night, Republicans tried to pull a fast one, delivering messages with key differences in English and Spanish. Then they got caught. 

More: http://www.vox.com/2015/1/21/7865815/8-ways-the-gop-s-sotu-response-was-different-in-spanish-and-why-it
 
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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

I'M STILL HERE

Reactions to the State of the Union

http://www.vox.com/2015/1/21/7853587/sotu-obama-taxes-work
Obama thinks the economy is broken — and that redistribution is the only way to fix it

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2015/01/obamas-middle-class-economics.html
Why Obama’s ‘Middle Class Economics’ Sounds Familiar

http://www.vox.com/2015/1/20/7864149/state-of-the-union-2015-policy
A guide to the policies Obama mentioned in the 2015 State of the Union

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2015/01/20/the-remarkable-confidence-of-barack-obama/
The remarkable confidence of Barack Obama

http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/president-rediscovers-his-audacity
A president rediscovers his audacity

http://politicalwire.com/2015/01/20/obama-presents-ambitious-agenda-state-union/
Obama Presents Ambitious Agenda in State of the Union

http://www.salon.com/2015/01/21/not_so_lame_duck_president_cajoles_trolls_the_gop/
Obama trolls the GOP

http://www.salon.com/2015/01/21/%E2%80%9Cbut_what_about_the_rich_how_obamas_speech_re_set_gop_to_its_default_settings/
All this is, of course, largely an academic exercise since literally none of these proposals will pass the Republican-held Congress. “It all looks like the same old tax and spend that the president has been advocating for the last six years,” Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell said yesterday.  . . .

More reactions: http://politicalwire.com/2015/01/21/reactions-state-union-address/

The worst reactions: http://www.salon.com/2015/01/21/a_verbal_waterboarding_the_worst_right_wing_reactions_to_the_state_of_the_union/
“A verbal waterboarding” [read on]

http://crooksandliars.com/2015/01/rep-steve-king-wins-worst-sotu-tweet-ever
Rep. Steve King Wins! Worst #SOTU Tweet Ever

http://crooksandliars.com/2015/01/rand-pauls-sotu-response-lies-doom-and
Rand Paul's SOTU Response: Lies, Doom And Empty Promises

Boehner's faces during the speech

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/01/21/the-best-of-john-boehner-s-microexpressions.html

The full text of Obama's SOTU

http://www.vox.com/2015/1/20/7859779/2015-sotu-transcript

Extra credit

http://www.vox.com/2015/1/20/7854969/state-of-the-union-facts
State of the Union trivia: 5 historical facts about the speech's evolution

http://www.vox.com/2015/1/20/7859521/democratic-presidents-deliver-longer-state-of-the-union-speeches
Democratic Presidents deliver longer State of the Union speeches

http://www.vox.com/2015/1/20/7860325/state-of-the-union-response
The State of the Union response: Where it came from and why it’s always terrible

True leadership

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/mcconnell-senate-gop-social-security-medicare
McConnell: Senate GOP Won't Touch Social Security Without Dem Support

Koch addiction

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/01/20/1359003/-Let-the-2016-Koch-ring-kissing-nbsp-begin
Let the 2016 Koch ring kissing begin

More: http://www.politico.com/story/2015/01/koch-brothers-ted-cruz-rand-paul-marco-rubio-scott-walker-2016-elections-114386.html

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/21/us/koch-seminar-is-early-proving-ground-for-gop-hopefuls.html?partner=rss&emc=rss

Chris Christie, sinking fast

http://politicalwire.com/2015/01/20/christie-wont-disclose-credit-card-bills/
Christie Won’t Disclose Credit Card Bills 

Fascinating. What this tells me is that Republicans have no idea WHAT they want

http://politicalwire.com/2015/01/20/republicans-prefer-romney-bush/
Republicans Prefer Romney Over Bush 

In Fox World

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/dinesh-dsouza-megyn-kelly-obama-black-experience
Conservative commentator and felon Dinesh D'Souza followed up on his string of Martin Luther King Jr. Day tweets with an appearance on Fox News that proved too much for host Megyn Kelly.  

D'Souza, the author of "The End Of Racism," was criticizing prominent black political figures on Monday night when he said President Obama "hasn't actually had the African American experience" because he is "not descended from slaves on either side of his family."  

"What do you mean, he hasn't had the African American experience?" Kelly asked. "He has black skin and he grew up in America as a black man."

More: http://www.salon.com/2015/01/20/dinesh_dsouza_obama_never_had_the_african_american_experience/

Hey - funny Frenchmen!

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/french-parody-fox-news-islam-paris
French Comedians Parody Terrified Fox Reporters In Paris 'No-Go Zones'  

More: http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2015/01/fox-news-squirm.html

Larry Wilmore has a new show

http://www.salon.com/2015/01/20/larry_wilmore_starts_with_a_bang_why_his_comedy_central_debut_was_so_impressive/
Larry Wilmore starts with a bang

More: http://www.salon.com/2015/01/20/larry_wilmore_completely_nails_first_nightly_show_monologue/


 
Bonus item: War movies

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2015/01/20/how-american-sniper-compares-to-the-biggest-war-movies-of-all-time/ 

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

MLK


The real Martin Luther King

http://www.vox.com/2015/1/19/7852311/martin-luther-king-faith
How Martin Luther King's faith drove his activism

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/08/29/1011562/-Most-of-you-have-no-idea-what-Martin-Luther-King-actually-did

More: http://www.vox.com/2015/1/19/7552977/martin-luther-king-quotes
11 forgotten Martin Luther King quotes that show he was a revolutionary

http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2015/01/the-martin-luther-king-speech-everyone.html
The Martin Luther King speech everyone ignores

Just two months ago, the Republicans were viewed as an awesome juggernaut, sweeping to congressional victories across the country, and Obama was a wounded lame duck, counting down the days to irrelevance. Today the Republicans are leaderless and divided, without a common purpose or agenda, sniping at each other and about to launch what will be a bloody internecine war for the 2016 nomination. And Obama? On the offense, his popularity climbing, and freed from ever having to worry about facing an election again

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/01/19/1358795/-Obama-s-approval-rating-spikes-before-State-of-the-Union
Obama's approval rating spikes before State of the Union

More: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/20/upshot/what-a-rise-in-obamas-approval-rating-means-for-2016.html?partner=rss&emc=rss&abt=0002&abg=1  

A preview of the SOTU

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2015/01/state-of-the-union-what-to-expect-2015.html

More: http://politicalwire.com/2015/01/20/burning-question/
Gerald Seib: “The next cycle in politics belongs to the party that can devise, articulate and implement a solution to today’s fundamental economic mystery, which is why the economy is growing but leaving wages stagnant, the middle class stuck and inequality on the rise. If we’re thinking either about the state of the union, or the state of the party, that’s the burning question.”

Obama proposes a major middle-class tax cut

http://www.politico.com/story/2015/01/state-of-the-union-2015-barack-obama-economy-taxes-wages-114353.html#ixzz3PHMVSrtb
President Barack Obama will use his State of the Union address Tuesday night to stake out a populist vision of tax reform and new middle-class benefits — and practically dare Republicans to say no. . . .

More: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/01/19/1358696/-Obama-tax-plan-would-open-up-opportunity-for-middle-class-by-closing-loopholes-for-wealthy

But in Fox World?

http://crooksandliars.com/2015/01/fox-turns-tax-cut-tax-hike

More from Fox World

http://crooksandliars.com/2015/01/fox-celebrates-mlk-day-accusing-obama
Fox Celebrates MLK Day By Accusing Obama Of Setting Back Race Relations In America  

Bonus item: The movie "Selma" has revived the debate over how accurate history-based films should try to be

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/18/opinion/sunday/not-just-a-movie.html

http://www.salon.com/2015/01/19/its_not_just_selma_hollywoods_history_problem/ 

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Monday, January 19, 2015

RUNNING ON EMPTY

The Repubs try to block Obama from shutting down Gitmo

http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal-a/2015_01/republicans_remain_terrified_t053779.php

Another one

http://www.politico.com/story/2015/01/lindsey-graham-2016-elections-south-carolina-114362.html#ixzz3PC4uaiRf
Sen. Lindsey Graham acknowledged on Sunday he’s seriously exploring a bid for the Republican presidential nomination . . .

More: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/graham-obama-policies-getting-people-killed
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) on Sunday stood by his claim that President Obama's foreign policies "are getting a lot of people killed."  

Graham made the comments after the Paris attack on Fox News. He said that Obama's effort to fill "campaign promises" like closing the Guantanamo Bay prison and ending the war in Iraq were "coming home to haunt us." . . .

Chris Christie is polling in Sarah Palin numbers -- among Republicans

http://politicalwire.com/2015/01/18/chris-christie-sinks-sarah-palin-territory/ 

Who hacked whom?

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/19/world/asia/nsa-tapped-into-north-korean-networks-before-sony-attack-officials-say.html
N.S.A. Breached North Korean Networks Before Sony Attack, Officials Say

More: http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2015/01/united-states-hacked-north-korea-first.html

Good news

http://www.vox.com/2015/1/18/7735223/solar-jobs
There are about as many solar jobs as coal jobs in the US

More good news

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2015/01/ebola-slows-leaving-new-treatment-centers-empty.html
Ebola Outbreak Slows in West Africa, Leaving U.S.-Built Treatment Centers Empty 

Theocracy watch

http://firedoglake.com/2015/01/18/ms-lawmakers-propose-making-the-bible-the-official-state-book/
Mississippi Lawmakers Propose Making the Bible the Official State Book

Oh, by the way, these are the books soldiers took with them to the beaches on D-Day

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/01/19/the-books-they-carried-onto-omaha-beach.html

Fox World goes too far, even by their own standards

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2015/01/fox-apologizes-for-muslim-no-go-zones-claim.html

Bonus item: Oh god. Mitt's "sense of humor"

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2015/01/romney-describes-presidential-platform.html
"Let me state unequivocally that I have no intention of running for U.S. senator of Massachusetts," he said.

More: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-08-28/mitt-romney-s-mystifying-sense-of-humor.html

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/08/29/1125629/-Mitt-Romney-has-an-awkward-sense-of-humor-At-best

http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2012-08-29/news/ct-oped-0829-page-20120829_1_mitt-romney-birther-committee-chairman-reince-priebus

http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/romney-shows-his-sense-of-humor-in-liberty-univerity-speech/2012/05/12/gIQApkcwKU_story.html

http://markamerica.com/2012/01/07/mitt-romneys-remarkably-dull-sense-of-humor-video/

http://observer.com/2012/04/mitt-romneys-strange-sense-of-humor/

http://www.dailydot.com/lol/mitt-romney-slow-jam-news-jimmy-fallon/
[Jan 25, 2014]  “Jimmy, I’m not running again,” Romney told Fallon. “There are a lot of great candidates for 2016 and I’ll be supporting the Republican nominee 100 percent.”  

“Don’t you mean... 47 percent?” Fallon quipped.  

“That’s a low blow — but it’s pretty funny,” Romney said.

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