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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Sunday, July 20, 2014

SOMETHING TO HIDE


http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/20/world/europe/malaysia-airlines-plane-ukraine.html
The Ukrainian government said on Saturday that it had proof that Russia had provided the surface-to-air missile system that shot down a Malaysia Airlines passenger jet over eastern Ukraine on Thursday, killing all 298 people aboard. . . .

Ukraine also accused Russia and separatist rebels in the east of trying to cover up their role by blocking recovery workers from the crash site, removing evidence and driving three missile launchers back to Russia just hours after the crash.  . . .

Israel expands ground offensive in Gaza

http://www.cnn.com/2014/07/20/world/meast/mideast-crisis/

Republicans howl about the deficit, and the media underscores the panic. Under Democrats the deficit gets better, and the media ignores it

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/in-the-loop/wp/2014/07/19/whatever-happened-to-the-deficit/
Not so long ago the federal deficit was projected to destroy the country, our children’s future and just about everything else. The politicians and media regularly fretted about what to do.  . . .

The standard line is that people are crazy about gun rights because they want to protect their homes and families from intruders. But here's what many of them really think

http://crooksandliars.com/2014/07/florida-man-county-officials-my
Florida Man To County Officials: 'My Constitution Gives Me The Right To Shoot Every One Of You'

http://crooksandliars.com/2014/07/open-carry-advocate-wants-fight-police
Open Carry Advocate Wants To Fight Police Brutality By Threatening Cops With Guns

Chris McDaniel (R-MS) didn't like being called a racist by his opponent. Now he wants a "purge"

http://politicalwire.com/archives/2014/07/19/mcdaniel_says_gop_should_be_purged.html

Sorry Chris, if the shoe fits: http://www.newrepublic.com/article/118383/conservatives-outraged-republican-called-racist-opponent-racist

http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/politics/2014/06/thad_cochran_wins_with_mississippi_s_black_voters_african_americans_help.html

Pregnancy and abortion: the numbers

http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2014/07/numbers-that-may-surprise-you.html

Theocracy watch: crazy talk

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/07/20/christian-radio-host-says-obama-politicized-mh17-to-normalize-sexual-deviancy.html
Christian Radio Host Says Obama Politicized MH17 to Normalize ‘Sexual Deviancy’

The Sunday talk show line-ups

http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2014/07/numbers-that-may-surprise-you.html
ABC’S THIS WEEK: Secretary of State John Kerry. Then, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Plus, House Intelligence Committee Chair Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI). Roundtable: Martha Raddatz, Council on Foreign Relations President Richard Haass, New Republic Senior Editor Julia Ioffe, Wall Street Journal White House Correspondent Carol Lee.  

CBS’ FACE THE NATION: Secretary of State John Kerry. Plus, House Committee on Homeland Security Chair Peter King (R-NY). Then, former U.S. special envoy for Israeli-Palestinian negotiations Martin Indyk. Then, Mark Phillips in Ukraine, Clarissa Ward in Moscow, and Holly Williams in Gaza City. Also reports (roundtable?) from Margaret Brennan, David Martin, Bob Orr, Jeff Pegues, Mike Morell (former CIA deputy director and a CBS News contributor), and Mark Rosenker (former chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board and now at CBS). Roundtable: Peter Baker of The New York Times, David Ignatius of the Washington Post and Kim Strassel of The Wall Street Journal. 

CNN’S STATE OF THE UNION: Secretary of State John Kerry. Plus, Senate Intelligence Committee Chair Dianne Feinstein and the House Homeland Security Committee Chair Michael McCaul. Then, U.S.-Russian Relations Roundtable: Peter Beinart, Michael Crowley of TIME magazine, NPR’s Steve Inskeep, and CNN commentator L.Z. Granderson. Lastly, Robert Turner, Director of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency in Gaza City.

MOYERS & COMPANY: The Crusade Against Reproductive Rights. Cecile Richards. With new state laws and Supreme Court rulings, the battle over women’s reproductive rights is being fought more fiercely than ever. Roe v. Wade itself may be in peril.  

NBC’S MEET THE PRESS: Secretary of State John Kerry. Then, Gaza.



Bonus item: Sunday debate - go!

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/07/20/best-way-to-punish-putin-no-world-cup.html
Best Way To Punish Putin? No World Cup



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Saturday, July 19, 2014

THE BUK STOPS HERE

Russian fingerprints are all over the shootdown of a civilian airplane
 
http://www.vox.com/2014/7/18/5916089/this-tweet-shows-why-some-are-skeptical-about-rebels-shooting-down
Those are the controls of the Buk launcher system. To aim and fire a Buk missile, it typically requires three vehicles: the launcher, a commander vehicle, and a radar vehicles, all manned and operated in conjunction by people who know how to use them. (Some analysts say the launcher can sometimes be used on its own.)  

This may help explain why, when a Ukrainian military cargo plane flying at high altitude was shot down earlier this week, the Ukrainian government suggested that the Russian military, not separatist rebels, was responsible. And why some analysts are still skeptical of the idea that this was purely rebels acting on their own. "Volunteer militia do not have the training to shoot sophisticated antiaircraft weapons," former US ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul tweeted.

http://americablog.com/2014/07/us-pro-russian-separatists-likely-responsible-shooting-plane-killing-298-civilians.html
The Pentagon just said, moments ago, that “it is a sophisticated piece of technology, and it strains credulity to think that it could be used by separatists without at least some measure of Russian support and technical assistance.”

More: http://www.salon.com/2014/07/18/update_everything_we_know_about_the_plane_shot_down_in_ukraine/ 

Russia denies involvement, of course

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2014/07/russia-backs-away-from-ukraine-plane-wasnt-us.html
Russia Backs Away From Ukraine Plane Crash: ‘Wasn’t Us!’ The Evidence So Far Says Otherwise

Listen to this audio

http://www.nytimes.com/video/world/europe/100000003007434/intercepted-audio-of-ukraine-separatists.html?smid=tw-nytimesworld

Will this disaster change the dynamics in Ukraine?

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/game-changer--5

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/monkey-cage/wp/2014/07/18/will-the-mh17-tragedy-change-the-trajectory-of-events-in-ukraine/

Conservatives jump to blame Obama for what happened  . . .

http://www.salon.com/2014/07/18/6_ridiculous_conservative_responses_to_malaysia_airlines_flight_mh17/
[Allen West]  “Sadly, hundreds of Ukrainians and 298 souls on MH17 have paid the price for the weakness and abject cowardice of Obama’s ‘flexibility.’

“And here in America we quibble over a lawsuit against this charlatan.

“The blood on Vladimir Putin’s hands was poured by Barack Obama who is indirectly responsible, accountable accountable [sic] and no different than Neville Chamberlain’s weakness in the face of the 20th Century maniacal dictator Adolf Hitler.” [read on]

 . . .  even the supposedly "responsible" ones

http://crooksandliars.com/2014/07/mccain-blames-president-obama-downed
McCain Blames President Obama For Downed Airliner In Ukraine

Koch addiction (thanks to DP for the link)

http://www.progressive.org/news/2014/07/187769/his-dad-charles-koch-was-bircher-new-documents
Like His Dad, Charles Koch Was a Bircher

More: http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/the-koch-brothers-expanding-2014-operation
The Koch brothers’ expanding 2014 operation

So typical of the Democrats: they have a juggernaut running for 2016, who polls far ahead of any of the Republican candidates. . .  and all they can think about is finding someone to run against her. (Preferably, someone with NO CHANCE of winning.)

http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/with-liberals-pining-for-a-clinton-challenger-ambitious-democrats-get-in-position/2014/07/18/b2892f80-0e1b-11e4-b8e5-d0de80767fc2_story.html?wprss=rss_politics
With liberals pining for a Clinton challenger, ambitious Democrats get in position

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2014/07/18/elizabeth-warren-and-the-limits-of-liberal-enthusiasm-for-hillary-clinton/
Elizabeth Warren and the limits of liberal enthusiasm for Hillary Clinton

More: http://www.politico.com/story/2014/07/dem-base-fine-with-hillary-clinton-pining-for-warren-109081.html

http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2014/07/the-elizabeth-warren-fantasy-109037.html

http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2014-07-18/why-hillary-clinton-is-inevitable-for-democrats-in-2016

Would it HELP Clinton to have an opponent?

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

http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2014/07/one-personal-reason-for-me-to-yearn-for.html

Bonus item: Just for fun

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XsWo8apgLys


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Friday, July 18, 2014

ALL HELL BREAKS LOOSE


Israel invades Gaza

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/gaza-residents-scramble-to-make-most-of-five-hour-truce/2014/07/17/e5485fce-0d7e-11e4-8341-b8072b1e7348_story.html?wpisrc=al_national

http://www.vox.com/2014/7/17/5913533/hamas-gaza-israel-invasion
Why Israel is invading Gaza

More: http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/war_stories/2014/07/israel_launches_ground_assault_on_gaza_the_israeli_government_no_longer.html
Israeli ground troops are moving into Gaza. From a purely tactical and short-term view, it makes sense. From a strategic and medium-to-long-term view, it’s crazy. . . 

Civilian airliner shot down over Ukraine

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/18/world/europe/malaysian-airlines-plane-ukraine.html

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/19/world/europe/malaysia-airlines-plane-ukraine.html

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2014/07/malaysia-airlines-crash-everything-we-know.html

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/07/17/mh17-black-box-sent-to-moscow-for-investigation.html
MH17 Black Box ‘Sent To Moscow For Investigation’

Precedents: http://www.vox.com/2014/7/17/5912699/7-times-militaries-have-shot-down-civilian-planes

Right-wing media rise to the occasion

http://www.salon.com/2014/07/17/fox_news_on_air_squabble_about_plane_crash_in_ukraine_you%E2%80%99re_so_goddamn_dumb/
Fox News dissolves into on-air squabble about Ukraine plane crash: “You’re so goddamn dumb”

http://www.salon.com/2014/07/17/rush_limbaugh_wastes_no_time_spouting_conspiracy_theories_about_malaysia_airlines_flight_mh17/
Rush Limbaugh already has a conspiracy theory about Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, which crashed earlier today near the border of Ukraine and Russia. He believes that this tragedy, which reportedly killed 295 people, is a great way for the media to stop focusing on the crisis at the border.

http://www.salon.com/2014/07/17/fox_news_pundits_dont_miss_a_beat_fitting_ukraine_plane_disaster_into_their_narratives_of_choice/
Fox News pundits seize on Ukraine disaster to blame Obama, Putin 

Before the crash, Obama announces major sanctions against Russia

http://www.vox.com/2014/7/17/5912321/plane-russia-us-sanctions
The day before the crash, the Obama administration had imposed a slate of new sanctions on the Russian economy to punish it for its support for separatist rebels. In the morning, even before the crash, the Moscow Exchange plummeted . . .

http://www.latimes.com/world/europe/la-fg-russia-sanctions-ukraine-20140716-story.html
White House aides said the moves, coordinated with European leaders, would turn up pressure on Moscow without disrupting the global economy. The European leaders took milder steps after meeting in Brussels, agreeing to suspend investment and development bank financing for projects in Russia and requesting similar measures from the European Investment Bank. . . 

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2014/07/russia-obamas-sanctions-make-him-big-bully.html
Russia Says Obama’s Sanctions Make Him a Big Bully

Vladimir Putin on the defensive

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/game-changer--5
Were it not for the hundreds killed, it would also be comical the ridiculous series of events Vladimir Putin's reckless behavior led up to this morning. For months Putin has been playing with fire, making trouble and having it work mainly to his advantage. Certainly in the context of Russian history and nationalist aspiration reclaiming the Crimea is a vast accomplishment. But the whole thing blew up in his face today in a way, and with repercussions I don't think - even with all wall to wall coverage - we can quite grasp.  

Find extremists and hot-heads of the lowest common denominator variety, seed them with weaponry only a few militaries in the world possess - and, well, just see what happens. What could go wrong? . . . [read on]

http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2014/07/vladimir-putins-games-finally-blew-his-face-today
I'd only add one thing: It was sickening listening to Putin's bleating prevarications and denials after the plane was shot down. Really, truly revolting. If anything could expose him, once and for all, as the petty schoolyard bully that he is, this was it. 

Permission to kill

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/studies-stand-your-ground-laws
Homicides increase under the "castle doctrine" or Stand Your Ground laws, according to two studies published since 2012, while the laws do not appear to deter crime in any significant way.  

Researchers at Georgia State and Texas A&M universities used different methodologies and data sources to reach their conclusions, but they ended up in the same place: More people are killed after these laws are passed. . . 

The numbers behind the drop in unemployment

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2014/07/17/the-economys-big-mystery-why-workers-are-disappearing-from-the-job-market/
Ever since the job market began to recover in 2010, the decline in the unemployment rate has come with a big fat asterisk. The unemployment rate has been going down, the argument goes, but largely because people have stopped looking for work. . . .

Now comes a new White House report, prepared by the Council of Economic Advisers, that offers fascinating insights into what might be happening in the job market. . . . [read on] 

John Boehner says the House won't have time to deal with the border crisis before it takes its recess . . . because it will be wasting time on his stupid lawsuit instead

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2014/07/17/boehner-raises-doubts-congress-will-approve-border-funding-request-before-august-break/

More: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/07/17/1314686/-Another-huge-flaw-in-the-theory-behind-Boehner-s-pre-impeachment-lawsuit
Another huge flaw in the theory behind Boehner's pre-impeachment lawsuit

Your (almost) daily Christie

http://politicalwire.com/archives/2014/07/17/christie_aide_admits_deleting_texts_to_governor.html
Christie Aide Admits Deleting Texts to Governor 

More: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/18/nyregion/george-washington-bridge-lawmakers-press-christie-aide-on-her-texting-about-lane-closings.html?partner=rss&emc=rss

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/07/18/how-the-bridgegate-investigation-ground-to-a-halt-and-let-chris-christie-zoom-off-to-iowa.html

Is this a hint that Jeb Bush isn't running in 2016?

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2014/07/jeb-bush-in-private-equity-oil-game.html 

Theocracy watch

http://www.salon.com/2014/07/18/9_sinister_things_the_christian_right_does_in_the_name_of_god_partner/
Evangelicals routinely manipulate the Bible's teachings to serve their political agenda  

Bonus item: Todd Akin keeps trying to explain away his "legitimate rape" comments -- and all he does is prove that he doesn't understand what was offensive about them in the first place

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/07/17/1314614/-Todd-Akin-s-new-excuse-Legitimate-rape-is-a-law-enforcement-term

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/07/17/it-sounds-like-todd-akin-only-wants-to-talk-about-rape.html

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