Saturday, April 19, 2014

HOPING FOR FAILURE

Why good news for Obamacare is bad news for the GOP
http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/how-the-gop-bet-on-failure-and-lost

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/04/18/1292956/-Republicans-respond-to-good-Obamacare-news-Lalala-we-can-t-hear-nbsp-you

http://www.nbcnews.com/politics/first-read/gop-obama-were-not-moving-n84001

More: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/04/18/1292914/-Abbreviated-Pundit-Roundup-In-fighting-the-ACA-Republicans-will-have-an-uphill-battle

Where are your friends when you need them?

http://www.vox.com/2014/4/18/5625460/obama-seems-awfully-skeptical-putin-will-make-good-whats-his-plan-b
Obama's Ukraine plan relies on Europe, and that's why it's failing

Pregnant possibilities

http://www.vox.com/2014/4/18/5627724/what-chelsea-clintons-pregnancy-means-for-2016
What Chelsea Clinton's pregnancy means for 2016

More: http://crooksandliars.com/2014/04/and-so-it-begins-chelseas-pregnancy

The death of democracy (really!)

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/princeton-experts-say-us-no-longer-democracy

http://www.vox.com/2014/4/18/5624310/martin-gilens-testing-theories-of-american-politics-explained

If there is an argument for unlimited campaign donations, it is that full disclosure will serve as a corrective. Now conservatives don't want that either

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2014/04/18/the-coming-gop-campaign-for-donor-secrecy/

http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2014/04/krauthammer-lights-way-tidal-waves-secret-campaign-cash
 
What does it say about the GOP that Mitt Romney is still taken seriously as an elder statesman?

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/04/18/1292945/-Mitt-Romney-party-elder-and-statesman

Just plain interesting

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2014/04/18/how-democratic-and-republican-morals-compare-to-the-rest-of-the-world/
How Democratic and Republican morals compare to the rest of the world


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Friday, April 18, 2014

HARD TO LET GO

I wish I knew how to quit yew . . .

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/nrcc-tweet-obamacare-no-we-cant
GOP To Obama: 'No, We Can't' Move On From Obamacare 

GOP: no alternative

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2014/04/17/nobody-believes-there-is-any-gop-alternative-to-obamacare/
Amid all the debate over whether Republicans will ever offer an alternative to Obamacare — and whether “repeal and replace” will ever be anything more than a slogan — one thing is worth reiterating: The American public doesn’t believe there is any Republican alternative to the health care law.  . . . That’s why this exchange between GOP Rep. Dennis Ross of Florida and a constituent is so interesting: In it, the Republican Congressman excoriates his own party for failing to offer its own health reform plan, admits Republicans are unlikely to change this before the election, and even says Republicans have lost “credibility” on the issue, turning it into a loser for them. . . . [watch]

More: http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2014/04/the-gop-should-have-gone-rtl-instead-of.html
They made a mistake. They adopted the NRA all or nothing strategy when they should have adopted the "pro-life" death-by-a-thousand-cuts strategy. If they had just chosen a few elements to deride instead of barking about 'repeal" every five minutes they'd have something to work with. After all, many elements of the reforms are things they should, by all rights, be in favor of. Since they are not required to set forth any policies or programs that make any sense or have the possibility of working the way they say they will they could have initiated a strategy of picking it apart while still being in favor of "reform." . . . 

Obamacare: 8 million sign-ups!

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/obama-obamacare-enrollment-final

More: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2014/04/17/heres-how-we-got-to-8-million-obamacare-signups/

http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2014/04/good-news-obamacare-just-keeps-rolling
The Good News on Obamacare Just Keeps Rolling In

Call it "torture"

http://www.salon.com/2014/04/17/5_stunning_revelations_from_senate_report_exposing_cia_torture_partner/
5 stunning revelations from Senate report exposing CIA torture 

More: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2014/04/11/224085/cias-use-of-harsh-interrogation.html

The new GOP fundraising ploy

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/18/us/politics/gop-campaign-outreach-tool-gun-sweepstakes.html?partner=rss&emc=rss

The funniest story in the 2014 election narrative is Rand Paul's half-hearted, self-undermining "endorsement" of fellow KY Senator Mitch McConnell

http://www.salon.com/2014/04/17/rand_paul_still_cant_explain_why_he_supports_mitch_mcconnell/

Koch addiction

http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2014/04/never-say-they-take-their-eyes-off-ball.html

How Fox World interviews people

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/bill-oreilly-gabriel-sherman-drop-dead
"Drop dead!"


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Thursday, April 17, 2014

MATERIAL CONDITIONS

Slow progress

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2014/04/16/yellen-the-recovery-could-be-nearly-complete-within-two-years/
Yellen: The recovery could be nearly complete within two years

More: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/govbeat/wp/2014/04/16/watch-the-recession-sweep-over-the-u-s-in-one-gif/?wprss=rss_politics&clsrd

Dooh Nibor

http://tinyurl.com/ld45gx7 
Paul Ryan’s reverse-Robin Hood spending plan: Rob from the poor and give to the rich 

Koch addiction

http://politicalwire.com/archives/2014/04/17/koch_brothers_now_worth_100_billion.html
Koch Brothers Now Worth $100 Billion

Your daily Christie

http://www.northjersey.com/news/law-firm-hired-by-christie-for-internal-probe-donated-10k-in-2014-to-rga-1.997012
Law firm hired by Christie for internal probe donated $10K in 2014 to RGA

Rebranding what?

http://www.salon.com/2014/04/17/gops_new_class_of_jokers_meet_the_rising_stars_of_the_dumbest_rebrand_ever/
GOP’s new class of jokers: Meet the “rising stars” of the dumbest rebrand ever

More: http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/unflattering-portrait-susana-martinez
 
The state of the Culture War
Bonus item: Rush Limbaugh: no longer relevant?

http://crooksandliars.com/2014/04/rush-limbaugh-beginning-end

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

DRAWING BOUNDARIES

Personhood and heartbeats: the next battlefield of the abortion wars

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2014/04/15/coming-this-fall-in-the-senate-races-a-fight-over-personhood/

More: http://prospect.org/article/abortion-restriction-that%E2%80%99s-too-extreme-most-pro-lifers

http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal-a/2014_04/the_phony_civil_war_within_the049900.php


We obsess over the deficit when it suits the Repubs. But when Dems like Clinton or Obama actually DO something about it, it becomes irrelevant

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-04-14/u-s-deficit-cut-almost-one-third-to-492-billion-cbo.html

http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/04/14/interest-rates-and-the-budget-outlook/?module=BlogPost-Title&version=Blog%20Main&contentCollection=Opinion&action=Click&pgtype=Blogs&region=Body

A typical Politico howler: if the Repubs take over the Senate, it will become more moderate and bipartisan. Are you KIDDING me?

http://dyn.politico.com/printstory.cfm?uuid=846E570A-8DF2-49BF-ADD0-98166A158D90

In reality: http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2014/04/what-would-majority-leader-mitch-mcconnell-do.html

Your daily Christie: I think this is what we're going to find out -- a deep and unhealthy blurring between the gov's administrative staff and his politicized re-election staff

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/04/15/1292176/-Christie-aides-received-mandatory-directives-to-ignore-unfriendly-mayors 

Koch addiction

http://www.vox.com/2014/4/15/5618724/the-koch-brothers-posted-something-awesome-on-facebook

More on high-frequency trading, and why you should be concerned about it

http://www.vox.com/2014/4/15/5616574/high-frequency-trading-guide-real-problems-explained 

KKK: We're a Christian organization!
Bonus item: BAY-ner! It's pronounced BAY-ner!

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/04/15/boehner-challenger-makes-electile-dysfunction-video.html 

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

TAX DAY

http://www.vox.com/2014/4/3/5575936/9-things-you-didnt-know-about-income-taxes
9 things you didn't know about income taxes 

http://www.vox.com/2014/4/14/5611944/where-your-tax-dollars-go-in-one-chart
Where your tax dollars go, in one chart 

So true 

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/04/14/1291989/-Rep-Marsha-Blackburn-Republicans-have-led-the-fight-for-women-s-equality
Rep. Marsha Blackburn: Republicans 'have led the fight for women's equality'

More: http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal-a/2014_04/equal_rights_for_women_and_the049888.php 

http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/republicans-try-to-address-war-on-women-with-an-army-of-young-volunteers/2014/04/14/8417bddc-c3fd-11e3-b195-dd0c1174052c_story.html 

Straight out of the Karl Rove playbook: accuse others of what you are doing 

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/scott-brown-jeanne-shaheen-senator-from-massachusetts-john-sununu
Scott Brown's Campaign Mocks His Opponent As A 'Senator From Massachusetts'

More: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/04/14/1291916/-Wait-who-s-being-accused-of-being-the-senator-from-Massachusetts-in-New-Hampshire-Senate-race 

Obamacare IS working
Obama's judicial nominations

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/monkey-cage/wp/2014/04/14/obamas-judicial-appointments-liberal-but-not-that-liberal/
Liberal, but not that liberal

More: http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2014/04/what-would-majority-leader-mitch-mcconnell-do.html

Pulitzers!

http://www.salon.com/2014/04/14/a_pulitzer_triumph_snowden_reporting_wins_journalisms_top_prize/
Guardian, Washington Post win for surveillance reporting by Glenn Greenwald, Laura Poitras and Barton Gellman 

http://dissenter.firedoglake.com/2014/04/14/why-couldnt-pulitzer-prize-board-have-awarded-individual-journalists-as-well-as-media-organizations-for-nsa-reporting/
Pulitzer Prize Board Should’ve Awarded Individual Journalists as Well as Media Organizations for NSA Reporting

Conservative wunderkind Ben Shapiro is really, really offended by Stephen Colbert's "blackface" portrayal of conservatives

http://www.truthrevolt.org/commentary/stephen-colberts-vile-political-blackface

Bonus item: It's what they do

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/shoe-truthers-hillary-clinton
Some conservative media figures are openly wondering if Hillary Clinton staged an incident during a speech in Las Vegas on Thursday in which a woman in the audience threw a shoe at her. The shoe appeared to miss the rumored 2016 presidential hopeful, who ducked and made light of it, while the reported thrower, Alison Michelle Ernst, was booked by the authorities. . . . 

More: http://crooksandliars.com/2014/04/rush-limbaughs-subconscious-believes

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Monday, April 14, 2014

RACE MATTERS

Fox World holds a serious discussion about . . . race. You can guess what happens next

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Sunday, April 13, 2014

HUCK

He's getting worse

http://crooksandliars.com/2014/04/huckabee-im-beginning-think-theres-more
Huckabee: I'm Beginning To Think There's More Freedom In North Korea Than U.S.

More: http://crooksandliars.com/2014/04/huckabee-obama-lied-about-gay-marriage

Your daily Christie: ANOTHER investigation ramps up

http://crooksandliars.com/2014/04/new-probe-gov-christie-and-port-authority


Koch addiction

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/04/12/1290877/-Koch-brothers-try-yet-again-to-stand-truth-on-its-head
Koch brothers try yet again to stand truth on its head

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/govbeat/wp/2014/04/12/the-koch-brothers-take-on-tennesees-republican-governor/?wprss=rss_politics&clsrd
The Koch brothers take on Tennessee’s Republican governor

Fox World AND Theocracy watch

http://www.salon.com/2014/04/12/the_dangerous_pitfalls_of_scientific_celebrity_authority_alone_cant_be_trusted/

http://www.salon.com/2014/04/12/america_stupidly_stuck_between_religion_and_science/

The Sunday talk show line-ups

http://crooksandliars.com/2014/04/sunday-morning-bobblehead-thread-0
ABC's "This Week" — Samantha Power, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations; Gov. Deval Patrick, D-Mass.; Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky. Panel: ABC News political analyst Matthew Dowd, Republican strategist and ABC News contributor Ana Navarro, Democratic strategist James Carville, syndicated radio host Laura Ingraham, and University of California, Berkeley professor and former Clinton Labor secretary Robert Reich.  

NBC's "Meet the Press" — Panel discussion on the anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings: historian and author Doris Kearns Goodwin, Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA), and former Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis. Boston Globe photographer John Tlumacki and former New England Patriots player Joe Andruzzi. Political roundtable: Re/Code Co-Executive Editor Kara Swisher, Republican strategist Mike Murphy, Wall Street Journal Editorial Page Editor Paul Gigot, and Rep. Donna Edwards (D-MD).  

CBS' "Face the Nation" — Reps. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., and Elijah Cummings, D-Md. Civil rights panel: Michael Eric Dyson of Georgetown University, Evan Wolfson of Freedom to Marry, Tavis Smiley of PBS, and Nikole Hannah-Jones of ProPublica and the Atlantic. Media panel: Peter Baker of The New York Times, Frank Rich of New York magazine, Leigh Gallagher of Fortune, and Michael Gerson of The Washington Post.  

MSNBC's "UP with Steve Kornacki" -- Sandra Fluke, (D) California State Senate candidate; Celinda Lake, democratic pollster, President, Lake Research Partners; Molly Ball, The Atlantic; Eleanor Clift, The Daily Beast; Sarah Kliff, senior editor, Vox; Mark McKinnon, fmr. advisor, President George W. Bush, co-founder, No Labels; Rich Sommer, Actor, “Mad Men”.  

MSNBC's "Melissa Harris-Perry" -- Ed Fitzgerald, Cuyahoga County Executive / Democratic Candidate for the Governor of Ohio; Myrna Perez, Deputy Director of the Democracy Program at the Brennan Center; Wade Henderson, President and CEO of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights; Jelani Cobb, Associate Professor at UCONN; Jonathan Chait, New York Magazine; Salamishah Tillet, Associate Professor of English and Africana Studies at the University of Pennsylvania; Zack Roth, National Reporter at MSNBC Digital (MSNBC.com); Pharoahe Monch, Hip Hop Artist.

MSNBC's "Disrupt with Karen Finney" -- Josh Barro, New York Times; Joan Walsh, Salon; James Peterson, MSNBC Contributor; Viviana Hurtado, Wise Latina Club.  

CNN's "State of the Union" — Chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Rep. Steve Israel (D-NY) and Chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee Congressman Greg Walden (D-OR). Political panel: Cornell Belcher, Ron Brownstein and Liz Mair.  

CNN's "Fareed Zakaria GPS" -- Mayor of Jerusalem Nir Barkat, New York Times' Tom Friedman, food critic and chef Anthony Bourdain.

MOYERS & COMPANY: All Work and No Pay. Did you know the federal minimum wage for millions of restaurant workers is $2.13 an hour? Advocate Saru Jayaraman says that’s not only unfair but unsafe. 

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