Friday, March 06, 2015

OVERARMED

More guns, but in fewer people's hands

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2015/03/05/america-has-more-guns-in-fewer-hands-than-ever-before%E2%80%8B/ 

More: http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/politics/2015/03/nra_s_personal_swipe_at_gabby_giffords_on_twitter_the_national_rifle_association.html
The NRA’s New Low

There really IS a vast right-wing conspiracy

http://www.salon.com/2015/03/05/the_federalist_society_to_fox_news_to_the_supreme_court_the_real_story_behind_the_conservative_war_on_obamacare/

The Republican takeover of state legislatures 

http://politicalwire.com/2015/03/06/chart-of-the-day-2/

Drone pilots are quitting in droves -- here's why

http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2015/03/no-joy-in-joystick-by-bloggersrus.html

The Hillary-mail controversy hasn't gone away

http://www.salon.com/2015/03/05/hillary_clinton_breaks_her_silence_on_email_controversy/
Hillary Clinton breaks her silence on email controversy 

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2015/03/05/six-questions-hillary-clinton-must-answer-about-her-email/
Six questions Hillary Clinton must answer about her email

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/03/06/clinton-not-a-scandal-yet-but.html
Not a Scandal, Yet. But… 

We use to have the daily Christie - now it's more like a wake

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/cafe/guess-what-yet-another-christie-scandal
Guess What? Yet Another Christie Scandal ...

Walkers

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/03/05/how-the-other-candidates-plan-to-kill-scott-walker-s-candidacy.html
How the Other Candidates Plan to Kill Scott Walker's Candidacy

What's covered in sex ed

http://www.vox.com/2015/3/5/8109617/sex-education-america

Just can't get over the gays

http://www.salon.com/2015/03/05/gop_lawmaker_gay_people_don%E2%80%99t_have_a_right_to_be_served_in_every_single_store/
GOP lawmaker: Gay people “don’t have a right to be served in every single store”

http://www.salon.com/2015/03/05/alabama_gop_proposes_bill_to_allow_judges_to_opt_out_of_marrying_gay_people_and_jews_and_muslims_too/
Alabama GOP proposes bill to let judges opt out of marrying gay couples

http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/ben-carson-trips-over-gay-issues
Ben Carson trips over ‘gay issues’

Bonus item: The mystery of women's bodies

http://www.salon.com/2015/03/06/6_conservatives_in_dire_need_of_a_high_school_sex_ed_class_partner/
From Todd Akin to Sen. Jon Kyle, the right has some very unusual ideas about how women's bodies actually work

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Thursday, March 05, 2015

WHAT DO *YOU* THINK IT MEANS?

Reading the tea leaves from the Obamacare opening arguments before the Supreme Court: are Justices Kennedy and Roberts potentially in play?

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2015/03/04/a-hint-of-good-news-for-obamacare-but-dont-get-your-hopes-up-too-much/

http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/supreme_court_dispatches/2015/03/oral_arguments_in_king_v_burwell_silliness_and_bombast_as_the_supreme_court.html

http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/politics/2015/03/king_v_burwell_why_anthony_kennedy_might_spare_obamacare_to_defend_a_conservative.html

http://www.vox.com/2015/3/4/8148327/obamacare-affordable-care-act-ginsburg

http://www.salon.com/2015/03/04/did_anthony_kennedy_just_tip_his_hand_on_supreme_courts_obamacare_case/

More: http://www.scotusblog.com/2015/03/first-mid-argument-update-king-v-burwell/

http://www.salon.com/2015/03/05/right_wing_judges_inane_power_how_obamacares_fate_will_really_be_decided/

http://www.vox.com/2015/3/4/8150215/obamacare-supreme-court-king
No one knows how the Supreme Court will rule on Obamacare 

The worst revelations in the DOJ report on Ferguson, Missouri

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2015/03/doj-release-long-report-on-ferguson-police-dept.html
DOJ Report on Ferguson Police Department Lists Many, Many Possible Civil-Rights Violations

http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/politics/2015/03/justice_department_report_exposes_ferguson_s_discrimination_against_blacks.html
Ferguson’s True Criminals

More: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/fivepoints/ferguson-doj-report-shocking-moments

http://www.vox.com/2015/3/4/8149337/doj-ferguson-report-police-racism
 
http://www.salon.com/2015/03/04/8_horrifying_revelations_in_the_justice_departments_ferguson_report/

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2015/03/04/17-disturbing-statistics-from-the-federal-report-on-ferguson-police/

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/03/04/the-7-most-racist-ferguson-police-emails-made-public.html
The 6 Most Racist Ferguson Police Emails Made Public 

No federal charges for Darren Wilson, who killed Michael Brown

http://www.vox.com/2015/3/4/8148861/darren-wilson-justice-department

http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/jurisprudence/2014/11/will_justice_department_charge_darren_wilson_supreme_court_gutted_civil.html

Hillary Clinton to release her emails

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/06/us/politics/hillary-clinton-asks-state-dept-to-review-emails-for-public-release.html?partner=rss&emc=rss


All-in

http://www.salon.com/2015/03/05/fox_news_dangerous_game_why_conservative_media_will_regret_protecting_bill_oreilly_partner/
Fox News’ dangerous game: Why conservative media will regret protecting Bill O’Reilly


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Wednesday, March 04, 2015

CAVE-IN

Yet again, John Boehner is forced to abandon a pointless, divisive strategy conjured by his crazy right flank

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/boehner-caves-dhs-funding 

http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/homeland-security-funding-its-obama-1-boehner-0

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/03/03/1368301/-Boehner-caves-Pelosi-triumphs-as-House-passes-clean-Homeland-Security-funding-bill

More: http://tiny.cc/944yux

A great review of the manufactured crises the GOP has given us

http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/where-congress-excels-manufactured-crises

More: http://www.vox.com/2015/3/3/8142697/dhs-bill-passes

The Netanyahu speech before Congress

http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/war_stories/2015/03/benjamin_netanyahu_speech_to_congress_the_israeli_prime_minister_wants_an.html
[S]hallow, evasive, short on logic, and long on cynicism. . . 

More: http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2015/03/netanyahus-speech-to-congress-makes-no-sense.html

http://www.vox.com/2015/3/3/8140729/netanyahu-speech-iran-congress

http://www.vox.com/2015/3/3/8143417/netanyahu-speech-congress-five

Department of Justice

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/ferguson-racial-bias-justice-department
DOJ Report Blasts Ferguson Cops For Pattern Of Racial Bias Against Blacks

More: http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2015/03/ferguson-report-racist-emails.html 

Here's the lowdown on the upcoming Supreme Court case against Obamacare

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/king-burwell-supreme-court-explainer

More on Hillary's emails

http://firedoglake.com/2015/03/03/more-on-hillary-clintons-use-of-personal-email-account-at-state-department/
The Federal Records Act requires that governmental correspondence on personal email accounts be preserved; Clinton’s staff did not do so. . . .

http://www.vox.com/2015/3/4/8140103/hillary-clinton-emails-explained
 
More: http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/clintons-experience-not-unique/2015/03/03/cf59747a-c1e5-11e4-9ec2-b418f57a4a99_story.html
Clinton isn’t first senior government leader to use personal e-mail for official business

http://www.nextgov.com/cio-briefing/2015/03/three-things-you-should-know-about/106566/
As more details continue to be revealed, there are three things you should know about federal records keeping -- and what's actually allowed. . . .

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2015/03/all-the-things-we-know-about-hillarys-emails.html
The regulations requiring Clinton to save emails weren't in place until after she left the State Department. . . 

Scott Walker continues to remake himself (it won't help)

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/scott-walker-sign-20-week-abortion-ban

http://www.salon.com/2015/03/04/5_signs_scott_walker_is_employing_gops_racist_southern_strategy_partner/

Remember when Lindsey Graham was sort of a sweet, goofy guy?

http://www.salon.com/2015/03/03/lindsey_graham_makes_breathtakingly_sexist_jab_at_nancy_pelosi/
South Carolina senator and noted dreamboat Lindsey Graham poked fun at House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi’s appearance on Tuesday, delivering the sexist jab following Pelosi’s criticism of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s congressional address this morning. . . 

What an ugly, depressing story

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/john-danforth-tom-schweich-eulogy
Eulogies are a celebration of the life of the deceased. But in his remembrance of Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich (R) on Tuesday, former U.S. Sen. John Danforth (R-MO) combined high praise for the dead with forcefully harsh words for the state GOP chairman who has been linked to Schweich's suicide.  

Speaking at the funeral in Clayton, Mo., for Schweich, who had been a leading Republican gubernatorial candidate until his suicide last week, Danforth addressed head-on an alleged anti-Semitic "whisper campaign" that preceded the death.  

In the days leading up to his suicide on Thursday, Schweich told those close to him that state GOP chairman John Hancock had been off-handedly telling people he was Jewish even though he attended an Episcopal church.  

"Tom called this anti-Semitism, and of course it was," Danforth said  . . .

Pillow talk

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2015/03/petraeus-signs-plea-deal-over-data-sharing.html
Petraeus Will Plead Guilty for Sharing Classified Information With His Mistress

More: http://crooksandliars.com/2015/03/wait-till-you-hear-what-petraeus-handed


http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/govbeat/wp/2015/03/03/food-stamp-reliance-is-up-in-every-single-state-since-2000/

The Republican war on science

http://www.salon.com/2015/03/03/house_republicans_want_to_legally_forbid_epa_from_looking_at_science_it_doesnt_like/

Bonus item: Twins!
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Tuesday, March 03, 2015

NEXT!

The cycle of Republicans finding a new flavor-of-the-month candidate who will save the party, then disappointment, then rejection, seems to be accelerating. They're ALREADY getting tired of Scott Walker

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/walker-in-trouble-with-gop-establishment/article/2560898
Scott Walker is headed for trouble with the GOP establishment

http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2015/03/dispatch-from-campaign-of-most.html
Dispatch from the campaign of the most overrated politician in America

http://www.salon.com/2015/03/02/scott_walkers_latest_headache_how_he_irked_the_religious_right_and_what_it_says_about_his_bumbling_campaign/
He was once touted as a uniter of the GOP's factions, but Walker is managing to peeve them all 

http://www.salon.com/2015/03/02/scott_walkers_cpac_mistake_how_new_rules_for_16_gop_race_just_got_established/
Scott Walker’s CPAC mistake

http://politicalwire.com/2015/03/02/walker-doesnt-always-say-what-hell-do/
Walker Doesn’t Always Say What He’ll Do 

http://www.salon.com/2015/03/03/my_view_has_changed_im_flat_out_saying_it_scott_walkers_embarrassing_new_flip_flop/
“My view has changed. I’m flat out saying it”: Scott Walker’s embarrassing new flip-flop  

Boehner is boxed in

http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/boehner-on-the-firing-line-again-after-democrats-block-bill-to-fund-dhs/2015/03/02/f0ff96c8-c108-11e4-9ec2-b418f57a4a99_story.html?wprss=rss_politics
House Speaker John A. Boehner, already under fire from unruly conservatives, is facing another agonizing choice over funding the Department of Homeland Security after Democrats thwarted his plans once again Monday.  

Senate Democrats, as expected, blocked a House-passed bill to form a conference committee to work out the differences over competing DHS-funding measures. The move, coming ahead of a Friday-into-Saturday shutdown deadline, put the ball back in Boehner’s court just days after his stopgap proposal was stunningly defeated amid a right-wing revolt.  

It’s unclear what happens next. . .

More: http://www.politico.com/story/2015/03/john-boehner-republicans-homeland-security-funding-plan-115657.html#ixzz3TG5AMh3W
He must either bring up the Senate's "clean" bill or try for another short extension.

http://www.politico.com/story/2015/03/obama-republicans-dhs-spending-115632.html#ixzz3TFJxV0Yo
'Never go into these things without a plan' 

Can the Republicans pass ANYTHING?

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/congress-supreme-court-obamacare
Dysfunction In Congress Complicates GOP Lawsuit To Topple Obamacare

Hey, cheer up!

http://www.vox.com/2015/3/2/8120063/american-democracy-doomed
American democracy is doomed
 
More: http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal-a/2015_03/is_america_heading_for_a_const054441.php

This could be a big, big problem for Hillary

http://www.salon.com/2015/03/03/new_york_times_drops_bombshell_on_hillary_clintons_use_of_private_email_at_state_department/
The New York Times delivered a jolt to the 2016 presidential contest on Monday night, as the paper reported that Hillary Clinton conducted all government business on a personal email account during her four-year tenure as secretary of state. . . . [read on]

More: http://www.vox.com/2015/3/2/8138203/clinton-emails-bush

The Dems can't count only on demographics to get them back in power -- but the trends are clear

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2015/03/02/this-is-why-republicans-have-to-find-a-way-to-compete-for-the-hispanic-vote-in-1-chart/?wprss=rss_politics

A crucial report

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2015/03/02/wh-task-force-all-police-shootings-should-be-independently-reviewed/?wprss=rss_politics
WH Task Force: All police shootings should be independently reviewed

The report: http://www.cops.usdoj.gov/pdf/taskforce/Interim_TF_Report.pdf

Could be true

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/03/03/sorry-but-no-we-don-t-hate-the-surveillance-state.html
We don’t hate the surveillance state. We’re embracing it more and more.

He's b-a-a-a-a-c-k!

http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/dick-cheney-has-found-his-base
The running joke for much of the Bush/Cheney era was that it was hard to know where Vice President Dick Cheney was on any given day because he was always at “an undisclosed location.” Lately, however, his location isn’t a mystery at all: Cheney spends a lot of time on Capitol Hill. . . 

You don't have to dig very deep. Sometimes you don't have to dig at all

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/andrea-shea-king-netanyahu-hang-congressmen
Conservative radio host Andrea Shea King recently said on her show that congressmen who planned to skip Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's congressional address on Tuesday should "pay with their lives, hanging from a noose in front of the U.S. Capitol" . . . "I would like to think that these guys could pay with their lives, hanging from a noose in front of the U.S. Capitol building," King said in the audio clip. "Most of those members who are opting out of attending the speech are members of the Congressional Black Caucus. . ."

CNN has a tape of O'Reilly's lies (thanks to DR for the link)

http://www.politico.com/blogs/media/2015/03/cnn-publishes-oreilly-tape-203331.html

More: http://www.salon.com/2015/03/02/fox_news_finally_turns_against_bill_oreilly_admits_he_lied_about_some_stuff/
Fox News finally stops pretending the Bill O’Reilly scandal is a liberal conspiracy 

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/03/02/1368093/-Bill-O-Reilly-s-falsehoods-pile-up-but-Fox-News-is-still-ignoring-them
Bill O'Reilly's falsehoods pile up

Welcome to Fox World

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/fox-news-host-pussification-of-men
Male Fox Host Complains About The 'Pussification' Of Men


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Monday, March 02, 2015

OXYMORONS

CPAC's "Labor Panel" -- about what you'd expect

http://prospect.org/article/cpac-labor-panel-does-gop-no-favors-outreach-latinos-women

Conservative intellectuals?

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/03/02/the-shame-of-conservative-intellectuals.html

How can you tell someone is running for the GOP nomination? They start abandoning their former positions to align with the conservative base

http://host.madison.com/ct/news/local/writers/todd-milewski/scott-walker-on-amnesty-as-part-of-immigration-reform-my/article_6d381d35-a677-54e9-bb68-71d3751134b7.html 

Gerrymandering: how they do it

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2015/03/01/this-is-the-best-explanation-of-gerrymandering-you-will-ever-see/

More: http://www.salon.com/2015/03/01/our_election_systems_anti_minority_bias_is_even_worse_than_you_think/
Our election system’s anti-minority bias is even worse than you think  

Theocracy watch

http://crooksandliars.com/2015/03/ben-carson-religion-needed-test-scientific
Ben Carson: Religion Is Needed To Test Scientific Theories In Case 'It's Just Propaganda' 

Bill O'Reilly's pattern of fudging the truth

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/bill-oreilly-factual-greatest-hits

Fox World "media watchdog" sees no trouble with Fox World colleague "Bill": http://crooksandliars.com/2015/03/howie-kurtz-trivializes

Inhofe’s Insane Climate Denial Speech Tells You Everything You Need to Know About the Republican Party Right Now

More: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/exploringourmatrix/2015/02/inhofe-disproves-poverty.html
"If world hunger is real, how do you explain this cheeseburger?"

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Sunday, March 01, 2015

BEATING THE WAR DRUM

The hawks took over CPAC

http://www.vox.com/2015/2/28/8120457/cpac-hawks

http://www.politico.com/story/2015/02/hawks-fly-high-at-cpac-115558.html

The real state of Islamic State (hint: not good)

http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal-a/2015_02/odds_ends_25054416.php
[I]f you watched any of the speakers at CPAC, you might be tempted to think that ISIS is marching across the Middle East and is about to reach our shores. Of course that’s not true. So I’m going to highlight some things that have been written recently and suggest that you read them to get a more accurate view of what’s going on. . . [read on] 

Ah, the notorious CPAC straw poll -- a good indicator of candidates who have no chance at all

http://www.vox.com/2015/2/28/8127141/cpac-straw-poll-results
Rand Paul wins CPAC straw poll, Scott Walker comes in second 

Theocracy watch: CPAC edition

http://crooksandliars.com/2015/02/dana-loesch-tells-cpac-its-time-make
Dana Loesch Tells CPAC It's Time To Make Christians A Protected Class 

Without comment

http://crooksandliars.com/2015/02/cpac-speaker-calls-warren-and-clinton-old
CPAC Speaker Calls Warren And Clinton 'Old, White, Rich Males'

CPAC adds a comedy segment

http://crooksandliars.com/2015/02/donald-trump-my-superior-negotiating
Donald Trump: My Superior Negotiating Skills Would Help ‘Solve The ISIS Problem’ 

The conservative war on truth

http://www.salon.com/2015/03/01/its_worse_than_scott_walker_and_ted_cruz_secrets_of_conservatives_decades_long_war_on_truth/
 
"Citizens United" - the devastating legacy of this Supreme Court

http://www.salon.com/2015/02/28/this_scotus_destroyed_america_how_citizens_united_is_ruining_more_than_our_elections/

The Republican House mess

http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal-a/2015_02/a_house_divided054409.php
A House Divided
 
http://politicalwire.com/2015/02/28/senate-republicans-fuming-at-house/
Senate Republicans Fuming at House  

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/02/28/gop-bombs-on-homeland-security.html
In a squishy and unsatisfying resolution that funds Homeland Security for a week, the GOP’s internal tensions bubble to the surface once again.

http://politicalwire.com/2015/02/28/will-john-boehner-be-ousted-as-speaker/
Will John Boehner Be Ousted as Speaker? 

More: http://www.vox.com/2015/2/28/8125581/dhs-obamacare-house-republicans
Last night previewed how House Republicans would handle an Obamacare fix. They wouldn't.

In Texas

http://crooksandliars.com/2015/02/geraldo-rivera-inadvertently-admits-fox
Surprisingly, in Texas (snark), two fourteen year-old girls were fighting. So, as you do in Texas apparently, one of their moms held an unloaded gun to one of their heads. For some reason, she was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. She claims the gun was unloaded, but who can say for certain when this country has dozens of tragedies every day where a gun was thought to be unloaded.  . . . [read on]

The Republicans have a solution to the campus rape problem: more guns on campus

http://www.salon.com/2015/02/28/if_only_hot_little_girls_had_a_gun_the_wingnuts_twisted_logic_on_campus_rape/

The Sunday talk show line-ups

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/03/01/1367419/-Sunday-Talk-Killing-Santa
NBC Meet the Press: House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA); Russian Political Activist Garry Kasparov; Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL); Former Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT); "Brain Surgeon" Dr. Ben Carson; Tony Messenger (St. Louis Post-Dispatch); Roundtable: Chris Cillizza (Washington Post), Helene Cooper (New York Times), Radio Host Hugh Hewitt and Maria Hinojosa (NPR).      

CBS Face the Nation: Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA); Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R); Jeffrey Goldberg (The Atlantic); Margaret Brennan (CBS News); Roundtable: Mark Halperin (Bloomberg News), Peggy Noonan (Wall Street Journal), Democratic Strategist Maria Cardona and Republican Strategist Kevin Madden.      

ABC This Week: Secretary of State John Kerry; Roundtable: Republican Strategist Matthew Dowd, Radio Host Laura Ingraham, LZ Granderson (CNN) and Cokie Roberts (ABC News).      

CNN State of the Union: Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R); Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA); Former Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Michael Orren; Others TBD.

Bonus item: Just desserts

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2015/02/28/why-dessert-is-disappearing-from-americas-dinner-tables/
Why dessert is disappearing from America’s dinner tables

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Saturday, February 28, 2015

ONE WEAK

Boehner's gang couldn't even pass a three-week funding extension for Homeland Security, then scrambled at the last second to pass ONE week of funding -- after which we'll be right at this nonsense all over again

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/28/us/senate-house-homeland-security.html?partner=rss&emc=rss
The House Republicans failed Friday to pass their own proposal to fund the Department of Homeland Security for three weeks.

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/02/27/1367542/-House-Republicans-chicken-out-and-fund-Homeland-Security-for-another-week
House Republicans chicken out and fund Homeland Security for another week

The kind of people they are

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/02/28/and-now-the-gop-is-going-after-injured-workers.html
Under the banner of fighting “fraud,” Republicans are out to slash federal dollars that support people who’ve been injured at work. Nice.

GOP "conservatives" aren't really . . . conservative

http://www.salon.com/2015/02/28/r_i_p_american_conservatism_whats_really_behind_the_tea_party%E2%80%99s_barren_individualism/

NCLB

http://www.vox.com/2015/2/27/8123045/nclb-esea-house-vote
Everyone hates No Child Left Behind, and Congress is never going to change it 

The fight over public school curricula

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/02/18/1365183/-Reagan-speeches-are-required-reading-in-Oklahoma-bill-to-replace-AP-U-S-History
Reagan speeches are required reading in Oklahoma bill to replace AP U.S. History

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/02/26/1367012/-Georgia-Republicans-latest-to-propose-airing-of-right-wing-propaganda-as-history-in-public-schools
Georgia Republicans latest to propose airing of right-wing propaganda as 'history' in public schools

http://crooksandliars.com/karoli/tx-wingnuts-outraged-over-their-own-curricu
Texas Wingnuts Outraged By Their Own Schools Curriculum

More: http://www.salon.com/2015/02/26/why_the_right_hates_american_history_partner/
Why the right hates American history  

More scenes from CPAC

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2015/02/27/on-display-at-cpac-how-the-presidential-primary-makes-gop-candidates-simple-minded/
On display at CPAC: How the presidential primary makes GOP candidates simple-minded

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/02/27/1367498/-What-you-missed-at-CPAC-today-ISIS-Nazis-and-Sean-Hannity-knows-you-re-pregnant
What you missed at CPAC today: ISIS, Nazis, and Sean Hannity knows you're pregnant

http://prospect.org/article/christie-blusters-his-way-through-cpac-appearance
Christie Blusters His Way Through CPAC Appearance

More: http://crooksandliars.com/2015/02/phil-robertsons-totally-awesome-freaked
Phil Robertson's Totally Awesome Freaked Out Speech

http://prospect.org/article/cpac-2015-right-wing-american-dream-kind-crappy
CPAC 2015: Right-Wing American Dream Kind of Crappy

Jeb ventures into hostile territory

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/feb/26/cpac-attendees-plan-walk-out-jeb-bush/
CPAC attendees plan to walk out on Jeb Bush

What happened? http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2015/02/27/jeb-bush-was-very-good-at-cpac-today/?wprss=rss_politics
Did people walk out when Jeb Bush started speaking at CPAC today in Maryand? Sure. Did he get heckled and booed at times during his q and a with conservative commentator Sean Hannity? Sure. Did Bush more than hold his own with an audience that was ready to embarrass him in front of every national reporter in the country? Yes. [read on]

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2015/02/27/jeb-bush-cpac-survivor/?wprss=rss_politics
Jeb Bush is probably breathing more easily now, following a strong question-and-answer session on the main stage the Conservative Political Action Conference Friday afternoon.  

But the GOP frontrunner had a rough morning . . . 

More: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/02/27/jeb-bush-engages-the-fringe-at-cpac.html

http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal-a/2015_02/jebs_hollow_triumph054403.php
Jeb’s Hollow Triumph

The GOPers need a woman to go after Hillary. Maybe even a VP

http://prospect.org/article/cpac-carly-fiorina-gops-anti-hillary
Carly Fiorina

More: http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/politics/2015/02/carly_fiorina_is_having_a_good_cpac_she_knows_how_to_speak_to_almost_any.html

A history of "gotcha" questions

http://www.salon.com/2015/02/25/scott_walkers_sarah_palin_problem_whats_really_behind_his_media_hostility/

Bonus item: Awesome optical illusions!

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2015/02/27/12-fascinating-optical-illusions-show-how-color-can-trick-the-eye/

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