Tuesday, September 02, 2014

THE UNION LABEL

http://www.vox.com/2014/9/1/6078697/decline-of-unions-united-states-worldwide-oecd
US unions are shrinking. These 7 charts show what that means.

http://prospect.org/article/labors-new-groove-taking-struggle-streets-legislatures-twilight-collective-bargaining
Taking the Struggle From Streets to Legislatures at the Twilight of Collective Bargaining

More: http://www.vox.com/2014/9/1/6094051/three-sentences-no-one-should-forget-about-unions
"What's ironic about that is that unions are inherently conservative institutions, which historically developed parallel with the development of capitalism itself. They are as much a part of capitalism as Henry Ford or Apple. Unions use contracts — and there's nothing more intrinsic to capitalism than the right of contract — to link their members to the fortunes of the companies they contract with."

The problems with American health care Obamacare hasn't solved

http://www.vox.com/2014/9/2/6089693/health-care-facts-whats-wrong-american-insurance 

Koch addiction, part one

http://crooksandliars.com/2014/08/koch-network-poised-control-fsu
Remember when the Koch brothers tried to buy the economics department at FSU? Well, stand by because they're about to control the entire university. 

Koch addiction, part two

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2014/09/01/for-2016-gop-candidates-does-courting-the-kochs-bring-more-risk-than-reward/
For 2016 GOP candidates, does courting the Kochs bring more risk than reward?

More proof that the GOP still hasn't quite figured out social media

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2014/09/rick-perry-attacks-enemy-with-beer-ad-parody.html
Rick Perry Says He Didn't Mean to Tweet About How His Political Enemy Is 'the Most Drunk Democrat in Texas' 

Fox World complains about the media credibility gap (that they helped create)

http://crooksandliars.com/2014/09/fox-pundits-have-gall-complain-about

Bonus item: Amazing photos from space!

http://www.vox.com/2014/9/1/6065783/space-photo-reid-wiseman


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Monday, September 01, 2014

STRONG MEN

The neo-cons just can't let go of their secret love for autocratic leaders

http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2014/08/cant-help-lovin-those-commie-strongmen.html

http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal-a/2014_08/is_this_how_patriotism_works051906.php


Can Obama close down Gitmo? Will he?

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/01/us/politics/decaying-guantanamo-defies-closing-plans.html?partner=rss&emc=rss

Cops and black men

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/09/01/is-america-a-police-state-for-many-yes.html
Is America a Police State?

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/08/31/1325627/-Can-you-still-doubt-plight-of-black-men-with-police-irrespective-of-socio-economic-circumstances

Cops and white men: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/08/31/1324831/-White-man-jaywalks-with-gun-guess-what-happens 

Around the country

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2014/08/29/the-top-5-most-disastrous-campaigns-of-2014-so-far/
The top 5 most disastrous campaigns of 2014 — so far

More: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/08/31/1325398/-The-best-and-worst-campaign-ads-of-2014-so-far
The best and worst campaign ads of 2014 (so far)

Work to do

http://www.vox.com/2014/8/31/6084185/5-reasons-politics-doesnt-fix-inequality
5 reasons politics doesn't fix inequality

Labor day question: Why have liberals and unions grown apart?

http://www.msnbc.com/msnbc/the-most-challenging-issue-facing-liberalism-today

More: http://www.salon.com/2014/09/01/why_white_men_hate_unions_the_south_the_new_workforce_and_the_gop_war_on_your_self_interest/ 

Bonus item: Labor day quiz!

http://www.samefacts.com/2014/08/everything-else/pub-quiz-labor-day/


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Sunday, August 31, 2014

SPECIAL DELIVERY



Sunday conversation

http://www.vox.com/2014/8/30/6086767/russian-tank-spotted-with-its-ukrainian-target-painted-on-the-side
Russia's army is so brazen they painted this tank with the name of its Ukrainian target

More: http://www.vox.com/2014/8/30/6083653/why-america-wont-call-russias-invasion-of-ukraine-an-invasion
Why no one wants to call Russia's invasion of Ukraine an invasion

Obama: hawk or dove?

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/08/30/1325750/-Abbreviated-Pundit-Round-up-Is-Obama-a-hawk-or-a-dove 

So, Obama is being ripped for admitting "We don't have a strategy yet" on Syria. I admire his honesty -- and let's remember what happens when people THINK they have a strategy, but don't

http://politicalhumor.about.com/od/stupidquotes/a/iraqquotes.htm
25 Mind-Numbingly Stupid Bush Administration Statements About Iraq

More: http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal-a/2014_08/some_people_never_learn051900.php

Well, it shows what you can accomplish when you really work at something

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/08/31/here-s-why-you-helpless-tramps-don-t-vote-republican.htm
A new internal GOP survey suggests the party’s history of demeaning comments and policies is just killing them with women voters.

Digby

http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2014/08/the-war-at-home.html
28,000 – the number of children and teens shot and killed in the US between 2002 and 2012. According to ABC News, that means that 13 kids died at home for every soldier killed on the battlefield in Afghanistan during that period.   

Maybe we need to think of those kids as child soldiers paying the price for our freedom.  

Doesn't that make you feel better? 

The Sunday talk show line-ups

http://my.firedoglake.com/elliott/2014/08/31/sunday-talking-heads-august-31-2014/
ABC’S THIS WEEK: ISIS. Roundtable: Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK), Matthew Dowd, Bill Richardson, Cokie Roberts.  

CBS’ FACE THE NATION: “Dueling crises in Syria, Ukraine” with Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), then Rep. Peter King (R-NY). Also, Danielle Pletka of the American Enterprise Institute and Michael Singh of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.

CNN’S STATE OF THE UNION: ISIS with Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD) and Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL). Ukraine with Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chair Robert Menendez (D-NJ) in Kiev. Then, Tom Delay on Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s indictment. Roundtable: (Mitt 2016?) Lanhee Chen, Penny Lee, Marc Lamont Hill, Kristen Soltis Anderson.

MOYERS & COMPANY: Encore: How Tax Reform Can Save the Middle Class. In part two of his interview, Joseph E. Stiglitz says corporate abuse of our tax system has helped make America unequal and undemocratic. But the Nobel Prize-winning economist has a plan to change that.  

MEET THE PRESS: Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA).

Bonus item: Molly Powell womansplains in the National Review why women shouldn't be offended by catcalls

http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/386747/considering-catcalls-molly-powell


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Saturday, August 30, 2014

"WE DON'T HAVE A STRATEGY YET"

You might think it is a good thing when the President says he isn't going to make a military commitment in Syria until there is a clear strategy formulated. But because it's Obama, this is an OUTRAGE!

http://www.cnn.com/2014/08/29/politics/obama-isis-strategy/

http://www.politico.com/story/2014/08/mike-rogers-barack-obama-isil-110432.html#ixzz3BnHBaH6Y

Putin's Ukraine problem

http://www.vox.com/2014/8/29/6082769/one-chart-why-putin-invading-ukraine

http://www.vox.com/2014/8/29/6079671/what-is-putin-trying-to-accomplish-by-invading-ukraine

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/08/29/putin-mocks-the-west-puts-his-own-prestige-on-the-line.html

Rocky days for Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/mitch-mcconnell-campaign-manager-jesse-benton-resign
Mitch McConnell's Campaign Manager Resigns

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/08/29/1325634/-Kentucky-press-examines-just-how-cozy-McConnell-is-with-the-nbsp-Kochs
Kentucky press examines just how cozy McConnell is with the Kochs

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/08/29/1325613/-Top-Republicans-try-to-downplay-shutdown-threats-Emphasis-on-try
Top Republicans try to downplay shutdown threats. Emphasis on 'try.' 

Is this the end, finally?

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/judge-hollis-mcgehee-ruling-motion-to-dismiss-thad-cochran-chris-mcdaniel
Judge Tosses Out McDaniel Challenge To Senate Runoff Results 

As the youngsters say, "Yeah, right!"

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/08/29/1325626/-GOP-swears-it-s-a-coincidence-Benghazi-investigation-will-keep-going-until-the-2016-campaign
GOP swears it's a coincidence Benghazi 'investigation' will keep going until the 2016 campaign

More: http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2014/08/memo-from-department-of-duh.html

Are we going back to DIY abortions?

http://nymag.com/thecut/2014/08/future-of-abortions-could-be-at-home.html

When sports news becomes real news

http://www.salon.com/2014/08/29/the_nfls_new_policy_on_preventing_domestic_violence_could_be_a_really_really_big_deal/
The NFL’s new policy on preventing domestic violence could be a really, really big deal 

Bonus item: The Tan Suit Controversy

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2014/08/peter-king-outraged-over-obamas-tan-suit.html

Peter King Outraged Over Obama's Tan Suit

http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/rep-peter-king-obamas-new-fashion-critic

The debate continues: http://time.com/3214633/barack-obama-tan-suit/

http://www.forbes.com/sites/michelinemaynard/2014/08/29/in-praise-of-the-presidents-tan-suit/

http://blog.chron.com/shopgirl/2014/08/so-whats-wrong-with-president-obamas-tan-suit/#19787101=0

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Friday, August 29, 2014

HIM/HER

The gender gap is still going strong

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2014/08/28/the-gop-has-struggled-with-women-for-a-long-time-as-in-since-before-suffrage/

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/08/28/1325404/-Women-think-the-GOP-is-stuck-in-the-past-Reince-Priebus-tries-to-find-the-good-news

More: http://prospect.org/article/why-republicans-cant-solve-their-problem-women-voters
Why Republicans Can't Solve Their Problem With Women Voters

Campaign finance reform has failed

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2014/08/28/an-eye-popping-chart-that-shows-how-campaign-finance-reform-has-failed/

Ukraine, again

http://www.vox.com/2014/8/28/6078661/satellite-images-show-that-russia-has-been-invading-ukraine-for-at
Satellite images show that Russia has been invading Ukraine for at least a week

http://www.vox.com/2014/8/28/6080589/putin-ukraines-rebels-novorossiya
The very scary word in Putin's new statement on the Ukraine crisis

More: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/08/29/is-the-u-s-enabling-putin-s-invasion.html

http://www.salon.com/2014/08/28/vladimir_putin_goes_rogue_ukraine_nato_nuclear_weapons_and_a_very_dangerous_new_reality/

What could go wrong?

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/gun-tourism
"Bullets and Burgers"

The NRA responds: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/nra-tweets-kids-having-fun-guns-after-uzi-accident

Yes, well I'm sure he wants that

http://crooksandliars.com/2014/08/scott-walker-urges-voters-get-their-news
Scott Walker Urges Voters To Get Their News From Fox News

More: http://www.salon.com/2014/08/28/secret_audio_nails_scott_walker_a_humiliating_suck_up_to_the_koch_brothers/ 

Colbert on Fox on Ferguson

http://www.salon.com/2014/08/28/colbert_obliterates_fox_news_ferguson_coverage/

Bonus item: Moving stones!

http://www.vox.com/2014/8/28/6078799/sailing-stones-death-valley


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Thursday, August 28, 2014

NUDGE-NUDGE, WINK-WINK

Mitch McConnell's stealth campaign

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/28/us/politics/on-tape-mcconnell-envisions-using-budget-to-undo-obama-initiatives.html?partner=rss&emc=rss&_r=0
In Audio From a Koch Event, McConnell Envisions Undoing Obama Initiatives

More: http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/mcconnell-offers-peek-behind-the-curtain

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/mitch-mcconnell-government-shutdown
This kind of cynical gambit relies on the lack of sophistication of voters and a compliant press corps. Probably not a bad gamble. 

More stealth campaigning

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/08/26/1324809/-House-Republican-explains-why-GOP-doesn-t-want-to-talk-about-impeachment-until-after-November
House Republican explains why GOP doesn't want to talk about impeachment until after November

Inside the Congressional boy's club

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/gillibrand-male-colleagues-called-porky

Deficit news

http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2014/08/chart-day-federal-deficit-pretty-good-shape-these-days
The Federal Deficit Is In Pretty Good Shape These Days

More: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2014/08/27/yes-obamacare-is-cutting-the-deficit/ 

It's a sign of progress, I think, that as more women run for high profile positions, we can go after them just as hard with tough political ads 

Terri Lynn Land, Michigan: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/08/27/1325166/-Daily-Kos-Elections-ad-roundup-DSCC-puts-an-awesome-spin-on-Terri-Lynn-Land-s-awful-ad

Joni Ernst, Iowa: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/08/27/1324947/-Iowa-Senate-candidate-Joni-Ernst-says-she-owes-everything-she-is-today-to-nbsp-Kochs

How WH press secretaries avoid answering questions

http://www.vox.com/2014/8/27/6074469/was-george-stephanopoulos-really-the-most-evasive-press-secretary

In Fox World

http://crooksandliars.com/2014/08/jon-stewarts-powerful-ferguson-segment
"Race hustlers"

More: http://www.salon.com/2014/08/28/fox_news_is_tearing_us_apart_race_baiting_and_divisiveness_hits_disgusting_new_low/
Fox News is tearing us apart: Race baiting and divisiveness hits disgusting new low 

Bonus item: Will more women start reading Playboy?

http://tinyurl.com/lafryyv
Playboy’s shockingly astute guide to avoiding street harassment 

More: http://nymag.com/thecut/2014/08/playboy-figured-out-how-to-appeal-to-women.html


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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

MARCO'S JOURNEY

Who IS Marco Rubio?

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2014/08/27/whats-driving-marco-rubios-big-shift-in-tone/
What’s driving Marco Rubio’s big shift in tone

http://tinyurl.com/npye9p9
Marco Rubio’s existential flip-flop

http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal-a/2014_08/rubio_seizes_other_horn_of_his051838.php
Rubio Seizes Other Horn of His Dilemma With Both Hands

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/08/26/1324774/-Marco-Rubio-turns-against-Latino-kids
Marco Rubio turns against Latino kids

More: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/27/us/rubio-warns-obama-against-executive-action-on-immigration.html?partner=rss&emc=rss

Tales of the times: in Florida, a former Republican is running against a current Republican for governor. This is called "electoral choice"

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2014/08/26/rick-scott-charlie-crist-advance-to-general-election-showdown-in-florida/?tid=hpModule_f8335a3c-868c-11e2-9d71-f0feafdd1394

Tales of the times, part two: in Arizona, Jan Brewer isn't conservative enough for her party


http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2014/08/26/its-ted-cruz-and-sarah-palin-versus-jan-brewer-in-arizona-today/

In Ferguson, MO

http://www.vox.com/2014/8/27/6058071/darren-wilson-killed-michael-brown-here-s-why-he-probably-won-t-go-to
Darren Wilson killed Michael Brown. Here’s why he probably won’t go to jail.

Koch addiction

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/08/26/koch-brothers-ernst-cotton-gardner_n_5718773.html

In Fox World

http://www.salon.com/2014/08/26/anatomy_of_a_fox_news_smear_ann_coulter_matt_drudge_and_the_dumbest_person_on_the_internet/
Anatomy of a Fox News smear

Bonus item: Toy monkey

http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/speaker-boehner-monkeying-around


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