Saturday, May 23, 2015

TWO VOTES


http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/23/business/senate-vote-is-a-victory-for-obama-on-trade-but-a-tougher-test-awaits.html?partner=rss&emc=rss
President Obama moved closer to expanded trade negotiating power Friday night after the Senate passed hard-fought legislation that would help complete the most ambitious trade accord in a generation. The deal would link 12 nations on either side of the Pacific into a trading bloc that would encompass 40 percent of the global economy. . . .

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/24/us/politics/senate-nsa-surveillance.html?partner=rss&emc=rss
After vigorous debate and intense last-minute pressure by Republican leaders, the Senate on Saturday rejected legislation that would end the federal government’s bulk collection of phone records. . . .

A rudderless party

http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/gop-hostility-towards-compromise-runs-deep
GOP hostility towards compromise runs deep

More: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2015/05/22/republicans-are-not-pleased-with-the-republicans-running-congress/?wprss=rss_politics
Republicans are not pleased with the Republicans running Congress

Another presidential wannabee

http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/lindsey-grahams-odd-definition-never
Lindsey Graham’s odd definition of ‘never’

Hillary releases Benghazi emails, and . . .

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/05/22/sorry-gop-there-s-no-smoking-gun-in-hillary-clinton-s-benghazi-emails.html
Sorry, GOP. There’s No Smoking Gun

More: http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2015/05/state-department-releases-benghazi-emails.html

http://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2015/5/22/8601571/benghazi-documents-football-fields

http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/private-e-mails-raise-questions-about-clintons-management-style/2015/05/22/465da382-ffd7-11e4-833c-a2de05b6b2a4_story.html?wprss=rss_politics
What Hillary Clinton’s private e-mails tell us about her management style

http://www.vox.com/2015/5/22/8646231/clinton-aide-libya-benghazi
E-mails show how Benghazi derailed Hillary Clinton's legacy at State

Coming attractions 

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2015/05/22/fed-chair-affirms-plans-for-rate-hike-this-year/
Fed chair affirms plans for rate hike this year 

The great thing about being a right-wing Christian is you can fluctuate between self-righteous sexual moralism, and sanctimonious forgiveness . . . depending on who the guilty party is

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2015/05/reality-tvs-josh-duggar-admits-to-molestation.html
Reality-TV Star and Family-Values Lobbyist Josh Duggar Admits to Molestation Charges

More: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/05/22/huckabee-defends-duggar-son-accused-of-molestation.html
Mike Huckabee took to Facebook on Friday to express his support for admitted sexual predator Josh Duggar.  . . . “Josh’s actions when he was an underage teen are as he described them himself, ‘inexcusable,’ but that doesn’t mean ‘unforgivable.’” . . . “No purpose whatsoever is served by those who are now trying to discredit Josh or his family by sensationalizing the story,” Huckabee wrote. “Good people make mistakes and do regrettable and even disgusting things.”

http://www.salon.com/2015/05/22/mike_huckabee_is_beyond_gross_the_sick_hypocrisy_of_a_man_who_slimes_obamas_parenting_but_defends_josh_duggar_admitted_sexual_molester/
The sick hypocrisy of a man who slimes Obama’s parenting, but defends Josh Duggar, admitted sexual molester  

http://www.salon.com/2015/05/22/7_nauseating_ways_josh_duggar_fans_are_defending_his_admitted_sexual_sins/
7 nauseating ways Josh Duggar fans are defending his admitted sexual “sins” 

Oh, really?

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/josh-duggar-s-police-records-destroyed
Arkansas police have destroyed the records of the investigation into Josh Duggar's alleged molestation of five underage girls, a police spokesman announced Friday . . .

No, some people will NEVER get over it

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/obama-twitter-racism-personal-acount
Obama's New Personal Twitter Account Meets Wave Of Racist Tweets

This is pretty big news

http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2015/05/first-time-ever-conservatives-no-longer-outnumber-liberals-america
For the First Time Ever, Social Conservatives No Longer Outnumber Social Liberals in America

More: http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/new-day-the-culture-war

Banksters

http://firedoglake.com/2015/05/22/the-big-banks-are-corrupt-and-getting-worse/
The Big Banks Are Corrupt – And Getting Worse

Real news

http://www.salon.com/2015/05/23/perilously_close_to_propaganda_how_fox_news_shilled_for_iraq_war_and_jon_stewart_returned_sanity/
"Fox Effect" pushed American media to get in line and back the Iraq War. Only two comedy shows had guts to resist  

Standing up for themselves

http://www.salon.com/2015/05/22/7_times_women_shut_down_sexist_reporters/
7 times women shut down sexist reporters

Bonus item: Speaking of "standing up," I know this story will probably only connect with half of you

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2015/05/22/everything-thats-wrong-with-high-heels/
Everything that’s wrong with high heels

More! http://www.vox.com/2015/5/22/8640457/leg-shaving-history
How the beauty industry convinced women to shave their legs


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Friday, May 22, 2015

NOT EQUAL

Where does the money go?

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2015/05/21/the-top-10-of-americans-own-76-of-the-stuff-and-its-dragging-our-economy-down/
If you thought income inequality was bad, get a load of wealth inequality

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2015/05/21/how-uber-type-jobs-are-driving-inequality-and-what-to-do-about-it/
How Uber-type jobs are driving inequality, and what to do about it
 
More: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2015/05/20/a-surprising-number-of-people-see-their-pay-swing-widely-every-month/
A surprising number of people see their pay swing widely every month

http://www.vox.com/2015/5/22/8640425/commuting-poverty-public-transit
How suburban sprawl hurts the poor
 
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2015/05/21/americ/
America’s 1 million missing entrepreneurs 

http://firedoglake.com/2015/05/21/growing-global-inequality-gap-has-reached-a-tipping-point/
Growing Global Inequality Gap ‘Has Reached a Tipping Point’
  
So, I guess they didn't release ALL of bin Laden's documents

http://politicalwire.com/2015/05/22/u-s-wont-release-bin-ladens-porn-stash/

Hos and Hippies -- a taxonomy of Democratic infighting

http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal-a/2015_05/democrats_hos_and_hippies055675.php

How often have you heard the phrase (it's just not true)

http://www.salon.com/2015/05/22/7_ideas_completely_lost_on_people_who_are_fiscally_conservative_but_socially_liberal_partner/
“Fiscally conservative but socially liberal” 

Objects in your rear view mirror may be farther away than they appear

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/study-lawmakers-liberal-conservative-assume
Study: Lawmakers Assume Voters Are Way More Conservative Than They Are

I think the debate over Obamacare is just about over

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2015/05/21/sorry-republicans-obamacare-is-getting-more-and-more-entrenched/
Sorry, Republicans: Obamacare is getting more and more entrenched

http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2015/05/republicans-hate-obamacare-even-if-they-their-own-obamacare-plans
Republicans Hate Obamacare Even If They Like Their Own Obamacare Plans  

More: http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal-a/2015_05/just_another_thing_to_blame_on055677.php

Simple questions that need asking

http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/politics/2015/05/the_gop_primary_is_crowded_why_are_so_many_republicans_with_no_chance_running.html
Why Are So Many Republicans With No Chance Running for President?

More: http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2015/05/cnn-plans-feature-peanut-gallery-debate-warmup-main-event
CNN will be hosting the second Republican debate, and they've come up with a....unique way of dealing with the fact that there are just too damn many candidates. To handle the crowd, they're going to have two separate debates . . . 

The politics of hate 

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2015/05/21/republicans-want-gop-leaders-to-be-even-more-confrontational-towards-obama/
Republicans want GOP leaders to be even more confrontational towards Obama 

A debate over flip-flopping

http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/its-flip-flop-season-as-presidential-hopefuls-move-to-cater-to-the-base/2015/05/21/5f281ca4-ff45-11e4-8b6c-0dcce21e223d_story.html?wprss=rss_politics
GOP candidates are flip-flopping to please the base. That could hurt later on.

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/05/21/1386687/-Primary-season-flip-flops-won-t-hurt-Republicans-former-Romney-adviser-says
Primary season flip-flops won't hurt Republicans, former Romney adviser says

[NB: I don't know about you, but I think the Repubs should take as much advice from Romney advisors as possible.]

Yep these are the words of a man who is a serious candidate for president

http://politicalwire.com/2015/05/21/christie-skewers-media-in-expletive-filled-rant/
“We don’t give a shit about this or any of you.”  He told one journalist to “open your eyes” and “clean the shit out of your ears. This is a guy who says he doesn’t know what I’m doing every day. Then just get the fuck away from me then if you don’t know what I’m doing.”

More: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/05/21/dear-chris-christie-sorry-i-did-my-job.html
 

Jeb Bush, seeking more distance from his brother, offers some rare criticism
 
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Thursday, May 21, 2015

MUSICAL CHAIRS

Fox World appoints itself the arbiter of who the truly serious GOP candidates are

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/fox-news-debate-gop-candidates-2016

Who makes the cut? http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2015/05/20/fox-news-lays-out-who-can-be-in-its-debate-doing-little-to-actually-answer-the-question/?wprss=rss_politics

Death wish

http://www.nytimes.com/politics/first-draft/2015/05/20/republicans-continue-to-lurch-right-on-immigration/?partner=rss&emc=rss
Republicans Continue to Lurch Right on Immigration

Osama bin Laden's document dump: what we learn about him

http://www.vox.com/2015/5/20/8631887/bin-laden-raid-documents

Much more: http://www.vox.com/2015/5/20/8632363/sentences-osama-bin-laden

http://www.vox.com/2015/5/20/8631449/bin-laden-isis

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/05/20/new-documents-reveal-bin-laden-wanted-to-recruit-in-iran.html

http://www.vox.com/2015/5/20/8631295/osama-bin-laden-bookshelf-conspiracy-theories

http://www.vox.com/2015/5/20/8630669/bin-laden-al-qaeda-application

http://www.vox.com/2015/5/20/8631701/osama-bin-laden-wife

How the Republicans are trying to blame Obama for Dubya's disastrous mistakes in Iraq

http://crooksandliars.com/2015/05/gohmert-blames-obama-bushs-decision-invade

http://www.salon.com/2015/05/21/jebs_latest_iraq_war_lie_placating_the_neocons_by_blaming_everything_on_obama/

More: http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/put-iraq-blame-where-its-due

http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/how-republicans-hope-to-turn-islamic-state-into-a-problem-for-democrats/2015/05/20/e8e3bec4-ff0b-11e4-805c-c3f407e5a9e9_story.html?wprss=rss_politics

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2015/05/why-the-gop-can-never-give-the-right-iraq-answer.html
Why GOP Presidential Candidates Can Never Give the Right Answer on Iraq

This was an interesting interview: Chris Matthews had to work overtime to get this CIA briefer to admit that Bush and Cheney LIED about the intelligence they were being given

http://www.salon.com/2015/05/20/george_w_bushs_cia_briefer_admits_iraq_wmd_intelligence_was_a_lie/
 
Why the fight over TPP is already over

http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal-a/2015_05/we_are_already_living_in_a_fre055647.php

Why the crime rate is plummeting

http://www.vox.com/2015/2/13/8032231/crime-drop

Obama is still trying to get people to take climate change seriously

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/21/us/obama-recasts-climate-change-as-a-more-far-reaching-peril.html?partner=rss&emc=rss

In defense of Hillary

http://crooksandliars.com/2015/05/hillary-clinton-was-liberal-hillary
Hillary Clinton Was Liberal. Hillary Clinton Is Liberal.

More: http://www.cnn.com/2015/05/19/politics/hillary-clinton-trade-issues-iowa-trip/

Why the left matters now more than ever

http://crooksandliars.com/2015/05/left-matters-now-more-ever

Rand Paul's non-filibuster filibuster against the Patriot Act

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2015/05/rand-paul-giving-super-long-campaign-speech.html

http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/the-point-rand-pauls-10-hour-spectacle

http://www.salon.com/2015/05/21/rand_paul_doesnt_know_what_hes_talking_about/

Scott Walker: Why MY flip-flops aren't flip-flops

http://www.salon.com/2015/05/21/scott_walker_conveniently_redefines_flip_flop_to_excuse_himself_from_all_flip_flopping_accusations/

Nebraska abolishes the death penalty

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/nebraska-demolishes-death-penalty

Gawker releases more documents about Bill O'Reilly's domestic abuse charges

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/gawker-oreilly-assault-court-transcripts

Bonus item: David Letterman's very last show. Truly the end of an era

http://www.vox.com/2015/5/21/8633239/david-letterman-top-10-list-final
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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

WHO ARE WE?

The Republican identity crisis

Part One: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2015/05/19/morning-plum-republicans-are-at-war-with-each-other-over-the-patriot-act/
Republicans are at war with each other over the Patriot Act

More: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/05/19/1385980/-House-Senate-Republicans-fracturing-over-NSA-nbsp-reform

http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/gop-division-puts-congress-on-brink-of-ending-nsa-surveillance-program/2015/05/19/e6ead8ba-fe60-11e4-805c-c3f407e5a9e9_story.html?wprss=rss_politics

Part Two: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/05/19/1385733/-Panic-starts-to-set-in-among-some-Republicans-over-Supreme-Court-Obamacare-decision
Panic starts to set in among some Republicans over Supreme Court Obamacare decision

More: http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2015/05/supreme-court-freak-out-obamacare.html

Part Three: http://www.salon.com/2015/05/20/robert_reich_republicans_are_destroying_their_base_partner/
Republicans are destroying their base 

Part Four: http://politicalwire.com/2015/05/19/gop-hopefuls-step-up-attacks-on-bush/
GOP Hopefuls Step Up Attacks on Bush 

More: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/05/19/jeb-bush-iraq-war_n_7336864.html

Part Five: http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/boehner-still-cant-get-his-act-together-isis
Boehner still can’t get his act together on ISIS

Rand Paul!

http://politicalwire.com/2015/05/19/bonus-quote-of-the-day-655/
“Right now, the Republican brand sucks. I promised Reince Priebus, the chairman of the Republican National Committee, that I would stop saying the GOP sucks, and I will (except for this last time.)”

Hmm . . . a theocrat calling for more science research. Interesting

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/05/19/mike-huckabee-science_n_7314202.html

Without irony

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2015/05/cruz-asks-why-the-left-is-so-obsessed-with-sex.html
Ted Cruz Wonders Why the Left Is So ‘Obsessed With Sex’

Beats me

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/cafe/why-is-chris-christie-still-pretending-to-run-for-president
Why On Earth Is Chris Christie Still Pretending To Run For President?

How screwed up is Iraq right now?

http://www.newyorker.com/news/daily-comment/the-real-problem-in-iraq

Growing skepticism about Obama's TPP deal

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2015/05/19/rising-skepticism-among-democrats-about-obamas-big-trade-deal/

More: http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2015/05/tpp-elizabeth-warren-labor-118068.html#ixzz3acTLUy00
We should be very concerned about what's hidden in this trade deal—and particularly how the Obama administration is keeping information secret even from those of us who are supposed to provide advice.  . . . 

A movie review, back-dated

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/05/19/zero-dark-thirty-was-filled-with-cia-lies.html
‘Zero Dark Thirty’ Was Filled With CIA Lies

2016: an optimistic look ahead

http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal-a/2015_05/harnessing_the_obama_coalition055627.php

Bernie Sanders, progressive hero

http://www.vox.com/2015/5/20/8628901/bernie-sanders-redditt

Here's something new to worry about: biker gangs

http://www.vox.com/2015/5/19/8625981/outlaw-motorcycle-gangs-biker

The "Fox Effect" has pushed the country toward the right

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/bartlett-fox-news-effect-politics-elections

In other news: http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2015/05/fox-news-stop-dehumanizing-fox-news-as-blonde.html
Noticing That Fox News Has Lots of Blonde News Personalities Is Dehumanizing, Says Fox News Personality

Bonus item: A history lesson

http://www.vox.com/2015/5/20/8615345/america-global-power-maps
How America became the most powerful country on Earth, in 11 maps

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

LEFT IS RIGHT

Politics make strange bedfellows: How leftists who oppose Hillary are playing into the Karl Rove playbook

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/17/us/politics/the-right-aims-at-democrats-on-social-media-to-hit-clinton.html?smid=tw-nytimes

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/05/18/1385579/-Republican-groups-trying-to-trick-Democrats-with-faux-left-attacks-on-Hillary-Clinton

http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/when-the-right-goes-after-clinton-the-left

More: http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal-a/2015_05/would_hrc_run_left_without_pre055615.php 

Hello!

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/20/us/politics/5-things-you-might-not-know-about-hillary-clinton.html?partner=rss&emc=rss
5 Things You Might Not Know About Hillary Clinton

When we will see the Hillary emails

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2015/05/we-should-see-hillarys-emails-before-primaries.html

De-militarizing the police

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2015/05/obama-bans-military-style-equipment-for-police.html

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2015/05/18/stopping-some-military-equipment-transfers-to-police-is-a-start-but-only-a-start/

http://firedoglake.com/2015/05/18/obama-police-task-force-recommends-array-of-measures-to-curb-warrior-mindset/

Who says unions are progressive? http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/05/18/1385703/-Police-union-demands-they-keep-their-bayonets-grenade-nbsp-launchers
Police union demands they keep their bayonets, grenade launchers

The reality of inequality

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2015/05/18/people-have-no-idea-what-inequality-actually-looks-like/

The inexorable force of demographics continues to work against the GOP

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2015/05/18/2012-republican-voters-are-dying-faster-than-democrats-they-were-after-2008-too/?wprss=rss_politics
At Politico, Daniel McGraw offers the sort of demographic-political analysis that makes us say, Why didn't we think of that. McGraw took exit polls from 2012 and compared the age breakdown to mortality tables to reach a remarkable conclusion: About 453,000 more Republicans that voted in 2012 than Democrats that voted that year will have died by the time the 2016 election rolls around. . . .

More: http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2015/05/the-gop-is-dying-off-literally-118035.html#ixzz3aUWDpVPw 

Heh

http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/politics/2015/05/marco_rubio_stumbles_on_iraq_war_questions_why_are_republicans_having_a.html
Why Republican presidential candidates are stumbling on Iraq war hypotheticals.

It's official: Jeb "W" Bush

http://www.vox.com/2015/5/18/8613619/jeb-bush-iraq-name
Jeb Bush's problem isn't an inability to escape his name. It's that he's not willing to try. 

Is Ted Cruz even crazier than Rick Santorum?

http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/cruz-warns-mandatory-same-sex-marriage
Cruz warns of ‘mandatory’ same-sex marriage

Full of it

http://politicalwire.com/2015/05/18/another-bonus-quote-of-the-day-8/
“They want me to stay.”  

     — Gov. Chris Christie (R), quoted by the New York Times, explaining why a poll showed that New Jersey residents, by a 65% to 29% margin, think he would not make a good president.

Theocracy watch

http://www.salon.com/2015/05/19/12_worst_ideas_religion_has_unleashed_on_the_world_conflict_cruelty_and_suffering_not_love_and_peace/
12 worst ideas religion has unleashed on the world

More: http://www.salon.com/2015/05/19/the_christian_right_is_losing_women_why_more_and_more_are_embracing_non_belief/
The Christian right is losing women

Report: domestic violence charges against Bill O'Reilly

http://www.salon.com/2015/05/18/new_report_accuses_bill_oreilly_of_domestic_violence_against_ex_wife/

11 times David Letterman humiliated the right 

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Monday, May 18, 2015

WAR GAMES

Amazing: who would have guessed that Dubya's decision to invade Iraq would be the defining issue for GOP candidates in 2015?

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/18/opinion/paul-krugman-errors-and-lies.html?action=click&pgtype=Homepage&module=opinion-c-col-right-region&region=opinion-c-col-right-region&WT.nav=opinion-c-col-right-region&_r=0
[Paul Krugman] The fraudulence of the case for war was actually obvious even at the time: the ever-shifting arguments for an unchanging goal were a dead giveaway. So were the word games — the talk about W.M.D that conflated chemical weapons (which many people did think Saddam had) with nukes, the constant insinuations that Iraq was somehow behind 9/11.  And at this point we have plenty of evidence to confirm everything the war’s opponents were saying. We now know, for example, that on 9/11 itself — literally before the dust had settled — Donald Rumsfeld, the secretary of defense, was already plotting war against a regime that had nothing to do with the terrorist attack. “Judge whether good enough [to] hit S.H. [Saddam Hussein] ...sweep it all up things related and not”; so read notes taken by Mr. Rumsfeld’s aide. . . . [read on]

More: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/05/18/how-dubya-is-winning-2016-for-hillary.html

http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2015/05/republicans-war-hawks-libertarians

Something in the water over at Fox World, I guess

http://www.salon.com/2015/05/17/marco_rubio_is_toast_fox_news_trips_up_another_republican_with_simple_iraq_war_question/
Marco Rubio is toast: Fox News trips up another Republican with simple Iraq war question [watch!]

New fundraising rules have changed the way people build campaigns

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/18/us/politics/super-pacs-are-remaking-16-campaigns-official-or-not.html?_r=0

More: http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2015/05/13/us/elections/2016-presidential-campaigns-staff-connections-clinton-bush-cruz-paul-rubio-walker.html

I think this means TPP will pass

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/05/17/1384996/-The-TPP-will-pass-unless-progressives-make-compelling-case-that-touches-lives-of-Americans
The TPP will pass unless progressives make compelling case that touches lives of Americans

The 40 most interesting women in politics

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2015/05/18/the-fixs-40-most-interesting-women-in-politics/?wprss=rss_politics

Ah, how fun to watch the candidates "evolve"

http://www.nytimes.com/politics/first-draft/2015/05/17/jeb-bush-takes-tougher-stance-against-same-sex-marriage/?partner=rss&emc=rss&_r=0
Former Gov. Jeb Bush of Florida hardened his position against same-sex marriage in an interview that aired on Sunday, making clear he did not believe in constitutional protection for gay marriages — an issue now before the United States Supreme Court — and leaving out his past call for “respect” for gay couples. . . .

More: http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2015/05/on-gay-marriage-jeb-picks-wrong-side-of-history.html


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Sunday, May 17, 2015

WISE ADVICE


Heard, but seldom heeded

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2015/05/16/this-new-yorker-cartoon-is-full-of-political-wisdom/?wprss=rss_politics

The U.S. economy is rigged -- and what to do about it

http://www.salon.com/2015/05/16/37_ways_to_un_rig_the_u_s_economy_so_it_doesnt_favor_the_rich_partner/

More: http://www.salon.com/2015/05/16/chris_hedges_why_should_we_be_impoverished_so_that_the_profits_of_big_banks_corporations_and_hedge_funds_can_swell/

http://www.salon.com/2015/05/12/robert_reich_how_to_fix_the_economy_step_no_2_partner/

Against TPP: http://www.salon.com/2015/05/17/whos_down_with_tpp_big_business_wins_and_democracy_loses_as_both_parties_lie_about_free_trade/

The GOP's obsession with reproductive politics

http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal-a/2015_05/the_coathanger_caucus055594.php

Inside Fox World: How the sham that is Fox "News" came into being

http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2604679&download=yes
Fox’s bias is so bad that even some conservatives can’t stomach it. Senator Tom Coburn of Oklahoma, one of the most conservative Republicans in Congress, has said, “There are certain shows on Fox I can’t watch. Because they’re totally not fair and totally not balanced.”

And Fox’s slipshod handling of facts was even acknowledged by Newt Gingrich during the 2012 campaign. “One of the real changes that comes when you start running for President – as opposed to being an analyst on Fox – is I have to actually know what I'm talking about,” he said. “It's a severe limitation,” Gingrich added.


It is widely known among public relations professionals that Fox has an “enemies list” of people who are not permitted to be interviewed on the network. All proposed guests are vetted by senior executives and banned if they have criticized Fox or hold views likely to rile its conservative viewers. . . . 


Former George W. Bush speechwriter David Frum perhaps put the complicated, double-edged relationship between Fox and the GOP best when he said, “Republicans originally thought that Fox worked for us and now we're discovering we work for Fox. And this balance here has been completely reversed. The thing that sustains a strong Fox network is the thing that undermines a strong Republican party.” . . . [read on!]

The Sunday talk show line-ups

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/05/17/1385103/-Sunday-Talk-Oops-I-did-it-again
NBC Meet the Press: NTSB Board Member Robert Sumwalt; Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY); Sen. Corey Booker (D-NJ); Others TBD.

CBS Face the Nation: NTSB Board Member Robert Sumwalt; Former Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R); Sen. Bob Casey, Jr. (D-PA); Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates; Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA); Roundtable: Peggy Noonan (Wall Street Journal), David Ignatius (Washington Post) and Frank Rich (New York Magazine).

ABC This Week: NTSB Board Member Robert Sumwalt; Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY); Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA); Former CIA Deputy Director Michael Morell; Roundtable: Republican Strategist Matthew Dowd, Republican Strategist Ana Navarro, Jonathan Karl (ABC News) and Cokie Roberts (ABC News). 

CNN State of the Union: NTSB Board Member Robert Sumwalt; Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT); Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI); Rep. Bill Shuster (R-PA).

Bonus item: Romney "fights" Holyfield

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2015/05/16/the-10-best-pictures-from-friday-nights-mitt-romney-evander-holyfield-fight/

It gets weirder: http://jezebel.com/quick-question-is-ann-romney-drunk-1704945202

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