Sunday, September 21, 2014

WAR POWERS


http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/09/21/who-gets-to-decide-when-we-go-to-war.html
Who Gets to Decide When We Go to War? 

Global population growth: approaching the unsustainable? (thanks to DR for the link)

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/09/140920-population-11billion-demographics-anthropocene/ 

Islamic feminism

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/09/21/twin-visions-of-islamic-feminism-split-muslim-community.html

The kind of people they are

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/09/16/1330215/-It-s-a-good-year-to-be-a-immoral-scandal-plagued-hypocrite

How Citizens United is ruining the country

http://www.salon.com/2014/09/20/antonin_scalias_bad_law_bad_history_how_the_supreme_court_legalized_corruption/
 
Say it ain't so, Joe

http://www.vox.com/2014/9/18/6354359/joe-biden-hillary-clinton-2016
Why Joe Biden trails Hillary Clinton by 44 points

Fox World and the paranoid style of American politics

http://crooksandliars.com/2014/09/foxs-byrnes-worries-isis-training 
Fox's Byrnes Worries That ISIS Is Training Migrant Children From Central America To Kill Us
 
More: http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal-a/2014_09/damn_right_this_changes_everyt052173.php
Klein has, with this book, thoroughly and completely debunked everything promoted under the banner of conservatism today—and she has done so with a work that’s more powerful than a stack of C4.  

This Changes Everything deserves to be viewed not as one of the greatest nonfiction works of the 2010s, but as one of the greatest nonfiction works of all-time . . 

The Sunday talk show line-ups

http://my.firedoglake.com/blog/2014/09/21/sunday-talking-heads-september-21-2014/
ABC’S THIS WEEK: ISIS. Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates. Then, Iraq war veterans Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) Roundtable: James Carville, Ana Navarro, Bret Stephens, Katrina vanden Heuvel. Also, Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel on dying and getting out of the way. Plus, Rory Kennedy on her documentary “Last Days in Vietnam.”  

CBS’ FACE THE NATION: ISIS. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI). Ebola. CBS News’ Dr. Jonathan LaPook, and Dr. William Schaffner, chair of the Department of Preventive Medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. War Party Roundtable: Joe Lieberman, Jane Harman, Robert Kagan, Mike Morell.  

CNN’S STATE OF THE UNION: ISIS. Tony Blair. Then, the NFL with Shannon Sharpe, Izell Reese and Christine Brennan. Roundtable: Newt Gingrich, Donna Brazile, Marc Lamont Hill, Tara Wall.

MOYERS & COMPANY: Climate Change: The Next Generation. Kelsey Juliana, an 18-year-old activist, is fighting climate change in the courts and walking across the country to spread the word on global warming.  

NBC’S MEET THE PRESS: ISIS. Mike Breen, Truman National Security Project) and Steven Bucci, Allison Center for Foreign & National Security Policy. Roundtable: Village People.

Bonus item: A look back

http://www.salon.com/2014/09/20/when_the_republicans_went_insane_newt_gingrich_fox_news_grover_norquist_and_the_roots_of_todays_shameful_intransigence/
When the Republicans went insane


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Saturday, September 20, 2014

HOMELAND

The problem with "Homeland Security"

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/homeland-defense-is-unamerican

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/that-names-already-taken

Those crazy Republicans

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/hiawayi-robinson-robert-bentley-family-problems
Some residents in Alabama expressed outrage and frustration on Friday after the governor there made comments tying the discovery of an 8-year-old girl's body to drugs, alcohol or "family problems." . . .

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/mark-walker-foreigners-blitz-drug-cartels
GOP House Candidate Open To War With Mexico 'If We Need To'

http://www.vox.com/2014/9/19/6550661/nathan-deal-conspiracy-theory
Georgia governor concocts conspiracy theory to explain away the nation's highest unemployment rate

http://washingtonexaminer.com/republicans-still-have-work-to-do-with-women/article/2553666
Republicans “still have work to do” appealing to women voters, National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Greg Walden said Friday. . . .

The ISIS crisis within the GOP

http://www.vox.com/2014/9/19/6532197/republican-presidential-candidates-foreign-policy-isis

http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal-a/2014_09/can_republicans_get_through_no052161.php

Congress bolts out of town a week early. Nothing important going on

http://crooksandliars.com/2014/09/congress-heads-home-rest-their-exhausting

Saving Boehner

http://politicalwire.com/archives/2014/09/19/republicans_may_change_rules_to_save_boehner.html
House Republicans are quietly discussing a proposal that could fundamentally alter the way future speakers of the House are chosen . . .

Gun deaths: the racial divide

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2014/09/19/the-racial-divide-in-americas-gun-deaths/

Ebola: why we should worry

http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/medical_examiner/2014/09/why_ebola_is_terrifying_and_dangerous_it_preys_on_family_caregiving_and.html

I like Joe Biden, the way I like my goofy uncle. But he'll never be the nominee for president

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2014/09/19/why-joe-biden-gaffed-so-much-this-week/

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2014/09/20/on-bidens-political-seismograph-this-weeks-gaffes-barely-even-register-anymore/

More: http://www.vox.com/2014/9/19/6526911/13-pictures-of-joe-biden-looking-like-vice-president-of-the-united

In Fox World: Bootgate (don't miss it!)

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/09/19/1330844/-Stephen-Colbert-brutally-mocks-Fox-News-for-obsessing-over-the-kind-of-boots-on-the-ground

Bonus item: Lip-synch battle (fun)

http://www.salon.com/2014/09/18/jimmy_fallons_latest_lip_sync_battle_is_absolutely_amazing/


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Friday, September 19, 2014

IN BRIEF

Scotland says "no" to independence

http://crooksandliars.com/2014/09/scotland-says-no-independence-uk

http://www.vox.com/2014/9/19/6425379/scotland-scottish-independence-vote-referendum-result-no

The best reactions: http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2014/09/scotland-independence-vote-reactions.html

Islamic State critics say it isn't really "Islamic." Oh, really? (thanks to DR for the link)

http://www.newrepublic.com/article/119433/if-isis-not-islamic-then-inquisition-was-not-catholic

It's a complicated world

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2014/09/18/david-boies-helped-california-gay-couples-win-the-right-to-marry-now-hes-attacking-teacher-tenure/
David Boies helped California gay couples win the right to marry. Now he’s attacking teacher tenure
 
Your almost daily Christie

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2014/09/christie-exonerated-in-federal-bridgegate-probe.html
Christie Exonerated in Federal Bridgegate Probe 

Around the Senate races

Kansas: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/09/18/1330726/-Court-Chad-Taylor-s-name-is-the-Kansas-ballot
The Kansas Supreme Court ruled Thursday afternoon that Democrat Chad Taylor’s name should be removed from the November ballot in the state’s Senate race.  The decision comes as a rebuke to Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s efforts to keep Taylor’s name on the ballot. More importantly, it is a further blow to Republican Senator Pat Roberts’s bid to win re-election against independent candidate Greg Orman. . . .

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/kansas-supreme-court-senate-race-decision

Kentucky: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/robert-ransdell-university-kentucky-constitution-day
'With Jews We Lose'

South Dakota: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/09/18/1330733/-Daily-Kos-Elections-ad-roundup-Democrats-may-be-smelling-blood-in-South-Dakota-s-Senate-race
Democrats may be smelling blood in South Dakota's Senate race

Oregon: http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/wehby-acknowledges-plagiarism-problem
Wehby acknowledges plagiarism problem

Colorado: http://politicalwire.com/archives/2014/09/18/udall_trails_in_colorado.html
A new Quinnipiac poll in Colorado finds Cory Gardner (R) leading Sen. Mark Udall (D) by eight points in the U.S. Senate race among likely voters, 48% to 40%.  

Michigan: http://politicalwire.com/archives/2014/09/17/peters_maintains_lead_in_michigan.html
A new Denno Research poll in Michigan finds that Gary Peters (D) had a solid lead over Terri Lynn Land (R) in the U.S. Senate race, 45% to 38%.

More: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/09/18/senate-candidates-obama-_n_5843726.html
Democratic Senate Candidates Run From Obama While GOP Moves Toward His Agenda

Theocracy watch

http://www.salon.com/2014/09/19/creationism_is_just_the_start_how_right_wing_christians_are_warping_americas_schools_partner/
Creationism is just the start: How right-wing Christians are warping America’s schools 

In Fox World: is anybody still listening to this guy?

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/09/18/1330653/-House-GOP-has-first-Benghazi-hearing-dooming-Hillary-Clinton-s-2016-campaign-per-Dick-Morris

Bonus item: Alison Grimes ad, annotated

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2014/09/18/we-gave-the-alison-lundergan-grimes-gun-ad-the-pop-up-video-treatment/


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Thursday, September 18, 2014

I AGREE

With John Boehner

http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/boehner-laments-knuckleheads-within-house-gop
Speaker John Boehner said that he’s got a “few knuckleheads” to deal with . . . 

More: http://tinyurl.com/mdz56tt 

More evidence that the GOP just doesn't get social media

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/09/17/1330439/-Darrell-Issa-tweet-spams-entire-Constitution-gets-schooled-by-John-Dingell-on-how-to-use-Twitter

The creepy campaign meme that has politicos brandishing guns

http://prospect.org/article/what-america-needs-more-senators-who-can-handle-themselves-firefight

Body cameras for police: why they matter

http://www.vox.com/2014/9/17/6113045/police-worn-body-cameras-explained

Islamic State: too scary for Iran

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2014/09/iranian-leader-isis-wants-to-kill-humanity.html

Predictions are all over the place, but a Republican takeover of the Senate is far from certain

http://www.vox.com/xpress/2014/9/17/6249377/map-how-many-ads-aired-senate-elections-2014

http://www.vox.com/2014/9/17/6153603/senate-election-forecasting-2014-guide-republicans-chances

More on the Palin family brawl

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/roberta-thompson-eyewitness-palin-brawl
"I just saw Bristol Palin start punching him in the face."

Bonus item: Love conquers all

http://americablog.com/2014/09/newly-married-90-y-o-gay-iowa-couple-talks-falling-love-video.html
90 y.o. gay newlyweds on falling in love 72 years ago



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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

POLITICS STOPS AT THE WATER'S EDGE?

Republicans want to support the President on the Islamic State war policy they've been urging on him: but of course the "we hate Obama and everything he does" wing of the party can't bring themselves to get on board

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2014/09/16/cracks-emerge-in-gop-support-for-obamas-syria-strategy/

http://prospect.org/article/republicans-go-boldly-sort-support-obama-isil 

Mission creep

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2014/09/us-ground-troops-still-possible-in-isis-fight.html
No Ground Troops’ in U.S. Fight Against ISIS Might Not Actually Mean No Ground Troops

http://www.vox.com/2014/9/16/6226401/iraq-ground-troops-obama

More: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/09/17/are-obama-and-his-generals-on-the-same-war-plan.html

The uneven jobs recovery

http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2014/09/poverty-keeps-getting-worse-and-worse-working-age-adults

http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/get-there/wp/2014/09/16/the-young-and-the-old-got-a-raise-last-year-but-everyone-else-is-stuck/

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2014/09/16/were-actually-doing-better-fighting-poverty-than-the-poverty-rate-shows/

Voter suppression - it's all they've got

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/09/16/1330197/-Georgia-s-top-election-official-realizes-voter-suppression-is-GOP-s-only-hope
Georgia's top election official realizes voter suppression is GOP's only hope

More: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/09/16/1330145/-Republicans-suppress-because-they-ve-lost-America
Republicans suppress voters because they've lost America

The state of Texas schools

http://www.salon.com/2014/09/16/climate_denial_in_texas_classrooms_proposed_textbooks_get_the_science_embarrassingly_wrong/
Climate denial in Texas classrooms

Fox World can't keep its own stories straight

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/09/16/1330007/-At-Fox-News-the-right-hand-doesn-t-know-what-the-other-right-hand-is-doing

More: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/09/16/1330129/-Fox-evening-lineup-averages-13-Benghazi-segments-per-week
Fox evening lineup averages 13 Benghazi segments per week

http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2014/09/chart-day-foxs-benghazi-obsession

Bonus item: Miss America and Planned Parenthood

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/09/16/1330225/-Conservatives-howl-over-Miss-America-s-Planned-Parenthood-internship
Conservatives howl over Miss America's Planned Parenthood internship

More: http://www.salon.com/2014/09/16/its_not_a_shocker_that_miss_america_worked_with_planned_parenthood/
Conservative sites are flipping out, but the pageant has a long pro-choice history 

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

A TALE OF TWO PARTIES

http://www.vox.com/2014/9/15/6131919/democrats-and-republicans-really-are-different
Why Democrats and Republicans don’t understand each other

What's at stake with control of the Senate

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/whats-really-at-stake-in-senate-control

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/09/15/1329927/-Republican-Senate-victory-would-doom-already-stymied-Obama-nominations

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/09/15/1329955/-Here-s-who-will-run-the-Senate-next-year-if-Republicans-win 
Here's who will run the Senate next year ... if Republicans win

Meanwhile: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/what-if-voters-dont-care-2014-midterms
Voters Don't Care

Koch addiction

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/09/15/1329894/-Kochs-proving-toxic-to-Republicans-in-key-nbsp-states
Kochs proving toxic to Republicans in key states 

Awful

http://www.vox.com/2014/9/16/6135755/military-suicides
US soldiers are more likely to kill themselves than be killed in combat

Of course not

http://www.vox.com/2014/9/15/6152067/immigrants-arent-stealing-your-jobs
Immigrants aren't stealing your jobs 

Why state governments are being squeezed financially (thanks to SC for the link)

http://news.yahoo.com/us-wealth-gap-putting-squeeze-state-revenue-042337218--finance.html

Scottish independence -- a humorous look

http://my.firedoglake.com/elliott/2014/09/15/independence-yea-or-nay/

When sports news becomes real news

http://tinyurl.com/lf25otq
Adrian Peterson cleared to play, says, “I am, without a doubt, not a child abuser”

Does your local school need a grenade launcher? Sign up now!

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/school-districts-1033-program-military-equipment

More: http://crooksandliars.com/2014/09/teacher-whos-responsible-gun-owner

Rushbo mansplains when "no" means "yes"

http://mediamatters.org/video/2014/09/15/limbaugh-how-many-of-you-guys-have-learned-that/200755

Bonus item: Sold out at Urban Outfitters

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/09/15/urban-outfitters-apologizes-for-vintage-blood-stained-kent-state-shirt.html



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Monday, September 15, 2014

WHAT NEXT?


The GOP keeps trying to get Obama into (another) land war in the Middle East -- and of course, they would support him vigorously if he did. . . . right?

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/lindsey-graham-meltdown-obama-isis

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2014/09/14/the-sunday-political-shows-debate-can-non-american-ground-troops-eliminate-the-islamic-state-threat/

More: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/09/15/airstrikes-against-isis-are-tactics-here-s-a-strategy.html
Airstrikes Against ISIS! And Then What?

What happens if Scotland votes to leave the UK?

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/09/14/1326253/-What-does-it-mean-for-multiethnic-democracies-if-Scotland-leaves-the-UK

http://www.samefacts.com/2014/09/international-affairs/the-less-union-jack/

http://news.firedoglake.com/2014/09/11/banks-threaten-to-leave-scotland-if-people-vote-for-independence/

http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2014/09/if-scotland-secedes-they-better-secede-pound-too

http://www.vox.com/2014/9/8/6121083/what-will-scotland-use-for-money-if-it-becomes-independent

More: http://www.vox.com/xpress/2014/9/13/6141589/scotland-middle-east-karl-sharro
What if we covered Scotland like it were in the Middle East?

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/09/13/up-to-a-point-a-free-scotland-would-be-a-hilarious-disaster.html
A Free Scotland Would Be a Hilarious Disaster

The Palin clan tries to explain their family brawl

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/palin-source-alaska-party-brawl

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/in-the-loop/wp/2014/09/14/palin-source-she-was-in-full-mama-grizzly-mode-during-brawl/


Bonus item: The political power of pictures

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/09/15/when-a-picture-is-too-powerful.html

http://prospect.org/article/people-facing-death-isil-vietnam-and-impact-images


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