Sunday, December 21, 2014

A MANLY MAN


Why the Republicans are drawn to Putin as a leader

http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal-a/2014_12/why_republicans_admire_putin053401.php
“Unlike the Western leadership, which is tormented by remorse and a sense of guilt,” wrote Revel, “Soviet leaders’ consciences are perfectly clear, which allows them to use brute force with utter serenity both to preserve their power at home and to extend it abroad.” . . .

More: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kHKYWge8rUc

http://articles.latimes.com/2014/mar/07/nation/la-na-tt-conservatives-admiration-for-putin-20140306
 
http://www.outsidethebeltway.com/explaining-the-conservative-love-affair-with-vladimir-putin-its-all-about-opposing-obama/

A view from Pravda: http://english.pravda.ru/russia/politics/17-09-2013/125682-conservative_americans_putin-0/
Americans watch Obama destroying their own country and the world. They do not want war in Syria or Iran.   With no hero to save them they become frustrated and look to Putin. Although they hear the same mantra from their TV that Putin is a dictator, Putin is evil, Putin is a murderer; from the internet they see him kneeling at Christ's Holy Sepulcher which Obama never does when visiting Jerusalem. They see him going to church when they know Obama favors Muslims who attack Christians and their churches. They see Putin establishing laws to protect the church and laws against homosexuality. This they admire and this brings them hope. . . .

Lawless

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/20/us/politics/panel-to-advise-against-penalty-for-cia-computer-search.html?partner=rss&emc=rss&smid=tw-nytimesworld&_r=0&module=ArrowsNav&contentCollection=Politics&action=keypress&region=FixedLeft&pgtype=article
A panel investigating the Central Intelligence Agency’s search of a computer network used by staff members of the Senate Intelligence Committee who were looking into the C.I.A.’s use of torture will recommend against punishing anyone involved in the episode, according to current and former government officials.  

The panel will make that recommendation after the five C.I.A. officials who were singled out by the agency’s inspector general this year for improperly ordering and carrying out the computer searches staunchly defended their actions, saying that they were lawful and in some cases done at the behest of John O. Brennan, the C.I.A. director.  

While effectively rejecting the most significant conclusions of the inspector general’s report, the panel, appointed by Mr. Brennan . . .

The coming cyberwar? North Korea warns against retaliation for hacking Sony

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/21/world/asia/north-korea-denying-sony-attack-proposes-joint-investigation-with-us.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&module=first-column-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news

One way to close down Guantánamo: empty it out

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2014/12/four-more-guantnamo-bay-prisoners-released.html
Two weeks after the United States released six Guantánamo Bay detainees to Uruguay, the Department of Defense announced that another four had been sent back to their native Afghanistan. . . 

The politics of Pope Francis

http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal-a/2014_12/pope_francis_catholics_and_the053402.php
 
http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/12/21/how-pope-francis-became-the-world-s-bff.html

Another chapter in the debate: was the 113th Congress the worst ever?

http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/dana-milbank-good-riddance-to-the-worst-congress-ever/2014/12/19/1f25b99e-8796-11e4-9534-f79a23c40e6c_story.html

The Sunday talk show line-ups

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/12/21/1352997/-Sunday-Talk
Meet The Press: Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL); Others TBD.      

Face The Nation: Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL); Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC); Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD); Jeffrey Goldberg (The Atlantic).      

This Week: Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL); Roundtable: Former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean (D), Bill Kristol (Weekly Standard), Republican Strategist Ana Navarro and Cokie Roberts (ABC News).         

State of the Union: President Barack Obama; Sen. John McCain (R-AZ).

Bonus item: Texas A&M was going to rename one of their historic campus buildings for Rick Perry . . . then this happened

http://crooksandliars.com/2014/12/rick-perry-academic-building


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Saturday, December 20, 2014

PRESSER


Obama only called on women at his press conference. No accident, I'm sure. But this did not sit well with everyone . . .

http://crooksandliars.com/2014/12/fox-news-ed-henry-bashes-women-reporters

No accident? http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2014/12/19/president-obamas-last-press-conference-of-the-year-was-his-best-press-conference-of-the-year/
President Obama’s last press conference of the year was his best press conference of the year

Highlights: http://www.salon.com/2014/12/19/from_keystone_to_james_flacco_highlights_from_obamas_year_end_news_conference/

The whole thing: http://www.vox.com/2014/12/19/7423091/obama-year-end-press-conference

Free at last, free at last!

http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2014/12/obama-midterms-political-enemies-113704.html#ixzz3MRbVwRae 

Okay, okay

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/12/19/1352917/-Busy-lame-duck-session-means-this-Congress-wasn-t-the-least-productive-ever-Yay
Thanks to a last-minute scramble to pass some bills, the 113th Congress managed to dodge the title of "least productive." That title will stay with the 112th Congress . . .

The revolving door spins faster and faster
 
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/12/19/1352914/-Republicans-welcome-a-flood-of-lobbyists-to-Capitol-Hill

http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal-a/2014_12/revolving_door_really_spinning053379.php

St. Louis prosecutor defends his handling of the Michael Brown shooting, ignores revelations about Witness #40

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/12/19/1353052/-Under-pressure-St-Louis-prosecutor-Bob-McCulloch-admits-he-called-witnesses-who-were-lying

More: http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2014/12/ferguson-prosecutor-allowed-lies-before-jury.html

http://www.vox.com/2014/12/19/7425533/robert-mcculloch-perjury
Prosecutor in Ferguson grand jury says he knew some witnesses were lying

All of politics in one sentence

http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2014/12/one-little-survey-question-explains-all-politics

Sick of drones? Buy a kangaroo!

http://americablog.com/2014/12/pod-kangaroo-takes-drone-seriously.html

Bonus item: Sex myths (you're welcome)

http://www.vox.com/2014/7/2/5862448/sex-myths-whats-real-whats-fake-and-what-still-needs-more-science 

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Friday, December 19, 2014

THINGS WE KNOW

So, today a collection of items you basically already know:

"North Korea is Not Funny"

http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal-a/2014_12/north_korea_is_not_funny053369.php

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/12/18/exclusive-sony-emails-say-studio-exec-picked-kim-jong-un-as-the-villain-of-the-interview.html
Sony Emails Say Studio Exec Picked Kim Jong Un as the Villain of ‘The Interview’

http://www.vox.com/2014/12/18/7415995/the-interview-sony-assassination
The Kim Jong-Un assassination scene from The Interview is out. And it's terrible.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/19/opinion/sony-and-mr-kims-thugs.html?ref=opinion&_r=0
Sony and Mr. Kim’s Thugs

http://www.vox.com/2014/12/18/7418435/sentences-interview
Hollywood reels from The Interview's cancellation

http://www.vox.com/2014/12/18/7414405/sony-hack-interview-cowards
Why Sony was wrong to pull The Interview

http://www.salon.com/2014/12/19/sony_hackers_real_crime_why_its_not_an_assault_on_speech_but_something_worse/
Sony hackers’ real crime: Why it’s not an assault on speech — but something worse 

http://www.vox.com/2014/12/18/7415417/sony-the-interview-profit
Pulling The Interview will probably lose Sony $20 million

More: http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2014/12/national-circus-sonys-apocalypse-is-now.html

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2014/12/us-must-defend-us-culture-from-north-korea.html

What we should do in light of the disclosures about "Witness 40"

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/12/18/1352704/-4-things-that-should-happen-now-that-we-know-the-truth-about-witness-40-a-white-supremacist

John McCain is FOS -- but you knew that

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/12/18/1352782/-Sen-John-McCain-position-switcher-extraordinaire

More: http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/mccain-vs-mccain-cuba

Michele Bachmann is delusional -- but you knew that


http://crooksandliars.com/2014/12/bachmann-says-she-defeated-progressives

Here's an article that didn't really need to be written

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2014/12/18/dont-assume-jeb-bush-will-be-the-republican-nominee-in-2016/
Don’t assume Jeb Bush will be the Republican nominee in 2016

More: http://crooksandliars.com/2014/12/jeb-could-lose-nomination-because

http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/jeb-bushs-challenges-quickly-becoming-apparent

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/cafe/jeb-bush-running-for-president-uphill-struggle

An historic trend

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2014/12/18/the-unbelievable-rise-of-single-motherhood-in-america-over-the-last-50-years/
The unbelievable rise of single motherhood in America over the last 50 years

A huge step backwards

http://politicalwire.com/2014/12/19/lawmaker-would-require-men-to-approve-abortions/
Lawmaker Would Require Men to Approve Abortions 

And one forwards

http://www.samefacts.com/2014/12/crime-incarceration/sexual-assault-has-declined-dramatically-in-a-generation/
Sexual Assault Has Declined Dramatically in a Generation

More: http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2014/12/rape-way-down-over-past-two-decades-%E2%80%94-so-all-violent-crime

Bonus item: The year's best commercials

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/12/18/did-stephen-colbert-make-the-year-s-funniest-commercial.html 

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Thursday, December 18, 2014

CUBA LIBRE


It's liberating when you don't have to worry about making concessions to the Republicans any more. Obama does what's right

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/obama-united-states-cuba-embassy
Obama Abandons Failed Cuba Policy After More Than 50 Years

http://www.vox.com/2014/12/17/7408067/cuba-deal-obama-embargo-alan-gross

http://www.salon.com/2014/12/17/isolation_has_not_worked_obama_says_u_s_ending_outdated_approach_to_cuba/

Analysis: https://www.emptywheel.net/2014/12/17/cuba-libre-a-momentous-shift-in-relations/

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2014/12/17/what-you-will-and-wont-be-able-to-do-now-that-obama-is-opening-relations-with-cuba/

http://www.vox.com/2014/12/17/7408743/cuba-embargo-failed

Will the Republicans try to block it?

http://www.politico.com/story/2014/12/congress-cuba-reaction-113654.html#ixzz3MFXDQSnh

Obama's had a pretty good month since the midterms that supposedly finished him

http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2014/12/obamas-had-helluva-good-month-midterms

More: http://prospect.org/article/barack-obamas-revival-way

http://www.politico.com/story/2014/12/obama-libre-113663.html#ixzz3MFfD6b9D

Obama feels liberated, aides say, and sees the recent flurry of aggressive executive action and deal-making as a pivot for him to spend the last two years being more of the president he always wanted to be. . . . 

A key witness in the Michael Brown case was a racist and a liar

http://www.thesmokinggun.com/documents/unmasking-Ferguson-witness-40-496236

Elizabeth Warren: naive?

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/12/18/how-naive-is-elizabeth-warren.html

Bonus item: Ah, 'tis the season of "year's best" lists

http://www.salon.com/2014/12/18/the_10_best_moments_in_political_comedy_this_year_partner/
The 10 best moments in political comedy this year 

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

HEALTH CARE

The US torture regime could not have worked without the active involvement of psychologists and physicians. Will they be held accountable?

http://www.salon.com/2014/12/16/scathing_report_calls_for_war_crimes_inquiry_into_cia_health_professionals/

http://dissenter.firedoglake.com/2014/12/16/cia-health-professionals-role-in-systematic-torture-including-human-subjects-research/

The kind of people they are -- Taliban edition

http://www.vox.com/2014/12/16/7401609/peshwar-attack-school-taliban
Pakistani Taliban slaughters over 100 children in Peshawar school attack

More: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/12/16/pakistani-taliban-massacre-more-than-80-schoolchildren.html

http://www.vox.com/2014/12/16/7405921/taliban-peshawar-sentences

Dick Cheney's legacy

http://prospect.org/article/has-gop-become-pro-torture-party
[Paul Waldman] If you'll permit me a momentary bit of crowing, I'd like to take some credit for what we learned from Dick Cheney's appearance on Meet the Press last Sunday. Not that we didn't already know about Cheney's enthusiasm for torture, but we now understand better just how morally infantile his thinking is . . .

http://www.salon.com/2014/12/16/jon_stewart_blasts_dick_cheneys_outrageous_torture_denial/
[Jon Stewart] Dick Cheney's Mind Is The Scariest F------ Place In The Universe

More: http://www.nybooks.com/articles/archives/2014/mar/06/darkness-dick-cheney/

How Obama mishandled the torture issue

http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2014/12/president-obamas-greatest-torture.html

Federal judge blocks Obama's immigration order. . . for now

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/judge-obama-immigration-action-unconstitutional

http://www.vox.com/2014/12/16/7403433/immigration-unconstitutional

Who is he? http://talkingpointsmemo.com/fivepoints/judge-arthur-schwab-controversies
The federal judge who ruled Tuesday that President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration are unconstitutional has a controversial past which includes slaps on the wrist from the circuit court that oversees his court. . . .

More frustration with the Dems over the CRomnibus deal

http://prospect.org/article/great-budget-sellout-2014-do-we-even-have-second-party
The Great Budget Sellout of 2014: Do We Even Have a Second Party?

More: http://crooksandliars.com/2014/12/bipartisan-cromnibus-saga-final-assessment

http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2014/12/more-debt-ceiling-chicken.html

http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2014/12/stand-for-something-by-bloggersrus.html

http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2014/12/good-dems-bad-dems-dems-who-are-in.html

Historic!

http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/another-republican-upends-the-senates-year-end-plans/2014/12/16/127292d8-8559-11e4-9534-f79a23c40e6c_story.html?wprss=rss_politics
The least-productive Congress in modern history drew to an abrupt close late Tuesday

More: http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2014/12/republicans-cave-backbite-head-home

Why a Jeb Bush candidacy will be fun to watch

http://fivethirtyeight.com/datalab/jeb-bush-president-republican-primary-2016/

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/12/16/1352229/-Run-Jeb-run

Should environmentalists be pro-nuke?

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2014/12/16/why-climate-change-is-forcing-some-environmentalists-to-back-nuclear-power/

The paranoid South

http://www.salon.com/2014/12/17/rise_of_the_fearful_south_how_defending_against_outsiders_brought_the_region_together/

"Oh, God, it's Mom!"

http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2014/12/oh-mom.html

In Fox World, Elizabeth Warren IS "The Devil"

http://crooksandliars.com/2014/12/fox-host-wall-street-will-defeat-elizabeth

More: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/16/opinion/david-brooks-elizabeth-warren-can-win.html?_r=0

Bonus item: Images of the suffragette movement (don't miss these!)

http://www.vox.com/2014/12/16/7396449/suffragette-posters







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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

SO?

The creepiest part of the torture report might be the general non-reaction to what it revealed

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2014/12/15/that-big-cia-torture-report-americans-just-shrugged/

That big CIA ‘torture’ report? Americans just shrugged.

More: http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2014/12/torturers-r-us.html This makes me want to cry . . .


How bad is it when even John Yoo calls certain acts torture?


http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/even-john-yoo-has-his-limits


We are nowhere close to where we need to be as a society


http://www.salon.com/2014/12/15/wealth_gap_between_white_and_black_people_is_largest_in_25_years/

Wealth gap between white and black people is largest in 25 years 

So stupid, so sad

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/16/us/politics/good-economic-news-but-taking-credit-is-a-conundrum-for-democrats-.html?partner=rss&emc=rss&_r=0
Good Economic News, but Democrats Differ on Whether to Take Credit

I like Elizabeth Warren -- though not as much as many others do. And I can see the merits of a progressive challenger to Hillary in the primaries. But folks, let's get serious, this woman is never going to become President


http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/12/15/the-most-powerful-democrat-in-america.html

The Most Powerful Democrat in America

http://americablog.com/2014/12/speech-may-make-elizabeth-warren-president.html

The speech that may make Elizabeth Warren president

http://americablog.com/2014/12/elizabeth-warren-ready-president.html

Is Elizabeth Warren ready to be president?

More: http://crooksandliars.com/2014/12/elizabeth-warren-im-not-running-president

Elizabeth Warren: 'I'm Not Running For President'

http://www.vox.com/2014/12/15/7393749/elizabeth-warren-not-running

Elizabeth Warren says she's not running for president. Should we believe her?

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2014/12/15/non-candidate-elizabeth-warren-is-not-running-for-president-right-now-today/

Non-candidate Elizabeth Warren is not running for president right now, today

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2014/12/15/why-elizabeth-warren-is-smart-not-to-totally-rule-out-running-for-president/

Why Elizabeth Warren is smart not to totally rule out running for president

http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/227022-what-does-warren-want

What does Warren want?

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2014/12/15/why-the-elizabeth-warren-for-president-chatter-will-continue/

Why the ‘Elizabeth Warren for president’ chatter will continue

Russia's in trouble


http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2014/12/15/russias-economy-is-doomed-its-that-simple/

Sorry, Putin. Russia’s economy is doomed

http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2014/12/russian-ruble-now-entering-free-fall
The Russian Ruble Is Now Entering Free Fall

More: http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2014/12/krugman-russia-keeps-looking-more-vulnerable-crisis

Bonus item: The NRA loses one

http://www.salon.com/2014/12/15/senate_confirms_vivek_murthy_as_surgeon_general_over_nra_opposition/

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Monday, December 15, 2014

WE'RE BACK!

Sorry for the missed issues of PBD. My computer died and I have been working on loaners and older machines. Posting may still be iffy for a day or two, then I hope we'll be back on a new computer and a regular schedule!

The dark side

Dick Cheney on CIA torture: 'I'd do it again in a minute'

Cheney Seems Unfazed By Question About Innocent Detainee Who Died 


Cheney Throws Bush Under The Bus On Torture Program

Dick Cheney’s grotesque legacy

Meet the Press: 12 Years of Unchallenged Cheney Claims about Iraq and Al Qaeda

"Justice" Scalia

Scalia: Nothing In The Constitution Prohibits Torture



Koch addiction

Barbara Walters' Cuddly Interview With David Koch

Koch Brother Says He's A 'Social Liberal,' Not An 'Evil Billionaire'

The mess that is the "CRomnibus" bill - what the Dems won, and what they lost


Did Democrats Get Hosed on the Budget Bill?

Republicans Dealt A Quiet Blow To O-Care In The CRomnibus

Congressional GOP sneaks anti-science provision into government shutdown bill

The good and the bad in the big budget deal

Here's What Democrats Got Out of the Cromnibus

Progressives Just Lost a Fight On the Budget. So Why Are They So Happy?

Ted's sneaky ploy backfires

Ted Cruz Gave Obama An Early Christmas Gift Over The Weekend

Theocracy watch

John Kasich: Schools must partner with religious groups to receive mentoring funds

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