Friday, October 24, 2014

BANG BANG!


Joni Ernst is getting worse

http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal-a/2014_10/joni_ernst_and_the_right_to_re052606.php
Joni Ernst and the Right To Revolutionary Violence

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/joni-ernst-smith-and-wesson-government-rights

More: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2014/10/23/the-real-problem-with-joni-ernsts-quote-about-guns-and-the-government/
The real problem with Joni Ernst’s quote about guns and the government

More from Joni

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2014/10/23/senate-candidate-joni-ernst-just-snubbed-iowas-biggest-paper/
Senate candidate Joni Ernst just snubbed Iowa’s biggest paper

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2014/10/23/joni-ernst-ducks-a-discussion-of-the-issues/

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/10/23/1338636/-What-is-Joni-Ernst-trying-to-hide-by-ducking-newspaper-endorsement-interviews

More: http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/ernsts-new-game-iowa-run-out-the-clock
Ernst’s new game in Iowa: run out the clock 

Why the upcoming election matters

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2014/10/23/inside-the-republican-plan-for-dismantling-obamas-legacy/
What Republicans plan to do to demolish Obama’s legacy if they win the Senate

Repubs suddenly remember that seniors vote

http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/gop-changes-tune-on-cutting-social-security-with-elections-on-the-line/2014/10/23/d8e57db2-5ad0-11e4-b812-38518ae74c67_story.html?wprss=rss_politics
GOP changes tune on cutting Social Security with elections on the line 

Ugly, despicable lies -- must be a new Republican campaign strategy

http://americablog.com/2014/10/ted-cruzs-office-says-obamacare-brought-ebola-us.html
"Before Obamacare, there had never been a confirmed case of Ebola in the U.S."

The GOP knows that demographics are stacked against them - their ONLY option is to suppress the vote

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2014/10/gop-demographic-crisis-is-still-getting-worse.html

More: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/cafe/turn-out-for-what-charts
Why Turning Out The Vote Makes A Huge Difference

http://www.vox.com/2014/10/20/6997315/voting-rights-amendment-affirmative-right-to-vote
Americans don't have a constitutional right to vote — it's time for that to change

Reality has a liberal bias

http://www.salon.com/2014/10/24/why_conservatives_prefer_propaganda_to_reality_partner/
Why conservatives prefer propaganda to reality

You can't live without water

http://www.vox.com/2014/10/23/7047533/sao-paulo-drought-water-crisis-brazil-election
São Paulo is the 7th largest city in the world. And it's about to run out of water

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2014/10/23/the-u-n-says-water-is-a-fundamental-human-right-in-detroit/
The U.N. says water is a fundamental human right in Detroit

The secret history of birth control pills

http://www.vox.com/2014/10/23/6994695/the-secret-history-of-birth-control-pills

I've never been as big a fan of Cornel West as some people -- but now it has become impossible

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/10/23/cornel-west-s-disappointing-decline.html
Cornel West’s Disappointing Decline

http://www.salon.com/2014/10/23/cornel_west_on_hannity_both_parties_disgust_me/
Cornel West on Hannity: Both parties “disgust” me 

For George Will, on the other hand, there is no hope

http://www.salon.com/2014/10/24/george_will_master_troll_why_his_new_screed_about_dignity_and_the_gop_cannot_be_serious/
The right's very serious columnist has an idea for how to bring comity back to the Senate. Spoiler: It's detestable  

More from the Palin family brawl

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/bristols-hunterchelsea-primal-scream

Bonus item: Wolf Blitzer, the "serious"reporter on CNN

http://crooksandliars.com/2014/10/open-thread-only-america-only-cnn



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Thursday, October 23, 2014

POP QUIZ

Ooh, ooh, I know the answer to this one

http://tinyurl.com/lwqlms4
GOP’s grotesque racist ads: Why it just can’t escape its ugly history 

The races that will decide the Senate

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/23/upshot/how-to-win-the-senate-the-states-each-party-needs.html?partner=rss&emc=rss&abt=0002&abg=1

And now this: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/10/22/1338445/-Scandal-news-shake-up-Republicans-in-two-key-Senate-races
Scandal news shake up Republicans in two key Senate races

http://crooksandliars.com/2014/10/oops-joni-ernst-forgot-disclose-income
Oops! Joni Ernst 'Forgot' To Disclose Income Property On Financial Reports

Scott "Not Good Enough for Massachusetts" Brown still trying to get into the Senate via New Hampshire

http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/scott-brown-tries-fake-his-way-through-debate
Scott Brown tries to fake his way through a debate

More: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/10/22/1338416/-Scottie-s-terrible-horrible-no-good-very-bad-nbsp-debate 

Your (almost) daily Christie

http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/christie-wants-gop-control-over-voting-mechanisms
Christie wants GOP control over ‘voting mechanisms’

More: http://www.salon.com/2014/10/23/gops_maniacal_new_vote_scheme_what_wingnuts_are_hatching_to_keep_the_riff_raff_away/
GOP’s maniacal new vote scheme
 
Fox World tells young women not to vote 

http://www.salon.com/2014/10/22/fox_news_to_young_women_dont_worry_about_voting_just_focus_on_your_tinder_profile/

More from Fox World

http://crooksandliars.com/2014/10/fox-host-atheists-coming-schools-south
Fox Host: Atheists Coming To Schools In The South 'Need' To Accept Our Jesus 'Culture'

We spent day after day hearing about the Pistorius trial. But this verdict is much more important

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/23/us/blackwater-verdict.html?partner=rss&emc=rss
Four former Blackwater Worldwide security contractors were convicted Wednesday on charges stemming from a deadly 2007 shooting in Iraq. . . . 

Bonus item: Harry Shearer does Nixon

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f9HtoWea72A


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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

IT'S AN EPIDEMIC

EBOLA and OBAMA. See the connection?

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/10/21/1338200/-Racist-Rep-Steve-King-Obama-treating-people-in-Africa-as-if-they-were-American-citizens
Racist Rep. Steve King: Obama treating 'people in Africa as if they were American citizens'

http://crooksandliars.com/2014/10/crazy-laura-ingraham-believes-left-wants
Crazy Laura Ingraham Believes 'The Left' Wants Americans To Die From Ebola To Pay Off A Debt To Africa

http://crooksandliars.com/2014/10/bill-oreilly-attacks-president-obama
O'Reilly: 'Obama Puts Ideology Over Tough, Practical Solutions' 

http://thinkprogress.org/health/2014/10/06/3576544/rush-limbaugh-obama-isnt-closing-the-borders-because-he-thinks-america-deserves-ebola/
Rush Limbaugh: Obama Wants Americans To Get Ebola As Payback For Slavery

http://www.salon.com/2014/10/21/gop%E2%80%99s_travel_ban_insanity_why_their_latest_ebola_farce_is_so_absurd/
Republican leaders' idea for a travel ban on West Africans is pure political posturing. They all but admit it 

The Republican assault on science

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/10/20/1337894/-The-Republican-Party-continues-its-assault-on-science-in-the-most-insane-way-possible

Not good

http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2014/10/just-leak-it-already.html
White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough is personally negotiating how much of the Senate's so-called torture report, a probe into the CIA’s post-9/11 detention and interrogation program, will be redacted . . .

Even worse: http://dissenter.firedoglake.com/2014/10/21/cia-agents-reportedly-impersonated-senate-staffers-while-torture-report-was-being-produced/
CIA Agents Reportedly Impersonated Senate Staffers While Torture Report Was Being Produced

The disappearance of the "swing voter"

http://www.vox.com/2014/10/21/7027719/swing-voters-independents-2014-midterm-elections-polarized-republican-advantage 

How rich is China?

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2014/10/21/we-knew-china-was-rich-but-not-this-rich/  

More on the Palin family brawl

http://crooksandliars.com/2014/10/police-release-audio-palin-family-drunken

Well . . .

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2014/10/21/rush-limbaugh-is-americas-least-trusted-news-source/
Rush Limbaugh is America’s least-trusted news source

More on liberal and conservative news preferences: http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal-a/2014_10/whose_news_you_can_use052567.php 

http://prospect.org/article/why-liberals-love-and-trust-npr

Bonus item: Obama's use of "I" and "me"

http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/criticism-obamas-pronouns-falls-apart

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

WHINERS

Surprised?

http://tinyurl.com/k98pfgt
GOP calls for Ebola Czar, gets Ebola Czar, hates Ebola Czar

http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/the-case-against-the-case-against-ron-klain
The trajectory of the Republicans’ “czars” argument has been a sight to behold. . . .

More: http://crooksandliars.com/2014/10/marsha-blackburn-obama-should-have

Bigger isn't better

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2014/10/20/brace-yourself-the-2016-republican-field-is-going-to-be-huge/
Brace yourself. The 2016 Republican field is going to be HUGE. 

Rand Paul's creepy past

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/10/20/1337944/-Just-how-nuts-is-Republican-Sen-Rand-Paul

http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2014/10/crackpots-o-day.html

Expendable

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/21/upshot/why-house-republicans-alienate-hispanics-they-dont-need-them.html?_r=0&abt=0002&abg=1
Why House Republicans Alienate Hispanics: They Don’t Need Them

The biggest threat to Obamacare is still the Supreme Court

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2014/10/21/how-the-supreme-court-could-still-wreak-havoc-on-obamacare/

Just like iPhones!

http://www.salon.com/2014/10/20/nra_guns_arent_intimidating_because_theyre_just_bits_of_plastic_and_metal/
NRA: Guns aren’t intimidating because “they’re just bits of plastic and metal” 

Fascinating: the science of addiction

http://www.vox.com/2014/10/20/6995011/addiction-dopamine-agonist-parkinsons

Bonus item: The Supreme Court, as you've never seen them before

http://www.salon.com/2014/10/20/john_oliver_slams_scotus_for_not_allowing_live_video_creates_hilarious_canine_reenactments/


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Monday, October 20, 2014

MEDICAL EXPERTS

Repubs spin such ridiculous untruths about ebola that even the talk show hosts have to correct them

http://crooksandliars.com/2014/10/sen-ted-cruz-experts-be-damned-obama-should
Sen. Ted Cruz: Experts Be Damned, Obama Should Listen To 'Voices Of Common Sense' On Travel Ban

http://crooksandliars.com/2014/10/dr-fauci-warns-west-africa-travel-ban
Dr. Fauci Warns That West Africa Travel Ban Could Be Counterproductive

http://crooksandliars.com/2014/10/chris-wallace-shoots-down-george-wills
Chris Wallace Shoots Down George Will's Fearmongering

More: http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2014/10/conservative-priorities.html

http://crooksandliars.com/2014/10/ted-cruz-gop-blocked-obamas-surgeon

GOOD news on ebola

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/big-and-important-ebola-news

Is the politics of fear changing the dynamics of the fall elections?

http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/ebola-islamic-state-shift-dynamics-for-hagan-tillis-in-north-carolinas-senate-race/2014/10/19/f500efbe-5629-11e4-809b-8cc0a295c773_story.html?wprss=rss_politics

More: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2014/10/15/ebola-is-the-2014-elections-october-surprise/

http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/deadly-virus-not-october-surprise

This could be big

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/20/us/politics/obama-sees-an-iran-deal-that-could-avoid-congress-.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&version=HpSum&module=first-column-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news
No one knows if the Obama administration will manage in the next five weeks to strike what many in the White House consider the most important foreign policy deal of his presidency: an accord with Iran that would forestall its ability to make a nuclear weapon. But the White House has made one significant decision: If agreement is reached, President Obama will do everything in his power to avoid letting Congress vote on it. . . .

The return of the Confederate ethos

http://firedoglake.com/2014/10/19/late-night-confederate-party-member-forgets-he-cant-flash-his-gang-symbols-in-public/

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/10/16/1337049/-South-Carolina-Gov-Nikki-Haley-Not-a-single-CEO-minds-our-Confederate-battle-flag

http://crooksandliars.com/2014/09/ron-pauls-confederate-sympathies-come-out
 
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/09/28/1331734/-The-Civil-War-never-ended-The-neo-Confederate-tea-party-fights-on

http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2014/08/confederate-states-of-mind-by.html

Mitch McConnell wants people to think he is pro-woman

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/10/20/and-now-mitch-mcconnell-is-the-pro-woman-candidate.html 

Theocracy watch

http://www.salon.com/2014/10/19/why_red_state_conservatives_are_the_biggest_porn_hounds_partner/
Studies indicate people in religious states are more likely to search for adult materials online.

[NB: Research!]

Oh-oh

http://www.salon.com/2014/10/20/baby_boomers_ruined_america_why_blaming_millennials_is_misguided_and_annoying/
Baby boomers ruined America 

In case you missed the Sunday talk shows

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2014/10/19/ebola-discussion-dominates-sunday-shows/
Ebola ebola ebola . . .

Bonus item: Wow. How dumb can you be and still have a career in politics?

http://crooksandliars.com/2014/10/rep-duffy-puts-campaign-aide-leave

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

TOTALLY MEAN AND UNFAIR

But I still think it's pretty funny

http://www.baxterbulletin.com/story/opinion/2014/10/17/tina-dupuy-please-politicize-ebola/17456369/
 
Paranoia in American politics

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/10/19/paranoia-crept-into-american-political-life-a-long-time-ago.html

George Will mansplains to the ladies why progressivism is bad for them

http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/george-will-mark-udalls-overheated-war-on-women-in-colorado-senate-race/2014/10/17/84506456-5562-11e4-ba4b-f6333e2c0453_story.html?tid=pm_opinions_pop
One of the wonders of this political moment is feminist contentment about the infantilization of women in the name of progressive politics. Government, encouraging academic administrations to micromanage campus sexual interactions, now assumes that, absent a script, women cannot cope. And the Democrats’ trope about the Republicans’ “war on women” clearly assumes that women are civic illiterates . . .

More: http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2014/10/whos-civic-illiterate-george.html

The electoral power of the NRA

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/10/15/1336791/-The-NRA-is-a-far-right-conservative-organization-that-works-against-Democrats

Don't tell me this surprises you

http://crooksandliars.com/2014/10/sarah-palins-pac-mostly-spends-its-money
Sarah Palin's PAC Mostly Spends Its Money On . . .

Fixing MSNBC

http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal-a/2014_10/forward_thinking052534.php

The Sunday talk show line-ups

http://my.firedoglake.com/blog/2014/10/18/sunday-talking-heads-october-19-2014/
ABC’S THIS WEEK: EBOLA – Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins. Then, LGBT and the Roman Catholic Church with Cardinal Timothy Dolan. Midterms Roundtable: Bill Kristol, Mary Matalin, Stephanie Schriock, Tavis Smiley.  

CBS’ FACE THE NATION: EBOLA – Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. For the Republican perspective, Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN). “She and many of her GOP colleagues are calling on Obama to impose a travel ban from the Ebola-stricken countries in West Africa.” Then, CBS News Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Jon LaPook. Ebola Roundtable: Richard Umbdenstock, president of the American Hospital Association, Dr. Robert Wah, president of the American Medical Association, Jean Ross co-president of National Nurses United. Political Roundtable: Gerald Seib, Susan Glasser, Michael O’Hanlon.  

CNN STATE OF THE UNION: EBOLA – Exclusive Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) who “says this country doesn’t need another ‘so-called czar’ and demands the President lead by banning flights and securing the border.” Then, Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Midterms Roundtable: Kevin Madden, Ana Navarro, LZ Granderson, Penny Lee.

KORNACKI’S UP: Doonesbury’s Garry Trudeau, James Risen, and ?.  

MOYERS & COMPANY: Keeping Faith in Democracy. Pulitzer Prize-winning author Marilynne Robinson talks to Bill about what the title character of her new book Lila, says about the state of democracy in America.  

NBC’S MEET THE PRESS: EBOLA – Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Plus, Laurie Garrett, Senior Fellow, Council of Foreign Relations & Author, “The Coming Plague: Newly Emerging Diseases in a World Out of Balance” and Dr. Gabe Kelen, Professor and Chair, Department of Emergency Medicine, Johns Hopkins University. Then, Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA) and Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO). Roundtable: Andrea Mitchell, Stephanie Cutter, Mike Murphy, Manu Raju. Plus, 2x felon Buddy Cianci (R), Providence RI mayoral candidate. 

Bonus item: Fear factors

http://www.vox.com/2014/10/18/6995441/map-greatest-threat-country
Map: what countries around the globe see as “the greatest threat in the world”

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Saturday, October 18, 2014

THE MENAGERIE

The races that will determine the balance in the Senate

http://www.vox.com/2014/10/17/6989421/senate-race-rankings

Joni Ernst, running for the Senate in Iowa, is creepy

http://crooksandliars.com/2014/10/joni-ernsts-extreme-right-wing-views
Joni Ernst's Extreme Right Wing Views Revealed In Secret Audio Tape

More: http://www.salon.com/2014/10/17/iowas_tea_party_disaster_joni_ernsts_shocking_ideas_about_the_welfare_state/ 

More creepy Republicans

http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2014/10/qotd-bunch-of-lunatics.html
A bunch of lunatics . . .

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2014/10/rep-don-youngs-spokesman-doesnt-deny-murder.html
Alaska Rep. Don Young is a notoriously strange person . . . According to his opponent, Young freaked out at him before a debate earlier this month. “He kind of snarled at me,” reported Democratic candidate Forrest Dunbar, “and said, ‘Don’t you ever touch me. Don’t ever touch me. The last guy who touched me ended up on the ground dead.”  

It is possible that Young merely implied that the last person who touched him went on to die for unrelated reasons. It certainly sounds like a possible murder confession. So colorful! . . .

CQ Roll Call asked Young about that comment — whether the last person to touch him really did end up dead. The congressman’s response: “There’s some truth to that.” 

http://www.salon.com/2014/10/17/louie_gohmert_nurses_infected_with_ebola_are_victims_of_democratic_war_on_women/
Louie Gohmert: Nurses infected with Ebola are victims of Democratic “war on women” 

http://www.salon.com/2014/10/17/this_may_be_the_worst_race_baiting_campaign_ad_since_willie_horton/
This may be the worst race-baiting campaign ad since Willie Horton 

Rand Paul, yes, is "a different kind of Repubican" -- but he's still a Republican

http://prospect.org/article/return-different-kind-republican

Still waiting for accountability

https://www.emptywheel.net/2014/10/17/the-forgotten-opr-report-exposing-the-white-house-role-in-torture/
The Senate Intelligence Committee report also didn’t examine the responsibility of top Bush administration lawyers in crafting the legal framework that permitted the CIA to use simulated drowning called waterboarding and other interrogation methods widely described as torture . . . [read on]


Who is the new ebola "czar"?

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2014/10/17/who-is-ron-klain-who-will-lead-the-obama-administrations-response-to-ebola/

More: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/10/17/ron-klain-will-be-the-best-ebola-czar-yet.html

http://www.vox.com/2014/10/17/6994041/ron-klain-is-a-great-choice-for-ebola-czar



Water!

http://www.vox.com/2014/10/17/6994811/map-household-water-use-american-west-drought

Criminal negligence

http://crooksandliars.com/2014/10/oops-georgias-secretary-state-lost-40000
In September, Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp expressed concern that too many minority voters were registering to vote for the November midterms and so he found it necessary to subpoena the records of at least one group working to register more Black and Latino voters.  

Now he has gone and "lost" 40,000 voter registration forms . . .

More: http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/courts_law/2014/10/18/0439b116-5623-11e4-892e-602188e70e9c_story.html?wprss=rss_politics
The Supreme Court in a pre-dawn ruling Saturday said that Texas could proceed with its strict voter ID law in next month’s election, despite a lower court’s ruling that it was unconstitutional. . . .

What drives voter turnout

http://elections.firedoglake.com/2014/10/17/hating-the-other-party-really-drives-turnout/
Hating the Other Party

Dumbing down U.S. schools

http://www.vox.com/2014/10/17/6988037/how-ap-history-became-the-most-controversial-class-in-us-high-schools

In Fox World

http://www.salon.com/2014/10/17/bill_oreilly_white_privilege_gives_people_an_excuse_to_fail/
Bill O’Reilly: “White privilege” gives people an excuse to fail 

Bonus item: Putin's war on McDonalds in Russia

http://www.vox.com/2014/10/17/6989397/russia-mcdonalds-putin-ukraine-yolo


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