Individual Texans are doing for pregnant women what the rest of America should be doing
Nov29

Individual Texans are doing for pregnant women what the rest of America should be doing

Individual Texans are doing for pregnant women what the rest of America should be doing: And maybe we are, state by state. It’s a ground level, individual woman’s solution to government’s (illegal?) discrimination against women. An organization in Austin is using phones and contributions to arrange for women who are under 20 weeks pregnant — and far from any abortion clinic to — get where they need to go....

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Uppity
Nov23

Uppity

Uppity: We’re talking about the immigration speech. How did that damn man in the White House manage to defy an election outcome in which Republicans liked to think they gave him a whuppin’? Why wasn’t he behaving like a loser, dammit? It was a quiet meeting on the eve of a political explosion. At 4 p.m. on Wednesday, 30 or so members of the 2012 GOP freshman class of the House of Representatives gathered in a...

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Republicans face tea party “upstarts”
Nov21

Republicans face tea party “upstarts”

The over-the-top reaction of Republican party to the President’s immigration actions are way more than just a reaction to Obama. The whole party is in trouble. McConnell and Boehner are trying to hold things together. John McCain refers to the tea party upstarts as “young punks.” The moves announced Thursday night by Obama — which will protect millions of illegal immigrants from deportation — have sparked an...

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Blame the whole damn thing on the muslim kenyan alien with no proof of birth
Nov15

Blame the whole damn thing on the muslim kenyan alien with no proof of birth

Face it. Obama was sent upward from the fires of hell just to bug Republicans. They just want him to go away. They just want to feel good about themselves. They thought they’d won the election. But it feels more and more like they got the booby prize. Obama won’t won’t cooperate by just fading away. Worse: they are — once again — overwhelmed by their crazies. In the wake of the midterm elections,...

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Republicans, the majority, are facing their greatest enemy: reality
Nov10

Republicans, the majority, are facing their greatest enemy: reality

\ Two of the best and most astute political analysts — Thomas Mann and Norman Ornstein — talk about which Republican party we are left with for the next couple of years. Good question! Monster or blunderer or a combination of the two? Whatever else happens, the internal war will be much fiercer and more of a national spectacle than the hum-drum, “it’s-getting-old,” war with Democrats. And the glee with...

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Preposterous!
Nov09

Preposterous!

Preposterous! Well, not for the first time! The Supremes are outdoing themselves as comedians no one laughs at when it comes to the latest challenge to Obamacare. Wait a minute, “challenge” makes this decision to accept the case almost respectable. Don’t kid yourself. Armed with results of the midterms, they clearly believe anything goes. King v. Burwell is not so much a radical legal doctrine as it is a Monty...

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No comment
Nov05

No comment

No comment Actually, a juicy head cold and bleary eyes make the screen almost impossible to work with today. Maybe later. Meanwhile, Mark Ambinder, quoted at Political Wire, has this interesting thought: Democrats know that President Obama remains in charge. They know that the GOP can’t do anything awful for the next two years. Democrats tend not be motivated by judges and cultural issues; their base was not set up that way, the...

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Ted Cruz plans to lead the Republican Senate
Nov03

Ted Cruz plans to lead the Republican Senate

You can forget about Mitch McConnell. Ted Cruz has plans to take over… if the Republicans win their Senate majority. After a spell of cooperating with his party during the campaign season, the Post reports, he will elbow his way into de facto leadership. In an interview at the Hotel Captain Cook here between campaign stops for Sullivan, Cruz made it clear he would push hard for a Republican-led Senate to be as conservative and...

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Do Americans deserve this?
Oct29

Do Americans deserve this?

In a rare public accounting of its mass surveillance program, the United States Postal Service reported that it approved nearly 50,000 requests last year from law enforcement agencies and its own internal inspection unit to secretly monitor the mail of Americans for use in criminal and national security investigations. The number of requests, contained in a 2014 audit of the surveillance program by the Postal Service’s inspector...

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Be careful what you wish for, Republicans!
Oct28

Be careful what you wish for, Republicans!

Be careful what you wish for, Republicans! A slim majority in the Senate may turn out to be just the punishment the left would love Republicans to suffer. Paul Waldman writes: There will be tremendous built-up pressure from conservatives that Sen. Mitch McConnell (assuming he wins his own race and becomes majority leader) will have to satisfy. That means votes on things such as repealing the Affordable Care Act, building border...

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The media realize they’re the perps. Or are the perps really you and me?
Oct26

The media realize they’re the perps. Or are the perps really you and me?

There’s a report at The Hill exposing the media’s manipulation of events leading up to election day. The short-attention span generation has birthed the shiny-object election. The theme of the 2014 midterms — to whatever extent one is discernable — has been an explosion of one crisis after another, each of which demands an enormous amount of media attention before fading for the next one. From the Secret Service to ISIS,...

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Election may not end in a “rout”
Oct24

Election may not end in a “rout”

Senate seats turn over every six years, and six years ago a Democratic wave election helped the party capture lots of normally red territory, making this election especially challenging. Governorships, on the other hand, turn over every four years. And four years ago, Republicans carried off a rout. So in the governor’s races, it is Republicans now fighting in neutral or hostile territory. …JonathanChait,DailyIntel Sam Wang, the...

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Warren’s credibility grows
Oct19

Warren’s credibility grows

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s credibility grows: It kind of looks like a) she’s chosen a great way to run without yet running, and b) she’s developing a solid base among new voters. And she’s managed to put an effective distance between her potential candidacy and the corporatist Clinton crowd. Speaking before more than 400 people at Carleton College, Warren repeatedly invoked the spirit of the late...

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Democrats’ chances are changing
Oct14

Democrats’ chances are changing

Democrats’ chances are changing. This just posted at the Times: … The chances of the Republicans taking control of the Senate have inched up to 68 percent. Democrats struggling to hang on to the Senate, who have been drowning in dreary news, have spotted a hopeful sign: Democratic voters who sat out the 2010 elections are becoming more interested in voting this time. In North Carolina, which permits early voting, 42,230...

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Remember that $20 billion in cash, flown into Iraq by the Bush administration?
Oct12

Remember that $20 billion in cash, flown into Iraq by the Bush administration?

Remember that $20 billion in cash, flown into Iraq by the Bush administration? Well, they still can’t account for it. James Risen writes in the New York Times today that it’s all over the place – and some has just turned up in Lebanon. The sources of some of that money for reconstruction were the accounts of Saddam’s government in the US which the US then shipped back to Iraq to fund its new government. Not...

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Gotta love “Reince Priebus”
Oct11

Gotta love “Reince Priebus”

Sorry, but that name somehow belongs in quotes. It isn’t just the incredible statements from this “Reince Priebus” that make one doubt his authenticity, it’s the name. Is “Reince Priebus” really an anagram? Or is it that his statements so often are so wild that one has to believe he’s some kind of crazy frat joke? Let’s take a look at a statement from the Republican party chairman who...

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Courts Nix Wisconsin and Texas Voter ID laws
Oct10

Courts Nix Wisconsin and Texas Voter ID laws

Every now and then — even in the current, lamentable Supreme Court — decency and common sense raise their hands and speak. This time a decision on voting laws from the Court sidelines three of our most shameful justices. The Supreme Court on Thursday evening stopped officials in Wisconsin from requiring voters there to provide photo identification before casting their ballots in the coming election. Three of the court’s...

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Police think they’re also the prosecutor, judge, and jury
Oct08

Police think they’re also the prosecutor, judge, and jury

Police think they’re also the prosecutor, judge, and jury… That seems to be one motive behind police barbarities. When they beat someone up or put him in a stranglehold, it’s a “righteous” reaction to someone who has annoyed them in some way. He ran, or he gave ‘em the finger, or whatever. That’s when they put aside their job description and let go with the frustration and wrath of the...

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“Obama is the rare politician who finds telling whoppers difficult…
Sep29

“Obama is the rare politician who finds telling whoppers difficult…

“Obama is the rare politician who finds telling whoppers difficult… “… and he couldn’t, or wouldn’t, hide some of his concerns about where this all is leading,” writes John Cassidy in a clear analysis of Obama/ISIS/60 Minutes.” Probably Obama shouldn’t have blamed the intelligence agencies. Or rather, he was right to blame the intelligence agencies but should have kept himself in the mix....

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Racism is a long way from over
Sep28

Racism is a long way from over

The Justice Department on Friday pressured the Ferguson Police Department to stop its officers from wearing bracelets stamped with the message “I am Darren Wilson,” in solidarity with the police officer who is being investigated for shooting an unarmed black 18-year-old, and from covering up their name plates with tape. …NYT Above that report opener in the Times is a photo of the police chief of Ferguson talking with a group of...

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