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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Another nail in Republican coffin?
Sep27

Another nail in Republican coffin?

When was it we were all so sure there’d be a Republican wave in November. …? There may not be. That greenish-brownish sludge in the corporate retaining pool over there on the right is barely moving, much less turning into a wave. Things could change. But they’re looking less and less favorable for the Republican party. Greg Sargent has this succinct update: Pollster Andrew Kohut has a good piece explaining that the...

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GOP would rather poison Kansas than lose it
Sep23

GOP would rather poison Kansas than lose it

Republicans are upset — furious! — at the turn of events in Kansas. As opposition to their candidate grows stronger, the likelihood of their losing a Senate seat from that state has made them desperate, according to a report in The Hill. With a two-man race now looking all but certain, national Republicans are planning a scorched-earth offensive to frame Sen. Pat Roberts’s (R-Kan.) independent opponent, Greg Orman, as a...

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Why is a total dunderhead the Speaker of the House?
Sep20

Why is a total dunderhead the Speaker of the House?

Why is a total dunderhead the Speaker of the House? Because we’re dunderheads, too? Okay, here’s what happens when a Boehner meets economist: John Boehner says that unemployed Americans are pretty clearly malingerers, bums on welfare who have decided that they don’t feel like working: “This idea that has been born, maybe out of the economy over the last couple years, that you know, I really don’t have to work. I don’t...

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Apple does something really right
Sep19

Apple does something really right

I’m no fan of Apple. But I really like their latest move. It’s a dilly. Apple said Wednesday night that it is making it impossible for the company to turn over data from most iPhones or iPads to police — even when they have a search warrant — taking a hard new line as tech companies attempt to blunt allegations that they have too readily participated in government efforts to collect user information. The move, announced...

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Heavily-backed Koch candidate is losing more and more
Sep16

Heavily-backed Koch candidate is losing more and more

Heavily-backed Koch candidate is losing more and more: We’re talking about Sam Brownback, Kansas governor who appears to be losing to his Democratic challenger, Paul Davis. Conservative dominance in a state long known for moderation (and, before that, populism, socialism and violent abolitionism) has in many ways been the work of Davis’ opponent. Brownback, the son of eastern Kansas pig farmers, got his start in politics as...

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Are we a match for ISIS?
Sep14

Are we a match for ISIS?

Are we a match for ISIS? It’s quite possible we’re not. The numbers are daunting. The CIA estimates that ISIS has a fighting strength of 20,000 — at minimum. The high-end estimate is 31,500. Back in June, the Agency estimated that ISIS topped out at about 10,000 soldiers. But after its June 10 offensive that swept northern Iraq (explained in the above video), ISIS’ recruiting surged. Moreover, the group captured...

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Corruption in Government: First ask the right question
Sep11

Corruption in Government: First ask the right question

Amitai Etzioni suggests we’re on the wrong track if we want to stop corruption in government. Look at the convictions of Mr. Perp and Ms. Perp in Virginia. “The conviction of former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife Maureen on several corruption charges,” Etzione writes, “reveals yet again that Americans are more troubled by elected officials who pocket personal gifts than by those who accept large...

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But does America want the truth about 9/11?
Sep10

But does America want the truth about 9/11?

On the bottom floor of the United States Capitol’s new underground visitors’ center, there is a secure room where the House Intelligence Committee maintains highly classified files. One of those files is titled “Finding, Discussion and Narrative Regarding Certain Sensitive National Security Matters.” It is twenty-eight pages long. In 2002, the Administration of George W. Bush excised those pages from the report of the Joint...

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Rescuing Foley and Sotloff
Sep09

Rescuing Foley and Sotloff

A real, and clever, attempt was made to find and rescue the two American captives of ISIS in Syria. It is described by Nicholas Schmidle in the New Yorker. The [FBI] agents hoped that the European former hostages could help them find these missing Americans. The agents listened as the former hostages relived their ordeals—recalling where they had been detained and how they had been treated by their captors. They both said that they...

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