December 25, 2015

Mic Drop: Bernie Sanders Tears The Corporate Media Apart For Endless Trump Coverage (VIDEO)

http://www.addictinginfo.org/2015/12/24/jf-mic-drop-bernie-sanders-tears-the-corporate-media-apart-for-endless-trump-coverage-video/
"Even though Sanders has more supporters than Trump, the corporate media covers every single “bombastic” remark the candidate makes"

State by State Increases in Number of Insured Americans, Thanks to Obamacare @alternet

State by State Increases in Number of Insured Americans, Thanks to Obamacare @alternet

"Republicans should stop their posturing and concede that the ACA is a success."

Happy Holidays, Super PACs: FEC Removes Yet Another Block Against Dark Money

Happy Holidays, Super PACs: FEC Removes Yet Another Block Against Dark Money

"Little-noticed rule allows candidates to solicit money for super PACs as long as it's done in a small meeting"

Actually, the right invented the “War on Christmas”: The real history behind today’s phoniest persecution

Actually, the right invented the “War on Christmas”: The real history behind today’s phoniest persecution

"The faithful held the holiday hostage until 1681, when laws banning Christmas were repealed."

Bernie Sanders Confronts CNN And Get Them To Admit Their Pro-Trump Bias

http://www.politicususa.com/2015/12/24/bernie-sanders-confronts-cnn-admit-pro-trump-bias.html
"The big bias that Cuomo revealed was the media’s pandering to Republicans. Cuomo tried to justify all of the coverage of Trump because he is number one in the Republican polls.  His point ignored the reality that Democrats outnumber Republicans in the United States. According to Gallup, 46% of the country identifies itself as Democratic, and 41% identify themselves as Republicans. Democrats have won five of the last six popular votes. If being number one in the polls really does matter, Hillary Clinton should be getting Trump level coverage, because she has higher national polling than the billionaire. Bernie Sanders should be second in coverage to Clinton because his support is higher than every Republican candidate.  Sanders was correct. The Trump coverage isn’t about Trump at all. The tilt in coverage is based on several pro-Republican biases that exist in the media."

December 24, 2015

Bernie Sanders Just Made Presidential Campaign Contribution History

Bernie Sanders Just Made Presidential Campaign Contribution History

"The Bernie Sanders campaign announced Sunday that it "reached a major milestone in grassroots financial support" during the third Democratic presidential debate. A statement posted on its website says the campaign has now received over 2.3 million contributions. That means Sanders now holds the record for highest number of contributions for a White House bid, breaking the record held by President Barack Obama in 2011. The statement adds that "grassroots supporters flooded" the campaign site during the debate, with the average contribution amount being below $25."

Bernie Sanders Sets New Fundraising Record As Network News Blackout Can’t Stop Him

http://www.politicususa.com/2015/12/20/bernie-sanders-sets-fundraising-record-network-news-blackout-stop.html
"His campaign has now received more contributions than any other candidate at this point in any White House bid. President Barack Obama was the record holder. Through Dec. 31, 2011, his re-election campaign reported 2,209,636 donations. The Sanders campaign crossed that mark during the debate as grassroots supporters flooded the BernieSanders.com website. The average contribution for the night to the Sanders campaign was below $25."

The double devolution of the GOP and the U.S. media

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/12/13/1458777/-The-double-devolution-of-the-GOP-and-the-U-S-media
"The hate machine that Donald Trump embodies isn’t an aberration, but the natural culmination of the intertwined, downward spirals of the conservative movement and its U.S. media enablers. After all, the GOP long ago entered an era of “post-fact” politics in which morality tales and stories of good and evil replaced facts and science as the basis for winning elections and setting public policy. And as it turns out, the Republicans’ largely successful descent into degeneracy was only made possible by the concurrent decline of American journalism. Having abandoned the search for objective truth as its mission, most of the U.S. media are now solely in the entertainment business. In this new environment, all issues are framed as having two—and only two—sides, with the loudest voice in the “debate” being declared the winner."

Ted Cruz Blasted by Fact-Checking Site for Making Ridiculous Claim About the First Amendment

Ted Cruz Blasted by Fact-Checking Site for Making Ridiculous Claim About the First Amendment

"Well, non-partisan fact-checking site Politifact blasted Cruz for a recent statement he made where he accused Democrats of trying to repeal the “freedom of speech” protections given to us in the First Amendment. “The Democrats in the Senate last year introduced a constitutional amendment to repeal the free speech protections of the First Amendment,” Cruz said. Before going forward, I would like to point out that this is one of those statements that only an idiot would believe without actually fact-checking it for themselves. To hear something this radical without questioning the validity of it only proves that those who believed Cruz when he said it are absolutely brainwashed. Of course, it’s not at all true. Politifact cited scholars who said Cruz “ignored critical facts” for the sake of blatantly misrepresenting what this amendment actually would have done. What Ted Cruz is referring to is an amendment Democrats supported to help get money out of politics by allowing states (you know, the whole states’ rights thing) to set their own reasonable limitations on campaign finance laws. Though as many of you might know, because Republicans want more money in politics (which is comically hypocritical considering these are the folks who whine about “big government” and how corrupt it is) they’ve taken up the ludicrous notion that money is “free speech.” Even though it’s fairly obvious that our Founding Fathers did not mean for “freedom of speech” to include the right for the richest among us to buy elections. Freedom of speech is the right for people to say basically anything without the fear or prosecution – it has nothing to do with money."

Fox News’ new war on truth: This is why Donald Trump and GOP field get away with lies

Fox News’ new war on truth: This is why Donald Trump and GOP field get away with lies

"So how is a racist liar like Trump still a thing? And why is Carson still in the race? He even made the loony claim that the Egyptian pyramids were used to store grain! But rather than end his political career Carson’s pyramid claim might have actually helped him. What’s going on? The answer is due, in part, to the mainstream news media and the increased power of Fox News. The folks that support Trump and Carson largely get their news from Fox News– the network that uses the trademark “fair and balanced” to hawk lies and fear. Fox News has been shown to be a major agent of disinformation. Politfact explains that they lie about 60 percent of the time. Only 10 percent of the Fox News claims they rated were true. This is why their viewers score so badly on tests of their knowledge with one study suggesting that people who watched no news of any kind scored higher on aptitude of current events than Fox News viewers. But that’s not all of it. Fox News viewers don’t only suffer from a network that lies; they are also victims of the increasing politicization of truth. It is no longer the case that we have commonly accepted truths from which we derive our political beliefs. Now every truth is itself ideological. Truths are not drawn from evidence and fact; they are culled from deep belief systems."

Michigan Repubs pass last-minute bill creating longer voting lines — to stifle turnout

Michigan Repubs pass last-minute bill creating longer voting lines — to stifle turnout

"Another bill passed by the GOP-dominated legislature will allow more money from outside political groups into local and state elections."

Snyder admin allowed Flint to drink toxic water despite warnings

No Science Here: Big Oil Has Turned The House Into Their Private Lobbying Agency

http://www.occupydemocrats.com/no-science-here-big-oil-has-turned-the-house-into-their-private-lobbying-agency/
"It is an absolute travesty that such idiots have been allowed to take over a government committee overseeing what is perhaps the most dangerous issue of our time and run it like a joke, and yet that is exactly what a dangerous combination of unfettered corporate purchasing of lawmakers and delusional conservative anti-intellectualism have produced"

Town's bad water poisons residents despite state assurances

Always classy, Fox News speculates on timing of Chelsea Clinton's pregnancy

http://www.dailykos.com/stories/2015/12/22/1462757/-Always-classy-Fox-News-speculates-on-timing-of-Chelsea-Clinton-s-pregnancy
"you might have thought Fox News would give those conspiracy theories a few days to circulate before busting out with them on an allegedly real news channel. Nope"

Fox News' 10 Most Cringe-Worthy Sexist Moments Of 2015

http://mediamatters.org/research/2015/12/22/fox-news-10-most-cringe-worthy-sexist-moments-o/207537
"Fox News has a long history of promoting sexism on-air, and 2015 was no different."

Kids' toxic test results raised alarm over water supply: Doctor

Donald Trump uses Hillary Clinton's bathroom break to remind us how much he hates women

http://www.dailykos.com/stories/2015/12/22/1462746/-Donald-Trump-uses-Hillary-Clinton-s-bathroom-break-to-remind-us-how-much-he-hates-women
"he really does have the brain of a 12-year-old? (The hating-women part we didn’t need confirmation of—this was an unnecessary reminder.)"

"The King Of Whoppers": Fact Checkers Call Out Donald Trump's Year Of "Campaign Misstatements" And Lies

http://mediamatters.org/research/2015/12/22/the-king-of-whoppers-fact-checkers-call-out-don/207656
"Fact checkers ended 2015 by calling out Donald Trump's endless "political falsehoods," noting that the GOP presidential frontrunner "stands out not only for the sheer number of his factually false claims, but also for his brazen refusals to admit error when proven wrong"."

Congratulations Patrick Murphy, undersecretary of the US Army!

Donald Trump's Birtherism and Appeal to White Power Are a Road to Fascism

Donald Trump's Birtherism and Appeal to White Power Are a Road to Fascism

"That is why it is entirely understandable that white power proponents are finding a home in the frenzied, bilious Trump mobs."

Donald Trump Told So Many Lies Fact Checkers Couldn’t Pick Just One for Lie of the Year

http://www.politicususa.com/2015/12/21/donald-trump-tells-lies-misstatements-win-lie-year-award.html
"Yes, PolitiFact has chosen the “many campaign misstatements” of Donald Trump as the Lie of the Year because they could not settle on which of his lies was the biggest."

Trump Supporter Arrested After Plotting To Murder Muslims

Military Members And Vets Launch #Iwillprotectyou After Muslim Child Says She’s Afraid

http://freakoutnation.com/2015/12/military-members-and-vets-launch-iwillprotectyou-after-muslim-child-says-shes-afraid/
"With so much division in our country after heated rhetoric coming from Donald Trump, it’s no surprise that children are frightened."

When Donald Trump's words scared this Muslim girl, these Army vets responded perfectly.

http://www.upworthy.com/when-donald-trumps-words-scared-this-muslim-girl-these-army-vets-responded-perfectly
"Peek started a hashtag — ‪#‎IWillProtectYou‬ — and encouraged her fellow vets to respond. The messages of support began pouring in."

Army Vets Stand Up For Scared Muslim Girl Who Thinks Trump Will Kick Her Out Of America (IMAGES)

http://www.addictinginfo.org/2015/12/21/army-vets-stand-up-for-scared-muslim-girl-who-thinks-trump-will-kick-her-out-of-america-images/
"Peek wrote, “Post a picture of you in uniform with the hashtag ‘‪#‎WillProtectYou‬’ to let these children know that we will not hurt them. That they are safe here in America.” The responses were nothing short of awe-inspiring."

Trump puts a smile on faces of white supremacist recruiters

http://www.dailykos.com/stories/2015/12/21/1462459/-Trump-puts-a-smile-on-faces-of-white-supremacist-recruiters
"The neo-Nazis at Stormfront claim that web traffic inspired by Trump’s campaign forced the organization to upgrade its servers"

Whoa...Trump Supporters Are Building Bombs Against Muslims?

Trump Supporter Arrested In Alleged Plot To Bomb Muslims

http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2015/12/21/3734345/trump-supporter-arrested-in-alleged-plot-to-bomb-muslims/
"Police in Richmond, California have arrested 55-year-old William Celli, who was allegedly constructing explosive devices he intended to use against the Muslims in his community."

Media Silent as Trump Supporter Arrested Stockpiling Arsenal of Bombs to Kill Muslims

http://usuncut.com/news/william-celli-trump-supporter-tried-to-kill-muslims-with-bombs/
"Yet the All-Trump-All-The-Time mainstream media coverage failed to report that one of his supporters was planning a terrorist attack of their own."

Conservative Extremist Trump Supporter Plotted Terrorist Attack Against American Muslims (VIDEO)

http://www.addictinginfo.org/2015/12/21/conservative-extremist-trump-supporter-plotted-terrorist-attack-against-american-muslims-video/
"Republicans have hesitated to refer to white Christian extremists as terrorists. Well, William Celli was making bombs for the express purpose of killing Muslims and it looks like hateful rhetoric by Trump and others pushed this guy over the edge."

White Trump-Loving Terrorist Arrested For Plotting To Bomb Innocent Muslims

http://www.occupydemocrats.com/white-trump-loving-terrorist-arrested-for-plotting-to-bomb-innocent-muslims/
"It is absolutely disgusting that the right-wing’s efforts to deal with possible Daesh (ISIS/ISIL) plots are simply creating more terrorists who, inspired by rabble-rousing demagogues like Trump, plot to unleash death and terror on innocent Muslim citizens."

Carly Fiorina caught in debate lie

Alabama Rep. Admits He Resists Immigration Because Of Race

Alabama Rep. Admits He Resists Immigration Because Of Race

"In Brooks’ opinion, Obama really wants to make America a place where god-fearing white people are pushed out so the country can be darker and more dangerous. Wait, what?"

Prosecutors Set to Appeal Scott Walker "John Doe" Case to U.S. Supreme Court

http://www.prwatch.org/news/2015/12/13006/JohnDoe_SupremeCourt_Walker
"In July, the Wisconsin Supreme Court issued a decision rewriting the state's limits on money in politics and ending the "John Doe" investigation into Walker's campaign coordinating with dark money groups. Yet some justices faced serious conflicts-of-interest in the case, since the same groups that coordinated with Walker's campaign were among the majority's biggest financial supporters, spending $10 million to elect the court's majority. Under U.S. Supreme Court precedent, the justices likely should not have heard the case at all. The Special Prosecutor leading the probe, Francis Schmitz, asked two justices to recuse but they refused to do so. Schmitz vowed to appeal, yet earlier this month the Court took the extraordinary step of firing him, rescinding his appointment as Special Prosecutor and hindering any potential appeal. "My career in the military and as a federal prosecutor fighting violent criminals and terrorists did not fully prepare me for the tactics employed by these special interest groups," Schmitz said in a statement. That might have been the end of the story. But Friday's motion suggests that Walker and his allies haven't beaten back the John Doe just yet."

Mitch McConnell Just Made It Virtually Impossible to Police Dark Money in 2016

http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2015/12/mitch-mcconnell-budget-bill-campaign-finance
"Provisions slipped into the budget bill kneecapped campaign finance enforcement and transparency."

Billionaire Americans give out free turkeys so that poor people will shut up already

http://www.dailykos.com/stories/2015/12/19/1460159/-Billionaire-Americans-give-out-free-turkeys-so-that-poor-people-will-shut-up-already
"the Koch brothers are stepping up their public relations efforts. Americans for Prosperity, the pro-corporate, anti-tax, anti-regulation political organization planning to spend nearly $1 billion dollars to shape the outcome of the 2016 presidential elections, will be dropping a few million on the little people in order to convince them that everything is on the up-and-up."

Crass remarks from Trump a signature style

PERRspectives: Sorry, GOP: Senate Obamacare 'Repeal' Does Not Reduce Deficits

PERRspectives: Sorry, GOP: Senate Obamacare 'Repeal' Does Not Reduce Deficits

"repealing Obamacare increases Uncle Sam's deficits. Unless, that is, you change what the meaning of "repeal" is. Which is precisely the shell game Republicans are playing now. And just like "death panels" and a "government takeover of health care" (Politifact's Lie of the Year for 2009 and 2010, respectively), the Senate's partial Obamacare repeal is just another of the GOP's killer lies on health care."

9 Heinous Items Sneaked Into the Budget Bill Congress Doesn’t Want You to See

http://usuncut.com/politics/9-heinous-items-sneaked-into-budget-bill/
"8. Wall Street deregulation In addition to all of the new provisions in this year’s budget bill, one of the worst riders from the 2014 “cromnibus” bill that deregulated derivatives trading on Wall Street will remain in effect. The deregulation bill reverses portions of the Dodd-Frank financial reform act of 2010, and allows big banks to get away with the same high-risk gambling on complex financial instruments that caused the 2008 financial crisis. Wall Street lobbyists actually wrote most of the language in the bill that was snuck into last year’s budget bill."

Top Pentagon Commanders: We’ll Quit If Trump Becomes Commander-In-Chief

http://www.occupydemocrats.com/top-pentagon-commanders-well-quit-if-trump-becomes-commander-in-chief-3/
"These blowhard demagogues and religious extremists masquerading as politicians have not the slightest care for what they are asking of our military, taking their service and their very lives for granted. These commanders are veterans of the last time a naive Republican fool ordered them into the breach of ignorance."

Misinformer Of The Year: The Center For Medical Progress

http://mediamatters.org/blog/2015/12/17/misinformer-of-the-year-the-center-for-medical/207506
"Rhetoric that began with an unknown organization and fact-free smear videos, thanks to heavy promotion from conservative media and shady support from movement extremists, found its way into Republican legislative priorities and presidential platforms, and may have helped inspire acts of violence against reproductive health care providers. While not a traditional media outlet itself, CMP produced its own content that it used to infiltrate a fractured media environment and receptive conservative echo chamber, creating a feeding frenzy to broadcast their deceptive message loud and clear."

Walker dissolves admired elections/ethics accountability board

Corporate Sellout Marco Rubio Wants Internet Access Only For The Rich

http://www.occupydemocrats.com/corporate-sellout-marco-rubio-wants-internet-access-only-for-the-rich/
"Recently, many municipalities, such as have begun providing their citizens with broadband access at much faster speeds and much cheaper prices than the major private telecom companies, such as AT&T. Chattanooga, TN, for example, has implemented a municipal broadband network that provides data at one gegabit per second – 50 times faster than the average AT&T customer – for as little as $70 per month. Despite the overwhelming benefits to American citizens that such public broadband networks provide, telecom conglomerates such as Comcast and AT&T have used the tremendous influence that their money buys to force state legislatures into passing laws banning public broadband networks for no conceivable reason. Last week, Marco Rubio joined the massive big-business campaign against Americans’ right to Internet access by signing a letter to the Federal Communications Committee (FCC) urging them to block municipalities from enacting public broadband networks, which, to their credit, the FCC has been reluctant to do."

Victory: Stewart Defeats McConnell, Gets 9/11 First Responder Funds

http://www.occupydemocrats.com/victory-stewart-defeats-mcconnell-gets-911-first-responder-funds/
"Stewart’s campaign has specifically targeted Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) for obstructing the the renewal of 9/11 first responder healthcare funds for petty and selfish political reasons. Stewart appeared on the Daily Show appearance specifically to call out McConnell for his hypocritical refusal to reauthorize the James Zadroga Act while having passed an identical bill for coal workers in the state of Kentucky (“It’s bullsh*t”). McConnell refused to include the funding with last month’s highway bill, despite support from 66 Senators and 250 House members, in order to use it as a bargaining chip in order to lift the ban on oil exports and please his masters in the fossil fuel industry. It was a despicable act of political maneuvering that only a Republican could stomach.  It is with great pleasure that we can announce that Stewart’s efforts have proven successful."

Jon Stewart Successfully Shames Republicans Into Extending 9/11 First Responders Bill

http://www.addictinginfo.org/2015/12/17/jon-stewart-successfully-shames-republicans-into-extending-911-first-responders-bill/
"After all of the public shaming, Republicans apparently could no longer afford to be dragging their feet on this issue that most Americans support."

December 18, 2015

Who Is Smarter? The GOP Or Everyone Else In the World?

http://samuel-warde.com/2015/12/who-is-smarter-gop-or-world-on-climate-change/
"How can it be that the right wing Republicans sucking at the teat of the Koch brothers are the only people on Earth who have got it right? Instead of moving us forward, today’s GOP is intent on taking us backwards on so many fronts: women’s rights to equal pay and autonomy over their own bodies, minimum wage, worker’s rights to unionize, voting rights, health care, clean air and water, to name just a few of the issues. The GOP has demonstrated time and again that they are a party afraid of change and afraid to move forward; a party that embraces old, worn out ideas that have not worked in the past and will not work in the future; a party that dresses up those old ideas and tries to truck them out as new. And these are the people who know better than everyone else in the world? I don’t think so."

Over Our Dead Bodies If You Cut Social Security | Bernie Sanders

A Conservative Estimate of ‘The Wal-Mart Effect': Wal-Mart’s growing trade deficit with China has displaced more than 400,000 U.S. jobs

A Conservative Estimate of ‘The Wal-Mart Effect': Wal-Mart’s growing trade deficit with China has displaced more than 400,000 U.S. jobs

"The growing goods trade deficit with China displaced 3.2 million U.S. jobs in the United States between 2001 and 2013, and it has been a prime contributor to the crisis in manufacturing employment over the past 15 years. Due to its own growing trade deficit with China, Wal-Mart alone was responsible for the loss of more than 400,000 U.S. jobs, 13.2 percent of total U.S. jobs lost in this period. The current unbalanced U.S.-China trade relationship is bad for both countries, and Wal-Mart has played a major role in creating that imbalance."

We Need a Budget for Working Families, Not the 1%

The truth about GOP tax plans: The real reason why they’re so ridiculous

The truth about GOP tax plans: The real reason why they’re so ridiculous

"Republican donors are dramatically out of line with the general population."

Donald Trump supporter wants to burn a black man alive: “Light the motherf**ker on fire”

Donald Trump supporter wants to burn a black man alive: “Light the motherf**ker on fire”

"This is not the first time that either actual physical violence or violent rhetoric has been used at Donald Trump rallies."

Senator Bernie Sanders Is Having A Very Good Day

Senator Bernie Sanders Is Having A Very Good Day

"With an historic donor number now reaching two million separate contributions and a very substantial endorsement from the Communications Workers of America, Senator Bernie Sanders is having a memorable day on the campaign trail."

Communications Workers of America Endorsement | Bernie Sanders

Bernie Sanders Makes History And Sets A New Record By Surpassing 2 Million Donations

http://www.politicususa.com/2015/12/17/bernie-sanders-history-sets-record-surpassing-2-million-donations.html
"The average donation is $20, and more than 800,000 donors have donated for a second or third time. Only 1.7% of Sanders donors have maxed out and hit the contribution limit. Most impressively, Sanders trails only President Obama 2.2 million donations by the end of 2011 for the overall record."

Bernie Sanders Raising Massive Cash WITHOUT Corporate Donors

Communities of color hate Republicans more than ever, and GOP seems psyched about that!

http://www.dailykos.com/stories/2015/12/16/1460788/-Communities-of-color-hate-Republicans-more-than-ever-and-GOP-seems-psyched-about-that
"Clinton leads Rubio 69-18 and Cruz 72-17 among Latinos. This is a GOP-wide rejection.  So is Reince Priebus’ Republican party “far better” with communities of color than in 2012? Well, only if the GOP’s goal is to far better alienate non-white demographics. And given the rhetoric from pretty much all Republicans, that’s the only plausible explanation. So good job, guys! Mission accomplished."

McConnell's holiday wish: A GOP presidential nominee who could 'carry purple states' ... Ha!

http://www.dailykos.com/stories/2015/12/15/1460499/-McConnell-s-holiday-wish-A-GOP-presidential-nominee-who-could-carry-purple-states-Ha
"How about we check in with Gallup on where your current field stands, Mitch: Donald Trump: -27 Jeb Bush: -14 Chris Christie: -5 Ted Cruz: -3 Marco Rubio: +5 Ben Carson: +6 Among those candidates, it's worth noting that The Donald and Jeb! are also the most well known candidates, with 91 percent of voters being familiar with Trump to Jeb!'s 78 percent familiarity rating. The lesser known candidates like Rubio and Cruz, who both sit at 61 percent familiarity, almost surely benefit from being, well, lesser known.  For context, Hillary Clinton is the best-known candidate in the field at 94 percent and she has a -4 favorability rating. Bernie Sanders is known to 66 percent of respondents and he's at +2 on favorables."

Reince Priebus: GOP Has Been Fantastic Reaching Out To Minorities In 2016

Reince Priebus: GOP Has Been Fantastic Reaching Out To Minorities In 2016

"he actually praised his own performance and organization by declaring how wonderful the GOP has been in reaching out to minority communities around the country. Much better than 2012! I-kid-you-not."

CNN Leaves Anti-Choice Domestic Terrorism Out Of GOP's National Security Debate

http://mediamatters.org/research/2015/12/16/cnn-leaves-anti-choice-domestic-terrorism-out-o/207542
"CNN moderators failed to ask the Republican presidential primary candidates about the deadly shooting attack at a Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood, which has been linked by many in the media to heated anti-Planned Parenthood rhetoric from the GOP."

Malala Yousafzai takes on Donald Trump

Can you spot the differences between fact-checking a GOP debate and whack-a-mole?

http://www.dailykos.com/stories/2015/12/16/1460764/-Can-you-spot-the-differences-between-whack-a-mole-and-fact-checking-a-GOP-debate
"There is, of course, much more. Because it was a Republican debate lasting more than two hours, featuring the likes of Trump, Fiorina, Cruz, Ben Carson, and Marco Rubio, and telling the truth is not a strong suit there."

The GOP debate fear cauldron: According to the Republican candidates, you’re going to die

The GOP debate fear cauldron: According to the Republican candidates, you’re going to die

"All in all it was a grim, bleak, and frightful debate that saw several leading candidates try to stoke heightened public anxiety over terrorism. There were no acknowledgements that acts of terrorism are exceptionally rare, with just “45 Americans killed in jihadist terrorist attacks” since 9/11. (More Americans have died as a result of homegrown right-wing terrorism, but that threat didn’t earn a single mention at the debate, even though one such attack took place just days before San Bernardino.)

Supreme Court Aims To Gut Voting Rights For Good

Mike Huckabee To Young People: The Only Thing We Want To Give You Is A War To Die In (VIDEO)

http://www.addictinginfo.org/2015/12/16/mike-huckabee-to-young-people-the-only-thing-we-want-to-give-you-is-a-war-to-die-in-video/
"And that is particularly tough talk coming from a complete hypocrite who never served in the military a single day in his pathetic life. While he gleefully wants to send young people to die in the Middle East, Huckabee himself attended college in his youth before quitting seminary school to take a job in the manipulative industry known as Christian broadcasting. Huckabee took this job when he was 21-years-old in 1976. That means he was of age to enlist in the military in 1973 at a time when the Vietnam War was still raging on. But Huckabee chose to go to college rather than fight for his country. He would deny young people the same choice today, which should drive young people to the polls in 2016 to soundly defeat the Republican Party. After all, Huckabee is hardly the only GOP candidate who wants to wage perpetual warfare in the Middle East. And young voters have the power to do this. 67 percent of young people voted for President Obama in 2012, which was double the percentage Mitt Romney received. Mike Huckabee is a coward, not because he chose college over the military, but because he wants to force young people to do what he refused to do when he was young. Politicians have no right to be so gung-ho about war and sending kids to die when they themselves have never served."

From 'White Power' To Nazi Salutes: How Toxic Can Trump Rallies Get?

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/timeline-trump-rally-protests-violence
"Racist and bigoted language has become commonplace at the rallies, both from Trump supporters and the candidate himself. But so has violence and degradation against protesters who dare to disagree with the GOP’s heir apparent. The toxicity seemed to peak Monday night in Las Vegas, where Trump supporters reportedly yelled a Nazi salute and called for a protester to be set on fire."

BUSTED: Feds arrest unhinged Fox News fan who spewed death threats against liberals and Obama

BUSTED: Feds arrest unhinged Fox News fan who spewed death threats against liberals and Obama

"A Washington state man with a history using Fox News’ website to call for the murder of liberals – including President Barack Obama – has been taken into custody by U.S. Marshals, according to the Sacramento Bee."

Republicans, where the hell is your outrage?! Despite horrific rally video, GOP leaders won’t stand up against hate and behavior of Donald Trump’s supporters

Republicans, where the hell is your outrage?! Despite horrific rally video, GOP leaders won’t stand up against hate and behavior of Donald Trump’s supporters

"Republicans have trafficked for decades in sowing white resentment for political gain, of course, but until now, Republican leaders had instituted some checks to keep the racism from getting too overt or violent. But now that practice seems to have disappeared."

Trump cozies with conspiracy truther too fringey for decency

No Longer the Party of Lincoln... But a Party of Fear

http://www.dailykos.com/stories/2015/12/15/1460620/-No-Longer-the-Party-of-Lincoln-But-a-Party-of-Fear
"As America has moved away from the GOP culturally and demographically, the GOP’s response appears to be the response of the desperate and the doomed… Not a self-examination, not a catharsis of any kind, not difficult decisions, not admission of wrong-headedness and wrongdoing not a reaching out and a reconciliation. But a shutting down, a resort to violence and bigotry, both abroad, but also here at home. A denial of reality and a — dangerous — conflation of the idea of leadership with military force."

Gaffney’s ‘National Security Summit’ A Nonstop Procession Of Extremism And Conspiracies

Gaffney’s ‘National Security Summit’ A Nonstop Procession Of Extremism And Conspiracies

"CSP’s extremism has been embraced by ostensibly mainstream conservatives. That extremism was on full, if not constant, display Monday. By the end of the eight-hour conference, attendees had been treated to a nonstop cavalcade of extremism and conspiracy."

Carly Fiorina stands firm: General who retired in 2003 was somehow forced out by Obama

http://www.dailykos.com/stories/2015/12/16/1460860/-Carly-Fiorina-stands-firm-General-who-retired-in-2003-was-forced-out-by-Obama
"Carly Fiorina did not misspeak, mark her words. Her wrong, lying words."

Wash. Post Editorial Board Slams GOP's Embrace Of "Bigotry, Hatred and Magical Thinking"

http://mediamatters.org/blog/2015/12/17/wash-post-editorial-board-slams-gops-embrace-of/207573
"Fear-mongering and raw xenophobia were once the hallmarks of fringe candidates."

Ted Cruz Finds Someone Dumber Than Himself To Deny Climate Change

Fact Checkers Bust Carly Fiorina For False Attack On President Obama

http://www.politicususa.com/2015/12/16/carly-fiorinas-attack-president-obama-earns-false-factcheckers.html
"Politifact noted that General Keane resigned in 2003. He never served under President Obama, so that’s awkward. It is hard to tell a President things he didn’t want to hear when you weren’t serving during his seven years."

10 Biggest Lies and Distortions From the GOP Debate @alternet

10 Biggest Lies and Distortions From the GOP Debate @alternet

"Another GOP debate, another steaming pile of half-truths, lies and pseudo-facts. The Republican Party seems to be almost entirely post-truth at this point, and if you call them out, you're the liberal media! It's a brilliant racket and one that led us to the current state of affairs where facts aren't just dispensable, but a political liability."

The Internet, scare tactics and big fat juicy lies: Here are the top 10 bullsh*t moments of the GOP debate

The Internet, scare tactics and big fat juicy lies: Here are the top 10 bullsh*t moments of the GOP debate

"here are the top ten loads of crap or bizarre insanity and the truth you’ll need at the water cooler"

Summarizing the 5th Republican Debate: An Absurd Sideshow of Propaganda and Dangerous Ideas

Summarizing the 5th Republican Debate: An Absurd Sideshow of Propaganda and Dangerous Ideas

"it’s the same worn out rhetoric Republicans have been using since the 80’s. The same ideas that have proven time and time again to be absolute failures."

49 Things You Would Have Sworn A Presidential Candidate Would Never Say. Then You Lived Through 2015

http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2015/12/15/3732161/49-things-republican-presidential-candidates-actually-said-in-2015/
"But in the Republican primary during 2015, the spectacle subsumed the campaign."

Factual flaws no hindrance to GOP candidates' debate bluster

The GOP poverty PR push: Selling the same old pro-rich policies, but now with free turkeys

The GOP poverty PR push: Selling the same old pro-rich policies, but now with free turkeys

"It was a coordinated effort intended to convey one simple message: the Republican Party cares about the poor. Sending that message became a necessity in the aftermath of Mitt Romney’s defeat at the hands of Barack Obama. Romney lost that election in part because he was a living caricature of a comically out-of-touch plutocrat, and in part because the policies he backed were obviously and inarguably designed to favor the rich. The problem facing Republicans is that those policies – wild tax cuts for the wealthy, massive cuts to social welfare programs – form the backbone of the party’s economic agenda and couldn’t just be jettisoned. So they had to set about changing their image while holding on to the same basic ideas that sunk Mitt “47 Percent” Romney. That’s where Americans for Prosperity, the Koch brothers’ primary outlet for political activism, comes in. Last year, the organization resolved to set about revamping the image of conservatives and Republicans as a party concerned primarily with the wealthy."

The GOP can’t believe this is really happening: The 7 biggest establishment freakouts in the wake of Trump’s fascist turn

The GOP can’t believe this is really happening: The 7 biggest establishment freakouts in the wake of Trump’s fascist turn

"The Republican Party, failing to recognize or acknowledge that it might have any part in creating and enabling the rise of the Trump monster, is showing signs of the kind of full-scale freakout that often accompanies extreme forms of denial."

Corporate Media Wants Donald Trump To Win

Ted Cruz is Insulting to Science

http://quietmike.org/2015/12/11/ted-cruz-is-insulting-to-science/
"Cruz’s chairmanship of the Senate’s Subcommittee on Space, Science, and Competitiveness is insulting to anyone who takes science seriously and it’s insulting to anyone who cares about the planet we live on. Furthermore, it’s insulting to American Democracy which has assured people like Cruz, who’s been bought and paid for by the fossil fuel industry, the lead voice on a committee that runs contrary to his ideology."

House Republicans Introduce Resolution Against The "War On Christmas"

House Republicans Introduce Resolution Against The "War On Christmas"

"There was a brief social media fury over this contrived controversy, and even Donald Trump shamelessly pandered to the people who believed that there was an actual “War On Christmas” by stating that perhaps he should boycott Starbucks. All of that was pretty much forgotten when the Paris terrorist attacks happened, but now the GOP is back with the latest insanity in the fake war on Christmas. Yes, you read that right, House Republicans are proposing a resolution to fight the non-existent War On Christmas. As a resolution, it’s different from a law and simply shows their support or opposition to something. The First Amendment clearly states that Congress shall make no law that promotes one religion over another, and despite the fact Christmas is often observed as a secular holiday, it is very much Christian in nature – unless you take into consideration that Christians hijacked it from pagans many centuries ago. In case you’re wondering, the GOP has voted down bills to help the poor and veterans repeatedly in recent years, but passing a meaningless resolution is apparently more important than doing anything that remotely resembles following the teachings of Christianity or the spirit of Christmas. It’s the tired old story of Republicans in Congress claiming to care about veterans, the poor and religious values – then doing absolutely nothing other than to shove warped versions of Christianity down our throats. The real War On Christmas isn’t being waged by the left or by non-Christians, but the people who believe social media celebrities or Donald Trump are too brainwashed to realize that. This resolution is just another waste of taxpayer money by House Republicans to pander to their base ahead of next year’s election. It’s ridiculous, petty, and a waste of resources – but that’s just par for the course in a Congress that has a 9% approval rating."

Trump Can’t Win in 2016, So Let’s Leave Him to Destroy the Republican Party

http://thedailybanter.com/2015/12/trump-cant-win-in-2016-so-lets-leave-him-to-destroy-the-republican-party/
"John McCain and Mitt Romney spent the primaries in their respective campaigns trying to be as crazy as possible in order to win over the lunatic fringe of Republican voters, then fell flat in the general when the center abandoned them in droves. Post George W. Bush, crazy works only in the short term. As a long term strategy, it is a complete disaster — a fact not lost on the GOP establishment that hoped Jeb Bush would be able to save what is left of their parties White House prospects. While a bewildering number of polls continue to show Trump’s meteoric rise, as Nate Silver wrote recently, they don’t really mean much until the few weeks preceding the primaries — where history shows Trump might be in for a nasty surprise when voters are confronted with the real prospect of Trump being the Republican nominee. Silver puts Trump’s chance at winning the Republican nomination at “higher than 0 but (considerably) less than 20 percent.” So Trump may not even get past the Republican primaries, let alone get to take on Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders. And if that happens, you heard it here first: he’ll get annihilated by a unified Democratic party that will work day and night to siphon away every Republican moderate in the country. Donald Trump poses a threat to one particular set of interests in America: the conservative establishment. He is essentially destroying the party from the inside by humiliating the other candidates, refusing to take orders from above, and turning the party into an international laughing stock. Forget Sarah Palin, Hermain Cain, or Michele Bachmann, Trump is the real deal and he’s laying waste to everything around him. Donald Trump is the disease the Republican party created, and unfortunately for them, they forgot to inoculate themselves first."

Study: Mandatory Voting Would Destroy The Republican Party

http://www.occupydemocrats.com/study-mandatory-voting-would-destroy-the-republican-party/
"If our democracy had full participation and our politicians had to respond to all American voters and not just a wealthy few, the power of the Kochs and the other oligarchs would be shattered and broken- and with them, the Republican Party."

Republicans Just Introduced A ‘War On Christmas’ Bill So Stupid It Will Make Your Head Spin

http://www.addictinginfo.org/2015/12/15/republicans-just-introduced-a-war-on-christmas-bill-so-stupid-it-will-make-your-head-spin/
"With all of the issues facing America right now, Republicans in the House of Representatives decided it would be a good idea to introduce legislation about one of their most pressing: their fictional war on Christmas."

The GOP Path to the Dark Side...As Yoda Says, "Fear Leads to Hate”

10 Reasons Why Ted Cruz is the Most Dangerous (and Craziest) Republican Candidate

10 Reasons Why Ted Cruz is the Most Dangerous (and Craziest) Republican Candidate

"Essentially, Cruz is everything that’s deplorable about Trump along with being possibly the biggest religious radical of the whole bunch."

Las Vegas Trump Rally Brings Shouts Of 'Seig Heil' -- And Worse

Las Vegas Trump Rally Brings Shouts Of 'Seig Heil' -- And Worse

"This is what they come for, the blatant hate-mongering, the White-supremacy and the chance to show your racism in an open forum. This is what we've come to expect from a Trump rally. And at this one in particular, last night at the Westgate Hotel in Las Vegas, where the choicest cuts of Trump Prime Beef showed up to give us a taste of their brand of government dreams: 1933 Nazi Germany. It gets worse. As the man is dragged out, we can hear a protester proudly shouting 'Sieg Heil!' three times in succession."

Infographic: The Judicial Vacancy Crisis by the Numbers

https://www.americanprogress.org/issues/civil-liberties/news/2015/12/08/126434/infographic-the-judicial-vacancy-crisis-by-the-numbers/
"The Senate is waging a war of attrition on judicial confirmations. Since the beginning of 2015, the number of judicial vacancies has increased substantially and the number of judicial vacancy emergencies has more than doubled. President Barack Obama’s judicial nominees wait more than 40 percent longer for confirmation than President George W. Bush’s nominees. It is no wonder that the number of civil cases pending in the federal courts continues to grow, and more Americans are waiting for their day in court."

How the Bitter White Minority in the South Ended Up With Huge Power in Washington @alternet

How the Bitter White Minority in the South Ended Up With Huge Power in Washington @alternet

"Ever since the 1960s, as Richard Nixon’s Southern Strategy was being born, there’s been a ongoing dilemma (if not huge contradiction) for the erstwhile “Party of Lincoln” to manage: how to pander just enough to get the racist votes they need, without making it too difficult to deny that’s precisely what they’re doing."

The Tea Party Controls Congress: Hide Your Wallets

Watch Carly Fiorina explode at CNN’s Chris Cuomo for refusing to allow her to continue to lie about Planned Parenthood

Watch Carly Fiorina explode at CNN’s Chris Cuomo for refusing to allow her to continue to lie about Planned Parenthood

"secure in her belief that if she repeats the same lie enough times, people will believe it"

Alleged Presidential Candidate Denies She Incited CO Shooting

Alleged Presidential Candidate Denies She Incited CO Shooting

"Carly Fiorina is such a good liar, she even believes herself!"

Finished: Fiorina Iowa Town Hall Event Draws Only 14 People

http://www.occupydemocrats.com/finished-fiorina-iowa-town-hall-event-draws-only-14-people/
"Fiorina’s offensive and obnoxious campaign is finally screeching to a halt, but we fear the damage that her reprehensible lies have cause will take much longer to fix."

Donald Trump Frantically Trying To Scrub Mob Ties From Internet (VIDEO)

http://www.addictinginfo.org/2015/12/11/donald-trump-frantically-trying-to-scrub-mob-ties-from-internet-video/
"Sater pleaded guilty in 1998 to one count of racketeering for his role in a $40 million stock fraud scheme involving the Genovese and Bonanno crime families, according to court records. Prosecutors called the operation a pump-and-dump scheme, in which insiders manipulate the price of obscure stocks and then sell them to hapless investors at inflated prices."

Fox News Comment Section Poster Arrested, Out On Bail

December 12, 2015

What the GOP Is Putting Under Corporate America's Tree

http://www.truth-out.org/opinion/item/33998-what-the-gop-is-putting-under-corporate-america-s-tree
"Congress seems to operate under a different set of rules when it considers legislation that directly helps American families. Extended unemployment assistance was allowed to expire two years ago. And last year, nutrition assistance for hungry kids was cut."

SAVE Act Calls For One-Time Payment To Make Up For No COLA

SAVE Act Calls For One-Time Payment To Make Up For No COLA

"Today, United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.), Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.), Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Bob Casey (D-Pa.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Al Franken (D-Minn.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawai'i), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), and Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) introduced legislation to boost Social Security and other critical benefits for seniors, veterans and other Americans following last month's announcement that there will be a zero cost-of-living adjustment in 2016."

The Colorado River is running dry

Here Comes The Next Big Attack On The Incomes Of Ordinary Americans

Here Comes The Next Big Attack On The Incomes Of Ordinary Americans

"The case will be argued in January. If the court rules in favor of the corporate CEOs, it will turbo-charge their efforts to divert an even greater portion of the country's income into higher pay and bigger bonuses for them and billionaire investors like the Koch's. It's really quite astonishing when you take a step back and think about it. The CEO and billionaire class has already been so successful in changing the economic rules that they have managed to siphon off virtually all of America's economic growth over the last 15 years. But that just isn't enough. Their greed seems insatiable."

Sipping Champagne on the Titanic: Twenty Billionaires Own More Than the Bottom Half of Americans

http://www.truth-out.org/opinion/item/33956-sipping-champagne-on-the-titanic-twenty-billionaires-own-more-than-the-bottom-half-of-americans
"The Institute for Policy Studies report contains some grave warnings about the dangers of extreme wealth concentration."

Bill Nye on Obama's climate legacy

Robert Reich: America is now a full-scale oligarchy

Robert Reich: America is now a full-scale oligarchy

"These people are, after all, are living in their own separate society, and they want to elect people who will represent them, not the rest of us."

Readers Choose Bernie Sanders as Hands-Down Favorite for TIME 'Person of the Year'

Readers Choose Bernie Sanders as Hands-Down Favorite for TIME 'Person of the Year'

"Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders retained a previously established lead and became the hands-down winner of the readers' choice for TIME's "Person of the Year," the magazine announced on Monday, beating out all his political rivals in the U.S. as well as notable individiuals from around the world by receiving nearly twice the support of the runner-up."

Brad Schimel's Dirty Power Play

http://www.prwatch.org/news/2015/12/12995/brad-schimels-dirty-power-play
"Schimel's decision to go to bat for polluters comes as no surprise."

CA Gov. Jerry Brown on the Paris climate talks

Ted Cruz's three-hour hearing on climate change a pathetic waste of time except for denier shills

http://www.dailykos.com/stories/2015/12/9/1458508/-Ted-Cruz-s-three-hour-hearing-on-climate-change-a-pathetic-waste-of-time-except-for-denier-shills
"Cruz’s little carnival show included four witnesses who spouted the same old Koch- and Exxon-funded lies that they and other “experts” have for years been slathering across every venue of public discourse they can poke themselves into. This despite the fact that Exxon has publicly started admitting that climate change is real and could be disastrous, no doubt in hopes of obscuring the fact the giant corporation worked diligently for more than three decades to persuade Americans that it’s not happening or, if it is, it’s no big deal and nothing can be done about it even if it is a big deal."

California's historic drought

Jim Hightower | The Sleaze, Guilt and Punishment of Don Blankenship

Jim Hightower | The Sleaze, Guilt and Punishment of Don Blankenship

"Don Blankenship didn't get what he deserves in his federal trial, but he definitely deserves what he got. "Guilty," declared all 12 West Virginia jurors who pondered the charge that this arrogant and avaricious CEO of Massey Energy Company willfully conspired to violate America's mine safety laws. As a result of that conspiracy, 29 miners were essentially murdered by the corporation on April 5, 2010, in a horrific explosion deep inside Massey's Upper Big Branch coal mine. Blankenship, a multimillionaire right-wing ideologue, union-buster, and political heavyweight, ran the Upper Big Branch mine like a lawless third-world operator."

Republicans Give the Kochs and Big Oil Billions Annually To Export Domestic Oil

http://www.politicususa.com/2015/12/11/republicans-give-kochs-big-oil-billions-annually-export-domestic-oil.html
"As is their typical practice, Republicans are inserting a “rider” in the omnibus spending bill that eliminates the ban on American oil exports that was developed specifically to protect American consumers financially and strengthen America’s energy independence"

December 10, 2015

Ted Cruz's hearing on climate change

Ted Cruz Isn’t As Smart As Your Children; Here’s Proof

The Oil Industry Is About To Get A Big Gift From Congress

http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2015/12/09/3729646/oil-export-ban-likely-lifted-in-spending-bill/
"The decades-old oil export ban — which was developed to protect American consumers and support energy independence — is unlikely to survive into the new year."

Republicans Prepare To Gut Obama’s Greatest Climate Action

Sanders' Climate Revolution Would Cut 80% of Emissions by 2050

Sanders' Climate Revolution Would Cut 80% of Emissions by 2050

"Environmental platform calls for swift shift to renewable power system, a ban on extreme extraction activities, and end of subsidies for Big Oil"

ExxonMobil Warns of ‘Catastrophic’ 9°F to 12°F Global Warming Without Government Action

http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2015/12/07/3728921/exxonmobil-warns-catastrophic-global-warming/
"Of course, thanks to excellent reporting by InsideClimate News, we now know ExxonMobil had been told by its own scientists in the 1970s and 1980s that climate change was human-caused and would reach catastrophic levels without reductions in carbon emissions. Yes, this is same ExxonMobil that then became the largest funder of disinformation on climate science and attacks on climate scientists until they were surpassed by the Koch Brothers in recent years — but that is a different (tragic) story. Hiatt’s point is to show “how dangerously extreme the Republican Party has become on climate change,” and that that “Republicans’ ideologically based denial is dangerous and cowardly.” After all, the oil giant ain’t Greenpeace. Yet unlike the national GOP leadership and its presidential candidates, “the company believes climate change is real, that governments should take action to combat it and that the most sensible action would be a revenue-neutral tax on carbon,” that taxes fossil fuels like coal and oil and returns the money to taxpayers."

Arizona's NBC 12 And CMD Expose ALEC's Corporate Influence On State Laws

ALEC CEO Lisa Nelson has a Climate Science Problem (VIDEO)

http://www.prwatch.org/news/2015/12/12993/alec-ceo-lisa-nelson-has-climate-science-problem-video
"ALEC has a long history of denying climate change. It continues to take payments from fossil fuel companies like Koch Industries, ExxonMobil, and Peabody Energy. It was part of the American Petroleum Institute's leaked plan to manipulate the public's trust in climate scientists, spelled out in an erie memo from 1998. The group even hosts privately-funded events where ALEC legislators are taught how to deny climate change science by public relations consultants who have ties to fossil fuel companies."

Watch Arizona's NBC 12 And The Center For Media And Democracy Expose ALEC's Corporate Influence On State Laws

http://mediamatters.org/blog/2015/12/09/watch-arizonas-nbc-12-and-the-center-for-media/207379
"Phoenix Arizona's NBC affiliate KPNX hosted the Center for Media and Democracy's Executive Director Lisa Graves on the December 6 episode of Sunday Square Off to expose the American Legislative Exchange Council's (ALEC) effort to push corporate backed model legislation in state legislatures."

Koch-Funded Special Interest Groups and Utilities Bankrolling ALEC Meeting

http://www.prwatch.org/news/2015/12/12989/koch-funded-special-interest-groups-and-utilities-bankrolling-alec-meeting
"Koch-funded groups and utilities are bankrolling ALEC's closed-door winter meeting and parties for state legislators that are underway in Scottsdale, Arizona, at a luxury resort and spa. The three-day gathering is bringing together lobbyists and legislators to plan their 2016 bill agenda for the upcoming legislative session."

Women’s Economic Agenda: Creating an Economy That Works for Everyone

http://www.epi.org/womens-agenda/
"Closing the wage gap is essential to helping women achieve economic security."

Republicans Playing Santa For Corporations; Bloodsucking Corporatocracy At Its Worst

WATCH: Jon Stewart Returns to Daily Show to Shame Pols Over 9/11 First Responders Bill @alternet

WATCH: Jon Stewart Returns to Daily Show to Shame Pols Over 9/11 First Responders Bill @alternet

"Stewart spent the majority of the second half of the segment going after McConnell, who he said “is the key to getting this done, and so far he has been an enormous obstacle, unwilling to move the bill forward for purely political reasons.” Later Stewart added, "Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky doesn't give a sh*t about anything but politics. The first responders were told the Zadroga Act would be included – they were told this last week – would be included in the transport bill passed last week. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky pulled it out of the transportation bill last week when he didn't get concessions about loosening oil export regulations."

Jon Stewart’s triumphant return: The former “Daily Show” host shames Congress with powerful message

Jon Stewart’s triumphant return: The former “Daily Show” host shames Congress with powerful message

"Stewart is launching ‪#‎WorstResponders‬ to get Mitch McConnell and the Senate to do the right thing. VIDEO"

How Fox News Created Donald Trump and Destroyed The GOP

White supremacist leaders thank Donald Trump for dragging their racism into the mainstream

White supremacist leaders thank Donald Trump for dragging their racism into the mainstream

"Donald Trump hasn’t just been popular with the Republican party as a presidential candidate. He’s also served as a recruiting tool for white supremacists"

European business network does what the GOP doesn’t have the guts to do — bans Donald Trump

European business network does what the GOP doesn’t have the guts to do — bans Donald Trump

"200,000 United Kingdom citizens have also signed a petition that Trump be barred from entering Britain’s shores. Any petition exceeding 100,000 signatures is automatically taken into consideration for debate in Parliament, according to the BBC."

British Parliament Set To Ban Trump After 211,000 Sign Petition Demanding It

http://www.occupydemocrats.com/british-parliament-set-to-ban-trump-after-211000-sign-petition-demanding-it/
"The petition needed 10,000 signatures in order for the government to respond, and 100,000 signatures for a Parliamentary debate. As of this writing, more than 211,000 people have signed it — with more than thirty being added every second."

Israel Legislators Sign Petition To Ban "Neo-Nazi" Trump

GOP in panic mode: Will Mitt Romney try to save the day, or must RNC steal nomination from Trump?

http://www.dailykos.com/stories/2015/12/9/1458497/-GOP-in-panic-mode-Will-Mitt-Romney-try-to-save-the-day-or-must-RNC-steal-nomination-from-Trump
"Ultimately, Trump just filled a market need created by GOP rhetoric and extremism. They all built a party of crazies, happy to ride the crazy train to congressional and state-level majorities—but the inmates took over the asylum. The only question now is what to do: Whether it’s resurrecting the corpse of Romney’s candidacy, or outright stealing the nomination from Trump. Either way, it won’t be pretty. But we are far beyond the point of pretty."

House Republican leaders fear a 'devastating' Trump nomination. Poor babies.

http://www.dailykos.com/stories/2015/12/9/1458431/-House-Republican-leaders-fear-a-devastating-Trump-nomination-Poor-babies
"Donald Trump keeps terrifying establishment Republicans, and they keep running to reporters to explain how very upset they are that their party’s presidential leader is for some odd reason a flaming bigot. It’s not good for the general election, you see, and they have downballot races to worry about"

Hey Paul Ryan, Here's Proof That Donald Trump Represents Exactly What Your Party Stands For

Hey Paul Ryan, Here's Proof That Donald Trump Represents Exactly What Your Party Stands For

"Since announcing his candidacy, Donald Trump has led the field of GOP presidential candidates running a campaign based on bigotry, racism, sexism, disrespecting veterans, bullying reporters and mocking a writer with disabilities – and conservative voters have loved him for it."

Donald Trump is lying through his teeth: This is why the political press is so enraging

Donald Trump is lying through his teeth: This is why the political press is so enraging

"It’s clear that Trump’s taking advantage of press etiquette and its firm reluctance to call him what he is, a congenital liar"

GOP timid in condemning Trump anti-Muslim plan

The Breitbartian Candidate

http://www.breitbartunmasked.com/2015/12/08/the-breitbartian-candidate/
"Trump clearly enjoys the ardent enthusiasm of what used to be considered a lunatic fringe, but is now the conservative Republican base. Over the last few weeks, plentiful commentary has examined whether Trump should be considered a fascist, or whether it’s more correct to define him as a proto-fascist, yet almost all of these writers have left the maddening crowd at his rallies, and the media channels which enable him, unexamined in any detail. It’s as if we tried studying Mussolini without ever looking at his arditi goon squads or his party newspapers. Fascist propaganda masquerades as news to inflame the passions and shape the selection bias of people who desperately want a simple answer to their complex problems; fascism makes a fetish of violence, and in both areas Trump presents as a classical fascist."

UPDATED: White Nationalist Media Back Trump's Anti-Muslim Plan: "Great," "So Wonderful," "Heil Donald Trump"

http://mediamatters.org/research/2015/12/08/white-nationalist-media-back-trumps-anti-muslim/207323
"Neo-Nazi Vanguard News Network: "Trump Is Beginning To Sound Like A White Nationalist."."

Dear Media: You're The Daddy, And He Looks Just Like You!

Dear Media: You're The Daddy, And He Looks Just Like You!

"Hey, cable TV bobbleheads: What Trump says isn't new. It's just that he says it so much more unabashedly, unashamed. The Republican party didn't just suddenly become the party of extremism, of dangerous ideas. You watched as they became smaller, purer, crazier. Your response? "Hey, we'd better target that demographic!" You guys own that. Your careerist asses went along with that corporate agenda -- I'd guess with very little meaningful pushback. Did it never occur to you that chasing "stories" and "scandals" fabricated by Fox News and affiliated extremist groups would have consequences?"

Heil Trump! The Times of Israel uses a telling photograph of the Donald to highlight “the nativist racism inherent in his latest remarks”

Heil Trump! The Times of Israel uses a telling photograph of the Donald to highlight “the nativist racism inherent in his latest remarks”

"and tonight the ADL released a statement saying that “in the Jewish community, we know all too well what can happen when a particular religious group is singled out for stereotyping and scapegoating. We also know that this country must not give into fear by turning its back on its fundamental values, even at a time of great crisis.” The director of the American Jewish Committee, David Harris, was even more blunt in his assessment, saying that “as Jews who are now observing Hanukkah, a holiday that celebrates a small religious minority’s right to live unmolested, we are deeply disturbed by the nativist racism inherent in the candidate’s latest remarks. You don’t need to go back to the Hanukkah story to see the horrific results of religious persecution; religious stereotyping of this sort has been tried often, inevitably with disastrous results"."

New Poll Proves How Damaging Donald Trump Is To The GOP

New Poll Proves How Damaging Donald Trump Is To The GOP

"The constant parade of bizarre and offensive actions by Donald Trump are indeed hurting the Republican Party. Even though he is extremely popular with primary voters, he’s pulled the GOP into the realm of openly celebrating ignorance, fear and hatred. He doesn’t offer any reasonable solutions to anything, just bombastic speeches that contain no substance, and are aimed at the lowest common denominator. If Trump got his way, come 2017, we’d officially be the land of the conspiracy theorists and home of the cowards."

December 6, 2015

Middle Class Prosperity Project Forum: The Effects Of Poverty On Children’s Opportunities

Senator Elizabeth Warren: No Dodd-Frank rollbacks in must-pass bills

In "Extraordinary" Move, WI Supreme Court Fires Scott Walker Prosecutor to Stave-Off SCOTUS Review

http://www.prwatch.org/news/2015/12/12986/Walker-JohnDoe-WisconsinSupremeCourt
"On Wednesday, the Wisconsin Supreme Court's majority contorted itself to find a new way to protect both Scott Walker and the Court's biggest supporters--not to mention itself--following its decision in July rewriting the state's limits on money in politics and ending the "John Doe" investigation into Walker's campaign coordinating with dark money groups. Wednesday's ruling was supposed to be a straightforward decision on a motion to reconsider, in light of additional evidence that Walker and his allies had violated the campaign finance laws that the Court upheld in July. The Court denied that motion, but then (in a lengthy unsigned opinion) went further, rewriting its July decision to fire the Republican Special Prosecutor who had led the investigation, Francis Schmitz, making it harder for him to challenge the justices' conflicts-of-interest by appealing the case to the U.S. Supreme Court. Those conflicts arise from the fact that the same groups that coordinated with Walker's campaign were among the majority's biggest financial supporters, raising concerns under U.S. Supreme Court precedent about whether the justices should have heard the case at all."

Seniors, Veterans Need A Raise Says Sen. Franken

Pro-Democracy Group Warns of Secret Right-Wing Push to Rewrite Constitution

Pro-Democracy Group Warns of Secret Right-Wing Push to Rewrite Constitution

"With pro-corporate, right-wing lobby groups like the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and Citizens for Self-Governance—not to mention a number of 2016 Republican presidential hopefuls—pushing for such a convention, those who care about everything from environmental regulation to same-sex marriage to fair taxation have reason to be wary."

On the Road: Bernie's Week in the South

How the Clinton and Sanders Infrastructure Plans Measure Up

http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/33895-how-the-clinton-and-sanders-infrastructure-plans-measure-up
"With Republicans opposed to any investment in America's infrastructure, the proposals are measures of political positions, not measures of what the country should be able to do."

The incredible cowardice of the 1 percent: Why wealthy GOP donors are so afraid of Donald Trump

The incredible cowardice of the 1 percent: Why wealthy GOP donors are so afraid of Donald Trump

"Many leading Republican officials, strategists and donors now say they fear that Mr. Trump’s nomination would lead to an electoral wipeout, a sweeping defeat that could undo some of the gains Republicans have made in recent congressional, state and local elections … Some of the highest-ranking Republicans in Congress and some of the party’s wealthiest and most generous donors have balked at trying to take down Mr. Trump because they fear a public feud with the insult-spewing media figure."

Bernie Sanders Introduces Comprehensive Immigration Plan

Sanders Only Candidate To Get On Texas Ballot By Petition, Doesn’t Pay A Cent

http://www.occupydemocrats.com/sanders-only-candidate-to-get-on-texas-ballot-by-petition-doesnt-pay-a-cent/
"Senator Sanders has drawn the largest crowds of supporters thus far in the race for the White House and his popularity doesn’t seem to be leveling off."

Obamacare Is Saving Lives: Early Cancer Detection And Treatment For Young Women On The Rise

http://www.addictinginfo.org/2015/11/27/obamacare-is-saving-lives-early-cancer-detection-and-treatment-for-young-women-on-the-rise/
"A new study conducted by researchers at the American Cancer Society found that, since the Affordable Care Act (otherwise known as Obamacare) took effect, more women between the ages of 18 and 25 are being diagnosed with cervical cancer in the early stages, a time when treatment is more likely to be effective."

Nina Turner 'Feels the Bern'

​Twenty Wealthiest Americans Now Own More Than 50 Percent of US Population

​Twenty Wealthiest Americans Now Own More Than 50 Percent of US Population

"given the vast ability of the richest Americans to influence elections through campaign contributions - which was exponentially augmented by the Supreme Court Citizens United decision - the majority of elected officials in Congress appear even more determined to keep the redistribution of income flowing in only one direction: up."

Latest Poll: Sanders Handily Trounces All Top Republicans—Yeah, Including Trump @alternet

Latest Poll: Sanders Handily Trounces All Top Republicans—Yeah, Including Trump @alternet

"In many cases, those numbers are even higher than Hillary Clinton's, who nonetheless maintains a sizable lead against Sanders."

Bernie Sanders on Democratic Socialism and Foreign Policy

ALEC Invites Politicians to "Plan Your 2016 Agenda" at ALEC Confab in Scottsdale

http://www.prwatch.org/news/2015/11/12981/alec-agenda-scottsdale-2015
"ALEC continues to promote corporate-friendly changes to the legal system through its Civil Justice Task Force, which pushes numerous bills that make it harder for consumers to get the full measure of damages a jury would award if they are injured or killed by dangerous products."

Sanders Blasts Republicans for Corporate-Funded Climate Denialism

Sanders Blasts Republicans for Corporate-Funded Climate Denialism

"Recent studies have shown how corporations, led by ExxonMobil and the Koch family foundations, drive such anti-science ideology through the creation of climate disinformation think tanks and dissemination of coordinated contrarian messaging in mainstream media and public discourse."

Scientists Confirm: Ted Cruz Is Dumber Than Kindergarteners

Divestment Surges as Endowments Worth $3.4 Trillion Pull Funds From Fossil Fuels

Divestment Surges as Endowments Worth $3.4 Trillion Pull Funds From Fossil Fuels

"The "writing is on the wall" for the fossil fuel sector as more than 500 cities, banks, universities, and museums across the globe, representing over $3.4 trillion in total assets, have now pledged to pull their funds from polluting industries."

ALEC Works to Scuttle Global Climate Agreement

http://www.prwatch.org/news/2015/12/12984/alec-works-scuttle-global-climate-agreement
"Chevron, Exxon, Peabody, Dominion, Duke Energy, and ALEC stalwart Koch Industries are just a few of the big names orchestrating ALEC’s pushback on the CPP."

Instead Of Accepting Climate Change, The GOP Has Declared War On Scientists

Instead Of Accepting Climate Change, The GOP Has Declared War On Scientists

"Whether it is Hillary Clinton, Planned Parenthood, the EPA, or climate change – the GOP finds themselves on the wrong side of science and the facts, so they try to slander the messenger instead."

Pentagon: Carly Fiorina Is An Idiot, Climate Change Is An “Immediate Risk” To National Security

http://www.occupydemocrats.com/pentagon-carly-fiorina-is-an-idiot-climate-change-is-an-immediate-risk-to-national-security/
"Well, we could listen to someone who can’t manage a company effectively, yet somehow thinks she has the necessary skills to be President — or we can see what actual experts on the matter have to say. A new Pentagon report says that climate change is an “urgent and growing threat to our national security"."

Exposing the Climate Change Witch Hunt

The most important consequence of the Paris climate talks will be the fate of the oceans

http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/science/2015/11/ocean_acidification_and_climate_change_at_the_paris_talks.html
"there’s increasing evidence that the world’s oceans are nearing the point of no return. They’re getting hit with a double whammy—rising temperatures and acidification—that together are forcing fundamental changes to the basis of the planet’s food chain. So far, the oceans have absorbed about 93 percent of all the additional heat energy trapped by rising greenhouse gas concentrations. That’s already prompted the loss of about 40 percent of the world’s coral reefs, accelerated by a series of worldwide bleaching events in which exceptionally warm water temperatures prompt normally symbiotic algae to become toxic—the most recent of which was just this year. Since coral reefs—the “rainforests of the sea”—support a quarter of all marine life on just 0.1 percent of the ocean area, a mass extinction may already be underway. If we lose the oceans, we lose everything."

Scientific Proof That Exxon And The Kochs Distorted The Public’s Understanding Of Climate Change

http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2015/11/24/3725320/exxon-koch-climate-misinformation-polarizing/
"The study comes out at a time when ExxonMobil is facing increasing public scrutiny for its role in misleading the public about climate change. Several prominent politicians have called for a Department of Justice investigation into whether or not Exxon purposefully mislead the public about climate change, based on information published in a recent Inside Climate News investigation which found that Exxon’s internal research confirmed in 1977 that climate change is caused by carbon emissions from fossil fuels. Earlier this month, New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman issued a subpoena to Exxon, demanding records relating to its climate research."

Bloodsucking Wall Street Psychopaths Stealing Billions Of Dollars A Year

Robert Reich Lists and Smashes Paul Ryan's 7 Terrible Ideas (VIDEO) @alternet

Robert Reich Lists and Smashes Paul Ryan's 7 Terrible Ideas (VIDEO) @alternet

"Ryan clings to dumb ideas that are also cropping up among Republican presidential candidates."

Republicans Are Failing Horribly At Attracting Minority Voters

Republicans Are Failing Horribly At Attracting Minority Voters

"As long as the Republican Party continues to treat minorities like idiots and attempts to appeal to them with politicians who insult them, their slide toward irrelevance will continue. The smartest thing Bobby Jindal ever did was to tell the GOP to “stop being the stupid party,” but he couldn’t even take his own advice."

December 5, 2015

How To Define Domestic Terrorism

Dredging up the swamp: The 2016 GOP race is shining a light on scummy right-wing politics

Dredging up the swamp: The 2016 GOP race is shining a light on scummy right-wing politics

"The large Republican field contains a number of candidates who have direct links to people who populate the eccentric and scummy underbelly of conservative and libertarian politics. As these candidates have risen in the polls, intense press scrutiny has helped draw the extremists and hucksters in their orbits out of the shadows."

How This Company—and Mike Huckabee—Cashed In by Scaring Conservatives

http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2015/09/agora-huckabee-conservative-bible-cures
"Last year, a man named Brian Chambers announced a world-changing advance: An international research organization called the Health Sciences Institute had found an incredible cure for cancer hidden in the Book of Matthew. For just $74, you, too, could discover the secret. That was the breathless pitch emailed to hundreds of thousands of Huckabee's followers in January, beneath a "special message" from the Republican presidential candidate trumpeting "important information." Upon closer inspection, the divine remedy—eating fewer carbs—was never recommended by St. Matthew. Chambers is not a doctor, and the studies on starvation diets he cited make no mention of "cures." The Health Sciences Institute is part of a company called NewMarket Health, which is just one asset of a Baltimore-based publishing empire named Agora Inc. Agora's subsidiaries and affiliates publish more than 40 newsletters and sell more than 300 books on a range of topics, including biblical health tips, natural-healing supplements, and "insider" investment advice—a mix of ideas the company considers the intellectual equivalent of the marketplace of ancient Athens. To find new readers for its ever-expanding catalog of publications, Agora's subsidiaries have tapped into a network of conservative heavyweights, including Huckabee, Ron Paul, and Newt Gingrich, who sell access to their massive email lists to advertise Agora's products."

The GOP Is on the Eve of Destruction | Alternet

The GOP Is on the Eve of Destruction | Alternet

"For reasons hard to fathom, the Republicans seem to have made up their minds: they will divide, degrade and secede from the Union. They will do so with bullying, lies and manipulation, a willingness to say anything, no matter how daft or wrong. They will do so by spending unheard of sums to buy elections with the happy assistance of big business and wealthy patrons for whom the joys of gross income inequality are a comfortable fact of life. By gerrymandering and denying the vote to as many of the poor, the elderly, struggling low-paid workers, and people of color as they can. And by appealing to the basest impulses of human nature: anger, fear and bigotry."

Fox News On Damage Control After “Baby Parts” Propaganda Campaign