June 30, 2014

The Pitchforks Are Coming… For Us Plutocrats | Common Dreams

The Pitchforks Are Coming… For Us Plutocrats | Common Dreams

"At the same time that people like you and me are thriving beyond the dreams of any plutocrats in history, the rest of the country—the 99.99 percent—is lagging far behind. The divide between the haves and have-nots is getting worse really, really fast. In 1980, the top 1 percent controlled about 8 percent of U.S. national income. The bottom 50 percent shared about 18 percent. Today the top 1 percent share about 20 percent; the bottom 50 percent, just 12 percent.

But the problem isn’t that we have inequality. Some inequality is intrinsic to any high-functioning capitalist economy. The problem is that inequality is at historically high levels and getting worse every day. Our country is rapidly becoming less a capitalist society and more a feudal society. Unless our policies change dramatically, the middle class will disappear, and we will be back to late 18th-century France. Before the revolution.

And so I have a message for my fellow filthy rich, for all of us who live in our gated bubble worlds: Wake up, people. It won’t last."

Justice Ginsburg Writes Blistering Dissent On Hobby Lobby

Justice Ginsburg Writes Blistering Dissent On Hobby Lobby

"Here are some of the best quotes from Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Hobby Lobby decision."

Karl Rove Continues To Conflate Birth Control With Abortion

Karl Rove Continues To Conflate Birth Control With Abortion

"Of course what Turdblossom and MacCallum failed to tell the audience is that themorning after pill and other methods of birth control the court ruled on today do not cause abortions."

The Time A Corporation Cited Religious Freedom As A Way To Avoid Desegregation | Right Wing Watch

The Time A Corporation Cited Religious Freedom As A Way To Avoid Desegregation | Right Wing Watch

"In her dissent in the Hobby Lobby case today, Justice Ginsburg mentioned a 1968 precedent in which the owner of a chain of barbecue restaurants in South Carolina "refused to serve black patrons based on his religious beliefs opposing racial integration"."

PERRspectives: Hobby Lobby and the Religious Freedom Frauds

PERRspectives: Hobby Lobby and the Religious Freedom Frauds

"But even more reprehensible than social conservatives' whining about the war against the separation of church and state they started is their transparent hypocrisy on the issue of religious liberty itself."

PERRspectives: Republicans Can't Quit Brownback Mountain

PERRspectives: Republicans Can't Quit Brownback Mountain

"For Republicans, it is the love that dare not speak its name. Tax cuts don't pay for themselves by generating economic growth so explosive that government revenues exceed the levels they would have otherwise reached. Ever since the Laffer Curve was first sketched on a napkin for the likes of Jack Kemp and Ronald Reagan, federal tax cuts have instead produced only record income inequality and mushrooming national debt. Nevertheless, GOP orthodoxy is unchanged, even as Governor Sam Brownback's tax cuts for the rich and small businesses truly are what's the matter with Kansas."

The Republican “rebrand” is officially dead, and Republicans killed it

The Republican “rebrand” is officially dead, and Republicans killed it

"Fittingly, this story of agonizing slow-motion political death begins with Mitt Romney. Back during the 2012 Republican primaries, when Mitt was still trying to prove that he was sufficiently conservative, he proposed “self-deportation” as a policy for dealing with undocumented immigration. It was one of those quintessentially Romney-esque moments that dogged him throughout the campaign. When Mitt ended up losing the Latino vote by 44 points, Republicans realized that being the party of “self-deportation” was not a viable option."

How One GOP-Controlled Committee Is Waging a War on Science

www.alternet.org/tea-party-and-right/how-one-gop-controlled-committee-waging-war-science
"The GOP’s relentless promotion of the fossil-fuel industry is undermining the nation's scientific credibility."

UPDATED: 10 Right-Wing Media Myths About The Hobby Lobby Case, Debunked

www.mediamatters.org/research/2014/05/23/9-right-wing-media-myths-about-the-hobby-lobby/199439
"Right-wing media continue to advance multiple myths to support the owners of Hobby Lobby, despite the fact that these arguments have been repeatedly debunked by legal experts, religious scholars, and medical professionals."

The Supreme Court Thinks Corporations Are People but Women Aren't

The Supreme Court Thinks Corporations Are People but Women Aren't

"As far as the Supreme Court is concerned, we're still in the 19th century when it comes to women's rights."

A Loss for Women Today in the High Court | Common Dreams

A Loss for Women Today in the High Court | Common Dreams

"The highest court in the country ruled today that it is acceptable for closely held corporations to use their religious beliefs to take away benefits guaranteed to their employees by law – something the Supreme Court has never before sanctioned. Everyone has the right to his or her religious beliefs, but those beliefs cannot be imposed on others."

Supreme Court Ruling a 'Slap in the Face' to Public Unions | Common Dreams

Supreme Court Ruling a 'Slap in the Face' to Public Unions | Common Dreams

"Conservative majority sides with anti-union groups, though it stops short of worst-case scenario"

Corporate Rights Trump Women's Health in Hobby Lobby Ruling | Common Dreams

Corporate Rights Trump Women's Health in Hobby Lobby Ruling | Common Dreams

"Defenders of women's health and reproductive freedom are reacting with anger to the U.S. Supreme Court's decision on Monday which ruled that an employer with religious objection can opt out of providing contraception coverage to their employees under the Affordable Care Act."

As Usual, SCOTUS Wingnuts Find The Answers They Wanted To Find

As Usual, SCOTUS Wingnuts Find The Answers They Wanted To Find

"And the extreme right wing, many years ago, decided they would work to convince their followers that a birth control pill is actually an abortion pill. Hey, it served their purpose -- as we saw with today's SCOTUS ruling."

June 29, 2014

Heading to the Beach? Know Which are the Cleanest and Which Are the Dirtiest

www.alternet.org/environment/check-water-quality-your-beach-swimming
"10% of U.S. beach waters fail to meet EPA’s safety standards, and some are downright filthy."

Five Things Huge Corporations Don't Want You To Know About Food - Truthloader

Fukishima: No End in Sight for Nuclear Meltdown | Interview with Paul Gunter of Beyond Nuclear

The Supreme Court’s baffling tech illiteracy is becoming a big problem

The Supreme Court’s baffling tech illiteracy is becoming a big problem

"If one thing was clear from decisions handed down this week, it's that SCOTUS is clueless on technology"

If You Have A Mother, This Map Will Enrage You

Vanden Heuvel Shuts Down 'Architect Of Catastrophe' Bill Kristol: Go 'Enlist In The Iraqi Army'

Vanden Heuvel Shuts Down 'Architect Of Catastrophe' Bill Kristol: Go 'Enlist In The Iraqi Army'

"The Nation's Katrina Vanden Heuvel on Sunday challenged neoconservative Weekly Standard Editor Bill Kristol to join the Iraqi Army if he felt so strongly about the U.S. taking more military action in the country in response to recent violence."

Darrell Issa Crashes and Burns When Pressed By CNN For The IRS Scandal Smoking Gun

www.politicususa.com/2014/06/29/darrell-issa-crashes-burns-pressed-cnn-irs-scandal-smoking-gun.html

"It was more than a year ago that the IRS didn’t just target conservative groups. They were examining both conservative and liberal groups. After the Citizens United decision, the IRS was flooded with applications for tax exempt status by conservative groups. The reason why these groups were flagged is because they were breaking the law by engaging in partisan political activities while claiming to be social welfare organizations.
The point of the Republican targeting of the IRS has always been to warn the agency to stay away from the conservative dark money groups. Republicans are trying to protect the power of right-wing billionaires to try secretly to buy elections.
There is no evidence to support what Issa is claiming, but there is plenty of evidence that Issa’s investigation is a politically motivated witch hunt. The real criminal here isn’t Lois Lerner. It’s Darrell Issa."

When Public Servants Demonize the Poor | Common Dreams

When Public Servants Demonize the Poor | Common Dreams

"I hope Arizona voters see Huppenthal for what he is — dangerous and wrong — and reject him. His defeat would send a strong message: Characterizing the poor as un-Christian is politically off limits."

June 28, 2014

President Obama Perfectly Mocks Over 5 Years of Republican Propaganda and Obstruction

www.forwardprogressives.com/president-obama-perfectly-mocks-5-years-republican-propaganda-obstruction/
"They’ve spent the last 5+ years selling their propaganda that any Republican who might dare work with President Obama is essentially a traitor to the United States.  He could give them 80 percent of what they wanted on an issue, and whichever Republicans sided with him would be immediately bashed by the tea party as R.I.N.O’s."

'People Make Up Our City': Why Seattle's $15 Minimum Wage Is a Sign of Things to Come

'People Make Up Our City': Why Seattle's $15 Minimum Wage Is a Sign of Things to Come

"For 100,000 working people in Seattle, a newly passed citywide minimum wage of $15 per hour will mean an increased standard of living - and recognition of their contributions to the local economy."

Immigration crisis coming to a head

The Racism Behind Boehner's Threats to Sue Obama

www.alternet.org/tea-party-and-right/racism-behind-boehners-threats-sue-obama
"This new attack by Boehner on Obama's legitimacy as president is nothing more than an extension of the earlier Republican Birther attack."

Poll: Conservatives say poor “have it easy”

Virginia GOP fights Medicaid expansion

Put Your Money Where Your Earth Is | Common Dreams

Put Your Money Where Your Earth Is | Common Dreams

"Could financial markets play a role in curbing climate change? Two former U.S. Treasury secretaries seem to think so."

Is immigration reform dead?

Michigan Republican Wants Voters To Ignore His Weird Sexual Fetish And Elect Him Anyway

www.addictinginfo.org/2014/06/28/exfelon-candidate/
"Jordan Haskins wants Michigan voters to know that he has put his past behind him, and is ready to serve. The 24-year-old, running as a Republican for Michigan’s 95th district state House seat, is a felon, who has served time in two states. According to mlive.com, Haskins’ crimes include things such as breaking and entering, trespassing, and destruction of property. But, by Haskins’ own admission, his criminal past, which includes prison time in North Carolina and Michigan, is related to something known as "cranking"."

Three Crazy Stories That PROVE The GOP Is Going Off The Deep End

Are Colorado Republicans Insane?

Are Colorado Republicans Insane?

"This is why there should be a Great Wall between church and state that is impenetrable. This guy is a nut. He makes Rafael Cruz look sane. And he's now a Republican candidate for state office in Colorado."

Here's The Republican Scandal Machine In 10 Easy Steps

June 27, 2014

Virginia GOPers Illegally Enter Gov's Office In Quest To Block Medicaid Expansion

Virginia GOPers Illegally Enter Gov's Office In Quest To Block Medicaid Expansion

"The trick is, Gov. Terry McAuliffe only has so long to examine the budget, and the Republicans are doing what is called "upping the ante." This involves illegal entry into the governor's office, and then acting all shocked and amazed that the governor noticed!"

The State of Voting in 2014

The State of Voting in 2014

"As we approach the 2014 election, America is still in the midst of a high-pitched and often highly partisan battle over voting rights. On one side are politicians passing laws and executive actions that would make it harder for many citizens to vote. This started after the 2010 midterm elections, when new state legislative majorities pushed a wave of laws cracking down on voting. On the other side are groups of voters and advocates pushing back — in the legislatures, at the ballot box, and especially in the courts."

Keystone permit about to expire in South Dakota

Conservative media drives Boehner’s threat to sue Obama

‘Our oceans are sick’

SWAT Teams Claim 'Corporate' Exemption From Public Scrutiny | Common Dreams

SWAT Teams Claim 'Corporate' Exemption From Public Scrutiny | Common Dreams

"Operators of Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) teams comprised of tax payer-funded police and sheriffs in Massachusetts claim they are immune to public records requests about deadly force, incident reports, and more because they are private "corporations"."


Court not swayed by violent threat to clinics

Women’s clinics regroup on safety after court ruling

John Boehner Caught Blatantly Lying About Job Creation by Fact Checking Site

www.forwardprogressives.com/john-boehner-caught-blatantly-lying-job-creation-fact-checking-site/
"Boehner said, “The nearly six-year delay in approving Keystone is costing Americans more than 100,000 jobs and nearly a million barrels of oil a day.” Now, I can’t really comment about the “million barrels of oil a day” claim, but I do know that the oil that would be carried by the pipeline isn’t coming through the United States to make us energy independent. It’s going to be taken and sold on the global market to the highest bidder. Besides, it’s not American oil. It’s Canadian. But as far as the claim of “100,000 jobs,” that’s complete nonsense. Boehner pulled this off a 2011 study that even TransCanada, the company building the pipeline, calls irrelevant."

Why Tennessee is the most corrupt state in the union

Why Tennessee is the most corrupt state in the union

"In general, corruption’s deleterious effect on public policy is a serious problem — and not just a purely political problem either. It is a destructive force that can make or break an entire local economy."

Source: Mississippi Tea Party Figure Charged With Election Stunt Kills Himself

Source: Mississippi Tea Party Figure Charged With Election Stunt Kills Himself

"Mark Mayfield of Ridgeland, an attorney and state and local tea party leader, was arrested last month along with Richard Sager, a Laurel elementary school P.E. teacher and high school soccer coach. Police said they also charged John Beachman Mary of Hattiesburg, but he was not taken into custody because of "extensive medical conditions." All face felony conspiracy charges. Sager also was charged with felony tampering with evidence, and Mary faces two conspiracy counts."

To My Fellow Zillionaires: I See Pitchforks

To My Fellow Zillionaires: I See Pitchforks

"And so I have a message for my fellow filthy rich, for all of us who live in our gated bubble worlds: Wake up, people. It won’t last.
If we don’t do something to fix the glaring inequities in this economy, the pitchforks are going to come for us. No society can sustain this kind of rising inequality. In fact, there is no example in human history where wealth accumulated like this and the pitchforks didn’t eventually come out. You show me a highly unequal society, and I will show you a police state. Or an uprising. There are no counterexamples. None. It’s not if, it’s when."

The Ultra-Right-Wing State Nobody Mentions

The Ultra-Right-Wing State Nobody Mentions

"The national media should call the politics, governors and legislatures of Indiana, what they are: archconservative. Indiana should be spoken of in the same way that Wisconsin, Arizona and Texas are. The state should be seen as deeply anti-immigrant, institutionally racist, anti-poor, corporatist, privateering, anti-choice and conservative. Indiana, in fact, has been at the forefront of the conservative agenda in the states, and it should be known as such to the rest of the nation."

USA Advances To Round Of 16: Survives 'Group Of Death'

USA Advances To Round Of 16: Survives 'Group Of Death'

"USA advances out of the group of death by finishing second in points and will no make it to the round of 16 for the second straight World Cup."

Inside Moral Mondays

Behind the Color Line: Moral Mondays

Supreme Court Throws Out Abortion Clinic Sidewalk Buffer Zones, Saying Free Speech Includes Bullying Women

www.alternet.org/civil-liberties/supreme-court-throws-out-abortion-clinic-sidewalk-buffer-zones-saying-free-speech
"Chief Justice John Roberts writes another opinion for the religious right."

Wendy Davis one year later

June 26, 2014

Massachusetts SWAT Teams Insist They’re Private Corporations With No Public Accountability

www.addictinginfo.org/2014/06/26/massachusetts-swat-corporation/
"You see, it’s expensive for every department to have its own SWAT team so several departments pool their resources and create what is called a “law enforcement council” or LEC. This is not an unreasonable idea. BUT! Some of these LECs are incorporated (presumably for tax purposes) and, according to them, that means they are a private entity that is not accountable to the public. I can’t imagine it would take much for these LECs to take the next logical step and become for-profit entities with private ownership."

Current House: Least productive ever?

SCOTUS ruling dooms abortion clinic “buffers”

Arkansas GOP Official Resigns After Saying Hillary 'Would Get Shot At The State Line'

Arkansas GOP Official Resigns After Saying Hillary 'Would Get Shot At The State Line'

When asked by Dave Catanese of US News & World Report how Hillary Clinton would fare in Arkansas if she pursued the presidency in 2016, 2nd Congressional District chairman Johnny Rhoda told U.S. News, "She'd probably get shot at the state line."

John Boehner won’t answer his favorite question

Right-wing smear machine hits a snag

Companies work to raise the wage

Looks Like Colorado Springs Will Send The Very First Exorcist To State House

Looks Like Colorado Springs Will Send The Very First Exorcist To State House

"Just let that sink in: a man who thinks that "Obamacare causes cancer," that the Bible commands people to own guns in order to "defend themselves against left wing crazies," and that the FCC is allowing demonic spirits to "molest and visually rape your children" is now a Republican candidate for office"

The Reality Is That There Is No Difference Between Republican and Tea Party Candidates

www.politicususa.com/2014/06/26/reality-difference-republican-tea-party-candidates.html
"There may be “moderate” Republicans in Congress and state legislatures, but they are few and far between and for the most part are not what reasonable Americans would consider “moderate” at all. Republicans may appear moderate to garner electoral support during election years, but when it comes time to cast their votes, they are as extreme as the teabaggers and it is time to call the entire Republican Party what it really is; an anti-American and anti-government extremist sect."

Wacko Alert!

Wacko Alert!

"And somebody is making money off of this" Another right wing conspiracy theory. Disgusting!

Ark. GOP Official Resigns After Saying Hillary Clinton Would “Probably Get Shot At The State Line”

www.freakoutnation.com/2014/06/26/ark-gop-official-resigns-after-saying-hillary-clinton-would-probably-get-shot-at-the-state-line/
"The Arkansas GOP official who said Hillary Clinton would “probably get shot at the state line” if she returned as a presidential candidate has resigned."

Rafael Cruz Preaches Seven Mountains Theology, Tells Activists To 'Stop Electing The Village Idiot' | Right Wing Watch

Rafael Cruz Preaches Seven Mountains Theology, Tells Activists To 'Stop Electing The Village Idiot' | Right Wing Watch

"Rafael Cruz, the father of Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and a regular campaign surrogate, delivered his usual stump speech at today’s Road to Majority summit, filled with David Barton-inspired pseudo-history and Christian Nationalism. Echoing Barton, Cruz preached Seven Mountains Dominionism, which as we have noted in the past seeks to give right-wing Christians authority “over the seven forces that shape and control our culture: (1) Business; (2) Government; (3) Media; (4) Arts and Entertainment; (5) Education; (6) Family; and (7) Religion.”
While preaching against the separation of church and state and the supposed “onslaught against Christianity and against righteousness” in American culture, Cruz said the church should have “an influence upon every area of society.”

Watch This Fox Host Push Four Myths About Hobby Lobby In 17 Seconds

www.mediamatters.org/blog/2014/06/25/watch-this-fox-host-push-four-myths-about-hobby/199885
"Fox News host Martha MacCallum described the pending Hobby Lobby case -- a challenge to the Affordable Care Act's requirement that all employer-sponsored health insurance cover contraceptives as part of preventive services -- by repeating four right-wing media myths in the span of 17 seconds."

Why Do Right-Wing Christians Think 'Religious Freedom' Means Forcing Their Faith on You?

www.alternet.org/belief/why-do-right-wing-christians-think-religious-freedom-means-forcing-their-faith-you
"While it seems like a leap even for the most delusional conservatives to believe that their religious freedom can only be protected by giving Christians broad power to force their faith on others, a new report from the People For the American Way shows how the narrative is constructed. The report shows that Christian conservative circles have become awash in legends of being persecuted for their faith, stories that invariably turn out to be nonsense but that “serve to bolster a larger story, that of a majority religious group in American society becoming a persecuted minority, driven underground in its own country.” This sense of persecution, in turn, gives them justification to push their actual agenda of religious repression under the guise that they’re just protecting themselves."

Gordon Klingenschmitt, The Demon-Obsessed Anti-Gay Exorcist, Wins GOP Primary In Colorado | Right Wing Watch

Gordon Klingenschmitt, The Demon-Obsessed Anti-Gay Exorcist, Wins GOP Primary In Colorado | Right Wing Watch

"Just let that sink in: a man who thinks that "Obamacare causes cancer," that the Bible commands people to own guns in order to "defend themselves against left wing crazies," and that the FCC is allowing demonic spirits to "molest and visually rape your children" is now a Republican candidate for office"

Rise of a right-wing quack: Faux-historian David Barton’s shocking new influence

Rise of a right-wing quack: Faux-historian David Barton’s shocking new influence

"David Barton -- Glenn Beck's favorite "historian" -- is a discredited fraud. Which makes his new ascent terrifying"

Darrell Issa On DREAMers: Deport Them!

Darrell Issa On DREAMers: Deport Them!

"We agree that the whole GOP rebranding thing is deader than a doornail, right? And because it's dead, Republican lawmakers are scurrying like cockroaches to hate on all people who are present in this country because their parents brought them here."

Conservatives, Conspiracies and a Republican Party that’s Always Crying Wolf

www.forwardprogressives.com/conservatives-conspiracies-republican-party-whos-always-crying-wolf/
"Ever since President Obama was first elected it’s been a near endless stream of right-wing conspiracies and nonsense.  It’s reached such a point that conservatives, and the Republican party, have essentially become the “boy” who cried wolf. They’ve lied, blatantly misinformed and perpetuated so many ridiculous ideas that it’s impossible for any non-conservative Americans to take anything they say seriously."

Bjorn Lomborg Is Part Of The Koch Network — And Cashing In

www.thinkprogress.org/climate/2014/06/25/3453053/koch-bjorn-lomborg-lousy-t-shirt/
"So Bjorn Lomborg is funded by foundations that are part of the Kochtopus empire of influence. And Lomborg is a big-time pundit who argues for inaction on climate change, who pens pieces like “The Poor Need Cheap Fossil Fuels,” and who asserts “global warming has mostly been a net benefit so far” and will be for decades.
Coincidence? You be the judge — preferably not a Kochtopus-educated one."

How Republicans Made Congress Stupid

www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/how-republicans-made-congress-stupid
"A debilitating brain drain has actually been under way in Congress for the past twenty-five years, and it is Sensenbrenner and his conservative colleagues who have engineered it."

IRS scandal gets the Jon Stewart treatment

Evil Billionaire Brothers Don't Even Bother Hiding Anymore

Don’t Forget Butterflies! Our Pollination Crisis Is About More Than Honeybees

www.thinkprogress.org/climate/2014/06/25/3447062/pollination-crisis-honeybees/
"While the plight of bees has gotten deserved attention of late, many species of pollinators face the same threats: habitat destruction, climate-induced changes in flowering and weather patterns, and in some cases, pesticides."

Leaks from Keystone One raise serious concerns

Fighting to save American steel Jobs

Cavuto Gets Into Shouting Match With Bachmann Over Boehner Lawsuit And Threat To Defund Executive Branch

Cavuto Gets Into Shouting Match With Bachmann Over Boehner Lawsuit And Threat To Defund Executive Branch

"So, just how crazy do you have to be to in order be too crazy for Fox's Neil Cavuto? This crazy..."

June 25, 2014

Police Can't Search Cell Phones Without a Warrant: SCOTUS | Common Dreams

Police Can't Search Cell Phones Without a Warrant: SCOTUS | Common Dreams

"In what is being heralded as a landmark ruling for civil rights, the United States Supreme Court decided Wednesday that police can not search the mobile phones of people under arrest without a warrant."

How the Iraq War Launched the Modern Era of Political BS

www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/06/iraq-war-wmds-saddam-political-unreason
"The role of Fox News. In a pioneering study that laid the groundwork for much future work, the Program on International Policy Attitudes at the University of Maryland used a series of post-Iraq War polls (conducted from June through September in 2003) to analyze the the preponderance of false beliefs about the war. The study first defined three clear falsehoods: (1) real evidence linking Iraq and Al Qaeda had been uncovered; (2) WMD had been discovered in Iraq following the US invasion; and (3) global public opinion was in favor of the US invasion. Then, it examined the likelihood of holding such incorrect beliefs based upon a person's political party affiliation and habits of news consumption.
Fox viewers led the way in embracing these false assertions, with 80 percent of them believing at least one of the three. For consumers of both NPR and PBS, in contrast, only 23 percent believed one or more of these pro-war myths."

Fox News Host Rips Michele Bachmann Apart For Being A ‘Silly’ Hypocrite (VIDEO)

www.addictinginfo.org/2014/06/25/bachmann-silly/
"It’s actually hard to contain your laughter when Bachmann says “the American people are absolutely outraged.” Take note, Congresswoman: an extremist fraction of the Republican Party is not “the American People.” And being outraged over something they clearly don’t understand doesn’t constitute a real “outrage."."

Mitch McConnell is ‘Irritated’ Because Everyone in Kentucky Hates His Bridge To Poverty Plan

www.politicususa.com/2014/06/25/conservatives-reject-mitch-mcconnells-screw-workers-build-bridge-proposal.html
"McConnell’s political problems don’t end with the fact that he has nothing to offer but the same failed philosophy that killing jobs and reducing wages benefits everyone."

Fox News’ Lauren Ashburn Says It’s Not Fair to Blame Fox News for Misinformation

www.politicususa.com/2014/06/23/fox-news-lauren-ashburn-fair-blame-fox-news-misinformation.html
"it is hardly surprising that a network that prefers lies to facts would shy away from taking responsibility for those lies when, inevitably, they are questioned."

Fox News Contributor Whines ‘It’s Just Not Fair’ to Hold Network Accountable for Conspiracy Theories (Video)

www.forwardprogressives.com/fox-news-contributor-whines-not-fair-hold-network-accountable-conspiracy-theories/
"This is a reality Ms. Ashburn seems unable to grasp. Then again, this is the same woman who found the need to attack President Obama for being a good father just a few months back, so her stupidity shouldn’t come as a surprise."

It’s Time We Investigate Darrell Issa’s Unethical Behavior After He Admits He’s Corrupt (Video)

www.forwardprogressives.com/time-investigate-darrell-issas-unethical-behavior-admits-hes-corrupt/
"So here we have the Committee Chairman Darrell Issa admitting that this isn’t any kind of investigation into the truth. Nope. It’s a partisan witch hunt set out to “prove” the asinine conspiracy theories that he wants to be real."

There is no Internet 'Outrage Machine' – Just These Outrageous Rape Apologists

www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/there-no-internet-outrage-machine-just-these-outrageous-rape-apologists
"Hey, conservative columnists: don't court controversy by whining about 'privileged' victims and then feign surprise at the backlash. Your time's up."

6 Ways Obama Will Give Stressed Out Working Parents Some Relief

www.thinkprogress.org/economy/2014/06/24/3452343/working-families-summit/
"On Monday, the White House convened the first-ever Summit on Working Families, a day-long event with break-out sessions and speakers that included the president himself."

Conservatives Are Sacrificing Scott Walker for a Higher Cause

www.newrepublic.com/article/118348/scott-walker-campaign-finance-scandal-serving-higher-purpose
They want to eradicate fundraising restrictions—even if it costs the governor his job

June 24, 2014

PERRspectives: U.S. Gets Burned by Bush's Man in Baghdad, Nouri al-Maliki

PERRspectives: U.S. Gets Burned by Bush's Man in Baghdad, Nouri al-Maliki

"On December 14, 2008, President George W. Bush and Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki signed the status of forces agreement (SOFA) under which American military forces would leave Iraq by the end of 2011. But at their press conference announcing the SOFA, an Iraqi journalist hurled his shoes at Bush's head, shouting "This is a gift from the Iraqis; this is the farewell kiss, you dog"!"

New bill would force Congress to vote on Iraq

Women’s voting clout forces rights issues

Meet the Guy Stealing Your Retirement Savings Right Under Your Nose

www.alternet.org/economy/meet-guy-stealing-your-retirement-savings-right-under-your-nose
"Don't let your broker enjoy comfortable retirement with your money."

A Secret Plan to Close Social Security’s Offices and Outsource Its Work | Common Dreams

A Secret Plan to Close Social Security’s Offices and Outsource Its Work | Common Dreams

"Despite the fact that a Democratic president is running the executive branch, the Social Security Administration appears to be accepting the harsh budget cuts imposed upon it by Congress with an air of surprising passivity. This is puzzling. Social Security is an enormously successful and popular program. Historically only conservative Republicans have urged cuts to its administrative budget. Those cuts are already frustrating the public and undermining public confidence in the program."

Ohio’s War On Women Isn’t Slowing Down Anytime Soon

www.thinkprogress.org/health/2014/06/23/3451773/ohio-war-on-women/
"Over the past several years, Ohio has enacted some of the most restrictive anti-abortion legislation in the nation. And the anti-choice community is showing no signs of stopping."

How the American family has changed

Net Neutrality's Impact on Free Speech | Common Dreams

Net Neutrality's Impact on Free Speech | Common Dreams

"Last month, the FCC released its proposal detailing how it intends to protect Net Neutrality in the wake of the court ruling that overturned its Open Internet Order."

Why don’t more millennials vote?

Republican Senate Candidate Signs Koch Pledge, Abruptly Changes His Tune On Climate Change

www.thinkprogress.org/climate/2014/06/24/3452603/rubens-koch-pledge/
"He’s the only Republican running for Senate who mentions climate change on his website. He used to support a carbon tax, and actually talks about conservative climate change solutions. Then, Jim Rubens signed the Koch brothers’ pledge not to do anything about it."

Global Report on 'Neonicotinoid Disaster' a 'Wake-Up Call' to Save the Bees, say Groups | Common Dreams

Global Report on 'Neonicotinoid Disaster' a 'Wake-Up Call' to Save the Bees, say Groups | Common Dreams

"analysis based on 800 peer-reviewed reports, the Worldwide Integrated Assessment of the Impact of Systemic Pesticides on Biodiversity and Ecosystems (WIA), puts a spotlight on neonicotinoids, or "neonics," whose use they say poses a threat to global biodiversity."

Report: World's Oceans on Brink of Collapse | Common Dreams

Report: World's Oceans on Brink of Collapse | Common Dreams

"Neglecting the health of the oceans could have devastating effects on the world's food supply, clean air, and climate stability, among other factors."

Report: Ignoring climate change will cost billions

Republicans rally to defend Gov. Scott Walker

Third world country within US borders

Senate Democrats Re-up Their Dark-Money Disclosure Bill—and Dare GOPers to Block It

www.motherjones.com/mojo/2014/06/senate-disclose-act-dark-money-mitch-mcconnell
"The bad news: The new DISCLOSE Act is likely going nowhere. Senate Republicans, rallied by Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), have blocked earlier iterations of the DISCLOSE Act since 2010. McConnell, currently a foe of campaign finance limits, will no doubt fight the new legislation. It is almost guaranteed the bill will not secure the 60 votes needed to overcome a filibuster."

Arizona Chamber of Commerce drops plan to honor school chief after he's exposed as online creep

www.dailykos.com/story/2014/06/21/1308619/-Arizona-Chamber-of-Commerce-drops-plan-to-honor-school-chief-after-he-s-exposed-as-online-creep
"Last week, Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal admitted that he frequently blogs at both liberal and conservative websites. He often writes as "Thucydides," a historian sockpuppet who frequently defends the policies of one John Huppenthal, such as his key role in banning textbooks from Tucson's ethnic studies program."

Arizona GOPer: 'We All Need To Stomp Out' Spanish TV Stations, Newspapers

www.talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/arizona-huppenthal-stomp-out-spanish
"More anonymous online posts have been attributed to the Arizona Republican who's spent years as a prolific and provocative commenter on local political blogs."

Southern GOPer Says Only Christians Should be Protected by Constitution

www.alternet.org/southern-goper-says-only-christians-should-be-protected-constitution
"Loudermilk and Hice, of course, are seeking to succeed Phil Gingrey and Paul Broun, respectively, in the House. So the sanity threshold is set pretty low."

Mississippi, dependent on federal largess, murders their cash cow today

www.dailykos.com/story/2014/06/24/1309270/-Mississippi-dependent-on-federal-largess-murders-their-cash-cow-today
"Mississippi is one of those welfare states—states that receive more in federal money than it sends back to Washington in tax receipts. In fact, Mississippi ranks first in receiving federal largess.
The money comes in the form of farm subsidies, military spending, anti-poverty aid and retirement programs. As one of (if not THE) nation's poorest states, Mississippi is dependent on the feds for an astonishing 45.84 percent of revenues. Without the feds, Mississippi is a third-world country."

Chris McDaniel Closes Out Senate Race By Campaigning With Bryan Fischer And Wayne Allyn Root | Right Wing Watch

Chris McDaniel Closes Out Senate Race By Campaigning With Bryan Fischer And Wayne Allyn Root | Right Wing Watch

"Republican Senate candidate Chris McDaniel spent this weekend rolling around Mississippi on the Tea Party Express bus, along with a motley assortment of fringe right-wing extremists."

David Gregory Allows Rand Paul's Debunked Benghazi Lies To Go Unchallenged

David Gregory Allows Rand Paul's Debunked Benghazi Lies To Go Unchallenged

"From this Sunday's Meet the Press, host David Gregory once again proves himself to be about as useful as a potted plant when Republicans come on his show and tell already debunked lies"

Moral Movement Launches 'Freedom Summer' in North Carolina | Common Dreams

Moral Movement Launches 'Freedom Summer' in North Carolina | Common Dreams

"Protesters who for over a year have railed against the "extremist" policies of the North Carolina legislature are now bringing their fight to the voting booth as the movement known as Moral Mondays launched a bold initiative to get-out-the-vote this week."

Fifty Years After Freedom Summer, the Voting Rights Act Is Needed More Than Ever | The Nation

Fifty Years After Freedom Summer, the Voting Rights Act Is Needed More Than Ever | The Nation

"New restrictions will be in place for the first time in fifteen states in the 2014 election. All across the country, we’re seeing the most significant push to restrict voting rights since Reconstruction.
Partisanship is a strong motivating factor for the voting changes—GOP legislatures or governors enacted eighteen of the twenty-two new restrictions.
So is race. According to the Brennan Center: “Of the 11 states with the highest African-American turnout in 2008, 7 have new restrictions in place. Of the 12 states with the largest Hispanic population growth between 2000 and 2010, 9 passed laws making it harder to vote.”
These disturbing facts suggest that the strong protections of the VRA are still needed. Nearly two-thirds of the states previously covered under Section 4 of the VRA, nine in fifteen, passed new voting restrictions since 2010.
Take another look at the maps above. You’ll see that the South continues to restrict voting rights more aggressively than anywhere else in the country."

Election Rigging, Dark Money in Cantor's 'Upset' Loss to Koch Stealth Candidate

Election Rigging, Dark Money in Cantor's 'Upset' Loss to Koch Stealth Candidate

"The first alarm is the hidden connection that Professor David Brat's victory had to the Koch Brothers dark money network: hundreds of millions of dollars in "charitable contributions" to inoculate American academic institutions and media with extremist libertarian philosophy, promoting the Ayn Randian culture of greed while boosting radical Tea Party candidates. The net effect has been to undermine the civility of American politics, divide the Republican Party, stalemate Congress and hobble government institutions."

Racist tactic emerges in GOP primary fight

Contentious GOP primary consistently weird

The 7 craziest right-wing conspiracy theories involving America and concentration camps

The 7 craziest right-wing conspiracy theories involving America and concentration camps

"in the past few years, thanks in large part to Fox News host turned conservative media mogul Glenn Beck, specters of concentration camps have started turning up everywhere a conservative looks, from climate change resolutions to census forms to job postings."

Democrats help extremist to set up GOP failure

Rand Paul Blames Dick Cheney For Iraq Crisis

Rand Paul Blames Dick Cheney For Iraq Crisis

"History tells us that the lying warmongers were wrong on every count and we are still paying a price on those lies."

Arctic ice melt forces change to world atlases

Conservatives Hate The Idea Of The Commons – They Want Everything To Be In Corporate Hands

www.addictinginfo.org/2014/06/20/new-sagebrush-rebellion/
"Are we surprised that the Americans for Prosperity, is partially financed by the Koch brothers, is a Bronze Member of ALC?"

Jindal riles up the ‘radical right’

Fighting to save the future of American Steel

June 23, 2014

The Future Of Solar Technology Could Be As Thin And Flexible As A Piece Of Paper

www.thinkprogress.org/climate/2014/06/23/3451684/future-of-solar-technology/
"Unlike traditional silicon solar cells, used in rooftop solar panels and large-scale solar farms, OPVs use organic semiconductors — made from plastics and other flexible materials — and are much lighter, more flexible and less expensive."

“A crisis we can’t ignore”: Former Bush Treasury secretary Hank Paulson warns of the coming “climate crash”

“A crisis we can’t ignore”: Former Bush Treasury secretary Hank Paulson warns of the coming “climate crash”

"But just to reach this point — where people on both sides of the political divide stop fighting over whether or not climate change is happening and move on to debating about what’s to be done — is momentous, as is Paulson’s public declaration that climate change is "the challenge of our time"."

How Rupert Murdoch created the world’s newest climate change villain

How Rupert Murdoch created the world’s newest climate change villain

"Australia was once a leader on climate action. Thanks to American conservative powerhouses, that's no longer true"

Far right’s “monstruous” lies: Palin, Limbaugh and Medicaid fight in Virginia

Far right’s “monstruous” lies: Palin, Limbaugh and Medicaid fight in Virginia

"The willingness to concoct, promulgate and defend lies like these is amoral enough. That they’re intended to restrict healthcare access to people who really need it is just monstrous. And you get very little sense that conservatives care or even recognize this for the problem that it is."

Grand Old (white) Party: How Republicans just blew a shot to broaden their reach

Grand Old (white) Party: How Republicans just blew a shot to broaden their reach

"And as the nation becomes increasingly brown and the rainbow coalition that twice elected Barack Obama continues to reflect a sea-change of progressive, liberal attitudes, the Grand Old Party remains overwhelmingly white, dominated by men so intent on maintaining power that they refuse to see the coming of the tide."

6 Despicable Right-Wing Outrages This Week—The War on Women Rages On

www.alternet.org/tea-party-and-right/6-despicable-right-wing-outrages-week-war-women-rages
"George Will stumbles around defending his controversial rape column and pretty much says the same thing all over again."

Bobby Jindahl Promotes 'A Hostile Takeover' Of Washington D.C.

Bobby Jindahl Promotes 'A Hostile Takeover' Of Washington D.C.

"This is truly nutty stuff coming out of Louisiana's governor. Comments like this are usually made by the Posse Comitatus and the Christian Identity movement. Instead of sounding like an elected public official, Gov. Jindal sounded an awful lot like Jerad and Amanda Miller, the husband and wife team responsible for the Las Vegas shooting spree designed to bring on the coming revolution."

June 21, 2014

Private Wealth, Public Squalor: America’s Dilemma | Common Dreams

Private Wealth, Public Squalor: America’s Dilemma | Common Dreams

"Profits are at record heights and wages near record lows as a portion of the economy. CEO pay soars to new heights. The wealthiest 1 percent pockets nearly all of the nation’s income growth, while typical household income continues to decline."

How Eating Broccoli Can Protect You from Air Pollution Dangers -- Study Reveals Surprising Results

www.alternet.org/environment/how-eating-broccoli-can-protect-you-air-pollution-dangers-study-reveals-surprising
"Daily consumption of broccoli can go a long way in protecting people from the harmful effects of air pollution, a study from Johns Hopkins University has found."

Credit Rating Industry Dodges Reforms, Despite Role in Financial Meltdown

Credit Rating Industry Dodges Reforms, Despite Role in Financial Meltdown

"Undeserved triple-A credit ratings were one of the major accelerators of the financial meltdown of 2007 and 2008. Wall Street firms created wildly complex securities based on junk subprime mortgages and sold them to pension funds, insurance companies and other Wall Street banks because they carried the golden seal — AAA."

Combat Veteran and Military Historian Tells Bill Moyers, "No Way" Do We Go Back into Iraq

www.alternet.org/world/combat-veteran-and-military-historian-tells-bill-moyers-no-way-do-we-go-back-iraq
"This week, Bill speaks with combat veteran and historian Andrew Bacevich about the events unfolding in Iraq and what they say about America’s role in the world in a two-part interview."

Rand Paul Blames Dick Cheney For Iraq Crisis

Rand Paul Blames Dick Cheney For Iraq Crisis

"Adding, “And what’s going on now — I don’t blame on President Obama,” he said."

Women’s voting power changes candidate’s mind

Massachusetts Passes The Highest State Minimum Wage In The Country

www.thinkprogress.org/economy/2014/06/19/3450807/massachusetts-minimum-wage-11/
"On Wednesday night, the Massachusetts House passed a bill that will raise the state’s minimum wage to $11 an hour by 2017. The Senate already passed that wage level, and after a procedural vote there it will head to Gov. Deval Patrick (D), who is expected to sign it into law."

New problems for Gov. Scott Walker

Focus on rebuilding America, not engaging overseas

Conservatives’ critical take on same-sex marriage

Former PA Health Employees: We Were Told Not To Talk About Fracking Illnesses

Former PA Health Employees: We Were Told Not To Talk About Fracking Illnesses

"Pennsylvania, land of ethical giants! Nice corrupt little relationship the Corbett administration has with the fracking industry, don't you think?"

Kevin McCarthy’s Rise to Majority Leader Is Great News For The Polluting Koch Brothers

www.politicususa.com/2014/06/21/kevin-mccarthys-rise-majority-leader-great-news-polluting-koch-brothers.html
"McCarthy will hardly take any steps to help low-wage workers or create jobs nationally when he adamantly opposes a major job creation project in his home state and congressional district, and there is good reason why. McCarthy is an adamant foe of California’s high speed rail (HSR) project like his cohorts in the House because, as a typical Republican, he is beholden to the oil industry and counts among his top ten campaign contributors Chevron and Occidental Petroleum. California’s oil and gas producers are already drawing up a list of favors the new Majority Leader owes them as recompense and it includes killing jobs for Californians."

Invest in clean energy in America

Utah Utility Cuts Deal For 20 Years Of Solar Power Because It’s The Cheapest Option

www.thinkprogress.org/climate/2014/06/20/3451429/utah-solar-purpa/
"Boston-based renewable energy company First Wind just finalized agreements to provide a Utah utility with 320 megawatts of solar capacity for the next two decades. And the circumstances of the contracts are yet another example of how falling solar prices are reshaping the market."

June 20, 2014

Judith Miller Wants The Media To Leave Poor Dick Cheney Alone

Judith Miller Wants The Media To Leave Poor Dick Cheney Alone

"Miller was a willing participant in selling the lies, not just some impartial observer. It would be "helpful" if any of the ones who lied us into invading Iraq were actually held accountable for their actions. It would be "helpful" if Faux "news" were taken off the air and no longer allowed to spread right wing propaganda and the opportunity to attempt to rehabilitate former Cheney stenographers like Judith Miller."

Pennsylvania Instructed Its Employees To Ignore Residents Sickened By Drilling

www.thinkprogress.org/climate/2014/06/20/3451311/pennsylvania-frack-gag-health/
"The Pennsylvania Department of Health’s hostility to examining the health effects of fracking is just the latest development in a series of policies and laws that make it easier to make money from fracking — at the expense of public health. For instance, a Pennsylvania law makes it illegal for doctors to tell their patients which fracking chemicals are poisoning them, to protect the secret blends they inject into the earth."

US civil rights legacy tested 50 years after ‘Freedom Summer’

‘Constitutional cop-out’ by Congress on Iraq

Scott Walker: The Karl Rove, 'Secret Email,' 'Criminal Scheme' Candidate | Common Dreams

Scott Walker: The Karl Rove, 'Secret Email,' 'Criminal Scheme' Candidate | Common Dreams

"Even worse for a governor who has already had to try an explain away highly´controversial emails from former aides, as well as the investigations, prosecutions and convictions of aides, appointees, allies and campaign donors, are the actual details of the documents that were ordered unsealed by Federal Appeals Judge Frank Easterbrook."

Liberal Group: Sheldon Adelson Illegally Gave $1M To Pro-Corbett PAC

Liberal Group: Sheldon Adelson Illegally Gave $1M To Pro-Corbett PAC

"an Adelson contribution of nearly $1 million ended up in Corbett's campaign account, in violation of the state gaming law's prohibition of casino owners giving political contributions in Pennsylvania."

Bradley Foundation Bankrolled Groups Pushing Back on Scott Walker John Doe Criminal Probe

Bradley Foundation Bankrolled Groups Pushing Back on Scott Walker John Doe Criminal Probe

"The Bradley Foundation ties to Walker and others under investigation run deep."

Scott Walker accused of ‘criminal scheme’

Bridgegate still haunting Chris Christie

You Might Be Able To Sign Up For Obamacare This Summer

www.thinkprogress.org/health/2014/06/19/3450831/obamacare-special-enrollment/
"Anyone who experiences a “life-changing event” — graduating from college and losing a student health plan, moving to a new home, getting married, having or adopting a baby, or turning 26 years old — may be eligible to enroll in a new marketplace plan even before the next enrollment period starts in the fall. They can take advantage of what’s called Special Enrollment."

Scott Walker under investigation

Food fight for GMO labeling

June 19, 2014

Chris McDaniel's Shady Racist Friends Hosted Heritage Hater Brigitte Gabriel

Chris McDaniel's Shady Racist Friends Hosted Heritage Hater Brigitte Gabriel

"With the Mississippi runoff right around the corner, TeaBircher Chris McDaniel's racist associations are coming sharply into focus."

Scott Walker Is A Crook, Just Like You Always Thought | Common Dreams

Scott Walker Is A Crook, Just Like You Always Thought | Common Dreams

"With prosecutors reportedly likewise closing in on Chris Christie, it could be tough for the GOP to find any unindicted presidential candidates."

Governor Scott Walker Accused Of ‘Criminal Scheme’

www.thinkprogress.org/election/2014/06/19/3451197/scott-walker-illegal-coordination/
"Prosecutors allege Walker was part of a “criminal scheme” to circumvent state election laws."

Sources: Prosecutor Closing In On Chris Christie

Sources: Prosecutor Closing In On Chris Christie

"There's so much dirt there, and investigators have been patiently sifting. Looks like they have enough to start bringing indictments"

16 Wacky Ideas In The Texas Republican Party’s New Platform

www.thinkprogress.org/justice/2014/06/19/3450942/xx-wacky-ideas-in-the-texas-republican-partys-new-platform/
"Immigrants, gay people, children, minority voters, the environment, elderly Americans and, of course, President Obama, are the big losers in the Texas Republican Party’s 2014 platform. Meanwhile, rich taxpayers, conspiracy theorists and Wall Street make out like gangbusters."

Judge Strikes Down NC GOP's Effort To Silence Moral Monday Protesters

Judge Strikes Down NC GOP's Effort To Silence Moral Monday Protesters

"North Carolina Republicans must be shocked -- SHOCKED -- to discover that the First Amendment doesn't just apply to them!"

Prosecutors Allege Gov. Scott Walker At Heart Of 'Criminal Scheme'

Prosecutors Allege Gov. Scott Walker At Heart Of 'Criminal Scheme'

"Scott Walker is now implicated in an illegally coordinated fundraising effort or as prosecutors call it, a "criminal scheme"."

Leaked Doc Reveals Wall Street Plan for Global Financial Deregulation | Common Dreams

Leaked Doc Reveals Wall Street Plan for Global Financial Deregulation | Common Dreams

"Wikileaks published a previously tightly-held and secretive draft of a trade document on Thursday that, if enacted, would give the world's financial powers an even more dominant position to control the global economy by avoiding regulations and public acccountability."

5 Issues Where Right-Wingers Are Crazier and Meaner Than Ever

www.alternet.org/tea-party-and-right/5-issues-where-right-wingers-are-crazier-and-meaner-ever
"But once in awhile, having to be pulled forward with the tide of progress causes some conservatives to throw a fit and insist, instead, on regressing, often in shocking ways. Here are five issues where conservatives have, in recent months and years, taken a giant step backwards from where they had been before."

How Politicians Are Using Taxpayer Money To Fund Their Campaign To Sell Off America’s Public Lands

www.thinkprogress.org/climate/2014/06/18/3450397/politicians-taxpayer-money-seize-public-lands/
"In addition to using taxpayer funds to advance unconstitutional bills to seize federal lands, the ALC also relies on financial support from the mining industry and fossil fuel interest groups. Americans for Prosperity, for example — another group financed by the Koch brothers — is listed as a “Bronze Member” of ALC."

FLASHBACK: Remember When Paul Wolfowitz Said Not to Worry About Sectarian Violence in Iraq?

www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/06/watch-paul-wolfowitz-said-not-worry-about-sectarian-violence-iraq-bush
"The former Bush administration official is perhaps the worst person to give advice about the current crisis in Iraq—but that hasn't stopped him from speaking out."

Cheneys shock with lack of self-awareness

Dick Cheney seeks influence despite poor record

GOP Candidate Refers To Whites As ‘Traditional’ Voters, Wants to ‘Divide and Conquer’ the Poor

www.forwardprogressives.com/gop-candidate-refers-whites-traditional-voters/
"The cornerstone of the continued Republican success across the South over the last few decades has been the “Southern Strategy,” and his remarks show all the hallmarks of someone who uses that strategy to gin up the base every election. The problem for Thom Tillis and the rest of the GOP is that this blueprint cannot work forever with the shrinking of his “traditional population.” You see, while using the racial dogwhistles and xenophobia has worked for all this time to convince poor and working class whites that minorities were their enemy, it doesn’t work so well on the younger and more diverse voting population that is moving into North Carolina and other states across the South like Texas, Virginia, or Georgia.