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It looks like there are some major complications in that birthing of the democracy over in Iraq. We got them pregnant but the baby has two heads and may not survive:[A]s Iraq prepares for its first...
From: Hullabaloo | By: digby | Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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In case anyone wants to tell me again that we needn't worry about the right wing "moving the goal posts" and that once a group of people have secured a basic human right, there's no going back, take a look at this from...
From: Hullabaloo | By: digby | Thursday, April 17, 2014
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Congratulations to the winners. It gives me hope that journalism still understands its role in a free society:Totally deserved in every way. ....
From: Hullabaloo | By: digby | Monday, April 14, 2014
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New York is the latest domino to fall on road to disempowering the Electoral Collegeby David AtkinsGood news:New York has joined the campaign to effectively end the Electoral College’s role in determining winners of presidential elections.Under the...
From: Hullabaloo | By: thereisnospoon | Thursday, April 17, 2014
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So John Yoo is widely considered to be a brilliant legal mind?John Yoo, a former deputy assistant attorney general and author of the 2002 memos advising the CIA’s use of enhanced interrogation techniques, said the Pulitzer committee’s...
From: Hullabaloo | By: digby | Thursday, April 17, 2014
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President Obama reinforces conservative economic framingby David AtkinsThe White House twitter account posted today:President Obama: "Our economy is growing again. Our businesses are creating jobs." #ActOnJobs pic.twitter.com/kfS5SKt2od— The White...
From: Hullabaloo | By: thereisnospoon | Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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Courtesy the WSJ:The choice of Mr. Colbert is a strange business model for CBS. Gallup calibrates 38% of Americans as conservatives, 34% as moderates, and 23% as liberals. Friends who know Mr. Colbert, even some conservatives,...
From: Hullabaloo | By: digby | Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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Via Moyers:On Wednesday, April 16 at 6 p.m. Eastern time, Thomas Piketty will join economists Paul Krugman, Joseph Stiglitz and Steven Durlauf...
From: Hullabaloo | By: digby | Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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“I just don’t have time for anything,” a housewife told a newsmagazine. “I’m fighting Communism three nights a week.”The link goes to a Perlstein discussion of the Tea Party back in 2010. It's such a perfect example...
From: Hullabaloo | By: digby | Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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My Salon piece this morning is about the Republican establishment dreaming of forming a grassroots rebellion against ... Rand Paul and the base of the Republican Party.In a time of partisan gridlock and a political scene...
From: Hullabaloo | By: digby | Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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House conservatives STILL can't figure out what their healthcare "alternative" isby David AtkinsThis story, perhaps more than any about Wall Street, foreign policy or national security, shows just how far to the right both parties have gone:Top House...
From: Hullabaloo | By: thereisnospoon | Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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I'm pretty sure they feel darned clever about this:Some allies of rancher Cliven Bundy were prepared to make as much of a media spectacle as possible if violence were to erupt, saying they would put women on the front lines in the...
From: Hullabaloo | By: digby | Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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The right wing is staging one of the stupidest hissy fits ever. They are saying that Hillary Clinton staged that shoe throwing incident the other day. It's so dumb even Rush seems a little bit embarrassed by...
From: Hullabaloo | By: digby | Tuesday, April 15, 2014
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Sexual abuse in the quiverfull movement. Is anyone surprised?by David AtkinsWhile repulsive, I don't think this should be a surprise to anyone:A leading advocate of the patriarchal Quiverfull movement groomed a teenage girl as his “personal sex object”...
From: Hullabaloo | By: thereisnospoon | Tuesday, April 15, 2014
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This story in the Washington Post about the Kansas assassin is just creepy:When I learned that the man accused of shooting innocent bystanders Sunday at a Jewish community center and Jewish...
From: Hullabaloo | By: digby | Tuesday, April 15, 2014
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The authorities have charged the Kansas assassin with a hate crime, which it surely is. But just because he was a white American male who wanted to kill Jews instead of a Muslim fanatic wanting to kill...
From: Hullabaloo | By: digby | Tuesday, April 15, 2014
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Via the AFL-CIO's awesome web-site called "Executive Paywatch":In 2013 the CEO to worker pay ratio was 331:1 and the CEO to minimum wage worker pay ratio was 774:1. America is supposed to be the land of opportunity, a country...
From: Hullabaloo | By: digby | Tuesday, April 15, 2014
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Well, not exactly:The Census Bureau, the authoritative source of health insurance data for more than three decades, is changing its annual survey so thoroughly that it will be difficult to measure the effects of President Obama’s...
From: Hullabaloo | By: digby | Tuesday, April 15, 2014
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My new piece for Salon is on Laura "anchor fetus" Ingraham:Nobody has been more of a vociferous critic of the news media’s alleged liberal bias than talk radio...
From: Hullabaloo | By: digby | Tuesday, April 15, 2014
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In other privacy news, app maker secretly sells location data of 50 million people. Almost no punishment.by David AtkinsI have this flashlight app on my phone:Even judging by the low standards of creepy data-mining apps, “Brightest Flashlight” did...
From: Hullabaloo | By: thereisnospoon | Tuesday, April 15, 2014
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Kind of fitting that this piece by Spencer Ackerman ran the day the Guardian and its NSA reporters (including Spencer) won the Pulitzer Prize:The US government’s troubled military trials of terrorism suspects...
From: Hullabaloo | By: digby | Tuesday, April 15, 2014
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Welfare works. Private sector charity doesn'tby David AtkinsMatt Yglesias puts together a simple chart showing the awesome power of the welfare state to do good:The "T&T" in the chart refers to "taxes and transfers": i.e., the implementation of large-scale...
From: Hullabaloo | By: thereisnospoon | Monday, April 14, 2014
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You just can't trust them at all:President Obama inspired a generation of young people to support his historic election in 2008. And in 2012, despite the struggles of his first term, Mr. Obama still managed to win the...
From: Hullabaloo | By: digby | Monday, April 14, 2014
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This tells the story better than anything else I've seen:That bulge you see going through the snake is the baby boomers of course. And as you can see, we're going to be nothing but a group of very old ladies before too much...
From: Hullabaloo | By: digby | Monday, April 14, 2014
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Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) on Sunday said that America "can't invite the whole world" to enter the country, no matter how much some immigrants may love the U.S.Speaking on ABC's "This Week with George Stephanopoulos," Paul...
From: Hullabaloo | By: digby | Monday, April 14, 2014
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There is just no excuse for this:Much has been made in the past decade or so about the news business' sudden conversion to euphemism when it came to describing...
From: Hullabaloo | By: digby | Monday, April 14, 2014
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My latest at Salon on the Democrats' fall strategy to combat the Koch's assault on Obamacare:Suppose you were a manufacturer who created a new product that could conceivably benefit everyone at...
From: Hullabaloo | By: digby | Monday, April 14, 2014
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