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“Koch Facts” not so Factual; New Assault on the Voting Rights Act Coming?

Monday, March 24, 2014

Morning Reads: “Koch Facts” not so Factual; New Assault on the Voting Rights Act Coming? (via Moyers & Company)

Good morning! Forty-nine years ago today, Martin Luther King Jr., and 3,200 other civil rights activists set out from Selma, Ala., on a march to Montgomery, the state capital, to demand their right to vote. Less than two weeks earlier, a smaller group…


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How the States Are Trying to Rein in Dark Money

How the States Are Trying to Rein in Dark Money (via Moyers & Company)

The Supreme Court has eviscerated our already thin federal campaign finance rules, so reformers have turned to the states — the “laboratories of democracy” — to do better. Their efforts were born of frustration at the lack of movement in Washington…


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On the Money: In the Shadows

Sunday, March 23, 2014

On the Money: In the Shadows (via Moyers & Company)

Every week Moyers & Company producer Gail Ablow shares her must-read money and politics stories. Waning Influence? Part 1: Tracking the “Unlobbyist”→ The Center for Responsive Politics launched a new series on its Open Secrets blog this week.…


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Raving Lunatic, Bryan Fischer: John Boehner and Paul Ryan ‘made a Faustian bargain’ on immigration

Christian radio host: John Boehner and Paul Ryan ‘made a Faustian bargain’ on immigration (via Raw Story )

American Family Association spokesperson Bryan Fischer railed against GOP House members on Friday for choosing to support an expanded immigration policy, Right Wing Watch reported. “The Republican leadership, the [House Speaker] John Boehners (R-OH…


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Former Time Magazine ‘Person Of The Year’ wins right to re-enter U.S. after deportation

Former Time Magazine ‘Person Of The Year’ wins right to re-enter U.S. after deportation (via Raw Story )

By Marty Graham SAN DIEGO (Reuters) – A Mexican immigrant activist, who once famously sought refuge from deportation in a Chicago church, has been released from detention, U.S. immigration officials said on Friday, after she returned to the United…


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Rachel Maddow: Despite itself, Westboro Baptist Church ‘brought out the best in people’

Rachel Maddow: Despite itself, Westboro Baptist Church ‘brought out the best in people’ (via Raw Story )

Without mentioning his name Friday night, MSNBC host Rachel Maddow argued that, in a way, the recently-deceased Fred Phelps and his Westboro Baptist Church have served as an “American inspiration.” “The Westboro cult, despite itself, has been…


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Bill Maher and Minn. Rep. Ellison square off on Democrats playing ‘Republican-lite’ on guns

Bill Maher and Minn. Rep. Ellison square off on Democrats playing ‘Republican-lite’ on guns (via Raw Story )

Real Time host Bill Maher called out Minnesota Democratic Rep. Keith Ellison and his party to his face on Friday, accusing the Democrats of merely playing along with Republicans on the issue of gun safety. “Why doesn’t your party come out against…


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Bill Maher: Can’t the U.S. ‘sit out a dance’ and stay out of Ukrainian crisis?

Bill Maher: Can’t the U.S. ‘sit out a dance’ and stay out of Ukrainian crisis? (via Raw Story )

While reserving a semblance of praise for President Barack Obama’s response to the Russian incursion in the Crimean peninsula, Real Time host Bill Maher and his panel clashed over whether the U.S. should be responding to it at all. “Can’t we ever…


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Bill Maher: Democrats can sell solar energy by saying ‘Let’s invade the sun and take its oil’

Bill Maher: Democrats can sell solar energy by saying ‘Let’s invade the sun and take its oil’ (via Raw Story )

Friday night, on his HBO show, Bill Maher told Democrats that if they could learn to win the word game, they could win more on the issues. He began the segment by telling Democrats that they need to stop talking about what a bloodbath the midterm elections…


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John Oliver’s new show ruthlessly mocks Republican ‘hipster’ ads

John Oliver’s new show ruthlessly mocks Republican ‘hipster’ ads (via Raw Story )

In its ongoing post-”autopsy” effort to entice new voting blocs into the Republican Party, the Republican National Committee released a group of web ads featuring a bespectacled “Millennial” named Scott Greenberg in a tiny leather jacket, scruffy…


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Tea Party targets Mississippi Republican Sen. Thad Cochran: He’s ‘in the cross-hairs’

Tea Party targets Mississippi Republican Sen. Thad Cochran: He’s ‘in the cross-hairs’ (via Raw Story )

The Tea Party Express sent out an email to supporters on Saturday blasting rock-ribbed Republican Sen. Thad Cochran (MS) as insufficiently conservative. Talking Points Memo reported that the far-right pressure group claims to have several Republicans…


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Westboro Baptist met by counter-protesters with ‘Sorry for your loss’ sign at Lorde concert

Westboro Baptist met by counter-protesters with ‘Sorry for your loss’ sign at Lorde concert (via Raw Story )

Members of the notorious Westboro Baptist Church staged their first protest Friday night after the death of the church’s founder Fred Phelps on Thursday. According to Kansas City’s KSHB Channel 41, the stridently anti-LGBT demonstrators were met…


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Boycotts or rainbow flags

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Boycotts or rainbow flags (via The Economist)

AMERICAN pronouncements on Russia always seem to involve carrots and sticks. In an interview Monday, Chuck Schumer shrugged off the idea of exerting pressure on Russia over its legal and social mistreatment of gay people by using the stick of a boycott…


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Why does America have such a big prison population?

Why does America have such a big prison population? (via The Economist)

“TOO many Americans go to too many prisons for far too long, and for no truly good law-enforcement reason.” The person who said that was neither a defence lawyer, nor a prisoners’-rights advocate, nor a European looking down his nose across the…


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US, allies were near peace deal in Egypt

US, allies were near peace deal in Egypt: report (via AFP)

The United States and its European and Gulf allies were close to a peace deal two weeks ago between Mohamed Morsi supporters and Egypt's military, The Washington Post reported Saturday. The deal called for supporters of the ousted president to abandon…


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