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May 27, 2015
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Today’s Links May 27, 2015

Here are some of the people writing about some of the stuff I wish I had time to write about today.

May 27, 2015
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Five Things You Should Know About Rick Santorum

Five Things You Should Know About Rick Santorum

Former senator Rick Santorum is running for president again, and he’s promised that this time will be different, because he won’t be saying the “crazy stuff” and “dumb things” he spouted throughout his 2012 campaign. Let’s take a moment and recall how “crazy” and “dumb” it got, and why nothing’s likely to change.

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May 22, 2015
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Wingnut Week In Review: Duggar Family Values Edition

Wingnut Week In Review: Duggar Family Values Edition

This week, two right-winger who portrayed themselves as exemplars of virtue, and regularly lectured Americans on “family values,” proved to be far from “pure” themselves.

Until this week, Josh Duggar was a celebrity in more ways than one. Not only was the 27-year-old married father of four a reality television star of TLC’s “19 Kids And Counting,” which made his parents Jim and Michelle Duggar famous for their fecundity, but he was also the executive director of the Family Research Council’s lobbying arm, FRC Action. Duggar moved to Washington, DC, for the job in 2013, and for two years used his celebrity to champion conservative causes and candidates.
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May 21, 2015
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Today’s Links May 21, 2015

Here are some of the people writing about some of the stuff I wish I had time to write about today.

  • The Fetishization of Revenge
    The application of the death penalty in the United States is rife with racism, false guilt, and corruption. The nation is slowly but surely moving towards abolishing the practice. But there are still many men (and a few women) on death row, and it stands to statistical reasoning that at least some are innocent. With an average of 4 people exonerated annually from death row, it’s impossible to believe some have not fallen through the cracks.
  • Tear down the ‘blue wall of silence': New York Dem destroys sheriff who blames police violence on blacks
    A New York Democrat shut down a black conservative Wisconsin sheriff who blamed police violence on black criminality. David Clarke, the Milwaukee County sheriff, described “black-on-black crime” as the “elephant in the room”
  • The Fix: White bikers, black thugs: Why Texas looked to relax gun laws after biker shootout
    While the rest of America tried to make sense Monday of the weekend shootout at the Waco Twin Peaks — and learned of a whole biker subculture featuring sometimes-violent turf wars — the Texas legislature debated a bill that would expand the rights of licensed gun owners to openly carry weapons in public.
  • Bullied as a Kid, Obese as a Grown-up?
    Study finds link between childhood victimization and adult health problems

May 20, 2015
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Not Lovin’ It: Thousands Storm McDonald’s HQ To Protest Low Wages

Not Lovin’ It: Thousands Storm McDonald’s HQ To Protest Stock Scheme, Wages

In the largest protest of its kind, thousands of McDonald’s employees stormed the company’s headquarters today, to demand that it stop spending millions manipulating stock prices, and start paying workers a living wage. McDonald’s cashiers and cooks came to the company’s shareholders meeting, at its corporate headquarters in Oak Brook, Illinois. More than 100 were arrested for refusing to leave the property.

Marching with them were Service Employees International Union president Mary Kay Henry, Moral Mondays movement leader Rev. William Barber; Rev. Marilyn Pagán Banks of North Side Power/A Just Harvest in Chicago, Illinois; and Rev. Rodney E. Williams of the Swope Parkway United Christian Church in Kansas City, Missouri.

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May 18, 2015
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Today’s Links May 18, 2015

Here are some of the people writing about some of the stuff I wish I had time to write about today.

May 18, 2015
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President Obama Moves To Stem Police Militarization

Nine months after police in Ferguson, Missouri donned riot gear, and met protestors with paramilitary weapons and equipment, the Obama administration has taken its first real steps towards halting police militarization.

As the president prepared for a visit to Camden, New Jersey — one of the nation’s poorest, most violent cities — the White House announced a series of recommendations to regulate the flow of paramilitary weapons and equipment to local police departments. The recommendations divide weapons and equipment into two categories:

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May 15, 2015
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Today’s Links May 15, 2015

Here are some of the people writing about some of the stuff I wish I had time to write about today.

May 15, 2015
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Wingnut Week In Review: Shame, Shame, Shame

Wingnut Week In Review: Shame, Shame, Shame

This week, wingnut heads exploded when President Obama took right-wingers to task for shaming low-income Americans, and First Lady Michelle Obama spoke about her experience as the first African-American First Lady.

Let’s be honest, it doesn’t take much to get wingnuts going. It takes even less for President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama to get wingnuts frothing at the mouth. The first couple can send wingnuts into fits without doing much more than going about their day-to-day business.

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May 13, 2015
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Today’s Links May 13, 2015

Here are some of the people writing about some of the stuff I wish I had time to write about today.

May 12, 2015
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Ben Carson’s 13 Craziest Beliefs

In an increasingly crowded field, Republican presidential candidates and hopefuls are struggling to stand out, but Ben Carson stands out for all the wrong reasons. If he keeps it up, the famed neurosurgeon may need his foot surgically removed from his mouth. Every time he talks about his positions and beliefs, he embarrasses himself and his party.

Here are Carson’s most recent — and most famous — gaffes revealing what he believes.

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May 8, 2015
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Wingnut Week In Review: What’s The Matter With Texas

Wingnut Week In Review: What’s The Matter With Texas

They say everything’s bigger in Texas, and it looks like that applies to right-wing freak-outs too. Things in the Lone Star State have gotten so loony that every former Texas governor Rick Perry can’t make sense of it.

On Monday morning, Americans were shocked by news that the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) a shooting in Garland, Texas. Two gunmen opened fire outside of a “draw Muhammad” contest in the Dallas suburb. A security guard was injured, and the two gunmen were shot and killed by a traffic cop who happened to be on the scene.
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May 6, 2015
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Six Reasons Not To “Heart” Mike Huckabee

Former Arkansas governor and Fox News personality Mike Huckabee is back on the campaign trail again, after announcing his second attempt to win the GOP presidential nomination. Huckabee may try to turn on the charm and moderate his extremist views, but beneath his good-old-boy exterior beats the heart of a theocrat, a homophobe, a hypocrite, and a con man.

The addition of Mike Huckabee — along with Ben Carson and Carly Fiorina — to the ever more crowded field of GOP presidential hopefuls officially makes this the week of the long-shot GOP candidates. Huckabee’s path to the White House is a narrow one, and navigating it will depend on his ability to keep cultural conservatives in his corner, and moderate his views enough to keep from scaring more mainstream voters away. That’s a tall order, for a candidate with a record like Mike Huckabee’s.
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May 5, 2015
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Four Things You Should Know About Carly Fiorina

On Monday, Carly Fiorina became “the other woman” who’s running for president. Fiorina says she aims to neutralize Clinton’s “gender card.” Here are a few reasons Clinton probably isn’t worrying about Fiornia.

For a brief, shining moment, Carly Fiorina was all over the media after announcing her candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016. That’s probably because she made a point of turning her presidential bid into “this weird girl fight” with Clinton, as CNN’s Carol Costello put it.

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April 29, 2015
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Digest for April 20th through April 29th

Here are some of the people writing about some of the stuff I wish I had time to write about, for April 20th through April 29th:

April 28, 2015
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Right-Wing Media

Right-Wing Media Blames Everyone But Police For Baltimore Unrest

The right-wing response to stories of police violence and brutality against blacks, and black deaths at the hands of police, is becoming as predictable as the stories themselves. Only the names and locations seem to change.

Here we are again. Another unarmed black man has died in the custody of another city police department with a long record of brutality, under highly questionable circumstances. By now its de riguer on the right to blame the victims, and spout racist rhetoric.

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April 28, 2015
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Why The GOP Can’t Have It Both Ways on Marriage Equality

Why The GOP Can’t Have It Both Ways on Marriage Equality

Today, the Supreme Court will hear opening arguments in marriage equality cases challenging state bans on same-sex marriage. The resulting ruling could legalize same-sex marriage nationwide. A lot has changed since the Court overruled the part of the Defense of Marriage Act that applied to the federal government. Lower courts have used that ruling to overturn state bans on same-sex marriage. As a result, 37 states have legal same-sex marriage. The tide of public opinion has turned, and now a growing majority of Americans support marriage equality.

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