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April 22, 2015
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Digest for April 14th through April 20th

Here are some of the people writing about some of the stuff I wish I had time to write about, for April 14th through April 20th:

April 22, 2015
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Digest for March 19th through April 14th

Here are some of the people writing about some of the stuff I wish I had time to write about, for March 19th through April 14th:

April 22, 2015
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Will Marriage Equality Opponents Take Us Back To The “Green Book” Era?

As the Supreme Court takes up marriage equality again, conservatives are preparing for a likely landmark ruling by trying to bring back a phrase that once haunted black families: “We don’t serve your kind here.”

Last week, my husband and I visited the US Postal Museum. In the exhibit, “Freedom Just Around the Corner:Black America From Civil War To Civil Rights,” I came across a copy of the 1966–67 edition of the Travelers’ Green Book International Edition, or the Negro Motorists’ Green Book, commonly called the “Green Book.” Published by New York City postal carrier Victor H. Green and his wife Alma from 1936 to 1966, the “Green Book” served — as an editorial in the 1956 edition explained — “to give the Negro traveler information that will keep him from running into difficulties, embarrassments and to make his trip more enjoyable.” Continue Reading →

April 17, 2015
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Wingnut Week In Review: Clinton Derangement Syndrome

Unless you slept through the 1990s or were born afterwards, you know that no one but no one drives wingnuts more insane than Hillary Clinton (with the possible exception of Barack Obama). Clinton launched her presidential candidacy this week. Almost immediately, an epidemic of Clinton Derangement Syndrome broke out on the right.

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April 17, 2015
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House Republicans “Make Sure The People At The Top Stay There”

House Republicans “Make Sure The People At The Top Stay There”

In 2011, when he was still House Minority leader, Eric Cantor gave a speech about what the GOP could to about inequality, which focused on “how we make sure the people at the top stay there.” Cantor has since gone to his reward, making a lot of money working for “the people at the top.”

This week, Cantor’s fellow Republicans in the House did their part to “make sure the people at the top stay there.” House Republicans voted 239 to 179 to give a $269 billion handout to the wealthiest 0.2 percent of Americans, by repealing the inheritance tax.

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April 15, 2015
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On Tax Day, The Fight for $15 Is Everyone’s Fight.

On Tax Day, The Fight for $15 Is Everyone’s Fight.

Today, in what’s being called the largest protest of its kind, workers are fighting for an economy that works for everyone, starting with a livable wage.

On a day when millions of Americans are due to render a portion of their earnings to the federal government, thousands of low-wage workers, adjunct professors, some elected officials, and at least one CEO are standing up for an $15 dollar minimum wage — a livable wage for Americans who don’t earn enough to afford essentials like food, shelter, and medical care. The Fight for $15 movement launched marches and actions in 200 American cities today. The movement has grown exponentially since it began in 2013, and its cause has spread.

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April 15, 2015
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Bill O’Reilly Declares “Open Season” On Reality

In Fox host Bill O’Reilly’s alternate right-wing universe, Hillary Clinton’s presidential candidacy means, “If you are a Christian or a white man in the USA, it’s open season on you.”

Here on earth, two more unarmed black men were killed by law enforcement officers. Rep. Hank Johnson (D, Georgia) took to the House floor to condemn Congress for its inaction, and to read the names of several victims of police violence into the congressional record, in hopes that his colleagues “will no longer ignore this crisis.”

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April 14, 2015
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Who Is Marco Rubio? Eight Things You Should Know

On Monday, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) became the latest politician to declare what anyone who’s paying attention already knew: He’s running for president. Rubio is likely to trip over his past before the race is over.

Rubio became a household name, and a Republican “rock star,” following his elevation to national politics in 2010. He was the darling of the tea party, and thought to be one of the best hopes for a Republican Party desperate to appeal to Latino voters. That is, until the tea party and Latinos soured on him, over the immigration issue.

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April 10, 2015
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Wingnut Week In Review: Rand Paul’s Rough Start

Wingnut Week In Review: Rand Paul’s Rough Start

It wasn’t supposed to be this way. When Rand Paul announced that he would run for president in 2016, he probably didn’t envision his campaign launch becoming one of the worst in recent memory. But that’s exactly what it was.

What was supposed to be a great week for Sen. Rand Paul (R, Kentucky) turned into the worst week in Washington:
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April 8, 2015
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Five Things You Should Know About Rand Paul

Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul announced yesterday that he is running for president. Paul is the second major Republican candidate to enter the 2016 presidential race, but what he’s running from is at least as important as the office he’s running for.

Coming on the heels of Texas Sen. Ted Cruz’s announcement last month, Paul’s announcement may give him a slight fundraising advantage. (Ted Cruz raised $500,000 within one day of his announcement, and $4 million just over a week later.)

It also gives Paul a chance to define — or redefine — himself as the GOP field fills up and the race really begins. That’s the advantage Paul probably seeks, because running from his record is going to be just as hard as running for president. Continue Reading →

April 3, 2015
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Wingnut Week In Review: Discrimination Doesn’t Pay

Wingnut Week In Review: Discrimination Doesn’t Pay

This week, wingnuts tried to frighten Americans into believing that gays were going to take away their religious freedom, and learned — in Indiana, Arkansas, and a few other states — that those old tricks don’t work anymore.

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April 1, 2015
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The Backlash Against Discrimination And GOP’s “Indiana” Problem

The powerful grassroots backlash against Indiana’s anti-gay “religious freedom” law is yielding results and inspiring hope. Right-wing supporters of the law were seemingly caught unawares by a grassroots response that’s put them on the defensive.

On Monday, the Georgia House Judiciary Committee canceled a meeting to discuss a “religious freedom” bill similar to Indiana’s. The “Georgia Religious Freedom Restoration Act” passed the state’s Senate earlier this month. Like Indiana’s law, Georgia’s bill would give businesses and private individuals a legal defense for denying services to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. The bill would undoubtedly pass in Georgia’s state House, where Republicans hold a near 2-to–1 majority, if it ever comes up for a vote.

Perhaps the backlash against Indiana’s law gave Georgia Republicans second thoughts. Continue Reading →

March 26, 2015
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Black Unemployment Report Shows Need For The People’s Budget

Black Unemployment Report Shows Need For The People’s Budget

Yesterday House Republicans passed a budget with no new funding for job creation. Today a new report on black unemployment shows the urgent need for investment in job creation.

In a new report from the Economic Policy Institute, “Projected Decline in Unemployment in 2015 Won’t Lift Blacks Out of the Recession-carved Crater,” economist Valerie Wilson finds that black unemployment rates remain higher than pre-recession levels in 28 states — even though unemployed rates for whites, Latinos, and Asians have dropped to within 1 percentage point of their pre-recession levels. Black unemployment levels are projected to drop significantly in only two states — California and Illinois. Nationally, a black unemployment rate of 10.4 percent is projected for the end of 2015. That’s slightly lower than the 11.0 percent rate at the end of 2014, and still more than two percentage points above the 8.6 percent rate before the Great Recession.

These numbers are just the latest to demonstrate the need for the federal government to actively invest in job creation. Last night, House Republicans passed a budget proposal that — as I noted earlier — contains no new funding for job creation.

The People’s Budget, proposed by the Congressional Progressive Caucus, incorporates the kind of investment needed to change unemployment numbers like those in the EPI report. Subtitled “A Raise For America,” the People’s Budget details a plan to create 8.4 million good paying jobs by 2018, including $820 billion to repair America’s crumbling infrastructure — roads, bridges, and energy systems. In the Senate, Bernie Sanders (I, Vermont) proposed a similar amendment to create over 9 million jobs by investing in infrastructure, paid for by closing “huge” corporate tax loopholes.

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March 25, 2015
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Five Ways The GOP Budget Will Harm American Families

Republicans in Congress today will vote on budget proposals that are essentially meaningless, except that they lay out how the GOP would like to structure federal policy and priorities.

The White House has its own fact sheet about the House Republican budget. The National Priorities Project has created a detailed comparison of all the budget proposals up for consideration: President Obama’s budget, the House GOP budget, the Senate GOP budget, and the Congressional Progressive Caucus budget. And here at CAF, we put together a graphic for sharing on social networks that compares the GOP budget with the Congressional Progressive Caucus budget. Continue Reading →

March 23, 2015
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Ted Cruz Is Running For President. Here Are The Crazy Things He Believes

Ted Cruz Is Running For President. Here Are The Crazy Things He Believes

Ted Cruz - CaricatureIn a speech at Liberty University, in Lynchburg, Virginia — a right-wing school established by Jerry Falwell — Sen. Ted Cruz (R, Texas) announced his candidacy for the presidency in 2016. The announcement makes Cruz the first Republican, and the first major candidate to throw his had into the ring for 2016.
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March 18, 2015
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Digest for March 16th through March 18th

Here are some of the people writing about some of the stuff I wish I had time to write about, for March 16th through March 18th:

March 17, 2015
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Immoral Choices in the House GOP Budget

Immoral Choices in the House GOP Budget

Budgets, as Rev. Jim Wallis says, are moral documents. They contain choices that reflect our priorities and define our values. The Republican-led House Budget Committee’s FY2016 budget proposal, “A Balance Budget For A Stronger America,” is a document full of immoral choices that will have devastating impacts on the most vulnerable Americans.

The proposal is short on specifics and covers little new ground. House Budget Committee Chair Tom Price (R, Georgia) previewed the proposal’s focus on balancing the budget, and $5.5 trillion in spending cuts, in a speech at a Heritage Foundation event in January. Most of the rest borrows heavily from Rep. Paul Ryan’s (R. Wisconsin) budgets.

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March 16, 2015
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Digest for March 12th through March 16th

Here are some of the people writing about some of the stuff I wish I had time to write about, for March 12th through March 16th: