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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 14, 2015
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Clown Car Follies: GOP Candidates Stumble Into The 2016 Race

2016 Republican Clown Car is getting fullThe GOP’s “clown car” primary season has begun, and already the downside of having such a long primary campaign is starting to show. The candidates have plenty of time to contradict and embarrass themselves. And are they ever.

Here’s a look at how their campaigns are fairing.
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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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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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