ProgressVirginia reported Tuesday afternoon that the Virginia Senate’s Privileges and Elections Committee killed Sen. Charles “Bill” Carrico Sr.’s electoral college-rigging bill, despite an offer by Carrico to amend the bill to award electors in proportion to the state’s popular vote. The vote was 11-4 against the bill, although it will not be official until the close of the committee meeting.
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I thought I was done with the crazy hot mess Republicans created with their xenophobic and evil twin sister "screw the immigrants" bill, but I can't let Friday night fade without something worth applauding.
Here's Rep. Luis Gutierrez, calling Republicans lazy cowards. The transcript follows.
How did we get here? In the dark of night Republicans are voting to deport DREAMers, take away the DACA program, and make every undocumented immigrant deportable.
In 2012 the Republicans were shellacked and they spoke of turning over a new leaf with younger voters, with Asian voters, with women and Latinos.
A year ago I was working with Congressman Sam Johnson and Judge Carter of Texas. I did town halls and public appearances with Judge Carter and with Congressman Valadao. I worked with Mike Coffman of Denver and stood up with Aaron Schock and Adam Kinsinger in my own state of Illinois.
But now Steve King, Michele Bachmann and Ted Cruz are literally writing the immigration script for the Republican Party. A script filled with ugly and mean policies to demonize children and marginalize immigrants and destroy families.
In January you were saying that all of the DREAMers should get green cards and citizenship.
We always understood you wanted to deport their parents.
Let's get this out of the way first: House Republicans passed an immoral bill that will never go anywhere because it is that evil. They did it along straight party lines -- 223-189. Four Republicans voted against it, no Democrats voted for it.
With that out of the way, let's talk about Mo Brooks' amazing near-meltdown on Chris Hayes' show tonight. The Alabama Congressman did his very best to keep changing the subject from the children at the border to DREAMers, who are protected from deportation under DACA right now.
Hayes must have asked five times for a straight answer to the question of whether Brooks supported revoking their work permits and deporting them. He did finally go on the record by answering yes. Take note, DREAMer activists. Brooks speaks for his entire party.
Moving on to the more general question of whether undocumented immigrants should be deported, Brooks filibustered and tried to change the subject before finally answering that yes, he would.
It was a classic example of the Republican Zombie Dodge, also known as the Canned Response Repetitive Hall of Fame.
The NFL's commissioner Roger Goodell finally spoke out about his ludicrous two game suspension of Ray Rice for punching his girlfriend's lights out.
Goodell spoke Friday at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, addressing the media for the first time since the NFL announced Rice's controversial suspension last week.
"We have a very firm policy that domestic violence is not acceptable in the NFL, and there are consequences for that," the commissioner said. "Obviously, when we are going through the process of evaluating an issue and whether there will be discipline, you look at all of the facts that are available to us."
Goodell also fielded multiple questions about the widespread public reaction to the length of Rice's suspension, which has been criticized as lenient compared with other NFL suspensions for substance abuse and off-field incidents.
"We have to remain consistent," he said. "We can't just make up the discipline. It has to be consistent with other cases, and it was in this matter."
"You've got to deal with the facts, OK?" he said. "Now, when we have a drug program that's collectively bargained, and it has a step process, it takes four incidents before you actually reach a suspension in a drug-related case. So you have to respond to facts here.
In their zeal to craft something that will satisfy even the nastiest, most bigoted members of the House Republican caucus, representatives have arrived at a non-compromise which incorporates the worst of all ideas into one border bill.
From cutting requested funding by 80 percent to possibly incorporating a "papers please" provision, the end result is something so odious it's eveb been condemned by the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, hardly a liberal band of brothers.
Roll Call reports on Rep. Steve King's reaction:
Conservative Republicans are now more positive about the package and the process by which changes were made, with some of the earlier, harshest critics, like Rep. Steve King of Iowa, now leaning toward voting “yes.”
King said he was extremely pleased with the concessions he was able to extract from leadership.
“The changes brought into this are ones I’ve developed and advocated for over the past two years,” he told CQ Roll Call. “It’s like I ordered it off the menu.”
Well yay for him! Which menu was that? The "I hate everyone" menu, or the "Koch brothers demands" menu?
As I’ve previously posted, Megyn Kelly and others on Fox took a snippet of Nancy Pelosi’s comments on CNN’s State of the Union and used them to suggest she thinks Hamas is a humanitarian organization. Last night, Fox’s own Kirsten Powers told Sean Hannity, “There’s no way” Pelosi believes Hamas isn’t a terrorist organization.
The clip Fox is going gaga over shows Pelosi saying:
PELOSI: We have to support Iron Dome to protect the Israelis from the missiles. We have to support the Palestinians and what they need. And we have to confer with the Qataris, who have told me over and over again that Hamas is a humanitarian organization, maybe they could use their influence to -
CROWLEY: The U.S. thinks they’re a terrorist organization though, correct? Do you?
It seems clear to me even there that Pelosi was trying to say we need to confer with the Qataris because they could be helpful to broker peace, not because they support Hamas. But if you read the full transcript, it couldn’t be clearer.
Like many viewers of mainstream media, I'm often guilty of swallowing the bullshit without thinking about the motives behind what I'm seeing on TV. This Gaza offensive is not about religion, nor is it about the humanitarian crisis created by the occupation by Israel and the subsequent deprivation of natural resources, food and other necessities to the Palestinian people. The real reason, as is always the case in any military campaign, is financially motivated: THE PROFIT EARNED FROM THE EXPLOITATION OF NATURAL RESOURCES. Under international humanitarian law, Israel is obliged to administer the natural resources belonging to the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT) without damaging or diminishing them. These occupying companies and corporations lead real estate deals, develop the Israeli colonies and infrastructure, and contribute to the construction and operation of an ethnic separation system, including checkpoints, walls and roads. They also design and supply equipment and tools used in the control and repression of the civilian population under occupation. Corporations like Halliburton, Raytheon or Bechtel have become more powerful than most governments.
Same KKK, different target. In fact, in its zeal to stop all brown people from crossing the border at all times no matter how miserable their lives were at home, the KKK is reaching out to African-Americans to help them in their quest. I'm sure that will be immensely popular with the black community.
Via Raw Story:
A self-described “Imperial Wizard” for a Ku Klux Klan organization openly defended his group’s call to deal with the thousands of young Central American immigrants coming to the U.S. through a “shoot to kill” policy, Al Jazeera America reported.
“To me, they’re breaking the law when they come here,” a hooded man identifying himself as Robert Jones said. “If we can’t turn them back, I think if we pop a couple of them off and leave the corpses laying on the border, maybe they’ll see that we’re serious about stopping immigration.”
Jones, who said he belonged to a group calling itself the “Loyal White Knights,” made the statement in a 10-minute interview with an associate flanking him in a remote field in North Carolina.
Let's all take a minute and give Roger Ailes a quick math lesson. One plus one equals two. Three plus three equals six. Now we can continue.
Fox News has a history of posting bogus charts and graphs to make a poll or study appear to be much worse for a democratic politician and I am at for loss of words to describe their latest mind-numbing example of right wing propaganda.
A Fox News segment displayed a misleading chart based on a poll that appeared to show 110 percent of Americans disapproved of President Obama's job performance.
On the July 30 edition of Special Report, the following chart was shown during a report by Fox News political correspondent Carl Cameron on Obama's popularity in the "twelve states most likely to decide Senate control...
I will say that Fox News is giving 110% in their efforts of lies and deceptions.
It's been a long, negative week. Take a minute and be inspired by First Lady Michelle Obama's honest, thought-provoking and daring speech to young Africans.
First lady Michelle Obama embraced her family's African roots in a speech on Wednesday, telling a group of young Africans that the "blood of Africa" runs through her veins as she urged changing traditional beliefs on the worth of educating women.
Her husband had shied away from discussing his African heritage in his own remarks to the 500 Africans finishing a six-week Washington leadership fellowship on Monday, referencing his Kenyan father only once and in the question-and-answer session. But Michelle Obama said as an African American woman, her discussion with the African youth was "deeply personal."
"The roots of my family tree are in Africa," the first lady told the cheering crowd. "My husband's father was born and raised in Kenya. Members of our extended family still live there. I have had the pleasure of traveling to Africa many times over the years, including four trips as first lady, and I have brought my mother and my daughters along whenever I can."
"The blood of Africa runs through my veins, and I care deeply," Obama said, addressing her listeners as her "brothers" and "sisters."
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The subject of Peggy Noonan's hand-wringing today is the increase in America's political polarization. Why are we more divided now? Noonan has a theory -- and it's a crock:
My concern the past few decades has been that we've lost or are losing some of that give, that divisions are sharper and deeper now in part because many of the issues that separate us are so piercing and personal. Vietnam and Watergate were outer issues. Many questions now speak of our essence as human beings. For instance: In the area of what are called the social issues, there are those (I am one) who passionately believe there must be some limits on what is legal, that horrors such as those that occurred in the office of Kermit Gosnell remind us that at the very least babies viable or arguably viable outside the womb must be protected. They can't just be eliminated; if that is allowed we have entered a new stage of barbarism, and the special power of barbarism is that once unleashed it brings more barbarism. A worldview away—a universe away—are those who earnestly insist that any limit on a woman's right to terminate a pregnancy constitutes an illegitimate restriction on the essential rights of all women—that abortion is a personal concern, not a societal one.
Senator Elizabeth Warren pushed on a banker testifying before the Senate Banking Committee about student loans Thursday. She wasn't gentle.
From her Facebook page:
In 2005, banking lobbyists successfully convinced Congress to remove bankruptcy protections for private student loan borrowers. Today in a Banking Committee hearing, I asked a top banking lobbyist: If struggling student loan borrowers can't discharge their loans in bankruptcy, and banks won’t let them modify their loans, what are they supposed to do? Watch what he said.
She also cited the story reported by CNN Money of a young woman who died leaving 3 small children and $100,000 in student debt behind. Watch him sputter as he tries to spin a response that deflects away from the fact that private student debt is a huge millstone around the necks of students everywhere.
In her wide-ranging interview, Bader discussed the ruling in which the all-male majority opinion granted Hobby Lobby the “religious freedom” to exclude certain forms of birth control from their employees’ health insurance coverage.
“Contraception protection is something that every woman must have access to, to control her own destiny," Ginsburg said. "I certainly respect the belief of the Hobby Lobby owners. On the other hand, they have no Constitutional right to foist that belief on the hundreds and hundreds of women who work for them who don’t share that belief. I have never seen the free exercise of religion clause interpreted in such a way."
Couric asked if Ginsburg thought the five male justice who voted in the majority on behalf of Hobby Lobby, “truly understood the ramifications of their decision.”
“I would have to say no,” Ginsburg said.
However, Ginsburg sounded rather optimistic for the future. “Justices continue to think and can change, so I am ever hopeful that if the court has a blind spot today, its eyes will be open tomorrow. …They have wives, they have daughters. By the way, I think daughters can change the perception of their fathers.”
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Campbell Brown has a new project to keep her busy this summer and fall. As the new school year looms on the horizon, Campbell Brown 'tearfully' announced that she has no option but to file a lawsuit in New York that looks just like the recently-decided Vergara v. California.
For the children, right? No. Brown admits that she intends to use the cudgel of the courts as an entry point for other attacks on teacher unions in New York and other states.
Campbell Brown hopes her lawsuit challenging New York's teacher tenure laws will "force a new legislative process" around a broad swath of union-backed teacher protections across the state.
"This is an opportunity for lawmakers to do what they've failed to up until now, and for the teachers' union to be part of a conversation to figure out what makes sense in this day and age," Brown told Capital on Tuesday. "This could potentially be the pressure point that could force action."