Posted by Charles II on January 19, 2016
James Carden, The Nation:
In mid-December 2015, Congress passed a 2,000-plus-page omnibus spending bill for fiscal year 2016. Both parties were quick to declare victory after the passage of the $1.8 trillion package. White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters “we feel good about the outcome, primarily because we got a compromise budget agreement that fought off a wide variety of ideological riders.” The office of House Speaker Paul J. Ryan touted the bill’s “64 billion for overseas contingency operations” for, among other things, assisting ”European countries facing Russian aggression.”
Whether White House spokesman Josh Earnest was referring, in part, to the Conyers-Yoho amendment as one of those “ideological riders” the administration fought to defeat is unclear. What is clear is that by stripping out the anti-neo-Nazi provision, Congress and the administration have paved the way for US funding to end up in the hands of the most noxious elements circulating within Ukraine today.
Thanks, John Conyers and Ted Yoho.
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Posted by Phoenix Woman on April 29, 2012
For a while now, Norm Ornstein’s been edging away from the GOP and its increasing levels of insanity, intolerance and greed. Now, he’s gone and nailed his ninety-five theses to the door of the Wittenberg Schloßkirche:
Let’s just say it: The Republicans are the problem.
And that’s just the headline. Here’s a taste of what’s inside:
The GOP has become an insurgent outlier in American politics. It is ideologically extreme; scornful of compromise; unmoved by conventional understanding of facts, evidence and science; and dismissive of the legitimacy of its political opposition.
When one party moves this far from the mainstream, it makes it nearly impossible for the political system to deal constructively with the country’s challenges.
“Both sides do it” or “There is plenty of blame to go around” are the traditional refuges for an American news media intent on proving its lack of bias, while political scientists prefer generality and neutrality when discussing partisan polarization. Many self-styled bipartisan groups, in their search for common ground, propose solutions that move both sides to the center, a strategy that is simply untenable when one side is so far out of reach.
Welcome to the Hermetic Order of the Shrill, Norm. Paul Krugman’s here to teach you the secret handshake.
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Posted by Phoenix Woman on April 9, 2011
David Dayen says it all here.
Obama caved when he had the Republicans on the run. That’s all you need to know here.
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Posted by Phoenix Woman on February 17, 2011
More on the Wisconsin protests:
Photo by Lost Albatross (Emily Mills) on Flickr's Creative Commons
— From HuffPo (with pictures)
— More from HuffPo (this on the backlash Walker and the Republicans are facing)
— WDIO.com (Hubbard-owned station in Duluth, MN-Superior, WI) coverage
— Examiner.com on how FOX News is lying about the protests
— StudentActivism.net covers the protests.
— FDL: President Obama correctly calls Walker’s and WI GOP’s actions “an assault on unions.” This is especially true since, by making all sorts of giveaways to his rich buddies, Walker created the budget problem he’s now claiming that only union-busting will solve.
More as I find them.
(Crossposted at Renaissance Post.)
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Posted by Phoenix Woman on November 12, 2010
Well, well, well. It looks as if Tony Sutton, who we last saw talking trash about Minnesota Supreme Court judges such as former Chief Justice Eric Magnuson, and who went oddly silent once Magnuson was hired for the recount by Tom Emmer’s legal team, has managed to get away from his handlers again and is babbling something about planned legal action to end the week:
“We are exploring filing some papers tomorrow and we will talk more about the specifics tomorrow,” Party chairman Tony Sutton said Thursday night.
Ooooh, he’s “exploring filing some papers”! Quick, get the smelling salts!
The scuttlebutt is that the alleged legal filing Sutton threatens may exist only as a way for him to control the news cycle heading into the weekend — there’s nothing going on as yet to rate any sort of filing, much less one that justifies having all of the Minnesota media camped breathlessly outside the Toddler’s playpen office waiting for him to throw them some scraps. My legal contacts are scratching their heads over this — and wondering how long somebody as stand-up as Eric Magnuson will tolerate being associated with what looks to be silly grandstanding and frivolity.
My own guess is that this is, along with an attempt to dominate the news cycle, an effort to distract the local media from other, more pressing issues and actions. I’m wondering what sort of hanky-panky is going on that this trick of the Toddler’s is meant to distract us from noticing?
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Posted by Charles II on September 19, 2008
The McCain strategy is now apparent: flood the world with so much bulls–t that no one can see their way to walk to the voting booth.
The boots that AKMuckraker uses to wade through Palin’s lies over at Mudflats
The latest wingnut meme, called out by Barry Ritholtz and Hale Stewart is that the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) caused the mortgage crisis. The heart of this stupidity is Thomas Sowell’s claim that CRA forces banks to lend to unqualified minority borrowers.
This is so completely stupid that it almost leaves one speechless. Here are the points that Robert Gordon at TAP raised months ago:
1. CRA has been around since 1977 without any problems. Mid-1990s changes in the law caused a flurry of CRA activity, but that died out by 2001.
2. CRA doesn’t force banks to lend to anyone. It requires them to lend from neighborhoods in which they accept deposits.
3. Most subprime loans were not originated at banks.
4. Also, Fannie and Freddie’s problems were actually caused by Alt-A, not subprime loans.
I keep telling AKMuckraker that she needs taller boots to handle the McCain-Palin Republican Party.
Maybe boots that lace up to the ears would be tall enough.
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