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Rand Paul’s grand, inaccurate retelling of ‘federal SWAT team’ raids

“Your government might have grown too large if they have 48 federal SWAT teams. The Department of Education has a SWAT team. They arrested a man and handcuffed him for six hours for nonpayment of student debt. Unfortunately, it wasn’t his student debt. Turns out it was his girlfriend’ [...]

Open thread for night owls: Tennessee county’s commissioners say no way to privatizing a prison

Donald Cohen is the founder executive director of In the Public Interest, a resource and policy center that focuses on privatizing and contracting. He writes: Last week, in a powerful affirmation of the common good, commissioners in Tennessee’s Johnson County unanimously opposed the priv [...]

Glenn Beck got 20,000 people to turn out for an ‘All Lives Matter’ rally

August 28 marks the anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, best remembered as the setting for Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I have a dream” speech. Few Americans have recognized the date with the enthusiasm of Glenn Beck. In 2010, the conservative radi [...]

As the music industry celebrates, it’s still struggling to halt the decline

Nicki Minaj performs during MTV’s 2015 Video Music Awards Last night, people across the entertainment industry gathered to honor accomplishments in music on a network that doesn’t play music anymore. MTV’s 2015 Video Music Awards are like every other televised awards p [...]

And now for Deep Thoughts with Donald Trump

For those that don’t think a wall (fence) works, why don’t they suggest taking down the fence around the White House? Foolish people! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 31, 2015 Donald J. Trump: super genius. Go to Source : And now for Deep Thoughts with Donald Trump

You know, I thought this nonsense had stopped. I don’t know why I thought it had stopped—out of sight, out of mind?—but a [...]

Liz Cheney on the ‘gratitude’ Americans have for her torture-supporting father

I’m not sure why Bush administration Vice President Dick Cheney and his offspring Liz continue to pair up for their Sunday show appearances, unless we’re just preparing for the inevitable day when master kicks the bucket and apprentice must advocate for monstrous things all b [...]

To deport American-born children, conservatives keen on rewriting 100+ years of American law

Get. The Hell. Over It. I don’t know how to properly express how nonsensical I find this theory of dodging the 14th Amendment in order to find children of undocumented American immigrants non-citizens, and therefore deportable. It requires ignoring over a hundred years of settled  [...]

Congressman apologizes to parents for scaring children with talk of nuclear bombs and suicide bombers

(This post has been updated.) A U.S. congressman’s visit to a local elementary school late last week, likely intended to be an innocuous chat about government in the manner of Schoolhouse Rock, turned nightmare-inducing for the children. Rep. Matt Salmon (R-Ariz.) was explaining [...]

Congressman apologies to parents for scaring children with talk of nuclear bombs and suicide bombers

(This post has been updated.) A U.S. congressman’s visit to a local elementary school late last week, likely intended to be an innocuous chat about government in the manner of Schoolhouse Rock, turned nightmare-inducing for the children. Rep. Matt Salmon (R-Ariz.) was explaining [...]

A congressman scares children with talk of nuclear weapons and suicide bombers

A U.S. congressman’s visit to a local elementary school late last week, likely intended to be an innocuous chat about government in the manner of Schoolhouse Rock, turned nightmare-inducing for the children. Rep. Matt Salmon (R-Ariz.) was explaining to a room of second and third [...]

Against Musicians’ Biographies

“Water Boy” was already an old song when the folksinger Odetta performed her version of it at Carnegie Hall in 1960. Originating with African American convicts in Jim Crow Georgia, or so the story goes, the song’s lyrics give voice to parched laborers as they call for water and defe [...]

Who do actual law enforcement officers see as the biggest terrorist threats in America? Surprise! It’s not Islamic radicals: Approxi [...]

This Ohio GOP congressman is going to fight the Mt. McKinley name change

“I’m sitting on main street in Dayton, Ohio,” said Rep. Mike Turner. “I can tell you, the residents of this city are furious.” The source of their fury — and of Turner’s — is the news that President Obama will restore the native name of  [...]

Backlash Notes, Cruz Edition

Ever since the virtual strike of cops in New York and Baltimore in conjunction with protests against police shootings of unarmed African-Americans, I’ve been concerned that on the brink of potential bipartisan action on criminal justice reform we’d see a 1960s-1970s style back [...]

Report: Obama returning to Columbia University after presidency

The president of Columbia University on Monday suggested President Obama will return to the school after he leaves office, according to reports.University President Lee Bollinger said at an event for new students that he looked forward to hosting… Go to Source : Report: Obama return [...]

What Ted Cruz has in common with Britney Spears

When Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) speaks to crowds, he doesn’t stand still, pacing around stages and ballrooms, gesticulating wildly in an effort to connect with audiences. Sometimes his speeches have the feel of a megachurch sermon, other times a TED Talk. But it turns out pacing has anoth [...]

HRC vs. Jeb!

It’s natural every time a poll comes out showing either Hillary Clinton or Jeb Bush losing ground in the presidential contest people tend to lump them into the same category of front-runner-facing-existential-challenge-but-may-survive kind of hedge-betting. And that’s particul [...]

Donald Trump, Campaign Finance Reformer?

Bill Lueders Photo by Mike Licht Perhaps the oddest component of Donald Trump’s thoroughly bizarre quest for the Presidency is his emergence as a national champion of campaign finance reform. Harvard professor Lawrence Lessig has called Trump “the most influent [...]

O’Malley furniture purchases from governor’s mansion draw scrutiny

A decision by former Maryland governor Martin O’Malley to purchase furniture from the governor’s mansion is creating some headaches back home — including criticism from his Republican successor — as he campaigns for the Democratic presidential nomination. When O’Malley and [...]