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  1. Folks need to quit! LOL!

  2. Ametia says:

    SENATOR HARRY REID to Chuck Todd:




  3. rikyrah says:

    TX GOPer: It’s a ‘Myth’ that Planned Parenthood Has Anything to do with Women’s Health
    By: Sarah Jones

    Chickens are roosting in Texas, where another male Republican lawmaker has said something really stupid and totally inaccurate about women’s health.

    Incumbent Texas Lt. Governor David Dewhurst and Texas State Senator Dan Patrick debated in WFAA’s studios Wednesday night for the Republican runoff for lieutenant governor. When when asked about women’s healthcare, Dan Patrick — the senator who wants to be lieutenant governor – said, “Look this is a myth that Planned Parenthood has anything to do with women’s health.


    Er, okay then. That’s totally not true. Sorta like he just claimed the earth is flat.

    But this shouldn’t surprise anyone because last week, this Texas state senator said, “I don’t care if every Planned Parenthood clinic in America goes out of business. In fact, that would be a great goal. More babies would live and women would get great health care from doctors who actually care about them.”

    Er, okay then. That’s totally not true. Sorta like he just claimed the earth is flat.

    But this shouldn’t surprise anyone because last week, this Texas state senator said, “I don’t care if every Planned Parenthood clinic in America goes out of business. In fact, that would be a great goal. More babies would live and women would get great health care from doctors who actually care about them.”

  4. rikyrah says:

    Harry Reid Rips Chuck Todd and the Corporate Media for Covering for Republicans
    By: Jason Easley more from Jason Easley
    Thursday, May, 8th, 2014, 4:48 pm

    During his interview with MSNBC’s Chuck Todd today, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) ripped Todd and other Beltway journalists for not being honest about what the Republican Party is doing.

    Chuck Todd tried to float the old both sides do it false equivalency to explain why the Senate is obstructed, but Harry Reid was having none of it. Reid said, “One of the problems the has with modern-day journalism is everything you do a tit for tat. You won’t call things the way they actually exist. What has happened here is that the Republicans have stopped everything from happening, and there’s no question that that meeting took place. That was the agreement made. They know who was there. They know what has happened since then, so you can give me the tit for tat all you want, but the fact is we want to legislate. We want to legislate and take votes.”

    Sen. Reid spoke the truth. Chuck Todd is one of the biggest purveyors of the Republican talking point infused Beltway media groupthink. Todd is a reliable talking head that will always suggest that both sides do it, when the reality is that one side held a meeting after President Obama took office and decided that they were going to obstruct the Obama agenda.

    The media has been covering up for the Republicans, and it was good to hear Harry Reid call it out. No matter what people like Chuck Todd want to claim, both sides aren’t doing it. One side has decided to shut down the legislative process. Democrats are still managing to accomplish some remarkable things despite the obstruction, but Chuck Todd doesn’t want to talk about the ugly politics of Republican obstruction. Instead, Todd is living in a magical land where both sides do it, and all politics is an extended version of the election horse race that the mainstream press is so addicted to.

  5. rikyrah says:

    Alycee @jazziz2

    Corbett finally caught a clue; says he won’t appeal voter ID law decision via @phillydotcom #OneTermTom #2014VoteDem
    5:22 PM – 8 May 2014

  6. Ametia says:

    House approves committee to investigate Benghazi attack
    Susan Davis, USA TODAY 6:46 p.m. EDT May 8, 2014

    WASHINGTON–The Republican-controlled U.S. House voted Thursday along party lines to establish a select committee to investigate the 2012 Benghazi terrorist attack on a diplomatic mission that left four Americans dead.

    The resolution to create the panel was approved 232-186, with seven Democrats voting with Republicans.

  7. rikyrah says:

    UH HUH

    UH HUH

    And, what are the Emos saying about THIS bullshyt?


    Clinton: Even Killing Goldman Sachs CEO Wouldn’t Satisfy ‘Blood Lust’

    Sahil Kapur – May 8, 2014, 2:05 PM EDT

    Bill Clinton told former Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner that nothing would appease the populist “blood lust” for bankers — not even slitting the throat of Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein in a dark alley.

    That’s according to a lengthy new article by Andrew Ross Sorkin published online Thursday for the New York Times magazine, which includes interviews with Geithner.

  8. rikyrah says:

    CNN host explodes after guest denies calling Michelle Obama’s Nigerian girl tweets ‘cheap’

    By David Edwards
    Thursday, May 8, 2014 14:18 EDT

    A CNN segment about Monica Lewinsky on Thursday turned into a shouting match after one guest criticized First Lady Michelle Obama for her efforts on social media to help kidnapped girls in Nigeria.

    During Ashleigh Banfield’s Legal View program on CNN, The Blaze’s Will Cain connected media coverage of Lewinsky to the #BringBackOurGirls movement, which is a social media campaign to call attention to nearly 300 girls that have been kidnapped by the Boko Haram terrorist organization. Michelle Obama had made news on Wednesday by becoming the most prominent personality to join the campaign.

    “We do cheap outrage on TV, we do cheap hashtag activism when it comes to the girls with Boko Haram, and this is cheap,” Cain complained on Thursday.

    “Whoa, whoa, whoa,” CNN contributor Mel Robbins interrupted. “I don’t think you want to connect the activism that got the world to start to pay attention to the girls with what happened with Monica Lewinsky.”

    “I’m telling you putting a tweet up with a hashtag, you didn’t do your duty today,” Cain insisted.

    “That’s disgusting to say about over 200 girls who are — what do you expect the first lady to do?” CNN host Don Lemon asked.

    “I wasn’t necessarily targeting the first lady exclusively,” Cain replied.

    “That’s whose photo is on the front page of the paper today,” Lemon pointed out. “So, who are you targeting then when you say that?”

  9. rikyrah says:

    Vulnerable Democrat Gives Stunningly Strong Defense Of Obamacare At Hearing

    Dylan Scott – May 8, 2014, 12:25 PM EDT

    In a flipping of the proverbial script, a Senate Democrat facing a tough re-election race used a confirmation hearing of Sylvia Mathews Burwell, nominated to head the Department of Health and Human Services, to advocate forcefully in favor of Obamacare.

    While Republican senators mostly went through the motions with their anti-Obamacare talking points or outright endorsed Burwell as Kathleen Sebelius’s replacement, Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC) used her time to trumpet the benefits of Medicaid expansion — and emphasize the downside of not expanding.

    Left unsaid, but strongly implied, was that her opponent, North Carolina House Speaker Thom Tillis, who locked up the GOP nomination earlier this week, had been instrumental in stopping the state from expanding Medicaid under the law.

    “Last year in North Carolina, our state legislature and governor decided against expanding the state’s Medicaid program,” Hagan said as she started her questioning, “and as a result, about 500,000 people who would have qualified for coverage through Medicaid are not now able to do so.”

    “These are some of the most vulnerable in our society,” she said, “who will continue to seek care in emergency rooms and then will leave chronic conditions unmanaged, which we know is detrimental to their health and the economy.”

  10. rikyrah says:

    Bible in high-school studies is part of Hobby Lobby president’s evangelization push


    Published: 07 May 2014 08:31 PM

    Updated: 08 May 2014 07:18 AM

    OKLAHOMA CITY — Steve Green’s faith led him to the U.S. Supreme Court, where he’s argued the nation’s new health care law and its requirement that his business provide certain types of birth control to employees violates his religious freedoms.

    At the same time, the president of the Hobby Lobby chain of craft stores is working to add the Bible to the curriculum of public high schools nationwide. His purpose, stated more clearly at some times than at others, is for students to learn its text and put America on a righteous course.

    “This nation is in danger because of its ignorance of what God has taught,” Green said last year to the National Bible Association, announcing his plan for the high school course. “There are lessons from the past that we can learn from, the dangers of ignorance of this book. We need to know it, and if we don’t know it, our future is going to be very scary.”

    Green has established a beachhead in his home state of Oklahoma, where the public Mustang School District in suburban Oklahoma City will begin teaching a class about the Bible as an elective beginning this fall. The goal is to place the Bible course in thousands of schools by 2017.

    Green told the Mustang school board last fall that the one-year trial of the Bible curriculum developed by the Green Scholars Initiative wasn’t intended to proselytize or “go down denominational, religious-type roads,” and persuaded the board that the plan would pass any constitutional challenges.

    That is possible, said Mark Chancey, a professor of religious studies at Southern Methodist University. But while a carefully constructed course about the Bible can be constitutional, it’s easy to cross a line.

  11. rikyrah says:

    Brilliant comment from POU:


    In a world where we laud ourselves and think we “succeeded” because we “punish” a racist by enriching him – “forcing” him to sell his $12 million vanity investment for nearly a billion dollars; Is there any wonder that most people have consciously and subconsciously failed to grasp just how equally valuable, the lives of little black girls to those of their white peers? Even if society places such little value and importance on the lives of (and all that concerns) black girls and black women – not just here in America, but the world over?

    I am grateful that 3 weeks later the abducted girls in Nigeria have become “important”. But I can’t help but still feel that certain lack of deep concern – or the palpable grief and non-stop tugging at the heart that we’d typically get, and associate with this incident, had this been a busload of blond, blue-eyed pre-adolescent and early-adolescent schoolgirls. There’s instead an almost brusque, clinical and opportunistic quality to the sudden burst of media attention. I hear no real concern. It doesn’t help that it took weeks of a massive twitter push to force the worlds media to pay attention – and to care about 250 plus vulnerable, innocent children (yes, they are children) held hostage by dangerous, demented, barbaric terrorists in a third world country. I hear a lot of noise and patronizing chatter, but I really still don’t hear any real concern – or sense of urgency.

    I’ve always worried that in fighting for our black boys and demanding that our black men be respected by society, we’ve often overlooked the equally awful lot dealt black girls and black women too – and forgotten to fight just as hard for and in defense of them.

    The concept of black girls and black women as “unattractive” and not “delicate” or “adorable” or “desirable” and therefore “unsympathetic” figures; undeserving of caring, love, respect, protection, chivalry – plays out everyday not just in our daily lives, but in our politics and in the media.

    We see it in the way this story of the abducted Chibok girls has unfolded; we see it presented in daily news stories like Renisha McBride’s death at the hands of Theodore Wafer, we see it in the story of Shanesha Taylor the desperate homeless woman who left her kids in the car to go interview for a job, we see it in the dehumanization of Rachel Jeantel, we see it in the way Republican Strategist John Freehery disrespects Joy Ann Reid on her own show, and we see it even more blatantly in how our very own first black First Lady has been demeaned, maligned, marginalized, trivialized, discredited and dismissed-

    In a world where the unelected black First Lady faces as many death threats as her husband the President; And is dehumanized and deemed either not “grateful” enough, or “mooching” off taxpayers. (Never mind that she and her husband were millionaires and far much wealthier than other First couples who have never been subjected to the same belittling and disrespect);

    In a world where Oscar de La Renta completely ignored Mrs Obama at first, deeming her unworthy of his time and expertise – and instead publicly courted and touted Cindy McCain – and then Ann Romney, but then turns around to bitch and moan about the now (surprise ODLR!) First Lady not wearing his designs – and steadily attacks, bullies and belittles her in the most petty and personal ways, at every turn–

    In a world where a former mid-level West Wing staffer brazenly writes an attack piece on the President’s wife – the First Lady – who he neither worked for, or interacted with; And there’s nothing but crickets all around, with the only attempt at rebutting this hit-piece, and speaking out in defense of Mrs Obama, coming from the conservative columnist Katherine Parker at the Washington Post. (The danger inherent in a black First Lady being defended by the likes of Katherine Parker however, is that Parker gets to set the parameters – including deciding, (denying) and setting Mrs Obama’s value – and how the story tells – and the extent to how well Mrs Obama is positively presented (with or without disclaimers or condescending digs) – even as she “defends”)–

    In a world where Hillary Clinton is seen, embraced and defended as the “victim” of the women her husband has dalliances with, and is rallied around and protected *from* the horrid home wreckers like Monica Lewinsky; but Mrs Obama is denigrated and treated with immense resentment, disrespect and contempt – and accused of being “jealous”, “insecure”, “raging” – as if she were the intruder/interloper in her own 22 year long marriage; With every random and dubiously “attractive” woman imaginable, plucked out of nowhere, elevated, and thrown into some “romantic” storyline that has her husband the President, ”infatuated” or “enthralled” – all while Mrs Obama “seethes”–

    (In their version, even the homely, time and weather-beaten “blonde” Danish P.M suddenly becomes “a babe” and “beautiful” – to Mrs Obama’s “raging, jealous, insecure, undesirable” black woman meme.)

    In a world where the two minor daughters of the President and First Lady are alternately attacked and/or pitted against each other – and even against their own mother; because suddenly the First Lady’s minor daughters are no longer her kids, birth from her womb, but “competition” to be wielded to further taunt and diminish her–

    I never heard Hillary and Chelsea referred to together as the “Clinton girls/women”. Or Laura Bush and her two daughters yoked together as the “Bush girls/women”. The 2 former first ladies were always accorded dignity and given their due respect and would be separately identified – with, and equal to their husbands – as President & First lady; with their daughter(s) mentioned subsequently *behind* them. I also never ever heard people fuss over both Bill Clinton and George Bush not having sons. Or people suggesting that these 2 husbands of post-menopausal Hillary and Laura as somehow yet “incomplete” (and still needing to be made whole with the addition of a boy child), because both Hillary and Laura “failed” to bear them sons.

    Unlike with Mrs Obama, I never once heard anyone insist that Laura Bush and Hillary Clinton ought to be “grateful” that their husbands married them – that they had been done the “favor”; Nor have I heard their life stories revised, so that any pre-marital achievements are conveniently scrubbed to advance the demeaning narrative that they were both nothing and nobodies who only advanced in life once they hitched their wagons to their succesful husbands. Or the suggestion that the husband they hadn’t even met at the time, was responsible for getting them into the top Law firm. Funny thing is, if anyone was on her own ambitious fast-track to independent success, it was Michelle Obama. Ironically, her marriage and subsequent commitment to her husband’s aspirations and the birth of their daughters, muted that.

    Nothing has been clearer – or more fascinating to observe as the very strategic, focused and insidious attempt to rubbish Mrs Obama.

    Her arrival on the national and international scene heralded a globally visible new norm. Just by being herself: an independently accomplished, double Ivy-League educated, brilliant, lovely, wise, elegant, confident, down to earth, fiercely protective, loving, devoted wife, mother and daughter – adored and doted upon by her powerful husband: the Leader of the Free world, Michelle Obama threatened the very foundation and structure of what had always been. And they were not going to have that.

    A world where a woman of color became *the* inspiring and complete role model that young girls and women of every color aspired to; The stylish, appealing and desirable object of attraction, affection, respect and adulation; the new and inspiring standard for femininity, motherhood, discipline, focus, smarts, prioritization of what matters most, family matriarch, her husband’s rock and support – and his still romantically thrilling and captivating lover.

    That was not going to be allowed.

    Factor in her effortless and natural ability to convince with such sincerity, and move diverse audiences in powerful ways towards her husband and his political/ideological perspective, and she posed an even greater threat–

    And so we watched as the dismantling began. The chipping away at the woman; at her being, her person, her character, her marriage, her family – and all that she holds dear.

    And too many of us either didn’t notice – or chose not to notice.

    Black girls and black women matter – and are deserving of love, consideration, tenderness, respect, dignity and yes, adulation. But if we don’t care to make and fiercely defend that point ourselves, why would anyone else?

      • Ametia says:

        And might I also add that Lupita N. had better cushion herself, stay as grounded as she can, and keep a tighter circle of friends. Because, Hollywood, and the fashion world’s attention is very SHORT. It’s always about trends and $$$.

        As long as Lupita keeps them bankrolled with her beauty and talent, she’t there “IT GIRL”
        Just wait until the next pretty, blonde, popsicle thin lady comes along, and the dark -skinned Lupita will go into their dust bin.

  12. rikyrah says:

    Rand Paul’s latest ACA whopper

    05/08/14 10:20 AM—Updated 05/08/14 10:37 AM
    By Steve Benen

    As most politicians realize, in order for a lie to serve its purpose, it has to be at least vaguely plausible. Politicians who go too far and make up an outlandish lie have done something counterproductive – people not only won’t believe the bogus claim, they’ll end up thinking less of the person telling the lie, instead of the intended target.

    With this in mind, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) sent out a newsletter to supporters last week claiming, “For every Kentuckian that has enrolled in Obamacare, 40 have been dropped from their coverage.”

    That is, of course, demonstrably ridiculous, even by Rand Paul standards. In reality, an untold number of Kentuckians saw their old, substandard plans get phased out under the Affordable Care Act – such cancellations were common before the ACA, too – but these consumers transitioned to new coverage.

    Besides, to suggest that these folks outnumber enrollees 40 to 1 is suggest Rand Paul is very bad at math – the remarkable success of Kentucky’s “Kynect” program makes the claim literally impossible. More than 413,000 people in the state have enrolled – multiply that number by 40 and you end up with a number far larger than the entire population of the state.

  13. rikyrah says:

    Trey Gowdy’s embarrassing start

    05/08/14 09:14 AM
    By Steve Benen

    On Tuesday, the House Republican leadership formally announced it’s chosen Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) to lead the latest in a series of Benghazi committee investigations. On Wednesday, Gowdy made a “telling slip.”

    Asked by MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough about the possibility that his panel’s work would continue into the 2016 election campaign, Gowdy replied that “if an administration is slow-walking document production, I can’t end a trial simply because the defense won’t cooperate.”

    A trial? And the Obama administration is the defense? So much for that “serious investigation” House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) promised; his new chairman intends to play prosecutor, proving the administration’s guilt to the jury – in this case, the public.

    It was no small admission. Publicly, GOP leaders insist their election-year charade is actually a credible search for the facts, wherever they may lead. They’re going into this process, not on a partisan witch hunt, but as responsible public officials. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) assured reporters this week that this is going to be “a serious investigation.”

  14. rikyrah says:

    Obamacare Is Already Providing A Big Boost To Public Hospitals

    By Igor Volsky on May 8, 2014 at 11:02 am

    In yet another boost to the health care law, some publicly traded hospitals are claiming that provisions in the Affordable Care Act are already increasing their bottom lines.

    During a call with investors on Wednesday, Community Health Systems CFO Larry Cash claimed that the company has already seen a decrease in self-pay admissions in the states that have expanded their Medicaid programs and predicted that the law would lower those kind of admissions from 8 percent to 4 percent over a three-year period. The CEOs of LifePoint Hospitals and HCA reported similar experiences: in states that expanded their Medicaid programs, Medicaid admissions grew, while the number of uninsured admissions declined at faster rates than in states that have yet to comply with the Medicaid provisions of the health care law.

    “So far and as expected, the new health care law has been a net positive for LifePoint with respect to Medicaid expansion,” CEO Bill Carpenter said during the call. “In the seven states where we operate that have expanded coverage, we saw increasing Medicaid and decreasing self-pay volumes. Increases in Medicaid membership and health insurance exchange participation contributed measurably to our results in the quarter.”

  15. rikyrah says:

    Thursday, May 8, 2014
    Obamacare as legacy

    I’d like to revisit something that Bill Kristol wrote back in 1993 about health care reform. At the time, he was talking about President Clinton’s failed attempt to reach that goal. But his words not only speak to the total obstruction from Republicans on this issue, they also give us a window into the idea of Obamacare as the critical transformative legacy of this Presidency.


    In that last paragraph, Kristol outlined the basic philosophical difference between Democrats and Republicans: Democrats believe that government spending and regulation help the middle class and Republicans claim that efforts to restrain the government help them. What he suggested was that health care reform would legitimize the Democratic position “at the very moment we have begun rolling back that idea in other areas.”

    In other words, Kristol said that when it comes to the epic battle between the two parties about the role of government, health care reform would transform the debate. That indicates that even beyond the positive outcomes of Obamacare, its passage and implementation will finally tilt the scales away from the Reagan philosophy of government as the problem. That’s what Republicans believe!

    I’ll grant you that a lot of the American public isn’t there yet. But with the passage of every milestone indicating its success, we get closer to the day that happens. The replacement of Obamacare as the central issue for Republicans in the 2014 midterms by Benghazi! demonstrates that at some level they know that is underway.

    That’s why I’m actually grateful to Republicans for re-naming the Affordable Care Act as Obamacare. It reminds me that when Scott Brown was elected to replace Ted Kennedy as the Senator from Massachusetts, and almost all others gave up hope, President Obama stood strong. He took the heat and continued the fight until it was done. Over the course of history, that will be his legacy.

  16. rikyrah says:

    Called by Republicans, Health Insurers Deliver Unexpected Testimony
    MAY 7, 2014

    House Republicans summoned a half-dozen health insurance executives to a hearing Wednesday envisioned as another forum for criticism of the Affordable Care Act. But insurers refused to go along with the plan, and surprised Republican critics of the law by undercutting some of their arguments against it.

    Insurers, appearing before a panel of the Energy and Commerce Committee, testified that the law had not led to a government takeover of their industry, as some Republicans had predicted. Indeed, several insurers said their stock prices had increased in the last few years.

    The executives also declined to endorse Republican predictions of a sharp increase in insurance premiums next year, saying they did not have enough data or experience to forecast prices. And they said they were already receiving federal subsidy payments intended to make insurance more affordable for low- and middle-income people.
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    Representative Michael C. Burgess, Republican of Texas, sounded a bit disappointed at the end of the hearing. He marveled at the subdued testimony and complained that no one at the witness table “wanted to be forthcoming.”

    But Representative Jan Schakowsky, Democrat of Illinois, appeared delighted.

    “These companies were not the biggest supporters of the law,” she said. “They still oppose many provisions, but they do not live in a Republican echo chamber. They live in the real world.”

    The insurers said Wednesday that most of the people who signed up for coverage in the open enrollment period that ended on March 31 — perhaps 80 percent — had paid their initial premiums, as required to activate their coverage. Some policyholders have more time to pay their initial premiums

  17. rikyrah says:

    North Korean screed against Obama illustrates ‘race-based’ worldview

    SEOUL — In a recently published and lengthy racist screed, North Korea calls President Obama a “clown,” a “dirty fellow” and somebody who “does not even have the basic appearances of a human being.”

    Propriety has never been a part of North Korean rhetoric, but rarely has Pyongyang so ferociously — and personally — attacked a U.S. leader, in this case pulling language right out of the American 1850s. The attack seems unabashed, except for one thing: Unlike most articles published by the North’s state-run news agency, this one wasn’t translated into English.

    “He is a crossbreed with unclear blood,” the North says.

    And later: Obama “still has the figure of monkey while the human race has evolved through millions of years.”

    “It would be perfect for Obama to live with a group of monkeys in the world’s largest African natural zoo and lick the bread crumbs thrown by spectators.”

  18. Ametia says:

    Nina Turner needs to beat the pants off this dude.

  19. rikyrah says:

    Study: On economics, Obama’s judges are the most liberal in 50 years

    Updated by Andrew Prokop on April 17, 2014, 10:30 a.m. ET 

    How liberal are President Obama’s judges? A new study by two political scientists tries to answer that question. Robert Carp and Kenneth Manning examine about 50,000 federal judicial opinions between 1932 and 2013, including 683 by Obama’s district court appointees, and code each opinion as liberal or conservative.

    Overall, Obama’s judges basically resemble nominees of other Democratic presidents — except on decisions about economic or labor regulation. There, Obama’s judges are the most liberal of any president studied (going back to John F. Kennedy). Note that the study only includes district court judges, not Supreme Court judges:

    Note particularly the difference between Obama and Clinton’s judges — Obama’s made 66 percent liberal decisions, compared to 54 percent for Clinton’s.

  20. rikyrah says:

    UH HUH

    UH HUH


    Quote of the Day: Greenwald Says Supporting the Effort to Find 270 Kidnapped Nigerian Girls is “Horrifying”

    In response to an op/ed in The Guardian that calls for feminists in the west to support the effort to find 270 teenage Nigerian girls kidnapped by Islamic jahadists known as Boko Haram, Glenn Greenwald tweeted the following:


    So according to Greenwald supporting the effort to find these girls whom the terrorist abductors plan to sell into slavery is ignorant, “horrifying” and “The Next Western Intervention.”

    Okay. Awful.

    The kidnappings weren’t horrifying — but standing “in solidarity with these girls, their mothers, and their fathers,” the point of the op/ed, is “horrifying” to Greenwald. Perhaps if it was 270 Edward Snowdens who were abducted, Greenwald wouldn’t be so heartless. Meal ticket, etc.

  21. rikyrah says:

    Tea partier demands $1 million: state GOP

    Rachel Maddow reports on accusations of an extortionate demand by Massachusetts tea party politician, Mark Fisher, of a million dollars to drop his lawsuit against the state Republican Party to be put on the ballot.

  22. rikyrah says:

    Morning Plum: GOP giving up on fixing Latino problem before 2016
    By Greg Sargent
    May 8 at 9:13 am

    As you know, I’ve been arguing that if Republicans don’t move on immigration before the August recess, acting may be even harder next year, meaning Republicans may lose their chance to put their stamp on reform — and begin to fix their Latino problem — before the next presidential election. There’s been little indication that Republicans have given any thought to the immigration calendar, preferring only to focus on their inevitable Glorious Victory this fall.

    Now Politico moves the ball forward with a story reporting that it is becoming increasingly apparent to many lawmakers that, if nothing happens this year, nothing is likely to happen until 2017 at the earliest. As Politico puts it, there is “growing pessimism on Capitol Hill that a sweeping immigration bill is achievable in President Barack Obama’s second term if nothing passes this year.”

    Various factors are shaping this reality: The Senate bill expires at the end of the year. The GOP presidential primary will get underway next year. If Congress doesn’t act, Obama may have to act alone, making legislative reform harder still.

    The big takeaway: Republicans appear aware the window for action is closing fast. And what this really means is that, if they continue to stall this year, they are in effect giving up on even trying to repair their Latino problem before another presidential election in which the Latino share of the vote is only going to rise in key states.

  23. rikyrah says:

    Dems ‘emboldened’ on ACA defense

    05/07/14 03:40 PM—Updated 05/07/14 05:45 PM
    By Steve Benen

    For reasons that aren’t altogether clear, House Republicans organized a hearing today to talk to insurance company officials about ACA data Republicans knew to be false. The result was predictable.

    Republicans struggled to land punches against ObamaCare in a hearing Wednesday as responses from insurance companies deflated several lines of questioning.

    Democratic lawmakers were emboldened to defend the Affordable Care Act with renewed vigor and levity, creating a dynamic rarely seen in the debate over ObamaCare…. Republicans were visibly exasperated as insurers failed to confirm certain assumptions about ObamaCare.

    Well, it is exasperating when a group of lawmakers go to the trouble of creating their own reality and others refuse to go along.

    The congressional hearing came against a backdrop of even more good news for those hoping to see the U.S. health care system succeed – Sarah Kliff reported on new federal data showing “improvements in hospital care have saved 15,000 lives” in the two years after the Affordable Care Act became law, thanks at least in part to provisions in the law intended to reduce readmissions and reduce hospital-acquired conditions.

  24. rikyrah says:

    Rachel Maddow 05/07/14

    Right’s anti-tax dream an economic nightmare

    Dave Helling, columnist for the Kansas City Star, talks with Rachel Maddow about the economic damage inflicted on the state of Kansas by radical tax cuts following a right-wing takeover of the state government and similarities to developments in Missouri.

  25. Ametia says:

    BringBackOurGirls hash tag has been tweeted 1.9 MILLION times.

    • Morning, Ametia!

      And CNN, MSNBC AND ABC let Mary Strawberry, a woman with less than 400 followers and no ties whatsoever to Africa, just walk in and claim the hashtag #BringBackOurGirls was started by her and none bothered to questioned her. The woman STOLE the credit from @obyezeks. WTF kind of ISH is THAT?

      • Ametia says:

        NO.SHE.DIDN.T. This is typical for some white folks to APPROPRIATE/STEAL ideas from blacks. NO.CREATIVITY.WHAT.SO.EVER.

        So money is being made off the backs of the 200+ kidnapped Nigerian girls, huh? NO surprises here.

        Are folks giving her and the cable networks a righteous beat down, for this foolishness.

  26. rikyrah says:

    Struggling to breathe new life into an old ‘scandal’

    05/08/14 08:00 AM
    By Steve Benen

    In May 2013, former IRS official Lois Lerner was called to provide testimony on what seemed like a big deal at the time: the alleged “controversy” surrounding the Internal Revenue service. She asserted her rights under the Fifth Amendment.

    In May 2014, House Republicans decided they’re really upset about it.

    The House voted 231-187 on Wednesday to hold former IRS official Lois Lerner in contempt of Congress for refusing to testify before House committees, in a party line vote that drew support from a handful of Democrats. […]

    Maintaining Lerner did not break any laws, her lawyer William Taylor said in a statement that “it is unfortunate that the majority party in the House has put politics before a citizen’s constitutional rights.”

    In theory, the House’s complaint – which does not need Senate approval – will be referred to a prosecutor, but most see it as unlikely that Lerner’s case will be pursued as a criminal matter.

    Indeed, it’s worth remembering that no American has ever been successfully prosecuted for invoking their Fifth Amendment rights before Congress. The last time Congress tried was Joe McCarthy’s witch hunts a half-century ago.

    It’s quite a legacy House GOP lawmakers are living up to.

  27. rikyrah says:

    President Obama delivers remarks at the USC Shoah Foundation Dinner. May 7, 2014.

  28. Yahtc says:

    Robert Leroy Johnson was born on this day in 1911. From Wikipedia:

    “Robert Leroy Johnson (May 8, 1911 – August 16, 1938) was an American blues singer and musician. His landmark recordings in 1936 and 1937 display a combination of singing, guitar skills, and songwriting talent that has influenced later generations of musicians.
    “As an itinerant performer who played mostly on street corners, in juke joints, and at Saturday night dances, Johnson had little commercial success or public recognition in his lifetime.
    “Johnson’s records sold poorly during his lifetime. It was only after the reissue of his recordings in 1961 on the LP King of the Delta Blues Singers that his work reached a wider audience. Johnson is now recognized as a master of the blues, particularly of the Mississippi Delta blues style.
    “He is credited by many rock musicians as an important influence; Eric Clapton has called Johnson “the most important blues singer that ever lived.”
    “Johnson was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as an “Early Influence” in their first induction ceremony in 1986. In 2003, David Fricke ranked Johnson fifth in Rolling Stone.”

  29. Yahtc says:

    Good Morning, Everyone :)

    Well, Ametia, I just have to go out and buy some CD’s of Tuck and Patti. They are wonderful!
    Thank you so much for introducing me to them this week!

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