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FOX News has a show called “The Intelligence Report.” To my ears this sounds like a public access show for current and former spooks. Florida congressman Alan Grayson discussed his proposed amendment to keep the government funded during any putative shutdown: Trish Regan: Joining me right now with a plan to stop government shutdowns from… More ‘Well, cancer is temporary too, isn’t it’
“All In” played choice bits from today’s House-Planned Parenthood hearings. Allen Drury’s Advice and Consent could not have presaged so lurid a set of exchanges: Chaffetz, who took the gavel for this often politically contentious committee at the start of the new Congress in January, put up a chart that purported to show Planned Parenthood’s… More ‘Abortion can be the moral choice’
I shed no tears for John Boehner, elected during the Gingrich Congress in 1994, during which a hack who carried packs of Marlboro cigs in every coat pocket and a check from tobacco companies in the others condemned earmarks and Washington chicanery. I can’t think of a pithier phrase than Alex Pareene’s to describe Republicans… More John Boehner, hack supreme
He wanted the job at the moment when it became the equivalent of Louis XVI inheriting the crown. In another age he might’ve been a dependable hack, useful after a round of negotiations in conference rooms with billowing Marlboro Red smoke. Instead he became a doleful nobody and respected by no one.
Here it comes! The 40 or so Republican conservative representatives from the so-called Freedom Caucus who have been threatening to unseat House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) significantly increased their insistence that the continuing resolution (CR) needed to avoid a shutdown not be considered if it includes continued funding for Planned Parenthood. One member of the… More Hello, shutdown, my own friend
Fuck you, Kim Davis. Here’s your oath: I, ….., do swear that I will well and truly discharge the duties of the office of ………….. County Circuit Court clerk, according to the best of my skill and judgment, making the due entries and records of all orders, judgments, decrees, opinions and proceedings of the court,… More ‘In a way, she’s out George Wallace-ing George Wallace'”
Besides a fabulous name, Rufus Peckham is remembered in American jurisprudence for penning one of the most notorious decisions in the era between Reconstruction and the New Deal. Lochner v. New York invalided state laws regulating maximum hour laws. Something called “liberty of contract” existed in what William O. Douglas would later (in)famously call the… More Resurrecting Lochner
Thank Digby for reminding me what my right wing confrères were writing ten years ago after Hurricane Katrina doomed New Orleans residents poor enough to watch their homes join the Gulf of Mexico: ATTN: SUPERDOME RESIDENTS – I think it’s time to face facts. That place is going to be a Mad Max/thunderdome Waterworld/Lord of… More Jonah Goldberg in 2005: ‘I think it’s time to face facts’
Norm Ornstein explains why the usual dismissals regarding fools like Donald Trump won’t work: A part of my skepticism flows from my decades inside the belly of the congressional beast. I have seen the Republican Party go from being a center-right party, with a solid minority of true centrists, to a right-right party, with a… More The ebb of mainstream conservatism
An Iowan radio host has what Oliver North would call a neat idea: let’s set a deadline and if all illegal immigrants aren’t out of his state, then those people become the property of Iowa. Jan Mickelson is not using a metaphor. He is not, like his beloved Jesus Christ of Nazareth, speaking in parables.… More ‘Well, what’s wrong with slavery?’
Beautiful. Revoke the Fourteenth Amendment, and, while they’re at it, the Thirteenth too, and the Grand Old Party can return to the status quo ante Abraham Lincoln was shot by a man who supported with all his heart a rabble that believed in enslaving human beings: But the push does have support in the high… More Constitution 101