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Hillary’s Genius

May 7, 2015

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Hillary Clinton’s call for a path to citizenship for the 11 million immigrants currently living illegally in the United States, as well as her desire to take more expansive executive action than President Obama has taken, has put the squeeze on GOP hopefuls. The result is an awkward silence by the usually garrulous bunch. Why […]

The Reagan Myth

August 8, 2014

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When your idol is exposed as less than perfect… what do you do? Well, instead of doing some self-reflection, the right has taken to vehemently attacking Rick Perlstein, an historian and author of “The Invisible Bridge: The Fall of Nixon and the Rise of Reagan.” According to a Reagan biographer and current Ann Coulter publicist, […]

Rogue Political Operatives? Highly Unlikely

January 9, 2014

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At 7:34 am on August 13, 2013, Bridget Anne Kelly, Governor Chris Christie’s deputy chief of staff, wrote in an email to the director of interstate capital projects for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and Gov. Christie appointee David Wildstein, “Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee.” Wildstein responded at […]

Wyoming bill is pure idiocy

January 10, 2013

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In an effort to preempt Vice President Biden’s suggestions to curb gun violence, the Wyoming legislature has sponsored a bill that makes it a felony to enforce any future federal law that enacts gun safety measures… Clearly, this group of GOP representatives are not attorneys or else they would know that the legal theory of […]

A Response to Debt Ceiling Nonsense… #mintthecoin or IOU?

January 10, 2013

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Here is a good piece by Jonathan Chait from New York Magazine on how to combat the hostage taking the Republicans in Congress seek over the debt ceiling silliness. Raising the debt ceiling should be a non-issue as it was in virtually every one of the 106 times it has been raised since 1940, including […]

December job numbers and thoughts on a progressive payroll tax system

January 4, 2013

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A few interesting things I want to highlight (including a social security observation): 155k new jobs vs. 150k consensus November’s unemployment rate was revised up to 7.8%, which is the same as December’s rate – 7.8% 58.6% of population is employed and labor participation rate is 63.6%. These numbers are relatively low, and I would […]

The 2012 Ass Clown – Lord Mittens

January 3, 2013

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ass clown /as kloun/ n: an abject failure who is simultaneously arrogant, condescending and obnoxious. Synonym: douchebag The 2012 Ass Clown of the Year is the one and only Lord Mittens, Mitt Romney. From the 47% video, which was precisely the percentage of the American electorate he got to vote for him, to blaming President […]

Primer on gun rights in America

December 23, 2012

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This is a good primer on current gun rights courtesy of Scary Lawyer Guy blog.  I will be putting together a more nuanced analysis of Justice Scalia’s opinion and Justice Stevens’ dissent in Heller, as well as an analysis of Justice Breyer’s dissent in McDonald in the coming weeks. My initial analysis indicates that Justice […]

Another dumb gun-rights argument debunked….

December 23, 2012

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For the gun-rights ass clown’s argument – why aren’t we talking about eliminating cars? They kill as many people each year as guns. From Nicholas Kristof of NY Times… we can look for inspiration at our own history on auto safety. As with guns, some auto deaths are caused by people who break laws or […]

Immediate gun control legislation’s “must haves”

December 22, 2012

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Gun control legislation must begin with a ban of semi-automatic assault rifles and high-capacity clips, like the Bushmaster AR-15 and the 30 round magazines used kill 20 six- and seven-year olds, and six administrators at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., last week. However, the legislation must go far beyond that. Here is a […]

A Primer on Boehner’s “Plan B” and GOP spending cuts

December 20, 2012

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John Boehner’s desperate attempt to hold onto his House Speaker position by pandering to his Tea Party and Grover Norquist-loving members of the GOP House caucus, has led him to terminate discussions with the President and propose his alternative plan, dubbed “Plan B”.  Speaker Boehner intends on offering up a vote on the Plan in […]

The Weekly Ass Clown – Gun-Rights Crazy Person Edition

December 18, 2012

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ass clown /as kloun/ n: an abject failure who is simultaneously arrogant, condescending and obnoxious. Synonym: douchebag This very special edition of the Weekly Ass Clown highlights some of the RWNJ gun-rights activists that said absolutely idiotic things in the wake of the Sandy Hook elementary school massacre. These Ass Clowns should be forever banned […]

It is time to prioritize our “Rights”

December 17, 2012

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In the aftermath of the most recent mass shooting, this one located at the Sandy Hook elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut and one that killed 20 six and seven year-olds, and six adults (teachers and administrators), the nation is confronted with a problem that the Founding Fathers did not contemplate, and one that imperils every […]

The Weekly Ass Clown – 38 GOP Senators who voted against ratifying disability treaty

December 9, 2012

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ass clown /as kloun/ n: an abject failure who is simultaneously arrogant, condescending and obnoxious. Synonym: douchebag Earlier this week, the Convention of Rights of Persons with Disabilities, a UN treaty that would ban discrimination against people with disabilities and was modeled after the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act that George H.W. Bush signed into […]

Being born rounding third base is bad for society’s future

December 8, 2012

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Paul Krugman has a great post today about the effect wealth has and will have on the manufacturing sector, and more broadly, society. This article raises some fascinating questions about the persistence of a college premium, inheriting wealth and wealth inequality. Catherine Ramp-ell and Nick Wingfield write about the growing evidence for “reshoring” of manufacturing […]

McConnell is at it again…

December 6, 2012

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) tried to embarrass the President today, but it backfired… making him look rather foolish. On Capitol Hill, Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the Republican leader, moved Thursday to vote on Mr. Obama’s proposal, in his broader deficit package, to permanently diminish Congress’s control over the federal government’s statutory borrowing […]

First Round of Fiscal Cliff Negotiations

December 3, 2012

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This afternoon Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) sent The White House the GOP’s “solution” to the fiscal cliff. Like their presidential candidate’s entire campaign, the GOP letter tried to put the onus of austerity on the middle class and was devoid of specifics. A few things we do know ($2.2 T savings over 10 years): $800 […]

The Weekly Ass Clown – Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX)

December 1, 2012

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ass clown /as kloun/ n: an abject failure who is simultaneously arrogant, condescending and obnoxious. Synonym: douchebag This Week’s Ass Clown is Bat-Shit Crazy, Right Wing Nut Job (RWNJ), the guy who was just elected to his fifth term from Texas’s 1st Congressional District – the one and only – Louie Gohmert. Earlier this week […]

The Weekly Ass Clown – Rep. Scott DesJarlais (R-Tenn.)

November 24, 2012

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ass clown /as kloun/ n: an abject failure who is simultaneously arrogant, condescending and obnoxious. Synonym: douchebag This Week’s Ass Clown is ardent Pro-lifer, Mr. Family Values, Serial Philanderer, Physician, and Tea Party Republican Congressman from Tennessee’s 4th Congressional District, Scott DesJarlais. According to Ass Clown DesJarlais’s House of Representative biography “Scott ran for office […]

An Apology Is Necessary

November 21, 2012

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Senator John McCain, who I’ve been critical of in the recent past, or the irascible douche, as Andrew Sullivan calls him, has finally been put in his place regarding his unfounded criticism of U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice… Or has he? The recent timeline runs as follows: Last week, former CIA Director David Petraeus told lawmakers […]