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|No Rubio, The World Is Not A Better Place Without Saddam, Unless You Are Iran, ISIS…
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|Updated - Begala: "I didn't know he had a hearing impairment and we pray for his swift recovery"
Yesterday, Jeb Bush was asked a very simple question by Fox's Megyn Kelly, "Knowing what we know now, would you have authorized the invasion?" His answer was "I would have," an emphatic yes. ...
|Josh Earnst Laments How Truly Pathetic Guiliani Has Become
In response to a question at a White House briefing Josh Earnst said this about Guiliani "It's sad to see when somebody who has attained a certain level of public stature -- and even admiration -- ...
|Did Netanyahu's Hatred Of Obama Finally Bring Senate Democrats To Their Senses
The Senate Democrats who were at the forefront of the effort that would effectively derail the Iranian nuclear negotiations have finally come to their senses. They sent a letter to the President, ...
|Keystone Is A Reality Check For Democrats On The Senate Filibuster Rule
Yesterday, Democrats cheered when the Senate filibustered a bill that would have granted approval to construction of the Keystone pipeline. A majority of Senators voted for the bill. In fact 59 ...
|Five Million People In Thirty-Four States Should Lobby To "Save Our Health Care"
The Supreme Court is considering a case that could take away health insurance subsidies from working people in thirty-four States. Those are the States whose health insurance exchanges were set up ...
|In A Sane World Oklahoma, Alabama And Five Other Red States Would Be Siding With Obama
The Supreme Court has decided to hear King v Burwell , the case that rejected a challenge to the ACA by die hard ACA opponents. They had argued that a wording glitch in the law meant that people ...
|Ebola Irrationality Is A Two Way Street
Rwanda has decided to screen all US passengers for Ebola. This may be irrational Ebola hysteria on the part of Rwanda, or possibly something else. This could be run of the mill fear stoked ...
|"Protect And Serve" Now Means "Protect" Officers And "Serve" The Force
"Protect and Serve" are the words we see on the side of many police cars and is the motto of most police forces. The words define the mission of the police, which is to "protect" citizens and "serve"
|Putin's Tiger Defects, Seeks Asylum In China
Putin's tiger has defected to China and is seeking asylum. Yes, you heard that right. The two year old tiger Kuzya, has, up to now, been affectionately known as Putin's tiger after he was virtually ...
|Sean Hannity Explains Why He Is The Way He Is
Hannity said on Fox News that his Dad beat him with a strap and he had no problem with that. In fact he knows he turned out fine because I got hit with a strap. Bam, bam, bam. And I have never been ...
|HHS Reports That The ACA Has Saved Consumers $9 Billion
The Department of Health and Human Services issued a report today explaining that the Affordable Care Act has saved consumers $9 Billion since it was enacted. The bulk of the savings was in reduced ...
|Update II With Transcript. President Sticks It To Boehner And Touts His Executive Actions
See Big Update at End. The President will release today a list of forty executive actions he has taken and tout those actions in a speech in Austin. By doing this he is highlighting his actions ...
|Hey McCain, Petraeus Agrees With The President On Iraq
John (Oh I hope I can be right once) McCain said that Obama should fire all his national security staff and consult with David Petraeus on what to do about ISIS in Iraq. After attending the briefing,
|“I thanked him for keeping us out of war”
There is a great article on the Daily Beast about the D-Day Commemoration. It is bookend by an interchange between the President and a D-Day veteran. No one overheard what the veteran said to the ...
|VA Scandal Cautionary Note - IRS, Benghazi, Fast And Furious
When I read about the VA "scandal" involving alleged falsification of patient wait times and related issues, there is a tickle in the back of my head that says "don't forget the IRS, Benghazi and ...
|Anyone Who Thinks Obama Isn't Progressive Enough Should Remember the Alternatives
The alternatives to Obama were McCain in 2008 and Romney in 2012. No, Howard Dean was never going to be nominated let alone elected. The same is true for all the other Democrats who ran in the ...
|Benghazi Is About The President's Legitimacy Not Just Hillary
The entire premise of the Republican Benghazi fixation is backwards. All of the Congressional and State Department reports make clear that the Republican Benghazi story is fact free nonsense ...
|"I support them and give them food, and clothes -"
A recently released extended excerpt of Sterling's conversation with his "girlfriend" V. Stiviano may say more about the Clippers owners mindset than anything else. Following an exchange where he ...
|Has There Been Even One Person Actually Harmed By The ACA
In all of the news reports and right wing ads has there been even one reported instance of a person paying more for an ACA policy that is not equal to or better than their current policy purchased ...
|Hey Tom (Kristallnacht) Perkins, You Can't Vote Unless
You have experienced at least five of the following: Worked for minimum wage, Worked a job where you had to shower after work, Worked for tips, Used student loans to finance your education, Worked ...
|Wisdom That Defies Description
When asked to explain her alternative to the Affordable Care Act Sarah Palin's depth and insightfulness were beyond description. The plan is to allow those things that had been proposed over many ...
|It's Not A Poison Pill. The Debt Ceiling Extraordinary Measures Should Be Repealed
The House is proposing to eliminate the "extraordinary measures" that delay hitting the debt ceiling. Some people think this is a bad idea or a poison pill but it is not. These special procedures ...
|The President Restates Why There Are No 14th Amendment Tricks Around The Debt Ceiling
At todays press conference the President restated what he said in January that there are no tricks around the debt ceiling, such as the 14th Amendment, gigantic coins or script. And I know there's ...
|President Obama May Be About To Achieve His Syria/Chemical Weapons Objectives
Congress is considering a resolution that would authorize the President to use force against Syria for a limited period of time and restrict the force that could be used by excluding ground troops. ...
|Assad Gassed His People, Even Opponents Of Syria Resolution Agree. Question Is What To Do
The Senators and Representatives who have seen the classified materials agree that Assad gassed his people. That includes those who are strongly against intervention. The debate is over what if ...
|Why Did Assad Use Chemicals? We Finally Have An Answer
This morning I heard something that prospectively fleshed out an important part of Secretary Kerry's presentation a few hours later. With that I think I'm officially off the fence. This morning on ...
|Recommended Diary Incorrect - There Is No Challenge To Church Tax Exemption
There is a post that confuses the tax exemption for religious and charitable organizations, 501(c)(3), with the exemption for social welfare organizations, 501(c)(4). There is no lawsuit challenging ...
|Did You Know President Obama Was Responsible For Katrina (Not Snark)
A new PPP poll in Louisiana makes clear that a voter ID which is only issued when there is evidence that the voter has a brain be required for all Republicans in Louisiana. Want to know why. The ...
|Cruz Refuses To Release Long Form Birth Certificate
Ted Cruze continues to conceal the truth about his birth. Today a Dallas newspaper was able to see something that he purports is a Canadian birth certificate. But, as usual, it obscures more than ...
|Assange Says Rand Paul Is The Only Hope For America
It's always good to know where people really stand-what their core beliefs are. Well, for those who may not have been sure about Julian Assange, he gave us a peek during a forum hosted by Campus ...
|Don't Further Privatize National Security
There are proposals in Congress that would prohibit NSA from collecting communications metadata. If enacted this would have the effect of further privatizing intelligence gathering and national ...
|The Outrage In The Zimmerman Case Is The Law – Not The Judge, Jury, Defense Or Prosecution
The verdict in the trial of the Zimmerman for the homicide of Trayvon Martin is an outrage. George Zimmerman killed him. George Zimmerman instigated the events which resulted in Martin's death. ...
|It's Not The Collection Of Data, It's The Use Of The Data That Matters
The Fourth Amendment does not restrict the collection of things unless those things are used by the Government to deprive someone of life, liberty or property. Additionally, existing Supreme Court ...
|There Would Be Reason For Concern If It Were Warrantless Domestic Wiretapping
There has been much discussion about two NSA programs: the first involving records of phone calls within the United States and the second involving the content of internet communications outside the ...
| Miranda And The Public Safety Exception-Reality and Myths
There is a considerable amount of confusion regarding the Miranda doctrine and how it operates. This confusion has been heightened by the discussion of whether the FBI will invoke the public safety ...
|The Supreme Court Gets A Fourth Amendment Case Right
The Supreme Court today got a fourth amendment decision right. In the case, Missouri v McNeely, the Court ruled that the police were required to get a warrant before taking a blood test on a man ...
|Grover Norquist Is Up In Arms Over Chained CPI
Grover Norquist has made clear that he is opposed to Chained CPI and that a vote for Chained CPI would be a violation of the anti-tax pledge signed by most Republicans. The reason is simple. Chained ...
|Rand Paul's Authoritarianism And Hypocrisy On Display Today
Rand Paul, who professes to be a libertarian and staunch believer in Constitutional rights and limited government is anything but. His professed respect for the freedom and liberty of others is ...
|Costco CEO Supports $10.10 Minimum-Wage
At Costco, we know that paying employees good wages makes good sense for business, . . . We pay a starting hourly wage of $11.50 in all states where we do business, and we are still able to keep our ...
|President Wins - House Will Vote On Clean Debt Limit Bill on Wednesday
The House is going to raise the debt limit on Wednesday but will not actually be voting for a debt limit increase. Rather, to spare their poor members the embarrassment of actually having to raise ...
|Why The Debt Limit Fight Will Be A Political Face-Off With No Gimmicks Or Constitutional Crisis
In dealing with the upcoming debt limit crisis, President Obama will approach it in a fundamentally different way than he did back in 2011. But for a variety of very good reasons he will make it a ...
|White House Responds: No Secession Today Boys
The White House has issued its response to all the secession petitions filed on its website. In the politest way possible the petitioners were given a gigantic red raspberry. In addition, the White ...
|Letter To The President: Cutting Tax Spending and Fixing Long Term Social Security Deficit
This letter was mailed on January 5, 2013 President Barack Obama White House Washington D.C. 20500 Dear Mr. President, I have a proposal for how you can ...
|Boehner Needs To Become The Speaker Of The House, Not Speaker Of the Republicans
John Boehner, the Speaker of the House, could pass reasonable legislation if he were in fact the Speaker of the House. However John Boehner has ignored the Constitutional obligations of that office, ...
|The McDonald's Pay Gap Is 520 To 1
If one wants a good illustration of how immoral corporate America has become one need look no further than McDonald's. Leslie Patton of Bloomberg wrote a profile of McDonald's employee, Tyree Johnson,
|UPDATE - U.S. Made $22.7 Billion Profit As Last AIG Stock Sold
The last U.S. owned stock in AIG sold for $7.6 Billion giving the U.S. a total net profit of $22.7 Billion from the bailout of AIG. The $182 Billion bailout of AIG was the most shamefully necessary ...
|Two Things About This So Called Fiscal Cliff We Should Remember
There are two things about the fiscal cliff that make clear it is not a cliff and it is not even necessarily a problem. First, the history of 2001-2008 already suggests that going over the fiscal ...
|All Secessionists Can Self-Secede By Renouncing Their Citizenship
There have been the tens of thousands of people who have signed petitions expressing the desire for their states to secede from the union. Well, there is no state that is dumb enough to want to do ...
|Here Is Mitt's Binder Full Of Women
When it matters, only men are allowed. Any one else is window dressing.
|Empty chair? We are debating an empty suit.
I'm sorry but Clint Eastwood's shtick last night was hilarious. The joke was on him for his absolute incompetence and incoherence and on the Romney campaign for thinking that he would be this year's ...
|"Dishonored" The Memory Of George Armstrong Custer - We Have Crossed Into The Surreal
You simply cannot make this stuff up. Republican national committee leader Pat Rogers said that New Mexico Gov. Susanna Martinez had dishonored the memory of George Armstrong Custer when her staff ...
|Mountain lion is here and it's really cool
This is a test. I just wanted to see if this new dictation function in Mountain lion would allow me to actually dictate a post and put it on Daily Kos. Apparently it does. For anyone who uses a ...
|New CBO Report: ACA Repeal Will Increase The Deficit
The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and the staff of the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) have issued their report on the estimated spending and revenue effects of H.R. 6079, odiously referred to ...
|Breaking: Report Of LIBOR Arrests Coming
There is a report from Reuters that arrests in the LIBOR scandal are coming in the US and Europe. Lawyers of US clients have been contacted. Federal prosecutors in Washington, D.C., have recently ...
|Big Guy And His Buddy Test The New Image Function (woozle caution)
Here is Sebastian, AKA Big Guy, and his buddy Samson chilling out.
|A Marriage Made In Heaven
This is an article about saving money, helping the environment, reducing our reliance on petroleum, being pro-union, and having a blast while you do it. For over a hundred years people have been ...
|The Obama Administration Made The Exact Tax Argument That the Court Accepted
There is much confusion regarding the ACA tax issue. Contrary to what some think, this is the same argument the President made. He said the penalty was not a tax for purposes of the Anti-injunction ...
|Breaking: Mandate Survives As A Tax. Updates
Here is the link This was always the easiest way for the Court to uphold it. It also explains why Scalia has gone off the reservation. Not just the mandate. The entire ACA is upheld except some ...
|Romney: "I don't want to football with as a political matter."
Mitt Romney's awkwardness is so painful, so cringeworthy, that it almost, but not quite, elicits sympathy. That awkwardness was in evidence again today when he was apparently trying to refer to a "...
|Romney Says You Must Have Three Years Of "Business Experience" To Be President
At a Las Vegas rally yesterday Mitt Romney said he wants the Constitution amended to require a candidate to have "three years of business experience" to be eligible for President. I kid you not. ...
|President Obama Could Hardly Keep A Straight Face
At the press conference with the Japanese Prime Minister today, the President was asked about the Republican manufactured claim of "excessive celebration" regarding the anniversary of the death of ...
|Text Of Prosecution Affidavit In Zimmerman Case
Here is the text of the affidavit filed by the prosecution in the Zimmerman case. The facts in the affidavit establish probable cause for the 2d Degree Murder charge. It is short, but refers to the ...
| Anti-Injunction Act - A Simple Explanation Of The Issues Argued Today With Oral Argument Update.
The front page has a very long and detailed article about the Anti-Injunction Act issues being discussed in the Supreme Court today. Since it may be a little dense for many people here is a simpler ...
|Trayvon Martin - What Does The Florida "Stand Your Ground" Law Really Say?
The Florida Justifiable Use Of Force Statute , often referred to as the "Stand Your Ground" law, is an overreaching and violence inducing law for many reasons. But in the case of the killing of ...
|US And Britain Agree To Release Oil From Reserves
News out of the Obama/Cameron meetings is that the US and Britain have agreed to release some of their oil reserves to drive down prices. Also, Japan and other countries may make similar releases of ...
|Limbaugh On Satellite Radio - Hell No
There is speculation that Limbaugh may get picked up by Sirius/XM satellite radio. Sirius is not commenting on it but they are not denying it and have tons of cash, In a recent interview on CNBC’...
|"Good Luck Tonight." The Man Is So Cool
At today's news conference Norah O'Donnell tried to get a rise out of the President with the following question, Today is Super Tuesday. So I wonder if you might weigh in on some of your potential ...
|It Isn't Just Women. Men Also Care About Contraception
Men have a huge stake in the availability and affordability of contraception. It goes without saying that women are affected much more than men by the Republican assault on contraception. But that ...
|Newt Proposes Eliminating the Military And All Federal Workers
During the debate last night the brilliant mind of Newt Gingrich, which seems a fact free, vacuous space filled with platitudes and inanities, gave us his solution to the deficit problem: fire every ...
|Till selfish gain no longer stain The banner of the free!
Mitt Romney has a favorite song: America The Beautiful. That's great. There's only one problem. He doesn't really know or maybe understand the verses. For instance, there's this ...
|Throw Out The Baby And Keep The Bath Water
I don't believe I've ever quoted Ann Coulter before since listening to her or even reading her words requires repeated showers. But I just read that ...
|Now It's Dole's Turn - Newt Doesn't Have Friends, He Has Wives.
Poor Newt. The list of people unloading on him gets longer and longer. Coming on the heels ...
|OOOPS - Tom Delay Opens Up On Newt
Poor Newt. He has trouble finding anyone who ever worked with him to vouch for him. The latest person to spill the beans is Tom delay who gave a radio ...
|UFB Alert. FOX Says Serial Philanderers, Like Newt, Make The Best Presidents
Fox's resident psych says that Newt's philandering, cheating and abuse of his prior ...
|Can't Believe It's My Turn
I don't know when it happened. There was no email. There was no message. All I know is that when I opened DKos a few hours ago something caught my eye. In the little box on the right hand side the ...
|Want Some More Good News?
The ship is righting, slowly but surely. In addition to the report that unemployment claims are at their lowest levels since April 2008 , consumer ...
|Flash - Unemployment Claims At Lowest Level Since April 2008 - Gnashing Of Republican Teeth Expected
This is great news for everyone in our nation except Republican Presidential candidates and Members of Congress. The weekly claims ...
|The Issue Is Not The Payroll Tax Cut, It's How To Pay For It
Too many in the media ignore the real issue in the debate on extension of the payroll tax cut, which also includes an extension of unemployment insurance and the Medicare Doc Fix, which will keep ...
|Yes, Yes, Yes.
Finally, we will be having the debate that has been glossed over for the last thirty years. What kind of America do we want. The President framed the debate perfectly and left no doubt where he ...
|Cain Preparing To Drop Out - Not Totally Clueless After All
Herman Cain announced that he is reassessing whether to continue his campaign and will make ...
|Saif Is Safely In Custody
Finally, Saif al Islam, the last of Qadaffi's sons and his heir ...
|Perry Proposes To Eliminate Nuclear Weapons and Nuclear Power
During last night's debate Rick Perry listed three Federal agencies he wants to eliminate - "Education, Commerce, and what's the other." Well after noodling on his well thought out plan for a while ...
|The Affordable Care Act Upheld Yet Again
The District of Columbia Circuit, considered by many as the most prestigious Court of Appeals in the country, is the latest Circuit Court to uphold the Affordable Care Act.
|You May Be Older Than You Think
Next week you may be a year older than you are today. If Mississippi passes its “personhood” amendment, everyone in Mississippi will have nine months added to their age. It passed, your life ...
|Breaking: Sun Rises In East, Christie Not Running
The National Review is reporting that Christie will announce at his 1:00 PM "news" ...
|Mark Cuban Gets It
Warren Buffet is not the only wealthy person with both a brain and a heart when it comes to the issue of taxes. Mark Cuban ...
|I'm Opposed To Job Killing Tax Increases
I hate job killing tax increases. Those are taxes on the poor and the middle class. Those are taxes that favor capital over labor. Those are taxes that make taxes regressive. I fully support job ...
|Breaking: Supreme Court Rules Social Security Is Constitutional
Ok, as everyone who was paying attention in High School knows, this news actually broke in 1936. But Rick Perry was not paying attention so this is for him. You might enjoy it also. Rick ...
|The Crack Speaks
Gary Norton announced that the crack in the Washington Monument is a sign and it spoke to him. ...
|Important Teacher Free Speech Decision With Ironic Twist
The Ninth Circuit issued a decision on August 19, 2011 which is an important victory for teachers and academic freedom in school. ...
|First Time. Court Of Appeals Says Rumsfeld Can Be Sued For Constitutional Rights Violations
The Seventh Circuit issued a decision in Vance v Rumsfeld that is a first for a court of appeals. The decision holds the Donald Rumsfeld ...
|Looking Forward, President Obama Faces Two Choices Next Weekend
It is increasingly clear that the debt limit will not be raised before we default, which means we will run out of sufficient funds to pay our bills. Before that happens the President will have to ...
|You Are Not In Junior High School. Act Like It.
Here is the message I sent my newly elected bagger Representative, Scott Tipton (R-CO). I also called but there was no answer and the phone box was full. This is shorter and more to the point than ...
|It's Time To Panic Republican Voters With A Dose Of Reality
The only thing that will cause the Republicans in the House to pull back from the cliff is for their voters to start screaming at them. That will only happen when those voters understand how default ...
|McConnell's Debt Ceiling Proposal Requires Equal Spending Cuts.
Initial reports were that Sen. McConnell would offer a debt ceiling proposal as a last resort that would essentially cede power of the ceiling to the President. Well, not really. According to the ...
|A Letter To My Republican Representative On The Debt Limit
Here is my letter to Scott Tipton, Republican, 3d District of Colorado. He replaced Ken Salazar. Man, what a change. We went from having a conscientious man who was as progressive as he could be ...
|Kos And Those "Death Riders" Are Wimps - Updated With Pictures
Markos posted on the front page an article about this little bike ride he's on - 129 miles on a bike, with 15,000 feet of altitude gain and a high point of 8,730 feet. Well folks, that's nothing. (...
|Flash: Constitutional Challenge To Debt Limit Nixed By Treasury GC
The General Counsel of the Treasury Department took the 14th Amendment off the table when ...
|$1044 X 0.4% = $4.17, Not $0.42
Yesterday we had a diary that said $1044 X 0.4% = $0.14. ...
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