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11:10 // 6 months ago
December 30, 2013

Stuff you may have missed: December 30, 2013

Syria remains the deadliest part of the world for journalists, according to a new report by the Committee to Protect Journalists, which says that 70 journalists died on the job this year.

Lesson of the day: Don’t sample the audio from the Challenger crash for a pop song. It doesn’t work, even if you’re Beyoncé.

Fewer than half of all Republicans believe evolution is a thing, according to a new poll.

It took just 12 hours for five separate NFL teams to fire their coaches.

The FAA is testing drones in these states.

20:14 // 8 months ago
December 1, 2013
12:13 // 9 months ago
November 7, 2013
theatlantic:

What if Rand Paul Were a Woman?

Rand Paul’s acolytes often claim the senator gets marginalized because of his ideas. It’s because he’s a libertarian, they say, that he’s not treated fairly by the media. It’s a hard argument to make. Paul is a staple of the mainest of all mainstream media, the Sunday shows, and widely considered a top-tier presidential contender by middle-of-the-road analysts.
But let’s imagine the junior senator from Kentucky were a woman. Not just any woman—let’s call her Randi—but, for the sake of this argument, a beautiful woman. The “men want to sleep with her, women want to be her” echelon of physical attractiveness. Everything else is identical: self-certified eye doctor, first-term senator, and she got the job with a boost from her father.
Read more. [Image: Gary Cameron/Reuters]


Sick burn, Tina Dupuy.

theatlantic:

What if Rand Paul Were a Woman?

Rand Paul’s acolytes often claim the senator gets marginalized because of his ideas. It’s because he’s a libertarian, they say, that he’s not treated fairly by the media. It’s a hard argument to make. Paul is a staple of the mainest of all mainstream media, the Sunday shows, and widely considered a top-tier presidential contender by middle-of-the-road analysts.

But let’s imagine the junior senator from Kentucky were a woman. Not just any woman—let’s call her Randi—but, for the sake of this argument, a beautiful woman. The “men want to sleep with her, women want to be her” echelon of physical attractiveness. Everything else is identical: self-certified eye doctor, first-term senator, and she got the job with a boost from her father.

Read more. [Image: Gary Cameron/Reuters]

Sick burn, Tina Dupuy.

21:25 // 10 months ago
October 24, 2013
You know that we can hear you, right?
Daily Show correspondent Aasif Mandvi • Speaking, visibly shocked, to Buncombe County, North Carolina GOP party official Don Yelton, who said a number of extremely racist things during an interview with Mandvi about the state’s voter ID law, as well as this shocking admission of the law’s intention: “The law is going to kick the Democrats In the butt.” He was forced to resign today, because, seriously, what the hell?
19:52 // 10 months ago
October 20, 2013
The president’s actions and attitude over the past couple of weeks have certainly poisoned the well and made it harder to work together on any issue.
A GOP leadership aide • Discussing the chances of the party being willing to work with Democrats on anythingincluding immigration, which is what led to this response. While many believe comprehensive immigration reform—which passed the Senate painlessly this summer—could survive in the House, the problem is that it would pass via a bipartisan majority, something which John Boehner has gone out of his way to avoid as speaker.
9:52 // 11 months ago
October 16, 2013
breakingnews:

Senate passes debt deal; House votes next
NBC News: The Senate voted 81-18 to reopen the government and raise the debt ceiling. 
President Barack Obama spoke from the White House after the Senate’s vote, saying he will sign the bill as soon as it arrives on his desk. The House is expected to vote on the measure tonight.

“There’s a lot of work ahead of us, including our need to earn back the trust of the American people that’s been lost over the last few weeks,” he said. “And we can begin to do that by addressing the real issues that they care about.”
After a long and tedious process, the Senate compromise is only a short-term deal allowing the federal government to operate through January 15, and conservatives who fought to de-fund or delay Obamacare have had to concede defeat. NBC’s Kelly O’Donnell reports.

The House is expected to approve the bill and send it to the president’s desk for signature within hours.

Follow updates on Breaking News. 
Photo: President Barack Obama speaks after the Senate vote. (NBC News)

With the President confirming he’d sign the deal as soon as he received it, the House will bear the full weight of this weeks-long political crisis when they vote on the Senate bill later tonight. We’ll update with any news on that vote as it occurs.

breakingnews:

Senate passes debt deal; House votes next

NBC NewsThe Senate voted 81-18 to reopen the government and raise the debt ceiling. 

President Barack Obama spoke from the White House after the Senate’s vote, saying he will sign the bill as soon as it arrives on his desk. The House is expected to vote on the measure tonight.

“There’s a lot of work ahead of us, including our need to earn back the trust of the American people that’s been lost over the last few weeks,” he said. “And we can begin to do that by addressing the real issues that they care about.”

After a long and tedious process, the Senate compromise is only a short-term deal allowing the federal government to operate through January 15, and conservatives who fought to de-fund or delay Obamacare have had to concede defeat. NBC’s Kelly O’Donnell reports.

The House is expected to approve the bill and send it to the president’s desk for signature within hours.

Follow updates on Breaking News

Photo: President Barack Obama speaks after the Senate vote. (NBC News)

With the President confirming he’d sign the deal as soon as he received it, the House will bear the full weight of this weeks-long political crisis when they vote on the Senate bill later tonight. We’ll update with any news on that vote as it occurs.

21:05 // 11 months ago
October 4, 2013
Obama’s view, which I share, is that the debt ceiling fight is far more important not only than the specific policies on the table, or even the catastrophic economic consequences of a debt breach. It’s a fight to preserve the Constitutional order. And conservatives have resolutely refused to grapple with that fact…If the conservative goal is to create the illusion of winning something for the debt ceiling, then they’ll come back next time to win more, and Democrats can’t allow that.
Jon Chait’s take on why the Democrats are, in the words of the GOP, “refusing to negotiate.” Republicans would reply that Democrats have used the debt limit as a bargaining chip in the past, and it’s thus unfair to excoriate the GOP for “suddenly” attempting to upend the constitutional order. This is a disingenuous argument, though, as Dave Weigel has pointed out; the House GOP’s conduct now truly is unprecedented. source
14:34 // 11 months ago
September 22, 2013
This has been one of the strangest weeks I’ve ever had in Washington. As soon as we listed Ted Cruz as our featured guest this week, I got unsolicited research and questions, not from Democrats but from top Republicans, to hammer Cruz.
Fox News’ Chris Wallace says that Ted Cruz’ own GOP colleagues are trying to throw Cruz under the bus with opposition research—due to Cruz’s push to try to kill the Affordable Care Act.
15:14 // 11 months ago
In what can be seen only as an act of supreme indifference, House Republicans passed a bill on Thursday that would drastically cut federal food stamps and throw 3.8 million Americans out of the program in 2014.
The NYTimes editorial board says, on the new five-year farm bill United States Republicans passed to cut billions funding the food stamp program in the nation Thursday September 19. 
14:12 // 11 months ago