- Republican lawmakers in several states are blunting plans by GOP governors to reduce or eliminate income taxes.
- Andrew Ferguson: the morality behind economists’ work.
- Karl Rove on 2014
- George Will: Obama is right on Syria
- Prettier in Print:
- This week’s cover, written by Massimo Calabresi and Michael Crowley, is “Homeland Insecurity: After Boston, The Struggle Between Liberty and Security”
- Joe Klein: Obama needs to get angry
- Richard Haas: We have been overreaching abroad and underachieving at home.
- Fareed Zakaria: If some kind of political pact can be reached, there’s hope for Syria. If it cannot, U.S. assistance to the rebels or even direct military intervention won’t change much.
- Joel Klein: “The Fall and Rise of Mark Sanford”
- Rep. Paul Ryan supports “concept” of internet sales tax.
- Four things to know about the next commerce Secretary, billionaire Penny Pritzker
- Surprise! ESPN is doing well.
Stupid pick, and painfully transparent. I'm pretty disappointed in this. Kind of flies in the face of Obama being such a "Leftist" or a "Socialist" when he does things like this, but people who make such claims typically have IQ ratings in the double digits.
Shooting at Houston airport.
It's rare for privileged Westerners to see, graphically, what many others experience daily - for example, in a remote village in Yemen, the same week as the marathon bombings.
On April 23, Yemeni activist and journalist Farea Al-Muslimi, who had studied at an American high school, testified before a US Senate committee that right after the marathon bombings, a drone strike in his home village in Yemen killed its target.
The strike terrorized the villagers, turning them into enemies of the United States - something that years of jihadi propaganda had failed to accomplish.
His neighbors had admired the US, Al-Muslimi told the committee, but "Now, however, when they think of America, they think of the fear they feel at the drones over their heads. What radicals had previously failed to achieve in my village, one drone strike accomplished in an instant."
Anyone up for a Socialist Shindig? I'd go but I'm actually busy that night.
Yeah, but it's Chicago, so they're all probably just murderous thugs.
Hundreds of Chicago students are taking up the mantle in the fight against the role of standardized tests in public school closures as they walked out of a state exam Wednesday. Their message: “We are over-tested, under-resourced and fed up!”
Over 300 students from over 25 different Chicago public schools boycotted the second day of a state-wide standardized test.
Here's an update on the situation for Washington State background checks:
New NRA President. He charmingly calls the Civil War the War of Northern Aggression. He and Phyllis get on well, I'm sure.
Top 10 GOP lies about Benghazi
Just as an aside: I think it's interesting how the combination of 1) LiveFyre, 2) Swampland posts/tweets that get shät upon by locusts, and 3) the strong adherence to our "No Feeding" policy, has made MMRs a busy place and a pleasant read. It has truly become a great place for excellent stories, links and commentary!
Barely any posts today have garnered more than 10 comments, and there's been some good stuff (e.g. the indefatiguable Mark Thompson's Base Motives), but, all in all, I'm liking it.
Eureka! The second coming of the quitter Sarah Palin.
On the plus side Joe Klein will be happy.
@SirDonQuixoticPritzker is a silver-spooner 1%er who has a history of union busting and tax avoidance. Other than that, she's a died in the wool Marxist.
Obama is centre-right, at least as long as he's been running for president. Only a moron would think he was "far left" or a "socialist".
For everyone that decries TSA screenings; imagine if they hadn't been there and he'd gotten on the plane.
Standardized tests are excellent tools for providing some statistical datapoints to help assess the effectiveness of teaching methods and get feedback in 1-3 years so you don't lose an entire generation (nothing else allows for appropriate wide-scale analysis with sufficiently quick feedback cycles)
Standardized tests are useless as the only data point
Standardized tests are beyond useless at assessing the abilities of individual students.
*says the guy who works on a product that, amongst other things, provides data analysis tools of standardized tests
Chicago? This has got to be Obama's fault somehow!
How are we not certain the upper echelons of the right in America aren't possessed by southern Civil War soldiers? They certainly seem to have emerged from the middle of the 19th century.
My bother in law is a member of the NRA, he's liberal and he's a Black American.
Wonder what he thinks of this. My guess:
Not so much.
@Ivy_B Yes and World War 2 was the war to move Jews out of Europe and into a new sunny home in Israel.
@Ivy_B Just to pile on...
Porter Calls The Civil War The "War Of Northern Aggression." Explaining the NRA's roots during the same June 2012 speech, Porter said, "NRA was started 1871 right here in New York state. It was started by some Yankee generals who didn't like the way my Southern boys had the ability to shoot in what we call the 'War of Northern Aggression.' Now y'all might call it the Civil War, but we call it the 'War of Northern Aggression' down south."
The #1 lie: Republicans care about the people that died in the attack.
I think it's a massive improvement. Truly massive!
Are you one of the high priests of the Swampland cult, Motors? I don't recall ever seeing you here before.
@SirDonQuixotic I think it's fair to say that Sarah Palin has become the Gwyneth Paltrow of politics, hated for her looks, her talent, and most of all for being always RIGHT, and I mean right, the opposite of wrong.....
although in this case it could be used as the opposite of left, and it would end up meaning the same thing. Left, wrong, as the golden girl herself said "What difference does it make?"
She should return to her moose in the Yukon. it's calling her.
Imitation is the highest form of flattery, Donnie. Thanks for your attention to my every post.
Excuse me if I don't care one lick whether he was in the airport or on the plane or outside a movie theater in Aurora. He's a danger no matter where he is and the airplane really doesn't need to be made any safer - it was already pretty much the safest place you could be on the entire planet before and after 9/11 and since then, we've done nothing but ramp up security.
The #2 lie: Republicans keep posturing that their questions about Benghazi are intended to bolster US security. In fact, they are harming it. Republican hearings in the House of Representative have disgracefully revealed the names of Libyans talking to the US consulate, thus endangering their lives and harming US efforts to understand the situation in the country, since who would risk talking to the embassy if they know about Darrell Issa’s big mouth?
@NP042 @MementoMori @Ivy_BThe [Missouri] Capitol is abuzz about Rep. Bryan Stevenson, R-Webb City, who said this morning on the House floor the federal Freedom of Choice Act is the most egregious federal power grab since the "War of Northern Aggression."
And it was a Republican. Go figure.
@SirDonQuixoticActually in the interests of educating the stupid and attention starved among us here is the #1 Lie:
Republican senators keep saying that it should have been “easy” to find out what happened on September 11, 2012, by simply debriefing US personnel who had been there. John McCain, Ron Johnson and the others who make this charge are the most cynical and manipulative people in the world. The Benghazi US mission was very clearly an operation of the Central Intelligence Agency, and that is the reason that the Obama administration officials have never been able to speak frankly and publicly about it. McCain and the others know this very well, and they know that their public carping cannot be “simply” answered because the answers would endanger sources and methods. The consulate was amazingly well-guarded by some 40 CIA operatives, many of them ex-special forces, in a nearby safe house. These were viewed by consular officials as “the cavalry.” It is still not clear what Ambassador Chris Stevens and the CIA were doing in Benghazi, and unless we know that we can’t know why they were attacked. (They were not overseeing the shipping of weapons to Syria; the Syrian revolutionaries complain bitterly that the US *prevents* them from getting medium and heavy weapons).
I like the new handle, kbanger.
How many fetishes would be fulfilled.
That's a rhetorical question, best answered on tumblr.