- The National Security Agency is hunting for messages that mention foreigners under surveillance, not just communications with the targeted individuals themselves.
- China’s economy is showing signs of stabilizing after a six-month slowdown.
- Texas Senator Ted Cruz talks to TIME about Barack Obama, foreign policy and his spats with fellow Republicans.
- Iran’s new president, Hasan Rouhani, has reduced the presence of the country’s elite military unit, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, in Tehran’s next government.
- The gubernatorial battle for the new Virginia
- Why Obama canceled on Putin
- Neil Irwin: The decline of newspapers has been good for everyone else.
- George Will: The one who would reinvent Detroit
- Prettier in print
- Apple’s share of the global smartphone market slid to 13.2%, while Android jumped to capture nearly 80%.
A young couple in Texas lost custody of their daughter because someone reported that they smoked weed from time to time. The little girl was put into foster care, and then was murdered by her foster mother. Another example of how government is such a wonderful addition to our lives. They're now killing children, go figure..
The GOP monster is getting even better.
Congress Doesn't Deserve A Recess, 82 Percent Of Voters Say
According to a Fox News poll released Wednesday night, just 14 percent voters think Congress has worked hard enough to deserve a summer recess, while 82 percent do not.
President Barack Obama fares somewhat better among voters, who are evenly split on whether he's worked hard enough to justify a break.
The current session of Congress is on track to break records as the least productive in modern history. As of July 8, it had passed only 15 bills that were then signed into law, a record low since at least the 1940s.
As the Rothenberg Political Report notes, August recesses have long been used as a political talking point, with members of one party lambasting the other for taking time off.
But voters' dissatisfaction with lawmakers isn't limited to their work schedule. Just 32 percent of voters say they approve of congressional Democrats' job performance, while an even more dismal 24 percent approve of congressional Republicans' performance.
The Fox poll interviewed 1,007 registered voters by phone between August 3 and August 5.
More GOP infighting and lies:
Sad when burglars have more compassion that the GOPBurglars return stolen goods to group that helps sexual assault survivors
The returned loot came with a note saying, "we hope you can continue to make a difference in people's lives"
"There's something to be said in a small community -- where you actually know the people who are working for the city and you want to do the right thing for them."
Regardless of sexual orientation.
Obama's Scandals: Nixonian to the Core
That could have been Barry forty years ago.
"I am beginning to think that Russia under Vladimir Putin is just one long satiric theater piece aimed at the rest of the world generally, but specifically at the United States Of America. First, they allow Edward Snowden, International Man Of Luggage, into the country, prompting the entire U.S. government to play cat's cradle with its own frontal lobes. And now, with impeccable comic timing, they release a a list of what Americans will not be allowed to go punting on the Volga. And what a list it is. And no thinking person can argue with who's on it. Now the Russians get to embarrass us with talk of human rights."
Looks like the documentary the Koch brothers paid PBS to never air, will be released after all.
'Citizen Koch' Rescued By Small Donors As Documentary Outraises Funds Pulled By PBS
@sacredh Huma Weiner, and she's a friend of Bill of course.
@mantisdragon91 Why would you want lawmakers, who you don't agree with, to stay and make more laws?
From the article:
"Between you and me I'm sort of holding my nose for two years, because what we're doing here is going to be a big benefit for Rand [Paul] in '16," Benton said in the recording. "That's my long vision."
Yep, sounds like undying love and devotion to me.
Can I sing "The Witch is Dead" or will they get confused?
@ahandout Well sure if the least credible writer for the National Review says it it must be true. Palm to Face.
In Soviet Russia, War Criminals are punished
Russia of today reminds me of the movie the Dictator.
@paulejb As opposed to the GOP Mantra " We do want you to be poor, hungry, and unwanted, and if you don't like that we'll start a war where you can be murdered"
What in the world is your point?
@sacredh What does he think Rand Paul will do in 2016? If he is inferring win the presidency he better give me whatever it is he is smoking.
We need more laws..Tons more..Let's pass as many laws as possible..Lets restrict rights and freedoms as much as possible. We can use children, women, and anything that we can to get it done..What do want, more laws!!! What do want not want, more freedom!! Let this be our cheer!!!
retiredvet, agreed. He may be thinking that Rand Paul even being in the race can shift some other candidates further to the right. Even if he doesn't think Rand stands a chance, helping to frame the debate may be what he's talking about.
Democrats never solve anything. They make bad policies, create a crisis, and then campaign to fix the problem that they created with more bad policies.
So in one minute Dems solve poverty through abortion and in another we want lots of poor so we can get them addicted on welfare to control them.
It's the 'libruls are everything and nothing' argument. And since it cancels itself out it's the epitome of your basic 'winger logic. It's just simply devoid of intelligent thought. It's a bunch of buzz words stitched together and regurgitated by 'winger dittohead parrot zombies.
Don't blame me for your lack of logic tho - you're the one who vomits this kind of nonsense on a daily basis. I didn't make you stupid - you did it to yourself.
A mortgage meltdown didn't cause the great recession. Businesses could not get short term loans. In September 2008, economists and everyone else were pressuring Bush to sign TARP 1 into law.
The price for refusing?
Get your facts straight.
Starvation is the Republican's