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Steve LaTourette on Club for Growth and the Ebola Virus

Source: Wall Street Journal: Washington Wire
Jul 29, 2014 9:44 pm

What makes the House Republican majority ungovernable isn’t just the 50 or so conservatives who adhere to doctrinaire conservative principles, former Rep. Steve LaTourette said, it’s also the 80 members who feel threatened by third-party groups. …

Goober Gohmert Ready To Embrace Sandy Hook Trutherism

Source: Crooks and Liars
Jul 29, 2014 9:30 pm

Is there ever a bad time for Louie Gohmert's crazy to leap off the page? No, I don't think so. Here's a lovely audio file of Gohmert welcoming the opportunity to add to his Catalogue of Crazy by promising a prompt viewing of a Sandy Hook truther's vi…

Happy Hour

Source: Eschaton
Jul 29, 2014 9:11 pm


A Picture of Companies Doing Business in Iran

Source: Wall Street Journal: Washington Wire
Jul 29, 2014 9:07 pm

Despite one of the toughest economic blockades imposed on any country, dozens of companies manage to do business in Iran with the blessing of the U.S. government. Explore a database of companies given U.S. permission to do business with Iran.

Senate Dems suggest they'll link immigration reform to House bill on deporting refugee children

Source: Daily Kos
Jul 29, 2014 9:00 pm

Politico reports: If House Republicans pass a pared-down funding bill for the border crisis, Senate Democrats are warning they may try to attach the Gang of Eight’s comprehensive immigration reform bill to the package. Obviously, there's no chanc…

Syrian Military Defector ‘Caesar’ to Testify on Capitol Hill Thursday

Source: Wall Street Journal: Washington Wire
Jul 29, 2014 8:47 pm

The former Syrian military crime-scene investigator who helped document years of suspected torture and killing under President Bashar al-Assad is scheduled to tell his story to U.S. lawmakers on Thursday.

Science Collides With the Push to Legalize Pot

Source: Wall Street Journal: Washington Wire
Jul 29, 2014 8:39 pm

Peter Wehner: Why is it that even as medical evidence increasingly shows marijuana use to be harmful, calls for legalization increase?

Obama announces expanded sanctions on Russia over Ukraine conflict

Source: Daily Kos
Jul 29, 2014 8:15 pm

On the heels of the European Union's approval of its first broad-based economic sanctions on Russia, President Obama today announced an expanded set of sanctions against Russia aimed at the country's energy, financial and military sectors. He also a…

McDonald's is responsible for working conditions in franchise restaurants, labor board says

Source: Daily Kos
Jul 29, 2014 8:05 pm

In a move that could have far-reaching implications for franchised businesses and low-wage workers, the National Labor Relations Board's general counsel said Tuesday that McDonald's would be treated as a joint employer along with franchisees in 43 u…

McDaniel's Vote Challenge Stumbles On True The Vote's Testimony

Source: Crooks and Liars
Jul 29, 2014 8:00 pm

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U.S., E.U. Boost Sanctions On Russia

Source: Time: Swampland
Jul 29, 2014 7:57 pm

"It doesn't have to be this way"

Senate Confirms McDonald as VA Secretary

Source: Time: Swampland
Jul 29, 2014 7:57 pm

(WASHINGTON) — The Senate on Tuesday unanimously confirmed former Procter & Gamble CEO Robert McDonald as the new Veterans Affairs secretary, with a mission to overhaul an agency beleaguered by long veterans’ waits for health care and VA …

Want to kick Rep. Steve King out of office? Help us elect Jim Mowrer

Source: Daily Kos
Jul 29, 2014 7:47 pm

Meet Democrat Jim Mowrer, easily one of the hero candidates of the 2014 cycle. Why? Well, first he's a Fighting Dem, one of the many candidates Daily Kos has endorsed who served in Iraq and/or Afghanistan. Second, he's running as a real Democrat in …

What Matters Is What I Think

Source: Eschaton
Jul 29, 2014 7:46 pm

There are several reasons I tend to not comment on Israel-related program activities, but a big one is that the opinionating reaches meta at light speed, that so much commentary is more of a pose than an attempt to actually influence events. It's pu…

The Worst Intersection

Source: Eschaton
Jul 29, 2014 7:30 pm

Much of central/south Philly (and much of the rest) is a simple North-South/East-West street grid, but there are some exceptions, and this intersection is where it all goes to hell spectacularly. Hopefully the improvements improve...

Gohmert: Obama Is 'Extremely Prejudiced' For Deporting Mexicans Instead Of Child Refugees

Source: Crooks and Liars
Jul 29, 2014 7:28 pm

Texas Congressman Louie Gohmert (R-TX) suggested on Tuesday that the president of the United States was "extremely prejudiced" because he was deporting Mexicans, while allowing child refugees who were fleeing violence in Central America to stay. In …

George Zimmerman Missing the Shooting Life?

Source: Talking Points Memo
Jul 29, 2014 7:04 pm

Midday open thread: Murder, chlamydia, and a responsible hiring decision

Source: Daily Kos
Jul 29, 2014 7:00 pm

Today's comic by Jen Sorensen is Sincerely Screwed: Good: A California probate judge on Monday ruled that [Donald] Sterling’s estranged wife, Shelly, had authority to sell the Clippers, all but paving the way for Shelly Sterling to sell the team…

Impeachment Wars Rage On

Source: Crooks and Liars
Jul 29, 2014 7:00 pm

If you haven't received an email asking for donations to one group or another because impeachment is on the table, you're one of those rare birds who has your email filters set properly. For the rest of us, the inbox has been filled with appeals to d…

Club for Growth Attacks Todd Tiahrt After Giving Him 100% Score in 2010

Source: Wall Street Journal: Washington Wire
Jul 29, 2014 6:42 pm

Former Rep. Todd Tiahrt (R., Kan.) voted with the Club for Growth 100% of the time in his last year in office, but that’s not enough to spare him the Club’s wrath as he seeks to win back his old seat.

Farewell, Skype

Source: Talking Points Memo
Jul 29, 2014 6:37 pm

Rep. Mike Kelly compares EPA regulations to terrorism

Source: Daily Kos
Jul 29, 2014 6:32 pm

Rep. Mike Kelly Oh c'mon: Pennsylvania Rep. Mike Kelly (R) had choice worlds for the Environmental Protection Agency’s new rule on power plant emissions Monday, moving beyond the usual “war on coal” language and likening the proposed regulati…

The Worst Person In The World

Source: Eschaton
Jul 29, 2014 6:30 pm

Rush Limbaugh

Obama Urged to Address LGBT Rights in Africa

Source: Time: Swampland
Jul 29, 2014 6:03 pm

Advocates issue report on the dreadful state of LGBT rights in Africa, as world leaders and leading figures from the continent prepare for the US-Africa Leaders Summit

GOP Conference Bids Eric Cantor Farewell With Video Tribute

Source: Time: Swampland
Jul 29, 2014 6:01 pm

But don't cry for Cantor. He is likely to be just fine.

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