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Conservative crackpot: Our founding fathers knew that ‘sex is not about fun’

Oh, conservative crackpots, is there no conspiracy theory you can't duct-tape to the unwilling corpses of The Founding Fathers? Jerome Corsi, who is one of the battiest bats ever to fly from a cave, says that same-sex marriage is a plot to allow government to crack down on Christians. He knows this because America's founding fathers knew that sex is not supposed to be fun, or something. “Our … [Read more...]

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NYT: Syria vote will highlight split in Republican Party

Jonathan Martin, writing for The New York Times: The Congressional vote on whether to strike Syria will offer the best insight yet on which wing of the Republican Party — the traditional hawks, or a growing bloc of noninterventionists — has the advantage in the fierce internal debates over foreign policy that have been taking place all year. On one side, you've got the Rand Pauls of the GOP: “John … [Read more...]

Kerry appears to open door to ‘boots on the ground,’ but quickly backtracks

Asked by Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Menendez whether the Obama administration would accept a Syrian use of force resolution that explicitly prohibited American boots on the ground, Secretary of State John Kerry gave a surprising answer: No. Mr. Chairman, it would be preferable not to, not because there's any intention or any plan or any desire whatsoever to have boots on the … [Read more...]

Pew: 48% of Americans oppose airstrikes on Syria, with only 29% in favor. 54% want U.N. resolution

A new poll conducted by the Pew Research Center for People & the Press has found that nearly half of Americans oppose U.S. airstrikes on Syria, with 29 percent in favor, and nearly three-quarters believe airstrikes will create a backlash. Some 54 percent of all respondents, and 66 percent of Democrats, said they believe the United States should obtain a U.N. resolution backing airstrikes: Just 29% … [Read more...]

The Republican House of Saboteurs

"Sabotage." "Intimidation." Or, what the Republican House of Representatives is doing instead of its job. They haven't been able to repeal Obamacare, so they're going to be dead-set on sabotaging it, with an assist from Republican state officials. As I wrote Monday, Republicans nationally and at the state level have homed in on one key program for the run-up to the law's implementation: the … [Read more...]

Despite bungling Bush’s Medicare drug rollout, GOP still attacks Obamacare ‘navigators’

In October, uninsured Americans will begin the process of selecting from health insurance plans offered in online exchanges created by the Affordable Care Act. While 16, mostly Democratic states are investing hundreds of millions of dollars to ensure their success, in the rest Republicans nationwide are doing everything they can to bring about their failure. The GOP's latest act of sabotage … [Read more...]

Ratcheting up the Syria hysteria

More of this should solve everything. So President Barack Obama wants Congress to co-own his Syria policy of sending a message, but not too much of a message. Some are suggesting that this is a good move—it takes Syria out of the 2014 election debate. I don't think it's that clear. Given that solid majorities of Americans oppose any attacks, a pro-Syrian intervention vote will open up a good line … [Read more...]

Sen. McCain tries to school anti-Muslim Fox News. Good luck with that.

John McCain goes on Fox News and, as gigantic jackass not-Steve-Doocy sniffles his complaint about helping Syrian rebels who have been heard to exclaim "Allahu Akbar," gets irritated right back: Would you have a problem with American Christians saying "Thank God, thank God?"—that's what they're saying. Come on, of course they are Muslims, but they are moderates, I guarantee you that they are … [Read more...]

Midday open thread

Today's comic by Matt Bors is Inept Congress To Debate Bad Idea: Oooh. Break out the hammers and sickles. Boston goes commie: Boston public schools will begin serving free lunches to all students this school year even if families have the financial means to pay, school officials are expected to announce Tuesday. The meal program, more than a year in the making, is part of an experimental federal … [Read more...]

Trumka: Let’s strengthen Obamacare. RNC: Trumka doesn’t like Obamacare.

Richard Trumka The Affordable Care Act needs to be strengthened, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka has said several times now. At last week's Christian Science Monitor roundtable, for instance: “We have been working with the administration to find solutions to the inadvertent holes in the act,” Trumka said. “We are working to try solve problems, just like they tried to solve problems with … [Read more...]

‘Ex-gay’ group sends out fundraising plea promising ‘The End of Homosexuality’

Fundraising letters are are always useful windows into what various groups think motivate their base. You can judge the rough sanity of that base by the arguments used to entice them, which is how we know that Texas Republicans are ever-certain that the collapse of the Union is always mere days away, and that the Rand Paul base is made up almost exclusively of people who cannot communicate in … [Read more...]

Study: Shift from pensions to 401(K)s increasing inequality

A new study from the Economic Policy Institute sounds the alarm over the impending retirement crisis, demonstrating how unevenly retirement fund gains have been distributed since the 401(K) displaced traditional pension plans. This, the study argues, has increased inequality. If you just look at the surface, you'd think retirees would be doing great, because the average size of retirement accounts … [Read more...]

North Carolina students fight back against voter suppression law

The Republican-dominated North Carolina legislature passed several laws this year designed to reduce election turnout among traditionally Democratic voters. And North Carolinians are fighting back. Among them are students, many of whom have just become or soon will become old enough to vote for the first time. The state election board is taking up three complaint cases Tuesday afternoon, with … [Read more...]

Colorado recalls: gunning for a ‘wave of fear’ with one week to go

Let's beat this asshat. In Colorado State Sen. Angela Giron's local wingnut rag: First, we actually agree with [County Commissioner] Sal Pace when he said “This recall will create a wave of fear.” A wave of fear is exactly what we want. We want our legislators to be afraid that if they ignore their constituents and instead listen to East Coast money, they will lose their jobs. This is exactly … [Read more...]

Richard Cohen: Steubenville rape wasn’t rape because Miley Cyrus is tasteless

Richard Cohen or a jackass, you make the call. At the end of his latest, Richard Cohen offers the preemptive defense that "I run the risk of old-fogeyness for suggesting [Miley Cyrus is] a tasteless twit." As if saying Miley Cyrus is tasteless is some kind of precarious limb to venture out on these days. But Cohen's preemptive defense isn't actually about saying Miley Cyrus is tacky, it's about … [Read more...]

Boehner backs Syria strike

Speaking at the White House moments after meeting with President Obama, House Speaker John Boehner declares his support for a congressional resolution authorizing the president's plan to strike Syria: The use of these weapons has to be responded to, and only the United States has the capability and capacity to stop Assad and to warn others around the world that this type of behavior is not going … [Read more...]

Shocker of the day: Ted Cruz lies about Obamacare

If you spend any time watching cable news networks you've seen Sen. Ted Cruz's (R-FL) first ad of the 2016 presidential campaign attempt to whip up grassroots support for his increasingly unpopular defund Obamacare campaign. True to the teabagger audience Cruz is aiming for, this ad is as full of lies as every other attack they've made on the law. The Washington Post's fact checker counts the … [Read more...]