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GOP is literally killing its base

GOP is literally killing its base | DidYouCheckFirst | Scoop.it
Slashing food stamps will decrease the life expectancy of poor rural whites, many of whom put Republicans in office
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"The late journalist Joe Bageant (a self-described “redneck leftist” and author of the 2008 bookDeer Hunting with Jesus: Dispatches From America’s Class War) had a lot to say about white poverty and the fact that the GOP, with its emphasis on culture war issues, has convinced many older whites to vote against their own economic interests."

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– HISTORIC PHOTO: The first female Marines ever to complete infantry training

– HISTORIC PHOTO: The first female Marines ever to complete infantry training | DidYouCheckFirst | Scoop.it

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J'nene Solidarity Kay's curator insight, November 22, 2013 3:06 PM

Semper Fi!

Steven Smith's curator insight, November 29, 2013 10:06 PM

Ladies, you made a history. Congratulations. You just held up the rights of women is equal to men.

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Heinz to close 3 plants in North America - Pittsburgh Business Times

Heinz to close 3 plants in North America - Pittsburgh Business Times | DidYouCheckFirst | Scoop.it
H.J. Heinz Co. is closing three plants in North America and laying off about 1,350 employees in a cost-cutting move announced Thursday.
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Because, you know, it's incomprehensible that the price of ketchup might increase by a few pennies just to keep 1350 people employed.

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CBS' Lara Logan Apologizes For Faulty 60 Minutes Benghazi Report: "We Were Wrong. We Made A Mistake"

CBS' Lara Logan Apologizes For Faulty 60 Minutes Benghazi Report: "We Were Wrong. We Made A Mistake" | DidYouCheckFirst | Scoop.it
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This is a serious question and a request. Does anyone have links to similar mea culpas by Fox News, Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Redstate.com, Drudge Report, or The Weekley Standard? Thanks.

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Outside Money Plays Big Role In Va. Race For Governor

Outside Money Plays Big Role In Va. Race For Governor | DidYouCheckFirst | Scoop.it
Tom Steyer and Michael Bloomberg spent more than $2 million each to help elect Terry McAuliffe.
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To all my conservative friends and families, liberals are doing it, too.

 

Money is not speech, and money in politics is a bipartisan problem.

 

Help me to help Represent.us to #GetMoneyOut of politics.

 

http://unitedrepublic.actionkit.com/event/cosponsor/9815/

 

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Meet CGI Federal, the company behind the botched launch of HealthCare.gov

Meet CGI Federal, the company behind the botched launch of HealthCare.gov | DidYouCheckFirst | Scoop.it
It's growing really fast, and may not have been ready for this level of project.
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Party Recon's comment, November 8, 2013 10:53 AM
Final comments:<br><br>Greg, we're in complete agreement here. We're just arguing over who should get top billing.<br><br>You said, to say we "hired" Obama and the federal government to right code is a straw man". It would have been, but I never said that. Ironically, that makes your "equating" of what I said to what I didn't say a "straw man". I said we hired them to get the project done, which makes them ultimately responsible to us. Legally, you still haven't dis-proven that. Obviously CGI screwed the pooch, but the failure still lies with the administration.<br><br>And lastly, as for the "Code Monkeys" reference. You know it's not offensive, I know it's not offensive, every programmer on the planet knows it's not offensive. So, if someone is too ignorant to know that it's not offensive is offended, they can bight my shiny heiny. I'm all for being polite; but political correctness has done more to infringe on free speech than any campaign finance reform law ever did. The stand-up comedian Carlos Mencia makes a living at being politically incorrect often muses, "You think you have freedom of speech? Go to work Monday and tell my jokes. You'll see exactly how little freedom of speech you have". In the end, I wish we could sue Political Correctness in front of the current SCOTUS. I guarantee you they'd strike it down as unconstitutional. Have a great weekend!
Greg Russak's comment, November 8, 2013 1:03 PM
Glad we're in agreement on some level. We're just not in agreement about who gets top billing for a technology malfunction. You have my sincere and humble apology for interpreting your position incorrectly (and for using 'right' instead of 'write' - oops!). Given the article I posted, I thought we were having a discussion about the company who botched the launch of the web site. Yes, our elected officials are responsible to us, but I vehemently disagree with the second part of your statement: "Obviously CGI screwed the pooch, but the failure still lies with the administration." This is a technical failure of Healthcare.gov, and the technical failure lies only with those doing the work; CGI Federal and QSSI. Yes, administration and agency officials (who, btw, are appointed if you want to get technical) have responsibilities and so some of the blame. It's just incorrect to characterize the technology challenges as their fault more than the contractors. The silver lining is that this is a technology issue, and technologists tend to be pretty smart people who will get this fixed. I think it would be hard to deny that the hand-wringing is mostly to score political points. I know you weren't trying to offend anyone, so please keep your shiny heiny hidden. :-) As for me, I see politeness and political correctness as different labels for basically the same thing: civility. And for what it's worth and in my book, it's not the person being politically incorrect who gets to decide what is and isn't polite or offensive. It's the person who feels offended who gets to decide what is and isn't offensive. I'm betting that we'd agree that freedom of speech is not the same thing as being able to say anything anywhere we like; i.e., fire in a theater and hate speech.
Greg Russak's comment, November 8, 2013 1:05 PM
Have a great weekend, too! (I wish Scoop.it was a bit more user friendly and had an Edit function to go with the Delete.)
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Stopping the Trans-Pacific Partnership: Global Revolt Against Corporate Domination

Stopping the Trans-Pacific Partnership: Global Revolt Against Corporate Domination | DidYouCheckFirst | Scoop.it
We are in the midst of an epic battle between the people of the world and transnational corporations.
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"The Trans-Pacific Partnership and it’s sister, the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP, known as “TAFTA”), are the Obama administration’s response to the failure of the WTO. These two treaties will aim to not only give multinational corporations all of the deregulation and legal rights they sought through the WTO, but are intended to go even further. With the inclusion of Canada and Mexico, the Obama administration will live up to its promise to renegotiate NAFTA, but not in the way that he alluded to during his 2008 presidential campaign."


"Not only does de-regulated trade harm the environment by allowing corporations to settle where environmental laws are the most lax and making new laws difficult to pass, but it leads to hundreds of thousands of jobs leaving the US. The TPP is often referred to as ‘NAFTA on steroids.’ It is estimated that close to 700,000 jobs were lost from the US due to NAFTA alone. The TPP will make it easier for transnational corporations to re-locate where labor is the cheapest, which drives down wages and working conditions for everyone. Free trade agreements escalate wealth inequality worldwide."


- Margaret Flowers and Kevin Zeese, Truthout | News Analysis

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Party Recon's comment, November 6, 2013 6:37 PM
Everyone needs to ReScoop this article and spread the word about the evils of the TPP. Please keep in mind that this is a treaty, so it does not have to pass through the gauntlet of legislation that a bill does. It will have to be ratified by the House and Senate, but the President plans to use "Fast Track" to ram it through without much debate and without a chance for amendments. Oh, and did I mention its being written by 600 big money corporations? This thing is height of corruption ladies and gentlemen. It's time that we, the people TTTPP -- Torpedo The TPP!
Party Recon's curator insight, November 6, 2013 6:43 PM

Everyone needs to ReScoop this article, share it on Facebook, tweet a link to it, put in on your Tumblr (I'm not Tumblr-friendly yet so I don't know how), and shout it from the mountain tops!


The Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP as it is most often called is a treaty, so it does not have to pass through the legislative gauntlet that a bill does. It WILL have to be ratified by the House and Senate, but the President plans to use "Fast Track" to ram it through without much debate and without a chance for amendments.  Oh, and did I mention its being written and negotiated in total secrecy?  Well, except for the 600 mega-corps like Wal-Mart, Chevron, Monsanto, and Citigroup who are helping to write it.  This thing is the very height of corruption ladies and gentlemen. It's time that we, the people TTTPP -- Torpedo The TPP!

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This Is Why We Need Obamacare

Lost in the debate over website glitches and broken promises made by President Obama are people’s lives. Consider this 47-year-old Oregon truck driver.
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Is this really the kind of society we want in America, where our fellow citizens literally have to die because we're too selfish, too self-centered, and too greedy to even consider that healthcare ought to be available to everyone and paid for by everyone?

 

Yeah, I know. It's the dreaded socialism. Yes, please, and thank you, I'll have some of that.

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How Republicans get Americans to vote against their own best interests

How Republicans get Americans to vote against their own best interests | DidYouCheckFirst | Scoop.it

"What makes people scratch their head is the idea of a working class family, making $50,000 a year, voting for a party that continues to give tax breaks to the wealthy and paying for it by cutting the programs that benefit the lower and middle class income families."

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Here Are The 144 Republicans Who Voted To Send The US Into Default

Here Are The 144 Republicans Who Voted To Send The US Into Default | DidYouCheckFirst | Scoop.it
The House of Representatives passed the bill that reopened the government and suspended the debt ceiling -- but 144 members voted against it.

Via Monica S Mcfeeters
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The first thing to note? This article comes courtesy of Business Insider, not some "crazed" anti-corporatist, liberal, or Democratic Party web site.

 

The second thing is that "...America should send a big "thank you" to all of these folks <the 285 House members who voted 'yea'>. They put the country's interests first, just the way any responsible leader should."


Third and finally, it was Republicans and only Republicans - 144 of them, including the fiscal charlatan, Paul Ryan - who abjectly failed in their duty to represent the country and to lead responsibly.

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Coffee Party USA's curator insight, October 17, 2013 10:26 PM

Here's a list of those in the House that wanted to the shutdown to continue.

Party Recon's comment, October 21, 2013 10:32 AM
Yes, it was 144 republicans, but not "the" republicans. For the first time we have clearly separated the GOP wheat from the chaff. Let's use this in 2014 to target the chaff. Then let's reach out to those Yeas and work with them to find solutions to points of common interest.
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The U.S. Debt Crisis from the Founders' Perspective

The U.S. Debt Crisis from the Founders' Perspective | DidYouCheckFirst | Scoop.it
America's Founding Fathers meant for the political system to be inefficient -- just perhaps not this inefficient.
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I don't always agree with George Friedman, but I respect his intellect and his approach. I'm always suspicious, however, of even the most learned scholar who professes to know the mind of another, especially of those who lived so long ago.

 

That said, I think he's mostly right in his account of what the Founders might have to say about our current state of affairs. The Founders - either by design, or by accident or, as I think, some fortuitous combination of both - provided us with a *changeable* framework by which to govern ourselves.

 

American democracy is messy, but should not be this messy. In this case and as George writes...

 

"The question of a default would have been simple. They would have been disgusted by any failure to pay a debt unless it was simply impossible to do so. They would have regarded self-inflicted default -- regardless of the imprudence of the debt, or health care reform or any such subject -- as something moderate people do not contemplate, let alone do."

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Hendrik Hertzberg: The Republican Insurrection

Hendrik Hertzberg: The Republican Insurrection | DidYouCheckFirst | Scoop.it

In the current imbroglio, the Republicans’ ransom demands have kept changing. At first, it was the Affordable Care Act: in exchange for a few weeks of fiscal peace, repeal it; defund it; delay it; dismember it.  Then the price ballooned, with some two dozen additional conservative fever dreams: plutocrat-friendly tax cuts, Medicare means-testing, a green light for environmental depredations, financial regulatory rollback, even the end of Internet neutrality. Then it was immediate “entitlement reform” (meaning cuts in social insurance) and “tax reform” (meaning lower rates for corporations and the rich). “We have to getsomething out of this,” one bewildered backbencher finally bleated, “and I don’t know what that even is.”  

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Bill Moyers Essay: On the Sabotage of Democracy | Moyers & Company | BillMoyers.com

Bill Moyers Essay: On the Sabotage of Democracy | Moyers & Company | BillMoyers.com | DidYouCheckFirst | Scoop.it
Bill Moyers shares his thoughts on the shutdown and this week's antics in Washington.
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My advice to consumers of so-called mainstream media: turn it off and pay a little more attention to real journalists like Bill Moyers.

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The U.S. Health Care System Is Terrible, In 1 Enraging Chart

The U.S. Health Care System Is Terrible, In 1 Enraging Chart | DidYouCheckFirst | Scoop.it
Hello, did you know the American health-care system is terrible? It is. Don't let John Boehner tell you otherwise.
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Everything summed up in one simple statement:

"Why is our system so terrible? Largely because it is built for profit. Unlike many other countries, the government has no role in either providing care or setting prices, and so prices skyrocket. "

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Six Reasons the Affordable Care Act Is Not Hurricane Katrina

Six Reasons the Affordable Care Act Is Not Hurricane Katrina | DidYouCheckFirst | Scoop.it
It’s easy to understand why Republicans are comparing the Obamacare rollout to Hurricane Katrina. It’s still wrong.
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If you think the technology issues with the rollout of Healthcare.gov are anything close to Katrina, please read this and tell me where it's wrong. And, if you think the web site is down and out for good, I suspect you have little understanding about big Information Technology (IT) projects. The IT people I've known in my 30-year career, on the whole, have been some of the smartest people I know. Let's let those smart people working for the PRIVATE CONTRACTORS who missed the mark the first time have some time to fix it. I'm quite confident that they can.

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Polls Reveal Season Of Record-Breaking Voter Anger

Polls Reveal Season Of Record-Breaking Voter Anger | DidYouCheckFirst | Scoop.it
The American public is clearly ticked off. Between the government shutdown, the troubled rollout of the Affordable Care Act, and the pace of the economic
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Plenty of justifiable anger and blame to go around, just not in equal measures.

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Moderate GOP Group Targets Tea Party Candidates For Defeat

Moderate GOP Group Targets Tea Party Candidates For Defeat | DidYouCheckFirst | Scoop.it

"In the wake of the partial government shutdown, many establishment Republicans argued that the hardliners in the GOP, backed by the Tea Party, needed to be reigned in. Former Republican Rep. Steve LaTourette of Ohio tells David Greene about his efforts to put millions of dollars toward that goal in the 2014 mid-term elections."

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The tide may finally be turning. 

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Secret Persuasion: How Big Campaign Donors Stay Anonymous

Secret Persuasion: How Big Campaign Donors Stay Anonymous | DidYouCheckFirst | Scoop.it
Tax-exempt social welfare groups have become the vehicle of choice for big political contributions.
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Social welfare groups - chartered under the infamous 501c4 tax code - seem to have less to do with "social welfare" and everything to do with secretly funding political campaigns.

 

Want to pull back that curtain of anonymity and corruption?

 

Become a Citizen Co-Sponsor of the American Anti-Corruption Act at http://unitedrepublic.actionkit.com/event/cosponsor/9815/

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Al Gore: NSA spying 'unacceptable' - Tal Kopan

Al Gore: NSA spying 'unacceptable' - Tal Kopan | DidYouCheckFirst | Scoop.it
Former Vice President Al Gore slammed the National Security Agency tactics revealed by Edward Snowden as “outrageous” and “completely unacceptable” at a speaking event in Canada.
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I sometimes like to close my eyes and imagine the country we could be living in right now if the Supreme Court had not stolen the 2000 election away Bush.

 

Ah, well. Who wants to live in a democracy anyway? It's gotten to the point that buying elections is just so damned expensive that only the rich can afford their own representation.

 

Can anyone recommend recruiters who specialize in placing and relocating frustrated Americans to countries with universal healthcare, government-funded retirement, and 6 weeks of paid vacation?

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Greg Russak's comment, November 8, 2013 1:14 PM
And before I get accused of partisanship, I'll gladly do the same right now on Obama, Biden, General Keith Alexander, Chuck Hagel, and others in charge now.
Party Recon's comment, November 8, 2013 1:18 PM
I'll gladly be your bodyguard when you deliver those arrest warrants on one condition. When we're done there, we head up to NY to serve those on Wall Street that should be doing 50 consecutive life sentences for their duplicity in the Crash of '08.
Greg Russak's comment, November 8, 2013 1:31 PM
That's right! Your hands are lethal weapons! I'd enjoy the Wall Street arrests even more, I think! When do we leave?!!?!
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A War on the Poor

A War on the Poor | DidYouCheckFirst | Scoop.it
What happened to the Republican Party? It’s almost as if the party is solely focused on its hostility to the less fortunate.
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"The thing is, it wasn’t always this way. Go back for a moment to 1936, when Alf Landon received the Republican nomination for president. In many ways, Landon’s acceptance speech previewed themes taken up by modern conservatives. He lamented the incompleteness of economic recovery and the persistence of high unemployment, and he attributed the economy’s lingering weakness to excessive government intervention and the uncertainty he claimed it created.

But he also said this: “Out of this Depression has come, not only the problem of recovery but also the equally grave problem of caring for the unemployed until recovery is attained. Their relief at all times is a matter of plain duty. We of our Party pledge that this obligation will never be neglected.”

Can you imagine a modern Republican nominee saying such a thing? Not in a party committed to the view that unemployed workers have it too easy, that they’re so coddled by unemployment insurance and food stamps that they have no incentive to go out there and get a job." - Paul Krugman

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Obamacare's Three Per Cent

Obamacare's Three Per Cent | DidYouCheckFirst | Scoop.it
An architect of the health-care plan analyzes its implementation—and its effect on the three per cent of Americans who will be forced to buy new policies.
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<Jonathan Gruber, an M.I.T. economist and an architect of both Mitt Romney’s health-care plan in Massachusetts and Obama’s Affordable Care Act> summarized his stats: ninety-seven per cent of Americans are either left alone or are clear winners, while three per cent are arguably losers. “We have to as a society be able to accept that,” he said. “Don’t get me wrong, that’s a shame, but no law in the history of America makes everyone better off.”


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Ted Cruz's Donors Are Satisfied Customers

Ted Cruz's Donors Are Satisfied Customers | DidYouCheckFirst | Scoop.it
Those who raised money say they got exactly what they paid for
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Question: Magic 8-Ball, have we finally seen the last of extremists like Ted Cruz?

Answer: Outlook not so good.

 

Matt Hoskins, executive director of the Senate Conservatives Fund, disagrees, saying Cruz is exactly the lawmaker the Fund bargained for. Nonetheless, it’s probably done giving money to Cruz. Instead, Hoskins says, the group will put its dollars toward a new goal: electing more senators like him.

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Greg Russak's comment, October 22, 2013 5:33 PM
You're going to have to help me with this one, Dan. You're the first person I've ever encountered who accused Bloomberg Businessweek of being a "left-wing hit squad." Did you mean this comment for a different article?
Party Recon's comment, October 22, 2013 5:53 PM
My bad. As you predicted, I place the comment on the wrong story. Sorry Bro.
Greg Russak's comment, October 22, 2013 6:03 PM
No worries.
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Margaret Talbot: Shutting Down Democracy

Margaret Talbot: Shutting Down Democracy | DidYouCheckFirst | Scoop.it
What should bother Tea Party conservatives, deeply, is the anti-democratic nature of the shutdown.
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"It’s worth remembering that in the early nineteen-sixties, when another health-care bill was under debate, the rhetoric of the Republicans who opposed it was just as over the top. We didn’t get socialism, as those opponents warned; we got Medicare, which turned out to be a very popular, mostly high-functioning program that saves elderly people from going bankrupt when they get sick. In the end, as the President says, that is the kind of outcome that the extremist Republicans running this budget battle fear the most: that Obamacare will work, and the Democrats will get credit for it. And what the mainstream Republicans fear the most is that voters will blame them for letting the lemmings run the show. If Obama refuses to back down, this could be a moment that will define his legacy—a fight for democracy as much as for Democrats."

- Margaret Talbot, The New Yorker

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This Is Where We Are « The Dish

This Is Where We Are « The Dish | DidYouCheckFirst | Scoop.it

"This is a fascinating speech from today’s rally at the World War II veterans’ memorial. It’s fascinating because it’s a riveting, candid insight into the forces that are behind the government shut-down and the debt-ceiling blackmail of the country and the world. They do not believe this president is a legitimate president. It is beyond their understanding that he was re-elected handily, or that he commands, even during this assault on our system of government, far more support than the Tea Party. Let’s not be mealy-mouthed. This speaker, Larry Klayman of Freedom Watch, accuses the president of treason in this speech, of deliberately pursuing policies to kill members of the armed services, because he is an Islamist, and allegedly “bows to Allah”. What he is saying is the president is a deliberate mole of foreign agents determined to destroy the American way of life. And there is no pushback from the crowd and no pushback from GOP leaders." - Andrew Sullivan

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This kind of lunacy needs to be shared far and wide, and it needs to be called out precisely for what it is - abject lunacy. 

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Interactive: Who's Pulling the Strings? | BillMoyers.com

Interactive: Who's Pulling the Strings? | BillMoyers.com | DidYouCheckFirst | Scoop.it
In the wake of Citizens United a well-funded network of conservative groups has arisen that has the ability to make the lives of Republicans who seek compromise very, very difficult.
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Let's hope that more and more Americans are beginning to understand just how rigged DC actually is and who is behind it.

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