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July 4 / August 14

Posted by  ▪  July 4, 2012

July 4 / August 14

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7/4/2012 at 9:36am
Reader TowsonLawyer writes: Just in time for the Fourth of July – Lost Film from 1945 Here’s the story from Richard Sullivan: 67 Years Ago my Dad shot this film along Kalakaua Ave. in Waikiki capturing spontaneous celebrations that broke out upon first hearing news of the Japanese surrender. Kodachrome 16mm film: God Bless Kodachrome,…
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Take it personally

Posted by  ▪  July 4, 2012

Take it personally

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7/4/2012 at 7:00am
Yet another sign of the times. From Kathy, taken near Gainesville, FL:
 

Right wing smear machine to blame for Elizabeth Warren’s Cherokee problem (again)

Posted by  ▪  July 3, 2012

Right wing smear machine to blame for Elizabeth Warren’s Cherokee problem (again)

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7/3/2012 at 9:02pm
Hey, you know who is to blame for Elizabeth Warren’s false claim to be Cherokee? Definitely not Elizabeth Warren if you are a defender of Elizabeth Warren in Massachusetts.  No, this is far deeper and vaster than Elizabeth Warren, it goes well into the world of “right wing extremists” according to Warren’s press secretary. And now, according…
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Beware journalists turning conservatives into a circular firing squad

Posted by  ▪  July 3, 2012

Beware journalists turning conservatives into a circular firing squad

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7/3/2012 at 6:15pm
The hot news today was a story at National Journal about how the Romney campaign supposedly was Declaring Cease Fire on Health Care: In the aftermath of the Supreme Court health care ruling, the early conventional wisdom was that an unfavorable health care ruling at the court would be good for Republicans…
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Upstate New York is the heart of Operation Counterweight

Posted by  ▪  July 3, 2012

Upstate New York is the heart of Operation Counterweight

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7/3/2012 at 2:29pm
It may seem counter-intuitive, but Upstate New York (the NY flyover country) is a key to holding the House, and will form a core of Operation Counterweight.  In 2010, Republicans picked up several seats upstate; redistricting has caused the loss of one upstate seat (and one downstate, Anthony Weiner’s old district)…
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Fake

Posted by  ▪  July 3, 2012

Fake

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7/3/2012 at 1:45pm
I remember hearing about this case, and it struck me as strange at the time but not enough to write about it. Add the case to a long line of fake hate crimes — which often occur on campuses or among students/faculty, where the desire to achieve a political point and be a hero…
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Mia B. Love “the fresh new face of the GOP”

Posted by  ▪  July 3, 2012

Mia B. Love “the fresh new face of the GOP”

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7/3/2012 at 11:58am
Mia B. Love appeared on MSNBC today, and it was a pretty fair segment. As noted here before, while Jim Matheson is beatable, it’s not going to be easy.  Matheson falsely portrays himself as a moderate. That “outside money” rolling in mentioned at the end will not pay the campaign bills, so she…
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41% don’t know about Obamacare decision

Posted by  ▪  July 3, 2012

41% don’t know about Obamacare decision

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7/3/2012 at 9:47am
I guess that doesn’t surprise me. Also, does Christie thread the needle on the tax/penalty issue?  Or just muddle things even more?  (not his fault, really) Via Mediaite: Sure. Yeah. I mean, listen, I thought all along that it was a tax. And I don’t think it’s exclusively a tax or a penalty. It’s…
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In the Matter of …

Posted by  ▪  July 3, 2012

In the Matter of …

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7/3/2012 at 7:00am
It’s the biggest case of them all. From reader KGB: Not a bumper sticker, I know, but an interesting campaign sign I came across in East Randolph, NY, while out for a Sunday drive. I don’t know if this is a stock phrase being used around the region or country but it’s the…
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The shape of things to come

Posted by  ▪  July 2, 2012

The shape of things to come

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7/2/2012 at 10:36pm
A reader writes (emphasis mine): Devoted, and unregistered, reader, first time emailer. It seems the GOP has a “Read my lips” moment here with Obama promising no tax increase. The ad practically writes itself. I guess they’d never throw Bush I under the bus with the juxtaposition, but someone should. My family of four…
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Try to remember the kind of November

Posted by  ▪  July 2, 2012

Try to remember the kind of November

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7/2/2012 at 8:49pm
Try to remember, and if you remember … how it felt in 2010…
 

Did Obamacare decision change anything?

Posted by  ▪  July 2, 2012

Did Obamacare decision change anything?

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7/2/2012 at 4:22pm
Reader Tom sent me this link to Charlie Cook’s assessment of the presidential campaign about a week ago, just before the Obamcare decision (emphasis mine): We are past the point where Obama can win a referendum election, regardless of whether it is on him or the economy. The success of his campaign is…
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Pretzel tax logic

Posted by  ▪  July 2, 2012

Pretzel tax logic

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7/2/2012 at 1:32pm
Saving Obamacare by calling a penalty a tax has created all sorts of political contortions. What if the Supreme Court had called a dog a cat, would we then be required to call a dog a cat, particularly if it were better for us? That’s where we are right now.  Properly characterizing the…
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Serious doubt cast on Elizabeth Warren’s “Aunt Bea” “high cheekbones” story

Posted by  ▪  July 2, 2012

Serious doubt cast on Elizabeth Warren’s “Aunt Bea” “high cheekbones” story

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7/2/2012 at 10:18am
In one of the oddest and most uncomfortable moments of Elizabeth Warren’s defense of her claim to be Cherokee, Warren invoked her Aunt Bea, who allegedly told the story a thousand times about how Aunt Bea’s father (Warren’s grandfather, whom Warren referred to as her own “pappaw”) had high cheekbones “like…
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Um, because he’s Jimmy Carter

Posted by  ▪  July 2, 2012

Um, because he’s Jimmy Carter

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7/2/2012 at 8:48am
A question which really didn’t need to be asked, Why Is Nobody Listening to Jimmy Carter’s Searing Critique of America? If you told the average American that there was a very powerful politician who, after leaving office, tried to speak out when his conscience was bothered by the actions of his fellow…
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The Money Badger don’t care

Posted by  ▪  July 2, 2012

The Money Badger don’t care

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7/2/2012 at 7:00am
From reader Bronwyn: I saw this car at the Medical Center in Orange County, CA. I know our county leans more right than the rest of California, but with all the depressing news about our state I found this car a slight glimmer of hope. Although, considering the car was an Escape……
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A real Elizabeth Warren moment (this time on single-payer)

Posted by  ▪  July 1, 2012

A real Elizabeth Warren moment (this time on single-payer)

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7/1/2012 at 8:05pm
Anyone who has seen Elizabeth Warren deal with the Cherokee issue knows the routine — immediately change the subject, answer the question you wanted asked not the question actually asked, keep talking rapidly, and most of all, act as if you have not just been caught in a lie. This video in…
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