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We have noted before the extreme eliminationist rhetoric directed at Republicans and the Tea Party by the most senior Democratic politicians, who portray the House's exercise of its constitutional power of the purse as terrorism. That rhetoric has also moved into mainstream liberal publications. What was once expected only of DailyKos or crazy fringe left-wing websites, now is mainstream liberal media. Here's a partial screenshot (full here) of a Google search this morning for "Republican extortion" -- note the mainstream liberal publication that show up on the first page parroting Obama's rhetoric: Google News Search Republican Extortion 10-10-2013 915 am - partial But The Atlantic outdid just about everyone with this image on its story by Philip Bump, How Obama Can Deal with the Irate Republican Army (via Ed Driscoll h/t Instapundit): Boehner Arrest The Atlantic Smitty had it right: https://twitter.com/smitty_one_each/status/388234299646181376 As startling as the image may seem coming from a mainstream publication, consider that the source of the image was a photo of an Irish Republican Army terrorist, Colin Duffy, who was charged with the killing of British soldiers (he later was acquitted): HuffPo AP Colin Duffy Arrest Notice the photo of Colin Duffy is the exact same photo The Atlantic used as the source for the photoshop. I'm sure the author and editors at The Atlantic knew exactly what they were doing, even if most of the readers didn't pick up on the Boehner being equated to a specific accused murderer.  Bump made sure to invoke the Irish Republican Army in the text of the post:

Well, apparently today was just a photo op at the White House. Obama is still in a no negotiation mode. Instead, he's deliberately trying to talk down the markets. https://twitter.com/McCormackJohn/status/385539376572547073 https://twitter.com/AndrewNBCNews/status/385539468859813888 https://twitter.com/ZekeJMiller/status/385539877557006336 John Boehner after White House Mtg 10-2-2013

Current status a/o 10:15 p.m. Eastern -- House passed two amendments, Senate then rejected. Looks like no more House votes tonight. House will simply request a conference with the Senate tomorrow. So Harry Reid gets his "shutdown." https://twitter.com/robertcostaNRO/status/384865087409754112 https://twitter.com/ChadPergram/status/384863087586603008 https://twitter.com/robertcostaNRO/status/384864630440337408 You can watch House floor here and here (will embed when House comes back in session). UPDATE -- Senate quickly rejected House Amendments, thereby voting to preserve Congressional special privileges and unequal treatment of individuals.  Looks like the likely House response will be limited specific "clean" funding similar to what was done with military pay.  Make Democrats in Senate vote against funding Veterans Department, etc. Senate Final Vote Rejecting House Amendments 9-30-2013

Locked in trillion dollar tax revenue increase. Promises, promises on spending cuts. According to the frequently wrong but always wonkish-proclaiming Ezra Klein, this is where the Boehner-Obama negotiations are heading: Boehner offered to let tax rates rise for income over $1 million. The White House wanted to let tax...

We don't know all the details of the negotiations between Mitch McConnell and the White House which apparently are closing in on an agreement, but one thing is clear, Harry Reid has become a sideshow. The master of the Senate was left to denouncing Mitch McConnell...

The third version of the Boehner bill just passed the House.  (218-210, 22 Republicans voted against, no Democrats voted for.) We are on the verge of a significant -- although not very satisfying or triumphal -- achievement. Now Harry Reid gets to do what he does best. The Senate...

The failure last night to pass the so-called Boehner bill was a mistake.  I hope it will be corrected today. I don't disparage the intentions of the 25 or so who were not willing to vote for the bill.  In fact, I agree with them as...

Making points similar to what I have made, this is not the last round.  The Boehner bill for all its flaws puts the runners on base with another batter up in a few months. The Boehner bill, assuming it passes the House today, likely will be rejected...

This actually is good news.  It gives Boehner a chance to reconfigure his plan to give confidence that there really will be $1.2 trillion in cuts. Via National Journal, the CBO scored the plan as written at only $850 billion in savings: House Speaker John Boehner’s debt-ceiling...

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