Weakest, least effective speaker in the history of the House.
House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) defended his chamber against charges of inaction Wednesday, suggesting that the Democratic-controlled Senate is the ...
It appears that Republicans have blocked their last judicial nominee and Harry Reid is now ready to employ the nuclear option.
Via Greg Sargent:
Senator Harry Reid appears set to go nuclear — before ...
Via regular contributor E.A. Blair...
On this past Sunday’s Meet The Press, Representative Michael J. Rogers (R-MI-8) made the following statement:
"Here's the problem, you have 15 percent of the population that ...
Nothing short of another war in the Middle East will satisfy the bloodthirsty needs of John Bolton and his neocon cronies.
On the November 25 edition of Fox's America's News HQ, Former Ambassador to the ...
Why am I not surprised by this?
As the nation mourns the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, conservative media figures have attempted to appropriate his legacy and attribute to ...
It's gotten way past fun and games and par-for-the-course politics. Blatant abuse of the filibuster rule by Senate Republicans is forcing Harry Reid's hand.
As expected, Senate Democrats brought Cornelia ...
After his two terms as President of the United States, Bill Clinton started The Clinton Foundation with a focus on climate change, global health, economic development, religious and ethnic conflict ...
They're total idiots.
Leaders of the Republican establishment, alarmed by the emergence of far-right and often unpredictable Tea Party candidates, are pushing their party to rethink how it chooses nominees and ...
Now that a federal appeals court has reinstated most of Texas' Draconian abortion law, Hillary's statement defending reproductive rights and family planning takes on an even greater significance. One third ...
What do you get when you mix pompous, clueless, conservative, male politicians with the belief that clueless, male politicians are better qualified to make decisions on women’s health issues than women themselves?
Gynoticians, of course.
Here, let Amber Tamblyn and David Cross show you how it works.
“…according to this latest research from 1926…” is the basis for most Republican scientific beliefs.
Can you imagine if this actually happened to you? If you’re one of millions of American women, it has. It is happening not in an exam room, but in a room with marbled floors, expensive pens and numerous symbols of “freedom,” populated by men and women in crisp suits whose ideas about “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” are rooted in illogical double-standards and hypocrisies that boggle the mind. These people are making decisions about you, for you, but not by you. They are passing wildly unpopular laws everyday that dictate the choices you can or cannot make, the health care you may or may not be afforded, the rights you can or cannot enjoy in regards to your very own body. Tell Gynoticians like Rick Perry, Trent Franks, Pat McCrory and the Pat McCrorys of women like representative Jodie Laubenberg and Marsha Blackburn that enough is enough: We aren’t just coming for their laws, we’re coming for their JOBS.
The effects of the truly stupid sequestration policy on the Pentagon are already apparent: 680,000 Pentagon employees have received furlough notices and are taking a steep pay cut over the summer, all because of a policy that was designed to hurt the country on purpose, which Congress won’t turn off.
Congress could turn the sequester off, helping these military personnel, the economy, children in Head Start centers, the federal courts, and even efforts to combat wildfires. But so far, Republican lawmakers have refused to even consider stopping the policy or finding a compromise to replace it.
Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) on Tuesday said President Obama is “intolerant” of Christians in the military after the White House voiced opposition to a National Defense Authorization Act amendment expanding protections for religious actions and speech.
The amendment to the defense spending bill would restrict how military officers could address proselytizing and other religious statements by troops. But the White House has said the protections could limit commanding officer’s ability to discipline soldiers for anti-gay comments, and lead to insubordination.
“It seems like the only group that it is politically correct to be intolerant of are Christians, who have such a profound effect on the founding of this country, including about a third of the signers of the Declaration of Independence being ordained ministers,” Gohmert said…
“If this administration is going to continue to tolerate this kind of intolerance, they are going to lose members of the military that cannot serve if their First Amendment rights aren’t going to be protected with regard to religion,” Gohmert continued.
And while Texas gets ready to pass legislation that will close most of the states 42 abortion clinics, here’s what’s going on in the real world – a world far removed from the bubble Republicans reside in.
At an open-air flea market outside McAllen, Texas, near the Mexican border, shoppers can buy a goat and get their car windows tinted. Tables with handwritten signs touting Viagra are stocked with herbal remedies promising to burn fat and boost breast size. You can also find pills to end a pregnancy.
Bazaars like this have become home to a thriving black market, where women too poor to afford an abortion at a clinic or deterred by state mandates such as a 24-hour waiting period can buy drugs to induce a miscarriage on their own, a dozen area residents and doctors said in interviews.
Hundreds of miles north in Austin, the capital, lawmakers may inadvertently increase this illegal trade. Rules set to pass as soon as this week might result in the closing of most, if not all, abortion facilities in the state. If the law — promoted as a way to improve women’s health — makes legal abortion unavailable in Texas, more women may turn to markets such as the one near McAllen and risk their lives.
Short of Democrats taking complete control of Congress in 2014, it’s hard to imagine any scenario by which the madness will end any time soon. Republicans have made it clear that they will not compromise on any legislation that President Obama is willing to sign.
One of the novel developments in conservative thought during the Obama years is a burgeoning hatred not merely for government but for lawmaking. Before the Obama era, the ends of crafting laws divided the parties, but the means did not. The process of corralling votes, placating hold-outs, and hammering out compromises was not something either side especially loved — you’ve heard the classic line about watching the sausage get made — but also not something that one side disliked more than the other. But a hatred for lawmaking has emerged in the Obama years, first as a Republican tactic, and then as an apparently genuine belief system.
Exactly right. Republican obstructionism has gone from being a tactic to prevent Obama from winning a second term to now being a full-fledged belief system where conservatives actually believe they’re doing the right thing. The end result is that the mental illness that has inflicted conservatives will continue to force gridlock upon a nation that has seen their middle class and poor to suffer needlessly these many years.
Two years ago, Tea Party madness swept Republicans into state and municipal offices throughout the country. In Arkansas, Republicans took control of both the state house and senate. The last time they accomplished that feat was 1874.
Jason Rapert won a seat in the Arkansas state senate in 2010 and, with the backing of the Koch brothers’ Americans For Prosperity, won again in 2012. The result has been the type of loony tunes legislation we’ve all come to expect from teabagging politicians.
On Wednesday, the Arkansas legislature lurched forward with a radical measure to ban most abortions if a fetal heartbeat is detected within six weeks of a pregnancy, a requirement experts say will force the state to insert a probe into a woman’s vagina to detect.
The bill also penalizes doctors who perform abortions after the arbitrary cut-off date with a Class D felony, carrying up to six years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000. The chief sponsor of the measure is Republican State Senator Jason Rapert, a fiddle-playing financial planner with his own evangelical outreach center that hosts mission trips to Uganda, Ghana, and the Philippines. He has been among the loudest anti-abortion politicians in the state, and has sponsored a number of other radical bills, including a very strange effort to organize a constitutional convention to give state legislatures power over the national debt limit.
Did the 2012 election not teach them anything about messing with women and their reproductive rights?
Some Republicans (i.e. those with national ambitions) have softened their harsh rhetoric toward minorities. The Marco Rubio, Christ Christie and Jeff Bush types in the party understand that the GOP will never win another general election without the votes of Hispanics, Asians and other minorities. And therein lies the problem the Republican party is forced to deal with. Namely, Tea Party-sponsored bigots and assholes like Jason Rapert.
Here’s a clip of Rapert at a Tea Party rally in 2011 where he says:
“I hear you loud and clear, Barack Obama. You don’t represent the country that I grew up with. And your values is not going to save us. We’re going to take this country back for the Lord. We’re going to try to take this country back for conservatism. And we’re not going to allow minorities to run roughshod over what you people believe in!“
“I wonder sometimes, when they invited all the Moslims to come into the White House, and have ‘em a lil’ Ramadan supper, when our president could not take the time to go attend a National Prayer Breakfast. I wonder what he stands for.”
As NYmag points out, President Obama attended the National Prayer Breakfast in 2009…and 2010…and 2011…and 2012. And for the record, George W. Bush attended the Ramadan dinner in the White House every year of his presidency. You can add ‘liar’ when describing Rapert.
So what is the GOP going to do with the racists and bigots who populate their party? How do they outreach to minorities while they still attract hate-mongering race-baiting politicians like Rapert? The problem for conservatives is that Rapert is not an anomaly in the Republican Party. The GOP is a haven for racists, bigots, Christian fundamentalists, climate change deniers, gay bashers and Fox-loving, government hating, low-information idiots. And contrary to Republicans’ claim that their problem is finding the right people to articulate their message, the real problem has less to do with the messenger than it has to do with the message. It has been soundly rejected by the majority of Americans.
It’s 2013 and the times are indeed changing. Republicans just don’t know it.
Rep. Todd Akin, Missouri’s Republican Senate nominee, caused a public outcry Sunday when he told a local television station that “legitimate rape” rarely leads to pregnancy.
“First of all, from what I understand from doctors [pregnancy from rape] is really rare,” Akin, the Republican Senate nominee in Missouri, said. ”If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”
Of course, Akin is both wrong and ignorant which seem to be the prerequisites for any Republican politician. It is worth nothing that Paul Ryan and Todd Akin co-sponsored the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act which stipulated that only women subjected to “forcible rape” would be entitled to government paid abortion.
How does one describe a man who favors imposing more restrictions on rape victims? And how does one describe a person who would cast a vote for a politician who holds such beliefs?