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Daily Kos Sun, 30 Aug 2015 09:05:46 GMT  

Sunday Talk: Through the looking glass

In 1988, Jeb!'s daddynot to be confused with his sugar daddies—famously declared "Read my lips: no new taxes."

That promise helped the elder Bush win the election, but it also played a role in his defeat four years later.

Fast forward to 2015.

Jeb!'s nemesis, Donald Trump, is letting his hat do the talking, and its message—"Make America Great Again" (by forcibly ejecting todos los mexicanos)—is resonating with the GOP base in a big (yuge!) way.

It's not just hat aficionados like David Duke who are feeling Trump's (sick) burns—he's even converting some of his toughest critics into believers.

Also, too ...

He has Peggy Noonan's Dominican friend on his side—a sure sign of ... well, something.


Pensito Review Sun, 30 Aug 2015 09:05:47 GMT  

Jeb Bush Has Genetic Foot-in-Mouth Problem

Jeb Bush established his inheritance of the family trait earlier this year, with his kick-off foreign policy speech. He confused Iraq for Iran, said Islamic State had 200,000 fighters instead of 20,000, and referred to the Islamic State leader as ‘the guy that’s the supreme leader, whatever his new title is, head of the caliphate.’ He said immigration should be ‘a catalytic converter for sustained economic growth.' ... But Jeb Bush’s slips tend to be different from those of his kin. His are more Freudian, involving accidental truths.

— Dana Millbank in the Washington Post.

Jeb Bush established his inheritance of the family trait earlier this year, with his kick-off foreign policy speech. He confused Iraq for Iran, said Islamic State had 200,000 fighters instead of 20,000, and referred to the Islamic State leader as ‘the guy that’s the supreme leader, whatever his new title is, head of the caliphate.’ He said immigration should be ‘a catalytic converter for sustained economic growth.’ … But Jeb Bush’s slips tend to be different from those of his kin. His are more Freudian, involving accidental truths.

— Dana Millbank in the Washington Post.


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ThinkProgress Sun, 30 Aug 2015 09:05:48 GMT  

What The Republican Elite Doesn’t Understand About Donald Trump, In One Ridiculous Tweet

They're clueless.

The post What The Republican Elite Doesn’t Understand About Donald Trump, In One Ridiculous Tweet appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Elite Republicans have long assumed that Donald Trump’s support would fizzle quickly. But Trump has dominated the polls for more than a month and appears to be gaining momentum.

If you want to understand why elite Republicans don’t understand his appeal, this tweet has the answer.

kristol

Kristol is the editor of the Weekly Standard, which published an article on July 18 entitled “Trump GOP Candidacy Blows Up.” At the time the article was published, Trump was tied for the lead in the national polls with Jeb Bush. He currently leads by 13 points.

The assumption in Kristol’s tweet is that Republican voters want cuts to Medicare and Social Security. Most Republican politicans act this way. Major cuts to Medicare and Social Security have been included in Republican budgets, drafted by Paul Ryan. The “serious” Republican candidates — Jeb Bush, Scott Walker and Marco Rubio — all support cuts. It is also a policy favored Republican donors.

But it is not a policy supported by Republican voters.

A Pew poll conducted in 2013 found that just 21% of Republicans favored cuts in Medicare. A higher percentage (24%) favored an increase in Medicare spending. The findings for Social Security were even more dramatic. Just 17% of Republicans favored Social Security spending cuts while 35% favored an increase.

Even among very conservative voters, support for entitlement spending is high. A 2014 Pew poll found that among “consistently conservative” Americans, 59% wanted to maintain current Social Security benefits. Only 38% favored reductions.

Support for any kind of reduction in Social Security benefit is not much higher among very conservative people (38%) than liberals (32%), according to the Pew poll.

Trump clearly understands that. Bill Kristol and Republican elites do not.

Part of Trump’s appeal comes from showmanship, bombast and a willingness to appeal to the darker elements of the Republican electorate. But Trump also benefits from actually supporting policies favored by rank-and-file Republican voters.

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Eager To Trump Trump, Christie Says We Should Treat Immigrants Like FedEx Packages

"At any moment, FedEx can tell you where that package is."

The post Eager To Trump Trump, Christie Says We Should Treat Immigrants Like FedEx Packages appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Chris Christie, speaking at a town hall meeting in New Hampshire on Saturday, compared legal immigrants to FedEx packages, arguing they should be tracked continuously by the government. Christie even promised to bring in FedEx founder Fred Smith to set up the system.

“At any moment, FedEx can tell you where that package is. It’s on the truck. It’s at the station. It’s on the airplane. Yet we let people come to this country with visas, and the minute they come in, we lose track of them,” Christie said.

FedEx tracks its packages so efficiently by affixing a bar code to every package and scanning them at regular intervals.

Martin O’Malley’s campaign criticized the remarks as “dehumanizing.”

Donald Trump has taken a commanding lead in the Republican presidential primary with an extremely hard line on immigration. The other candidates have scrambled to follow his lead — embracing the slur “anchor babies,” rejecting birthright citizenship and supporting Trump’s proposal for a wall across the entire southern border.

Christie previously supported a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants. When he started running for President, he reversed his position. His remarks today appear to be an effort to further toughen up his rhetoric on the issue.

The post Eager To Trump Trump, Christie Says We Should Treat Immigrants Like FedEx Packages appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Kentucky County Trying To Fire Clerk Who Won’t Issue Marriage Licenses

A Kentucky official opposed to signing same-sex marriage papers digs in deeper.

The post Kentucky County Trying To Fire Clerk Who Won’t Issue Marriage Licenses appeared first on ThinkProgress.

A Kentucky county clerk who is refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples despite this summer’s Supreme Court ruling that such marriages are a civil right is now asking the high court to cut her a break.

Attorneys for Rowan County clerk Kim Davis are petitioning the Supreme Court for an emergency order protecting her from being fired until her lawsuit against Gov. Steve Beshear (D) is resolved. Earlier Friday, the Rowan County Attorney formally requested that the state government charge Davis with misconduct, the first step in ousting her from her post.

Davis’ core argument is that granting a marriage license to a same-sex couple would violate her religious beliefs. Since this summer’s high court ruling on marriage makes it illegal to grant licenses to heterosexual couples while denying them to same-sex couples, Davis is simply refusing to issue them to anyone — and appealing every court decision that goes against her, perhaps in hopes of putting her religious liberty argument before the country’s ultimate legal arbiter.

Hours after the court’s June decision in Obergefell that same-sex couples have the same right to marry as heterosexual ones, Davis stopped issuing marriage licenses entirely. Multiple same-sex couples who were denied licenses by Davis’ across-the-board licensing freeze have sued her, and she has appealed initial defeats in those cases. After Beshear ordered her to either issue licenses to both hetero and same-sex couples or resign her post, Davis sued the governor’s office in hopes of persuading the courts that even playing a small bureaucratic role in facilitating same-sex weddings would violate her right to religious freedom.

Specifically, Davis points to Kentucky law’s requirement that marriage licenses bear the signature of the county clerk — and therefore make her an active participant in bringing a same-sex marriage into being. Davis appears to consider such participation irredeemably sinful: “If it happened, there is no absolution or correction that any earthly court can provide to rectify,” SCOTUSBlog quotes her complaint as saying.

Davis is making a novel argument in seeking the emergency order from the nation’s top judges. She is employed by the people of Kentucky, and one of the duties her job exists to perform is the granting of marriage licenses to qualified couples. Davis is apparently arguing that her civil rights protect her from being terminated for misconduct over her nonperformance of a key duty of the job for which she is paid.

In previous lower court rulings, Davis has suggested that same-sex couples can either go to a neighboring county or seek the signature of a different Rowan County official. She has also suggested that the state could change the law about marriage license signatures, removing the requirement that she sign her name to couples she finds sinful. The lower-court judge has rejected all three arguments.

As an elected official, Davis is difficult to fire. Friday’s request for misdemeanor official misconduct charges against her by the Attorney General begins a slow process that could only actually kick her out of office if the state legislature votes to impeach her. She has also risked contempt charges by continuing to refuse to issue licenses in defiance of a court order. If the Supreme Court grants her request from Friday night, it would keep her in office until her suit against Beshear is ultimately resolved — potentially even by The Nine themselves.

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PoliticusUSA Sun, 30 Aug 2015 09:05:48 GMT  

Trump Demanded Obama’s Birth Certificate But Refuses To Release His Own Records
Funny ain't it? The guy who was screaming bloody murder over our current president's birth certificate apparently doesn't want anybody seeing any kind of paper trail that would support his contention that he graduated number one in his class at the Wharton School of Finance. This assertion was later exposed as a media myth with no basis in truth.

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Refusing to Bow to the Gun Lobby, Hillary Clinton Talks Gun Sense
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton continues to champion common sense gun reform on the 2016 campaign trail.

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Here’s Why The Bernie Sanders Iowa Surge Should Terrify The Koch Brothers
The Koch brothers should be terrified by the Bernie Sanders surge in Iowa because it demonstrates that the movement is growing to take the country back from the billionaire class.

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Paul Krugman Sun, 30 Aug 2015 09:05:48 GMT  

Artificial Unintelligence
Despairing thoughts on what passes for sophistication.
Friday Night Music: Courtney Barnett, Avant Gardener
A cheerful song about asthma.
Fear of Asymmetry
Why nerds don't want to understand politics.

Media Matters for America - Latest Items Sun, 30 Aug 2015 09:05:48 GMT  

On MSNBC Live , Angelo Carusone Discusses The GOP's Inability To Stand Up To Donald Trump

From the August 28 edition of MSNBC's MSNBC Live:

Previously

How Fox News And Donald Trump Ate The Republican Primary

As Fox News Struggles With Trump, Media Call Out The Network For Creating His Candidacy

Angelo Carusone On MSNBC Live: Trump Benefiting From "Feedback Loop" Of Conservative Media Praise


Right Wing Watch Sun, 30 Aug 2015 09:05:48 GMT  

Right Wing Round-Up - 8/28/15

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