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Marco Rubio shows how informed & concerned he is about the #FlintWaterCrisis (spoiler alert: not at all)

Marco Rubio shows how informed & concerned he is about the #FlintWaterCrisis (spoiler alert: not at all)

Marco Rubio, the presidential candidate who became famous for his bottled water drinking style has weighed in on the poisoning of Flint’s drinking water with lead. When asked by reporters for a comment on the situation, he said, “It’s just not an issue we’ve been quite frankly fully briefed or apprised of in terms of the role the governor has played and the state has played in Michigan on these sorts of issues.”

Really, dude? “These sorts of issues”? How many times has this happened in the past, where a state government screwed up so badly trying to save a buck that it poisoned its own citizens?…

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The GOP's #FlintWaterCrisis blame game continues as Republicans freak out over protest rally planned for today

The GOP’s #FlintWaterCrisis blame game continues as Republicans freak out over protest rally planned for today

Republicans across the state and even across the country are working diligently to make sure that Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder doesn’t take the fall for his administration’s role in the poisoning of Flint’s drinking water. Michelle Malkin and the Hot Air blog are both of examples of conservative, corporatist water-carriers who want the country to blame the U.S. EPA for the failures of Gov. Snyder.

UPDATE: The conservative site The Federalist has an op-ed this morning that also attempts to exonerate Gov. Snyder. You can read Dennis Sanders’ revisionist history piece titled “Hillary Clinton Can’t Blame Michigan’s Governor For Flint’s Water” HERE.…

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Some in the GOP see the social safety net as a national character flaw

Some in the GOP see the social safety net as a national character flaw

It’s difficult to get Republican candidates to provide straight talk about Social Security and Medicare during an election year because both programs are immensely popular with voters and the candidates would rather not be too specific about possible reforms. They remember the dismal failure of George W. Bush to build support for privatizing Social Security in his second term. These programs provide some measure of protection against living unfed and ill somewhere in the underbrush behind a Kroger store and within eye shot of its dumpster if one is disabled, elderly, or orphaned.

Republicans often do not want to deal with what they consider the weak spots in society because they have personal delusions of strength and grandeur, both of which drive their devotion to Big Business and the Military Industrial Complex over social programs that remind them of human vulnerability.…

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A contemporary political education from a Republican

This year will have many challenges, not the least of which will be comparing and contrasting Bernie and Hillary while sifting through the Frank Luntzian messages coming from the dozen or so remaining GOP presidential candidates. You might wonder why Progressives would even want to spend time inviting blood pressure problems by trying to decoding right-wing messages? For one thing, hearing out the opposition is a habit of mind that we see most often on the left because of our appreciation of nuance and our understanding of our own imperfections of thought. We have trouble putting Progressive politics on bumper stickers and placards because, well, modern life and government are complicated and difficult to distill into catch phrases.…

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Mich. GOP Senate Elections Committee Chair thinks "voting should not be effortless", introduces bill making it even harder

Mich. GOP Senate Elections Committee Chair thinks “voting should not be effortless”, introduces bill making it even harder

Sen. Dave Robertson (R-Grand Blanc Township) is the chairman of the Senate Elections and Government Reform Committee. You would think that a man in that position would be working night and day to figure out how to make voting as easy as possible so that we would have more Michiganders participating in the democracy that is the bedrock of our country and our society.

You would be wrong. In fact, you would be very, VERY wrong.

In discussing his opposition to a bill allowing “no-excuse” absentee voting, Robertson recently said, “I believe voting should not be effortless.” The “no-excuse” absentee voting legislation is actually a Republican bill that is sponsored by Lisa Lyons, the chair of the House Elections Committee.…

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Scientists: 1, Ignorant GOP climate change denier: ZERO! Republican Congressman from Texas backs down

Scientists: 1, Ignorant GOP climate change denier: ZERO! Republican Congressman from Texas backs down

Last week I wrote about Congressman Lamar Smith (R-TX) and his attacks on federal scientists, trying to intimidate and bully them because he didn’t believe the science they were sciencing. Smith had demanded to be given copies of all emails sent by a group of climate scientists working for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) relating to recent research they had published that debunked the idea that global climate change is on hiatus – the so-called (and mythical) “global warming pause”.

NOAA Administrator Kathryn Sullivan basically told Smith to go Cheney himself, refusing to turn over the emails and refusing to allow him to bully and intimidate her staff.…

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Federal climate scientists attacked, intimidated by GOP climate change deniers - and scientists are fighting back

Federal climate scientists attacked, intimidated by GOP climate change deniers – and scientists are fighting back

Idiocracy wasn’t a movie. It was a documentary.

In June of this year, scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) published research in the peer-reviewed journal Science. Their research was based on improved and more accurate land and sea temperature data that showed that the warming of the earth continues apace. This flies in the face of claims by climate change deniers that there has been a global warming “pause” or “hiatus”. That data was made public in October.

After the publication of the research, Congressman Lamar Smith (R-TX), a virulent climate change denier who is the Chair of the Science, Space, and Technology Committee, subpoenaed scientists at NOAA demanding that they turn over internal e-mails related to their research.…

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UPDATED x5: Michigan Gov. Snyder joins other Republican governors in ensuring that terrorists and the tactic of terrorism win

UPDATED x5: Michigan Gov. Snyder joins other Republican governors in ensuring that terrorists and the tactic of terrorism win

[This post has been updated below.]

The flow of thousands upon thousands of Syrian refugees escaping violent extremism and war-like conditions in their country has been in the news for months. Many Michiganders were relieved to see Governor Rick Snyder extend the welcome mat to those escaping oppression and violence. However, after the recent terrorist attack in Paris, Gov. Snyder has joined his cowardly Republican colleagues in Arkansas, Indiana, Texas, and Alabama and is now refusing to let Syrian refugees to come to Michigan. “Michigan is a welcoming state and we are proud of our rich history of immigration,” Gov.…

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16 hours of testimony in front of Republican tribunals proves the war on powerful liberal women is real

16 hours of testimony in front of Republican tribunals proves the war on powerful liberal women is real

On September 29th, conservative Republicans in Congress spent over five hours interrogating and badgering Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards over selectively edited video that distorts the truth about what Planned Parenthood does. Despite being treated shabbily by the men on the committee she testified before, often interrupted and prevented from answering questions, she handled it with finesse and aplomb.

Yesterday, Hillary Clinton endured over ELEVEN HOURS of interrogation and badgering by another set of conservative Republicans in Congress. She, too, handled it with finesse and aplomb, often laughing at the ridiculous questions she was asked like this one from Republican Rep.…

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During #PinkOut Day Planned Parenthood supporters shined bright while detractors looked desperate & pathetic

During #PinkOut Day Planned Parenthood supporters shined bright while detractors looked desperate & pathetic

In conjunction with the widely-successful National Pink Out Day yesterday, Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards voluntarily appeared before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee to answer questions about their funding. The hearing was prompted by the highly-edited videos that were intentionally cut-and-pasted together to make it look as though Planned Parenthood was making a profit off of the selling of the body parts of aborted fetuses in their facilities. It is, of course, completely untrue, but the video release had the intended effect of causing yet another witch hunt to destroy this critical and important healthcare organization that provides hundreds of thousands of women with affordable healthcare that they would otherwise not receive.…

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New poll shows GOP approval lowest in decades — but conservatives would like it to be lower

The Republican Party’s approval rating is now lower in the Pew poll than at any time since 1992.

It’s lower now than it was during the government shutdowns in 2013 and the mid 1990s — lower than the absolute nadir of George W. Bush’s presidency when we were actively losing two wars as the global economy teetered on the edge of existence.

Why is the GOP so unpopular now?

The current survey finds that positive views of the GOP among Republicans have declined 18 percentage points since January, from 86% to 68%. Independents also view the Republican Party less favorably; 29% today, compared with 37% six months ago.…
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