Wingnut Week In Review: Rand On The Run

Sen. Rand Paul turned tail and ran away when confronted by undocumented DREAMers. But the GOP has a “Latino problem” it can’t run from, and right-wingers seem determined to make it worse.
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The “Perfect Storm” Behind Toledo’s Toxic Tap Water

The crisis that made the water in Toledo, Ohio, unsafe to drink this past weekend is over, for now, but the “perfect storm” that created it rages on: pollution, conservatism, corporate lobbying and climate change.
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Wingnut Week in Review: Nutso?

House Speaker John Boehner called Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's idea for passing immigration reform "Nutso." Maybe Boehner hasn't taken a good look at his own party. Then again, who can blame him?
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What I Learned From My Minimum Wage Job

Sen. Rand Paul mocked the Obamas for wanting their daughters to experience working for minimum wage. My experience taught me “the value of work,” and to value workers for whom earning a living isn’t always fun, stimulating, or fair.
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America’s Border Crisis of Conscience

In San Pedro Sula, Honduras, 60 bodies lie in a heap on the floor of a morgue – the body count for just one day. Can we in good conscience send children back there – when we helped create the conditions they are escaping?
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Wingnut Week In Review: Plane Paranoid

Thank heaven for American wingnuts’ short attention span. The apparent shooting down of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over the Ukraine gave everyone a brief respite from the usual sexist, racist, homophobic, xenophobic rantings.
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Arrested for Being Too Poor To Afford Child Care

There's no margin of error for low-income working parents. There's no “plan B,” because there's barely enough resources for “plan A.” If just one thing goes wrong, “plan A” crashes and burns, taking the rest of someone’s life with it.
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Wingnut Week in Review: The GOP’s Borderline Personality Disorder

Ugly Americans ran amok as right-wingers showed off their patriotism by screaming at children, and Republicans promised to block the president's efforts to stem a border crisis that fires up the basest elements of the GOP's wingnut base.
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What’s The Matter With Kansas Now? Tax Cuts.

What’s the matter with Kansas? That's the question posed by Thomas Frank’s 2005 book and the eponymous documentary about how the state became a hotbed of extreme right-wing conservatism. So, what's the matter with Kansas now? Tax cuts.
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Wingnut Week In Review: Hobby Lobby and “Beyoncé Voters”

Just in time for mid-term election campaigning, the Supreme Court handed conservatives the perfect opportunity to remind Americans that their number 1 obsession is policing women’s sex lives by any means necessary. Wingnuts rejoiced.
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Wingnut Week In Review: Mississippi, Goddam!

Mississippi Republican Sen. Thad Cochran defeated primary challenger Chris McDaniel with the help of black Democrats, and the tea party exploded with rage. Now, to quote Nina Simone, “Everybody Knows About Mississippi, Goddam!”
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FIve Steps To A Family-Friendly Economy

As the White House holds a Summit on Working Families today, here are five policies with broad popular support that could make a family-friendly economy a reality.
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Wingnut Week In Review: Scott Walker’s “Criminal Scheme”

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is back in the news, following prosecutors' allegations that Walker was at the center of a "criminal scheme" to bypass state election laws, by illegally coordinated spending between conservative groups and his campaign in 2012. Is the former GOP star in freefall?
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Conservatives Feign Concern For Working Families

The White House will hold a Summit on Working Families on Monday, and Republicans are trying to get in on the action with a fake agenda meant to distract us from their lack of real solutions.
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Wingnut Week In Review: So Long, Eric Cantor

As House Minority Leader Eric Cantor exits stage right, it seems appropriate to recall some of his most memorable wingnut moments, and consider what we may be in for as David Bratt waits in the wings.
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Meet The Genocidal Dead Colonialist The GOP Wants to Make A Citizen

Republicans can’t pass immigration reform, but they can take time out from obstructing anything that might remotely do the economy some good, to confer citizenship on a genocidal colonialist who’s been dead for over two hundred years.
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Wingnut Week In Review: Benghazi to Berhgdahl

The safe release of an American POW is usually a cause for celebration. But there will be no yellow ribbons on the right for Army Sgt. Bowe Berghdal, who was released after being held by the Taliban for five years.
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How The Right Shoots Down Political Discourse

Guns — their presence, and all it portends — are increasingly invading every corner of our every day lives. They have morphed into a form of symbolic speech that threatens to shoot down our political discourse.
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Wingnut Week In Review: Wingnuts Profiling the Latest Shooter

Well, that didn’t take long. As Americans were still reeling from the latest gun massacre, right-wingers wasted no time blaming liberals, Hollywood, and gay marriage for all shooting rampages. As usually, the facts are decidedly against wingnuts.
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The New Populism: Ready For The Fight Ahead

At the New Populism Conference, Rev. William Barber reminded progressive populists that we must know why we fight, and what we're fighting for. We must not shrink from battle, when we have all we need to fight and win.
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Wingnut Week In Review: It Couldn’t Happen To A Nicer Guy

This week saw a number of right-wingers being pulled up short, one way or another, including some of the biggest names in wingnuttia. For each wingnut up to his tinfoil hat in trouble of his own making, we can only say, “It couldn’t happen to a nicer guy.”
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Who Will Reach The Rising American Electorate?

The rising American electorate that twice elected Barack Obama could be a deciding factor in 2014, if either party reaches out with a message that addresses concerns of its diverse constituencies and motivates them to vote.
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Wingnut Week In Review: Brain Damaged?

This week, Karl Rove proved once again that his Bush-era nickname "Turd Blossom" was well earned. Just when you thought he couldn't sink any lower, Rove launched a laughably desperate attack on Hillary Clinton.
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Wingnut Week In Review: Devil In A Blue Dress?

Hillary Clinton's all-but-inevitable presidential candidacy in 2016 and Monica Lewinsky's return to the spotlight have led to recurrence of the right's derangement disorder of the '90s.
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Why The Lawlessness At Bundy’s Ranch Must Not Stand

Right-wing lawlessness continues at Cliven Bundy's ranch, where supporters who were itching to shoot police officers and federal agents, nearly shot each other. Now citizens want the "militia" out. Can this thing end without bloodshed?
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Can Conservatives Stop Defending Slavery?

Cliven Bundy isn't the first conservative to defend slavery, but he may be one of the first condemned by fellow conservatives for doing so. Does this mean conservatives are ready to stop defending slavery?
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Wingnut Week in Review: Meanwhile, Back At Bundy Ranch…

This week, they don’t come any nuttier than Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, and the right-wing pundits and politicians who rushed to defend his range war against the federal government. Revolution was almost nigh, until Budy shot off his mouth.
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Why Conservatives Are Willing to Let People Like Charlene Dill Die

Obamacare didn’t come with ”death panels," like conservatives claimed it would. So, Republican governors and state legislatures formed their own. Until the death of Charlene Dill, the victims of those death panels were invisible.
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Wingnut Week in Review: None Dare Call It Terrorism

What do you call it when an anti-Semite and white supremacist goes on a shooting spree at not one, but two Jewish facilities, killing three people? If you’re the U.S. media you call it anything, but terrorism.
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Wingnut Week In Review: Return of the Late Night TV Wars

More than a decade after Leno and Letterman slugged it out to succeed Carson, and four years after Leno and O'Brien feuded, the late night TV wars are back. This time right-wingers are bringing the hostility and hilarity.
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The Ryan Budget Shows What Republicans Want To Do To America

With the passage of Rep. Paul Ryan’s latest austerian budget, the GOP has spelled out very clearly what they want to do to America. It’s not a threat, but a promise that Americans must make sure Republicans never have the power to fulfill.
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