Wingnut Week In Review: Return to the “Appalahchian Trail”

With one bizarre Facebook post Rep. Mark Sanford (R, SC) dis-engaged his “Appalachian Trail” “soulmate,” and went from being a comeback kid to being punchline, again. And that’s not even the crazy part.
Terrance Heath
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Wingnut Week In Review: Love TKO

In the biggest elevator video since Beyonce and Jay Z, the world saw Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice knock his fiancé out cold. While the NFL dragged its feet on a response, right-wingers lost no time blaming the victim.
Terrance Heath
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“Put A Ring On It” Is Not An Anti-Poverty Program

Conservatives say marriage is the “ultimate anti-poverty program,” and claim that most of our economic woes would vanish if more people got hitched. A new study suggests "putting a ring on it" barely makes a dent in poverty.
Terrance Heath
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Wingnut Week In Review: Orange the GOP’s New Black

With so many convictions, indictments, and investigations concerning corruption, it’s beginning to look like orange may be the new black for some of the brightest stars in the right-wing firmament.
Terrance Heath
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Politicians Show Their Gratitude Where It Count$

There shall be eternal summer in the grateful heart, a poet wrote, and as this year’s summer winds toward its end and elections approach, gratitude is indeed what our politicians have flowing from that space where their hearts should be.
Bill Moyers
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Wingnut Week In Review: “No Angel”

Michael Brown was finally laid to rest in Ferguson, Missouri this week. But don't think for one minute that means that wingnuts and right-wingers will let him rest in peace.
Terrance Heath
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Wingnut Week In Review: The Ferguson Edition

For most of America, the shooting of yet another unarmed, young black man laid bare the way that racism and inequality play out in our streets. For wingnuts, it was another chance to appeal to the basest of the GOP base.
Terrance Heath
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Ferguson And The “War On Whites”

Republican Rep. Mo Brooks thinks there's a "war on whites" in America. In the streets Ferguson, Missouri — where a white police officer killed an unarmed, young black man — it's the other way around.
Terrance Heath
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Wingnut Week In Review: Speaking Ill Of the Dead

Two tragic events this week gave right wingers an opportunity to show some humanity and decency. As usual, wingnuts did not exactly cover themselves in glory. Instead of rising to the occasion, they sank to new lows.
Terrance Heath
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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.
Terrance Heath
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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.
Terrance Heath
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Let’s Sue the GOP

Americans of all political persuasions object to paying higher taxes to offset the cost of coddling corporate defectors. The GOP’s filibustering of this bill is dereliction of duty. So let’s sue.
Leo Gerard
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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?
Terrance Heath
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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.
Terrance Heath
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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.
Terrance Heath
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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.
Terrance Heath
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A Deluded Consensus on Discrimination

A wide majority of U.S. voters say black Americans who can’t get ahead should blame themselves for their troubles instead of racial discrimination. That’s one of the more startling findings from a recent Pew Research Center effort to bunch

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.
Terrance Heath
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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.
Terrance Heath
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Not A Good Day To Be A Woman Or A Public Employee

The latest rulings from the Roberts Court make one thing abundantly clear. It's a good time to be an abstract legal concept called a corporation. A woman, not so much. Neither is it a good time to be a public employee.
Digby
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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!”
Terrance Heath
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GOP…The Pro-Death Party

We’ve known for a while now that suicide rates tend to increase under conservatives governments, when money is going to corporations and the wealthy, at the expense of everyone else. Look at the suicide rate in America from 1999 to 2010.

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?
Terrance Heath
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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.
Terrance Heath
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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.
Terrance Heath
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What Happens When The Tea Party Goes To Washington

It’s time to say enough is enough, and stop letting Tea Partying libertarians drive the agenda in Washington. We need to restore the economic policies of the 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s that allowed all Americans to have an equal shot at success.
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