Wingnut Week In Review, January 26 – 31, 2014

Nothing drives conservatives around the bend like a speech from Barack Obama. So, thanks to the president’s State of the Union address on Tuesday, there’s no shortage of wingnuttery this week.
Terrance Heath
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Why We Don’t Like Fast Track: It’s a Job Killer

The reason NAFTA was so harmful to working people was the way it was negotiated – under fast-track authority, behind closed doors. We know from experience what happens once legislators have the fast-track ticket in their hands.
Celeste Drake

The Trans-Pacific Partnership: Warnings From NAFTA

The Trans-Pacific Partnership is not really about trade. The point of the deal is to put in place a structure of regulations that will be friendlier to the large corporations who are in many cases directly part of the negotiating process.
Dean Baker

Getting Trade Right Instead of Fast

Here's what President Obama should say about fast-track authority and the Trans-Pacific Partnership in the State of the Union: I’m dropping my request that Congress give me fast track authority. I’d rather get it right than get it fast.
Guest Writer

Do Fast Track And TPP Have Momentum?

There is no momentum for these "trade" agreements that favor corporate rights. They are engineered to pit American workers and our democracy against low-wage workers in non-democracies.

From “Duck Dynasty” To “Booker’s Place”

“Duck Dynasty” star Phil Robertson’s comments on race didn't cause as much controversy as his anti-gay spiel, but they deserve just as much scrutiny. Robertson told a reporter he believes blacks were happier during segregation.
Terrance Heath
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The Best of The Worst of the Right-Wing in 2013

From the second inauguration of Barack Obama to the latest skirmish in the “War on Christmas,” a steady stream of outrageousness flowed from the American right this year. Here are the best of the worst of the right-wing in 2013.
Terrance Heath
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Will The GOP Embrace “Duck Dynasty Conservatism”?

Conservatives and 2016 hopefuls are rushing to the defense of a reality TV star, who was suspended from his show after an anti-gay rant to a reporter. What does that say about GOP?
Terrance Heath
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This Trade Fight Is Against ‘Global Apartheid’

The president of TransAfrica explains why the fight against the Trans-Pacific Partnership warrants the involvement of all people who care about racism, economic justice and human rights.
Isaiah J. Poole

Get Ready for the 2014 Trade Tsunami

Hard work, smart planning and perseverance made 2013 a year of inspiring fair-trade activism. This sets the stage for the most important fights on globalization and “trade” in decades, beginning in a few short weeks.

How The Right Missed The Point At The Mandela Memorial

While conservatives obsessed over "selfies," handshakes, and pseudo-symbolic statements, President Obama honored the legacy of Nelson Mandela, and underscored how relevant and urgently needed it is today.
Terrance Heath
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The Eight Worst Conservative Responses To Nelson Mandela’s Death

Conservatives have turned Nelson Mandela’s death in to another reminder of how firmly Republicans stood, and still stand, on the wrong side of history. Here are some of the worst conservative reactions to Mandela’s death.
Terrance Heath
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The GOP Can’t Get Off The Hook By Declaring The “End” Of Racism

Nobody wants racism to be "over" more than white conservatives, if the RNC’s tweet honoring Rosa Parks for “ending” racism is any indication. Why are white conservatives so ready declare racism “over”? They want to get off the hook.
Terrance Heath
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Urgent Fast Track Trade Deal Alert

Fast Track should be as much of an electoral test for progressives as Social Security is. Progressives have to make this a line that cannot be crossed. This is about democracy vs big-corporate dominance of our economy and society.

Unemployment and the GOP’s “War on Christmas”

If there’s a “war on Christmas,” it’s being waged by congressional Republicans who are willing to let emergency unemployment benefits expire at the end of the year, just as they did for emergency food stamp spending.
Terrance Heath
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Food Stamps Cut Just In Time For Thanksgiving

This is that time of year when newspapers bother to write about how there are hungry people in America. But this year is special. As the recession drags on for the non-1%, cuts in Food Stamps have completely swamped the capacity of food banks.

Huge, Huge Victory For Political Sanity Today

Kids, don't say Harry Reid never did anything for you. He and the Senate Democrats just ended the use of the filibuster for executive branch appointments and lower court judges. Right-wing dominance of our judicial system will be diluted.
Digby
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A Peek Behind The TPP Curtain.

Americans got a peak behind the curtain of the Trans Pacific Partnership, and what we found is frightening. Wikileaks published a draft of the “intellectual property rights” chapter, and it poses a serious risk to free speech and information access.

Why Do We The People Have To Read TPP On Wikileaks?

If this agreement becomes law it will fundamentally alter the relationship between our government, other governments and giant multinational corporations. But the only reason we get to even read it at all is because it was leaked to Wikileaks.

Now Is Not The Time For Trade Deals

Considering the recent performance of the U.S. economy, and the ongoing, relentless pursuit of austerity it's, an especially bad time to be making any "trade deals." So let's just table that little project for the time being, shall we?
Digby

The Senate Passes ENDA. What’s Next?

The Employment Nondiscrimination Act passed in the Senate on Thursday, in a historic 64-32 vote. America has never been closer to protecting LGBT workers from discrimination on the job. Here’s what needs to happen next.
Terrance Heath
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ENDA And America’s Journey Towards Justice For All

This week the Senate will very likely a pass a bill prohibiting anti-LGBT discrimination in the workplace. The President and a majority of the American people support it. Only the GOP stands in the way of an important step towards justice for all.
Terrance Heath
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To Gov. Christie, From The Teacher He Screamed At

I took the opportunity to come hear you speak on your campaign trail. I asked you one simple question yesterday. I wanted to know why you portray New Jersey public schools as failure factories. Apparently that question struck a nerve.
Melissa Tomlinson
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Starving Them Out: Food Stamps and The GOP’s War On The Poor

The GOP’s hostility towards the poor and unfortunate has become an all-out “war on the poor.” The consequences of the painful cuts to food stamps taking effect today offer a glimpse of the casualties and collateral damage to come.
Terrance Heath
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47 Million Americans Are Going Over the “Hunger Cliff”

Millions of Americans will go over the “Hunger Cliff” when $5 billion in cuts to food stamps go into effect Friday. While Congress negotiates even bigger cuts, more Americans will have to negotiate where their next meal will come from.
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