White Terrorist Suspect Sought in Bombing of NAACP Offices

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Agents from the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were in Colorado Springs yesterday collecting evidence at the scene of a mid-morning bomb attack on the local NAACP office there yesterday. According to local media accounts, witnesses saw a balding, middle-aged white man fleeing the scene in an old white pickup truck.

GOP Frontrunner Jeb Bush Fumbles Position on Marriage Equality

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Supporters of marriage equality celebrated a milestone yesterday when county clerks in Florida began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. With the expansion of marriage rights into the third largest state, marriage equality is now the law of the land in 70 percent of the United States, a remarkable turnaround on an issue that was considered political poison just a few years ago.

The victory was not welcomed unanimously, of course. Among the first to speak for the dyspeptic was Jeb Bush, Florida’s former governor and the GOP’s putative 2016 presidential frontrunner. It was Bush’s first campaign-related statement this year — and it did not go smoothly.

RIP Mario Cuomo, June 15, 1932 – January 1, 2015

This is his speech to the 1984 Democratic Convention — very few of the disparities he described have changed in 30 years.

GOP House Leader Says He Doesn’t Recall Addressing Neo-Confederate Group
Left: Former Republican pol and KKK Grand Wizard David Duke; right:  GOP Rep. Steve Scalise,  House Majority Leader

Former Republican pol and KKK Grand Wizard David Duke (right) called House Majority Whip Scalise (left) “a fine family man and a good person”

When House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., lost his seat in the Republican primary last summer, Rep. Peter Roskam, R- Ill., was next in line to move into the House leadership, joining House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio and Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California.

Obama Has Now Added More Than Twice as Many Jobs Than Bush Did by His Sixth Year in Office
Krugman: Pres. Obama has 'added 6.7 million jobs since he took office, compared with just 3.1 million at this point under President George W. Bush'

Despite the Republicans’ determination to stall the economic recovery for purely partisan reasons, signs abound that the U.S. economy is on the mend. In his New York Times column, Nobel-prize winning economist Paul Krugman credits Pres. Obama’s steadfast opposition to the GOP’s so-called “austerity” policies — the same policies that have slowed recovery from the 2008 crash in Europe — as a major factor in boosting the turnaround:

Uninsured Rate Approaches Historic Low
Bush and Cheney Have Confessed to Authorizing Torture – Now Even the New York Times Is Calling for Their Prosecution
Authors of White House torture manual, from left: Pres. Bush, Vice Pres. Cheney, Secretary of State Colin Powell, National Security Adviser Condoleeza Rice, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, CIA Director George Tenent

Authors of White House torture manual, from left: Bush, Cheney, Powell, Rice, Donald Rumsfeld and Tenent

In an editorial today, the New York Times called for prosecuting Dick Cheney, George Bush and their subordinates for war crimes:

Hey, Job-Seeker Liz Lauten – Fellow GOP Mean Girl Carly Fiorina Is Staffing up for a Presidential Run

From the 2010 U.S. Senate campaign in California, at minute 04:00, GOP candidate Carly Fiorini dishes on Sen. Barbara Boxer, “What’s with that hair? Soooo yesterday.”

Here is more hope for the tens of people who’ve been worried about tea-party operative and infamous cyber-bully Liz Lauten’s employment prospects. National Journal reports that former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorini is running for president in 2016. The good news for Lauten, potentially, is that Fiorini, an infamous GOP mean girl herself, is hiring.

Hey Tea Party, Cuban Protesters in Miami Can’t Spell, Either

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But then, English is their second language. What’s your excuse again?

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Oh yeah, now I remember.

Memo to Dick Cheney: George Washington Ordered Execution As Penalty for Torturing Prisoners
Washington: 'Should [punishment for torture] extend to death itself, it will not be disproportional to its guilt '
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During a recent interview, former Vice Pres. Dick Cheney proudly assumed responsibility for the U.S. government’s program of torturing prisoners in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks. “I’d do it again in a minute,” Cheney asserted.

Cheney is undoubtedly emboldened by the fact that there is no chance that he, the president he served or their minions will ever face justice for ordering the torture of prisoners, actions that were, by even the lowest standards of decency, war crimes.

Cheney and the others will escape justice, largely because the current president chooses to allow it, despite the fact that torture is illegal in this country and worldwide, under provisions of an anti-torture treaty signed by Pres. Ronald Reagan in 1984. There is also precedent for trying officials accused of torture. As was noted earlier, in 1946, the United States and its allies executed Japanese officials who ordered waterboarding of prisoners during World War II.

But the roots of America’s abhorrence to torture go back even farther, all the way to the founding. In fact, during the Revolutionary War, George Washington ordered that soldiers under his command who were found to have tortured prisoners could face execution.

Enumerati

  • 35%

    Portion of New Jersey registered voters who say they approve of Gov. Chris Christie’s (R) job performance, compared to 51% who disapprove, according to a new Fairleigh Dickinson University PublicMind survey. Those figures mark the lowest approval and highest disapproval ratings ever recorded by the poll.

  • 62%

    Of voters think it’s important for the President to have a degree, compared to only 31% who think it doesn’t matter, a new Public Policy Polling survey finds. Interesting: “There’s a large partisan divide on the issue: Democrats by an 81%-14% spread think it’s important while Republicans are evenly divided on the matter at 45%-45%.”

  • 48%

    Of American voters think that Republican lawmakers should not have invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to speak to a joint session of Congress without first notifying President Barack Obama, according to a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News survey.

  • 66%

    Of Republicans only trust Fox News as opposed to 25% who don’t, according to Public Policy Polling. “Fewer than 25% of Republicans trust ABC, CBS, Comedy Central, MSNBC, CNN and NBC. They’re closely divided on PBS with 37% trusting it and 39% distrusting it. … It’s almost the opposite story when it comes to Democrats. Majorities of them trust ABC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC, NBC News and PBS. And more of them than not (44/30) trust Comedy Central as well. The only outlet they don’t trust is Fox News, although 33% who do trust it is still more than the share of Republicans who trust any of the major networks.”

  • $500,000

    Amount of a donation from the Algerian government that was “given to assist with earthquake relief in Haiti, the foundation said. At the time, Algeria, which has sought a closer relationship with Washington, was spending heavily to lobby the State Department on human rights issues,” the Washington Post reports. “The Clinton Foundation accepted millions of dollars from seven foreign governments during Hillary Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state, including one donation that violated its ethics agreement with the Obama administration, foundation officials disclosed Wednesday.”

Poetic Justice

O’Reilly was there with John Wilkes Booth.
He watched them kill George Patton, forsooth!
Bill can tell a story
That covers him in glory,
But what he can’t do is simply tell the truth.

Verbatim

  • They’re going down the drain, and they ain’t turning it around.

    — Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner (R), having some harsh words for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R), who campaigned hard for his election last year, the AP reports. Rauner said that New Jersey “is lost” he said the situation in the state is a disaster.

  • I think that she would do better if she was less angry and demonizing. I believe in ‘hate the sin but love the sinner.’ And I’m not sure that I’ve fully convinced Elizabeth Warren that that’s the way to go.

    — Billionaire Warren Buffett, saying he isn’t a fan of Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s (D-MA) populist rhetoric, Business Insider reports.

  • My wife always reminds me I depress everybody so much that I need to pass out tranquilizers.

    — Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), quoted by the Boston Globe, joking about his curmudgeonly demeanor.

  • My speech is not intended to show any disrespect to President Obama or the esteemed office that he holds. I have great respect for both.

    — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, opening “his high-profile visit to the American capital by playing down any personal dispute with President Obama, but he said that he had a ‘moral obligation’ to warn against the dangers of an American-brokered nuclear deal with Iran,” the New York Times reports.

  • He’s a winsome personality. Everyone here is convinced he’s running…but sometimes I think, ‘well, maybe he’s just selling books.’

    — Former Iowa GOP official Craig Robinson, quoted by the Wall Street Journal, on Mike Huckabee’s presidential ambitions.

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