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|Bernie Sanders will run on the issues, not the nonsense
[UPDATE] Thanks @HillaryClinton . Looking forward to debating the big issues: income inequality, climate change & getting big money out of politics. — Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) April 30, ...
|Bernie Sanders To Announce Presidential Run (as a Dem)
Senator Bernie Sanders is running for President. From Vermont Public Radio : VPR News has learned from several sources that independent U.S. Sen. Bernie ...
|The Media's "Clinton Rules"
Pierce with a tour de force : It appears that the "exclusive" ratfking arrangement entered into by The New York Times and Washington Post has brought us all back to the Mena Airport again, and that ...
|The Politics of TPP
Hillary Clinton will be the Dem nominee for President. Now Martin O'Malley or Jim Webb may not agree, but, well, she is. Imo of course. That said, if Webb or O'Malley want to make a splash, there ...
|NYTimes takes stenography from GOP hit book
Haven't read book attacking Clintons. But if, as reported, it charges that Obama Admin moved Colombia FTA to reward CGI donor, that's nuts! — David Axelrod (@davidaxelrod) April 20, 2015 So now ...
|Stark differences between parties does not mean Left Flank should not ask for more
Paul Krugman delivers a needed reality check to the "there's no difference between the 2 political parties" nonsense. On the social safety net: [A]ny Democrat would, if elected, seek to maintain ...
|Left flank critique of Hillary Clinton: On Wall Street ties
Hillary Clinton is smiling today as she ...
|'Most common tactic employed by Obama supporters is to play the race card'
A line from this recommended diary . The full quote: The most common tactic employed by Obama supporters, when deflecting criticism away from the president, is to play the race card. But that ploy ...
|A competitive primary about issues
If you envision Elizabeth Warren running for the Democratic nomination, what kind of campaign would you like to see her run? Would you want to see her run on the issues that have made her a ...
|What presidents can do: the Supreme Court
A President Warren or a President Clinton would have power, but not as much as you think. In his piece You Can't Make The Congress Do Anything , which reviewed the ...
|UPDATE: Hillary Clinton policy positions/Left Flank Critique Project CANCELLED
UPDATE - I've decided the pull the plug on this. Please do not send me anything. 2 Sundays ago, I proposed a project intended to present Hillary Clinton's record on the issues of the day ...
|Hillary Clinton policy positions/Left Flank Critique Project
Sunday, I proposed a project intended to present Hillary Clinton's record on the issues of the day juxtaposed against Left Flank views on these issues. My commitment is to devote a front page Sunday ...
|eGhazi: Dan Metcalfe appears to be an incompetent crackpot
So Dan Metcalfe is back at it again. The former FOIA person for the Justice Department, with an assist from Politico , continues to spout uniformed nonsense on eGhazi. Some examples: We now have ...
|Hillary Clinton policy positions/Left Flank Critique Project
Yesterday, I proposed a project intended to present Hillary Clinton's record on the issues of the day juxtaposed against Left Flank views on these issues. My commitment is to devote a front page ...
|On the issues: a project about Hillary Clinton's policy positions
In Laurence Lewis' FP essay , I fell into a conversation on the Left Flank, its point of view on Clinton's policies and record, and what the Left Flank would want to hear, if anything, from her. A ...
|The Plot Thins: State Dept regs require employees to decide what e-mails are preserved
Media Matters points us to State Dept Reg. 5 FAM 443.2 : E-mail message creators and recipients must decide whether a particular message is appropriate for preservation In making these decisions, ...
|eGhazi: Why Democrats and Hillary Clinton Need A Contested Primary
DC press now pretty much see itself as Hillary's Democratic primary opponent. — Eric Boehlert (@EricBoehlert) March 11, 2015 ...
|NYT: 'president [and] Kerry both use private e-mails'
In a story about eGhazi, the NYT publishes this : the president himself and Mrs. Clinton’s successor, Secretary of State John Kerry, both use private accounts in addition to their government ...
|Politico, ABC publish questionable story alleging Hillary Clinton violated State Dept policy
Late this afternoon both Politico and ABC filed questionable stories claiming Hillary Clinton violated "clear cut" State Department policy against use of private e-mails. Politico asserted: The ...
|King v. Burwell: What will we learn from oral argument?
Will these nine folks deprive 10 million people of health insurance? Wednesday's the day—the Supreme Court hears oral argument Wednesday morning in the King v. Burwell case, which could decide ...
|King v. Burwell: Constitutional avoidance
According to the doctrine of constitutional avoidance, the court should seek to interpret a statute in order to avoid a constitutional question. In my previous posts on King v. Burwell , I ...
|King v. Burwell: Chevron Deference
Chevron deference provides that if a law is not clear, the court will defer to the Executive Branch interpretation. Recently, I presented an argument , ...
|King v. Burwell: Interpreting the Affordable Care Act
The rules of the game at the Supreme Court are not what they used to be. Section 1311 of the Affordable Care Act (PDF) ("Obamacare") provides, in ...
|Dave Weigel on Obama and Racism
Dave Weigel, who many progressives like, tweeted this: @NoahCRothman Obama is the rare politician for whom quoting sections of his autobiography can be labeled othering or racist. — daveweigel (@...
|Federal judge finds that Texas must issue drivers licenses to deferred action aliens
No doubt you have all heard about the injunction against the Obama administration's deferred action directive regarding undocumented aliens issued by a Brownsville, Texas federal district judge . ...
|Would a public option have eliminated incentive for King v. Burwell?
There is no public option in the Affordable Care Act. On its own merits, as Wendell Potter explains , that's a shame. But there is another reason why no public option in ACA is a bad thing - if ACA ...
|King v Burwell: Understanding Chevron Deference
In King v Burwell , the Fourth Circuit rejected a challenge to the Affordable Care Act that argued that the law does not permit subsidies and tax credits on the federal exchanges. It did so by ...
|A Challenge To Clinton on Foreign Policy
For all the noise about challenging Hillary Clinton as a "corporatist Wall Street lover" (no, I don't agree with that assessment, but we can have that discussion another time), I am hoping for more "...
|SCOTUS decides vaccine debate . . . in 1905
Did you know the vaccine debate we are now in the middle of was an issue decided by the Supreme Court? In 1905 ! From the first Justice Harlan's opinion for the Court in Jacobson v. Massachusetts : ...
|2016: Hillary leads potential GOP opponents by double digits
Hillary Clinton holds large leads over her potential GOP challengers for the Presidency.
|'Absolutist' free speech, content based government restrictions on speech and political correctness
I've reluctantly come to conclusion that USA approach (free speech absolutism plus social sanctions) is best. — Jeet Heer (@HeerJeet) January 14, 2015 I not so reluctantly have come to the same ...
|Is it time to move on from Run Warren Run?
Is Warren still thinking about it?
|Je suis Voltaire
I do not agree with what you have to say, but I'll defend to the death your right to say it. - Voltaire There has been a bit of back and forth about the Je suis Charlie . see contra Denise Oliver ...
|Signs of a 'good' Hillary? Populist congressmen 'ready for Hillary'
Is the Warren wing tugging Hillary Clinton toward a populist campaign? First, a disclaimer, I'm a "pols are pols and do what they do" guy, so whatever pols say is not ...
|The argument for a populist Democratic Party: Not the Obama Coalition
Neither of these women hinder or help the Emerging Democratic Majority. Egberto Willes in ...
|When torture became debatable
In our name, this was done. Ten years ago this month, I wrote my first front-page post for Daily Kos. It was titled The End of Outrage —and it was about ...
|A Modest Proposal on HRs
A few diaries are discussing "new missions" for the site. That's an interesting discussion. My point is a stupid and boring one. It's about Hrs. I made it years ago but see that the HR/gangs stuff ...
|Legalize and regulate sports betting
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver makes an unexpected announcement supporting sports betting. I've borrowed the title of NBA Commissioner Adam Silver'...
|The coming GOP meltdown on defunding
President Obama has forced the GOP to come out against folks like these. Had fantasy of Obama yelling at GOP like Rorschach: "I'm not locked ...
|A Roberts escape hatch in the King and Halbig cases?
Will Chief Justice Roberts need an escape hatch in King and Halbig? Congress ... recognized it was enlisting the ...
|What's old is new again: populism
Excerpts from a speech: Unfortunately, most Americans are struggling to make their voices heard every day. For the last seven months, I've traveled back and forth across this country, listening to ...
|For Better or Worse, the Obama Era is Over Politically
Just a quick thought - it seems to me the Obama Wars should be over now. The reason is as a political issue, Obama himself is over. He's never running for office again. There's little to ...
|What Florida tells us
Sometimes good candidates lose. Why did ...
|Giuliani on Rick Scott: 'This is not a guy who should be governor, it is as simple as that'
Rudy Giuliani was on the campaign trail for Gov. Rick Scott on Wednesday, and besides whining about Charlie Crist not endorsing him in the 2008 Florida primary, one presumes Rudy would have had ...
|Rick Scott doesn't believe in climate change
From Tuesday night's Florida governor debate : [CNN's JAKE] TAPPER: Governor Scott, I want to move on to one other job, that scientists in the state are very concerned about—people who live near ...
|Fantrum: FL-Gov debate sponsor with ties to Scott altered debate rules to hurt Crist
If you've been following the Fangate story , you'll recognize this as significant: So a debate sponsor with ties to the FL Chamber, which backs Rick Scott, changed debate rules to specifically ...
|Was Scott's fantrum a failed ploy?
The star of last night's Florida governor's debate. The rules of the debate that I was shown by the Scott campaign say that there should be no fan. Somehow there is a fan there. And for ...
|Charlie Crist's commitment to voting rights
Charlie Crist, Democratic candidate for ...
|Ferguson and the Department of Justice
United States Attorney General Eric Holder. [T]he federal civil rights investigation into the shooting incident itself continues, in parallel with the local investigation into state law violations. ...
|Obama is right, Clinton wrong, on foreign policy
President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at White House. Hillary Clinton ...
|Beyond managing: Happy, productive and independent lives for Autistic persons
Helping persons with autism spectrum disorder lead happy, productive and independent lives. According to the NIH , 1 in 88 children in the United States is now diagnosed ...
|SB 1070: Why I'm not going to Arizona
From my user name, you will note I am Latino. Like Markos and Daily Kos , I won't be traveling to Arizona for NN15. Many Arizona progressives are upset about Markos' decision and have expressed ...
|Hobby Lobby demonstrates that RFRA violates the establishment clause
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof [. . .] (
|Nobody could have predicted that 'religious liberty' accommodations would lead to Hobby Lobby . . .
Due to the entirely predictable turmoil in Iraq, we are now cursed with Iraq Debacle cheerleaders "explaining" how it was all President Obama's fault. In a similar vein of chutzpah, E.J.Dionne has ...
|Time, place and manner: The Supreme Court's women’s health clinics protesters decision
Hey look! It's the abortion "counseling" mobile!! Earlier this year, there was great gnashing of teeth and pulling of hair because college students were protesting against certain commencement ...
|Keeping the Government Out of the Redskins Controversy
ESPN Washington Football Team Reporter John Keim writes about the Redskins trademark dispute: Stay out, government : I agree with this take from The Washington Post’s Sally ...
|Latinos and the GOP: What the future holds
Can you pick out the white people of the future in this photo? Last Sunday, Denise Oliver Velez offered a ...
|A Challenge to Hillary . . . from the Right?
WARNING: I'm kind of trolling here. All polls suck, and CNN polls suck more than most. CNN : Most Democrats say they'd support Hillary Clinton if she wins their party's nomination, but a new ...
|Reparations and talking about race
Roll, Jordan, Roll In his important piece in The Atantic, "The Case for Reparations" , Ta-Nehisi Coates provides conclusive evidence that the ...
|Journalists for the suppression of journalism
Newseum, Washington DC Prominent pundit : [Reporters] took classified information, ...
|Glenn Greenwald's blind spot on racism and sexism
Glenn Greenwald I've been a fan of Glenn Greenwald's work ( NOTE: Greenwald replies to my post here ) since I first became aware of it during the first NSA ...
|More on Protest as Speech
More confusion on "free speech" and protest. (My previous posts here and here .) Two new data points to add. First, ...
|Protest is speech: Eich, Hirsi Ali, Sterling, Rice and Obama
President Obama at the 2009 Notre Dame commencement ceremony. Recently, there has been a rash of misunderstanding of what "free speech" means and a failure to understand that ...
|Justice Sotomayor explains the importance of acknowledging that race matters
Justice Sonia Sotomayor's dissenting opinion in Schuette v. BAMN : Race matters. Race matters in part ...
|Jonathan Chait's new form of hippie-punching: Playing the 'GOP are not racists' card
Even if there are no hippies in a story, Chait will invent them. Jonathan Chait, May 2006 : I can't quite ...
|Freedom of speech: Freedom of protest
Ayaan Hirsi Ali With the resignation of Brendan Eich as CEO of Mozilla after protests, both within and without the Mozilla organization, led, yet again, to mass ...
|Hobby Lobby: Does RFRA violate the Establishment Clause?
John F. Kennedy, a champion of the separation of church and state. In the 1997 case Boerne v. Flores , where the Supreme Court decided that the Religious Restoration ...
|SCOTUS: Hobby Lobby oral argument, first takes
The Supreme Court heard oral argument today in the Hobby Lobby case. The Supreme Court heard oral argument today ( Transcript )
|Hobby Lobby: SCOTUS to consider exercise of religion by corporations
Is this store exercising religion? On March 25, 2014, the Supreme Court of the United States will hear oral arguments in two cases, Sebelius v. ...
|Why Doesn't Snowden Denounce Russia? A Consideration
Thomas Ricks has spawned an interesting discussion about whether Edward Snowden should denounce Russia. (Full disclosure - while I usually avoid discussing the "Snowden: Hero or Traitor?" sideshow, ...
|Racism in context
In yesterday's (and I suppose today's) brouhaha,* I got engaged in a heated discussion about racism (and sexism and other forms of bigotry.) The spark came from this line in the the original post : ...
|The surrender of the left? Activism and electoral politics
Will Hillary Clinton represent the death or the opportunity for the rebirth of the left? In a provocative article in this month'...
A diary that displays blatant bigotry has been elevated to the top of Community Spotlight. And I protest. The diary is this one : Cubanos - like Rubio and Cruz - are the GOP's House Latinos [...] I ...
|Data point on Clinton and the Left Flank
In my Sunday essay Hillary Clinton and a left flank: How a Clinton presidency could redefine progressive governance , I argued: there is another benefit for progressives to a Hillary Clinton ...
|Hillary Clinton and a left flank: How a Clinton presidency could redefine progressive governance
Hillary Clinton, decidedly not, either in perception or reality, the left flank of the Democratic Party. Last weekend, and then on ...
|Sexism and Racism Are Bad Even If Against People You Dislike
Probably pissing in the wind here, but I'll try anyway. There are many reasonable reasons to not like President Obama's work as president. I certainly hope that no one is shouted down for raising ...
|Did Chris Christie do a flyover of the George Washington Bridge during Bridgegate traffic jam?
What did Christie know and when ...
|Journalism, blogging and Ezra Klein
UPDATE -- Ezra ends up with Vox Media , also owner of SBNation, founded by the founder of this site. Ezra's statement very worth a read. Screen shot of Media Whore Online site 2002. ...
|Third Way hon. chair calls Third Way WSJ op-ed 'outrageous,' 'strongly disagrees'
Rep. Alyson Schwartz is in "disarray" regarding Third Way. Pennsylvania congresswoman and gubernatorial candidate Alyson Schwartz, the honorary chair of Third Way , ...
|'Christian values' Hobby Lobby purchases its products from #1 'family planning' nation China
Hobby Lobby's "religious values" don't extend to objecting to "family planning" and forced abortions in China. David Green, the owner of Hobby Lobby ,
Leaving aside your view of the comic strip discussed round the site, I have this question for the folks who are clamoring for progressive pushback on policies they disagree with -- was the reaction ...
|Mend It, Don't End It
In terms of ACA, my problems with the "market reforms" is a matter of record - I think the regulatory reform/exchanges/mandate is bad policy. I preferred the expansion of public insurance (such as ...
|How can progressives influence presidents
Is an Elizabeth Warren presidential run the best way to influence Hillary Clinton? Noam Scheiber's piece touting a ...
|On The Removal Of Judge Scheindlin From the Stop and Frisk Case
A little rational discourse on the issue from Harvard Law Professor Nancy Gertner, a former federal district court judge: Last week’s decision from the Second Circuit panel highlighted the ...
|Amato and Armando Show October 11
This week's Amato (John Amato of Crooks and Liars) and Armando (Armando of Daily Kos) Show (our You Tube Channel is here : Our NFL picks (J is John, A is Armando (disagreements in BOLD): San ...
|GOP: 'How to stop worrying and love government default,' and how the president should respond
Ron Johnson. Wisconsin has a lot to answer for. It's that time of year again, what to do in the face of Republican threats to push the country into default! Oh, and this time, Republicans have a ...
|Amato and Armando Show: NFL Sunday
John Amato of Crooks and Liars and me talking NFL Week 5 and Mariano Rivera, Yankee greats, plus some other things: Our picks (disagreements in BOLD): STEELERS (-3) over Vikings, RAVENS(-3) over ...
|The Amato and Armando Show - Week 3
John Amato of Crooks and Liars and I talking sports and various sundry things. Also to be broadcast ...
|Vote for Debra Cooper NYC City Council
I write this diary to urge those of you living on the Upper West Side of Manhattan to get out and vote for Debra Cooper to be your city council member for the 6th District. You can read about Debra'...
|On Syria: A return to the UN and a proposed AUMF
With the uncertainty of both Congressional and international support for a military strike against Syria by the U.S., some news on the possibility of returning to the UN: The United States said on ...
|Some People Say . . .
Some people say that I've spent the last week or so getting madder and madder at a whole lotta folks on the left. I agree with a lot of these people on a lot of issues and I've voted for and ...
|Senators Heitkamp and Manchin float diplomatic alternative to military strikes on Syria
This seems a good development: The United States would give Syria 45 days to sign an international chemical weapons ban or face the wrath of American military might, under a draft resolution being ...
|Obama seeks to violate UN charter with congressional blessing
Secretary of State John Kerry in discussions with Syrian opposition in April 2013. A little more "jaw, jaw" before "war, war" please. Jack Balkin wrote : ...
|Kerry Calls Syria Vote "Munich Moment"
Ostensibly, the Secretary of State of the United States, John Kerry, seems to have no idea what the job entails. NBC reports : Secretary of State John Kerry told House Democrats during a Monday ...
|Amato and Armando: Talking Sports
John Amato of Crooks and Liars, and me, Armando, are going to talk sports once a week. This week we talk NFL, a little college football, Yankees baseball, Red Sox perfidy and other topics. You can ...
|When Jeff Toobin was Snowden and Greenwald, but just for money
Nice post from Kevin Gosztola on Jeffrey Toobin's past as Edward Snowden and Glenn Greenwald, except just for money: Toobin’s campaign against Snowden and in defense of the government’s right ...
|Why The UK Detention of Miranda Was Unlawful
Via Shayana Khadidal, this excellent post by Jack of Kent , who appears to be a British attorney, regarding the detention at Heathrow airport of David Miranda. The gist: What section 40(1)(b) says:
|A conversation with Sen. Byron Dorgan about his book Gridlock
Sen. Byron Dorgan's new Nate Osborne techno thriller Gridlock. David Waldman (a.k.a Kagro in the Morning) and I had the opportunity to sit down with former Sen. Byron L. Dorgan, one of the hardest ...
|How To Undermine Legitimate Questions About Government Actions
Serious questions have been raised regarding the surveillance programs employed by the United States government, based on reporting and information that has been leaked by sources and by statements ...
|WaPo: Individual Section 215 Searches Not Subject to FISA Court Review
This is an interesting bit of pushback from the NSA, as anonymously sourced to Dana Priest of the WaPo : The analysts’ 215 requests go to one of the 22 people at the NSA who are permitted to ...
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