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Monthly Archive: June 2013

Jun 26 2013

Live from Austin: Texas war on women stymied by people power, for now

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Political drama of the highest order unfolded here in Austin late Tuesday night. Conservative legislators planned to pass new restrictions and onerous regulations on clinics offering pregnancy counseling for thousands of women in Texas. By yesterday they were under the gun, the session due to close at midnight, with a key piece of the Republican …

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Jun 25 2013

Texas GOP uses procedural technicality to silence woman lawmaker

  Life feed of Texas Ledge 25 June, 2013Update: Live Ustream outside capital … vote was taken at … 11:66 PM 25 June 2013, ahem. Texas ledge page was then “retrodated” to show just before midnight, making this one of the most shameful nights in Lone Star politics ever recorded. There is some disagreement between …

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Jun 25 2013

Joe Klein offers a nopology

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Joe Klein can’t seem to admit he fouled up rather foolishly, much less apologize for it. He has now successfully launched his fuck up into the realm of parody for himself and Time Magazine.

Jun 25 2013

Obama will have to negotiate around congress to implement climate change reforms

Most accounts have the SCOTUS letting democracy down today. But a decision back in 2007 may provide some relief for the planet by giving President room to enact meaningful change despite conservative obstruction. A centerpiece of the plan will rely on a ruling giving the EPA the power to regulate carbon dioxide

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Jun 25 2013

Court strikes down part of Voting Rights Act

Via my colleague Jed Lewison at Daily Kos — The Supreme Court has struck down part of the Voting Rights Act. According to analysis from NBC’s Pete Williams, the court upheld the Section 5 notion of preclearance—requiring locales with history of racial discrimination to preclear any changes of their voting laws with the Department of …

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Jun 25 2013

Joe Klein takes obligatory swipe at atheists

Joe Klein knows how to sling the link bait. In his world, hits matter and integrity does not. In his latest, the inexplicably successful columnist gets the warm fuzzies for religious relief orgs in Moore, OK, the community hit by devastating tornadoes. Had he stopped there and continued on talking about post traumatic stress syndrome …

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Jun 24 2013

Poll suggests US workers less motivated to work hard

Tim Egan has a nice piece up commenting on the newest Gallup Poll on US workers. The poll found workers have accepted they won’t receive raises or promotions no matter how hard they work or how good their performance, and have settled on simply doing the minimum necessary to keep the job. But I’m not …

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Jun 24 2013

Teaparty can stand down, other groups also targeted by IRS

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A report out at Boston.com claims other groups were also targeted by operational level agents. Some of those scrutinized for tax-free status abuse in the system came from progressive groups. I’m sure Daryl Issa will be all over this fascist abuse:

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Jun 24 2013

The Church of the non-believer

Members of an atheist congregation at Harvard listen to music during a recent gathering. Image courtesy CNN

What it means to be human can be surprisingly difficult to define. But many aspects of being human are easy to spot. One of those is we like singing familiar songs, hearing traditional stories, maybe some special, secret ritual stuff thrown in, feasting or sacrificing, while celebrating our individual and collective successes and comforting those …

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Jun 23 2013

Honchos and worker bees

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Watching the reaction to Edward Snowden’s revelations has been entertaining to say the least. Almost every media personality I’ve observed speak on it either talks about how they don’t trust him, or prefaces their concerns over the message with an obligatory swipe at the messenger. The latter often includes a shot not just at Snowden …

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