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It's a good thing we have Politico, or we wouldn't have this entertaining exchange between John Boehner and Harry Reid on the record.


It was only a few days before the nation would go over the fiscal cliff, no bipartisan agreement was in sight, and Reid had just publicly accused Boehner of running a “dictatorship” in the House and caring more about holding onto his gavel than striking a deal.

“Go f— yourself,” Boehner sniped as he pointed his finger at Reid, according to multiple sources present.

Reid, a bit startled, replied: “What are you talking about?”

Boehner repeated: “Go f— yourself.”

The harsh exchange just a few steps from the Oval Office — which Boehner later bragged about to fellow Republicans — was only one episode in nearly two months of high-stakes negotiations laced with distrust, miscommunication, false starts and yelling matches as Washington struggled to ward off $500 billion in tax hikes and spending cuts.

When elected officials talk to one another like drunks in a bar fight, everyone wins. (ht @stefanjbecket)

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"There’s no white resentment without white supremacy. If you take away the idea that America is first and foremost, and should always be run by white people, if you take that away, then white resentment doesn’t make any sense. You know, it immediately dissipates. And so I just don’t— this sounds like a strange defense of the Republican Party, but it’s like, there’s a market for this, and the market was created by history."

- The Atlantic’s Ta-Nehisi Coates on the politics of white resentment, from Saturday’s Up w/ Chris Hayes. (via upwithchris)

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"Paul Ryan is the embodiment of the machine our music rages against."

- Tom Morello, Rage Against the Machine’s guitarist blasts Romney’s VP pick and unlikely Rage fan - Rolling Stone (via brooklynmutt)

“Ryan claims that he likes Rage’s sound, but not the lyrics. Well, I don’t care for Paul Ryan’s sound or his lyrics.” In which a child of the ’90s learns that his favorite band doesn’t like him. (via shortformblog)

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"Paul Ryan represents the fakery at the heart of the Republican project today. It starts with the contradiction that Mr. Free Enterprise has spent his life in the bosom of government, enjoying the added protection of wingnut welfare benefactors like the Koch brothers. If Herman Cain is Charles and David Koch’s “brother from another mother,” as he famously joked, Ryan is the fourth Koch, swaddled in support from Americans for Prosperity and other Koch fronts. The man who wants to make the world safe for swashbuckling, risk-taking capitalists hasn’t spent a day at economic risk in his entire life."

- Joan Walsh’s blistering critique of Paul Ryan’s “free market” credibility, which is to say he has none. (via aheram)
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Conservative talk radio contributes to more hate of minorities, study says


The participants and content of five prominent conservative talk-radio programs contribute to increasing hatred against certain minorities, according to the report entitled “Social Networks for Hate Speech” released on Wednesday.

The study, carried out by the National Hispanic Media Coalition and UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center, analyzed the themes and content of “The Rush Limbaugh Show,” “The Sean Hannity Show,” “The Glenn Beck Program,” “The Savage Nation” and “The John and Ken Show.”

“Our study found that the ideological content of conservative talk radio has helped cultivate a social network built around talk radio hosts and their guests,” NHMC President and CEO Alex Nogales said.

“This social network targets vulnerable groups in content that is spread across affiliated social media web sites. The result is an echo-chamber of voices, both online and off, that promotes hatred against ethnic, racial, religious groups and the LGBT community on social media web sites,” Nogales said.

The investigation emphasized that 89 percent of the 102 guests on the five selected programs over a six-week period were white and 81 percent were men - like the hosts.

Among the 88 issues of interest identified during the broadcasts studied between April 2 and May 14, 2010, immigration was by far the most frequently discussed, occupying 23.9 percent of the time analyzed.

Regarding the language used, the programs referred to undocumented immigrants as “illegals,” and the comments about Muslims frequently associated them with terrorism.

Cabrera, as a result of his activism, was the victim of incitements to harassment by the hosts of The John and Ken Show.

Hosts John Kobylt and Ken Chiampou, in criticizing a bill in the state legislature to offer economic aid to undocumented students in California, announced on the air Cabrera’s cell phone number and invited their listeners to call him and express their opinion.

h/t: Fox News Latino

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"I’m not gonna do it and I’m not going to be asked and it’s not going to happen."

- Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush • Saying that it’s unlikely that he’ll be the vice presidential pick in somewhat firmer terms than Mike Huckabee. Bush, who has emerged as a voice who isn’t afraid to disagree with his own party at times, admits that if we were to do it, “this was probably my time,” but that “I’m not sure I would have been successful as a candidate either.” The odds, either way, are looking good for a VP candidate out of Florida — CPAC voters in Chicago over the weekend heavily favored current Sen. Marco Rubio as their desired running mate for Mitt Romney. (via shortformblog)

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It's official guys. Mitt Romney's the nominee. Here's the massive story AP has probably had in the can for months.


The Associated Press delegate count shows that Romney surpassed the 1,144 delegates needed to win the nomination during Tuesday’s primary. Early returns show Romney posting a big win in Texas.

It’s a triumph of endurance for a candidate who came up short four years ago and had to fight hard this year as voters flirted with a carousel of GOP rivals.

In other news, water is still wet. We spent like a year freaking out over this, and it’s the result everyone expected. Remember that.

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"This week (Mitt Romney) was attacking Obama about ‘our failing educational system.’ (And) he has a point: I mean, we are graduating millions of people in this country who are so lacking in basic analytical skills, they are considering voting for Mitt Romney."

- BILL MAHER, Real Time (via inothernews)

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There’s a lot of anger, but people don’t know what they’re angry about. You know, from the end of the Vietnam War all the way up to 9/11, for the most part everyone was fat, dumb and happy. Then 9/11 happened and shattered all that. People became scared and anxious and out of control. They’d go to Wal-Mart and realize that everything they’ve been buying says ‘Made in China.’ They see the complete ineptitude of the federal government during Hurricane Katrina. They see some guy [Bernie Madoff] within the shadow of the SEC running a $50 billion scam - and who the hell is watching out for their $10,000 IRA? And then the banks melt down, the auto industry is taken over, and we pass this huge stimulus. All of this builds up and they’re saying, ‘What the hell can I possibly do about a $14 trillion national debt?’

But then it gets to health care. And they’re saying, ‘That’s me. That’s mine. It’s the first big issue that’s personalized. And that’s why we’re getting all this pent-up frustration and anger. Because when you explain the bill to ‘em, they say, ‘Well that doesn’t sound too bad.’ But it doesn’t matter. All their anger is focused on this, because it’s personal.

Madam Speaker, what you need to do is break the bill down. Have a bill that covers preexisting conditions. Pass that - or make the Republicans vote against it - and then move onto another part. But you do this omnibus approach, they won’t know what the hell’s in it. And they’ll keep yelling at it.



Rep. John Tanner (D-TN), to Nancy Pelosi in August 2009, on the Affordable Care Act. This quote is from Robert Draper’s Do Not Ask What Good We Do: Inside the U.S. House of Representatives.

I think there are varying degrees of truth here, depending on 1) where you land on the political spectrum, and 2) how much faith you have in the collective mindset of the American people.

I think the biggest downfall of the Affordable Care Act is the length of time between its passage and when the final, major provisions take effect. That’s a 10-year spread. It’s bittersweet, of course, because ACA is a massive undertaking that likely needs a full decade to enact. However, the longer it takes for provisions to take into effect - and the less effort the administration puts into promoting and notifying the public about said provisions - the more likely opponents will succeed in dismantling the legislation. The point could be moot now, since the Supreme Court may rule the legislation, or at least the individual mandate, unconstitutional.

I’m not so confident that breaking the bill into several pieces of legislation would ultimately give us as many provisions as the omnibus does now, but I don’t doubt that this strategy may have made the public more aware of what the legislation contains. Would there still be angry people? Of course. I just think there’d be less vague outrage (“Government takeover, death panels and socialism, oh my!!”) and more tailored, specific grievances against provisions that are supposedly freedom-denying, liberty-hating government initiatives.

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"Rather than workable solutions, my party is offering low taxes for the currently rich and high spending for the currently old, to be followed by who-knows-what and who-the-hell-cares. This isn’t conservatism; it’s a going-out-of-business sale for the baby-boom generation."

- David Frum, noted conservative writer and former George W economic speech writer summing up the current situation of the GOP after the rise of the Tea Party. (via oceanicsteam)
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"I ask my friends on the other side: If the victim is in a same-sex relationship, is the violence any less real, is the danger any less real because you happen to be gay or lesbian? I don’t think so."

- Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) • Expressing her dismay at pushback from Republicans over the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), which resulted from new provisions included to protect the LGBTQ community. Senator Feinstein went on to say that, in her opinion, “to defeat this bill is almost to say ‘we don’t need to consider violence against women — it’s not an important issue.’ It is.” source (viafollow)

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"You have not failed. You have a president who has failed you. And that’s going to change."

- Mitt Romney’s speech tonight, in a nutshell. (via shortformblog)
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Dead Presidents: swag-gr asked: Can you explain Santorum's success thus far? It's just so unfathomable...


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No, I can’t.

That’s the thing: I literally cannot explain why someone who believes the things that Rick Santorum believes and says the things that Rick Santorum says can be a leading contender for a major party’s Presidential nomination this late in a campaign…

I was about to write something about why I have such a massive distaste for santorum (all of the puns) but then I realized Dead Presidents was a few steps ahead of me.

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"I do find it frustrating…that an atmosphere of polarization and ‘my way or the highway’ ideologies has become pervasive in campaigns and in our governing institutions."

- Sen. Olympia Snowe • Discussing why she’s not seeking re-election in 2012. Snowe, a fairly popular figure in her home state of Maine, was considered a shoo-in to win, but now the seat is more likely to go to a Democrat. She found herself in the middle of the polarization wars more than a few times, as a moderate Republican who once voted in favor of Obama’s health care bill while it was still in committee (though she voted against the final bill). We’re not saying her decision isn’t bad for her party (especially since it comes roughly two weeks before the filing deadline in Maine, putting her party in a bad spot) … but we understand why she’s dropping out. Snowe joins fellow moderates Ben Nelson (D-NE) and Joe Lieberman (I-CT) in the retirement column. (via shortformblog)

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