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Charles M. Blow: 'Make No Mistake: This Debate Is NOT About THIS President Or THIS Excecutive Order'

(NYT) Don’t let yourself get lost in the weeds. Don’t allow yourself to believe that opposition to President Obama’s executive actions on immigration is only about that issue, the president’s tactics, or his lack of obsequiousness to his detractors.

This hostility and animosity toward this president is, in fact, larger than this president. This is about systems of power and the power of symbols. Particularly, it is about preserving traditional power and destroying emerging symbols that threaten that power. This president is simply the embodiment of the threat, as far as his detractors are concerned, whether they are willing or able to articulate it as such.

TomCADem

Ted Cruz: Refuse Obama’s nominations until he changes immigration plans

(MSNBC) Senator Ted Cruz of Texas is calling on Republicans to avoid confirming President Barack Obama’s nominees until he modifies his recent decision to spare millions of undocumented immigrants living in the United States. Cruz joined a list of GOP members who are condemning the president for his choice on Thursday to take executive action on immigration, an ongoing, heated debate in Congress.

spanone

That Danged Liberal Media: Network Sunday Shows Largely Ignore Benghazi Report

(Media Matters) Only NBC's Meet The Press Mentioned The New Intelligence Committee Report. Of the major network Sunday talk shows, only NBC's Meet the Press acknowledged the House Intelligence Committee's findings in a brief exchange between host Chuck Todd and Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ). Todd reported that the report was "exculpatory," and found no evidence of wrongdoing or evidence to support conspiracy theories about the attacks:

TODD: Senator Flake, House Republican-led Intelligence Committee released a Benghazi report and basically, it's pretty exculpatory. The key findings: no intelligence failure prior to the attacks; security at CIA facilities were sufficient; yes, security at state department facilities were inadequate; and yes, some of the development of the talking points that Susan Rice used were flawed. But no wrongdoing, none of the conspiracies found. Is it time for the Republicans to drop the Benghazi conspiracy theories?

RiverLover

Sanders Joins Warren in Opposing Obama's Wall Street Nominee for Treasury

(Common Dreams) U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) announced Sunday that he intends to join Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Ma.) in opposing the confirmation of Wall Street investment banker Antonio Weiss to be Undersecretary of Domestic Finance at the Treasury Department.

Last week President Obama nominated Weiss, head of global investment banking for the financial giant Lazard, to become the administration's new Under Secretary for Domestic Finance. Weiss has spent the last 20 years of his career at Lazard -- most of it advising on international mergers and acquisitions. Lazard helps clients avoid U.S. taxes by sheltering profits in other countries.

Adenoid_Hynkel

Giuliani Explodes over Black Crime: Wouldn’t Need White Cops ‘If You Weren’t Killing Each Other’

(Mediaite) Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani claimed that attention focused on disproportionately white police forces in minority-heavy communities obscured the problem of black-on-black violence, which got a rise out of professor and MSNBC contributor Michael Eric Dyson, who argued Giuliani was engaged in a massive false equivalency.

“First of all, most black people who commit crimes against other black people go to jail,” Dyson said. “Number two, they are not sworn by the police department as agents of the state to uphold the law….White people who kill black people do not go to jail.”

At that point Giuliani took off his glasses, which apparently is his sign that it’s time to rumble. “ is the reason for the heavy police presence in the black community,” Giuliani claimed. “Why don’t you cut it down so so many white police officers don’t have to be in black areas?… The white police officers wouldn’t be there if you weren’t killing each other.”

MrScorpio

Norfolk Wing Nut Doctor hates President Obama so much that he hangs a Nazi flag

(Addicting Info) Local news channel 3 is reporting that a resident in the Ghent neighborhood of Norfolk, VA found a most peculiar way of protesting President Obama’s decision to take executive action on the issue of immigration: to hang a Nazi flag outside his home. The man who hung the flag, Dr. William Wheeler, would not speak on camera to the news station reporting the story.

99th_Monkey

Cops in Ferguson Thumb Noses at Court Order, Arrest Credentialed Journalist

(Reason) A credentialed member of the media was arrested in Ferguson around 11:40 pm Saturday night. The arrest appeared to violate a court order issued Friday prohibiting the police from arresting law-abiding journalists.

Lieutenant Jerry Lohr of the Saint Louis County Police Department later told myself and other members of the media that the journalist was arrested for "failure to disperse" from a street, despite the fact that I, as well as approximately one hundred other protesters and media clearly witnessed the arrest take place on the sidewalk.

teach1st

Emails show GOP consultants' 'almost paranoid' mission to circumvent Fla.'s gerrymandering ban

(Tampa Bay Times) Republican consultants worked side-by-side with Republican lawmakers in guiding them on drawing new Florida congressional districts that intentionally favored incumbents in violation of the Fair District amendments to the state Constitution, according to documents and emails contained in a long-running redistricting lawsuit.

The Scripps-Tribune Capital Bureau first obtained the lengthy documents, posting all 538 pages on its blog, Political Fix Florida, on Sunday. The Times/Herald obtained the same documents.

Ykcutnek

Put this heartwarming moment in your head before the hate turns up to 11 tomorrow

Ed O'Keefe @edatpost

Group outside White House chanting: "Obama. Amigo. El Pueblo esta contigo." Translation: "Obama. Friend. The public is with you."

kpete

Megyn Kelly Accidentally Tells The Truth & Subverts Months Of Fox Fearmongering

Megyn Kelly's Startling Immigration Admission Subverts Months Of Fox Fearmongering, Including Her Own
Kelly Called Executive Action "Amnesty" In July, Now Admits It's A Loaded Term Exploited By Conservatives

"Amnesty is citizenship and that's not what (Obama) is talking about. That's a hot-button term that the right uses to sort of get people upset."

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