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Warren in Minnesota: ‘The game is rigged, and the Republicans rigged it’

"The game is rigged, and the Republicans rigged it," Warren said to loud cheers.

"She's amazing. She shows that politics is a good thing," said Rachel Palermo, 21, a senior at neighboring St. Olaf College. Some of her friends said they attended the rally just to see Warren.

Palermo and her friends said they want Warren to run for president, but Alyssa Berg, 21, also a St. Olaf senior, noted it would be "counterproductive" for Warren to run against Hillary Rodham Clinton.

They settled on them running together as a ticket -- it's uncertain whether they prefer Warren or Clinton atop such a ticket.

Warren has declined past overtures at challenging Clinton in 2016, and she made no mention of any national ambition, but the crowd reaction cemented the impression that she is atop the list of sought-after speakers to energize liberal voters.

"She's a rock star," Franken told reporters afterward, declining to comment on whether she should consider national campaign.


Wendy Davis would have won if the Supreme Court had not stepped in to save the GOP

In a rare weekend announcement, a majority of the high court’s justices protected the GOP and rejected an emergency request from the Justice Department and civil rights groups to prohibit Texas from requiring voters to produce certain forms of photo ID to cast ballots. Three justices dissented.

The law was struck down by a federal judge last week, but a federal appeals court had put that ruling on hold.

The judge found that roughly 600,000 voters, many of them black or Latino, could be turned away at the polls because they lack acceptable identification. Early voting in Texas begins Monday.

Wendy Davis would have most likely won if all the voters were allowed to vote.

Supreme Court allows Texas to use voter ID law (Under the cover of darkness)

The Supreme Court in a pre-dawn order Saturday said Texas could proceed with its strict voter ID law in next month’s election, despite a lower court’s ruling that it was unconstitutional.

The court gave no reasoning for its decision, but Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg dissented, joined by Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan.

“The greatest threat to public confidence in elections in this case is the prospect of enforcing a purposefully discriminatory law, one that likely imposes an unconstitutional poll tax and risks denying the right to vote to hundreds of thousands of eligible voters,” Ginsburg wrote.

An appeals court had said it was too close to the election to stop what has been described as the nation’s strictest photo ID law.

But Ginsburg said the court had shirked its duty, since a district court after a full trial had said the law was written with discriminatory intent and could keep an estimated 600,000 registered voters from casting ballots.


House Speaker John Boehner's statement on unemployment falling to 5.9 percent

In a fit of jealousness?

John Boehner said about unemployment rate dropping to 5.9%, "Instead of trying to convince Americans that things are great, Washington Democrats ought to show they’re serious about helping middle-class families get ahead, not just get by."

Actually, nobody is saying things are great. But they are getting a better, no thanks to Boehner and his crew.To be fair, however, you can't really blame him for trying to avoid any discussion of the report itself. I mean, the election is just a month away. It's not like he can say something nice about the president's track record at a time like this.

John Boehner's Tea Party majority has done nothing to help create jobs. It's time for a new majority. Can you chip in $3 to help elect a Democratic majority?


The Republican Obstruction And Sabotage of the US Economy

The Cost To Our Economy From Republican Obstruction And Sabotage

Republicans have obstructed every effort to help the economy. In the Senate they filibustered hundreds of bills. In the House they refused to allow votes on efforts to help the economy. And then there's the sabotage.

The Republican political strategy has been to obstruct efforts to help the economy for everyone but the wealthiest few, and then campaign on complaints that the economy isn't helping anyone but the wealthiest few. It's working.

In President Obama's July 12 weekly address he said, "So far this year, Republicans in Congress have blocked every serious idea to strengthen the middle class." He could have said, "Since 2009." Since the 2009 "stimulus," Republicans have obstructed pretty much every effort to help the economy. In the Senate they have filibustered hundreds of bills, and since the "stimulus" they have managed to keep anything from passing that might help the economy.

In the House, Republicans have refused to allow votes on anything that seriously would help the economy, instead passing only tax cuts for the wealthy and corporations, spending cuts on essential things like maintaining our infrastructure and scientific research, and cutting regulations that protect people and the environment from being harmed by corporations seeking profit.


Senate Race Polls Lean Toward Dems, So Media Starts Pro-GOP Spin

On Tuesday, there was really good news for Democrats. The latest polls showed them pulling neck and neck to keep control of the Senate, data modelers like Nate Silver were adjusting their percentages to nearly 50/50, and Republicans were getting nervous.

Let the spin machine begin. Our so-called "liberal media" couldn't wait to step on the accelerator pedal for why things suck for Democrats. Behold a sampling of today's headlines:

Notice all of the Pro GOP Headlines in the nation's media......


Republicans are trying to stop the student vote. We won't let them!

"They," of course, refers to Republicans. "We" refers to every person who believes the right to vote is fundamental.
Voter suppression isn't something that only happens to black people, Latinos, women, immigrants, the transgendered, the elderly, and the disabled.

Republicans in legislatures across the nation don't want young people to vote. They are specifically targeting students at universities and colleges across the nation.

Gee, wonder why that is? I'm sure you can figure it out—instantly.

As Catherine Rampell wrote:


Republican Senators Filibuster Citizens United Constitutional Amendment

No one should be surprised that Republicans are ardent supporters of corporate "free speech."

Of course Republicans are filibustering any effort to roll back the disaster that is Citizens United. Would we expect anything different? Politics is now a growth industry, fueling our economy. From cable advertising to Facebook ads, there's an entire public relations machine supported entirely by corporate dollars looking to influence votes and buy politicians.

It was one thing to vote to open debate, which the Senate did by a vote of 78-18. But there's no way Republicans will vote to close debate when they're having so much fun making up "Citizens United Saturday Night Live Death Panels" like Ted Cruz did yesterday.

The vote to close debate (cloture) was 54-42, six votes short of the supermajority needed to move to a vote on the measure, which would certainly be politically difficult for those Republican masters of the universe. How could they possibly bite the hand that feeds them while pretending they're all about populist causes, after all?

Ted Cruz couldn't even be bothered to show up for the cloture vote, after his hour-long rant about Saturday Night Live and free speech.

Every time you hear Mitch McConnell whine about free speech, remember that he's really whining about corporate billionaires having their way with all of us little people.


Sen Elizabeth Warren Calls for Amendment to Overturn Citizens United

The five conservatives on the Supreme Court today are the most pro corporation judges ever.

As the Senate debates a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United, Elizabeth Warren spoke about why she will vote for it.

"When 32 people can outspend 3.7 million citizens, our democracy is in real danger."

Senator Elizabeth Warren delivered a speech on the floor of the Senate on September 8, 2014 in support of a pending Constitutional amendment, introduced by Senator Tom Udall (D-NM), that would give Congress and individual states the authority to regulate campaign finance and rein in money pouring into our political process.

This is the GOP real agenda... End Social Security and Medicare

The Richard Fink speech and the other speeches McConnell called "inspiring" were jaw-droppingly extreme, even for the Koch brothers. And here's the other thing: the outrageous remarks Harry Reid cites in the video are just the tip of the iceberg. They obscure the Kochs' even more extreme philosophy of government, articulated at the retreat by Dr. Will Ruger, the vice president of research and policy of Charles Koch Institute:

Government is thus limited to a small, but absolutely critical number of tasks, basically keeping our neighborhoods and cities safe from crime, defending our country from those who might violate our national territories, our commerce at sea, and providing justice in a fair and apolitical -- political court system.

As I wrote when Lauren's original article on the Kochs' ideology came out in Huffington Post:

That means no Social Security, no Medicare or Medicaid, no public support of any kind for the severely disabled, no public prenatal care or assistance for hungry or homeless children, no minimum wage or regulation of safe working conditions, no child labor laws, no emergency assistance in the case of natural disaster, no food or water or drug or consumer safety protections, no oversight of financial markets or banks, no environmental laws of any kind, no public roads or bridges or schools...

What does Fink think when he sees the homeless? "Get off your ass, and work hard like we did..." What does he think of people on minimum wage? "People are being paid more than their value-added...

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