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There Was No Stand Down Order: The Release of the Benghazi Transcripts Busts Republicans

(Politicus USA) Wednesday evening, Rep. Buck McKeon (R-CA), Chairman of the House Committee on Armed Services, decided to release the transcripts of interviews of nine military personnel conducted between January and April of this year regarding the attacks in Benghazi. McKeon has been saying for a while now that he’s satisfied with the military’s response to the Benghazi attack, but it seems no one in his party is listening to his attempt to keep them from attacking our servicemembers.

Darrell Issa (R-CA) earned himself Four Pinocchios for claiming that Secretary Hillary Clinton ordered former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta to “stand down” during the Benghazi attacks and now Democrats are demanding an apology.

Ichingcarpenter

Americans Have Spent Enough Money On A Broken Plane To Buy Every Homeless Person A Mansion

(Think Progress) Just days before its international debut at an airshow in the United Kingdom, the entire fleet of the Pentagon’s next generation fighter plane — known as the F-35 II Lightning, or the Joint Strike Fighter — has been grounded, highlighting just what a boondoggle the project has been. With the vast amounts spent so far on the aircraft, the United States could have worked wonders, including providing every homeless person in the U.S. a $600,000 home.

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SCOTUS Justice Alito Denies County Clerk Request -- Pennsylvania Marriage Secured

(New Civil Rights Movement) Conservative Supreme Court justice Samuel Alito has just denied a request by a county clerk to halt the marriages of same-sex couples in Pennsylvania, effectively securing marriage equality in the Keystone State.

Theresa Santai-Gaffney a Schuylkill county clerk had petitioned Justice Samuel Alito -- who oversees Pennsylvania as part of his assigned region, the 3rd Circuit -- to halt same-sex marriage in the Keystone State. Moments ago Justice Alito, one of the Court's more conservative members, denied her request.

CincyDem

Costco & Hobby Lobby: When the Double Standard is the standard

Over the past week, we've seen the Supremes take another step in validating corporate personhood...this time in the form of enabling the religious believes of owners trump the law.

Three cheers from the right on that one.

Yesterday we have a Costco decision to drop Dinesh D'Souza's most recent book from distribution...

madokie

The best worst president ever | By Mark Morford

(SFgate) “Obama is the worst thing to ever happen to this country,” declares the wealthy, rakish, silver-haired Newport Beach white guy to his small group of perfectly tanned 50-something females sitting just a few feet away from us at a stunning restaurant patio overlooking the sun-kissed California coastline, just off of Highway 1, as he sipped his pinot and adjusted his wraparound Ray Bans, flush from the economy’s spectacular recovery that has benefitted his exact demographic most of all, stroking his purebred dog and taking various selfies with their $500 phones, oblivious to the furious swirls of irony and hypocrisy fluttering just above their heads.

KoKo

A Wonderful NPR Show about "NC Tomato Man" Remember that Guy? SEED SAVERS..

(WUNC) How A Seed Saver Discovered One Of Our Favorite Tomatoes

Fortunately for those of us who are suckers for novelty, every year fruits and vegetables seem to come in more bewitching colors, shapes and flavors. Lately, we've been tickled by the cotton candy grape and the vibrant orange Turkish eggplant. (Egg yolks can be ghostly white, too, but that's another story.)

If you go to the farmers market this time of year, tomatoes are strutting their stuff in all sorts of glorious and quirky hues: green striped, white, pink, even purplish-brown. They boast intriguing names, like Mortgage Lifter, Arkansas Traveler and Pink Berkeley Tie Dye. Some are true heirlooms, passed down over decades or centuries. Others are brand new to the world, the progeny of the latest cross-breeding experiments.

sinkingfeeling

Palin calls for Obama's impeachment over border crisis

(CNN) Sarah Palin said President Barack Obama's inaction over the escalating crisis on the southern border is grounds for impeachment.

Calls for impeachment are coming from the President's harshest critics on the right and have intensified over the new immigration crisis. However, such a step is far-fetched, especially with Democrats currently in control of the Senate.

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