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The Enormous, Unbelievable Stakes For The Supreme Court In 2014 / 2016

When President Barack Obama told donors on Monday night to help Democrats because "we're going to have Supreme Court appointments" he may or may not have been talking about his own final years in office.

But he was right that several justices are statistically likely to retire in the coming years. None of them have revealed plans to step down, and if all of them stick around through the end of Obama's term, the 2016 presidential election could lead to a cataclysmic reshaping of the Supreme Court, and with it the country.

As of Election Day in 2016, three of the nine justices will be more than 80 years old. A fourth will be 78.

The average retirement age for a Supreme Court justice is 78.7, according to a 2006 study by the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy.

"Appointments to the Supreme Court are always extraordinary consequential. But certainly under the circumstances, considering the age of a number of justices and the 5-4 splits in so many cases, it's now more important than ever," said Caroline Fredrickson, president of the American Constitution Society, a progressive legal advocacy group.


House GOP Campaign Arm Created Misleading Fake News Sites

The National Republican Campaign Committee has created fake news sites about House candidates, presumably to take advantage of readers who don't pay close attention to what news sources they read, National Journal reported.

Earlier this year, the NRCC got in some trouble for creating deceptive fake campaign sites for Democrats that ask people to contribute in order to help "defeat" the candidate.

According to National Journal, the NRCC is promoting more than 20 of these websites using google search ads. So when people search for candidates in for their district, these fake articles pop up.

The stories appear on election2014update.com, and have site names like “Central Valley Update.” The fake new sites begin stories by explaining that they will analyze the candidate's position but take a critical tone.


Scott Brown's campaign is faltering in New Hampshire, but Roger Ailes has arrived with the cavalry!

FOX News plays an hour long campaign ad for free to rescue Scott Brown.

Have you noticed that Obamacare hasn't been the big campaign boost wingers were hoping for? Like it or not, it's not 2010 all over again, at least not with Obamacare leading their wave midterms.

It turns out people actually like Obamacare as long as you don't call it that. Don't call it the Affordable Care Act, either. But if you ask them about whether they like getting health insurance at subsidized rates, you get overwhelming approval. Ask them about whether they're glad there are no more pre-existing conditions exclusions and they like that too.

That sad fact of life means Scott Brown's entire reason for running for office in New Hampshire is a solid bust. Polling has him way behind Jeanne Shaheen, Tea Party groups aren't really active in New Hampshire, and he's on his way to remaining a former Senator from Massachusetts.

But wait! There's a knight in shining armor out there. Roger Ailes, realizing Brown is probably doomed, called for an hour-long special on Obamacare, featuring...New Hampshire! No mere coincidence, that.

Fox News basically handed Scott Brown an hour-long free TV ad, not to mention all the promos their hosts had to do pimping the special.


GOP blocks Jobs for American Citizens Bill

They blocked bill to get jobs here.

GOP and racism

An essay published after the ready-to-govern GOP voted to sue President Obama that sums up the demise of the Republican Party nicely.

Impeachment. Palin didn't invent the idea – she has never had an original thought in her life. She's just a screeching attention whore too damned stupid to realize she's crapping all over her own party's carefully laid plans – but then, that's pretty much what she did to the McCain campaign, isn't it? So nobody should be all that surprised. Palin is only saying out loud what conservatives have been saying to themselves in private all along. These people, McCain, Boehner, Ryan, et al, they're the white parents who use those words when they think they are alone. When they think nobody is listening.

They unleashed a monster and now they have the effrontery to act surprised when it bellows out their dirty little secrets.

Boehner doesn't expect to win this lawsuit.

That's not what this is about.

It's about impeachment.

It's about getting Obama out of office in disgrace before he doesn't destroy the country.


Senator Elizabeth Warren left one banker stammering for an answer during a hearing on student loans.

Senator Elizabeth Warren left one banker stammering and stumbling for an answer during a hearing on student loans.

From her Facebook page:

In 2005, banking lobbyists successfully convinced Congress to remove bankruptcy protections for private student loan borrowers. Today in a Banking Committee hearing, I asked a top banking lobbyist: If struggling student loan borrowers can't discharge their loans in bankruptcy, and banks won’t let them modify their loans, what are they supposed to do? Watch what he said.

She also cited the story reported by CNN Money of a young woman who died leaving 3 small children and $100,000 in student debt behind. Watch him sputter as he tries to spin a response that deflects away from the fact that private student debt is a huge millstone around the necks of students everywhere.


The U.S. Government Has Hurt The Economy In 11 Of The Past 12 Quarters

Austerity is slowing financial recovery.

The U.S. economy has just gone through some big, big changes. Big, good changes! But one thing has not changed: federal government spending, which can't ever stop being the giant turd in the economy's punch bowl.

U.S. gross domestic product grew at a shockingly large 4 percent annualized rate in the second quarter, the Bureau of Economic Analysis reported on Wednesday. That was a wild swing from a shockingly bad 2.1 percent GDP collapse in the first quarter.

Everything was up in the quarter -- consumer spending, business spending, housing, imports, exports, hooray. One thing was not, however, up: federal government spending. That fell for the 7th quarter in a row. Federal spending has cut into GDP for 11 of the past 12 quarters, in fact. Here is how that looks in chart form:


GOP policies and ideas do not work!

Progressives want the FCC to reclassify broadband companies as public utilities

Progressives want the FCC to reclassify broadband companies as public utilities, forcing them to treat every website equally. Republican leaders have promised to fight that step in Congress.


David Segal, executive director of Demand Progress, said in a statement that Reid's letter "makes it clear that the Senate Democrats will defend" the FCC, even if it decides to reclassify cable companies as utilities under Title II of the Communications Act of 1934.

Harry Reid Says He Has The FCC's Back On Net Neutrality


Are Republicans Backed By China? House Republicans Block Critical 'Make It In America' Bill

Last week one more example of Republican obstruction occurred – blockage of an important "Make It In America" bill – and one more time not a single corporate media outlet reported it.

The House Republican leadership last Tuesday blocked a bill to secure for American companies critical minerals used in the production of energy-efficient products, renewable energy systems, electronics and other technologies. The result is companies – and the Defense Department – continue to be forced to turn to China to make or obtain critical electronics components.


Tell this to your favorite Tea Party supporter!

Why does the GOP keep saying President Obama is not American? They have nothing else!

The question remains: why do Republicans come back, over and over, to this kind of thing, to peddling a cocktail of fear mixed with hate? They've got nothing else. They can't sell their right-wing policies as actually working because there's no data to back that up. They can't even sell their policies as logical because, well, they aren't.

So what can Republicans do? Get people afraid. Afraid of "them," the brown president and the brown hordes at the border. In reality the people at the border are refugees and children. To Republicans, that doesn't matter and it certainly doesn't inspire compassion. Steve King's anti-immigration ally Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) has been harping about the supposed "diseases" these children are carrying.

This is all about fear, about making people afraid of what America is becoming, of what America already is. Republicans are counting on the fact that fear makes people do stupid things. Like voting Republican.

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